Yankee audiences have just a few more nights to catch British comedian Eddie Izzard in his solo, Dress To Kill, at NY's Westbeth Theatre Center. The show, which opened Mar. 26, was supposed to close in early June but then extended to July 11. Izzard honed his latest piece at the Stamford Center for the Arts, the Toronto Harborfront Theatre and the Aspen Comedy Festival before coming to Manhattan. His previous shows played at Off-Off-Broadway's P.S. 122 Oct. 1996, and again Sept. 1997. The latter show, Glorious, premiered in Manhattan and then hit Paris, London, and the UK provinces.
So popular and well-reviewed was Izzard's first, self-titled engagement in NYC, he ended up giving an extra performance in a larger space just to accommodate ticket demand. The New York Times' Neil Strauss wrote of that show, "[Izzard's] routines on different subjects tended to spiral into one another and meet at different tangents, so that he could set up running jokes... He began each routine with a mundane subject and embellished, abstracted and analyzed it until it evolved into a surreal fantasy. By sticking to topics most Americans and Europeans have in common...he minimized the gulf."
An Olivier-Award nominee, Izzard's previous shows in the West End included Ambassadors, Unrepeatable, and Definite Article. His recent London acting credits also include The Cryptogram and 900 Oneonta.
-- By David Lefkowitz