Last chance to catch Tennessee Williams' drama, The Night Of The Iguana, at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA. The show opened Jan. 17 and ends its run Feb. 1.
Winner of the 1962 NY Drama Critics Circle Best Play Award, Iguana tells of defrocked priest Shannon hiding out in a run-down Mexican hotel. Unfortunately, he's taken a busload of tourists with him. Fighting for the two halves of his soul are earthy Maxine and angelic Hannah.
Starring in this production are Molly Mayock (Maxine), Terri McMahon (Hannah) and James Carpenter (Rev. Shannon) alongside Gerald Hiken, Wendy Howard-Benham, Jessa Brie Berkner, Giancarlo Paquiz, Vidal Perez, Joe Higgins, Michael Lederman, Lara Hope Owen, Erick Konczyk and Julia Knapp.
Circle in the Square did two previous productions of Iguana -- one in 1976 with Richard Chamberlain, Dorothy McGuire and Sylvia Miles, directed by Joseph Hardy who staged the original Broadway version with Patrick O'Neal, Margaret Leighton and Bette Davis -- and another in 1988 with Nicolas Surovy, Maria Tucci and Jane Alexander. A third revival -- with Michael Moriarty, Jeanne Moreau and Eileen Brennan -- closed in Baltimore, en route to Broadway in 1988. The 1964 movie version, directed by John Huston, starred Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner.
Ken Kelleher, former associate artistic director at San Jose Rep, directs Iguana. For tickets ($23-$31) and information on The Night Of The Iguana at TheatreWorks in the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, call (650) 903-BASS. Next up at TheatreWorks: Putting It Together, the Stephen Sondheim revue, which starts previews March 4 and opens March 7 for a run through April 5 at the Lucy Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. Cabaret singer Meg McKay stars, alongside Bruce Thompson, Michael Leroy Brown, Brian Keith Russell, and Vivian Sand. Barbara Valente and Leslie Martinson direct.
-- By David Lefkowitz