Mill 6 Collaborative, which is staging the Boston premiere of Cafe Society, the caffeinated comedy by Robert Simonson, will conclude that production on Dec. 16. Performances began Nov. 30 at The Theatre Cooperative in Somerville, MA.
Brendan Hughes directs the play, previously seen in an Off-Off-Broadway staging. The piece concerns a group of upwardly mobile Manhattanites caught in the thrall of a pastry shop's teen-age coffee server, who leads them to espresso-stained social peril when she asks them to be friends with her.
Featured in the cast are Laura Napoli as Lucy, the tyrannical coffee shop counter girl, Juliet Gowing as a patron too nice to say no to Lucy's friendly overtures and party invitations, and Rodney Raftery and Irene Daly as a couple of the other flies caught in Lucy's web. Napoli also designed the costumes and supervised "pastry construction."
On Dec., 2, there was be a post-show discussion with playwright Simonson, who is also editor of Playbill On-Line. His other works include Wittenberg, Which One's Yours?, Conversation and George and Gig. He also penned "Role of a Lifetime," a book chronicling the careers of Austin Pendleton, Lois Smith, Gloria Foster and Ron Rifkin.
Tickets are $12-$15. The Theatre Cooperative is at 277 Broadway, in Somerville. For information, call (617) 623-0861. — By Kenneth Jones