Morton and Stuhlbarg Find Some Grimm Pleasure at Public Theater Feb. 21

News   Morton and Stuhlbarg Find Some Grimm Pleasure at Public Theater Feb. 21
Measure for Pleasure, a new play by David Grimm—the playwright who likes to experiment with past dramatic styles and time periods—will begin its Off-Broadway run at The Public Theater on Feb. 21.
Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Stuhlbarg Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Euan Morton, who was nominated for a Tony for Taboo, and Michael Stuhlbarg, a nominee for The Pillowman, lead a cast that also features Suzanne Bertish, Wayne Knight ("Seinfeld," Sweet Charity), Emily Swallow, Susan Blommaert and Saxon Palmer. March 8 is the opening. The piece, directed by Peter DuBois, is described as a "Restoration comedy meets modern sex farce" which explores "the elusive nature of happiness; featuring mistaken identities, duels and double-dealings, gay marriage, and the obligatory sex cave."

Certainly, the characters have Restoration-like names and a tangled story of lust and intrigue common to the period. The plot concerns one Will Blunt (Stuhlbarg), who is in love with Molly (Morton), a young transvestite prostitute, who in turn falls for Dashwood, a handsome womanizing rake. Other characters are called Lady Vanity Lustforth and Hermione Goode.

Grimm has toyed around with past eras in English history before. His Marlowe, which ran at the Public in 2000, was about the dastardly and mysterious playwright of Elizabethan times.

The title of his new work, meanwhile, evokes Shakepeare's famous "problem" play Measure for Measure.

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