It's still Inappropriate. The DeSisto Theatre Ensemble's collection of true teenage experiences will extend again to Feb. 27, the third extension for the Off-Broadway show.
Performances began Nov. 23 for a run originally set to close Dec. 30. This revival is dedicated to director-creator choreographer Lonnie McNeil, who, after bringing the show to Off-Broadway March 4-21, 1999, died of complications from AIDS.
Written by graduates DeSisto School, a fine and performing arts organization, Inappropriate uses music, dance, poetry and drama to explore the existence of today's teens and the issues that shape and twist their lives. Michael Sottile wrote the original songs and composed the score. McNeil adapted, directed and choreographed the piece, which was co-conceived by DeSisto founder, A. Michael DeSisto.
The DeSisto Theatre Ensemble, made up of DeSisto School students, regularly performs at Dinner Theatre at the Mansion, the longest-running supper club in the Berkshires. Past productions have included West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Camelot, As You Like It and Hair, which later toured for eight weeks in the former USSR.
Inappropriate features Ensemble members and original cast Averie Boyer, Josh Geyer, Liz Irwin, Jamie Ourisman, Adam Schiffman and Diane Schwartz. New to the cast are Mia Benanati and Sarah Seckinger. Playing the original tunes are the New York City based rock band, House of Red.
The design team includes Shane Ballard (set and costumes) and S. Ryan Schmidt (lighting).
Tickets ($40-$30) are available through TicketCentral at (212) 279-4200. The Theatre Row Theatre is located at 424 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Aves.
-- By Christine Ehren