Off-Broadway's Golda's Balcony Extends Once More, to July 6

News   Off-Broadway's Golda's Balcony Extends Once More, to July 6
Who knows? Tovah Feldshuh's reign as Golda Meir at the Off-Broadway nonprofit, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, may soon be as long as the real Meir's as Prime Minister of Israel.

The one-person play by William Gibson has extended for a third time, to July 6. Its second extension was to have ended on June 1. According to the theatre, every show through June 1 has sold out.

A commercial transfer is still is distinct possibility, though MET has not yet made any announcement to that effect. Off-Broadway or a small Broadway house have been mentioned as options in the past.

Golda's Balcony began previews on March 13 and opened March 26 to solid reviews for Feldshuh's committed performance. It soon extended to May 11.

With Golda's Balcony, MET has two hits based on the lives of renowned historical figures. It's first offering this season, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, about the troubled country singer and composer, was hailed and quickly transferred following an extended run. It is currently playing the Little Shubert. (In fact, the runaway success of MET's first two shows caused the nonprofit to postpone its third selection until the 2003-04 season).

Golda's Balcony was originally derived from a different play by Gibson, Golda, a large-cast show which starred Anne Bancroft and played on Broadway in 1977. Gibson converted it into a one-person drama, which had a production at Shakespeare & Co. in the Berkshires last summer. The MET production is, furthermore, a different version than the one seen in Lenox, MA. Scott Schwartz returns to MET after having staged The Castle there last season.

The design team of Golda's Balcony includes wig and hair designer Paul Huntley, set designer Anna Louizos, light designer Howell Binkley, costume designer Jess Goldstein, properties designer Kathy Fabian, and projection designer Robin Silvestri of Batwin + Robin Productions. 

The MET space is at 55 Mercer Street in Manhattan. For information call (212) 925-1900.

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