Old Acquaintance Revival, with Harris and Colin, Ends on Broadway Aug. 19

News   Old Acquaintance Revival, with Harris and Colin, Ends on Broadway Aug. 19
The Broadway revival of John Van Druten's comedy Old Acquaintance, starring Harriet Harris and Margaret Colin, ends its limited Broadway engagement Aug. 19.

Harriet Harris and Margaret Colin star in Old Acquaintance.
Harriet Harris and Margaret Colin star in Old Acquaintance. Photo by Joan Marcus

Michael Wilson (Enchanted April) directed the Roundabout Theatre Company presentation that began previews June 1 and opened June 28 at the American Airlines Theatre. The show will close having played 61 regular performances and 31 previews. 

Stephen Bogardus (Man of La Mancha, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Falsettos) and Diane Davis (Regrets Only, Festen) are also featured in a cast that includes Corey Stoll (Henry IV, Intimate Apparel), Cynthia Darlow (Taller Than a Dwarf, Hank Williams: Lost Highway) and Gordana Rashovich (Conversations with My Father, A Shayna Maidel).

Old Acquaintance is billed as a "drawing-room comedy about two childhood friends who have grown into very different adults. Though they are both successful authors, independent Katharine 'Kit' Markham (Colin) carries on an affair with a younger man while divorcee Mildred 'Millie' Drake (Harris) refuses to loosen the apron-strings on her teenage daughter, Deidre (Davis)."

Harris (Tony Award winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Colin (Jackie) are both Roundabout veterans, who have appeared, respectively, in the company's Broadway revivals of The Man Who Came to Dinner and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

The Van Druten comedy first premiered on Broadway in 1940 at the Morosco Theatre, starring Jane Cowl and Peggy Wood. The work was then adapted for the screen in 1943 with Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins starring. British playwright and director Van Druten penned the original plays I Am a Camera (the basis for the musical Cabaret) and I Remember Mama. Other works include I've Got Sixpence; Bell, Book and Candle; Make Way for Lucia; The Mermaids Singing; The Voice of the Turtle; and Solitaire, among others. He directed the original Broadway run of The King and I.

Next for Roundabout at the American Airlines Theatre will be a revival of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion starring Claire Danes, Jefferson Mays, Boyd Gaines and Jay O. Sanders. David Grindley stages the work, which begins Sept. 21 and opens Oct. 18.

Old Acquaintance plays at the American Airlines (227 West 42nd St.). For more information call Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or visit roundabouttheatre.org.

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