John Bowab will direct the Sam Bobrick-Julie Stein comedy, which will begin previews at the Falcon Oct. 17 with an official opening Oct. 26. The five-week engagement will run through Nov. 18. Marshall will star in the role of an overbearing mother with Desmond Harrington as her put-upon son.
Garry Marshall, the founder of the Falcon Theatre, said in a statement, "We're so happy and honored to have Penny performing on stage at the Falcon. This is a very funny play, and Penny's one of the funniest people I've ever met. Even though she is my sister."
Sheldon & Mrs. Levine, according to press notes, "is the story of an ultra-possessive mother and her 31 year-old neurotic runaway son told through their exchange of outrageous and dysfunctional letters. In this love-hate relationship, Sheldon (Desmond Harrington) blames his mother, Mrs. Levine (Penny Marshall), for breaking up his marriage and ruining his life. His domineering mother can't understand why something so trivial should bother her ungrateful son. Travel the globe and share in the angst, aggravation, madness and mail of a mother and son, who although thousands of miles apart, are still too close to each other for their own good."
As an actress, Penny Marshall appeared in "The Odd Couple," "Mork & Mindy," "Taxi," "The Bob Newhart Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Laverne & Shirley." Her directorial credits include "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Big," "Awakenings," "A League of Their Own," "Renaissance Man," "The Preacher's Wife" and "Riding in Cars with Boys."
The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank, CA. Tickets, priced $25-$37.50, are available by calling (818) 955-8101.
For more information visit www.FalconTheatre.com.