Peter DuBois directs the LAByrinth Theater Company staging, which began previews Feb. 27 at the Public Theater's Martinson Hall. The limited run was originally scheduled through April 8 but extended its run three weeks to April 29. The play which follows two couples — one just beginning their courtship, the other married and working through hardship — is described thusly: "Laced with cooking classes, swimming lessons and a smorgasbord of illegal drugs, Jack Goes Boating is a story of date panic, marital meltdown, betrayal and the prevailing grace of the human spirit." The show marks the first time LAB co-artistic directors Ortiz and Hoffman have shared a stage for their company.
At left (from top): Daphne Rubin-Vega; author Bob Glaudini and director Peter DuBois; Philip Seymour Hoffman; John Ortiz and Reiko Aylesworth; Beth Cole; Chris Noth and his manager; Isaiah Whitlock; Orfeh and Tricia Walsh Smith; Carlo Alban; John Patrick Shanley and Eleni Tzimas; Floencia Lozano; Brett C. Leonard and Stephen Adly Guirgis; Michael Cerveris.
Below: Beth Cole, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega take their bows at the opening night of Jack Goes Boating.
photos by Aubrey Reuben