The Homecoming Is Over: Acclaimed Broadway Revival Plays Final Performance April 13

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The 40th anniversary revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming plays its final performance at Broadway's Cort Theatre April 13 at 3 PM.
Eve Best in The Homecoming.
Eve Best in The Homecoming. Photo by Scott Landis

When it closes, the production will have played 15 previews and 138 regular performances.

Previews of the Pinter classic — starring Ian McShane, Raúl Esparza and Eve Best — had been scheduled to begin Nov. 23, 2007, but were delayed to Dec. 4 due to the stagehands strike. The production officially opened at the Cort Dec. 16.

The 39 Steps begins performances at the Cort April 29.

Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the Homecoming company comprises McShane, Esparza, Best, Michael McKean, James Frain and Gareth Saxe. (A free run-through of The Homecoming was presented Nov. 25, 2007, at New World Stages to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. That evening featured the entire Broadway cast.)

Set in North London, The Homecoming, according to press notes, "concerns the ultimate dysfunctional family, presided over by its patriarch Max (McShane). Living under his dilapidated roof are his younger brother Sam (McKean), and two of his sons: Lenny (Esparza), the town pimp, and Joey (Saxe), a boxer-in-training. Tensions begin to flair with the arrival of Max's eldest son Teddy (Frain), who returns home . . . with his new wife Ruth (Best). Seduction, betrayal, and divisiveness ensue, as the family welcomes the homecoming of its estranged brother and vies for the attention of his dangerously alluring wife." The design team features set designer Eugene Lee, lighting designer Kenneth Posner, costume designer Jess Goldstein and sound designer John Gromada.

Harold Pinter is also the author of The Caretaker, Betrayal, The Room, Ashes to Ashes and Celebration.

The Homecoming was produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Ergo Entertainment, Barbara and Buddy Freitag, Michael Gardner, Herb Goldsmith, Terry Schnuck, Hal Thau, Michael Filerman/Lynn Peyser and Ronald Frankel/David Jaroslowitz.

The Homecoming made its Broadway debut in January 1967 at the Music Box Theatre. The production won four 1967 Tonys: Best Play, Best Direction of a Play (Peter Hall), Best Actor in a Play (Paul Rogers) and Best Featured Actor in a Play (Ian Holm). A revival was seen in 1991 at the Criterion Center Stage Right.

The Cort Theatre is located in Manhattan at 138 West 48th Street.

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