Danny Pintauro, the onetime child star of TV's "Who's the Boss," makes his New York theatre debut July 14 with The Velocity of Gary (Not His Real Name), a solo-actor drama about a young street hustler. Originally written and performed by playwright James Still, Velocity takes naive Gary (and his leopard-print underwear) on a tour of seamy Manhattan and into a circle of drug dealers, drag queens, porn stars -- and a dog named Rodney.
Previews began July 8 and performances continue to July 30 at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher Street, in Greenwich Village.
Pintauro, who was Jonathan Bower on "Who's the Boss" for eight years, recently graduated from Stanford University with a theatre degree. Mark Cannistraro directs the Duplex staging.
A Columbia/Tri-Star film version, "The Velocity of Gary," starring Salma Hayek and Vincent D'Onofrio is expected to be released this summer.
Designers are Michael Dion (set), Thomas Honeck (lighting) and David Kaley (costumes).
Playwright Still is a playwright-in-residence at Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis. Other works include And Then They Came for Me (George Street Playhouse and Indiana Rep) and an adaptation of John Gardner's novella, In the Suicide Mountains. (Mark Taper Forum). He also wrote the screenplay for Velocity of Gary..
Tickets are $15 with a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call (212) 414-5234.
-- By Kenneth Jones