Unofficial Yale Cabaret Moves to West Bank Cafe; Jenkins Stars in New Show

News   Unofficial Yale Cabaret Moves to West Bank Cafe; Jenkins Stars in New Show
When the Bennigan's on Eighth Avenue in the theatre district recently closed, the members of the new theatre troupe called The Unofficial New York Yale Cabaret lost more than a place to get a plate of "Oh Baby" Back Ribs. It lost a home.

The Unofficial New York Yale Cabaret, a new theatre company comprised of graduates of the Yale School of Drama, set up shop in the Bennigan's eatery at the start of the 2005-06 season. The company's intention was to model itself on the famed Yale Cabaret formed in 1968 at Yale University. The latter's performances were always presented in a pub-type atmosphere, with food and drink served.

When Bennigan's shut up, however, the Cabaret switched venues. It now performs at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in the West Bank Cafe. Its new show, Separating The Men From The Bull by Michael Heintzman and Neal Lerner, will open there on Jan. 28. Becky London directs. The show is described as "an uproarious tour-de-force exposing the intricacies of male friendships in seven inventive and insightful vignettes."

The show was developed with the help of Tony-winning director John Rando. It stars Big River and Big actor Daniel Jenkins. Also in the cast is author Lerner.

The West Bank Cafe is at 407 W. 42nd St. at Ninth Ave. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at or by calling (212) 352-3101. Food and drink served with no minimums. More information can be found at

About UNYYC's decision to mount a season in New York, UNYYC artistic board member Pun Bandhu, who is a 2001 graduate of Yale's Acting Program, said, "We like to think, and hope to prove, that when you take some of the best trained theatre artists in the country and allow them to create work that is fun and meaningful to them, innovative work which continues to revitalize the art form will follow. I hope UNYYC will become a place where industry professionals will come to shop for new talent."

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