Claudia Shear Touches Up Michelangelo's David in Restoration Off-Broadway

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Dirty Blonde writer and star Claudia Shear appears with Jonathan Cake in the New York City debut of her art-world play, Restoration, beginning Off-Broadway previews April 30 at New York Theatre Workshop.
Claudia Shear and Jonathan Cake
Claudia Shear and Jonathan Cake Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Christopher Ashley, who staged the play's world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, again directs. Opening is May 19. The show will run through June 13 at the company's East Village home.

In Restoration, Shear plays "Giulia, a down-on-her-luck art restorer from Brooklyn who receives what could possibly be a career-reviving job of 'refreshing' Michelangelo's David in time for its quincentennial celebration in Florence," according to NYTW notes.

The cast includes original La Jolla cast members Shear (Dirty Blonde), Alan Mandell (The Beard of Avon) and Natalija Nogulich (The Iceman Cometh) with newcomers Cake (The Philanthropist, "Six Degrees") and Tina Benko (Irena's Vow). (Cake replaced the previously announced actor Danny Mastrogiorgio.)

Shear earned a Tony Award nomination for Dirty Blonde. Other credits include The Smell of the Kill (also directed by Ashley), Who's The Daddy?, End of the Day and roles in the films "Living Out Loud," "It Could Happen To You" and a guest spot on "Friends."

Shear reteams on this production with director Ashley (Xanadu), who staged her OBIE Award-winning Blown Sideways Through Life at NYTW.

The design team for Restoration includes Scott Pask (set), David C. Woolard (costumes), David Lander (lighting), Dan Moses Schreier (sound), Kristin Ellert (video) and Mark Adam Rampmeyer (wig). The production stage manager is James FitzSimmons.

Tickets to Restoration at NYTW, 79 E. Fourth Street, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit

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