NYC's Adult Entertainment Ends Its Fleshly Life April 13; Regional Runs Mulled

News   NYC's Adult Entertainment Ends Its Fleshly Life April 13; Regional Runs Mulled
Adult Entertainment, the Off-Broadway comedy by Elaine May and directed by Stanley Donen, plays its final performance 6 PM April 13, but cities across the country may see the show in the future.

The producers are in talks concerning licensed productions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Toronto, a spokesman told Playbill On-Line.

Weekends have sold well for the saucy comedy about porn stars who decide to make their own dirty movie, injecting it with shape and (they think) literary qualities. The New York staging is punctuated with original songs and video sequences (songs by May and Bryan Louiselle). The audiences who howled with laughter at the show probably couldn't get the song about the "orange wang orangutan" out of their heads as they left the Variety Arts Theatre.

New Yorkers who subscribe to cable TV have noted a resemblance between Adult Entertainment's characters and erotic-trade TV host Robin Byrd and her clutch of pals, who appear on Manhattan cable.

"After a strong five-month run, including an unusually robust winter season, we've decided to finish on a high," producer Schlossberg said in a statement.

Adult Entertainment will have played 144 performances and 28 previews at the Variety Arts Theatre. No new production has been mentioned for the house on Third Avenue, though it's known that the musical Avenue Q is looking for a new home after its run at the Vineyard. *

The May comedy, starring her daughter, Jeannie Berlin, as a burned out actress named Frosty Moons, and Danny Aiello as a porn producer, opened Dec. 11, 2002.

Presented by Julian Schlossberg, Roy Furman, Ben Sprecher, Jim Fantaci, William D. Rollnick, Nancy Ellison, Ted Lachowicz and Aaron Levy, Adult Entertainment stars Aiello, Berlin, Mary Birdsong, Brandon Demery, Eric Elice and Linda Halaska.

Variety Arts is at 110 Third Avenue, below 14th Street. For information, call (212) 239-6200.

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