Conor McPherson's This Lime Tree Bower, which received good to excellent notices when it opened May 19 at Off-Broadway's Primary Stages, leading to several extensions, will conclude its run on Aug. 15. The show, which started previews May 5 was originally supposed to run through June 6 but was extended to June 27, later to July 18 and finally to Aug. 15.
The current cast features Jamie Bennett (who replaced T.R. Knight, June 27), Thomas Lyons and Drew McVety (Titanic, Corpus Christi), under the direction of Harris Yulin. The latter is best known as an actor, having most recently appeared on Broadway in The Diary of Anne Frank.
A tale of the drunken misadventure of three men who become entangled with local thugs and the police, This Lime Tree Bower is currently being adapted into the film, "Salt Water," the first feature directed by McPherson. Lime Tree Bower was first produced at the Crypt Theatre, transferred to the Bush Theatre in London and won the Meyer Whitworth and George Devine Awards for Best New Play. McPherson's current Broadway offering, The Weir, won an Evening Standard Award, Critic's Circle Award and two Oliviers including Best Play. Other plays include St. Nicholas, which Primary Stages hosted last season, Rum & Vodka and The Good Thief.
Yulin has directed Jitta's Atonement with Dianne Wiest and Calista Flockhart, the tour of Don Juan in Hell with Ed Asner and The Front Page with Brian Dennehy, among others.
Designing Lime Tree are Walt Spangler (sets), Debra Stein (costumes) and Deborah Constantine (lighting). Marienne Chapman is the production stage manager. For tickets ($35), call the Primary Stages box office at (212) 333-4052. Primary Stages is located at 354 West 45th Street.
--By Robert Simonson