BroadHollow Theatre showcases laughter
The laughs are on at the BroadHollow Theatre this month, as the industrious troupe fills its three stages with light comedies as a way to ease Long Islanders into autumn.
On the big stage at BayWay, Jason Allyn directs The Producers (Sept. 12-Oct. 4), a musical comedy of the old school that ran six years on Broadway and won nearly every Tony Award known to man. Nothing will ever be as great as the original movie, but that’s even more reason to laud Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan’s accomplishment in fashioning a truly original, immensely entertaining show. You won’t even miss “Love Power.”
A similarly surefire audience grabber arrives at BroadHollow’s Elmont home, Aug. 29-Sept. 13: Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. Not exactly a bold choice, but as associate artistic director Glen J. Beck tells Pulse, “On Long Island, people want to see what they already know. And that does make it easier to sell. Fortunately, we also have our Studio Theatre in Lindenhurst, where we’ve established a niche doing lesser-known comedies.”
Though penned in 1973, Jack Sharkey’s A Gentleman and a Scoundrel (Studio Theater, Aug. 15-Sept. 5) sounds ultra-timely, since it’s about an underpaid employee who comes up with a novel way to make ends meet: he hires a new assistant—himself. Soon he’s collecting a double salary, but, as any fan of farces might suspect, complications ensue.
Billed as Canada’s “most produced playwright,” Norm Foster hasn’t exactly been neglected on our shores, either. BroadHollow’s already staged his Looking, Maggie’s Getting Married and The Love List, and now they’re offering his 1997 look at romance and sex, Here on the Flight Path (Studio Theater, Sept. 12-Oct. 11). Set on adjoining apartment balconies, the piece tells of a newspaper columnist, separated from his wife, who becomes intrigued with three successive female next-door neighbors, among them a would-be actress with lapses in her literary background:
ANGEL: Right now, I’m reading Withering Heights.
JOHN: Wuthering Heights, right?
JOHN: It’s Wuthering with a “u” not an “i.”
ANGEL: Oh, it is? I always thought it was a misprint.
DAVE’S NEW YORK PICKS
You mean you haven’t seen this YET? You have until the 13th. After that, you’ll need the CD to hear “It Sucks to be Me,” “The Internet is for Porn,” “The More You Ruv Someone” and “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.” (John Golden Theatre: Broadway)
A STEADY RAIN
A Chicago hit arrives on Broadway with powerhouse movie stars—Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig—playing troubled policemen coping with the worst day of their professional lives. (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre: Broadway)
David Lefkowitz co-publishes Performing Arts Insider (TotalTheater.com) and hosts the weekly program, Dave’s Gone By (http://www.davesgoneby.org). Read his plays at http://www.davelefkowitzwriting.wordpress.com.