Earlier this month, I enjoyed a rejuvenating trip to NYC & saw three terrific plays, Superior Donuts(by Tracy Letts), My Wonderful Day(by Alan Ayckbourn)& The Understudy (by Theresa Rebeck.)
Sadly, Superior Donuts, has already announced a January closing. The critics complained that it wasn’t as good as Letts’ Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winning August: Osage County; well, what is?! I thought it was wonderful with a fine cast including one of Christopher Guest’s favorite actors, Michael McKean (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind), in the lead.
My Wonderful Day was one of the selections in the sixth annual Brits Off Broadway Program which had a limited engagement at the 59E59 Theater. Do check it out if you are in NYC in the late Fall. www.britsoffbroadway.com
Alan Ayckbourn, author of more than 70 plays, is a master of what I call the slamming door comedy. My Wonderful Day was fast paced & funny. The brilliant all British cast included Ayesha Antoine a 20- something actress who very convincingly plays the nine year old girl who observes a wonderful, if surprising, day.
The Understudy, a Roundabout Theater Company production, is likely to run for some time. It has received excellent reviews especially for Julie White’s performance. Ms. White plays a beleaguered stage manager who supervises a unintentionally hilarious rehearsal of a Kafka play.