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    Beyond Therapy

    A revival of the classic 1981 comedy by CHRISTOPHER DURANG ("Betty's Summer Vacation") about two mismatched singles who try to navigate a relationship despite the involvement of their respective crazy therapists. "BEYOND THERAPY" traces the precarious romance of Bruce and Prudence, two hapless singles who initially meet through a personal ad. After an utterly disastrous first date, the dejected pair retreat to their respective analysts. Prudence's therapist (a lecherous bully with designs of his own on her) insists that she learn to accept imperfection, while Bruce's scatterbrained analyst gleefully suggests another ad with a much-revised personal description. But again Prudence answers the call. Chaos ensues as the bisexual Bruce's live-in boyfriend becomes jealous of the budding lovebirds and takes matters into his own hands. Is their relationship star-crossed, or can Bruce and Prudence find happiness living "beyond therapy?" The play premiered off-Broadway in 1981 (with Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Collins) and then moved to Broadway in 1982 in a production featuring Dianne Wiest and John Lithgow. Time Magazine wrote "Screwball and scatty, 'Beyond Therapy' offers the best therapy of all: guaranteed laughter. Durang's plot, which has more bounces than a pinball game, goes from the unexpected to the unpredicted, providing hilarious surprises." Featured in the cast: Kurt Bauccio, Julia Montgomery Brown, Tom Daddario, Matt Fraley, Brad Letson and Forba Shepard. Director Mark Cannistraro is the recipient of the Back Stage Bistro Award for Outstanding Direction for his work on Fairy Tales, Eric Lane Barnes' musical revue about gay life, which transferred to off-Broadway's WPA Theatre after a successful SourceWorks run. Other NYC credits include the off-Broadway and San Francisco productions of The Velocity Of Gary (Not His Real Name) with Danny Pintauro, A Queer Carol and Homosexual Acts, as well as critically acclaimed SourceWorks revivals of Charles Busch's Vampire Lesbians Of Sodom and Christopher Durang's Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. He recently helped develop a new play by Jack Heifner, author of Vanities. Mark lives in Manhattan and is joyously married to his best friend. Christopher Durang's many plays include A History of the American Film (Tony nomination, Best Book of a Musical, 1978), The Actor's Nightmare, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Obie award; off-Bway run 1981-83), Baby with the Bathwater (Playwrights Horizons, 1983), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Public Theatre, 1985; Obie award, Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award), Laughing Wild (Playwrights Horizons, 1987), Durang/Durang (an evening of six plays at Manhattan Theatre Club, 1994, including the Tennessee Williams' parody, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls), and Betty's Summer Vacation (Playwrights Horizons, 1999; Obie award).

    Dates:  June 20, 2004 - Aug. 7, 2004
    Schedule:  In June: Sat. 10 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. In July-Aug.: Sat. 8 p.m.
    Venue:  PCII, 222 w 51st .
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    Tickets/info:  (212) 868-4444


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