Black Tie extends run by one week




Primary Stages has announced a one-week extension for the final production of the 2010-2011 season: the World Premiere of the new comedy, Black Tie by A.R. Gurney. Originally scheduled to end its limited run on 20 Mar 2011, Black Tie will now play through to 27 Mar 2011.

Black Tie opened at 59E59's Theater A on 8 Feb 2011, following previews from 25 Feb 2011. The show opened to mixed reviews: Nothing happens (newyorktheatreguide.com); Effortlessly engaging (NY Times); Always feels knotted in phoniness (NY Daily News); Tender, funny (Bloomberg); Funny, observant, and altogether winning (Back Stage).

Directed by Mark Lamos, the five-member cast feature Ari Brand as 'Teddy,' Daniel Davis as 'Curtis’ Father,' Gregg Edelman as 'Curtis,' Carolyn McCormick as 'Mimi' and Elvy Yost as 'Elsie.'

Father of the groom, Curtis, simply wants to make a memorable toast. But before he is able to raise his glass, he must defend the time-honored ways of his past, including his attire. Cultures clash when a surprise guest is announced, threatening to throw convention out the window. Curtis finds that balancing the standards of his late father and the needs of his future family may prove too messy for a Black Tie affair.

The creative team includes John Arnone (Set), Jess Goldstein (Costumes), Stephen Strawsbridge (Lights) and John Gromada (Sound).

Playwright A.R. Gurney and director Mark Lamos return to Primary Stages where they collaborated on the world premiere productions of 'Indian Blood' and 'Buffalo Gal.'