Almost an Evening: Kate Blumberg And Peter Maloney

Kate Blumberg and Peter Maloney join the cast of the Atlantic Theater Company�s critically acclaimed world premiere production of Academy Award - winning film maker Ethan Coen�s Almost an Evening on 13 May 2008.

Atlantic Theater Company member Kate Blumberg returns to the Off-Broadway stage assuming the roles played by fellow company member Mary McCann - who played her final performance on 11 May 2008 in advance of appearing in Atlantic�s upcoming production of Annie Baker�s Body Awareness.

Blumberg most recently appeared at Atlantic in Jez Butterworth�s 'Parlour Song,' Tina Howe�s 'Birth and After Birth' and Harold Pinter�s 'Celebration and The Room.' She was also featured in both of Woody Allen�s world premiere plays at Atlantic, 'Writer�s Block' and 'A Second Hand Memory.'

Maloney will assume the roles played by F. Murray Abraham, who also played his final performance on 11 May 2008.

Maloney starred in Peter Parnell�s 'Trumpery' earlier this season at Atlantic, where he has appeared in eleven productions, including David Mamet�s adaptation of 'The Voysey Inheritance,' Harold Pinter�s 'Celebration and The Room' and Anton Chekhov�s 'The Cherry Orchard.'

In Ethan Coen�s Almost an Evening, three short plays unsuccessfully tackle important questions. In Waiting, someone waits somewhere for quite some time. In Four Benches, a voyage to self-discovery takes a British intelligence agent to steam baths in New York and Texas, and to park benches in the U.S. and U.K. In Debate, cosmic questions are taken up. Not much is learned.

Almost an Evening opened for a commercial run at the Bleecker Street Theatre on 20 Mar 2008, foe a limited enagement running through to 1 Jun 2008.

Almost an Evening sold out before previews began when the comedy opened at Atlantic Stage 2 for a limited engagement that ran from 9 Jan through to 10 Feb 2008

The show opened to excellent reviews : �Tasty, bite-sized comedies." (New York Times); "�Tantalizing! First-rate performers.� (Associated Press); "Razor-sharp performances. Very funny!� (New York Daily News); "�Excellent! A smart diversion that delivers." (Star-Ledger) and "Seriously hilarious! As a playwright, Coen is a fresh and original voice." (Journal News.)

Directed by Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe, Almost an Evening features Peter Maloney, J.R. Horne, Jordan Lage, Mark Linn-Baker, Kate Blumberg, Del Pentecost, Joey Slotnick, Johanna Day and Tim Hopper.

The creative team comprises Riccardo Hernandez (sets), Ilona Somogyi (costumes), Donald Holder (lighting) and Eric Shim (sound).

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