Award-winning legiter won't turn a profit

“The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” ends its Broadway run Dec. 15. The Edward Albee drama about a world-class architect who has an affair with a goat will have played 309 performances and 23 previews. Starring Mercedes Ruehl and Bill Pullman, the production opened March 10 at the Golden Theater.

Although “The Goat” completed a near sweep of the season-end awards for best play (the Tony, New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle), it received an extremely divided Crix Tally, as reported in Variety: five favorable reviews, four unfavorable and 15 mixed. Having opened after the 2002 cutoff for the Pulitzer Prize in drama, “The Goat” will be eligible for that award in 2003.

‘Goat’ won’t recoup

Elizabeth I. McCann, the show’s lead producer, said “The Goat” would not recoup in its Broadway run. Ironically, last week’s gross of $260,589 was the show’s highest to date, and well above breakeven.

Sally Field and Bill Irwin replaced the show’s original star-duo, Mercedes Ruehl and Bill Pullman, in mid-September, and their favorable reviews gave “The Goat” several of its top-performing sessions at the box office.

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