Off B'way venue closes doors
Playhouse 91, the 299-seat Off Broadway venue on the Upper East Side that in recent years housed “The Syringa Tree” and “Menopause, the Musical,” will shutter for redevelopment.
Theater operators Patricia Greenwald, Leonard Soloway and Steven M. Levy have returned control of the space to the original owner, Howard Estrin.
After an impressive four-year run, “Menopause” closed May 14. It was preceded in the theater by a two-year engagement for the well-received solo show “Syringa Tree.”
“The economics of Off Broadway have changed in those six years,” said Levy. “There are so many Off Broadway theaters that are dark. The Playhouse will probably not be a theater anymore.”
The space, a former stable and ice house, has been a theater venue since 1980. Past tenants include a production of “After the Fall,” with Frank Langella; “A Bronx Tale,” starring Chazz Palminteri; and a two-year run of Simon Gray’s “Quartermaines Terms.”