Show shutters after unusually lengthy Off Broadway run
The Off Broadway production of “Our Town” will shutter in September, following return stints by Michael McKean and David Cromer in the narrator role of the Stage Manager.Production, which Cromer also helmed, has carved out an unusually long run Off Broadway, which many producers have come to see as increasingly inhospitable to commercial offerings. “Our Town” will have run for more than 18 months, having begun perfs Feb. 17, 2009, at the 150-seat Barrow Street Theater. The large cast of about 20 thesps also marks “Our Town” as a rarity Off Broadway, where smaller-scale productions often dominate the scene due to budget constraints and the restricted gross potential of smaller venues. Helen Hunt currently toplines the production in a monthlong stint in the Stage Manager role. McKean, who played the part prior to Hunt, returns to the show Aug. 3-22, with Cromer — who originated the role in this production — stepping in Aug. 24-Sept. 12 (During Cromer’s engagement, Scott Parkinson is on board for matinee perfs). Michael Shannon, Jason Butler Harner and Stephen Kunken also have rotated in and out of the role. The show originated in Chicago before its Off Broadway incarnation won raves from critics last year. A Broadway transfer was considered, but producers opted to stick with the intimacy of the Barrow Street rather than jump to a larger house. Reps for the show bill it as the long-running production ever of the 1938 Thornton Wilder play about small-town American life. Producers of “Our Town” include Scott Morfee (also the operator of the Barrow Street Theater), Jean Doumanian, Tom Wirtshafter, Ted Snowdon, Eagle Prods., Dena Hammerstein/Pam Pariseau, the Weinstein Co. and Burnt Under Prods. The show closes Sept. 12.