‘Tamara’ bids early adieu

After a nine-year run, the Los Angeles production of “Tamara” closed June 30, ahead of schedule.

A recording at the ticket line announces the shuttering “with great regret” and said it is “due to a sudden and unprecedented drop in ticket sales, which we can only attribute to the difficult economy in Los Angeles.”

The message then offers info on refunds to ticketholders.

“Tamara” had advertised that it was in its final weeks, but the premature shuttering went unannounced and generally unnoticed.

Producer Moses Znaimer had announced closings in November ’87 and January 1989, but in both cases the announcements created a surge in ticket sales, which kept the show running.

The play, in which patrons follow characters who move in various combinations from room to room, opened in May 1984, at what it dubbed the Tamara villa, a converted American Legion Post on Highland Avenue.

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