‘Sight Unseen’ set to close

Sullivan-helmed show originally skedded to shutter July 11

The Manhattan Theater Club revival of Donald Margulies’ drama “Sight Unseen,” starring Laura Linney and Ben Shenkman, will close Sunday after 21 previews and 70 regular performances at MTC’s Broadway venue, the Biltmore Theater.

Daniel Sullivan-helmed show had originally been skedded to shutter July 11, but MTC extended the run two weeks due to strong biz.

During the extension, the show has gone on a reduced seven-perf sked to accommodate Linney’s rehearsals for “The Squid and the Whale,” which begins filming next month.

As for the MTC’s Biltmore, the third time was the charm. MTC reopened the renovated venue last fall after the theater had been dark for two decades. But the company’s initial offerings — productions of the new plays “The Violet Hour” and “Drowning Crow” — opened to weak reviews and B.O. and took no Tony noms.

The success of “Sight Unseen” struck a more positive note for MTC’s first Broadway season. There had even been talk of a possible commercial transfer for the show, but Linney’s movie commitment precluded such a move.

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