“Cactus Flower,” the 1965 Abe Burrows farce that ran more than 1,200 performances on Broadway, will return to New York in a commercial Off Broadway production at the Westside Theater.
Producer Daryl Roth, well known for backing new plays with serious themes including “Wit” and “Proof,” said that reviving a farce was “not her usual fare,” but “Cactus Flower” appealed because “it’s entertaining in a very pure way. It’s great to be able to offer a wonderful, well-written comedy.”
Roth was first approached about the play by director Michael Bush, who helmed “Cactus Flower” in a recent Albany production. Bush will helm an Off Broadway cast that includes Maxwell Caulfield (“Grease 2”) and Lois Robbins (“Ryan’s Hope”).
Roth said she chose to mount the open-ended run Off Broadway because “it’s very difficult to be on Broadway without a megastar,” and because of her solid relationship with the Westside Theatre, where her production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore” is running in the downstairs space.
Previews of “Cactus Flower,” produced by Daryl Roth Prods. and Stonehill Prods., are set to begin Feb. 24 with opening night slotted for March 10.