‘Cactus’ pricks up Off Broadway

Commercial production to play Westside Theater

“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.

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