Thursday, October 12, 2006

Mendes da Costa's Losing Louie Opens Tonight on Broadway

Mendes da Costa's Losing Louie Opens Tonight on Broadway

Simon Mendes da Costa's Losing Louie is set to open for its limited engagement this evening despite losing a couple of the actors initially announced. Despite the changes, the Jerry Zaks-helmed comedy includes some impressive talent including Michelle Pawk (who won a Tony for Hollywood Arms) and Mark Linn-Baker (most recently in A Year With Frog And Toad) along with Matthew Arkin, Scott Cohen, Rebecca Creskoff, Patricia Kalember and Jama Williamson.

Kalember replaced Jan Maxwell, while Linn-Baker replaced Matthew Arkin's brother Adam prior to previews.

In describing Losing Louie, the Manhattan Theatre Club poses a series of questions, including: "How do our childhood memories affect our lives? How do the mistakes of one generation impact the next? And most importantly, why does love make us do such crazy things? Interwoven events from the past and present blend together in this wise and witty new play, as two generations of family members work things out in the same bedroom, fifty years apart."

This marks the first time a Mendes da Costa play has been produced on Broadway -- not bad for a playwright with only other work to his credit. Earlier this year, Mendes da Costa was among those nominated for London's Evening Standard Awards for Most Promising Playwright.

Is there enough promise in Losing Louie to ensure critical success at Broadway's Biltmore Theatre? We'll find out tomorrow as the critics provide their assessments.

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