2004_09_artoldestprof.jpgLooking for a play for your weekend's entertainment? In previews now at the Signature Theatre Company is THE OLDEST PROFESSION by Paula Vogel. We love the description of this plot:

"As Ronald Reagan enters the White House, five aging practitioners of the oldest profession are faced with a diminishing clientele, increased competition for their niche market, and aching joints. With wit, compassion and humor, they struggle to find and learn new tricks as they fight to stay in the Life. THE OLDEST PROFESSION has been performed internationally in Mexico, Canada, Czechoslovakia and Poland."

Aging hookers? Cool! That's not a subject Gothamist has seen addressed often - er, maybe ever. Leave it to Paula Vogel, who captured our imagination with How I Learned To Drive and The Long Christmas Ride Home. Signature is devoting their entire season to her works, including a revival of the 1982 Obie Award-winning play The Baltimore Waltz, and the New York premiere of her play Hot 'N' Throbbing.

The cast of THE OLDEST PROFESSION features Marylouise Burke, Carlin Glynn, Katherine Helmond, Priscilla Lopez, and Joyce Van Patten. Set design will be by Narelle Sissons, costumes by Elizabeth Hope Clancy, lights by James Vermeulen and sound design by Darron L. West. David Esbjornson will direct and Antonia Grilikhes-Lasky will be assistant director.

Signature Theatre Company's Peter Norton Space is located at 555 W. 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). The performance schedule for THE OLDEST PROFESSION will be Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees on Saturday and Sundays at 3pm. There will be a open-captioned performance on Saturday, September 18 at 3pm. For additional information, visit www.signaturetheatre.org. For subscription and ticket information, please call (212) 244-PLAY (7529).