Kevin Spacey is coming back to Broadway with the acclaimed London production of A Moon for the Misbegotten. (Spacey last appeared on the Stem in two other Eugene O’Neill plays, Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Iceman Cometh.) A Moon for the Misbegotten will begin previews on March 29th at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, which was recently befouled by the Twyla Tharp/Bob Dylan catastrophe The Times They Are A-Changin’.
The incoming Spacey might bring some relief to Ellen Burstyn, who recently lashed out at the lousy quality of contemporary acting. In an interview with Reuters, the Academy and Tony Award-winning actress urged a sort of acting intervention: “Acting? I think it needs some help. TV has lowered the bar.” She went on to tear Broadway a new one, declaring, “I am appalled. (I saw) a couple of things that were billed as good, but they were shockingly bad. I can't recommend anything on Broadway."
Many have recommended the Broadway ventriloquism show Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!, but it hasn't done much good. Despite opening in September to rave reviews, ticket sales have slumped and it seems the dummy will crawl back in the suitcase come December 4th. Johnson, who is best known for playing the schizophrenic role of Chuck and Bob on the sitcom Soap, has been taking half-filled houses on "a multi-dimensional journey that combines his skills with a parade of characters that range from a subversive monkey to a withering tennis ball." So buy tickets now if you don't want to miss the show David Cote calls "a rare, hilarious treat!"
Despite rumors of its demise, The Culture Project, will, thankfully, be adapting, not dying. The politically progressive production company, which scored big with The Exonerated and Bridge & Tunnel, has decided to abandon its two-theatre space at 45 Bleecker Street and move to a smaller, single theater venue on Mercer Street. The new space is currently the home of the Manhattan Ensemble Theater (MET), where Golda’s Balcony premiered before leaping to Broadway. (The success of Golda’s Balcony has inspired MET’s Artistic Director Dave Fishelson to take a sabbatical from non-profit theater to focus on being a big time commercial producer.) Culture Project Artistic Director Allan Buchman blamed – wait for it – high rent as the reason for the move.