Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Moss premiere just seconds away

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your patience. In a moment, relatively speaking, we will begin our featured performance,  the world premiere of "Orange Hat and Grace," the new play by Newburyport playwright Greg Moss that kicks off the new season at Soho Rep. In this case, in a moment means roughly 12 hours — just enough time to get to the city and find a parking space. We understand it may seem to be stretching the meaning of the phrase "in a moment," especially if you're just tuning in, but we've been waiting in line through the spring and summer. Soho Rep, which made a huge splash last year with its critically acclaimed production of Sarah Kane’s “Blasted,” was supposed to bring out the play for a three-week run beginning last March, with artistic director Sarah Benson in the driver’s seat. Then came the "creative team availability issue" — long story, believe me — and “Orange Hat and Grace” got bumped from the lineup.  

What's it all about, you ask?  Well, when we spoke to Moss a couple of months ago, he said it’s “a little more hospitable, or housebroken, or something ... I don’t know, maybe mature” than his previous work, which includes “House of Gold,” the creepy, in-your-face take on the Jon-Benet Ramsey case. The story is set in a cabin in the woods, where we find an aging Orange, whose orderly life will soon be upended by a feral suitor, and the reappearance of a figure from her past who's come home for a final visit. It's equal parts American gothic and unlikely romance, a funny, fierce and provocative inquiry into our relationship with the natural world. The cast features Reyna deCourcy, Matthew Maher and Stephanie Roth Haberle. Kane directs.

And the pix? It’s from the Soho Rep page. Says that Moss is not a dummy, not a prodigy, and links to an interview with the playwright in the Brooklyn Rail. I dunno, maybe not quite as weak at the audience conceit that leads this post. Tickets are $30, $40 for the good seats. Several of the shows have some sort of Feed event after the show, the coolest being the Sept. 19 conversation between Moss and Paula Vogel, the playwright who won the 1998 Pulitzer for her play "How I Learned to Drive."  The show runs through Oct. 10. The theater is located at 46 Walker St., New York, a couple of blocks below Canal. You can call 212.352.3101 for more information. Most of the stuff is right here.

Now, for some housekeeping: Please note the location of the exits and turn off your cell phones and other electronic devices. The show is just minutes — no, seconds— away.


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