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Stephen Adly Guirgis's 'Between Riverside and Crazy' to Pinch-Hit for Canceled 'American Psycho'

By Jon Sobel j.sobel@classicalite.com on Oct 17, 2014 04:41 PM EDT

Stephen Adly Guirgis's Between Riverside and Crazy, an Atlantic Theater Company production which had its acclaimed premiere run this summer, will be back on stage in the winter, replacing the canceled production of American Psycho at Second Stage Theatre. The play will begin performances January 16, 2015 and officially open February 11, 2015 for a limited run through March 8, 2015.

Second Stage was left with a gaping hole in its upcoming season with the unexpected withdrawal of performance rights to American Psycho. What better replacement than a proven, well-reviewed new show by a hot Tony-nominated playwright, a show that many didn't get to see during its brief original run?

In a statement, Second Stage artistic director Carole Rothman said, "Part of Second Stage's founding mission is to give deserving American plays a second chance to reach a wider audience…I'm thrilled to bring [Between Riverside and Crazy] back and share it with theatregoers who couldn't get a ticket during its sold out run."

Austin Pendleton will return to direct the new production, as will a number of cast members, including Stephen McKinley Henderson, who delivered an "impeccably measured performance" as retired cop "Pops," according to Ben Brantley in the New York Times. Newsday called the play a "genuine original that deserves to be seen by anyone hungry for a smart, exuberantly funny urban dramedy with a spirit as shrewd and forgiving as its motor-mouth language is wild and lush."

Further casting will be announced later. The production will feature scenic design by Walt Spangler, lighting design by Keith Parham, costume design by Alexis Forte, and sound design and original music by Ryan Rumery.

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TagsAmerican Psycho, Between Riverside and Crazy, Austin Pendleton, Off-Broadway, Second Stage, Atlantic Theater, Stephen McKinley Henderson