The play Just 45 Minutes From Broadway has extended its run and continues through May 30th at the Edgemar Center for the Arts main stage, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica.
Shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. Sundays.
Written by Henry Jaglom and directed by Gary Imhoff, the production follows the Isaacs, a mostly Jewish extended family of actors. George Isaacs (AKA Grisha), the patriarch, had been a third-generation star of the Yiddish theatre in his youth before “crossing over” into English-speaking theater as he grew up. His wife, Vivien Cooper, had also been a successful stage actress, but now mostly stays at home and looks after George.
Vivien’s brother, Larry Cooper, who is in a nearby dinner-theatre production of Guys and Dolls also stays at the Isaacs’ house. Times are tough and theater jobs are few, so the Isaacs have also taken in a boarder, Sally Brooks, a fading character actress.
George and Vivien have two grown daughters, Pandora (Panda), and her older sister Betsy. Pandora has moved back into her parents’ crumbling home, just 45 minutes from Broadway, after a long-term romance collapses, while Betsy moved away to become successful as a “civilian” and brings home her fiancé, Jimmy Halkin, to meet the family.
Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, which originally opened at Edgemar October 1st, features a cast including Julie Davis, Tanna Frederick, David Garver, Jack Heller, David Proval, Diane Louise Salinger, and Harriet Schock.
Tickets are $25.
Information, (310) 392-7327, or www.edgemarcenter.org/.