Wanna Cover It? ‘Proof’ and ‘An Ideal Husband’ at Connelly Theater


As previously mentioned, we’ve just launched a nifty new tool that allows you to suggest stories you’d like to see on The Local. Using our Virtual Assignment Desk, you can either offer to write or photograph stories yourself or we’ll post your ideas so that fellow readers can volunteer to cover them. Check out our Open Assignments page and you’ll see that Hilarywritesny recently offered to write a story about East Village nonprofits: “Who’s volunteering, which agencies need help, what they do and how to get involved.” And speaking of volunteers, here’s a reader-submitted story that needs one. Want to review one of these upcoming productions at the Connelly Theater?

I’d like to invite you to take a new look at some old favorites David Auburn’s Proof and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, produced by Sink or Swim Rep. Please note: It was originally announced that Proof would be directed by Jessi D. Hill, it is now being directed by Wendy Merritt.

In both Proof and An Ideal Husband, the characters are living a life of illusion and lies. What they hold as true has been carefully and willfully constructed. But it is a house of cards and when it invariably comes tumbling down, it can’t be rebuilt. Both Catherine in Proof and Gertrude in An Ideal Husband, are forced to look internally, and when they finally do, they realize that the way they view themselves and those around them must change or how can they move forward? Sink or Swim Rep has taken that journey—looked within and are embracing the result. Now it’s the audiences turn: having faced internal truth last season, are they ready to accept the change that comes with it?

Please let me know when you would like to attend, all the pertinent information is enclosed below and there will be photographs shortly. With warm regards and a Happy Summer Weekend, Katie enc.

PROOF Written by DAVID AUBURN Directed by WENDY MERRITT (changed from Jessi D. Hill) starring Alan Langdon* as Robert, Kristin Parker* as Catherine, Whitney Kaufman* as Claire, and Eric Smith as Hal. July 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, 19, 20, 25, 28at 8pm July 10 24, at 7pm Press Performances: July 7, 8, 10 Opening Night: July 10th at 7pm

AN IDEAL HUSBAND Written by OSCAR WILDE Directed by MICHAEL HARDART starring Peter Judd* as The Earl of Caversham, Stuart Williams as Viscount Goring, Aaron Gaines as Sir Robert Chiltern, Joseph Thornhill as Vicomte De Nanjac/Mason, Craig Mungavin as Mr. Montford/Phipps, Whitney Kaufman* as Lady Chiltern, Emily Jon Mitchell* as Lady Markby, Clemmie Evans as The Countess of Basildon, Rachel Neiheisel as Mrs. Marchmont, Jade Anderson as Miss Mabel Chiltern, and Amanda Jones* as Mrs. Cheveley. July 5, 11, 13, 18, 21, , 26, 27, at 8pm July 7, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 2pm July 17 at 7pm Press Performances: July 5, 7, 8 Opening Night: July 11th at 8pm THE CONNELLY THEATER (220 East 4th Street, NYC). Tickets are $18 and are now available online at www.smarttix.com or by calling 212-868-4444. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater 1⁄2 hour prior to performance. Running Time: 120 minutes Website: sinkorswimrep.org

If you have an interest in theater and want to cover one or both of these shows for The Local, sign up via the Open Assignments page. Have your own story idea? Submit it through the Virtual Assignment Desk. We do offer compensation for contributions.