It was Mr. Feldman's guest appearance as "the Manager" in 1935's The Millionairess (and the mouth-watering rumor that this was the playwright's attempt at screwball comedy) (and the fact that I finally remembered to write down the damn thing on my calendar) that prompted me to catch my first Project Shaw this past Monday.
Mr. Feldman was so magnetic in his brief scene, his (Irish?) accent so unerring that I blanked out the rest of the evening. Some of the other people crowding the stage included, if I remember correctly, Tyne Daly, her one-time Herbie (when she did Gypsy on Broadway) Jonathan Hadary, Rebecca Luker and Daniel Jenkins (the latter two on their night off from Mary Poppins, where they play the Bankses). The play itsef was little more than a period curio, but all the more precious for its delicious datedness. Now I have to go back for a show with Mr. Cote!
Project Shaw is taking a break in August, when its home, the Players on Gramercy Park South, closes. The next performance is Man and Superman on September 17—but are they going to do the lengthy "Don Juan in Hell" act? Note to David Staller: This might be a fine opportunity for TONY's dynamic duo. I'm just sayin'. In the meantime, check out their Sitemeter-busting vlog.