Originally scheduled to run at the Signature in 2002, Edward Albees Occupant was canceled during previews when its star, Anne Bancroft, came down with pneumonia. Now, Tony winnerMercedes Ruehl is onboard to portray the late acclaimed sculptor (and Albee friend) Louise Nevelsonably abetted by the excellent Larry Bryggmanin this story about the charismatic artists life and career. Though the entire eight-week run sold out while the show was still in rehearsals, its been extended another week and, last we heard, tickets were still available. (The catch: Theyre now $65 instead of $20.) Pam MacKinnon, who staged the hit revival of Albees Peter and Jerry at Second Stage earlier this season, directs.
May 8-July 6, 8 p.m., 2008