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