Theater Notes : Way Off B'Way to Take Final Bow

It's curtains for the Way Off Broadway Playhouse in Santa Ana.

Artistic director Tony Reverditto, who founded the basement theater eight years ago, announced Friday that he will be "moving on to bigger and better ventures" after the troupe's next production: Jim Geoghan's "Light Sensitive" (Feb. 25 to March 26).

Way Off Broadway, which has been in wobbly financial shape for years, can no longer make the rent. Reverditto called Geoghan's play "the perfect goodby." He describes it as a heartwarming tale of three friends: Tommy, a blind, embittered, lonely old man who once was "the most dangerous white cab driver in New York City," Lou, his "not too bright buddy," and Edna, who is "wealthy and witty, but something is wrong with her hand." (714) 547-8997.


HAVING 'FAITH': South Coast Repertory will close its Second Stage season in Costa Mesa with Irish playwright Brian Friel's "Faith Healer" (April 25 to May 28). The play, about a faith healer with an erratic touch, was produced on Broadway in 1979. It will be directed by Barbara Damashek, who has directed two SCR Mainstage productions: "Sunday in the Park With George" and "Happy End," both musicals. Friel's "Dancing at Lughnasa" closed the SCR Mainstage season last year. (714) 957-4033.

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