Returning to the New York stage this summer following successful runs of Colin Quinn Unconstitutional and the HBO-transferred Long Story Short, the slouchy satirist will bring his new show, Colin Quinn The New York Story, directed by Jerry Seinfeld, to the modest Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village. In an act of retro daring, Quinn will offer a $10 discount on tickets to performances from July 9 until the July 23 opening — a tradition of cut-rate previews that has all but disappeared. Whether or not the commercial theater can survive such defiance of modern practice remains to be seen.
The New York Story, slated for a limited run through August 16, is based on Quinn’s new book The Coloring Book and is described as a lament over “the rise and fall of his hometown, the city formally known as NY from its modest beginnings as Dutch outpost to the hipsters of modern Williamsburg to the vermin below and above ground. Quinn is once again at his satirical best, taking aim at the prejudices, paranoias and peculiarities that make New York City the crossroads of the world.” Or something like that.
“I’m doing this show because I’ve already covered the world with Long Story Short, the country with Unconstitutional and now the city,” said Quinn. “I’m working my way down to the most fascinating subject: me!”
Quinn (MTV’s Remote Control, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, etc.) has a web series, Cop Show, that can be seen on LSTUDIO.com. Seinfeld previously directed Long Story Short. The New York Story has set design by James Fauvell, costume design by Alexis Forte and lighting design by Sarah Lurie. The producers are Brian Stern, Mike Lavoie and Mike Berkowitz. Tickets will sell for $55 during previews and $65 after, with customer-gouging premium tickets also available. (Customers note: There are no crummy seats at the Cherry Lane.)