Signature Theatre Company has announced a one-week extension of The Illusion, Tony Kushner’s adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s L'Illusion Comique. The play, which began previews on May 17 and is set to open on June 5, will now run through July 17 at the Peter Norton Space, directed by Michael Mayer.
The Illusion features Peter Bartlett (The Drowsy Chaperone), Sean Dugan (Next Fall), David Margulies (Conversations With My Father, Amanda Quaid (Equus), Lois Smith (The Trip to Bountiful), Henry Stram (Inherit the Wind), Merritt Wever (TV’s Nurse Jackie) and Finn Wittrock (TV’s All My Children).
In what is described as Kushner’s most joyfully theatrical play, a lawyer, facing mortality and desperate to find the son he drove away years before, travels in the dead of night to a mysterious cave. There he engages the services of a wizard, who conjures up visions of the romantic, adventurous, perilous life the lawyer's son has been living since his father expelled him from home.
The Illusion features scenic design by Christine Jones, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kevin Adams, sound design by Bray Poor, music by Nico Muhly, fight direction by Rick Sordelet and hair and wig design by Tom Watson.