Hi, their names are Bill and Bob, and they're not going anywhere for a while. Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey's play about the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, is extending its celebrated off-Broadway run through January 5, 2014. Directed by Seth Gordon, the play opened at the SoHo Playhouse on July 16.
Starring Patrick Boll and Timothy Crowe as the titular charcaters, Bill W. and Dr. Bob is based on the lives of Alcoholics Anonymous founders William Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith and their wives, Lois Wilson and Anne Smith, who created Al-Anon. The year is 1929 and stockbroker Bill Wilson has been hit by the stock market crash and is a drunk. Dr. Bob Smith is also an alcoholic, often going into the operating room with a hangover. By some chance occurrences Bill and Bob meet and form a relationship, each trying to keep the other sober.
In addition to Boll and Crowe, the cast of the play also features Denise Cormier, Deborah Hedwall, Daniel Pearce and Liz Wisan. The creative team for Bill W. and Dr. Bob includes costume design by Teresa Snider-Stein, lighting design by Ann Wrightson and set design by Wilson Chin.