The off-Broadway production of Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey’s Bill W. and Dr. Bob will end its run at the SoHo Playhouse on May 4. The play, starring Patrick Boll and Steve Brady, opened in July of 2013 under the direction of Seth Gordon. At time of closing, the show will have played 243 performances and 8 preview performances.
Bill W. and Dr. Bob is based on the lives of Alcoholics Anonymous founders William Wilson (Boll) and Dr. Robert Smith (Brady) 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 includes Michael Frederic, Kelli Ruttle and Denise Cormier.