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Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart to Return Off-Broadway

Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart to Return Off-Broadway


The gay playwright's Fire Island-set classic will receive its first New York production in 23 years.

Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre has announced a revival of gay playwright Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart for its upcoming 36th season.

The acclaimed comedy is about two straight married couples spending Fourth of July weekend at a Fire Island beach house that one character has inherited after her brother's death from AIDS.

"As their season in the sun unfolds, the two couples do their best to enjoy themselves despite their prejudices and insecurities," read press notes about the play. "The grill is fired up, the drinks are cold and the pool is open but no one is going in."

Lips Together, Teeth Apart is scheduled to begin previews October 7 at Second Stage, which previously presented McNally's gay-themed Some Men. Directed by Peter DuBois, the revival will mark the play's first New York production in 23 years.

"Lips Together... is one of Terrence's finest plays -- I've wanted to mount a production for several years and I'm so pleased that both Terrence and Peter will be back at our theatre," said Second Stage founding artistic director Carole Rothman in a statement.

The play was first produced Off-Broadway in 1991 with cast members Christine Baranski, Swoosie Kurtz, Nathan Lane, and Anthony Heald. A planned 2010 Broadway revival was famously canceled after star Megan Mullally quit the production, refusing to work with actor-comedian Patton Oswalt.

McNally is currently represented on Broadway with the Tony-nominated gay-themed drama Mothers and Sons.

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