Woody Harrelson play extends off-Broadway run

Woody Harrelson's play Bullet for Adolf, which had its premiere in Toronto last year, is extending its off-Broadway run by more than a month.
Canadian actor Brandon Coffey, left, and Marsha Stephanie Blake in a scene from Woody Harrelson & Frankie Hyman’s play Bullet for Adolf at New World Stages in New York. (Carol Rosegg/The O and M Co./Associated Press)

Woody Harrelson's play Bullet for Adolf, which had its premiere in Toronto last year, is extending its off-Broadway run by more than a month.

Harrelson, who wrote the play with his friend with his friend Frankie Hyman, says the audience for the play is building as people return to New York at the end of the summer.

"Nobody does theatre for the money, on the other hand, an eventual profit would be lovely," Harrelson told The Associated Press in an email exchange. "Word-of-mouth accounts for 90 per cent of people at the show and the audience is building every week so I'm optimistic."

Reviews were mixed for the semi-autobiographical story about a would-be actor from California and a New Yorker trying to kick a drug habit who meet while working construction in Texas.

While there was criticism for the convoluted storyline involving a gun that was once used in an assassination attempt on Hitler, most reviewers found the work funny. The play has some off-colour humour, including vulgar insults and jokes about race and ethnicity.

"I think Frankie and I were pretty clear that this play wouldn't be for everyone," said Harrelson, who directed the play in both Toronto and New York. 

"The play goes to some pretty wild places and has some very strong language and edgy jokes. We were 21 and on our own for the first time and that's how we were that summer of 1983. This play is not for the humourless."

Canadian actors David Coomber and Brandon Coffey made their New York debut in Bullet for Adolf.

The play was originally scheduled to play its final performance on Sept. 9, but now has been extended through Oct. 21. Harrelson also said he would like to take Bullet for Adolf to London.

 

With files from The Associated Press