Woody Harrelson's quirky play to extend its run

Associated Press Modified: August 23, 2012 at 7:30 am •  Published: August 23, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Woody Harrelson's play "Bullet for Adolf" is extending its off-Broadway run by more than a month and the actor-turned-playwright is hopeful it will continue building an audience.

"Nobody does theater 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 percent of people at the show and the audience is building every week so I'm optimistic."

The comedy was co-written by Harrelson and old friend Frankie Hyman and has a semi-autobiographical plot that sprang from true events and unusual people the pair encountered while working construction jobs in the summer of 1983 in Houston.

The eight-person play, also directed by Harrelson, opened in August at the New World Stages complex on 50th Street and has been losing money. It was originally scheduled to play its final performance on Sept. 9, but the production will now be gambling that more time will create a bigger response. Producers said Thursday it will now play through Oct. 21.

"Bullet for Adolf" is peppered with one-liners, vulgar insults and politically incorrect jokes about racism, ethnicity, pedophilia, the Holocaust and even different cultures' uses of placenta.

The play got mixed reviews off-Broadway, with The New York Times calling the play "muddled" and loud, while The Associated Press said it is "an engaging, high-energy comedy that will surely entertain more than it offends."

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