Paula Vogel's Play 'Indecent' to Close on Broadway

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'Indecent'

The historical play took home two Tony Awards on Sunday for direction and lighting design.

Despite taking home two Tony Awards on Sunday, Indecent has set its closing date.

The historical play will have its final performance at the Cort Theatre on June 25. It will have played 79 performances and 15 previews.

Indecent, which marked the Broadway debut of Pulitzer-winning playwright Paula Vogel, centers on Yiddish playwright Sholem Asch's controversial God of Vengeance, which was shut down by police after a single performance on Broadway in 1923. It is a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. Directed by Rebecca Taichman, the new play with music transferred to Broadway after a hit off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre and won Tonys for best director and lighting design.

Though closing on Broadway, Indecent will be presented in licensed productions in the U.S. and internationally, beginning with The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and The Huntington in Boston, and into next season with 20 anticipated productions.

"We are so proud and honored to have had the opportunity to introduce Broadway to Indecent and the remarkable talents of Paula Vogel, Rebecca Taichman and this exceptional company of actors and theater artists," the play's producers Daryl Roth, Elizabeth McCann and Cody Lassen said Wednesday in a statement. "Indecent has touched the hearts of theatergoers who have experienced the play's magic at the Cort Theatre for the past three months, and we hope it will continue to do so as it is presented in theaters across in the U.S., Canada and overseas in the months ahead. Indecent is storytelling in the theater at its very best, and we are grateful that this powerful story will live on."

The announcement of the closure of Indecent follows Tuesday's news that the revival of John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation and the Broadway premiere of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer-winning Sweat will also shutter. 

The spring season can be an unforgiving time on Broadway, with producers debuting their heavy-hitter entries in the run-up to Tony Awards and the big musicals tending to suck up much of the oxygen in terms of media attention. This year was especially daunting for nonmusicals on Broadway, with no sellout smash even among the more commercially robust productions.

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