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Cherry Lane Unveiling Changes

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Off-Broadway's Cherry Lane Theatre will unveil its completed $1.66 million renovations on April 3 at the theatre's annual spring gala.

"We will preserve all of the details that make us an intimate, neighborhood playhouse, while providing a more accessible and comfortable destination for our audiences and a technically advanced workspace for our artists," said Artistic Director Angelina Fiordellisi in a press release.

Renovations began last September on the facility's theatres, lobby, and administrative offices. The extensive changes to the landmarked building include restoration of the original entrance to the mainstage, lobby, box office, and studio theatre. The lobby entrance will be transparent, and the expanded lobby will include a concessions bar, larger bathrooms, and new air conditioning.

The opening of the mainstage to the house has also been expanded, "bringing a new intimacy to the theatre," according to the press release, with larger seats, greater legroom, and improved sightlines. New lighting and sound systems have been installed as well.

New flexible seating in the studio theatre should also improve sightlines, and the theatre will be able to function as a large rehearsal space when the seating is not deployed.

The $1.66 million cost of the renovations includes $921,000 for the mainstage, studio, and lobby; $350,000 for seating, lighting, and sound; and $389,000 for the administrative offices and dressing rooms. The firm Mitchell Kurtz Architect designed the renovations; John Pohlman Construction heads the building effort.

The theatre is also increasing its "sustainability and artistic" fund by $485,000 as part of an overall $2.145 million fundraising campaign called the Renovate 38 Capital Campaign. The effort is scheduled to end in September 2008.

-- Roger Armbrust

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