Comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia recently returned to Broadway with his new solo show The Old Man & the Pool at Broadway's Vivian Beaumont Theater. After selling out the first week of performances, the production has extended, with performances now set through January 15, 2023. Opening night is November 13.
Seth Barrish directs the work, written and performed by Birbiglia, with contributions from story consultant Ira Glass (This American Life). Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool was originally produced by Center Theatre Group, making its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2022, following a developmental run at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. This is Birbiglia's second Broadway show, having previously brought The New One to the Main Stem in 2018.
“In my 22 years of performing comedy, and five solo shows, The Old Man & the Pool has given me the most rewarding experience I’ve ever felt with audiences,” said Birbiglia in an earlier statement. “This is a show I’m very proud of, and I can’t believe I get to perform it at Lincoln Center Theater—after auditioning for the Philharmonic, the Opera, and the New York City Ballet, I thought I’d never get the chance. But here I am. Sometimes you get lucky!"
The play's creative team also includes set designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Toni-Leslie James, lighting designer Aaron Copp, sound designer Kai Harada, and projection designer Hana S. Kim.
Take a look at the production in new photos below.