STAGE BEAT : COMING UP A WINNER.
In sports, they'd say actor Eddie Frierson is on a streak.
His one-man tribute to baseball legend Christy Mathewson has played the Two Roads Theatre in Studio City for five months - the longest run ever for a show at the 49-seat theater - and is New York bound.
Frierson of Sherman Oaks wrote the show after discovering a book written by Mathewson, a New York Giants pitching great who died of tuberculosis in 1925. A gentleman who treated fans kindly and fought in World War I, Mathewson, Frierson reasoned, was a perfect dramatic figure and role model. And ``Matty: An Evening With Christy Mathewson'' was born.
Frierson himself is a former UCLA baseball player and former Santa Monica High School varsity baseball coach.
``Matty'' producer Edmund Gaynes says the show will go to off-Broadway in New York after its run here. He's currently shopping for a theater to book.
This will be the second show produced by Gaynes to make it to New York. ``Bein' With Behan,'' writer-actor Michael L. Kavanagh's tribute to Irish playwright Brendan Behan (``The Hostage''), has played the Irish Repertory Theatre for seven weeks and recently was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. ``Bein' With Behan'' also played the Two Roads.
The `Human' element Anthony Geary, best known to soap fans as the Luke half of ``General Hospital's'' Luke and Laura team, stars in the world premiere of ``Human Scratchings'' at the Court Theatre in Los Angeles.
Written and directed by veteran TV, film and theater writer Rick Edelstein, ``Human Scratchings'' is the story of a man who contemplates ``extreme behavior'' after the death of his wife.
The play opens this weekend and runs through June 2. Tickets are $20. The Court Theatre is at 722 N. La Cienega Blvd. Call Theatix at (213) 466-1767 for information and reservations.
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The comedian-actor appears Sunday in concert with singer Aliza Kashi at the new Performing Arts Centre Theatre at California State University, Northridge.
For information and tickets, call (818) 785-8885 or (818) 704-8189.