F, M at 14th St.; F, M at 14th St.
The 13th Street Rep may be dramatically less well-known than La MaMa or Theater for the New City but artistic director Edith O'Hara has definitely followed in the footsteps of her forebears. Since 1972, O’Hara, like Ellen Stewart and Crystal Fields of the aforementioned institutions, has been the primary force behind a small, homey, performance space reflecting her personal vision. Ironically, because 13th Street Rep has yet to produce a Sam Shepard or a Maria Irene Fornes, the company has stayed truer to its mission of fostering new talent. You won’t find endless revivals of early successes crowding out up-and-comers on the musty 65-seat proscenium stage. Instead, an ongoing reading series focuses on the Plays and Playwrights anthologies from off-off-Broadway champion Martin Denton while past hits such as Tom O’Neil’s Jack Kerouac - Last Call and Richard Day’s Straight Jacket have managed to generate a little fanfare. And while it’s home to the longest- running show in the city (Israel Horovitz's absurdist one-act Line has played uninterruptedly here since January 1974),this production is more of a historical oddity than the theater’s raison d’etre.