Tommy and Rocky of the Cutting Den in the Hotel St. George subway station are giving a play based on their shop a big thumbs down, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.
The Cutting Den, now playing at the Soho Playhouse and written by long time Brooklyn Heights resident and former NYS Athletic Commission honcho Ron Scott Stevens, re-imagines the the barbershop as a mob run bookie operation.
Brooklyn Eagle: Owner [Thomas]LaMarca and Rocco Scali, a Cutting Den barber of more than 50 years, both attended on opening night.
A disappointed LaMarca, who had anticipated a plotline akin to Sweeney Todd, suggests that there is plenty of material for a future play about the real thing, “A play about Truman Capote coming here, Norman Mailer, and Alan Alda… Arthur Miller,” he says.
The Cutting Den is the fifth play for Stevens, a 30-year Heights resident and former chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. Most recently he wrote and staged Cherry’s Patch, whose title character shares a last name with firefighter Vernon Cherry, of Brooklyn Heights’ Engine Co. 205, Ladder Company 118, who died in 9/11. The play, about the suspitious circumstances around the death of a captain, is fictional.