Historic Village Theatre Reopens To Cheers, Jeers
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The reopening of an historic and newly-refurbished Greenwich Village theater this weekend drew protestors who say NYU broke promises to keep parts of the original venue in place.
The Provincetown Playhouse on MacDougal Street reopened Saturday after a two-year, $4.5 million renovation.
The theater is famous for being the home of the Provincetown Players, who helped launch the career of America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill.
But some community leaders say the school failed to preserve certain parts of the original theater, including its four original walls.
"The theater, you can go in and see how it looks. They call it the Provincetown Playhouse, but there's almost nothing left of the Provincetown Playhouse in there," said Historic Preservationist Andrew Berman.
NYU says it maintained the volume and footprint of the original space, while keeping most of the walls in place.