(Steven McElroy’s article appeared in The New York Times, 5/6; via Pam Green; the above video is not from the NY production.)

You’ve seen the British actor Simon Callow in heady stuff like “Being Shakespeare,” perhaps, and maybe caught his performances in films including “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” but you haven’t seen all that this versatile performer, director and writer has to offer until you catch “Tuesdays at Tesco’s,” which begins previews at 59E59 Theaters on Thursday.

This English-language version of the play, translated and adapted by Matthew Hurt and Sarah Vermande from Emmanuel Darley’s French play “Le Mardi à Monoprix,” was first presented in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In it, Mr. Callow is Pauline, formerly Paul, who makes a weekly grocery-shopping trip with her ailing, widowed father. What should be a mundane event is made more complicated by her father’s lack of acceptance and stares from other small-town folk.


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