Eve Plumb, known to folks around the world as Jan on "The Brady Bunch," is known in Laguna as a neighbor, owner of a historic house, former Design Review Board member and part of the make up crew for the Pageant of the Masters.
She won't be seen here for a while — and she doesn't know long a while it will be. Plumb has a plum role in an off-Broadway production with no closing date.
"We [she and husband Ken Pace] have rented out our house and taken an apartment in New York," Plumb said in a recent telephone conversation while standing on Fifth Avenue.
"A big hello to everyone and we will be back."
She had just had lunch with Laguna Art Museum benefactor Laura Rohl. Rohl and her husband has seen Plumb perform the night before in "Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage."
Plumb stars in the two-person cast as Miss Abigail, advisor on matters of the heart in simpler times.
"I have performed on stage before, but never in anything as big as this," Plumb said. "There is a lot of dialogue in a two-person show.
"I used to be nervous, but that fear fell away."
Her role as Miss Abigail is a back breaker: eight performances a week, matinees and evening shows on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The stage is dark Mondays and Tuesdays.
The show opened Oct. 24 at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre at Sofia on 46th Street next to the Lunt-Fantanne Theatre.
"I'm thrilled to be making my New York debut as Miss Abigail this fall," Plumb said. "And from what I've seen on 'Sex and the City,' it sounds like this show is exactly what New Yorkers need!"
The reviews have been favorable. In Entertainment Weekly: "Eve Plumb, a.k.a. Jan Brady, shines Off Broadway in 'Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage.'
The play is based Abigail Grotke's popular book with the same title. It is the story of the most sought-after relationship expert of her day and her sexy sidekick, Paco, as
they tour the world, preaching "how to's," such as how to kiss, what subjects to discuss on a date and how to let a man think he wears the pants.
It is set in the time when more than half the couples that married stayed married and Fidelity was more than an investment firm."
Ken Davenport and Sarah Saltzberg wrote the script for the play, which was previously performed at the former Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
"I was in New York for a couple of months in July and August and I auditioned for the show," Plumb said.
Rehearsals began in September for the New York run.
Plumb has spent years distancing herself Jan Brady — reportedly going so as to dye her blond hair red. She is the only "Brady" that did not participate in "The Brady Bunch Hour" in 1977, although she honors the unspoken cast pact to be as polite as possible when questioned about the show.
Life After "The Brady Bunch" includes roles in "The Love Boat," "That '70s Show," "Days of Our Lives," "All My Children," the Saturday morning sitcom "Fudge," and Beth in "Little Women." She appeared in the feature film "Fudge-A-Mania" and performed with the prestigious Los Angeles-based Groundlings improvisational comedy troupe.