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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 4th January 2010

Roundabout Theatre Company will stage Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart, featuring Megan Mullally and Patton Oswalt, directed by Joe Mantello, previewing from April 9th at the American Airlines Theatre, with an official opening on April 29th. The Chekhov style comedy is set at a 4th of July celebration at a beach house on Fire Island, where the uncertainties and prejudices of a brother and sister and their respective spouses come to the surface. The design team will comprise scenery by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Tom Broecker, lighting by Paul Gallo and sound by Darron West.

Lincoln Center Theater will stage Andrew Bovell's When The Rain Stops Falling, an epic drama, set in England and Australia, that traces a family's history spanning 80 years, with Victoria Clark, Mary Beth Hurt, Richard Topol, Kate Blumberg, Rod McLachlan, Susan Pourfar, Will Rogers, Michael Siberry and Henry Vick, directed by David Cromer, previewing from February 11th at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater, opening on March 8th.

On The Casting Couch: Wes Bentley and Nina Arianda will star in David Ives's Venus In Fur, opening at the Classic Stage Company on January 26th; Keith Carradine, Laurie Metcalf and Karen Young will join Josh Hamilton, Marin Ireland, Alessandro Nivola, Maggie Siff and Frank Whaley in Sam Shepard's A Lie Of The Mind, opening at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row in February; Kate Arrington, Kelly AuCoin, Mary Bacon, Brian Keane, Joan MacIntosh, Quentin Mare and C J Wilson will comprise the cast of Lucinda Coxon's Happy Now?, opening at 59E59 Theaters on February 9th; Frank Wood, Annie Parisse, Jeremy Shamos, Crystal A Dickinson, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton and Christina Kirk will featured in Bruce Norris's Clybourne Park, opening at Playwrights Horizons on February 21st; and Kathleen Chalfant and Rosemarie DeWitt will head the cast of Beth Henley's Family Week, opening at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on April 26th.

Forthcoming productions at the Ohio Theatre will include The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, a multimedia stage adaptation of the novel by Haruki Murakami, a surreal combination of a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of buried secrets from World War II, with James Yaegashi, Pepper Fajins, Yoriko Haraguchi, Akira Ito, Yoko Myoi, James Saito, Sonoko Soeda Imai, Yasu Suzuki, Akira Takayama, Toshiji Takeshima, Nana Tsuda, Yoshi Watanabe and Stacey Yen, co-adapted by Gregory Pierce and director Stephen Earnhart, previewing from January 12th, opening on January 15th, produced by The Asia Society, Baryshnikov Arts Center and Pamela Lubell; and the New York premiere of Charles Mee's adult themed valentine to Paris, Fetes de la Nuit, set in a contemporary Paris sidewalk cafe, weaving together dance, live music, video and drama, incorporating American Sign Language in a production featuring deaf and hearing actors Alexandria Wailes, Jubil Khan, John McGinty, Jodi Dick, Corinne Edgerly, Babis Gousias, Jessica Green, Ana Grosse, Garrett Hendricks, Devon Jordan, Kyle Knauf, Khris Lewin, Donnie Mather, Luis Moreno, Mirabelle Ordinaire, Rumiko Oyama and Kiat-Sing Teo, directed by Kim Weild, previewing from February 8th, opening on February 11th, a WeildWorks production. The Ohio Theatre is located at 66 Wooster Street , between Spring and Broome Streets.

The premiere of Robert Askins's Princes Of Waco, in which trouble ensues in darkest Texas, when an old man and a fatherless boy fall in love with the same girl, with Evan Enderle, Christine Farrell, Scott Sowers and Megan Tusing, directed by Dylan McCullough, will preview from January 8th at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, opening on January 11th. The Ensemble Studio Theatre is located at 549 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Forthcoming events in the season of free programming in the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center will include: The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, with Jason Danieley, performing Gary S Fagin's And Bold To Fall Withal, a new work celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage into New York Harbor, and Neil Gaiman narrating Peter And The Wolf on January 16th; The New York Opera Society with Fascinating Rhythms: George Gershwin And Scott Joplin, featuring Christina Clark, Kenneth Overton and a jazz quintet, on February 5th; silent films by Yasujiro Ozu with live music accompaniment, from February 10th to 12th; Les Ballet Chinois with a Chinese New Year celebration on February 17th; Chopin 200, featuring 200 hours of Chopin's music played on 4 pianos, marking the 200th anniversary of his birth, from March 1st to 5th; and a new production by the Classical Theatre of New York of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, taking place throughout the 3.5 acres of the World Financial Center complex, from April 1st to 18th. The World Financial Center is located at 220 Vesey Street at West Street.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre Row will include Manigma, a solo work written and performed by Michael Aronov, about six people who want to change the world - and themselves, directed by Stephen Adly Guirgis, from January 15th at the Clurman Theatre, produced by The Process Group Theatre Company and Great Scott Films, in association with Artists Empire; and Susanna Centlivre's The Wonder, a Restoration comedy about a girl fleeing an arranged marriage, directed by Rebecca Patterson, at the Kirk Theatre, from February 26th, a Queen's Company production. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

MazelTov Cocktail ...an explosive family comedy, written and performed by Jamie M Fox, a one person show following a Jewish woman as she juggles her job as a personal assistant, her cocaine addicted (and recently jailed) brother, and her neurotic parents, directed by Maria Mileaf, will preview from January 26th at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, opening on February 3rd. The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located at 2162 Broadway, between 76th and 77th Streets.

Abingdon Theatre Company will stage the premiere of Jan Buttram's Phantom Killer, about a murderer stalking a rural Texas town, with Wrenn Schmidt, Denny Bess and Jon McCormick, directed by Jules Ochoa, previewing from January 22nd at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, opening on January 31st. The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.