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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 4th November 2013

Roundabout Theatre Company's 2014/2015 season will include Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, which explores the difference between art and emotion, as a writer has an affair with the wife of an actor in one of his plays, with Ewan McGregor, directed by Sam Gold, previewing from October 2nd at the American Airlines Theatre, with an official opening on October 30th.

The premiere of Will Eno's The Open House, a family drama, directed by Oliver Butler, will preview from February 11th at The Pershing Square Signature Center, opening on March 3rd. The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Jason Odell Williams's Handle With Care, in which a young Israeli woman with little command of English meets a young American man with little command of romance, with Carol Lawrence, Sheffield Chastain, Charlotte Cohn and Jonathan Sale, directed by Karen Carpenter, will preview from December 3rd at the Westside Theatre Downstairs, opening on December 15th. The Westside Theatre is located at 407 West 43rd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Irish Repertory Theatre will reprise its production of It's A Wonderful Life, The 1946 Live Radio Play, adapted by Anthony E Palermo from the screenplay of the film by Francis Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling, in which a man contemplating suicide is shown what his small town would have been like if he had never been born, performed as though in a radio studio, with Howard McGillin, Haley Bond, Rory Duffy, Kristin Griffith, Ian Holcomb and Peter Maloney, directed by Charlotte Moore, previewing in its studio theatre from December 4th, opening on December 10th. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The York Theatre Company's Musicals In Mufti series will offer works by Sheldon Harnick, comprising Sheldon Harnick: A World To Win, book and lyrics by Harnick, music by Jerry Bock, David Baker, Larry Hochman, Michel Legrand and Richard Rodgers, featuring work from Harnick's entire canon, directed by Robert Brink, January 17th to 19th; Dragons, book, music and lyrics by Harnick, adapted from Yevgeny Schwartz's The Dragon, a satirical fantasy of knights and damsels, from January 31st to February 2nd; Malpractice Makes Perfect, book, music and lyrics by Harnick, adapted from Moliere's The Doctor In Spite Of Himself, about a woodcutter manipulated by his spiteful wife to impersonate a brilliant doctor, directed by David Glenn Armstrong, from February 14th to 16th; Smiling, The Boy Fell Dead, book by Ira Wallach, music by David Baker, lyrics by Harnick, a spoof of Horatio Alger rags-to-riches tales, directed by Jim Glossman, from February 21st to 23rd; and Tenderloin, book by George Abbott and Jerome Weidman, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Harnick, adapted from the novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams about a crusading Minister dedicated to cleaning up the section of New York devoted to vice, directed by Carl Andress, from March 7th to 9th. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble will stage Tom Stoppard's double bill Dogg's Hamlet, in which an acting company prepares to perform Hamlet in its original language, which comprises English words but with different meanings, and Cahoot's Macbeth, telling the story of a renegade acting troupe that stages a secret performance of Macbeth; playing in repertory with Randy Neale's The Fool's Lear, which explores the relationship of Lear and his fool between the scenes of Shakespeare's play, a co-production with Nomad Theatrical at The Wild Project from May 2nd. The Wild Project is located at 195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B.

Forthcoming productions at La MaMa E.T.C will include the premieres of Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre production of The Republic, adapted from Plato's text, incorporating elements of the Crito and Phaedo dialogues, about the definition of justice, written and directed by Vít Horejs, in the First Floor Theatre from November 29th; and The Third Policeman, adapted from Frann O'Brien's dark comic novel about the nature of time, death, and existence, directed by Grant Neale, in The Club Theatre from December 6th, a Nomad Theatrical Company production. La MaMa E.T.C. is located at 74A East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd Avenue.

New York Deaf Theatre will stage The 39 Steps, Patrick Marber's comedy adaptation of John Buchan's 1930s stiff upper lip British spy thriller, in which 4 deaf actors portray over 150 characters in American Sign Language, while 4 voice actors simultaneously perform the same lines in English, with J W Guido, Olivia Howell, Carm King, Katie Mueller, Anne Tomasetti, Forrest Webber, Jake Winn and Garrett Zuercher, directed by J W Guido, at Tada! Theatre from November 14th. Tada! Theatre is located at 15 West 28th Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue.

The Seeing Place will stage Sidney Kingsley's Men In White, about a trainee doctor at a busy urban hospital whose dalliance with a nursing student ends in a tragedy that could have been prevented, with Hillery Baker, Erin Cronican, Stephen Dexter, Jim DiMunno, Michael Gnat, Mark Gorham, Justin Hoch, Logan Keeler, Jessica Kelly, Adam Levinthal, Nicole McLaughlin, Martine Moore, Brian Charles Rooney, Frank Schiavone, Stewart Steinberg and Brandon Walker, directed by Erin Cronican, at the ATA Sargent Theater from November 8th. The ATA Sargent Theater is located at 314 West 54th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.