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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 5th February 2007

The Flea Theater will stage the world premiere of Barbara Cassidy's The Director, about a film director who seduces women by offering to cast them in his movies, and one victim who starts contacting others, directed by Jessica Davis-Irons, previewing from February 21st, and opening on March 1st. It will feature members of The Bats, the resident company of Evan Enderle, Dan Cozzens, Cooper Daniels, Meredith Holzman, Tanya Fischer, Rob Yang, Ben Beckley, Emily Hyberger and David Skeist. The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street, between Broadway and Church Street.

A $3.5m action oriented stage version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic pirate story Treasure Island, adapted by B H Barry (who will also direct) and Vernon Morris, is heading for Broadway this summer. Barry, whose background is in fight staging and direction, is determined that the fights will further the story and develop the characters. The production will feature a cast of 14, who will perform traditional sea shanties. The set design by Tony Straiges, will comprise four rolling, interlocking platforms, with additional maritime elements such as barrels and ropes. The producer is Jonathan D Moll.

Oberon Theatre Ensemble will present a contemporary 'Desperate Housewives' style production of William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives Of Windsor, featuring the music of Mickey Zettes, and Ryan J W Smith's Sweet Love Adieu, a love story set in Elizabethan England, a new work written in 'Shakespearian' verse, directed by Don Harvey, playing in repertoire, from March 8th at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. The company will comprise Marcel Simoneau, Tom Lapke, Walter Brandes, Amanda McCroskery, Eve Udesky, Dyanne Court, Kenneth Cavett, Ashley Springer, Charlie Moss, Amanda Nichols.

Meanwhile, the Keen Company will present Robert Anderson's Tea And Sympathy, with Heidi Armbruster and Dan McCabe, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, previewing from March 6th at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, opening March 15th. A critique of McCarthyism, rampant at the time of its writing, it is about a 17 year old boy in a New England boarding school, ridiculed by his peers and teachers who presume he is gay, but befriended by a teacher's wife. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Brits Off Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theatres in May, will include Alan Ayckbourn's Intimate Exchanges, in which one character's dilemma, to smoke or not smoke, triggers 8 separate plays with 16 different endings, directed by Ayckbourn; and Jonathan Lichtenstein's Memory, which links the events of the Holocaust with the modern day Israeli/Palestinian conflict, directed by Terry Hands. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Anthony Wilkinson and Teresa Anne Cicala's Boys Just Wanna Have Fun, with Wilkinson, Rachel Valdati, Tom Baran, Randi Kaplan, Erik Ransom, Kevin P. Smith, Philip Andrew Brock, Kevin McIntyre, Chad Kessler, Liz Gerecitano, Vincent Iannuzzi, Adam Ferguson and Jonathan Lang, co-directed by Sonia Blangiardo and Cicala, will receive its premiere at the Actors Playhouse Theatre, previewing from February 23rd, opening on March 2nd. Set in the late 1980s it concerns two NYPD detectives going undercover to infiltrate an alleged drug ring at a Staten Island gay bar populated by a mix of zany regulars. The Actors Playhouse Theatre is located at 100 Seventh Avenue, between Bleecker and Christopher Streets.

Michael Redhill's Goodness will receive its U.S. premiere with the Canadian Volcano Theatre Company's award winning production, directed by Ross Manson, with music direction by Brenna MacCrimmon, at P.S. 122, opening on March 2nd. The multi-layered exploration of genocide accompanied by a lush sound-scape of choral music from around the world, features Victor Ertmanis, Lili Francks, Tara Hughes, Jack Nicholsen, Gord Rand and Amy Rutherford. P.S. 122 is located at 150 First Avenue at 9th Street.

The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park festival at the Delacorte Theater this summer will comprise Romeo And Juliet, directed by Michael Greif, playing from June 5th to July 8th - the play's first appearance in Central Park since 1968, when Joseph Papp directed a production that starred Martin Sheen and Susan McArthur - and an as yet unannounced play with Brian Dennehy (probably as Falstaff, which would mean either Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II or The Merry Wives Of Windsor) playing from August 7th to September 9th.

Highlights of Carnegie Hall's 2007/2008 season will include: Berlin In Lights, a festival of contemporary culture from November 2nd to 18th, which will feature the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and its music director Simon Rattle, performing Mahler's last three major works, and the U.S. premiere of Thomas Ades's Tevot, plus concerts by the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Berliner Barock Solisten, cabaret music by Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester, techno music concerts, a performance by musicians from the city's Turkish and Kurdish communities, film screenings, and literary, political and architecture panels and exhibitions.

Intangible Productions will present Act Naturally, written by and starring Scott Katzman, with Audrey Amey, Darron Cardosa, Tracee Chimo, Skid Maher, Marlene O'Haire and Gwenyth Reitz, directed by Christopher Maring, previewing from February 8th at the WorkShop Theater, opening on February 10th. It portrays an actor desperate to earn his Equity card living the nightmare of being thrust on stage in a new play he has neither seen nor read, who uses his own life as art. The WorkShop Theater is located at 312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Fan Yang's The Gazillion Bubble Show, which played a limited season last month, will reopen at New World Stages on February 15th. The show, created by Fan Yang, holder of 12 Guinness World Records, and modestly billed as 'the world's greatest bubble artist', features lighting effects, lasers, and 'jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry'. It is presented by Castle Talent Inc. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.