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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 6th January 2014

Forthcoming productions at the Theatre at St Clement's will include the premiere of Jake Jeppson's The Clearing, the story of two brothers bound together by a terrible secret they have guarded for 18 years, with Allison Daugherty, Gene Gallerano, Brian McManamon and Brian P Murphy, directed by Josh Hecht, with movement by Lorin Latarro, previewing from January 15th, opening on January 19th, produced by 22Q Entertainment, Neil Koenigsberg and Jennifer Franz; and William Inge's A Loss Of Roses, about an out of work actress who moves in with a widow and her son during the Great Depression, from May 7th, a Peccadillo Theater Company production. The Theatre at St Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Empirical Rogue is currently staging Nikolai Erdman's Suicide!?, in a new adaptation written and directed by Tim Eliot, from a translation by Oleg Ivanov, a dark comedy about the desperate times and desperate measures that accompany a flailing economy, with Goldie Zwiebel, Michael Wikes, Jonathan West, Liba Vaynberg, Rikke Lylloff, Lindsey Liberatore, Sam Kinsman, Michael Kane, Amy Jo Jackson and Gardiner Comfort, at the Interart Theatre. The Interart Theatre is located at 500 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Rising Phoenix Repertory will stage Extraordinary Things, written and directed by Daniel Talbott, in which three people circle each other, looking for weaknesses and testing strengths, as they try to navigate a desperate city landscape not far in the future, with Chris Bellant, Denis Butkus and Jelena Stupljanin, from January 13th at the Seventh Street Small Stage. The Seventh Street Small Stage is located at 43 East 7th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

The next Lincoln Center Theater LCT3 production will be the premiere of Kirk Lynn's Stop Hitting Yourself, created by Rude Mechs, the Austin Texas based theatre collective, set at a charity fundraising ball, with Thomas Graves, Heather Hanna, Joey Hood, Hannah Kenah, Lana Lesley, E Jason Liebrecht and Paul Soileau, directed by Shawn Sides, previewing from January 15th at the Claire Tow Theater, opening on January 27th.

A revised version of Thank You For Being A Friend, the musical parody based on the 1980s television comedy series The Golden Girls, book and direction by Nick Brennan, music by Jeff Thomson, lyrics by Luke Jones and Cisco Cardenas, with Chad Ryan, Luke Jones, Nick Brennan, John De Los Santos and Adrian Rifa, choreographed by John De Los Santos, will return to the Laurie Beechman Theatre from January 8th. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located in the West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Reeve Carney's original blue and red custom printed spandex Spider-Man costume designed by the late Eiko Ishioka for the Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will be inducted into the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington. The Smithsonian currently houses popular culture artifacts including Dorothy's ruby slippers from the film The Wizard Of Oz and Archie Bunker's chair from the television series All In The Family.

The Surrender, adapted by Isabelle Stoffel and Toni Bentley from Bentley's erotic memoir in which a classical ballerina is initiated by a stranger into the ultimate act of sexual submission, with Laura Campbell, directed by Zishan Ugurlu, will play at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row from January 8th. The producer is the Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre For The New City will include Gene Ruffini's Color, in which a progressive African-American movie star and presidential candidate is accused of rape by right-wingers afraid he might win the election, with Emilie Paap, Randy Credico, Leon Morgan, Bill Drain, Francesco Meola, Kerry Milliron, Sydney Mei Ruf-Wong, Jim DiMunno, Zita Geoffroy, Hemang Sharma, Peter Fjeld and Natasha Coppola-Shalom, directed by Elizabeth Ruf; and Billy Yalowitz's East Towards Home, which brings to life three generations of Jewish left-wing culture in New York, from the 1930s to the 1970's, through storytelling, visual projections and animation, modern dance and live music, directed by David Schechter, both from January 16th. Theatre For The New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

Shut Up Sit Down & Eat, a comedy revealing what happens when 4 Italian American people attend a group therapy session and the doctor never shows up, with Eric Tartaglione, Joe Moffa, Tina Giorgi and Chris Monty, directed by Tom Ingegno, has just opened at the Players Theatre. The producer is Eve Brandstein. The Players Theatre is located at 115 MacDougal Street, at Minetta Lane.

The Rumour Machine says: that cabaret artist Michael Feinstein is joining with Birdland owner Gianni Valenti to open a new Manhattan nightclub and restaurant in midtown, tentatively named Feinstein's on Broadway. The Rumour Machine grinds on.