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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 7th February 2011

The Public Theater's 2011 Shakespeare in the Park season will run from June 6th to July 31st at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, comprising All's Well That Ends Well, in which the heroine inventively surmounts all obstacles in order to win the love of the aristocratic and haughty hero, directed by Daniel Sullivan, and Measure For Measure, in which the abuse of power leads to blackmail, sexual scandal and political intrigue, directed by David Esbjornson.

Manhattan Theatre Club is to stage the premiere of Daniel Goldfarb's The Extinction Method, looking at love, sex, commitment and parenthood via two couples in adjoining Brooklyn Heights apartments, directed by Sam Buntrock, previewing from May 10th at New York City Center Stage I, opening on May 25th. This replaces the previously announced production of Alfred Uhry's Carl's Sister, based on Marie Brenner's novel Apples And Oranges, which has been postponed. New York City Center Stage I is located at 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The table and chair from which legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld sketched the best of Broadway for 80 years, has been permanently installed in the lobby of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The chair, which he called the "last functional chair", because it could go up, down, swivel and recline, started life in the barber shop of the Chrysler Building, and was given to him as a 90th birthday present by friends in 1993 to replace an older one. The table and chair will be joined by a rotating installation of Hirschfeld images. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

At Hand Theatre Company will stage Richard Abrons and Margarett Perry's The Body Politic, a comedy looking at love on the campaign trail, as two opposing political operators find themselves falling for each other behind party lines, with Matthew Boston, Eve Danzeisen, Brian Dykstra, Leslie Hendrix, Daren Kelly and Michael Puzzo, directed by Margarett Perry, previewing from February 10th at 59E59 Theaters, opening on February 20th. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Ghostlight/Sh-K-Boom Records has celebrated its 10th anniversary by launching Ghostlight Radio, a dedicated channel featuring selections from the label's entire catalogue. Visitors can to listen to, pause and skip tracks, learn more about various artists, and click on an album cover to buy or download the music. Further information can be found on the Ghostlight/Sh-K-Boom web site, via the link from The Emporium in the Links section of New York TheatreNet

Marvell Repertory Theatre will stage a repertory season comprising Ingmar Bergman's Nora, based on Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and J M Synge's In The Shadow Of The Glen, about a young widow defying the husband who refuses to allow her to move on to a new life without him, previewing from February 18th, opening on February 22nd; Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding, in a translation by Ted Hughes, a tale of love, lust and betrayal, whose action is highly symbolic, incorporating song, chant, poetry, music, and rhythm, choreographed by Katie Ostrowski, previewing from March 5th, opening March 11th; and Joseph C Landis's translation of The Dybbuk, by S Ansky, a story of ill-fated lovers, spiritual ascension, and ghostly reunion, choreographed by Gabrielle Orcha, previewing from March 6th, opening on March 13th at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex. The company comprises Loni Ackerman, Hamish Allan-Headley, Brian J Carter, Rachel Claire, Daniel Owen Dungan, Ava Eisenson, Joy Franz, Marc Geller, Sean Gormley, Nicolas Greco, Chris Kipiniak, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Jerry Matz, William Metzo, Allison McLemore, Rosalinda Perron, Evgeniya Radilova, Mike Rosengarten, Lorraine Serabian, Barbara Spiegel, Eileen Ward and Perri Yaniv. The Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Handcart Ensemble, Verse Theater Manhattan and Workshop Theater Company will stage Kings, Christopher Logue's contemporary version of Books One and Two of Homer's Iliad, adapted and directed by Jim Milton, at the Workshop Theater from March 11th. The Workshop Theater is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Patina Miller will be joined by Victoria Clark, Fred Applegate, Sarah Bolt, John Treacy Egan, Demond Green and Chester Gregory in Sister Act The Musical, opening at the Broadway Theatre on April 20th; and Donna Murphy will be joined by Alexander Gemignani, Nicole Parker, Christopher Innvar, Lewis J Stadlen and Chip Zien in the Iris Rainer Dart-Mike Stoller-Artie Butler musical The People In The Picture, opening at Studio 54 on April 28th.

Ensemble Studio Theater will stage the premiere of Neil Cuthbert's White People, a comedy in which the long repressed conflicts of a middle class family finally explode, with James DeMarse, Cecilia DeWolf, David Gelles, Delphi Harrington, Matthew Minor, Mickey Solis and Jennifer Joan Thompson, directed by Michael Barakiva, previewing from February 16th, opening on February 21st. The Ensemble Studio Theatre is located at 549 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The musical Dream Babies, about two teenagers from different foster homes, forgotten and alone, trying to make sense of the world and where they belong, book, music, lyrics and direction by Van Dirk Fisher, with choreography by Troy Blackwell Cook, will open at the Hudson Guild Theatre on February 17th. The cast comprises Sonia Acosta, Chase Barhorst, Vanessa Calantropo, Stephen A Capers, Brady Cudmore, Susan DeStefano, Denair Dungee, Chris Flowers, Joseff Goodwin, Justine Hall, Doug Harvey, Stephanie Kenna, Daralyn Jay, Coulby Jenkins, S Brian Jones, Alexandra Laks, Aneesah Lassan, Alana Lefkowitz, Matthew Menendez, Peej Mele, Keva Moolenaar, Christina A Saragaglia, Robert Starks, Tais Szilagi, Keith Trent, Ellen Laura White, Quinn Vogt-Welch, Vesta Walker, Alexa Yarboro and Sandra Zadi. The producer is Riant Theatre. The Hudson Guild Theatre is located at 441 West 26th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Nonsense Company will stage Storm Still, a take on William Shakespeare's King Lear, as performed by three kids inside a school while war rages outside, written and performed by Ryan Higgins, Andy Gricevich and Rick Burkhardt, opening at P.S. 122 on February 19th. P.S. 122 is located at 150 1st Avenue at 9th Street.