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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 18th February 2013

The Public Theater's 2013 Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, will comprise Shakespeare's The Comedy Of Errors, which concerns the complications generated by twin masters with twin servants, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater, directed by Daniel Sullivan, from May 28th; and a new contemporary musical adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost, book by Alex Timbers, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, in which four men find their determined renunciation of the company of women severely tested, directed by Alex Timbers, from July 23rd. The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible via 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and 5th Avenue.

Ketti Frings's Look Homeward, Angel, based on the novel by Thomas Wolfe, the story of a teenager desperate to escape his loving but deeply embattled family, with Keegan McDonald, Adam Dodway, Mindy Luce, Gina Stahlnecker, Andrew Mayer, Ginger Grace, Pat Dwyer, Joe Ulam, Kathleen Peirce, Maggie DeVora, Joseph Stillman, Kristin Patton, Mike Wikes, Debra Lass and Michael Enberg, directed by Austin Pendleton, will preview from March 13th at the TGB Theatre at Abingdon Theatre Complex, opening on March 16th. The producer is Mother of Invention. The Abingdon Theatre Complex is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Culture Project will stage Shaheed: The Dream And Death Of Benazir Bhutto, written and performed by Anna Khaja, examining the life and assignation of the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, directed by Heather de Michele, previewing from March 8th, opening on March 11th. The Culture Project is located at 45 Bleecker Street.

F#%king Up Everything, book by book by Sam Forman and David Eric Davis, music and lyrics by David Eric Davis, a contemporary 'boy meets girl' musical comedy, set in the Brooklyn indie music scene, with Max Crumm, Lisa Birnbaum, Dawn Cantwell, Katherine Cozumel, Jason Gotay, George Salazar and Douglas Widick, directed and choreographed by Jen Wineman, will preview from March 15th at the Elektra Theatre, opening on March 24th. The producer is Jeremy Handelman/Off The Leash Productions. The Elektra Theatre is located at 669 8th Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Streets.

Red Bull Theater will stage August Strindberg's Dance Of Death, with Daniel Davis and Laila Robins, in a new adaptation by Mike Poulton, in which the 25th anniversary of a soured marriage faces meltdown with the arrival of a figure from their past, directed by Joseph Hardy, previewing from April 10th at the Lucille Lortel Theater, opening on April 18th.

Urban Stages will stage the premiere of Greg Kalleres's Honky, a black comedy that navigates the murky waters of race, rhetoric and basketball shoes, with Scott Barrow, Philip Callen, Dave Droxler, Danielle Faitelson, Anthony Gaskins, Chris Myers, Reynaldo Piniella and Arie Bianca Thompson, directed by Luke Harlan, previewing from March 8th, opening on March 14th. Urban Stages is located at 259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

The current Marvell Repertory Theatre season at the TBG Theatre comprises Night Games, adapted and directed by Lenny Leibowitz, from a novella by Arthur Schnitzler, about a gambler whose fate lies in the hands of a former lover, with John Windsor-Cunningham, Kevin Gilmartin, Angus Hepburn, Susannah Jones, George Michael Kennedy, Drake Nester, Markus Potter, Emma Rosenthal, Geddeth Smith, Jeremy Smith, Emelie Faith Thompson and Isaac Woofter; Secrets, The Untold Story of Sigmund Freud And Carl Jung, written and directed by Ken Wydro, from letters that passed between the founders of psychoanalysis, with Anita Anthonj, Demetri Bonaros, Cooper Grodin, John Michalski and Natalia Volkadaeva; and Arthur Schnitzler's Flirtation, a romantic comedy in which innocence wins over experience, with Bonnie Fraser, Kevin Gilmartin, Rita Harvey, Jed Peterson, Christopher Ryan, Sky Seals and Caitlin Wise, directed by Lenny Leibowitz. The TBG Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Kelly AuCoin, Kerry Butler, Eisa Davis, Crystal A Dickinson and Russell G Jones will feature in Tanya Barfield's The Call, opening at Playwright's Horizons on April 14th.

The Irish Repertory Theatre will stage Laoisa Sexton's For Love, about the sexual adventures of three women in contemporary Dublin, with John Duddy, Jo Kinsella, Georgina McKevitt and Laoisa Sexton, directed by Tim Ruddy, previewing from March 13 th in its studio theatre, opening on March 19th. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Russian Arts Theater & Studio will stage Dr Chekhov's Swan Song + Other Prescriptions, a dream play comprising a number of Chekhov's short stories, performed by Ernst Zorin, with accompanying visuals, directed by Aleksey Burago, at the Stanton Street Shul, from February 26th. The Stanton Street Shul is located at 180 Stanton Street, between Clinton and Attorney Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Story, a biomusical about the actress and singer, featuring songs by Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, Rodgers and Hart and others, which has been produced regionally with Leslie Uggams, co-directed by Sheldon Epps and Michael Bush, is aiming for Broadway this fall, courtesy of producer Stewart F Lane. The Rumour Machine grinds on.