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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 23rd March 2009

This year's Lincoln Center Festival, running from July 7th to 26th, will feature companies from France, Poland, Hungary, Russia and Italy, with productions that include: Le Theatre du Soleil's Les Ephemeres, directed by Ariane Mnouchkine; Katona Jozsef Theatre's production of Anton Chekhov's Ivanov; Narodowy Stary Teatr's Kalkwerk, adapted from Thomas Bernhard's novel, directed by Krystian Lupa; Maly Drama Theatre with Life And Fate, adapted from Vasily Grossman's novel, directed by Lev Dodin; the Chekhov International Theatre Festival production of Alexander Pushkin's Boris Godunov, directed by Declan Donnellan; and Piccolo Teatro di Milano performing Carlo Goldoni's Trilogia della villeggiatura, directed by and featuring Toni Servillo. Further information can be found on the LCF web site, via the link from Festivals, in the Links Section of New York TheatreNet.

Forthcoming productions by Lincoln Center Theater will include: Sarah Ruhl's In The Next Room, a comedy about six lonely people seeking intimacy at the dawn of the electric age, directed by Les Waters, previewing on Broadway from October 22nd at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced, with an official opening on November 19th; and Nathan Louis Jackson's Broke-ology, in which two brothers called home to take care of their ailing father, must choose between following their dreams or honouring family loyalty, directed by Thomas Kail, previewing from September 10th at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater, opening on October 5th.

Mirror Repertory Company will stage John Colton's The Shanghai Gesture, with Tina Chen and Larry Pine, directed by Robert Kalfin, previewing from April 23rd at the Julia Miles Theatre, opening on April 30th. The 1918 play relates the events at dinner party for the society elite in a Shanghai brothel, thrown by the proprietress, a former Manchu princess, where life changing secrets of the guests are revealed, The Julia Miles Theatre is located at 424 West 55th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The Irish Repertory Theatre has announced an ambitious plan to present all 26 short plays written by William Butler Yeats in full productions or readings, beginning on April 8th. The 8 fully mounted productions will be presented in two cycles: Cycle A comprising The Countess Cathleen, The Cat And The Moon and On Baile's Strand; and Cycle B comprising The Land Of Heart's Desire, The Pot Of Broth, Purgatory, A Full Moon In March and Cathleen Ni Houlihan. The company will include Kevin Collins, Peter Cormican, Terry Donnelly, Patrick Fitzgerald, Sean Gormley, Amanda Quaid, Amanda Sprecher, Justin Stoney, Fiana Toibin and William J Ward, directed by Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O'Reilly. The remaining 18 plays will receive 'concert readings' in the Studio Theatre. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 West 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Tyler Perry's The Marriage Counselor, a new play written and directed by Tyler Perry, with Palmer Williams Jr, Tamar Davis, Tony Grant, Alltrinna Grayson, Myra Beasley, Timon Kyle Durrett, Stephanie Ferrett, Johnny Gilmore, Nicole Jackson, Brandi Milton and Donnie Sykes, will play at the Beacon Theatre from April 7th to May 3rd. It tells the story of a successful marriage counsellor whose 'live in' mother and father in law bring her own marriage to crisis point. The Beacon Theater is located at 2124 Broadway, between West 74th and 75th Streets.

Playwrights Horizons has announced its 2009/20010 season, which will include the world premieres of Daniel Goldfarb's The Retributionists, a romantic thriller set in 1946 and inspired by actual events, in which a band of Jewish freedom fighters attempts to avenge a society's wrongs, directed by Leigh Silverman; Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation, a comedy about the forces unleashed when a community center drama class experiments with truth games, directed by Sam Gold; Melissa James Gibson's This, an unromantic comedy about the joys (and disappointments) of a woman entering her 40s, with Parker Posey, directed by Daniel Aukin; and Bruce Norris's Clybourne Park, a black comedy charting how change overtakes a neighborhood, along with attitudes, inhabitants and property values, between 1958 and 2008, directed by Pam MacKinnon. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Prospect Theater Company will stage Golden Boy Of The Blue Ridge, an Appalachian-set bluegrass musical adaptation of J M Synge's rural comedy of self discovery, The Playboy Of The Western World, book, music and lyrics by Peter Mills, with Mark Mozingo, Victoria Huston-Elem, Jeff Edgerton, Carol Hickey, Dan Sharkey and Scott Wakefield, directed by Cara Reichel, previewing from April 11th at 59E59 Theaters, opening on April 17th. 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

Second Stage Theatre has announced the world premieres that will form its 7th Uptown Series at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre: Zakiyyah Alexander's 10 Things To Do Before I Die, in which two very different sisters are forced to reconnect and re-examine their complicated history by the arrival of the effects of their recently deceased father, directed by Jackson Gay, previewing from May 12th, opening on May 28th; and Lila Rose Kaplan's Wildflower, about five disperate characters seeking to escape their past who meet at a rural retreat, which develops into a summer of botany and sexual awakening, directed by Giovanna Sardelli, previewing from July 13th, opening on July 30th. The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located 2162 Broadway, at 76th Street.