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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 23rd May 2011

It's Official! As previously forecast here, Relatively Speaking, a triple bill comprising Ethan Coen's Talking Cure, Elaine May's George Is Dead and Woody Allen's Honeymoon Motel, directed by John Turturro, will preview at a Broadway theatre yet to be announced in September, opening in October. The producers are Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson.

The New Victory Theater has announced its spring 2012 season of acclaimed family friendly shows from around the world, including Lucky Duck, a contemporary musical adaptation of the Hans Andersen Ugly Duckling story, book by Jeffrey Hatcher, music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Bill Russell; Guus Kuijer's The Book Of Everything, the tale of a young boy with a vivid imagination, directed by Neil Armfield; Laura Eason's new adaptation of Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer; Het Filiaal's Miss Ophelia, adapted from Michael Ende's book Ophelia's Shadow Theatre; the street dance celebration Brazil! Brazil!; the physical theatre troupe Do Jump! with Ahhh HA!; and Plop!, based on Ursula Dubosarksy's book The Terrible Plop. The New Victory Theatre is located at 209 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

No Child…, written and performed by Nilaja Sun, as multiple characters in an exploration of the New York City public school system, directed by Hal Brooks, will preview from June 5th at the Barrow Street Theatre, opening on June 19th. The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street, between 7th Avenue and West 4th Street.

The York Theatre Company has added further shows in its Musicals In Mufti series of semi-staged performances. Oh, Coward!, a revue compiled from the writing and songs of Noel Coward, devised by Roderick Cook, will play from July 15th to 17th; and The Mad Show, book by Larry Siegel and Stan Hart, music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, Larry Siegel and Steven Vinaver, featuring songs and sketches in the irreverent style of MAD magazine, directed by Carl Andress, will play from July 29th to 31st. The York Theatre Company's Theatre at Saint Peter's is on 54th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.

Forthcoming productions at Theatre Row will include Jon Marans's A Strange And Separate People, about an Orthodox Upper East Side couple whose equilibrium is disturbed by an outsider who invades their lives, directed by Jeff Calhoun, will preview from July 14th at the Studio Theatre opening on July 19th, produced by Daryl Roth and Stacy Shane/ManUnderdog Productions; and the New York premiere of Tennessee Williams's The Pretty Trap, a one act version of The Glass Menagerie, the story of an overbearing mother and her son, who is torn between an obligation to his family and his desire to break away, in 1930s St Louis, with Katharine Houghton and Robert Eli, directed by Antony Marsellis, previewing on August 2nd at the Acorn Theatre, opening on August 3rd, produced by Cause Celebre. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Afraid Of The Dark, a mystery theatrical experience, conceived and developed by Devlin Elliott and Tom Kirdahy, with an anonymous author, and the illusionist Jim Steinmeyer, directed by Will Frears, will play at the Little Shubert Theatre from 8th September. The producers are James Nederlander, Maberry Theatricals and Craig Haffner. The Little Shubert Theatre is located at 422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

INTAR will stage the premiere of Maggie Bofill's Drawn And Quartered, about the explosive reunion of a couple who broke up after a 4 year relationship, with Liza Fernandez and Jose Joaquin Perez, directed by Lou Moreno, previewing from June 1st, opening on June 7th. INTAR's theatre is located at 500 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The Magdalene, a new musical inspired by the Gnostic gospels that portray Mary Magdalene in a new light, book by James Olm and J C Hanley, music and lyrics by James Olm, with Richard Maltby Jr as creative consultant, featuring Lindsie VanWinkle, John Antony, Eugene Barry-Hill, Xander Chauncey, Caleb Damschroder, Devin DeSantis, Faith Engen, Lauren Fijol, Osborn Focht, Laura Huizenga, Patrick Oliver Jones, Evangelia Kingsley and Shad Olsen, directed by Richard Burk, will preview from June 14th at the Theatre at St Clement's, opening on June 27th. The producers are Emerald Green and Angelo Fraboni Productions. The Theatre at St Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The Moose Hall Theatre Company's Inwood Shakespeare Festival will present free outdoor performances of William Shakespeare's Othello, directed by Chaya Gordon-Bland, from June 8th to 26th, and H G Well's War Of The Worlds, adapted and directed by Ted Minos, from July 15th to August 1st. The productions will be performed Wednesdays to Saturdays in Inwood Hill Park Peninsula, entrances at West 218th Street and Indian Road, and Isham Street and Seaman Avenue.

The Rumour Machine says: that William Inge's Picnic, an exploration of small town life, focusing on family relationships and the loneliness that permeates so many peoples' lives, directed by Sam Gold; and Manuel Puig's Kiss Of The Spider Woman, the story of two men sharing a cell in a Latin American jail, one a young Marxist rebel punished for his ideals, the other a middle aged man condemned for his sexuality, who form an unlikely relationship through a shared passion for the glamorous fantasy of the movies, in a new adaptation by Jose Rivera and Allan Baker (who made the original adaptation seen in the 1980s), directed by Peter DuBois, are aiming for Broadway during the 2011/2012 season, courtesy of producer Darren Bagert. The Rumour Machine grinds on.