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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 24th August 2009

Atlantic Theater Company has announced further productions in its 2009/2010 season at The Linda Gross Theater, both American premieres. The Abbey Theatre Dublin's production of Sam Shepard's Ages Of The Moon, with Stephen Rea and Sean McGinley as two friends, re-united by mutual desperation, who reflect and bicker on 50 years of love, friendship and rivalry, directed by Jimmy Fay, will preview from January 12th, and open on January 27th; and Moira Buffini's Gabriel, set during the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II, when a young man with no memory washes up on a beach, and locals must decide if he is friend or foe, will open in May. The Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Theater for the New City will stage the world premiere of Gene Ruffini's To Love And To Cherish, about a family built on a foundation of hypocrisy, lies, denial and enabling, with Bruce Colbert, Thesa Loving, Andrew Langton, Jessica Pohly, Jake Green, Kelly Campbell, Bethany Braun and Kimberlee Walker, directed by Jessica Zweiman, playing from September 3rd. TNC's Cino Theater is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

The 19th season of the Food For Thought series of lunchtime readings of double bills of one act plays by Broadway performers at the Players Club will include: A R Gurney's The Love Course, with Zoe Caldwell and Larry Pine, directed by Antony Marsellis, plus Excerpts From Shakespeare performed by Joe Sirola; scenes from Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest, with Marian Seldes, plus Susan Charlotte's The Designers, with Marian Seldes and Joan Copeland; Noel Coward's Shadows Of The Evening and Harold Pinter's Silence; Thornton Wilder's The Wreck On The Five-Twenty-Five, plus Mark O'Donnell's Bartlett's Familiar Quotations: The Play; Horton Foote's The Dearest Of Friends and Tennessee Williams's Hello From Bertha, plus Mark O'Donnell's Simmer In Sweat; David Henry Hwang's Trying To Find Chinatown, plus Horton Foote's Spring Dance; Jules Feiffer's Crawling Arnold; and Arthur Miller's The Performance, with Joan Copeland. Lunch is from 12noon, the performance begins at 2pm, and a question and answer session follows. The Players Club is located at 16 Gramercy Park South, on East 20th Street, between Park Avenue and Irving Place.

On The Casting Couch: Lisa Brescia, Hunter Foster, Jared Gertner and Kate Wetherhead will feature in Adam Gwon's musical Ordinary Days, opening at Roundabout Underground in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, on October 25th; and John Lithgow and Jennifer Ehle will star in Douglas Carter Beane's Mr & Mrs Fitch, opening at Second Stage Theater on February 22nd.

The 2009 Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which opens on September 15th, will include: In-I, a dance collaboration conceived, directed and performed by Juliette Binoche and choreographer Akram Khan; Robert Lepage's Lipsynch, presented in 3 parts, spanning a time frame of 70 years, with the action journeying from war torn Vienna and pre-revolutionary Nicaragua to contemporary London; William Forsyth's Decreation, in which dancers interact with on stage cameras, their own images and each other; The Long Count, in which Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner and visual artist Matthew Ritchie combine their talents to create a song filled myth about the beginning of time; Karole Armitage's Itutu, a meeting ground of cultures and art forms; Heiner Muller's Quartett, a new take on Les Liaisons Dangereuses, with Isabelle Huppert and Ariel Garcia Valdes, directed by Robert Wilson; Swedish company Cirkus Cirkor with Inside Out, a blend of acrobatics and storytelling, laced with humour; Wally Cardona's Really Real, exploring the nuances of the individual caught in the collective through spatial juxtapositions; Philip Glass's Kepler, about the founding father of modern science who discovered the laws of planetary motion; DJ Spookey's Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, combining hip hop with images of Antarctica in a piece about global warming; and Chunky Move's Mortal Engine, in which the movement of dancers triggers light, sound and images. BAM theatres are located at 30 Lafayette Avenue and 651 Fulton Street in Brooklyn.

The 13th annual Broadway Blessing, the interfaith service that brings together members of the theatre community to ask a blessing on the new season, will take place at the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine, at 7pm on September 14th. Clergy from the Cathedral, Congregation Ezrath Israel/The Actors' Temple and St Clement's Episcopal Church will participate in the event, together with the Broadway Blessing choir, and Broadway performers including Lynn Redgrave, J Mark McVey, Carol Hall and Project Dance. The event was conceived and is directed by journalist and author Retta Blaney. The Cathedral of St John the Divine is located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at 112th Street.

Theodore Bikel will perform his one man show Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, a look at the life of the Yiddish writer, on whose stories Fiddler On The Roof was based, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, at 55 Lexington Avenue, at 25th Street, from November 8th.

The Rumour Machine says: that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury will star in the Broadway transfer of the London production of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical A Little Night Music, opening in December; and that Joe Nichols and Lorrie Morgan will star in Pure County, a musical based on the 1992 movie about a burned-out country music star who quits the business and searches for what he left behind, book by screenwriter Rex McGee and Peter Masterson, who will also direct, music by Steve Dorff, lyrics by John Bettis, aiming for Broadway early next year. The Rumour Machine grinds on.