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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 26th September 2011

Freckleface Strawberry, the children's musical inspired by books by Julianne Moore, about a 7 year old girl whose freckles and red hair mark her as different, book by Rose Caiola and Gary Kupper, music and lyrics by Gary Kupper, directed by Buddy Crutchfield, with choreography by Gail Pennington Crutchfield, will play at the MMAC Theatre (Manhattan Movement and Arts Theatre) from November 8th. MMAC Theatre is located at 248 West 60th Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenues.

The National Asian American Theater Company will stage Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, in which two supposed hit men wait in a basement for their instructions to be delivered via a dumb waiter from the kitchen above, with Louis Ozawa Changchien and Stephen Park, directed by Andrew Pang, previewing from October 6th at the Duo Theater, opening October 13th. Each performance will be preceded by a short Pinter piece performed by guest artists. The curtain raisers will include Trouble In The Works, The Black And White, Request Stop, Last To Go, Special Offer, Night, That's Your Trouble, That's All and Dialogue For Three, while the performers will include Cindy Cheung, Jackie Chung, Joel de la Fuente, Andrew Eisenman, Jennifer Ikeda, Peter Kim, Sue Jean Kim, C S Lee, Ken Leung, Orville Mendoza, Alfredo Narciso, Nicky Paraiso, Kelly Coffield Park, Debargo Sanyal, Jon Norman Schneider, Ching Valdes-Aran, Tiffany Villarin, Virginia Wing and James Yaegashi. The Duo Theatre is located at 62 East 4th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Warren Manzi's thriller Perfect Crime, directed by Jeffrey Hyatt, which opened Off Broadway in 1987, and is the longest running play in the history of New York theatre, celebrated its 10,000th performance on September 25th. Original cast member Catherine Russell, who has secured a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, and has only missed 4 performances during the run, also serves as the general manager of the Snapple Theatre Center, where the show currently plays. The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.

On The Casting Couch: Hunter Foster, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Andrew Garman, Danny Mastrogiorgio and Evan Johnson will feature in Thomas Bradshaw's Burning, opening at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row on November 14th; Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti will feature in the Enda Walsh-Glen Hansard-Marketa Irglova musical Once, opening at New York Theatre Workshop on December 6th; and Matthew Rhys, Sarah Goldberg, Adam Driver and Anastasia Griffith will feature in John Osborne's Look Back In Anger, opening at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on February 2nd.

Deathscape, created and directed by Misha Shulman, a multi-media, puppet-centered play that examines the dark place where change and fear meet, performed by 2 actors and 2 puppeteers, including a combination of Indonesian-style shadow work, live overhead projector artwork and 3 dimensional puppets, will play at Theater For A New City from November 10th. Theater For A New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

The next program of the Commercial Theater Institute, created by the Theatre Development Fund and the League of American Theatres and Producers, with the aim of training the next generation of commercial theatre producers by offering workshops and training, will be Six Nights At The Theatre. For 6 consecutive Tuesdays, from October 6th to November 15th, participants will attend a combination of new Broadway and Off Broadway productions, and then have the chance to engage in an intimate and interactive post show discussion/talk-back with members of the cast and/or creative team. Further information and an application form can be found on the CTI web site, via the link from Organisations, in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music fall season will include the Berliner Ensemble production of the musical The Threepenny Opera, book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, music by Kurt Weill, based on John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, but set in the underworld of Weimar era cabaret, directed by Robert Wilson, at the Howard Gilman Opera House from October 4th; Toneelgroep Amsterdam's adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's Cries And Whispers, in which a dying woman is visited by her sisters, and long repressed feelings rise to the surface, directed by Ivo van Hove, at the Harvey Theater from October 25th; and the Gate Theatre Dublin production of Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, in which an old man is listening to a series of tapes he has recorded detailing events in his life, performed by John Hurt, directed by Michael Colgan, at the Harvey Theater from December 6th. The Howard Gilman Opera House is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue and the Harvey Theater is located at 651 Fulton Street, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Mac Wellman's 3 2's; or AFAR, a meditation on philosopher Martin Heidegger's 'Dialogue on Language between a Japanese and an Inquirer', set in a haunted puppet theatre, with Jan Leslie Harding, Chuja Seo, Quinlan Corbett, Sophie Nimmannit and Jocelyn Kuritsky, directed by Meghan Finn, will open at Dixon Place on October 6th. Dixon Place is located at 161 Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that the National Theatre London production of Richard Bean's One Man, Two Guvnors, which relocates Carlo Goldini's The Servant Of Two Masters, the comedy del' arte classic about a man who tries to make his fortune by working for two masters at the same time, to 1960s Brighton, with James Corden, directed by Nicholas Hytner, will transfer to Broadway next spring; and that Diner, a musical based on the 1982 film about the reunion of high school buddies as one of them is about to tie the knot in 1959 Baltimore, book by Barry Levinson adapted from his screenplay, music and lyrics by Sheryl Crow, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, is aiming for Broadway in the fall of next year, courtesy of producer BASE Entertainment. The Rumour Machine grinds on.