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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 26th October 2009

Cabaret performer Michael Feinstein and actor David Hyde Pierce will join forces in The Michael Feinstein & David Hyde Pierce Holiday Show, playing at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, from December 1st to 30th.

Nutshell Productions will stage Jean-Paul Startre's No Exit, in a translation by Samuel Gilbert, with Richard Hymes-Esposito, Geraldine John, Karen Giordano and Etienne Navarre, directed by Robert Haufrech, opening at The Times Square Art Center on November 19th. Three people, locked in a room with no windows, no mirrors, and only one door, in what might be Hell, probe each other's sins, desires and unpleasant memories, ultimately realising that 'Hell is other people'. The Times Square Art Center is located at 300 West 43rd Street, 4th Floor at 8th Avenue.

The spring season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music will include: the Maly Drama Theatre of St Petersburg production of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, a story of unrequited love, dogged perseverance, and the strength of the human spirit, directed by Lev Dodin, from April 7th; and the London Donmar Warehouse production of August Strindberg's rarely seen Creditors, a comic tale of obsession, in a new version by David Greig, with Anna Chancellor, Owen Teale and Tom Burke, directed by Alan Rickman, from April 16th; an opera festival from March 18th, including

Les arts Florissants's productions of Henry Purcell's Dido And Aeneas and Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Acteon, directed by Vincent Boussard; and Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen, directed by Jonathan Kent; and visits by Mark Morris Dance Group and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. BAM's Harvey Theater is located at 651 Fulton Street, between Rockwell Place Ashland Place, and Howard Gilman Opera House is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue, between Ashland Place and St Felix Street, in Brooklyn.

13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc) will stage the world premiere of American Treasure, written and directed by Julia Jarcho, with Aaron Landsman and Jenny Seastone Stern, in whixch a history detective and a gumptious young vagabond follow a paper trail of blood and tears that goes all the way back to the nation's beginning, previewing from November 21st at The Paradise Factory, opening on November 29th. The Paradise Factory is located at 64 East 4th Street.

Soho Rep's 2009/2010 season will include the premieres of Lear, written and directed by Young Jean Lee, from January 7th; Gregory Moss's Orange, Hat & Grace, directed by Sarah Benson, from March 11th; and Cynthia Hopkins's The Truth: A Tragedy, directed by D J Mendel, from May 6th. Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker Street, Broadway and Church Street.

On The Town: One Hundred Years Of Spectacle In Times Square by Marshall Berman, recently published by Verso, is a tour de force guide to the entertainment centre of the world. Berman takes his readers on an illustrated tour of Times Square, revealing a landscape both mythic and real. Interweaving his own recollections with social commentary, he reveals how movies, graphic arts, literature, popular music, television and Broadway theatre, have reflected Times Square's voluminous light, to illuminate a vast spectrum of themes and vignettes. Berman shows how the Square's distinctive aura finds its source in a diverse list of performers, writers, and impresarios. He also celebrates the unsung heroes: the artists, engineers and hucksters behind the Square's landmark signs. Part love letter, part revelatory exposition of a place known to all, this book is a nonstop excursion to the heart of American civilisation, written by one of its keenest, and most entertaining, cultural observers.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will stage the world premiere of Mando Alvarado's play with music Post No Bills, with Audrey Esparza, Teddy Canez, John Martin Green and Wade Allain-Marcus, directed by Michael Ray Escamilla, previewing from November 11th, opening on November 19th. It tells the story of a girl who arrives in the big city with the dream of becoming a singer/songwriter, and takes up with a pair of street musicians, but finds that life is harder than she expected. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place, between West 11th and Perry Streets.

The Public Theater has announced that Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a satirical musical about the seventh U.S. President, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, book and direction by Alex Timbers, with Ben Walker, Colleen Werthmann, Jeff Hiller, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Ben Steinfeld, Maria Elena Ramirez, Kate Cullen Roberts, Greg Hildreth, Darren Goldstein and James Barry, will play from from March 23rd. It is a co-production with the Center Theatre Group and Les Freres Corbusier. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place and East 4th Street.

Working Man's Clothes will stage the world premiere production of Chisa Hutchinson's She Like Girls, the story of an inner-city high school girl who struggles with brutal self-discovery in the face of a non-accepting, insular community, with Adam Belovo, Karen Eilbacher, Amelia Fowler, Ashley Noel Jones, Paul Notice II, Lavita Shaurice, Karen Sours and Chaz Rose, directed by Jared Culverhouse, previewing from December 1st at the Ohio Theatre, opening on December 3rd. The Ohio Theatre is located at 66 Wooster Street, between Spring and Broome Streets.

The Rumour Machine says: that William Gibson's The Miracle Worker, the story of how a blind, deaf and dumb girl learns to communicate with the world around her, will be Broadway bound next February, directed by Kate Whoriskey, produced by David Richenthal; and that William Inge's Picnic, about passions of Midwesterners aroused went a stranger comes to town over a hot Labour Day holiday, directed by David Cromer, will open the new Broadway season next fall, produced by Darren Bagert. The Rumour Machine grinds on.