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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 28th January 2008

Kathleen Clark's comedy Secrets Of A Soccer Mom, with Nancy Ringham, Deborah Sonnenberg and Caralyn Kozlowski, directed by Judith Ivey, will preview from February 9th at the Snapple Theater Center, opening on March 20th. The comedy is the story of three women, who, when leave their usual position on the sidelines to play in the annual mother-son soccer game, begin to wonder how they ended up there. The producers are A-Frame Productions. Snapple Theater Center is located at 50th Street and Broadway.

The Clockwork Theatre production of Jeff Daniels's Apartment 3A, with Philip J Cutrone, Marianna McClellan, Doug Nyman, Jay Rohloff and Vincent Vigilante, directed by Owen M Smith, is currently previewing at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, and will open on February 1st. A woman moves in to a new apartment after a failed relationship, where she meets a neighbor who teaches her how to have faith in what is to come. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The 22nd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place at a yet to be confirmed Broadway theatre on April 21st and 22nd. The event will feature the companies of Broadway, Off Broadway and touring productions, performing sketches, songs and or dances as well as a parade of bonnets created specially for the competition. It is the culmination of a 6 week fundraising campaign by each of the companies. The first prize goes to the company that raises the most money, with a second prize for the company with the best bonnet design and presentation, and additional prizes for the Broadway play, national tour and Off Broadway production raising the most money. Last year's event raised a record breaking $3,345,997. Further information and online booking can be found on the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS web site, via the link from Organisations in the Links section of New York TheatreNet.

Eileen Atkins's Vita & Virginia, with Kathleen Chalfant and Patricia Elliot, directed by Pamela Berlin, will play at the Zipper Factory on Monday nights from February 11th through April 28th. The two hander chronicles the friendship and love affair between the writers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, two members of the Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals in 1920s London. The producer is The No Frills Company. The Zipper Factory is located at 336 West 37th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

James Braly will perform his one person show Life In A Marial Institution (20 Years Of Monogamy In One Terrifying Hour), a poignant, humorous tale of lust, love, betrayal, reproduction and redemption, directed by Hal Brooks, at 59E59 Theaters from 19th February. The producers are The Deep End Productions and Little Johnny Koerber. 59E59 Theaters are (unsurprisingly) located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is to present Words About Music, a series of events with conversations and music that will explore the creative process of songwriting, at Symphony Space. It will begin on February 20th with An Evening With Steven Sater And Duncan Sheik, featuring the writers of the current Tony Award winning musical Spring Awakening in conversation with David Fricke, accompanied by a 6 piece string ensemble with piano and vocals. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street

The world premiere of Joseph Gallo's Warning: Adult Content, chronicling the cost of accidental celebrity in the 21st century via interactive media and internet sexuality, with Julie Tolivar, Eric Michael Gillett, Christopher Halladay, Marnie Klar, Joseph Barbarino, John Calvin Kelly and Jennifer Laine Williams, directed by Robin A Paterson, will preview from February 19th at Theatre 54, opening on February 21st. It is a Shetler Studios TDG production in association with the Bridge Theatre Company. Theatre 54 is located within Shetler Studios at 244 West 54th Street, 12th floor, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

The Peccadillo Theater Company, whose mission is the rediscovery of neglected American musicals and plays, has completed a deal with Saint Clement's Episcopal Church to manage the Off Broadway venue Theatre at St Clement's. Peccadillo's next production will be Charles MacArthur's political satire Johnny On A Spot, in October. The company will continue to rent the space to outside producers. The Theatre at St Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Take Wing and Soar Productions will stage Euripedes's Medea, in a translation by Nicholas Rudall, with Trezana Beverley and Ian Stuart, Renauld White, Dathan B Williams, Sharita Hunt, Natasha Yannacanedo, Beverley Prentice, Marishka Phillips, Mary E Hodges, Ma'at Zachary, Bryan Webster, David Heron and David D Wright, directed by Petronia Paley, at the National Black Theatre from February 15th. The play explores the psychological complexities surrounding people in extreme situations, as a woman avenges her husband's betrayal by killing all around her including their children. The National Black Theatre is located at 2031 Fifth Avenue at 125th Street.

Walt Stepp's play with songs Mark Twain's Blues, with Bill Tatum, Bonne Kramer, Lance Olds and Barry Phillips, directed by Tom Herman, with choreography by James Beaudry, will preview from February 15th at Altered Stages, opening on February 21st. As Mark Twain begins a lecture he is interrupted from the audience by Huckleberry Finn and escaped slave Jim, now middle aged, who accuse their creator of betraying the truth of their lives in order to boost book sales, and go on to re-enact scenes as they really happened. Altered Stages is located at 212 West 29th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Edward Albee will direct a double bill of his early absudist family comedies that 'rock middle class ethics to their complacent foundations', The American Dream and The Sandbox, with Judith Ivey, Myra Carter. George Bartenieff, Kathleen Butler, Harmon Walsh and Jesse Williams, previewing from March 11th at the Cherry Lane Theatre, opening March 25th. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, near Seventh Avenue, between Bedford and Barrow Streets.

Real life crimper to the stars Rick Gradone will perform his entertainment Semi-Permanent, in which he attempts to elevate hairdressing to the level of high art, and reveals how he ended up a hairdresser rather than the artist he had hoped to become, directed by Johanna McKeon, at the Ace of Clubs on Sunday nights from 3rd February to 23rd March. One 'lucky' member of the audience will win a free post show haircut. The Ace of Clubs is located at 9 Great Jones Street, between Broadway and Lafayette Street, north of Bleeker Street. The producer is Audible Productions, Inc.

The Rumour Machine says: that playwright Allan Knee, composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie are working on a stage adaptation of the 2004 film Finding Neverland, which was based on Knee's play The Man Who Was Peter Pan, about the writer J M Barrie and the inspiration for Peter Pan, to be produced by The Weinstein Company. The Rumour Machine grinds on.