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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 28th March 2011

Playwrights Horizons has announced the productions in its 2011/2012 season, all of which are New York premieres. On the Main Stage: Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn, an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th century feminist ideals, via two women who made different career choices, directed by Peter DuBois; Itamar Moses's Completeness, a comedy about love amongst the computer programming classes, directed by Pam MacKinnon; and Leslye Headland's Assistance, an office based satire about the attraction to power and what people are willing to sacrifice to stay in its orbit, directed by Trip Cullman. In the Peter Jay Sharp Theater: Kirsten Greenidge's Milk Like Sugar, telling of an inner-city girl's struggle to carve out a life beyond the only one she knows, directed by Rebecca Taichman; and Dan LeFranc's The Big Meal, in which a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night reveals the extraordinary story of an ordinary family spanning five generations, directed by Sam Gold. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Teatro La Tea will stage The Light Of A Cigarette: A Dominican York Story!, written and directed by Marco Antonio Rodriguez, in which two generations of Dominicans living in Manhattan, reunite and attempt to rekindle love and appreciation for each other and their roots, with Ismael Cruz Cordoval, Teresa Yenque, Arisleyda Lombert and Susanna Guzman, previewing from April 28th at the CSV Cultural Center, opening on May 4th. The CSV Cultural Center is located at 107 Suffolk Street, between Delancey and Rivington Streets.

Jonathan Blitstein's Squealer, about an ambitious pork farmer with a roving eye who moves in with a widowed single mother and her teenage daughter, with Nick Lawson, Sarah Lemp, Laura Ramadei, Dan Abeles, Nate Miller and Jamie Law, directed by Daniel Talbott, will play from May 5th at the Theater for the New City. It is a co-production with Lesser America. The Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

Elan Wolf Farbiarz and Cory Terry's Channeling Kevin Spacey, in which a meek pushover in a dead end job and a loveless relationship resolves to change his life by morphing into the real life version of Al Pacino's most famous characters, with Justin R G Holcomb and Jamil Chokachi, directed by Elan Wolf Farbiarz, will preview from April 17th at St Luke's Theatre, opening May 15th. The producer is Wolf & William Productions. St Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Bekah Brunstetter's Be A Good Little Widow, about a young woman coping with widowhood, with Jill Eikenberry, Chad Hoeppner, Jonny Orsini and Wrenn Schmidt, directed by Stephen Brackett, will preview from April 20th at Ars Nova, opening on May 2nd. Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Israela Margalit's First Prize, which explores a young woman's quest for glory and fulfilment in the cutthroat world of classical music, with Brian Dykstra, Susan Ferrara, Christopher Hirsch and Lori Prince, directed by Margarett Perry, will preview from April 28th at the Arclight Theatre, opening on May 2nd. The producer is Kef Productions. The Arclight Theater is located at 152 West 71st Street, between Broadway and Columbus Avenue.

Manhattan Theatre Source will stage The Greenwich Village Follies, music and lyrics by Doug Silver, book and additional lyrics by Andrew Frank, a revue telling the history of Greenwich Village from Native Americans to the present day, with a rotating cast including Meghann Dreyfuss, Patti Goettlicher, John-Andrew Morrison, Guy Olivieri, Kevin R Free, Christopher French, Nikki Jenkins and Alyssa Malgeri, directed by John-Andrew Morrison, previewing from March 31st to April 2nd, then on Sundays from 10th April. Manhattan Theatre Source is located at 177 MacDougal Street, between 8th Street and Waverly Place.

T Schreiber Studio will stage George Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tell, a family comedy with unexpected revelations, directed by Robert Verlaque, at the Gloria Maddox Theater, opening on May 10th. The Gloria Maddox Theater is located at 151 West 26th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The Rumour Machine says: that the award winning British National Theatre production of Terence Rattigan's After The Dance, a satirical social drama about 1920s 'bright young things' and their failure to politically engage, with Nancy Carroll and Benedict Cumberbatch, directed by Thea Sharrock, will transfer to Broadway; and that composer John Kander is collaborating with playwright Gregory Pierce on a 4 handed musical in 3 acts, telling 3 different stories of people confronting what it means to get what they want, which will receive a developmental staging at the Vineyard Theatre next year. The Rumour Machine grinds on.