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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 29th March 2010

The Public Theater has announced its 2010/2011 season, comprising: Gatz, in which, in the office of a mysterious small business, an employee starts to read F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and doesn't stop, with Scott Shepherd heading a cast of 13, directed by John Collins, a 6 hour marathon, with two intermissions and a dinner break, from September 26th, an Elevator Repair Service production. Lisa Kron's In the Wake, a passionate and intellectually charged contemporary meditation on love and country, directed by Leigh Silverman, from October 19th. The Great Game: Afghanistan, a collection of plays exploring Afghan culture and history from 1842 to the present, by Stephen Jeffreys, Ron Hutchinson, Amit Gupta and Joy Wilkinson, David Edgar, J T Rogers, David Greig, Colin Teevan, Ben Ockrent, Abi Morgan, Richard Bean and Simon Stephens, directed by Nicholas Kent and Indhu Rubasingham, presented in 3 programmes, from November 30th, a Tricycle Theatre London production. Rinne Groff's Compulsion, a complex telling that is part historical fiction, part investigation into what makes a man obsess, directed by Oskar Eustis, from February 1st, a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre. Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism and Socialism With A Key To The Scriptures, exploring revolution, radicalism, marriage, sex, prostitution, politics, real estate, unions of all kinds and debts both repaid and unpayable, directed by Michael Greif, from March 22nd, a co-production with the Signature Theatre Company. The Motherf**ker With The Hat, a high-octane, verbal swordfest about love, fidelity, and misplaced haberdashery, written and directed by Stephen Adly Guirgis, in the spring.

As part of the celebrations of the composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday, the recently reconstructed Henry Miller's Theatre is to be renamed the Stephen Sondheim. The physical renaming of the building, which is operated by the Roundabout Theatre Company, will happen after the current run of All About Me ends at the Henry Miller's.

Meanwhile, Roundabout Theatre Company's fall Off Broadway season at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center will include Julia Cho's The Language Archive, a quirky comedy that seems to prove love is the one language that can leave everyone at a loss for words, directed by Mark Brokaw, at the Laura Pels Theatre; and Kimberly Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still, a comedy about a young woman coping with the fact that the perfect career doesn't fall into place when she leaves college, directed by Sam Gold, at the Black Box Theatre. The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center is located at 111 West 46 Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

BOO-Arts will stage the New York premiere of Norm Foster's The Love List, a comedy in which two men concoct a list of the attributes of their ideal woman, but when she actually arrives, they realise the list needs a few revisions, with Jarel Davidow, Kate Goehring and Jake Hart, directed by Jessica McVea, opening at Manhattan Theatre Source on April 28th. Manhattan Theatre Source is located at 177 MacDougal Street, between 8th Street and Waverly Place.

The Frog & Peach Theatre Company will stage William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the bloody tale of overreaching ambition, with Moti Margolin, Kaitlin Large, Belle Addison, Aaron Bartz, Ariel Bethany, Todd Butera, Michael Chmiel, Lenny Ciotti, Vanessa Weinert Locke, Louis Lorens, Matt Madsen, Brandon Morrissey, Kyle Nunn, Jean Francois Ines Ogoubiyi, Hannah Owens, Patrick Roberts, Kevin G Sginnick, Lindsay Tanner and Marcus Watson, directed by Lynnea Benson, previewing from April 15th at The West End Theatre, opening on April 17th. The company is also staging the children's show Tinkerbell Theatre, featuring Cinderella and The Tinderbox, with Lenny Ciotti, Nick Ciavarella, Kaitlin Large, Dan Lendzian, Moti Margolin, Hannah Owens, Michael Piazza, Hayley Raphael, Lynnea Benson, and William Slater Welles, also directed by Lynnea Benson, on Saturday and Sunday mornings from April 17th. The West End Theatre is located at The Church of St Paul & St Andrew, 263 West 86th Street, between Broadway and West End Avenue.

The Rumour Machine says: that Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, which imagines a meeting in a hotel room on the night before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, in which he is forced to confront his past and the future of his people, the surprise Off West End Laurence Olivier Award winning play, will be Broadway bound in the fall, directed by Kenny Leon, courtesy of Jean Doumanian Productions, in partnership with Sonia Friedman Productions; that Chris Noth and British actress Hayley Atwell will star in a Broadway production of Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday, a Pygmalion style comedy in which an uncouth millionaire tries to turn his girlfriend, a former showgirl, into a lady, directed by Doug Hughes, also in the fall - subject to Noth's busy schedule; and that Lanford Wilson's Talley's Folly, a two character comedy that unfolds on the 4th of July near the end of World War II in the romantic setting of a moonlit boat house in rural Missouri, with Robin Wright and Richard Schiff, directed by Marshall W Mason, is aiming for Broadway next spring, courtesy of producers Phil Monat, T Richard Fitzgerald and Randall L Wreghitt. The Rumour Machine grinds on.