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The Fall 2010 Off-Broadway Preview Guide

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Amy Rutberg as Agnes, Charles Busch as Mother Superior, Alisan Frasier as Sister Walburga, and Julie Halston as Sister Acacius in THE DIVINE SISTER Amy Rutberg as Agnes, Charles Busch as Mother Superior, Alisan Frasier as Sister Walburga, and Julie Halston as Sister Acacius in THE DIVINE SISTER Photo: David Rodgers
New plays from Edward Albee, Lisa Kron, A.R. Gurney, Charles Busch, Neal LaBute and Jon Robin Baitz; revivals of American classics written by Lillian Hellman and Tony Kushner; works from a host of new and up-coming writers, performances from Elizabeth Marvel, Elizabeth Ashley, Marin Ireland, Jayne Houdyshell and Jan Maxwell, to name just some of the high-powered actresses signed on so far - read on to find out  what's on tap for the Fall 2010 Off-Broadway season. There will be additions and maybe some changes, so keep checking the list, which will be updated when we get new information.

Wife to James Whelan - through 10/3 at the Mint Theater
Director Jonathan Bank, continuing the Mint's esteemed mission of “excavating buried theatrical treasures,” shines a welcome light on a sensitive and unconventional 1950s play by Teresa Deevey, an Irish playwright who undeservedly slid into obscurity after enjoying six years of fame at Dublin's Abbey Theater in the 1930s.

An Error of the Moon, opens 8/30, through 10/10 at the Beckett Theater, Theater Row
A fictional portrait of the brothers Booth, Edwin and John -- a tale of sibling rivalry and the mad obsession that led to the assassination of President Lincoln, written by Luigi Creatore and directed by Kim Weild (who directed last season's Drama Desk nominated  Fêtes de la Nuit).

It Must Be Him, opens 9/1, through 9/26 at the Peter J. Sharp Theater
A new comedy by Kenny Solms (co-creator and writer The Carol Burnett Show) about a former whiz-kid television writer now down on his luck. Cast includes Peter Scolari, Liz Torres, Alice Playten, Stephanie  D'Abruzzo and David Margulies.

Me, Myself & I
, opens 9/12, through 10/31 at Playwrights Horizons
Brian Murray and Elizabeth Ashley star in the latest from living legend Edward Albee. In this challenging and witty comedy, the multiple Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning author has fun with identical twins, one of whom may or may not be alive. Directed by Obie Award-winner Emily Mann, artistic director of the McCarter Theatre Centre, where the play was first staged two years ago.

Underneathmybed, starts 9/1, opens 9/10 through 10/10 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Ghosts from a past war surface in the home of two Argentinean parents who are raising their children in New England, a new play by Florencia Lozano, directed by Pedro Pascal.

Bottom of the World, starts 9/3, opens 9/14 through 10/3 at Atlantic Stage 2
In Lucy Thurber's new play, a woman tries to make sense of life and death by delving into the world of her late sister's final novel. Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin

Roadkill Confidential, starts 9/7, opens 9/10 through 9/28 at the 3LD Art & Technology Center
The latest from Clubbed Thumb, the Obie Award-winning company noted for their provocative and cutting edge theater, is a new work from Sheila Callaghan about an artist whose unconventional use of dead animals in her work arouses the suspicions of the FBI.

Absolution, starts 9/8, opens 9/12 through 10/3 at 59E59 Theaters
The innermost thoughts of a brutal serial killer are explored in this solo play written and performed by Owen O'Neill, part of the 1st Irish Festival 2010.

Nance O'Neill, starts 9/8, opens 9/15 through 10/9 at Access Theater
The Blue Coyote Theater Group presents a historical play by David Foley about the sensational relationship between the actress described as the “American Sarah Bernhardt” and Lizzie Borden. Rachel Brown (aka burlesque performer Sapphire Jones) plays the actress and Jonna McElrath plays the infamous axe-murderer.

Orlando, starts 9/8, opens 9/23 through 10/17 at Classic Stage Company
Playwright Sarah Ruhl's (In the Next Room, Passion Play) stage adaptation of novelist Virginia Woolf's historical fantasy about a young Elizabethan nobleman who changes gender but doesn't age over a period of four centuries. Francesca Faridany plays Orlando and Off-Broadway stalwart David Greenspan, the Virgin Queen.

The Little Foxes, starts 9/10, opens 9/21 through 10/30 at New York Theater Workshop
Actress Elizabeth Marvel, who starred in Ivo Van Hove's bold and original productions of Hedda Gabler and A Streetcar Named Desire, reunites with the Amsterdam-based director for this fresh look at Lillian Hellman's well-known 1939 drama about family greed and revenge.

Through the Night, starts 9/10, opens 9/26 at Union Square Theater
A solo work written and performed by Daniel Beaty (Obie Award winner for his 2007 play Emergency) comprising music, prose, poetry and monologues, which interconnects a disparate group of Black men and boys who experience something unexpected  on a single night. Directed by Charles Randolph Wright.

Tigers Be Still, starts 9/10, opens 10/6 through 11/21 at Roundabout Theater Black Box Theatre
Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation) directs Reed Birney, Halley Feiffer, Natasha Lyonne and John Magaro in a new play by Kim Rosenstock, about a young woman who finds that her life doesn't quite work out the way she envisioned it.

Exit/Entrance, starts 9/10, opens 9/15 through 10/3 at 59E59 Theaters
Irish playwright Aidan Matthews examines the power of love, commitment and memory in this work which originally premiered to great acclaim at Dublin's Abbey Theater.

The Divine Sister, starts 9/12, opens 9/22 at the Soho Playhouse
Charles Busch in a nun's habit, pays comic homage to religiosity in Hollywood movies, in his outrageously funny new play about an indomitable Mother Superior determined to build a new school for a her Pittsburgh convent. His is joined by several of his regulars, including Julie Halston and Alison Fraser.

Alphabetical Order, starts 9/14, opens 9/26 through 10/26 at the Clurman Theatre, Theatre Row
The Keen Company devotes their current season to English playwright Michael Frayn, starting with a revised version of his 1975 play set in the cuttings library of a provincial newspaper office, where a new assistant tries to bring order to the chaos with drastic results. Directed by Carl Forsman.

Now Circa Then, starts 9/14, opens 9/27 through 10/9 at Ars Nova
In Carly Mensch's off-beat play, the lives of a pair of historical re-enactors  intersect with that of a immigrant couple from a century before. Directed by Jason Eagan.

Angels in America, starts 9/14 opens 10/28 through 1/30/2011at Signature Theater Company
Tony Kushner's landmark Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning,  two-part “Gay Fantasia on National Themes” returns to New York as part of season devoted to his work. The two parts, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika will play in repertory, with Michael Greif directing a cast that includes Robin Bartlett, Christian Borle, Bill Heck, Zoe Kazan, Billy Porter, Zachary Quinto, Robin Weigart and Frank Wood (as Roy Cohn).

Orange, Hat & Grace, starts 9/15, opens 9/17 through 10/10 at Soho Rep
Sarah Benson (Obie Award winner and Drama Desk nominee for Blasted) directs Gregory Moss's play about a woman whose life of solitude in the woods is disrupted by an unexpected visitor.

The Deep Throat Sex Scandal
, starts 9/17 opens 10/10 at 45 Bleecker Street Theater
Entertainment promoter David Bertolino makes his playwriting debut with a behind-the- scenes look at the making of the most profitable porno movie of the 1970s.  Directed by Jerry Douglas, starring Lori Gardner as the legendary Linda Lovelace.

Office Hours, starts 9/21, opens 9/30 through 10/24 at the Flea Theater.
A new play by A. R. Gurney (The Grand Manner), the second of three this season.  This one, about the mid 1970s debate in the universities about “Great Books” by dead White authors, was written specifically for the Flea's young company of actors, The Bats. Directed by Jim Simpson.

In Transit starts 9/21, opens 10/21 through 10/30 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters
An acapella musical tapestry about life in New York City inspired by the sounds and rhythms of life in the subway, written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth, directed by Joe Calarco.

The Language Archive, starts 9/24, opens 10/17 through 12/19 at the Roundabout Theater Company's Laura Pels Theatre
Playwright Julia Cho (The Piano Teacher) received the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, awarded to an outstanding new English-language play by a woman, for this  poignant and quirky comedy about the inability to express emotion through language.  Mark Brokaw directs a cast that includes Jayne Houdyshell (Bye, Bye Birdie and Coraline) and Heidi Schreck (Circle Mirror Transformation).

Gatz, starts 9/26, through 11/14 at The Public Theatre
The Elevator Repair Service's marathon six-hour take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - a word for word reenactment of the American classic --arrives in New York after a five-year international tour. Directed by John Collins

Microcisis, starts 9/28, opens 10/5 through 10/23 at HERE Arts Center.
The Drama Desk Award winning Ma-Yi Theater Company presents a black comedy by Michael Lew, directed by Ralph Peña, about a shady investment banker's efforts to exploit the practice of micro-lending in the Third World.

Wings, starts 10/05, opens 10/24 through 11/2 at Second Stage Theatre
Tony and Drama Desk winner Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family) starts in a revival of Arthur Kopit's 1978 play, which creatively enters the mind of a 1920s stunt pilot who  suffers a stroke. Directed by John Doyle (Sweeney Todd).

Three Women, starts10/05, through 10/31 at 59E59 Theaters
A rare production of Sylvia Plath's only play (originally written for the radio), about pregnancy and childbirth. Directed by Robert Shaw.

Spirit Control, starts 10/07, opens 10/26 at Manhattan Theatre Club Stage 1, New York City Center.
An air traffic controller's experience guiding a passenger through an emergency landing continues to haunt him in Beau Willimon's new play, directed by Henry Wishcamper.

Middletown, starts 10/13, opens 11/03 at Vineyard Theater.
A young woman discovers that there is a secret side to the small American town into which  she has just moved in the new play from Will Eno (Thom Pain based on nothing). Cast includes Georgia Engel, Michael Park, Heather Burns and Linus Roache.

In the Wake, starts 10/19 through 11/21 at the Public Theater
Lisa Kron's (Well) latest play starts on Thanksgiving 2000 and tracks the life of a woman on the edge of a breakdown through the following Bush era.  Directed by Leigh Silverman and starring Marin Ireland (reasons to be pretty) and Michael Chernus (The Aliens).

Play Dead, starts 10/21, opens 11/11 at The Players Theater
Audience nerves are to be tested in a new spooky entertainment concocted by Teller (of Penn and Teller fame) and Todd Robbins, in which death, darkness and deception are the main themes. Performed by Robbins and directed by Teller.

After the Revolution, starts 10/21 through 11/28 at Playwrights Horizons
A provocative drama from Amy Herzog about a historical revelation that rocks three generations of a radical leftist American family. Directed by Carolyn Cantor.

The Memorandum, starts 10/25, opens 11/04 through 12/04, The Actors Company Theater (TACT) at Theater Row.
Czech playwright Vaclav Havel's satire about a bureaucracy gone berserk, directed by Jenn Thompson

The Break of Noon, starts 10/28, opens 11/15 through 12/12, MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel.
David Duchovny stars in the latest work from Neil LaBute (reasons to be pretty) about a man who believes he has had a divine vision after surviving an office shooting. With Amanda Peet, directed by Jo Bonney.

There are no more big secrets, starts 11/03, opens 11/12 through 12/11 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
Actor, playwright Heidi Schrek's new play about friendship is based on her experiences as a reporter in Siberia and St. Petersburg. Directed by Kip Fagan.

The Collection & A Kind of Alaska , starts 11/03, opens 11/21 through 12/21 Atlantic Theater Company at Classic Stage Company
Two plays by the late Tony Award and Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter feature in this double bill. Sexual tensions and menace flare up between two couples, one gay, the other straight in the earlier work, The Collection (1961), while a woman awakens out of a coma after 30 years in A Kind of Alaska (1982).

Mistakes Were Made, starts 11/05, opens 11/14 at the Barrow Theater
A fast-talking theater producer looking to score a hit badgers a writer to rework his play in this show business satire by Craig Wright, directed by Dexter Bullard.  Michael Shannon plays the lead role.

In the Footprint: The Battle Over the Atlantic Yards, starts11/12 through 12/11 at Irondale Center, Brooklyn.
The latest work from The Civillians (Gone Missing) tells the story of the controversial land development project in Brooklyn through music, theater and dance.

Other Desert Cities, starts 12/16 at Mitzi Newhouse Theater
Jon Robin Batiz (A Far Country) returns to the Lincoln Center Theater with a new play, a family drama that reflects his concerns about the American political landscape.  Directed by Joe Mantello.

A Small Fire, starts 12/10 at Playwrights Horizons
A contractor starts to lose her grip after a seemingly catastrophic loss in the latest from Adam Bock (The Drunken City, The Receptionist) , directed by Trip Cullman.

Gerard Raymond writes about theater, film, travel and culture and lives in New York City

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