She was the first girlfriend of Indiana Jones; he was the most recent older son of Willy Loman. They're Karen Allen and Kevin Anderson, and they're about to play two sides of a creepy love quadrangle in Speaking in Tongues, a psychological thriller opening at Off Broadway's Gramercy Theatre, Nov. 18. Previews for the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Andrew Bovell's drama begin Oct. 26.
Speaking in Tongues is described in press materials as "a wonderful theatrical combination that is equal parts psychological thriller, murder mystery and partner-swapping satire." Mark Clements, artistic director of the UK's Derby Playhouse, directs. Author Bovell, who also penned 1996's Scenes from a Separation, is best known for scripting the film "Strictly Ballroom."
Also in the cast are Long Wharf veteran Michel R. Gill and Margaret Colin.
Anderson most recently received a Tony nomination for playing Biff to Brian Dennehy's Willy in Death of a Salesman. Other stage credits include Orpheus Descending (opposite Vanessa Redgrave) and the London Sunset Boulevard. Allen, best known for her film work in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman and Animal House, starred in the Roundabout's revival of The Country Girl a decade ago.
Designed by Richard Hoover (set), Jess Goldstein (costumes) and Brian MacDevitt (lighting), Speaking in Tongues is part of the Roundabout's New Play Initiative. *
On Broadway, the Roundabout is currently reviving Clare Booth Luce's The Women (opening Nov. 8), directed by Scott Elliott and starring Cynthia Nixon, Kristen Johnston, Rue McClanahan and Jennifer Tilly.
—By Robert Simonson
and David Lefkowitz