Alphabetical Order, Frayn's Comedy About a Frantic Newspaper Office, Opens Off-Broadway Sept. 28

News   Alphabetical Order, Frayn's Comedy About a Frantic Newspaper Office, Opens Off-Broadway Sept. 28 Tony Award-winning U.K. playwright Michael Frayn's Alphabetical Order, the 1970's-set comedy about a chaotic newspaper cuttings library and its staff, officially opens Off-Broadway Sept. 28 after previews that began Sept. 14.

William Connell and Margaret Daly
William Connell and Margaret Daly Photo by Suzi Sadler

Alphabetical Order is the first production of the Keen Company's 2010-2011 season, which is entirely devoted to Frayn's work. The season will also include a 25th anniversary staging of Benefactors. Carl Forsman helms Alphabetical Order, which will run through Oct. 23 at the Clurman Theatre.

Alphabetical Order features Brad Bellamy, William Connell, John Windsor Cunningham, Margaret Daly, Paul Molnar, Angela Reed and Audrey Lynn Weston.

The play, according to the Keen Company, is described as such: "Set in a provincial newspaper office in the 1970s, where it’s just another day of chaos in the cuttings library: files all over the floor, phones ringing, but where is Lucy the librarian? Her life (when she finally arrives), and the lives of the journalists who take refuge in her muddled retreat, turn out to be as confused as the library itself. Into this comfortable little world steps Lesley, Lucy's new assistant. She's young, bright, and she wants system and order. Things are about to change."

Designing Alphabetical Order are Josh Bradford (lighting design), Jill Du Boff (sound design), Nathan Heverin (set design) and Jennifer Paar (costume design).

Frayn earned a Tony Award for his 2000 play Copenhagen. His plays also include Noises Off, Wild Honey, Democracy and Afterlife.

Tickets are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.

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Audrey Lynn Weston, Margaret Daly, Paul Molnar, Brad Bellamy and Angela Reed
Audrey Lynn Weston, Margaret Daly, Paul Molnar, Brad Bellamy and Angela Reed Photo by Suzi Sadler
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