Frayn's Chekhov-Inspired The Sneeze Opens Off-Broadway Sept. 26

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The Pearl Theatre Company production of Michael Frayn's The Sneeze, inspired by the work of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, officially opens Sept. 26 at New York City Center Stage II.

Lee Stark and Bradford Cove
Lee Stark and Bradford Cove Photo by Gregory Costanzo

Frayn drew on such Chekhov works as The Bear, The Evils of Tobacco, Swan Song, The Proposal and The Sneeze for the play that began previews Sept. 17 and will run through Oct. 31. Pearl Theatre Company artistic director J.R. Sullivan directs.

The cast includes Rachel Botchan, Bradford Cover, Dominic Cuskern, Robert Hock, Chris Mixon, Edward Seamon and Lee Stark.

According to the Pearl, "Frayn's richly comic adaptation of the incomparable Chekhov's wild and witty vaudevillian vignettes, bounds across town and country, past rich and poor, with an improbable duel, a mismanaged marriage proposal, and, of course, a life-shattering sneeze along the way."

The Sneeze design team includes Jo Winiarski (scenic designer), Barbara A. Bell (costume designer), Ann Wrightson (lighting designer) and Jane Shaw (sound designer).

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

For tickets, phone (212) 581-1212 or visit PearlTheatre. New York City Center Stage II is located at West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Dominic Cuskern, Bradford Cover and Edward Seamon
Dominic Cuskern, Bradford Cover and Edward Seamon
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