Now in its 28th year, Long Island's Theatre Three has announced its 1997-98 slate of productions, including the Arthur Kopit/Maury Yeston Phantom, and, on the Second Stage, Three Tall Women and a festival of original one-act plays.
Phantom (Sept. 27-Nov. 8), the Yeston/Kopit version of Gaston Leroux's gothic thriller, about a deformed sewer-dweller and opera lover.
A Christmas Carol (Nov. 29-Dec. 27). Artistic director Jeffrey Sanzel adapts this Charles Dickens holiday classic.
Crossing Delancey (Jan. 10-Feb. 7, 1998) Susan Chandler's story of a nice Jewish girl caught between a novelist and a Lower East Side pickleman became a Hollywood hit.
The Fantasticks (Feb. 21-March 21, 1998) Don't feel like coming into Manhattan to catch Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt's long-running musical? You can catch the story of parents, children and young love -- with such songs as "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "Try To Remember" -- at Theatre Three. To Kill A Mockingbird (April 4-May 2, 1998) Christopher Sergel's popular adaptation of Harper Lee's great American novel, about a small town lawyer defending a black man accused of rape.
Grease (May 16-June 20, 1998) Not able to catch Xena, Warrior Princess, in the current revival of Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey's 50's-era rock-n-roll hit? Hear "Summer Lovin'," "Beauty School Drop Out" and "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" at Theatre Three.
On the theatre's Second Stage will be Shirley Valentine (Oct. 12-Nov. 5), Willy Russell's tale of a woman discovering herself on a Greek island.
Three Tall Woman, Edward Albee's 1994 Pulitzer winner, runs Feb. 25-March 18, 1998. The drama concerns a woman at three stages of her life.
Not yet selected are one-act plays for an upcoming festival, May 27-June 14, 1998.
Children's shows at Theatre Three will include The Witches Of Whim, Simple Simon & The Crazy Pieman and Mind Your Manners!.
For information on tickets and subscriptions to Theatre Three, on Main Street in Port Jefferson, NY call (516) 928-9202.
--By David Lefkowitz