Mullally Out of L.A. He Hunts; Carol Kane in

News   Mullally Out of L.A. He Hunts; Carol Kane in A week ago, Megan Mullally of TV's hit comedy "Will & Grace" and Broadway's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was all set to star as an unfaithful woman out to trap her husband in infidelity in He Hunts at the Geffen Playhouse. But now she's out of the show, citing scheduling conflicts with her television appearances. While Mullally's replacement is being sought, comedian and film star Carol Kane has signed on to the new work adapted from Georges Feydeau farce, Monsieur Chasse!.

A week ago, Megan Mullally of TV's hit comedy "Will & Grace" and Broadway's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was all set to star as an unfaithful woman out to trap her husband in infidelity in He Hunts at the Geffen Playhouse. But now she's out of the show, citing scheduling conflicts with her television appearances. While Mullally's replacement is being sought, comedian and film star Carol Kane has signed on to the new work adapted from Georges Feydeau farce, Monsieur Chasse!.

He Hunts plays Los Angeles' Geffen April 9-May 19. Opening night is April 17.

Kane's film career includes an Oscar nomination (for 1975's "Hester Street") and a variety of movies from "Scrooged," "Addams Family Values" and "My Blue Heaven" to "Dog Day Afternoon" and "When a Stranger Calls." An alumnus of the Professional Children's School in Manhattan, Kane began her acting career in the theatre, playing in Shakespeare's Macbeth and The Tempest, as well as The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Arturo-Ui and Little Murders.

Popular soap actor Stephen Nichols will also join the He Hunts cast. Nichols is best known for playing Stephen "Patch" Johnson on "Days of Our Lives" from 1985-1990 and currently stars as Stefan Cassadine on "General Hospital."

In He Hunts, Leontine Duchotel becomes convinced her husband's hunting trips are really taken to meet up with his mistresses. So the next time he goes hunting, Leontine takes up with her lover in a secret location — the apartment right door to her husband's, where he has arranged a tryst with his latest ladyfriend. Feydeau is considered the master of French farce, the best known of which is A Flea in Her Ear. Maxwell Caulfield (An Inspector Calls, My Night With Reg "Dr. Quinn") plays the hunting husband, Duchotel. Also in the cast are Paul Ellis (Cop), VJ Foster (Cassecul), Cathy Lind Hayes (Babet), Alan Mandell (Bridois) and Robert Porch (Cop).

David Schweizer directs. He won an Obie for Rinde Eckert's opera And God Created Whales. His credits include The Waiting Room and Demonology at the Mark Taper and the solo shows Rave Mom and Bad Sex With Bud Kemp.

The design team features Chris Barreca (sets), David Zinn (costumes), Anne Militello (lighting) and Peter Golub (original music).

Tickets are $28-$46. The Geffen Playhouse is at 10886 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood, CA. The Geffen Playhouse is on the web at http://www.geffenplayhouse.com.

— By Christine Ehren