NY's Square Still Circling Around Season

News   NY's Square Still Circling Around Season With Al Pacino's Hughie set to close Nov. 2, Broadway's Circle In The Square theatre has yet to announce the plays for its new season.

With Al Pacino's Hughie set to close Nov. 2, Broadway's Circle In The Square theatre has yet to announce the plays for its new season.

Artistic director Gregory Mosher is in London this week, no doubt making final plans to bring Stanley to the beleaguered playhouse as the first offering of the season.

As of Oct. 25, Neither Mosher's assistant nor press representative Bill Evans was ready to confirm that Stanley would come stateside, but Evans did say there was a good chance it would happen and maintain the original London cast while doing so.

Stanley, by Pam Gems, deals with British painter Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959). Though a strongly religious man, Spencer had many women in his life, although in the play, he ends up with no one. Antony Sher plays Stanley, Deborah Findlay plays his first wife and fellow painter, Hilda.

In his review of the Royal National Theatre production for This Month ON STAGE magazine (Oct. 1996), Caldwell Titcomb wrote, "Sticking quite closely to the facts, [Pam] Gems offers a work that's totally absorbing and quite profound... Sher is simply magnificent from start to finish and renders convincing all of Spencer's strange, male-chauvinist behavior... Designer Tim Hatley had the wonderful idea of turning the Cottesloe Theatre into a sort of replica of Spencer's masterpiece, the Sandham Memorial Chapel in Burghclere." For information on Circle In The Square's season (when it becomes available), call (212) 307-2700.

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