With David Rabe's The Dog Problem set to open next week at Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theatre Company, the troupe have now set their sights on next season. As confirmed by a spokesperson, the Atlantic roster will include a revue devoted to Shel Silverstein, a new play co-written by Craig Lucas, and a workshop of a new play by novelist Denis Johnson. Also under discussion are The Night Heron, by Mojo man Jez Butterworth, and a revival of George S. Kaufman's The Butter and Egg Man. Dates and further details have yet to be revealed about the shows. Regarding An Evening of Shel Silverstein, the late author songwriter, best known for his classic fable "The Giving Tree" and a host of rollicking, bluesy, sometimes-raunchy pop songs ("I Got Stoned and I Missed It," "A Boy Named Sue," "Cover of the Rolling Stone"), novelty tunes ("Freakin' at the Freaker's Ball," "The Smoke-Off") and children's poetry ("Where the Sidewalk Ends," "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out," "Peanut Butter Sandwich"), also authored a number of one-act plays, many of them performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre. As reported by the Times, he also collaborated with Atlantic founder David Mamet on Oh, Hell, which was produced by Lincoln Center Theatre. "An Evening of Shel Silverstein"
Lucas, best known for penning Prelude to a Kiss, is collaborating with actor-dramatist David Schulner on This Thing of Darkness. Lucas' last two Off-Broadway shows played at the Vineyard Theatre: 2000's Stranger and 1998's well-received The Dying Gaul. His 1984 drama, Blue Window, is to receive a revival at OB's 28th Street Theatre next month.
— By David Lefkowitz