Phoenix Theatre Ensemble to Sneeze in the Ace of Clubs, Oct. 14-Nov. 14

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The Phoenix Theatre Ensemble will present another in its "Play in a Pub" series when it mounts Michael Frayn's Chekhov adaptation The Sneeze Oct. 14-Nov. 14.

The show will take place Ace of Clubs, below the ACME Restaurant on Great Jones Street at Lafayette Street in Greenwich Village. Times are Saturdays at 3 PM; Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM; and Tuesdays at 7 PM.

The Sneeze is made of of four of Chekhov's lesser-known, one-act comic vaudevilles and burlesques, as well as four adaptations of Chekhov short stories. Rowan Atkinson, Cheryl Campbell and Timothy West first performed the piece at the Aldwych Theatre in London in 1988.

Among the characters in the short pieces: "the anxious and undertalented lady writer who tries to read her five-act play out loud to a famous playwright; the minor government official who sneezes on a prominent government official; the burly Russian who subjects his delicate French visitor to rough country philosophy and gobs of hot mustard; the old actor on an empty stage; and the gentle man, scared of his wife, who fails to give a speech on the evils of tobacco."

In the cast are Jason O'Connell, Dan Matisa and Laura Piquado. John Giampetro directs.

Tickets are $35 which includes two drinks. Call (212) 352-3101 or consult www.phoenixtheatreensemble.org. The Phoenix is running another comedy during October: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged] by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. It will play from Oct. 1-31 at The New York Improv, 318 W 53rd St., (between 8th and 9th Avenues).

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