Rob Bartlett Plans B'way Comedy Oct. 1

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A new play by and starring comic Rob Bartlett will take up residence at Broadway's O'Neill Theatre this fall, producer Mitchell Maxwell's office told Playbill On-Line.

A new play by and starring comic Rob Bartlett will take up residence at Broadway's O'Neill Theatre this fall, producer Mitchell Maxwell's office told Playbill On-Line.

Press rep Peter Cromarty did not return phone calls by press time, but Theatrical Index was reporting that the play -- whose working title is The `F' Word -- beginning performances Oct. 1.

The three-character play is based on Bartlett's stand-up routine, according to TI, and takes place in a garage on Long Island. Jack O'Brien (The Little Foxes) will direct.

In recent years, Broadway has become a haven for comedians and their talents. Jerry Seinfeld just played a short, sold-out run at the Broadhurst and Sandra Bernhard is due at the Booth this October. The forerunners in this trend are Jackie Mason, who has brought several one-man shows to Broadway over the past decade, and Rob Becker, whose Defending the Caveman played a total of 571 performances at the Helen Hayes.

David Gallo (Jackie) will provide the scenery for the Bartlett show. Ann Hould-Ward is the costume designer, and Michael Lincoln will design the lighting. The production is produced by Maxwell, Jim Russek and Mark Balsam. -- By Robert Simonson

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