Casting is now complete for the New Group's revival of Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw set to star 2000 Academy Award nominee Chloe Sevigny ("Boys Don't Cry") as Miss Barclay. This final announcement brings the inclusion of Peter Frechette as Sergeant March. Frechette garnered a Tony nomination for Our Country's Good and an Emmy nomination for "thirtysomething."
Also joining the Butler's known cast -- Sevigny, Dylan Baker ("Happiness") as Dr. Prentice and Dinner With Friends' Lisa Emery as Mrs. Prentice -- are Karl Geary as Nicholas Beckett and Max Baker (Goose-Pimples).
Like Max Baker and Emery, Sevigny has a New Group connection; she appeared in their production of Hazelwood Jr. High. Other credits include her film roles in "American Psycho," "The Last Days of Disco" and "Kids."
Joe Orton's fast-paced 1967 farce follows the twisted comic seductions of Nick the bellboy who wants Mrs. Prentice who only wants Dr. Prentice to fetch her drink while the good doctor wants nothing more than see Geraldine (who merely wants a job) naked. Enter Dr. Rance, the government inspector, who wants to understand it all.
Derek McLane (sets), James Vermeulen (lighting) and Mattie Ulrich (costumes) will design the show. Performances begin Oct. 31 with an opening set for Nov. 12. Tickets are $35-$25. The New Group Theatre at St. Clement's Church is located at 423 West 46th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. For reservations, call (212) 643-6878.
-- By Christine Ehren