What does the butler see? That would be 2000 Academy Award nominee Chloe Sevigny ("Boys Don't Cry") as Miss Geraldine Barclay in the New Group's revival of Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw, beginning performances Oct. 31. Joining the Butler's known cast — Sevigny, Dylan Baker ("Happiness") as Dr. Prentice and Dinner With Friends' Lisa Emery as Mrs. Prentice, Peter Frechette (a Tony nomination for Our Country's Good and an Emmy nomination for "thirtysomething") as Dr. Rance — are Karl Geary as Nicholas Beckett and Max Baker (Goose-Pimples) as Sergeant Match.
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), Mattie Ulrich (costumes) and Ken Travis (sound) will design the show.
What the Butler Saw will open Nov. 12 for a run through Dec. 10. 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