Another week, another addition to the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2001-02 season. Moliere's classic satire of religious hypocrisy, Tartuffe, will be presented at the American Airlines Theatre sometime this winter, according to a full page ad in the June 20 New York Times. No director or cast has been named.
Tartuffe will be the third selection of the current season to claim the AA Theatre as its home, after the current Major Barbara and this fall's revival of Clare Booth Luce's The Women.
Frequenters of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park saw a mounting of Moliere's comedy two summers ago. Mark Brokaw directed Dylan Baker in the title role of saint/lecher Tartuffe, who holds a household in thrall with his sanctimonious posturing. Also in the cast were Mary Testa, J. Smith-Cameron, Dana Ivey and Richard Kimbrough.
Among the new entries to the Roundabout line-up announced within the last several days are two plays scheduled for the Gramercy Theatre, the Roundabout's current Off-Broadway home: The Dazzle by Richard Greenberg, directed by David Warren, opening on Aug. 1, 2002; and Speaking in Tongues by Andrew Bovell, directed by Mark Clements, opening on Nov. 18, 2001. The Dazzle concerns the eccentric Collier brothers, whose lives are forever changed by the entrance of a beautiful young socialite. A 1999 New York Stage and Film production featured Greenberg favorite Peter Frechette, as well as Reg Rogers and Francie Swift. Both Frechette and Rogers starred (at different times) in the Roundabout's mounting of Greenberg's Hurrah at Last.
Speaking in Tongues, meanwhile, is described as "a wonderful theatrical combination that is equal parts psychological thriller, murder mystery and partner-swapping satire." The two plays join the previously scheduled An Almost Holy Picture by Heather McDonald, directed by Michael Mayer, at the Gramercy. Picture does not have an opening date.
Also already announced for the Roundabout's 2000-01 season are Sondheim's Assassins, directed by Joe Mantello, at the Booth Theatre (opening Nov. 29); and, at the American Airlines Theatre, Shaw's Major Barbara, directed by Daniel Sullivan (currently running), Clare Booth Luce's The Women (opening Nov. 8), directed by Scott Elliott, and the musical The Boys from Syracuse (opening March 7, 2002), directed by Scott Ellis, with an updated book by Nicky Silver.