The Marx Theatre season at the Playhouse launches with Anthony Shaffer's Tony-winning stage thriller Sleuth, running Sept. 5-Oct. 3, with an official opening set for Sept. 10.
Doyle's production of Chekhov's Three Sisters, newly adapted by Sarah Ruhl (In the Next Room, Eurydice), will run Oct. 24-Nov. 21, with an opening night scheduled for Oct. 29.
Three Sisters marks Doyle's second production for the Playhouse, having premiered the 2006 actor-musician revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company there prior to its Tony-winning Broadway transfer. Three Sisters is the first non-musical production Doyle has directed for American audiences.
The creative team will feature past Doyle collaborators: Tony-winning costume designer Ann Hould-Ward (Company, Road Show), lighting designer Jane Cox (Road Show) and Tony-winning scenic designer Scott Pask (Coast of Utopia).
The season also includes the world premiere of Walter Mosley's The Fall of Heaven, running Jan. 23-Feb. 20, 2010 (opening Jan. 28). Tony-nominated composer Paul Gordon, who opened the 2008 Playhouse season with his musical Emma, will return with his new musical comedy Daddy Long Legs, which runs March 13-April 10, 2010 (opening March 18). Tony-winning director John Caird (Les Miserables) stages the production, which arrives in Cincinnati following its world premiere at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. The final Marx Theatre offering will be a production of the Fats Waller revue Ain't Misbehavin', running May 1-29, 2010 (opening May 6).
The Thompson Shelterhouse Season commences with the world premiere of Michele Lowe's Victoria Musica, running Sept. 26-Oct. 25 (opening Oct. 1). The holidays feature the Playhouse revival of Sanders Family Christmas: More Smoke on the Mountain, running Nov. 7-Dec. 31 (opening Nov. 12); while National Public Radio humorist Kevin Kling will present his humorous and heartfelt personal story How? How? Why? Why? Why? Feb. 13-March 14, 2010 (opening Feb. 18).
David Bar Katz's play The History of Invulnerability, which explores the personal life of Superman creator Jerry Siegel, will run April 3-May 2, 2010 (opening April 8); and Edward Stern will stage The Fantasticks, running May 15-June 20, 2010 (opening May 20).
The holidays will also welcome the annual return of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, running Dec. 3-30 in the Marx Theatre under the direction of Michael Evan Haney.
For tickets phone (513) 421-3888 or visit CincyPlay.