BROADWAY FALL PREVIEW: David Mamet (Twice), Edward Albee, Annie, Jessica Chastain, Cyrano, Patti LuPone

By Robert Simonson
03 Sep 2012

Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas
Photo by Henry Leutwyler

Lincoln Center Theater continues its love affair with Clifford Odets, reviving his Golden Boy at the Belasco Nov. 8. As with the company's previous Awake and Sing!, Bartlett Sher will direct. Meanwhile, fellow nonprofit Manhattan Theatre Club hoists the Ibsen flag. Redoubtable stage performer, and four-time Tony winner, Boyd Gaines has been earning his bread and butter lately through distinguished supporting performances, such as those in Gypsy and The Columnist. He returns to star billing in a revival Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, playing a principled doctor whose discovery about the local water supply inconveniences the economic hopes of the town fathers. Richard Thomas will play his brother, the burg's unscrupulous mayor. Previews begin at the Samuel J. Friedman Sept. 4. Following up Enemy at the Friedman, beginning Dec. 11, will be an MTC engagement of The Other Place, Sharr White's play about a successful neurologist whose life comes unhinged, which was originally staged by Off-Broadway's MCC Theater. Laurie Metcalf stars, and Joe Mantello directs.

Like White, playwright Craig Wright will be getting his Broadway debut this fall, following a great many Off-Broadway mountings. Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington and Edward Asner (not seen on Broadway in nearly a quarter century), will star in Wright's Grace, about a hopeful young couple who move to Florida with big plans to open a chain of Gospel-themed motels. Previews begin Sept. 13 at the Cort. Another first-timer is David West Read, whose The Performers will star Henry Winkler as an aging adult film star. Previews begin Oct. 23 at the Longacre. Enjoying her second Broadway production in as many seasons will be playwright Theresa Rebeck, whose Dead Accounts will feature Katie Holmes and Norbert Leo Butz as members of a family that receive a visit from their prodigal son. The Music Box Theatre is the place, starting Nov. 3. And briefly stopping by at the Richard Rodgers, Oct. 9-14, will be comic Lewis Black, delivering his latest rant against society in Running on Empty.