PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, June 1-7: Mark Rylance to Bring Gender-Bending Shakespeare to NYC, Far From Heaven Opens

By Robert Simonson
07 Jun 2013

Mark Rylance
Directed by Tim Carroll, performances will begin in repertory at the Belasco Theatre Oct. 15 prior to an official opening Nov. 10. This will mark the Broadway debut of Shakespeare's Globe.

The cast also includes acclaimed English comic actor Stephen Fry ("Jeeves and Wooster," etc.), making his Broadway debut as Malvolio and Samuel Barnett as Viola in Twelfth Night and Queen Elizabeth in Richard III.


Actor Terry Kinney and playwright Keith Reddin — two talents who came of age in the 1980s — will join forces for a new Broadway staging of the classic Cornell Woolrich story "Rear Window." Reddin will pen the adaptation of the thriller and Kinney will direct.

The tale is best known for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1954 film. A timeline is not in place for the Broadway production.

Strangely, given the number of plays he's written, this will be Reddin's Broadway debut as a playwright. He has been on Broadway twice, but as an actor (A Taste of Honey, The Play's the Thing).


Stephanie J. Block and Will Chase both did very well by the recent Roundabout Theatre Company revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood and are nominated for Tony Awards — their first such honor in both cases. The two will join forces again as co-stars of the Off-Broadway Second Stage Theatre production of Little Miss Sunshine. The new musical by Tony Award winners William Finn and James Lapine is based on the 2006 road-trip comedy film of the same name. They will play husband and wife.


The much-sought-after Kelli O'Hara, who was wanted for the lead in The Bridges of Madison County, opened this week as the lead in another new musical, Far From Heaven, based on the 2002 Todd Haynes film. She played not a 1960s unhappy Iowa housewife, but a 1950s unhappy Connecticut housewife. The Playwrights Horizons staging — with a score by the Grey Gardens team of Scott Frankel and Michael Korie and a book by Richard Greenberg — opened June 2.