PLAYBILL PICKS: Anticipation! Playbill Contributors Share Titles They're Eager to See in Fall 2012

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11 Sep 2012

Byron Jennings
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ROBERT SIMONSON, Playbill Special Correspondent

Ivanov (Off-Broadway). Over the past four seasons, Classic Stage Company has done Chekhov proud, presenting productions of the Russian's major plays that have ranked from good to fantastic. Austin Pendleton, who directed the most successful outing, Three Sisters, is back to direct Ethan Hawke in Chekhov's least-sung full-length play, Ivanov.

Sorry (Off-Broadway). Richard Nelson's hyper-naturalistic, of-the-moment "Apple Family" plays — three of them, all presented at the Public Theater — have been among the most successful, intriguing and beautifully unforced of his long career. This is the final edition. Expect the return of an expert ensemble of unshowy New York stage veterans to be pitch-perfect.

Ten Chimneys (Off-Broadway). No theatre buff can resist a new play that depicts theatre greats Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in their natural Wisconsin habitat, rehearsing The Seagull in the 1930s. And no actor today is more Lunt-like than the dignified, cerebral Byron Jennings. Dependable wordsmith Jeffrey Hatcher, who is an old hand at biographical drama, wrote it.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Off-Broadway). Anyone who's seen The Actor's Nightmare or For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls knows that no playwright relishes sending up the work of other dramatists more than Christopher Durang. This time he's after Chekhov. And with regular Durangists Kristine Nielsen and Sigourney Weaver on hand at Lincoln Center Theater's Newhouse, how can he miss?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Broadway). Sure, there was a fine Broadway revival of Albee's searing drama less than a decade ago. But who's going to say no to the Steppenwolf Theatre Company George and Martha of Tracy Letts and Amy Morton after having seen the latter tear up the Broadway stage in the former's August: Osage County?

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