PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Aug. 2-8: Broadway Season Heats Up With Side Show, Fun Home and Helen Mirren

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08 Aug 2014

Larry David
Larry David

A sleepy summer week in theatreland was made suddenly exciting by a slew of unexpected announcements.

Perhaps the most unexpected of these surprises as that Mr. Misanthrope himself Larry David, the co-creator of "Seinfeld," and the creator and star of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," had decided to make his Broadway debut as an actor and playwright with the offputtingly titled — and, thus, very Larry David-titled — new play Fish in the Dark, which will open at a Shubert theatre to be announced March 5, 2015.

David has drafted a sure hand as his director, Anna D. Shapiro, who won a 2008 Tony Award for directing a whole family of discomfiting Larry David types (unhappy, dysfunctional, no tact, etc.) in Tracy Letts' August: Osage County. Scott Rudin — who's always around where there's a big-deal play to be backed — is the producer.

Inspired by the death of a friend's father, David's play features approximately 15 characters. Whether than means 15 actors (a huge number for a Broadway play) remains to be seen. Additional casting will be announced at a later time.

David told the Times that he will play "somebody very similar to Larry David." (Was there ever any doubt?)

David added, "I thought it would be pretty cool to write a play someday. I didn't think it'd be pretty cool to be in it. It's not like I would go to the theater and look up on stage and say, 'I could be in that.' I didn't thinking of myself playing the character, but of course I write characters very close to me."


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