Belber's Match, with Liotta and Langella, to Play Plymouth Theatre

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The Plymouth Theatre will be the Broadway home of Match, the new Stephen Belber play starring Frank Langella and Ray Liotta, producer Michael Rego of the Araca Group told Playbill On-Line. Performances begin this spring.

Langella will play a Juilliard dance teacher in the new play, which concerns a police officer trying to uncover a secret of his past. The Araca Group will produce. Nicholas Martin will direct.

Belber's Match is about a husband and wife who "arrive on the doorstep of a once renowned dancer to interview him about his past. By night's end what they have learned will change them all forever." The playwright's other titles include Tape, A Small, Melodramatic Story, The Death of Frank and The Transparency of Val.

Frank Langella made his Broadway debut in Seascape and has also appeared on Broadway in Passion, Amadeus, The Father, Hurlyburly, Present Laughter and Design for Living. Most recently on Broadway in Fortune's Fool, Langella is the recipient of two Tony Awards, for Fool and Seascape. Also a star of feature films, his movie credits boast "Dracula," "Lolita," "The Ninth Gate," "Small Soldiers," "Dave," "Diary of a Mad Housewife" and "The Twelve Chairs."

Liotta is best known for his many films, which include "Goodfellas" and "Something Wild."

Rego, speaking at the closing night party of Urinetown, also discussed another Araca Group project, a Broadway revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. Matthew Warchus has signed on to direct Mamet's scathing look at Hollywood. Rego said he had seen the 1988 Broadway premiere, which starred Joe Mantenga and Ron Silver, as well as pop icon Madonna. "It's easy to bash Madonna," said Rego. "What I'm interested in is what the play would be like with not two but three great actors, without the distraction of having Madonna in your play."

Added Rego: "When the play was first done, the plot seemed somewhat outrageous. Now, you can believe that those sort of things actually happen in Hollywood."

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