It's going to be a manly season at Los Angeles' Geffen Theatre. Between the Los Angeles premiere of Yasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man, David Rambo's God's Man in Texas and Georges Feydeau's Monsieur Chasse! (retitled as He Hunts), the company will looking at men (and their relationships with women, God and closets) throughout 2001-02.
The Unexpected Man, recently seen Off-Broadway, comes to the Geffen Sept. 11-Oct. 21 with Maria Mileaf (Erik Ehn's Maid) directing. This drama from the author of Art is the story of a man and a woman who sit together on a train. He's a novelist, disillusioned with his writing and with his life, while she too contemplates the relationships in her life, all the while knowing that the writer she admires most is directly across from her.
The Geffen's artistic director Randall Arney (The Weir) will helm God's Man in Texas, running Feb. 5-March 17, 2002. In the Humana Festival hit, young preacher Jerry comes up against the veteran man of God, Dr. Gottschall, who is unwilling to give up the Rock Baptist Church of Houston and his coveted Sunday morning TV broadcast to the upstart. A reformed drug addict named Hugo mediates between the two preachers.
He Hunts, a new translation of Feydeau's farce Monsieur Chasse! by Philip Littell (the opera A Streetcar Named Desire), mixes the classic elements of the A Flea in Her Ear playwrights' comedies - mistaken identities and sexual shenanigans - with a man hiding out in a closet. David Schweizer (The Waiting Room) directs He Hunts, playing April 9-May 19, 2002.
The final selection, set to run June 11-July 21, 2002, has no show but does have a director. Geffen producing director Gilbert Cates (Collected Stories with Linda Lavin) will head up a world premiere production in that slot. Subscriptions are $135-$230. Geffen Playhouse is located at 10886 Le Conte Ave. For reservations and ticket information, call (310) 208-5454. The Geffen Playhouse is on the web at http://www.geffenplayhouse.com.
— By Christine Ehren