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Theater: Hot Tickets, October 2008

Carol Rosegg

Photo: Carol Rosegg

London

The latest British production to look to Hollywood is Rain Man (Apollo Theatre; through December 20; rainmanonstage.com), Dan Gordon’s adaptation of the 1988 Barry Levinson hit. Josh Hartnett steps into the Tom Cruise role. Meanwhile, the revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s dazzling 1973 sex farce The Norman Conquests is long overdue (Old Vic Theatre; through December 20; oldvictheatre.com).

New York

Peter Shaffer’s 1974 Equus (Broadhurst Theatre; through February 8; equusonbroadway.com) retains its power in the staging by Thea Sharrock, which features Daniel Radcliffe in a role that proves he’s more than Harry Potter. And playwright Richard Greenberg brings a fresh take to Pal Joey (Studio 54; opens December 11; roundabouttheatre.org), the John O’Hara tale about a hustler. The musical, with a score by Rodgers and Hart (“Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered”), stars Tony winner Christian Hoff and Stockard Channing as the woman of a certain age.

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