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T+L’s Global Guide to the Arts 2007

Theater

Europe

London

The Lady from Dubuque Theatre Royal Haymarket (opens Mar. 5; 44-870/400-0626; www.trh.co.uk). Maggie Smith plays the lady, an unexpected guest at a dinner party where a dark undercurrent suggests an ominous truth. Anthony Page directs Edward Albee’s rarely produced play. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Roundhouse (Mar 8-Apr. 21; 44-870/389-1846; www.roundhouse.org.uk). Tim Supple’s critically acclaimed Indian-inspired spectacle of the Shakespearean comedy arrives in London with a cast of actors, musicians, dancers, and street acrobats from India and Sri Lanka.

United States

New York

Curtains Al Hirschfeld Theatre (opens Mar. 22; 800/432-7780; www.telecharge.com). One of the last scores by the team of Kander and Ebb, with a book and additional lyrics by Rupert Holmes, this homage to 1950’s musical comedy stars David Hyde Pierce as a stagestruck detective who arrives on the scene to solve a playhouse murder—and save a weak second act. The Year of Magical Thinking Booth Theatre (opens Mar. 29; 800/432-7780; www.telecharge.com). David Hare stages Joan Didion’s dramatic adaptation of her memoir about the sudden death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and the illness of her only daughter. Vanessa Redgrave appears in the limited 24-week run of this tribute to marriage and family. LoveMusik Biltmore Theatre (opens May 3; 212/239-6200; www.mtc-nyc.org). The legendary Harold Prince mounts a new musical work based on the letters of two theater icons: composer Kurt Weill and his wife, actress-singer Lotte Lenya, portrayed by Michael Cerveris and Donna Murphy. Deuce Music Box Theatre (opens May 6; 800/432-7780; www.telecharge.com). Tennis anyone?Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes star in the latest drama by Terrence McNally, about two retired tennis players who once made up a championship doubles team and are reunited for a match.

Bill Rosenfield

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