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CAMBRIDGE, MASS. F. Murray Abraham, replacing previously announced Jason Robards, will play the title role in the American Repertory Theater production of “King Lear” at Harvard’s Loeb Drama Center in May. Robards withdrew for “personal reasons,” per Rep spokeswoman. Adrian Hall is the director.

“King Lear” will begin previewing on May 10, open on May 15, and then run in repertory, through July 9, with the resident nonprof’s previously announced world premiere of Larry Gelbart’s new play, “Feats Of Clay,” which Gelbart has retitled “Power Failure.”

“Power Failure,” directed by Michael Engler, will begin performances on May 24, open on May 29 and run in rotating repertory with “King Lear” through July 10. A satire of the American Establishment, it is in 10 episodes along the lines of Schnitzler’s “La-Ronde.”

HARTFORD, CONN. The Hartford Stage/Old Globe Theater world premiere production of A.R. Gurney’s new play, “The Snow Ball,” is running Feb. 9 to March 16 in Hartford. It will be seen at San Diego’s Old Globe May 9 to June 16. Gurney’s adaptation of his 1984 novel, it’s being directed by Old Globe a.d. Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Graciela Daniele. It will be the third Gurney play to be given its world premiere production by the Old Globe, following “Another Antigone” and “The Cocktail Hour.”

LONDON William Nicholson’s “Map Of The Heart” due March 7 at the Globe. Patrick Malahide and Sinead Cusack are topcast; Peter Wood is staging.

CHICACO Touchstone Theater will unveil a premiere adaptation of Mark Twain’s “Roughing It” March 13 at the Theater Building. Twain’s novel was adapted by Tom Creamer, dramaturg for the Goodman Theater and an artistic associate of Touchstone for the past three years.

PITTSBURGH Cathy Rigby in the touring production of “Peter Pan” will open the Civic light Opera season June 4 to 9. There will be three two-week runs in “Evita,” June 18 to 30; “Camelot,” July 16 to 28; and “Porgy And Bess,” July 30 to Aug.11. The other single-week shows are “Little Night Music,” July 2 to 7 and “No, No, Nanette,” July 9 to 14. The shows are presented in Benedum Center.

PHILADELPHIA Geoffrey Holder is directing and choreographing the revival of the Harold Arlen-Truman Capote “House Of Flowers,” with book changes by Charles Busch, at the Valley Forge Music Fair Feb. 26 to March 3.

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