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Old Globe skeds ‘Tennessee,’ Gurney

A two-for-one Shakespeare and the West Coast preem of A.R. Gurney’s “Later Life” are among the five plays announced for Old Globe Theater’s Summer Festival ’94. One slot remains unfilled, pending negotiations.

Brian Friel’s “Wonderful Tennessee” replaces his “Dancing at Lughnasa,” originally slated as the opening production, July 6-Aug. 7 in the outdoor 612 -seat Lowell Davies Festival Theater.

Outdoor angle

No reason was given for the change, although one explanation was that “Tennessee,” set outdoors, will work better at the Davies. Globe executive producer Craig Noel will direct.

Shakespeare will get his annual representation with a compilation production of the history plays “Henry IV, Parts I and II,” staged by artistic director Jack O’Brien at the Davies Aug. 31-Oct. 2. In addition, the Bard’s comedy “Twelfth Night” will be directed by Laird Williamson in the 581-seat Old Globe Theater July 16-Aug. 28.

Theater staple

The fifth production is Frank McGuinness’ acclaimed hostage drama “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me,” a regional theater staple this season. It’s July 13-Aug. 21 in the 225-seat Cassius Carter Centre Stage, with a director to be named. The still-to-be-announced production will play Sept. 14-Oct. 23 at the Carter.

Gurney is a Globe associate artist and audience favorite. “Later Life,” his new comedy about a rekindled romance, will play on the Globe stage Sept. 16-Oct. 30. No director has been set.

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