Thesps to turn on ‘Power’

Benjamin, Prentiss stepping in

NEW YORK — A deal is imminent for married thesps Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss to replace Alan Arkin and Elaine May in Off Broadway’s “Power Plays.”

The play is a series of three one-act comedies — two written and directed by May, one written and directed by Arkin — that tackle such disparate subjects as assassination fantasies, stolen goods and dentistry. The Manhattan Theater Club production at the Promenade Theater opened to strong reviews this spring.

“Power Plays” also stars May’s daughter Jeannie Berlin and Arkin’s son Anthony Arkin; no word yet on whether they’ll remain or depart with Mom and Dad in late September.

Benjamin appeared in “Portnoy’s Complaint” among other movies before segueing to directing in recent years. Prentiss is also a film vet who appeared alongside Arkin in “Catch 22.”

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