Geffen season to include Chekhov’s ‘Vanya,’ ‘Blues’

Langham to helm October prod'n

The Geffen Playhouse has announced its fourth season, mixing a 100th anniversary revival of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” with a Pulitzer Prize winner and a blues revue.

Bowing Oct. 8 in Westwood, “Vanya” will be helmed by 50-year theater vet Michael Langham, who in December, will direct Lauren Bacall in the Broadway production of “Waiting in the Wings.”

Pulitzer-winner “Wit,” penned by tyro playwright Margaret Edson, opens Jan. 18. Kathleen Chalfant (Mark Taper Forum’s “Angels in America”) will reprise her starring role as Vivian Bearing. The original production of “Wit” snagged six Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards in 1995.

‘Blues’ bow

Also on the Geffen bill are this year’s Tony Award nominee for best musical “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues” and a send-up of 1980s Hollywood “Mizlansky/Zilinsky.”

“Blues,” directed by Randal Myler, will run Nov. 13-Dec. 19. “Mizlansky/Zilinsky,” written by Jon Robin Baitz, will play March 21-April 23.

The Geffen will announce its fifth and final play of the season later. That production’s expected run is May 24-June 18.

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