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Boston’s Lyric to present ‘Urinetown,’ ‘Goat’

2005-2006 season to feature seven shows

Boston’s Lyric Stage Company will present Tony winners “Urinetown: The Musical” and “The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia?” among the seven shows this season in its 240-seat theatre in the newly renovated YWCA Building in Copley Square.

Launching the 2005-06 season for Boston’s oldest professional not-for-profit theater company is “Urinetown,” winner of the 2002 Tony Awards for book and musical score. Satirical tuner is set in the shadow of a corrupt corporation that exploits a terrible water shortage and charges residents a fee to pee. The Lyric’s producing artistic director, Spiro Veloudos, directs, with choreography by Ilyse Robbins. Tuner runs Sept. 9-Oct. 15.

That’s followed by Caryl Churchill’s acclaimed “A Number,” a dramatic exploration of the ethics of cloning. Veloudos directs the Boston premiere, which runs Oct. 21-Nov. 19.

Regina Taylor’s popular “Crowns” makes its Boston bow Nov. 25-Dec. 23. Adapted by Taylor from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry, it’s a celebration of African-American women and the church hats they wear with “hatitude.” Lois Roach directs, with musical direction by Evelyn Lee Jones.

Steve Martin’s “The Underpants” is the first show of 2006, running Jan. 6-Feb. 4. Adapted from Carl Sternheim’s 1910 farce by the actor, it’s a comedy about a mild-mannered housewife who becomes instantly famous when her unruly bloomers fall down as she watches a parade. Daniel Gidron directs.

Edward Albee’s Tony winner “The Goat” gets its Boston preem Feb. 17-March 18, directed by Veloudos. The savage and funny drama is about a 50-year-old successful architect with a loving family who must deal with his unusual new love.

Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Talley’s Folly,” running March 24-April 22, is directed by Adam Zahler. Set at the height of World War II, it’s about an unusual romance between two unlikely lovers.

Rounding out the season is a world premiere, “Kong’s Night Out” by Jack Neary (“Beyond Belief”). Nature filmmaker Carl Denham has a special attraction he has promised to unveil in this farce set in the hotel suite from which Fay Wray is plucked on that fateful night. Veloudos directs the May 5-June 3 run of this first offering from Growing Voices, the Lyric’s play development program, dedicated to nurturing the local playwriting community.

Veloudos says, “All of the shows we have chosen for the 2005-2006 season are a good fit for our audiences, and a good fit for the Lyric Stage Company’s mission to entertain, challenge and provoke.”

For more information, call (617) 437-7172 or go to http://www.lyricstage.com

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