Annual fest features 11-prod'n marathon
The lineup for the third annual Brits Off Broadway fest features a little Hitler, a little Elvis and a little Beau Brummel.The 11-production marathon, which last year had a hit with the import of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Private Fears in Public Places,” runs May 2-July 2 at the Off Broadway multiplex 59E59 Theaters. The Fuhrer shows up in “Defying Hitler,” Rupert Wickham’s solo show, adapted by Wickham from Sebastian Haffner’s memoir, about growing up in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power. Play was originally presented at the Royal National Theater in 2003 as a companion piece to Michael Frayn’s “Democracy,” which had a Broadway run last season. Elvis arrives with “Love Me Tender,” a cabaret perf by Barb Junger of both familiar hits and lesser-known gospel numbers. And Regency dandy Beau Brummel takes the stage with thesp-biographer Ian Kelly’s “Beau Brummel” — also the subject of Kelly’s book “Beau Brummel: The Ultimate Dandy,” to be published in May. Production runs in rep with Kelly’s “Cooking for Kings,” his show about early 19th century chef Antonin Careme (about whom Kelly has also written a biography) that was a popular offering at the 2004 fest. The Brits Off Broadway slate includes “Nothing,” an adaptation of a Henry Green novel from Glasgow’s Citizens Theater, and “Stories for the Wobbly Hearted,” an award winner at the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe written by and starring U.K. comedian Daniel Kitson.