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‘Terms’ of new drama

Chick flick weeper hits the stage

A correction was made to this article on May 16.

Get out your handkerchiefs.

A stage version of the Oscar-winning weeper “Terms of Endearment” will be adapted for the stage in a co-production by Houston’s Alley Theater and Hartford Stage.

Linda Gray will star as Aurora, the dynamo mom played by Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine in the pic.

Dan Gordon, a screenwriter best known for “The Hurricane” starring Denzel Washington, will write the script, his first for the stage, based on the book and film.

Hartford Stage a.d. Michael Wilson will helm the production, which will bow in Houston in spring 2007, followed by a run in Hartford May 24-June 24. No other casting is announced.

Gray previously starred in London, Broadway and on tour in the stage version of “The Graduate.” She also appeared onstage in “The Vagina Monologues,” “Agnes of God” and “Love Letters” (with “Dallas” co-star Larry Hagman).

The 1983 film, which also starred Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, John Lithgow and Jeff Daniels, was helmed James L. Brooks, who also wrote the screenplay based on the Larry McMurtry novel. Nicholson also grabbed an Oscar and Brooks got two for direction and script.

This is the second film-to-stage work with legs for the Hartford Stage, which in 2000 produced “Enchanted April.” Another version of that production, adapted by Matthew Barber, was produced on Broadway in 2003 and nominated for a best play Tony.

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