Keen reserves ‘Dining’ outing

Off Broadway company unveils slate

A revival of A.R. Gurney’s 1981 play “The Dining Room” joins two world preems for the 2007-08 season from Off Broadway’s Keen Company.

Jonathan Silverstein, who directed well-reviewed Keen outings “The Hasty Heart” (2004) and “Tea and Sympathy” (2007), helms the Gurney play about the fading lifestyle of upper middle class WASPs, centered around a single set of dining room furniture. Show is set to run Sept. 7-Oct. 14.

Next up is David Hay’s new play, “The Maddening Truth,” which follows Hemingway’s third wife, Martha Gellhorn, and her attempt to write a novel. Production, helmed by Keen a.d. Carl Forsman, is skedded for Jan. 15-Feb. 17, 2008.

Finishing off the Keen slate is the world preem of “The Conscientious Objector,” written by Michael Roland Murphy and helmed by Forsman. Fact-based story, which draws on sources including White House telephone recordings, traces the results of Martin Luther King’s 1967 decision to take a public stance against American military presence in Vietnam. Show runs Feb. 26-April 20, 2008.

All shows will play the Clurman Theater on Theater Row.

Keen, with a mission to produce “sincere plays,” has won an Obie, a Drama League and a Drama Desk and spawned two Off Broadway transfers (“The Good Thief” in 2000 and “The Voice of the Turtle” in 2001) since Forsman founded it in 2000.

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