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Cincinnati Playhouse unveils lineup

Slate includes 'Sisters,' Mosley, Gordon musical

Brit helmer John Doyle will direct a new version of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” by Sarah Ruhl at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where the 2009-10 season also will include a play by novelist Walter Mosley and a new tuner by Paul Gordon (“Jane Eyre”).

Doyle (“Sweeney Todd”) has previously worked at the Playhouse on “Company,” the tuner revival that originated there before moving to Broadway in 2006. His staging of the “Three Sisters” by Ruhl (“In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play”) begins a run in Cincinnati in October.

Mosley has based his first play, “The Fall of Heaven,” on his novel “The Tempest Tales,” about a Harlem man named Tempest Landry who finagles his way out of Hell to return to Earth with an angel as a sidekick. Show’s world preem beings perfs at the Playhouse in January.

Gordon’s “Daddy-Long-Legs,” with book and direction by John Caird (“Les Miserables”), follows a young woman who writes letters to her anonymous benefactor. The show bows in March 2010.

Among the other new plays on the season slate are Michele Lowe’s “Victoria Musica,” about a cellist whose recordings may be frauds, and “The History of Invulnerability,” David Bar Katz’s look at the life of Jerry Siegel, the creator of “Superman.”

Productions of “Sleuth,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Ain’t Misbehavin'” and “The Fantasticks,” among other offerings, also have stints during the theater’s 50th season.

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