Busy Chicago director to helm Off Broadway play

Chicago helmer David Cromer continues to be a hot property in Gotham: He’s booked a spring gig directing Lincoln Center Theater’s Off Broadway production of Andrew Bovell’s play “When the Rain Stops Falling.”

Cromer, whose Off Broadway staging of “Our Town” is slated to run through January, will come to “Rain” just after he directs “The Neil Simon Plays,” a double bill of Broadway revivals (“Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Broadway Bound”) bowing at the Nederlander Theater in the fall.

The latest play by Aussie scribe Bovell (“Lantana,” “Strictly Ballroom”), “Rain” takes place in 1959 and in 2039, when it rains all the time and fish are nearly extinct. Set in Oz and Blighty, the narrative begins when a son attempts to reconcile with his estranged father.

Play preemed in Adelaide in 2008 and was seen earlier this year at both the Sydney Theater Company and at the Almeida Theater in London.

No casting has yet been confirmed.

“Rain” begins previews Feb. 11 ahead of a March 8 opening at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Before that, LCT’s Off Broadway season will kick off with Nathan Louis Jackson’s “Broke-ology,” beginning perfs in September.

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