'Carnage' exits early
The 2010-11 Broadway season continues to fall into place, with “La Bete” nailing down dates, “Time Stands Still” confirming a theater and “God of Carnage” vacating a bit earlier than expected.“La Bete” — the ambitious trans-Atlantic production toplined by David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley — will begin previews Sept. 23 ahead of an Oct. 14 opening. With casting now complete, the ensemble, including Stephen Ouimette (“Slings and Arrow”) and Lisa Joyce (“The Messenger”), will appear in the show both in the West End and on the Main Stem. Helmed by Matthew Warchus (“God of Carnage”), “La Bete,” the Moliere-inspired 1991 play by David Hirson, will have a run at London’s Comedy Theater June 26-Sept. 4 ahead of the Gotham engagement at a Shubert theater to be announced. One Shubert venue “Bete” won’t be in is the Cort, where Tony nominee “Time Stands Still” will land for the commercial transfer of the nonprofit run that played in the spring. Current occupant of the theater, big hit “Fences,” is skedded to end its limited stint July 11. Return of “Time,” with Christina Ricci joining a trio of original cast members including Laura Linney, will kick off previews Sept. 23 and open Oct. 7. Meanwhile, another Shubert theater will empty out sooner than planned, with “God of Carnage” shuttering at the Jacobs Theater June 6 rather than the previously announced June 27. After it bowed last spring with a cast that included James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden, “God” snowballed into one of the major hits of last season, regularly posting weekly sales near the $1 million mark. The departure of the original cast, however, has led to a downturn at the B.O., with the production last week pulling in about $260,000 and playing to auds at 44% of capacity. Producers said they decided to close the show earlier than originally planned after they took a hard look at the sales logged so far for the production’s late June perfs.