Smith, Bartlett, Dizzia to play upcoming Off Broadway runs
New casting for upcoming Off Broadway productions include Lois Smith and Peter Bartlett in “The Illusion” and Maria Dizzia in the newly retitled Manhattan Theater Club offering “Cradle and All.”Signature Theater Company’s “Illusion,” helmed by Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”), is the final show in the troupe’s season of Tony Kushner works that has included “Angels in America” and the previewing co-production of “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide To Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures.” Bartlett and Smith are joined in the cast by Sean Dugan (“Next Fall”), David Margulies and Merritt Weaver (“Nurse Jackie”), among others. Plot of Kushner’s redux of a Pierre Corneille play centers on a lawyer’s encounter with a wizard who conjures visions of the life of the lawyer’s estranged son. At MTC, the latest Daniel Goldfarb play, “Cradle and All” (previously called “The Extinction Method”) will star Dizzia (“In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play”) and Greg Keller (“Smudge”). Sam Buntrock, who helmed the recent Main Stem revival of “Sunday in the Park With George,” directs the story of two neighboring Brooklyn couples, one with a new baby and the other deciding whether to have one. Two thesps are double-cast, playing both couples in the show. “Cradle and All” begins previews May 10 ahead of a May 25 opening at MTC’s City Center stage, while “The Illusion” starts previews May 17 prior to an opening set for June 5.