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Paulson, Bauer, others set for stage stints

A trio of Off Broadway outings have booked their casts, with Sarah Paulson set to star in “Talley’s Folley,” Chris Bauer and Da’Vine Joy Randolph tapped for “What Rhymes With America” and Frankie R. Faison and Bill Heck among the thesps lined up for “Water by the Spoonful.”

Paulson (“American Horror Story”) and Danny Burstein, nommed for a Tony in the spring for his perf in “Follies,” will make up the cast of “Talley’s Folley,” Lanford Wilson’s 1979 two-hander about a Jewish immigrant who woos a Protestant woman in a small town just after WWII.

Michael Wilson (“The Best Man”) directs the Roundabout Theater Company’s staging, which begins previews Feb. 8 ahead of a March 5 opening at the Laura Pels Theater. Paulson’s last gig with the Roundabout, the 2008 production of “Crimes of the Heart,” also played the Pels.

Meanwhile, Bauer (“True Blood”) and Randolph, a Tony nominee for “Ghost,” are joined by Aimee Carrero (of the Cartoon Network live-action skein “Level Up”) and Seana Kofoed in “What Rhymes with the America,” the Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere staging of the latest by Melissa James Gibson (“This,” “[sic]”). Bauer plays a father estranged from his daughter (Carrero) in the dramedy.

Daniel Aukin (“4,000 Miles,” “Heartless”) directs “Rhymes,” which begins previews Nov. 19 before opening Dec. 12 in the Atlantic’s mainstage theater.

Also this fall, Faison (“The Wire”), Heck (“The Orphans’ Home Cycle”) and Liza Colon-Zayas hit the boards in Second Stage Theater’s Gotham bow of 2012 Pulitzer winner “Water by the Spoonful.” Zabryna Guevara, Sue Jean Kim and Armando Riesco also appear in Quiara Alegria Hudes’ story of an Iraq vet (Riesco) and his mother’s online support group.

Davis McCallum — directors of “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue,” the first part of the trilogy of which “Spoonful” is part two — helms. Show beings previews Dec. 11 prior to a Jan. 8 opening at Second Stage.

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