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Company premieres 4 new works

South Coast Repetory will lean heavily on comedy in the next season as it premieres four new plays, all of them laffers.

The premieres are Richard Greenberg’s three-generation comedy “Everett Beekin” (Sept. 8-Oct. 8); Amy Freed’s “The Beard of Avon” (June 1, 2001-July 1), about the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays; and David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Kimberly Akimbo” (March 16-April 15, 2001 on the Second Stage), which concerns a wise teenager and her eccentric family. Daniel Goldfarb’s “Modern Orthodox” (Nov. 3-Dec. 3) is on the Second Stage schedule pending rights acquisition.

Following the season-opener “Everett Beekin” will be Yasmina Reza’s “Art (Oct. 20-Nov. 19); Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance” (Jan. 12-Feb. 11); and “Much Ado About Nothing (March 2-April 1, 2001). A sixth play will be staged April 6, 2001-May 13, 2001.

Second Stage will also feature Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) and John Strand’s “Tom Walker” (April 27, 2001-May 27, 2001).

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