‘Front Page’ to close Long Wharf season

Show to run April 5-30

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — “The Front Page,” Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s fast-moving comedy of an earlier era of American tabloid journalism will close the 2005-06 five-play mainstage season at the Long Wharf Theater here. Show will be staged by artistic director Gordon Edelstein and runs April 5-30.

Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater production of “after the quake,” Frank Galati’s adaptation of the Haruki Murakami novel, will run Feb. 22-March 19. The production will be presented first at Steppenwolf in an October-February run.

Galati previously adapted John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” to the stage; it transferred to Broadway and won Tony Awards for the production and Galati.

The Long Wharf mainstage season will open with a production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Kim Rubinstein, who staged a reduced-scale version of “Guys and Dolls” for the theater last year. The production will run Sept. 14-Oct. 9.

The second mainstage show will be Lanie Robertson’s “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” directed by Tazewell Thompson, running Oct. 26-Nov. 20.

The third mainstage show is Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” running Jan. 11-Feb. 5 with a director to be named.

Long Wharf will reduce its Stage II productions from three to two. The first, still-to-be named show will be a new play to run Nov. 30-Jan. 1. The second will be Glen Berger’s “Underneath the Lintel,'” directed by Eric Ting, an artistic associate at Long Wharf, from May 10-June 11, 2006. “Underneath the Lintel” was produced Off Broadway in 2001, with David Chandler starring in the one-person play about a Dutch librarian who discovers a book that is 103 years overdue.

There will be no a New American Voices series at Stage II for the new season. Edelstein initiated the series this year that presented three new plays, including two premieres. Also, the theater will be reducing its mainstage runs by 20%, from five to four weeks.

Also, the mainstage and Stage II will no longer run concurrent productions.

Long Wharf is co-presenting Mabou Mine’s production of “Dollhouse,'” conceived, directed and adapted by Lee Breuer from the play by Henrik Ibsen.