‘Manuscript’ gets reading

Off Off B'way play moves up in the world

“Manuscript” moves up in the legit world. Originally skedded for Off Off Broadway’s DR2 Theater, the new play by Paul Grellong will now open at Off Broadway’s larger Daryl Roth Theater, which had been home to the longrunning “De La Guarda.”

“Manuscript,” about three college grads’ search for fame, is only the second production to go into the theater on Union Square. A former bank, the Daryl Roth Theater had been left as an open space for the environmental “De La Guarda.” Roth was unsure what configuration the theater would take for the Grellong play, which she is producing.

“It’s up to the director,” said Roth, referring to Bob Balaban. “But most likely it will be a three-quarter thrust.”

“Manuscript” begins previews June 1 and opens June 12 for a limited run. The cast features Marin Ireland, Pablo Schreiber and Jeffrey Carlson, most recently seen on Broadway in “Taboo” and “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”

In the works

On May 9, producer Dede Harris hosts a reading of Bert Royal’s comedy “Dog Sees God,” which features an all-adult “Peanuts”-like gang. It had been a prize winner at the Fringe Festival. For the reading, Anna Paquin, Alison Pill, Patrick Fugit and others perform under the direction of Trip Cullman. Harris looks to produce Off Broadway in the fall.

Charles Grodin’s new comedy, “We Three,” about male friendships, gets a reading today in Gotham. Performing are Judd Hirsch, Tony Roberts, Bob Dishy and the scribe himself.

Over at 37 Arts

It looks like there’s some hurlyburly going on at “Hurlyburly” at 37 Arts. Catherine Kellner has abruptly departed the production due to the usual “personal reasons.” It seems the actress missed a perf or two. Her understudy, Diana Ruppe, has performed the role of Bonnie since April 27. An offer has gone out to another actress. A rep would not confirm, but Elizabeth Berkley has been approached to take over for Kellner. The David Rabe revival stars Ethan Hawke and Parker Posey. It opened April 20 at the new 37 Arts multiplex after a limited run on Theater Row.

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