‘Detroit’ to Off Broadway

Playwrights Horizons to produce play

Formerly Broadway-bound play “Detroit” will instead make its way to Gotham for an Off Broadway bow as the first offering of the 2012-13 season at Playwrights Horizons.

Play by Lisa D’Amour earned critical plaudits when it bowed at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater last year. Plans for an announced Broadway run this fall, however, eventually dissipated.

Anne Kauffman, helmer of current Playwrights offering “Maple and Vine,” will direct “Detroit.” Austin Pendleton helmed the show in Chi.

Storyline of the comedy centers on a suburban couple’s relationship with the couple that moves in next door. Play was named a Pulitzer finalist earlier this year.

Laurie Metcalf starred in the Windy City production. She looks unlikely to topline the Off Broadway incarnation, since she’s slated to star with Patti LuPone in the the U.S. preem of David Mamet’s “The Anarchist,” also set for fall 2012.

Full details for the Gotham staging of “Detroit” remain to be announced, as does the remainder of the 2012-13 season at Playwrights Horizons, which will sked five more shows for the slate in addition to “Detroit.”

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