On Stage in America


LA JOLLA Mandell Weiss Theater Sweet Bird of Youth Oct. 12 - Nov. 14 Tennessee Williams, best known for "A Streetcar Named Desire," paints a searing portrait of a wealthy, aging film star and her passionate liaison with a handsome, opportunistic gigolo. (858) 550-1010 www.lajollaplayhouse.com/

LOS ANGELES Ahmanson Theatre Amadeus Oct. 10 - Nov. 28 This $2 million revival of Peter Shaffer's 1981 Tony Award-winning play (which inspired the Academy Award-winning film three years later) picked up an Olivier Award for Best Play in London earlier this year. (213) 628-2772 www.taperahmanson.com/

The Geffen Playhouse Uncle Vanya Sept. 28 - Oct. 31 In Anton Chekhov's drama, a man and his niece have spent their lives caring for the country estate of a writer they regard as a great man. But when it becomes apparent that he's really a failure, the pair awakens to the fact that their lives have been wasted. (310) 208-5454 www.playbill.com/

SAN DIEGO Old Globe Theatre The Merry Wives of Windsor Through Oct. 9 Roger Rees makes his Globe directorial debut. Shakespeare's comic morality play centers on philandering Falstaff who gets his comeuppance from two cunning wives. (619) 239-2255 www.oldglobe.org/

CONNECTICUT BRIDGEPORT Downtown Cabaret Theatre Always ... Patsy Cline Through Oct. 31 A fan meets Patsy Cline one night and the two stay in touch for a lifetime. (203) 576-1636 www.DTCAB.com/

FLORIDA CORAL GABLES Actors' Playhouse Buddy ... The Buddy Holly Story Nov 17 - Jan 2, 2000 Charts his rise from obscurity to fame and an early tragic death. His story is used as a framework for performances of his songs, including "Peggy Sue." (305) 444-9293 www.actorsplayhouse.org

MIAMI Coconut Grove Playhouse Finian's Rainbow Oct. 12 - Nov. 21 The tale of a stolen crock of gold set in mythical Missitucky, U.S.A., originally opened in 1947 and had a brief Broadway revival in 1960. (305) 442-4000 www.cgplayhouse.com/

GEORGIA MARIETTA Theatre in the Square The Beauty Queen of Leenane Through Sept. 26 One of Broadway's hottest grads has made its way to the Atlanta suburbs. The first of Martin McDonagh's Leenane Trilogy gives a realistic portrayal of his native Ireland. (770) 422-8369 www.theatreinthesquare.com/

ILLINOIS CHICAGO The Goodman Theatre The Odyssey Sep. 17 - Oct. 31 An adaptation of Homer's classic adventure story in which Odysseus makes his fantastical journey home. (312) 443-3800 www.goodman-theatre.org

The Palace Theatre Aida Nov. 12 - Jan. 9, 2000 The Walt Disney musical by Elton John and Tim Rice is the tale of a love triangle between two princesses and the soldier they both love. (312) 902-1500 www.metromix.com

KENTUCKY LOUISVILLE Actors Theatre of Louisville The Complete History of America (Abridged) Sept. 30 - Oct. 23 A wild and zany ride through American history, as if written by Reader's Digest & acted by Monty Python. (502) 584-1205 or (800) 4ATL-TIX www.actorstheatre.org

MAINE PORTLAND Portland Stage Company Having Our Say Oct. 27 - Nov. 22 Based on the bestselling memoir, nominated for three Tony Awards, this intimate portrait is seen through the eyes of two remarkable centenarian black women. (207) 774-0465 www.portlandstage.com/

MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON Huntington Theatre Company Mrs. Warren's Profession Sept. 10 - Oct. 10 George Bernard Shaw's comedy about a modern young woman, Vivie Warren, who learns that her family's wealth has been earned in the world's oldest profession. A passionate battle develops about women's opportunities. (617) 266-0800 www.bu.edu/huntington/

The Colonial Theatre Waiting in the Wings Nov. 13 - 28 Lauren Bacall stars in this Nol Coward revival set in a retirement home for actresses. Heads to Broadway Dec. 16. (617) 426-9366 www.broadwayinboston.com

MINNESOTA MINNEAPOLIS Guthrie Theater Martin Guerre Sept. 17 - Nov. 7 Set in medieval France, Martin Guerre is a musical and a tale of romance and intrigue, as a young soldier returns home after seven years at war. (612) 377-2224 or (800) 44-STAGE www.guthrietheater.org/

MISSOURI ST. LOUIS The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Book of Days Sept. 8 - Oct. 8 A new play by Missouri's own Pulitzer Prize-winning Lanford Wilson about murder in a small Missouri town. (314) 968-4925 www.stlrep.org

NEW JERSEY NEW BRUNSWICK Crossroads Theatre Company Homework Sept. 23 - Oct. 31 In this comedy, featuring Kim Coles, star of TV's "Living Single," three girlfriends journey through elementary, high school, and college. (732) 249-5560 www.crossroadstheatre.com

PENNSYLVANIA PHILADELPHIA The Wilma Theater The 3 Musketeers Through Oct. 10 The Theatre de la Jeune Lune makes its first appearance in Philadelphia with this rousing update of Alexandre Dumas's tale. (215) 546-7824 www.wilmatheater.org/

OHIO CINCINNATI The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park The Glass Menagerie Oct. 19 - Nov. 19 Tennessee Williams's most personal drama. Amanda Wingfield and her two children share a cramped St. Louis apartment in the 1930s. Amanda begins to panic over the future of her mildly crippled daughter, who is as fragile as her collection of glass animals. (513) 421-3888 www.cincyplay.com

PENNSYLVANIA PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia Theatre Company Dinah Was Oct. 22 - Nov. 21 Biographical musical about The Queen of the Blues, Dinah Washington. (215) 735 -0631 www.phillytheatreco.com/

TEXAS HOUSTON Alley Theatre A View From the Bridge Sept. 24 - Oct. 23 Arthur Miller's tragedy about a Brooklyn longshoreman driven by violent passion is directed by Stephen Rayne, who has been affiliated with Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company. (713) 228-8421 www.alleytheatre.com

WASHINGTON SEATTLE Seattle Repertory Theatre Golden Child Sep. 27 - Oct. 30 A story of sexual politics and tradition from David Henry Hwang, author of the Tony Award-winning "M. Butterfly." A wealthy Chinese merchant's interest in Christianity sets off a power struggle among his wives and alters the life of his young daughter. (206) 443-2220 www.seattlerep.org

WISCONSIN MILWAUKEE Milwaukee Repertory Theater Twelfth Night Sept. 10 - Oct. 10 Shakespeare's final comedy takes place on the imaginary island of Illyria where Viola washes ashore after a shipwreck. (414) 224-9490 www.milwaukeearts.com

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