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Everyman Theatre plans diverse last season before moving to new venue

Everyman Theatre, which is currently wrapping up its 20th anniversary season with the G.B. Shaw classic "Pygmalion" (more on that anon), has announced the lineup for 2011-2012 -- the company's last in its N. Charles Street venue.

Fittingly, that farewell to the old building will come in May/June 2012 with a staging of the George S. Kaufman/Moss Hart comic classic of family, society and politics,"You Can't Take It With You."

The season will open in September with a classic that strikes a very different note ...

Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," a powerful look at an African American family carving out a future in 1950s Chicago. Yet another classic will follow in November: Noel Coward's terribly droll examination of a divorced couple colliding with past memories in "Private Lives."

Another couple, this one still married, but even more tensely so than the one in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", is the focus of a recent, much-praised work by Michael Weller, "Fifty Words," opening in January.

Another well-received contemporary play rounds out the season. "The Brothers Size" by Tarell Alvin McCraney examines a pair of siblings in the bayou country. Myth and music play a part in this work about dreams and choices.

Everyman will round out next season with it annual winter cabaret (details on that to be announced later).


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