Producers vie for off-Broadway space


The 1995-1996 off-Broadway season has barely begun, and already producers are lining up for the handful of major theaters. Most of those houses are either occupied or already booked for the fall.

"Moscow Stations," which was planned for last season, is a definite October entry now, with a home at the Union Square Theater, where Neil Simon's "London Suite" is winding down its run. Another play that has been mentioned in off-Broadway speculation for more than a year, "Oblivion Postponed," appears close to solving its housing problem, too.

"Moscow Stations," a one-man show with Tom Courtenay, had been expected last spring, shortly after the actor's turn in "Uncle Vanya" at Circle in the Square. For producer Julian Schlossberg, will be a return to the Union Square, where he was a producer of last season's much-admired "Vita and Virginia."

"Moscow Stations," which received enthusiastic reviews in London, plans a 16-week engagement in New York.

"Oblivion Postponed" producer Brent Peek said he is negotiating with a Greenwich Village theater to open Ron Nyswaner's play there when the current occupant leaves.

The John Houseman, one of West 42nd Street's more desirable theaters, is booked for A. R. Gurney's "Sylvia" starting Sept. 29. The extended run will follow this summer's sold-out engagement at Manhattan Theater Club. Only Derek Smith will remain from the original cast.

Two other major theaters have long since been spoken for: the Promenade on upper Broadway with Steve Martin's comedy "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" and the Lucille Lortel in Greenwich Village with "Mrs. Klein," starring Uta Hagen as the famed psychiatrist of the title. Both begin performances Oct. 6.

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