(The following appeared in the LA Times, August 21.)

In a season that had to make concessions to the changing economy, the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum  has announced a 2010 lineup that includes David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow," directed by Neil Pepe, Martin McDonagh's "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," Rajiv Joseph's "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" and Judith Ivey in the Long Wharf Theatre production of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie." 

The season, announced today by Michael Ritchie — artistic director of CTG, which oversees the Taper, the Ahmanson Theatre and Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre — also includes the world premiere of a musical which CTG describes as featuring "the work of one of America's greatest living singer/songwriters," with title and details to be announced soon. The touring production of 'Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps' at the Ahmanson Theatre is offered as a bonus production to Taper subscribers.


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