Monday, June 17, 2024

Woody Allen, Coen Brothers, Elaine May Plan Show Together


Exclusive: The last time Woody Allen and Elaine May combined forces was about fifteen years ago. They put their one act plays together with another by David Mamet. “Death Defying Acts” ran at the now defunct Variety Arts Theater on Third Avenue and 14th St.

Now I’m told that Woody, Elaine, and this time the Coen Brothers will mount a triple play next fall. Details are sketchy, but I’m told Marlo Thomas will star in the Elaine May play. Even Woody’s publicist doesn’t know the name of his play, and the Coen Brothers — maybe Ethan writing and Joel directing–are like Sphinxes when it comes to information.

Elaine May’s long time producer Julian Schlossberg didn’t return calls, but the word is that he’s putting it all together. Michael Blakemore, who directed all three in 1995, may return before prepping “Rebecca” next winter. More info as it comes. But it’s something to look forward to in September.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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