Friday, January 16, 2009

‘Exit the King’ Enters Broadway Line-up

Geoffrey Rush will star in a Americanized version of
Eugene Ionesco's Exit the King along with Susan Sarandon, Lauren Ambrose and Andrea Martin. Rush starred in the play at the Belvoir St. Theatre in Sydney last year. Australian director Neil Armfield will helm the production which he also translated along with Rush. Performances will begin March 7 at the Barrymore Theatre with an official opening March 26; the limited engagement will run through June 14.

According to the press release, Exit the King "is a hilarious and poignant comedy about a megalomaniacal ruler, King Berenger (Rush) whose incompetence has left his country in near ruin. Despite the efforts of Queen Marguerite (Sarandon) and the other members of the court to convince the King he has only 90 minutes left to live, he refuses to relinquish any control."

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