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[[left image - black & white photograph of a dark-haired woman in Profile.]] Irene Pappas slated to start in Tennessee Williams's Orpheus Descending.

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Jonathan Pryce due to open in Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

Alone Together, which will open Oct. 21 at the Music Box, is by Lawrence Roman, the author of Under the Yum-Yum Tree. Janice Paige and Kevin McCarthy will star as a couple who have been married 30 years and raised three sons. At last, they are free to enjoy life alone together – but not for long, as all three sons return home.

Boo, which is scheduled to open in the fall, is by Anthony Moyer and Daniel O'Connor. It stars John Carradine, an old master of horror films, in an evening of ghost stories.

Also due to open is Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo, one of Italy's, and Europe's, best known satirists. Opening night is Nov. 15 at the Belasco Theatre. In 1980 and again last year, the State Department denied Mr. Fo and his wife, the actress Franca Rama, visas to visit the United States. Each time the reason was widely believed to be the couple's role in a group called Soccorso Rosso, or Red Aid, a leftist organization.

Mr. Fo has described Accidental Death of an Anarchist, which ridicules corruption and the oafishness of officialdom, as a "grotesque farce about a tragic farce." A hit in Italy and London, it's spoofs the true story of an accused bomb thrower who leaped, fell or was pushed to his death from a window in a Milan police station. Jonathan Pryce, who won a Tony Award in  Comedians, will star as the accused, a quick-change confidence man.

At Circle in the Square, there will be a new production of Tennessee Williams's Orpheus Descending. Irene Pappas and Amanda Plummer will probably star and the opening is scheduled for December. The play will be directed by Andre Serban.

Also on Broadway will be Whoopi Goldberg, a comedienne who has been described by Mike Nichols, her producer, as "one part Elaine May, one part Groucho, one part Ruth Draper, one part Richard Pryor and five parts never before seen." She begins performances Oct. 10 at the Lyceum Theatre. And opening this winter at the Virginia Theatre is Electric Ice, which features not only fancy skating, but musical comedy type scenes with spoken dialogue. The choreography is by Michael Peters.

There will be more, much more, but the remainder of the season is a mystery at the moment. Surprise can often be the best part of a Broadway season. In the next few months, a new musical presently known only to its creators could open and cause the biggest sensation New York has seen in years. Or play currently being hammered out on a typewriter on the Upper West Side could open and win the Pulitzer Prize. The theatre is the stuff that dreams are made of, and once in a glorious while they come true.

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