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Kevin Anderson and Catherine Dent announced for L.A. production of 'The Break of Noon' by Neil LaBute

December 13, 2010 | 12:58 pm

Labute When Neil LaBute's "The Break of Noon" opens at the Geffen Playhouse Feb 2, the cast will be headed by Broadway veteran Kevin Anderson and Catherine Dent of the FX series "The Shield." 

David Duchovny and Amanda Peet are currently performing the  play in New York in a production by the off-Broadway MCC Theater. But the official word is that the stars won't be flying to L.A. for the drama's West Coast premiere.

"The Break of Noon" is a co-production between the MCC Theater and the Geffen. The play opened in New York earlier this fall and is set to close Dec. 22. The drama tells the story of a middle-aged man who survives an office shooting and goes on a spiritual journey.

Anderson received a featured-actor Tony nomination for the 1999 revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman." His film credits include "Sleeping With the Enemy," "A Thousand Acres" and "Rising Sun."  

The Geffen's limited-run engagement is set to begin previews Jan. 25 with an official opening night on Feb. 2. The production is scheduled to close March 6.

The L.A. cast also will include Tracee Chimo and John Earl Jelks, who are in the New York production of the play.

Critical reaction to the off-Broadway run was mixed. Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote that much of the 90-minute drama "feels like standard-issue LaBute, recycled to the point of thread-bareness."

Jo Bonney, who directed the New York production, also will direct the play at the Geffen.

-- David Ng

Photo: Neil LaBute. Credit: Francois Durand / Getty Images

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