Moving deeper into 2011, the 2009 Tony Award winning God of Carnage will be directed by John Miller-Stephany on the Proscenium, with Dowling next directing on the Thrust with Gilbert and Sullivan's musical H.M.S. Pinafore.
After 35 years, A Christmas Carol is being re-tooled with a new script by Crispin Whittell; Dowling will direct it for the first time.
So: some new work, a couple of classics, and some intriguing work brought in from outside the Guthrie's own ecosystem. It's a grab-bag, albeit one filled with a number of very worthy local names. But over-arching statements about these annual announcements are a mug's game. We'll reserve judgment until we see the shows, and in the meantime hope that they are indeed very good.