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A classic season

Albee_2 Palm Beach Dramaworks has just spilled the details of its 2008-2009 season, and three of the four plays are by theatrical giants.

The company's ninth season begins Oct. 17-Nov. 30 with a production of Nobel Prize winner Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, the 1947 play that pairs two lonely souls, the alcoholic James Tyrone and farmer's daughter Josie Hogan.  Next (Dec. 19-Feb. 1) is Eugene Ionesco's absurdist classic The Chairs, a tragic farce about an old man and woman trying to inject meaning into their empty lives.

Connor McPherson's Olivier Award-winning The Weir, a collection of ghost stories told in an Irish tavern, runs Feb. 20-April 5.  Winding up the season is the regional premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry (April 24-June 14, 2009; that's Albee at right).  Staged Off-Broadway in December, the double bill pairs the 80-year-old Albee's first play -- 1958's Zoo Story -- with his 2001 "prequel," Homelife.

Tickets to individual shows at Palm Beach Dramaworks are $38 and $40.  The theater is located at 322 Banyan Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For information, call 561-514-4042 or visit the theater's web site.