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By George Spelvin

Welcome to an international edition of "Inside Theater". Although you don't need a passport, pack a Berlitz dictionary if you're headed to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

BROOKLYN USER'S GUIDE: It'll be a few years before Theatre for a New Audience moves in next door with its productions of the Bard and other classic authors, so Brooklyn-bound theatergoers can get their fix this fall at BAM's Next Wave Festival, which includes a series of Shakespeare and Ibsen plays performed in various foreign languages (English titles provided):

· Ibsen's The Wild Duck, Oct. 25-29, performed in Norwegian and set in the late 1950s — "think Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys" says the BAM website. Hmmm…. Just think what Ibsen could have done with All Shook Up and Good Vibrations. Watch a video preview here.

· Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Nov. 7-12, performed in Russian and yet, according to the video preview at least, it seems to be set to a samba beat. Still, I'm inclined to give the benefit of the doubt to the production's Olivier Award-winning director, Declan Donnellan.

· Shakespeare's The Tempest, Nov. 15, 17 & 18, performed in French. This looks pretty cool: "Flesh-and-blood actors interact seamlessly, surreally, with virtual figures that are life-size one moment, impossibly gigantic the next." Watch a video preview here.

· Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, Nov. 28-Dec. 2, performed in German. Director Thomas Ostermeier, who made a splash with his audacious 2004 Next Wave debut Nora (A Doll's House), returns with a sleek, modern-dress Hedda. Watch a video preview here.

Meanwhile, at St. Ann's Warehouse, Nov. 13-Dec. 3: a "thrilling, harrowing, stunning production" (Sunday Times of London) of Georg B¸chner's Woyzeck, adapted and directed by the wunderkind Daniel Kramer — an American who's making his name in London, where he is currently staging a new revival of Bent with Alan Cumming. You only have three weeks to see this "high-octane, rock 'n' roll reinvention" starring the acclaimed English actors Edward Hogg (pictured) and David Harewood. Save $5 on preview tickets if you order before October 14th; details here.

AND THE BRITS KEEP COMING: London theater may be looking more and more like Broadway these days — with Avenue Q, Wicked, Spamalot and Caroline, or Change the latest American shows to open there — but that doesn't mean we're not due for another wave of English imports here on this side of the Pond. Assuming suitable theaters can be found on Broadway (that is, if musicals don't grab up all the playhouses), add these arrivals to the spring line-up:

The Old Vic production of A Moon for the Misbegotten, starring Eve Best and Kevin Spacey (pictured), staged by Howard Davies. Spacey, who has been knocked about by the British press for his disappointing first few seasons as artistic director of the Old Vic, has been roundly praised for this production. Go behind-the-scenes with him — literally, in the case of the third installment — of his online cast video diary.

The Donmar Warehouse production of Frost/Nixon, starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, directed by Michael Grandage. A bidding war for the movie rights resulted in a big payout to author Peter Morgan, already riding high with his new film, The Queen starring Helen Mirren. You can watch the actual TV interviews on which the play is based online for £0.99 per program or a £4 annual fee.

P.S. I hear that the hit Pasadena Playhouse production of August Wilson's Fences (which I mentioned in my last column) is headed to London next, and then onto Broadway in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original production.

ANDREW LLOYD BLOGGER: The news that Lord Lloyd Webber's next project may be a musical adaptation of The Master and Margarita by Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgakov was all the more interesting because it was first discussed on the composer's blog, instead of in the mainstream press. His site includes a video diary and on his Sept. 22 entry he leaked more news with a preview of a Latin-flavored song, "Dance the Dance" which he wrote with Tim Rice for the debut solo album of Connie Fisher, who just won a reality TV competition for the role of Maria in his upcoming West End revival of The Sound of Music.

'I WANNA BE A PART OF B.A.': Buenos Aires has been called the playwriting epicenter of Latin America, and this November, P.S. 122 in the East Village is presenting BAiT (Buenos Aires in Translation). This mini-festival pairs four of the most dynamic playwrights from Argentina with cutting-edge U.S. directors in a repertory series of English-language world premieres. Running times and staggered curtains allow you to see two shows in the same evening and all four on a weekend. Tickets are only $15-$20 each. (Note: as part of this program, BAiT is also sending four American plays to Buenos Aires in new Spanish-language versions.)

CZECH, PLEASE: Václav Havel is a playwright, a political dissenter, and the former president of the Czech Republic. In honor of his 70th birthday and his current residency at Columbia University, artists and companies from New York and around the country have come together to present, for the first time anywhere, all sixteen of his plays. With one world premiere, five English-language premieres and five other new translations, the Havel Festival (Oct. 24-Dec. 4 at various venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn) is "a must-see event for fans of political theater, absurdist theater or simply theater in general."

JUST ASKING: Blue Man Group has been at the Astor Place Theater for 15 years now. It's also been running in Boston for 11 years, Chicago for nine, and Las Vegas for six. So why isn't it a hit in foreign markets? Their London edition consistently plays to half (or less) houses and I hear it hasn't had a profitable week since it opened last November. And in Toronto, the producers were slow to meet with local union representatives who were upset about the show's non-union status. So the unions launched a very effective Boycott Blue Man campaign which has forced the Toronto Blue Men to shut down as of Jan. 9th. What does this bode for Blue Man as it opens in Amsterdam this winter and in their rumored next destinations of Sydney and Tokyo?

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