It was Rita, you see, who discovered Michael Poulton's adaptation of the rarely staged Ivan Turgenev classic comedy and brought it to SFS Productions and producers Julian Schlossberg, Roy Furman and Ben Sprecher, the trio who scored a coup by bringing back the great director Arthur Penn after a 20-year absence from the theater, to stage this first Broadway production of the play. Rita is an associate producer of "Fortune's Fool" and to add the cherry to the sundae, or the candle to the cake, will also be celebrating her birthday on opening night. SFS is also planning to make a movie of the play with the same cast after it completes its Broadway run.
What a warm family celebration that was the other day in Monte Carlo when Princess Caroline , aka Princess Ernst-August of Hanover, marked her 45th birthday and the second anniversary of her wedding to Ernst, who can be a bad, bad boy sometimes but makes up for it in sex appeal, sort of. The family all gathered, somewhat appropriately, under a circus tent at the Circus of Monaco Festival, and you will be thrilled to hear that there was not a sign of the strained relations that have existed for some time between Caroline and her sister Princess Stephanie. Stephanie was at the celebration with her lover, Francis Knie, who has a circus of his very own and brought it along to the festival. As for Prince Rainier, the princesses' daddy, he was almost tearful. Not because of the circuses, don't be silly -- he loves circuses -- but because his little family was finally together again on such a happy occasion. May I suggest you stay tuned?