November 2014 Openings Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway

Three Broadway shows — The River, Side Show and A Delicate Balance – are opening in November, as are some two dozen Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway# plays and musicals.   This makes for tough choices or a severely hectic schedule for avid theatergoers, especially since five of the shows are opening on November 16th alone – and four more the very next night!

Below is a list, organized chronologically by opening date, with descriptions of most of the shows. Each title is linked to a relevant website.

Nothing, of course, is guaranteed about any of these shows, even those that seem the most promising. (This is why I write reviews.)

Color key: Broadway: Red or Gray✫. Off Broadway: Blue or Light Blue✫. Off Off Broadway: Green.

* Asterisks are next to those shows to which I have been invited (and plan) to review as of this writing.(This will likely change as the month progresses.)

November 3

*The Oldest Boy (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater)

Sarah Ruhl’s latest play tells the story of Tenzin, the toddler son of an American woman (to be played by Celia Keenan-Bolger) and a Tibetan man (Joel de la Fuente) who is recognized as the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher

November 5

*Wiesenthal (Acorn Theatre)

Written by and starring Tom Dugan, the play tells the true story of Simon Wiesenthal, more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice.

November 6

*Sticks and Bones (The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center)

With a cast that includes Richard Chamberlain, Holly Hunter and Bill Pullman, the New Group opens its 20th Anniversary season with the first major New York revival of David Rabe’s Tony Award-winning play Sticks and Bones, “a savage and savagely comic portrait of an average American family pulled apart by the return of a son from the Vietnam War.”

You Got Older (HERE Arts Center)

Directed by Anne Kauffman, and featuring Reed Birney and Brooke Bloom: Mae comes home to take care of Dad.

The New York City Icon Plays: Love in Irish Pub (Quinn’s Bar)

Eight short plays presented in a real Times Square area Irish Bar

Powerhouse (New Ohio Theatre)

The life of idiosyncratic composer and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott, whose  compositions were used in countless Looney Tunes cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s.

November 11

Lost Lake (MTC at New York City Center – Stage 1)

A new play by David Auburn ( Proof): Veronica (Tracie Thoms) rents a lakeside property and is pulled into the problems of its owner (John Hawkes).

November 12

*Grand Concourse (Playwrights Horizons)

Called to a life of religious service, Shelley is the devoted manager of a Bronx soup kitchen, but lately her heart’s not quite in it. Enter Emma: an idealistic but confused young volunteer, whose recklessness pushes Shelley to the breaking point.”

Written by Heidi Schreck and directed by Kim Fagan, the play features a four-member cast that includes Bobby Moreno, who was so amazing in The Year of the Rooster.

November 13

Lypsinka! The Trilogy (The Connelly Theater)

 

November 16

*The River (Circle in the Square Theatre)

A trout fisherman in a remote cabin tries to hook a woman into some night-time fishing. Two words: Hugh Jackman.

*Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre,The Irene Diamond Stage)

Katori Hall (The Mountaintop) is inspired a true story: In 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ostracized by her schoolmates and labeled disturbed, everyone refuses to believe, until others start to see her as well.

The Erlkings (Theatre Row- Beckett)

A look at the perpetrators of the Columbine High School massacre.

Tamburlaine, Parts I and II (Polonsky Shakespeare Center)

The Elizabethan play by Christopher Marlowe, edited and directed by Michael Boyd, starring John Douglas Thompson

Major Barbara (The Pearl)

November 17

*Side Show (St. James Theatre)

The Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, were in real life conjoined twins who were trained by their guardians to become performers, and became the highest paid performers on the vaudeville circuit. “Side Show” purports to tell their story.

This “reimagined” revival of the 1997 musical was well-received in D.C., and is one of the most anticipated shows of the season.

Punk Rock (MCC Theater)

Simon Stephens (who adapted The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) writes about a group of highly-articulate 17-year-old British private school students preparing for their A-Level mock exams, while hormones rage.

Straight White Men (Public Theater)

Young Jean Lee, an innovative downtown playwrights, “defies expectations with a conventionally structured take on the classic American father-son drama….When Ed (Austin Pendleton) and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve….what is the value of being a straight white man?”

Blank! The Musical (New World Stages)

“Each night, a talented ensemble takes to the stage—with no script, no rehearsal, and no idea what will happen—to perform a brand-new smash hit musical… that you help to create!”

November 18

By The Water (NY City Center – Stage II)

The play by Sharyn Rothstein looks at the effect of Hurricane Sandy on one family.

November 19

Allegro (CSC)

This revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s least known musical, written after their success with Oklahoma and Carousel, follows the life of a physician named Joe Taylor, Jr.

November 20

A Delicate Balance (Golden Theatre)

Glenn Close returns to Broadway in a cast that includes John Lithgow and Martha Plimpton in another one of Edward Albee’s caustic Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpieces, about a long-married couple who must maintain their equilibrium as over the course of a weekend they welcome home their 36-year old daughter after the collapse of her fourth marriage, and give shelter to their best friends who seek refuge in their home, all the while tolerating Agnes’ alcoholic live-in sister. The Edward Albee-Pam MacKinnon match-up, which brought us the priceless recent Broadway production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” holds great promise to repeat the feat.

Pitbulls (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre)

Keith Josef Adkins, a playwright best-known as the founding artistic director of New Black Fest,writes about a pariah named Mary in a small black community in rural Appalachia — pitbull country – who is viewed suspiciously when a pitbull is killed on the Fourth of July.

On A Stool At The End Of A Bar (59E59 Theaters – B)

November 23

*A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations) (Signature Theatre)

Sam Shepard’s “dark, fragmented, modern-day take” on Oedipus Rex

Me, My Mouth and I (Cherry Lane)

Written and performed by Joy Behar.

November 24

Self Made Man: The Frederick Douglass Story (Arclight Theater)

Frederick Douglass arrives back to his place of birth where he is planning to murder his former owner. But first he tells us his life story.

* Asterisks are next to those shows to which I have been invited (and plan) to review as of this writing.(Consider this a work in progress.)

✫Grey means Broadway shows, and light blue means Off-Broadway shows, to which I’ve been invited past the opening.

#The list includes only a small selection of the shows Off-Off Broadway, with an emphasis on those running more than two weeks and with official openings.

For a look at the whole season, check out Fall 2014 Broadway Preview Guide and Off-Broadway Preview Guide

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October 2014 Openings Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway

Some of the shows opening in October. Click on any photograph to see it enlarged.

October is one of the three busiest theater months in New York, with some 40 shows opening sometime this month on Broadway,  Off-Broadway or Off-Off Broadway. This comes to at least one for each day of the month, although the schedule is more chaotic than that.  Below is a list, organized chronologically by opening date, with descriptions of some that look promising or have gotten attention – but nothing can be guaranteed in advance (which is why I review.)

* Asterisks are next to those shows to which I have been invited (and plan) to review as of this writing. (Consider this a work in progress.)

Color key: Broadway: Red or Grey*. Off Broadway: Black or Blue. Off Off Broadway: Green.

October 1, 2014

Tail!Spin! (Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project)

*King Lear (NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts)

 October 2

*The Country House (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre) 

Blythe Danner stars in an adaptation by Donald Margulies (Dinner With Friends) of Chekhov’s The Seagull focuses on a family of thespians who gather in a house in the Berkshires during the Williamstown theater festival.

Riding The Midnight Express with Billy Hayes (Barrow Street Theatre)

Port Authority (DR2 Theatre)

October 4

Sleepy Hollow (The Players Theatre)

October 5

*The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Barrymore Theatre)

Fifteen-year-old Christopher, clinically awkward and brilliant, is suspected of killing the neighbor’s dog. He sets out on a life-changing journey to find the culprit.

This stage adaptation of a peculiarly-written novel I loved by Mark Haddon was well-received in London, winning 7 Olivier Awards (equalling the previous record-breaking Matilda.) It was especially praised for its design. The director and the designers are the same on Broadway, it is still a Royal National Theatre production, but the cast is different

October 7

The Killing of Sister George (TACT at the Beckett)

October 8

Jewish Chronicles (Soho Playhouse)

October 9

*It’s Only A Play (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre)

The cast of a show called “The Golden Egg” await the reviews in this revival of Terrence McNally’s 1982 comedy, which is likely to be most appreciated for its cast — especially the reunited duo Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, as well as the Broadway debut of Harry Potter veteran Rupert Grint.

October 11

Lying (Interart Theater)

October 12

*While I Yet Live (Primary Stages)

Kinky Boots star Billy Porter turns playwright, writing about his family in Pittsburgh.

Generations (WalkerSpace)

October 13

Jacuzzi (Ars Nova Theater)

October 14

Found (Atlantic Theater Company)

Sweet, Sweet Spirit Three (The Theater at the 14th Street Y)

October 15

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion (Union Square Theatre)

Going Once, Laughing Twice (St. Luke’s)

October 16

*On The Town (Lyric Theatre)

Three sailors spend a day on leave in New York City, meeting some great dames in a revival of the musical by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

I have high hopes for this production, which features great choreography by Joshua Bergasse (based on the glimpses we’ve been given, in videos, in reports from pre-Broadway tryouts, and at Broadway in Bryant Park), and such standards as “New York, New York (It’s a Wonderful Town)” “Come Up to My Place” and “Lonely Town,” as well as some jazzy surprises like “I Can Cook Too.”

Powwow Highway (HERE Arts Center)

October 19

*The Belle of Amherst (Westside Theatre)

Joely Richardson(“Nip/Tuck,” Side Effects) portrays poet Emily Dickinson in this one-woman show made famous by Julie Harris.

My Son the Waiter, a Jewish Tradgedy (Triad Theatre)

*Excuse My Dust (SoHo Playhouse)

In homage to the writer Dorothy Parker, who once wrote that she wanted her epitaph to read “Excuse my dust”) Jennifer Engstrom explores New York’s most celebrated wit, by writing and performing scenes involving characters from five of Parker’s short stories.

October 20

Brownsville Song (b-side for tray) (LCT’s Claire Tow Theater)

Billy & Ray (Vineyard Theatre)

That’s film director Billy Wilder and novelist Raymond Chandler: The play, written by Mike Bencivenga and directed by Garry Marshall (Happy Days, etc.),  is about their contentious collaboration on the noir film based on Chandler’s novel, “Double Indemnity.” The four-member cast includes Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell in “Mad Men”) as Wilder and Larry Pine as Chandler.

October 21

Deliverance (59E59)

James Dickey’s famous novel of a traumatic trip down a river in the South  is adapted by Sean Tyler

October 22

Fortress of Solitude (Public Theater)

Jonathan Lethem’s coming-of-age novel about 1970s Brooklyn is adapted by songwriter  Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and bookwriter Itamar Moses, and features an 18-member cast that includes  Kyle Beltran, Adam Chanler-Berat, and André De Shields.

October 23

*Disgraced (Lyceum Theatre)

Pakistani-American lawyer Amir and his white, artist wife Emily gives a dinner party that starts off friendly and turns ugly. The play, Akhtar’s first, was produced at Lincoln Center in 2012, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Shatter (Urban Stages)

October 24

Miss Julie (Gene Frankel Theatre)

October 25

Hereafter Musical (The Snapple Theater Center)

October 26

The Last Ship (Neil Simon Theatre)

Gideon leaves his hometown to travel the world, returning 14 years later to discover that the love he left behind is engaged to somebody else, and the town’s shipbuilding industry is endangered. The show is said to be inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences.

Shut Up, Sit Down and Eat (Snapple Theater Center)

The Brightness of Heaven (Cherry Lane Studio Theatre)

October 28

Lift (59E59)

Father Comes Home From The War 1,2, &3 (Public Theater)

October 29

Lips Together Teeth Apart (Second Stage)

October 30

*The Real Thing (American Airlines Theatre)

Henry is a successful writer who is attempting to balance his professional and personal lives in this comedy about marriage and betrayal.

Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal are both making their Broadway debuts in this second Broadway revival of Stoppard’s play.

Click for a preview guides to the entire Broadway Fall 2014 Season and the Off-Broadway Fall 2014 Season.

*Grey with asterisks mean Broadway shows to which I’ve been invited past the opening.

Off Broadway Fall 2014 Preview Guide

Lin-Manuel Miranda in front of quick summary of Public Theater's 2014-2015 season, including his "Hamilton"

Lin-Manuel Miranda in front of quick summary of Public Theater’s 2014-2015 season, including his “Hamilton”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, eating a banana, posed in front of a succinct summary of the 2014-2015 season at the Public Theater – including (fifth from the top) “Hamilton,” an original hip-hop musical created by and starring Miranda, who will portray the American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

It’s one of the most anticipated Off Broadway shows –  along with…

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Taylor Schilling and Peter Dinklage (CSC)

- Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy in Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh” directed by Robert Falls at the Brooklyn Academy of Music starting in February.

- “Scenes From a Marriage,” starting in September at the New York Theatre Workshop, based on Ingmar Bergman’s compelling TV series.

- Stage adaptations of Jonathan Lethem’s “The Fortress of Solitude” (The Public Theater) and James Dickey’s “Deliverance” (59E59), and a comic behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film noir classic “Double Indemnity” (Vineyard.)

New plays by Ayad Akhtar, Katori Hall, Samuel Hunter, Suzan Lori-Parks, Bruce Norris, Sam Shepard

And yes, some familiar faces from movies and television as well as the stage.

If only the entire Off-Broadway season could be summed up as simply as that poster for the Public Theater. Broadway is much easier – 40 theaters, about 40 new shows a year. Off-Broadway is more chaotic,

Richard Chamberlain (New Group)

Richard Chamberlain (New Group)

more spread out, more numerous (some 200 theaters/theater companies, depending on how you count) less publicized. As most serious theatergoers will tell you,  Off Broadway also has far richer, more adventurous and more diverse offerings, at a lower price. (Dozens of shows from September 9th to 28th will charge just $20 if you get tickets 20 minutes before the show begins as part of the 20at20 promotion.

Once again, I find the best way to preview what’s coming up Off-Broadway is to group the shows within the producing theaters that are presenting them, ranked roughly in order starting with my favorite theaters (determined by such factors as their recent track record, the promise of the new season, and by the overall experience I’ve had with the theater.) All offer season subscriptions or memberships. Of course, there is never a guarantee, and some terrific shows pop up in unlikely places.

 

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Jesse Eisenberg , Billy Porter, Cynthia Nixon – actors turned playwrights, director.

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416 W. 42nd St. Twitter: @PHNYC

One of the plays from last year’s season, Annie Baker’s “The Flick,” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, but this theater consistently over the past few years has had some of the most original and most satisfying works of theater.

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Booty Candy

August 22 – October 12

Writer and director Robert O’Hara presents “a kaleidoscope of sketches that interconnect to portray growing up gay and black”

Grand Concourse

October 17 – November 30

“Called to a life of religious service, Shelley is the devoted manager of a Bronx soup kitchen, but lately her heart’s not quite in it. Enter Emma: an idealistic but confused young volunteer, whose recklessness pushes Shelley to the breaking point.”

Written by Heidi Schreck and directed by Kim Fagan, the play features a four-member cast that includes Bobby Moreno, who was so amazing in The Year of the Rooster.

Pocatello

November 21 – January 4

“Eddie manages an Italian chain restaurant in Pocatello—a small, unexceptional American city that is slowly being paved over with strip malls and franchises.”

Written by Samuel Hunter, whose past efforts (e.g. The Whale) I have loved, this play features a nine-member cast including T.R. Knight.

In 2015:

Placebo by Melissa James Gibson

Iowa, a musical by Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond

The Qualms by Bruce Norris

 

publictheaterlogoTHE PUBLIC THEATER

425 Lafayette Street. Twitter: @PublicTheaterNY

 

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Public Works’ The Winter’s Tale

September 5 – 7, 2014

With music and lyrics by Todd Almond, conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet, this Shakespeare in Central Park is presented as a happening, with a blend of professional performers like Lindsay Mendez and some 200 regular New Yorkers up on the stage.


Rock Bottom 

September 9 – October 11, 2014

Created and starring Bridget Everett, who “barrels through life tip-toeing toward disaster, wine bottle by wine bottle and man by man.” It features original songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (the team that brought us Hairspray and Smash), as well as Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray

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The Fortress Of Solitude 

September 30 – November 2, 2014

Jonathan Lethem’s coming-of-age novel about 1970s Brooklyn is adapted by songwriter  Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and bookwriter Itamar Moses, and features an 18-member cast that includes  Kyle Beltran, Adam Chanler-Berat, and André De Shields.

Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)

October 14 – November 16, 2014

Suzan-Lori Parks (Top Dog/Underdog) has written three plays set during the Civil War presented in a single performance. In Part 1, “A Measure of Man,” Hero, a slave who is accustomed to his master’s lies, must now decide whether to join him on the Confederate battlefield in exchange for a promise of freedom. Part 2, “The Battle in the Wilderness” follows Hero and the Colonel as they lead a captured Union solider toward the Confederate lines as the cannons approach. Finally, in Part 3, “The Union of My Confederate Parts,” the loved ones Hero left behind question whether to escape or wait for his return.

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Straight White Men

November 7 – December 7, 2014

Young Jean Lee, an innovative downtown playwrights, “defies expectations with a conventionally structured take on the classic American father-son drama….When Ed (Austin Pendleton) and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve….what is the value of being a straight white man?”

In  2015

 

Hamilton

January 20 – March 22

Written and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, and directed by Thomas Kail — the same team that brought us “In The Heights” —  this new musical uses hip-hop to tell the story of the “political mastermind” who began life as a “bastard orphan.”

 Stew And Heidi Rodewald’s The Total Bent

Toast By Lemon Andersen

 

 

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79 East 4th Street. Twitter: @NYTW79

Scenes from a Marriage

Scenes from a Marriage

Scenes From A Marriage

September 12 – October 26

Innovative Flemish director Ivo van Hove (who is also directing “Angels in America” in BAM this season) directs McCarter Theater artistic director Emily Mann’s adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s popular 1974 TV mini-series that traces a complicated (which is to say, normal) marriage. “Audience members will move from room to room to experience an intimate look into the marriage of Johan and Marianne.”

The Invisible Hand

November 19 – January 4

Ayad Akhtar, whose play Disgraced won the Pulitzer Prize and is opening on Broadway this season, pens a play about an American stockbroker who is kidnapped and tortured in a remote area of Pakistan, and negotiates to save his life.

 2015

The Events

Forever

 

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108 East 15th Street Twitter: @VineyardTheatre

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Billy and Ray

October 1 – November 9

That’s film director Billy Wilder and novelist Raymond Chandler: The play, written by Mike Bencivenga and directed by Garry Marshall (Happy Days, etc.),  is about their contentious collaboration on the noir film based on Chandler’s novel, “Double Indemnity”

The four-member cast includes Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell in “Mad Men”) as Wilder and Larry Pine as Chandler.

2015

Brooklynite

January – February

This musical directed by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig) is about a hardware store clerk who meets “Brooklyn’s most celebrated superhero” and together they try to save Brooklyn

Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkin

 

CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY (CSC)


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136 East 13th Street Twitter: @ClassicStage

 

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Allegro

November 1

This revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s least known musical, written after their success with Oklahoma and Carousel, follows the life of a physician named Joe Taylor, Jr.

2015

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A Month in the Country

January 9 -

Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling star in Turgenev’s play about unrequited love.

Hamlet

Dr. Faustus

 

RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER


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Address: 224 Waverly Place (though frequently also at the Cherry Lane)

Twitter:  @RattlestickNY

Rattlestick’s 20th anniversary season began in the summer with The Long Shrift, James Franco’s debut as a stage director, and Phoenix, co-starring Julia Stiles. 

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Juarez

September 4 – October 5

As part of the second annual Theater: Village Festival – whose theme this year is “E Pluribus” –  this play conceived by Theater Mitu’s Artistic Director Rubén Polendo (a native of Juarez) is  based on hundreds of interviews, is meant to “an artistic and emotional map” of the Northern Mexican city.

Pit Bulls

November 6 – December 13

Keith Josef Adkins, a playwright best-known as the founding artistic director of New Black Fest, writes about a pariah named Mary in a small black community in rural Appalachia — pitbull country – who is viewed suspiciously when a pitbull is killed on the Fourth of July.

In 2015

Shesh Yak Written by Laith Nakli; Directed by Bruce McCarty

Everything You Touch Written by Sheila Callaghan; Directed by Jessica Kubzansky

The Undeniable Sound of Right Now Written by Laura Eason; Directed by Kirsten Kelly

Hamlet in Bed Written by Michael Laurence; Directed by Lisa Peterson

Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait Written and Directed by Daniel Talbott

 

The New Group

at The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street

Twitter: @TheNewGroupNYC

Sticks and Bones

October 21 – December 14

Richard Chamberlain, Holly Hunter and Bill Pullman star in this revival of David Rabe’s “savagely comic” look at a family torn apart by the Vietnam War.

In 2015

Rasheeda Speaking

Cynthia Nixon makes her directorial debut with this tense workplace thriller starring Dianne Wiest and Tonya Pinkins as co-workers. Written by Joel Drake Johnson, the playexamines the realities of so-called “post-racial” America.

The Spoils

By Jesse Eisenberg.

MCC Theater

Address: The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street. Twitter: @mcctheater

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The Money Shot

September 4–October 12, 2014

Neil LaBute’s play about “Karen and Steve, glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation.”

Punk Rock

October 29 – December 7

Simon Stephens (who adapted The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) writes about 
a group of highly-articulate 17-year-old British private school students preparing for their A-Level mock exams, while hormones rage.

In 2015

The Nether

Permission

Lincoln Center Theater*

The shows at Lincoln Center’s Off-Broadway venues are inexpensive (especially at the Claire Tow theater, where initial-run tickets cost $20) and often rewarding: Disgraced, the Pulitzer Prize winning play that is opening on Broadway October 23, began here.

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October 4 – November 16

The play by Kimber Lee “moves fluidly through time as the family of Tray, a spirited 18 year-old whose life is cut short, navigate their grief and find hope together.”

The Oldest Boy

October 9 – December 28

In this new play by Sarah Ruhl, Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie)  portrays an American mother who lives with her Tibetan husband and their three-year-old son, whom Tibetan monks suddenly tell her is the reincarnation of an important Lama — and want to take him away for training.

2015

Verity

The Mystery of Love and Sex

 

ROUNDABOUT* LAURA PELS THEATER

Indian Ink

September 4 – November 30

Rosemary Harris stars in a revival of Tom Stoppard’s play about a free-spirited English poet in India, and her sister 50 years later.

 

In 2015

Into The Woods

 

MTC THEATER* At City Center

131 West 55th Street

Twitter: @MTC_NYC

They seem to have a water theme this season.

Lost Lake

Opens November 11

Written by David Auburn and directed by Daniel Sullivan (the team that brought us Proof and The Columnist), this play focuses on two strangers who meet at a rundown lakeside rental.

By The Sea

Opens November 18

In Sharon Rothstein’s play, Hurricane Sandy has just ravaged the lifelong home in Staten Island of Marty and Mary Murphy, who are determined to rebuild; then their sons return home.

In 2015

The World of Extreme Happiness by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

The Swing of the Sea by Richard Greenberg

 

SIGNATURE

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480 West 42nd Street. Twitter: @signaturetheatr

As the first New York theater to win the Regional Tony Award this year, the Signature now has some solid proof of what has been clear to its patrons for years.  What has distinguished this theater is not only its track record, but its commitment to keep the price of all tickets for initial runs to $25.  This used to be my favorite theater, and I’m hoping it will become so again, but despite the new recognition, the offerings have been uneven recently, and my interaction with the theater has not been positive.

This season’s “Residency One” playwrights are A.R. Gurney and Naomi Wallace

 

And I And Silence by Naomi Wallace

August 5 to September 14

Two women who met as teenagers in prison struggle to make ends meet in 1959.

 

The Wayside Motor Inn by A.R. Gurney

August 12, 2014 – September 28, 2014

Five stories told simultaneously in a motel room outside Boston.

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A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations) by Sam Shepard

A “dark, fragmented, modern-day take on Oedipus Rex” starring Stephen Rhea

Our Lady of Kibeho by Katori Hall

ln 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ostracized by her schoolmates and labeled disturbed, everyone refuses to believe, until the impossible starts happening again and aga

In 2015:

Big Love by Charles Mee

The Liquid Plain by Naomi Wallace

What I Did Last Summer by A.R. Gurney

OTHER (POTENTIAL) HIGHLIGHTS

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The Iceman Cometh, the production with Nathan Lane and Bryan Dennehy that originally appeared to extreme acclaim at the Goodman in Chicago, will be at the Brooklyn Academy of Music February 5 to March 15, 2015 (which means I really should just put it in my Spring 2015 Preview Guide, but by then it will be sold out.)

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Angels in America at BAM

Always worth checking out: Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival which focuses on avant-garde experimental and European works that are sometimes hard to categorize.

This year the 17 theater pieces include Ivan van Hove’s reimagining of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Samuel Beckett’s radio play Embers and Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of An Author.

 

 

There are worthwhile theaters I do not attend regularly enough to list as my favorites, with at least one production each this season that sound promising, or at least intriguing:

Barrow Street Theater - Waiting for Godot in Yiddish (with English subtitles)

Irish Repertory Theater - Port Authority by Conor McPherson

Primary StagesWhile I Yet Live by Billy Porter (Kinky Boots star turned playwright)

Second Stage Theatre – revival of Terence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart; stage adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s novel American Psycho

59E59 -  James Dickey’s Deliverance, based on his acclaimed novel, adapted by Sean Tyler, October 10 – November 9

Lift, novelist Walter Mosley‘s first full length play, about two workers stuck in a skyscraper elevator. October 17-November 30

Then there are theaters that actively discourage my coverage:

The Atlantic - Found

There are also commercial shows put together by independent producers that appear in theaters for rent, such as:

Cherry Lane Theatre
Daryl Roth Theatre
Gym at Judson
Lucille Lortel Theatre
New World Stages
Orpheum Theater
The Players Theatre
Snapple Theater Center
Theatre Row – The Acorn
Union Square Theater
Westside Theatre

 

*THE ASTERISK: Off-Broadway AND Broadway

*Just to complicate matters, several of the resident theaters also present shows on Broadway –  Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theater Company (MTC), and the Roundabout Theater Company. Their Broadway offerings are listed in my Broadway Fall 2014 Preview Guide

What Is Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway?

Off-Broadway theaters, by definition, have anywhere from 99 to 499 seats. If a theater has more seats than that, it’s a Broadway house. If it has fewer, it’s Off-Off Broadway.

There are some terrific Off-Off Broadway theaters, sometimes confused for Off-Broadway. These include (but are not limited to) The Flea, Labyrinth Theater, and LaMaMa ETC.

Because there are so many shows Off-Off Broadway, and their runs are so limited, I will include them in my monthly theater preview posted near the beginning of each month.

NEW YORK THEATER CALENDAR BY OPENING DATES

New York Theater Opening Night Calendar

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information about Off-Broadway, go to  The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers (aka The Off-Broadway League).  This should not be confused with the Off-Broadway Alliance, which is a separate organization (though they should probably merge, no?)

2014 Fringe NYC Encore Series, for New York Fringe Shows You Missed

Some two dozen of the most popular shows from the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival will be presented at the 10th annual Fringe Encore series,September 4 to October 5, which (like last year) is split in two. Solo in the City at the Baruch Performing Arts Center will present eight solo performances that were hits at the festival. The other eight Fringe shows will be at the Soho Playhouse. Tickets are $18 to $20.

The descriptions come from the productions. This is a work in progress. The schedule is not complete for every show, and more shows will be added to the series before it begins.

Solo in the City: The FringeNYC Encore Series

September 4 to 27 at Baruch Performing Arts Center. 

John Clifton, Joan Shepard in Confessions

John Clifton, Joan Shepard in Confessions

Confessions of Old Lady #2

Joan Shepard’s sparkling account of 74 years on Broadway and on TV. Laced with side splitting stories and witty songs, this musical memoir won four stars from the London Times.

Sept. 18 at 7 PM & Sept. 22 at 2 PM

Fearless at Fringe

Fearless

The story of one man’s broken engagement (not his fault), failed suicide attempt (definitely his fault), the relationships that followed (probably his fault) and the misguided attempts to teach his students how to take risks and become fearless.

Sept. 20, 27 at 9 PM

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Gary Busey’s One Man Hamlet (As Performed by David Carl)

In this absurdist romp through Shakespeare, pop culture, and life in the theater, iconic actor Gary Busey (played by comedian David Carl) will perform all the parts in “Hamlet”, using homemade puppets, videos, live music, and poetry.

Sept. 19, 26 at 9 PM & Oct. 3 at 9 PM

Hoaxacaust

Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey, with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran

Ever wish the Holocaust hadn’t happened? Some say it didn’t! Join Barry’s journey to find deniers from Illinois to Iran, meeting engineers and ex-presidents, dodging a brother in Hungary and a boyfriend back home to discover the truth.

Sept. 11, 18, 24 at 7:30 PM & Sept. 21 at 3 PM

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 Magical Negro Speaks

Jamil Ellis gives voice to the Magical Negro — one of Hollywood’s favorite tropes — and examines what images in entertainment mean for future generations.

Sept. 19 at 8 PM & Sept. 20 at 7 PM

MurderMargaretandMe

Murder Margaret and Me

Margaret Rutherford became a global legend playing Miss Marple. Originally she didn’t want the part, and Agatha Christie didn’t want Marple played by “the funniest woman alive.” This British sell-out sensation sees Christie playing detective, unearthing Rutherford’s terrible secrets.

Sept. 13 at 3 PM; Sept. 19 & 20 at 7 PM

ThePawnbrokerLiesLoversandBertoltBrecht The Pawnbroker: Lies, Lovers, and Bertolt Brecht

What price would you pay for love? Your dignity, your sanity, your place in history? Discover the lies behind Brecht’s legend – and what five women lost to create it. If you think you know the truth, you don’t know Brecht.

 

Sex Lies

• Sex, Lies & Earl Grey

How do you take your tea? Georgina likes it hot with good manners, bad behavior and a pianist. Her crash course in etiquette reveals more than she, or you might expect.

Sept. 13 at 2 PM ; Sept. 20 at 8:30 PM; Sept. 28 at 7:30 PM

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The FringeNYC Encore Series

September 4 to October 5 at SoHo Playhouse.

Chemistry play

• Chemistry

Steph is a recovering depressive. Jamie overachieved himself off the deep end. When they meet in their psychiatrist’s office, they can’t deny their chemistry, but can they survive it? A pitch black and piercingly insightful comedy about being crazy in love

Sat 9/13 @ 5:30, Fri 9/19 @ 9:30, Sat 9/20 @ 7, Sun 9/21 @ 5, Sat 10/4 @ 7

 

Fatty Fatty No Friends

As the fattest kid in school, Tommy lives a lonely, living nightmare. When the skinny kids’ taunting goes too far, Tommy takes revenge without amends. A dark spoken-word Tim Burton-esque musical diving into the lunchtime of life, where bullies are delicious.

Sat 9/13 @ 5:30, Fri 9/19 @ 9:30, Sat 9/20 @ 7, Sun 9/21 @ 5, Sat 10/4 @ 7

 

The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

Join world-renowned mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale (Art of the Drink TV) for a boozy romp through the history of alcohol. Cocktails and comedy combine for an utterly unique musical theatre experience! “An absolute must-see!” raves The Huffington Post. 21+ only

Fri 9/5 at 8, Fri 9/12 at 8, Fri 9/19 at 8, Fri 9/26 at 8

Erik DeCicco, Jeff Essex, Michael Armstrong-Barr in Jump Man

Erik DeCicco, Jeff Essex, Michael Armstrong-Barr in Jump Man

Jump Man

A musical parody of the Mario Brothers world. When a crime wave hits their Brooklyn neighborhood, Mario and Luigi have their heroism tested. Jump Man addresses age-old questions like “What defines a hero?” and “Do plumbers love to sing?”

Sat 9/6 @ 7, Fri 9/12 @ 7, Sat 9/13 @ 3 & 8, Sun 9/14 @ 7

No One Asked Me

No One Asked Me

Illegal. No papers. They are not supposed to be here, yet for thousands of undocumented children, the U.S. is the only home they know. They face an uncertain future, fearing deportation. Based upon stories of “illegal” NYC students.

Fri 9/26 @ 9, Sat 9/27 @ 4, Sun 9/28 @ 7:30, Mon 9/29 @ 7, Tue 9/30 @ 8

Opera in Tap performing at Freddy's Bar

Smashed: The Carrie Nation Story

A beer-soaked, absurdly comic opera loosely based on the hatchet-wielding temperance leader Carrie Nation. Raise your frothy brew high!

 

ThisisWhereWeLive

• This is Where We Live

Two teenagers collide like a modern day Orpheus and Eurydice in a dead-end Australian town. A dark, moving comedy infused with the rhythm of beat poetry. Australia’s Paperbark Theatre Company presents this US premiere, which won the 2012 Griffin Award.

Thu 9/4 @ 8, Fri 9/5 @ 8, Sat 9/6 @ 9:30, Sun 9/7 @ 5, Mon 9/8 @ 8

 

Urban Momfare

Why don’t we ever hear songs about moms not actually liking their kids? This romp through motherhood on Manhattan’s Upper East Side spans 17 years: “Music For Gifted and Talented Babies” to bra straps and Bellinis. Sling on your stilettos!

Sun 9/21 @ 7, Wed 9/24 @ 2, Thu 9/25 @ 7, Sat 9/27 @ 7, Sun 9/28 @ 5

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Gianmarco and Laura star in a completely factual play about the end of their five-year relationship. Everything is exactly as it happened, is happening, and will happen.
Mon 9/15 @ 9, Fri 9/19 @ 7, Mon 9/22 @ 8, Mon 9/29 @ 9:30 , Sat 10/4 @ 5

Held Momentarily

Held Momentarily

• Held Momentarily
Trapped on a stalled New York subway, seven strangers realize it’s not just the train that’s stuck. A poignant musical comedy about making connections, living in the moment and moving on in life… and a woman just went into labor.
Thu 9/11 @ 7, Fri 9/12 @ 9:30, Sun 9/14 @ 5, Thu 9/18 @ 9, Sun 9/21 @ 3

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• Moses, The Author
Meet Moses. He has family problems (gay son, rocky marriage), God problems (existential), and career problems (writer’s block, a hellish deadline). To make a better Bible he must become a better man. A love story, with scrolls. Don’t miss it.
Fri 9/26 @ 7, Sun 9/28 @ 3, Wed 10/1 @ 3, Sun 10/5 @ 3 & 7

 

Mothers Day

Mothers Day

• Mother’s Day
Acid-tongued New York drag queen Helen Back incites a nuclear family meltdown when she comes home to New Jersey for Mother’s Day. The debut of a pitch black comedy/drama that explores the rules of engagement for a family at war.
Thurs 9/4 @ 9:30, Fri 9/5 @ 9:30, Tues 9/9 @ 8, Thurs 9/11 9:30

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• Warm Enough For Swimming
Mom drowned years ago. Grandma died yesterday. Eddie fled his wedding. And Bridget can’t make coffee. Can estranged siblings clean the living room when the bride arrives with a post-recession pyramid scheme and a Russian Mafioso stalks their childhood home?
Sat 9/20 @ 9:30, Tue 9/23 @ 8, Thurs 9/25 @ 9:30, Sat 9/27 @ 9:30, Thurs 10/2 @ 8

 

Absolutely Filthy

Absolutely Filthy, winner of Overall Excellence at 2014 New York Fringe

Absolutely Filthy, winner of Overall Excellence at 2014 New York Fringe

An unauthorized parody of the cartoon Peanuts which envisions what the beloved characters might be like in their 30′s

Thu 10/1 @ 8pm, Fri 10/3 @ 8pm, Sat 10/4 @ 2:30pm & 9:30pm, Sun 10/5 @ 5pm & 9:30pm

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Broadway Fall 2014 Preview Guide

Listed below, chronologically by opening dates, are the shows officially scheduled so far on Broadway in the 2014-2015 season, with basic information and my two cents for the Fall shows. Both the schedule and my opinions are tentative and will be revised and updated as the season progresses.

You want stars, pick your favorite: Hugh Jackman, Glenn Close, Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint, Carol Burnett even, etc.  You want revivals, you got them – nine of the 15 set to open from September through December.  But there is also here the promise of a quality season.

( Click for a rundown on long-running Broadway shows)

(Click here for the Off-Broadway Fall 2014 Preview Guide)

September:

ouryouthlogoThis is Our Youth

Cort Theater

Playwright: Kenneth Lonergan

Director: Anna D. Shapiro

First preview: August 18, 2014

Opening: September 11

Closing: January 4, 2015

Principal cast: Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Tavi Gevinson.

48 hours in the live of three teenagers in 1982, one of whom has stolen cash from his father.

This is a revival. There were productions Off-Broadway in 1996 and 1998

One Chicago critic liked this production when it was in try-outs there, but wondered if the Cort will be too big for it. Lonergan wrote one of my favorite movies, “You Can Count On Me,” but find the plays of his I’ve seen (The Starry Messenger) painfully meandering.

Twitter: @YouthBroadway

My review: Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin Far From Ave Q

Love Letters

loveletterslogoBrooks Atkinson Theater

First preview: September 13

Opening: September 18

Closing: February 1, 2015

Playwright: A.R. Gurney

Director: Gregory Mosher

In a revival of A.R. Gurney’s play, two people write one another love letters over a period of 50 years.

The play features a star-studded rotating cast on the following schedule:

Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow (September 13-October 10)

Carol Burnett and Brian Dennehy (October 11-November 7)

Alan Alda and Candice Bergen (November 8-December 5)

Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg (December 6-January 9)

Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen (January 10-February 1).

This is a charming play, that I’ve seen in previous productions. (It was on Broadway in 1989.) If this production can be said to indulge in stunt-casting (and what else would you call it?) it’s stunt casting of the very highest order. My only regret is that they didn’t cast just one pair of younger performers, like, say, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson

Twitter: @LoveLettersBway

My review: Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy Over 50 Years

canttakeitwithyoulogoYou Can’t Take It With You

Longacre Theater

First preview: August 26

Opening: September 28

Closing: January 4, 2015

Playwrights: George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

Director:  Scott Ellis

Cast: James Earl Jones, Kristine Nielsen and Elizabeth Ashley lead a cast of nearly two dozen.

Two families (one deeply eccentric) collide when their children become engaged.

First produced on Broadway in 1936, this comedy (by the writing team that was the subject of the play Act One last season), is now on its fifth revival.

Twitter: @CantTakeItBway

My review of You Can’t Take It With You

October:

CountryhouselogoThe Country House

Samuel J. Friedman Theater

First preview: September 9

Opening: October 2

Closing: December 9

Playwright: Donald Margulies

Director: Daniel Sullivan

Principal cast: Blythe Danner leads a six-member cast.

An adaptation by Margulies (Dinner With Friends) of Chekhov’s The Seagull focuses on a family of thespians who gather in a house in the Berkshires during the Williamstown theater festival.

@MTC_NYC

My review of The Country House

dognighttimelogoThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

Ethel Barrymore Theater

First preview: September 10

Opening: October 5

Playwright: Simon Stephens adapting the novel by Mark Haddon

Director: Marianne Elliott

Fifteen-year-old Christopher, clinically awkward and brilliant, is suspected of killing the neighbor’s dog. He sets out on a life-changing journey to find the culprit.

This stage adaptation of a peculiarly-written novel I loved by Mark Haddon was well-received in London, winning 7 Olivier Awards (equalling the previous record-breaking Matilda.) It was especially praised for its design. The director and the designers are the same on Broadway, it is still a Royal National Theatre production, but the cast is different.

@CuriousBroadway

My Review of The Curious Incident

onlyaplaylogoIt’s Only A Play

First preview: August 28

Opening: October 9

Closing: January 4, 2015

Playwright: Terrence McNally

Director: Jack O’Brien

Cast: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick. F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, Megan Mullally and Micah Stock.

Running time: 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one intermission.

The cast of a show called “The Golden Egg” await the reviews in this revival of Terrence McNally’s 1982 comedy, which is likely to be most appreciated for its cast — especially the reunited duo Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, as well as the Broadway debut of Harry Potter veteran Rupert Grint.

@ItsOnlyAPlay

My review of It’s Only A Play: Nathan Lane, Selfies, and Sniping

onthetownlogoOn The Town

Lyric Theater (formerly Foxwoods)

First preview: September 20

Opening: October 16

Lyrics by: Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Music by: Leonard Bernstein

Book by: Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Director: John Rando

Principal cast: Clyde Alves, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Tony Yazbeck

Three sailors spend a day on leave in New York City, meeting some great dames.

I have high hopes for this production, which features great choreography by Joshua Bergasse (based on the glimpses we’ve been given, in videos, in reports from pre-Broadway tryouts, and at Broadway in Bryant Park), and such standards as “New York, New York (It’s a Wonderful Town)” “Come Up to My Place” and “Lonely Town,” as well as some jazzy surprises like “I Can Cook Too.”

@OnTheTownNYC

My review of On The Town

disgracedlogoDisgraced

First preview: September 27

Opening: October 23

Playwright: Ayad Akhtar

Director: Kimberly Senior

Cast: Hari Dhillon, Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman and Josh Radnor.

Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

Pakistani-American lawyer Amir and his white, artist wife Emily gives a dinner party that starts off friendly and turns ugly.

The play, Akhtar’s first, was produced at Lincoln Center in 2012, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

@DisgracedBway

My review of Disgraced

lastshiplogoThe Last Ship

Neil Simon Theater

First preview: September 30

Opening: October 26

Lyrics and Music: Sting

Book: John Logan and Brian Yorkey

Director: Joe Mantello

Gideon leaves his hometown to travel the world, returning 14 years later to discover that the love he left behind is engaged to somebody else, and the town’s shipbuilding industry is endangered.

The show is said to be inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences.

@LastShipMusical

My review of The Last Ship

realthingpiclogoThe Real Thing

American Airlines Theater

First preview: October 2

Opening: October 30

Closing: January 4

Playwright: Tom Stoppard

Director: Sam Gold

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Cynthia Nixon

Henry is a successful writer who is attempting to balance his professional and personal lives in this comedy about marriage and betrayal.

McGregor and Gyllenhaal are both making their Broadway debuts in this second Broadway revival of Stoppard’s play.

@RTC_NYC

My review of The Real Thing

November:

theriverlogoThe River

Circle in the Square Theater

First preview: October 31

Opening: November 16

Closing: January 25

Playwright: Jez Butterworth

Director: Ian Rickson

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly, Cush Jumbo

Running time: 80 minutes with no intermission

A trout fisherman in a remote cabin tries to hook a woman into some night-time fishing.

Two words: Hugh Jackman.

@TheRiverPlay

sideshowlogoSide Show

St. James Theater

First preview: October 28

Opening: November 17

Lyrics by: Bill Russell

Music by: Henry Kreiger

Book by: Bill Russell with additional material by Bill Condon

Director: Bill Condon

Principal cast: Erin Davie, Emily Padgett

The Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, were in real life conjoined twins who were trained by their guardians to become performers, and became the highest paid performers on the vaudeville circuit. “Side Show” purports to tell their story.

This “reimagined” revival of the 1997 musical was well-received in D.C., and is one of the most anticipated shows of the season, hugely leading (as of this writing) my Broadway Fall 2014 preference poll

@SideshowBway

delicatebalancelogoA Delicate Balance

John Golden Theater

Playwright: Edward Albee

Director: Pam MacKinnon

First preview: October 20

Opening: November 20

Closes: February 22

Running time: 2 hours and 55 minutes, including 2 intermissions

Cast: Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Claire Higgins and Martha Plimpton.

A long-married couple must maintain their equilibrium as over the course of a weekend they welcome home their 36-year old daughter after the collapse of her fourth marriage, and give shelter to their best friends who seek refuge in their home, all the while tolerating Agnes’ alcoholic live-in sister.

The Edward Albee-Pam MacKinnon match-up, which brought us the priceless recent Broadway production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” promises to do justice with another one of the playwright’s caustic Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpieces (despite the ugly poster.)

December

illusionistslogoThe Illusionists

Marquis Theater

First preview: November 26

Opening: December 4, 2014

Closes: January 4, 2015

Cast:

The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin

The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry

The Trickster, Jeff Hobson

The Escapologist, Andrew Basso

The Inventor, Kevin James

The Warrior, Aaron Crow

The Futurist, Adam Trent

Seven illusionists perform magic and illusion. Broadway is a stop on their world tour.

@Illusionists7

The Elephant Man

theelephantmanlogoBooth Theater

First preview: November 7

Opening: December 7

Closes: February 15

Playwright: Bernard Pomerance

Director: Scott Ellis

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Alessandro Nivola, Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, Henry Stram

Running time: one hour 55 minutes, including intermission.

Based on the true story of John Merrick, a horribly deformed man in the 19th century who was treated abominably.

This second Broadway revival of the 1979 play gives movie hearthrob Bradley Cooper a chance to show his inner beauty. (The deformity is not actually depicted. The audience is asked to imagine it.)

@ElephantMan

A peek at Spring 2015, which is even more tentative than the fall. I’ll flesh it out in the future. This is, as they say, a work in progress:

January

Constellations

Samuel J. Friedman Theater

Playwright: Nick Payne

Director: Michael Longhurst

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal

First preview: December 16

Opening January 13, 2015

Closes: March 15

honeymooninvegaslogoHoneymoon in Vegas

Nederlander Theater

Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown

Book: Andrew Bergman

Director: Gary Griffin

First preview: November 18

Opening: January 15

Cast: Tony Danza, Rob McClure, Byrnn O’Malley

Jack Singer, a regular guy with an extreme fear of marriage, finally gets up the nerve to ask his girlfriend Betsy to marry him. But when they head to Las Vegas to get hitched, smooth talking gambler Tommy Korman, looking for a second chance at love, falls head over heels for Betsy.

@HoneymoonBway

March

The Heidi Chronicles

Opening March 1

Fish in the Dark

Opening March 5

The Audience

Opening March 8

On The Twentieth Century

Opening March 12

 

April

Skylight

Opening April 2

Hand to God

Opening April 7

Finding Neverland

Opening April 8

Wolf Hall Parts 1 and 2

Opening April 9

An American in Paris

Opening April 12

It Shoulda Been You

Opening April 14

The King and I

Opening: April 16

Dr. Zhivago

Opening April 21

Fun Home

Opening: April 22

Airline Highway

Opening April 23

15 Summer Theater Festivals in New York City

NYCSummerFestivalsDuring the summer, New York theater changes radically – thanks to the summer theater festivals. Some are outdoors (the others are air-conditioned.) Even New Yorkers who abandon the city for the summer know of the three most celebrated:

Free Shakespeare in the Park, begun by Joseph Papp in 1962 in the Delacorte Theater which was built for that purpose. This usually has two plays by Shakespeare, but occasionally there will be a Sondheim or other modern classic.

Lincoln Center Festival, which always includes a couple of theater pieces, most often from overseas.

The New York International Fringe Festival, with some 200 plays, musicals and experimental works, half of which seem to be trying to repeat the success of Urinetown, which became a hit on Broadway.

But there are many other theater festivals in New York during the summer – so many that there is arguably more theater to see during the “off season” than during the regular theater season, and it is often cheaper (even free), and frequently cutting-edge. Not all of it is worth seeing, of course, and among the bigger festivals it can be intimidating to choose, although that’s also part of the fun. (Tip: Talk to people on the lines.)

In a departure from what I’ve done in past years (2012 and 2013), I’ve decided this year to offer a general run-down of some of the most established annual festivals, arranged more or less chronologically by the month in which the festival begins. (Several continue through the summer.) Rather than tell you what they are offering this summer, I provide links to their latest schedules, so that you can discover for yourself. It’s a good idea to check out their Twitter feeds as well.

May

Clubbed Thumb Begun in 1996, this festival has consistently offered three new quality, cutting-edge plays each summer.

June 

Ant Fest Started by Ars Nova (most celebrated recently for originating Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Ant Fest is a grab-bag of delights. Twitter: @arsnova

The New York Public Theater Shakespeare in the Park  Twitter: @PublicTheaterNY

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity New York’s premiere eco-friendly/socially conscious not-for-profit arts festival. Twitter: @PCTFNYC

River to River Festival  Held in the downtown business district, this festival has only a handful of what can be called strictly theater pieces, but the hybrids are worth exploring. Twitter: @R2RFestival

Ice Factory Festival Twitter: @newohiotheatre

July

Brick Theater’s Game Play Festival Theater pieces that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance.  Twitter: @bricktheater 

Hot Festival NYC celebration of queer culture. @HotFestNYC

Lincoln Center Festival Twitter: @LincolnCenter 

New York Musical Theater Festival  Some 300 new musicals have premiered at this festival since 2004, including “Next to Normal,” “Altar Boyz” and “title of show” Twitter: @nymf

East to Edinburgh Festival A preview of American productions that will be presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at 59E59 Theaters. Twitter: @59E59 

Fresh Fruit Festival celebrates LGBT culture. Twitter: @FreshFruitFest

Midtown International Theater Festival Twitter: @NYMITF

August

New York International Fringe Festival Twitter: @FringeNYC

Dream Up Festival Twitter: @TNCinNYC 

 

 

 

 

April 2014 Openings Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway

A Raisin in the Sun with Denzel Washington, Velocity of Autumn with Estelle Parsons, The Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe, all opening in April.

A Raisin in the Sun with Denzel Washington, Velocity of Autumn with Estelle Parsons, The Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe, all opening in April.

In April, there are more than 30 shows opening on Broadway,  Off-Broadway or Off-Off Broadway, at least one for each day of the month, although the schedule is more chaotic than that. (Get a load of all the openings on April 21st!) Below is a list, organized chronologically by opening date, with descriptions of some that look promising or have gotten attention – but nothing can be guaranteed in advance (which is why I review.)
* Asterisks are next to those shows to which I have been invited (and plan) to review as of this writing.

Color key: Broadway: Red. Off Broadway: Black or Blue. Off Off Broadway: Green.

 A revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s drama about the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the African-American Younger family, starring Denzel Washington.

Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Marisa Tomei, and Tracy Letts star in a comedy by Will Eno making his Broadway debut about two couples both named Jones who are neighbors in a suburb.

The Threepenny Opera. Atlantic Theater Company. Opening April 7.
The Most Deserving.  Women’s Project at City Center. Opening April 8.
The Heir Apparent. Classic Stage Company. Opening April 9.
The Library. The Public Theater. Opening April 15.
James Franco and Chris O’Dowd make their Broadway debuts in this revival of John Steinbeck’s Depression-era tragedy.
Tony Shalhoub, Santino Fontana and Andrea Martin star in James Lapine’s theatrical adaptation of Moss Hart’s classic theater memoir.
The Mystery of Irma Vep. Red Bull Theater Company at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Opening April 17.
*The Mysteries. The Flea. Opening April 20
A six-hour marathon presenting new theatrical adaptations of some 50 stories from the Bible, by playwrights including Lucas Hnath, David Henry Hwang, Jeff Whitty, Craig Lucas, Madeleine George.
Daniel Radcliffe stars in a revival of Martin McDonagh’s play.
Sutton Foster stars in this revival
 Estelle Parsons plays a women who barricades herself in her Brooklyn brownstone armed with Molotov cocktails against her family.
*Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra.  Playwrights Horizons. Opening April 21.
Kirk Lynn’s “tough love comedy” about a couple who reenact their individual sexual histories with one another, a decision that has repercussions years later.
Annapurna. The New Group. Opening April 21.
Neil Patrick Harris stars in the revival of this musical about a transgender East German rocker living under the shadow of a former protege.
Fuerza Bruta Wayra.  the Daryl Roth Theatre. Opening April 22.
Harvey Fierstein’s play about a group of cross-dressing straight men in a Catskills resort.
Cabaret (Studio 54) Opening April 24
A revival of the Kander and Ebb musical starring Alan Cumming.
The Great Immensity.  The Public Theater. Opening April 24.
The Civilians present a play about climate change.
The Substance of Fire.  Second Stage. Opening April 27.
Inventing Mary Martin. The York Theatre Company. Opening April 27
Red-Eye to Havre de Grace. New York Theatre Workshop. Opening April 30.

Broadway, Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway Openings in March, 2014

March Theater OpeningsIn March, it’s possible to attend a Broadway,  Off-Broadway or Off-Off Broadway opening nearly every single day; many days, there are two; occasionally three! Below is a list, organized chronologically by opening date, with descriptions of the most promising – but nothing can be guaranteed in advance (which is why I review.)
* Asterisks are next to those shows to which I have been invited (and plan) to review as of this writing.

Color key: Broadway: Red. Off Broadway: Black or Blue. Off Off Broadway: Green.

Arlington (Vineyard Theatre), March 2

*Stage Kiss (Playwrights Horizons), March 2. Jessica Hecht, who created one of my favorite magical stage moments of 2013 in The Assembled Parties, stars with Dominic Fumusa in Sarah Ruehl’s new play about two actors with a history thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama.

The Open House (Signature Theatre),March 3. A new play by Will Eno that hints at being about a family.

The Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage), March 3

Middle of The Night (Keen Company at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row), March 4

*Satchmo at the Waldorf (Westside Theatre), March 4.  Play about Louis Armstrong starring John Douglas Thompson

Character Man (Urban Stages), March 5

*Antony and Cleopatra (The Public Theater), March 5. William Shakespeare’s play edited and directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company transposes the action to 18th century Saint-Domingue on the eve of revolution.

allthewaylogo*All the Way (The Neil Simon Theatre), March 6. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) plays LBJ, from 1963, when an assassin’s bullet catapults him into the presidency through the his first year of office, handling civil rights legislation and the beginning of the Vietnam War. Playwright Schenkkan won the Pulitzer Prize for The Kentucky Cycle, a marathon set of plays which took a grim view of the violent founding of the American West.

The Architecture of Becoming (Women’s Project Theater at New York City Center Stage II), March 6

No Exit (Pearl Theatre Company), March 9

Hand to God (MCC Theater at the Lortel), March 10

Stockholm (One Year Lease Theater Company at 59E59 Theaters), March 12

50 Shades! The Musical (Elektra Theater), March 12

Rocky*Rocky (Winter Garden), March 13. The new stage production based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name.

Sir Patient Fancy (The Wild Project), March 15

Appropriate (Signature Theatre), March 16. This new play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins focuses on family confrontation in an old Arkansas plantation after the death of the patriarch and the discovery of a gruesome relic and a surprise visitor.

Alone in Triptych (Concrete Temple Theatre at HERE), March 16

Dark Water (MTWorks at The Theater at the 14th Street Y), March 17

Tales From Red Vienna (MTC at City Center) , March 18

aladdinlogo*Aladdin (New Amsterdam), March 20. Based on the 1992 Disney animated movie, Aladdin tell the story of a poor street kid who falls in love with a princess, is imprisoned but discovers the secrets of a magic lamp.

Hounds of War (Dorothy Strelsin Theatre), March 21

*Les Miserables (Imperial Theatre) March 23. Cameron Mackintosh returns to Broadway with the 25th-anniversary production of Les Misérables, with new orchestrations.

And Baby Makes Seven (New Ohio Theatre), March 23

lesmislogo*Mothers and Sons (John Golden Theatre), March 24. Tyne Daly stars in Terrence McNally’s play about a mother who pays a surprise visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s ex-partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son.

Beyond Therapy (TACT at The Beckett), March 25, A revival of the Christopher Durang farce about lovelorn singles and their wigged-out shrinks.

Hellman vs. McCarthy (Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex’s June Havoc Theatre), March 26

MothersandSonslogoJasper in Deadland (Prospect Theater Company at the West End Theatre in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew), March 26

King Lear (Theatre for a New Audience), March 27

If/Then (Richard Rodgers Theatre), March 30. On the verge of turning 40, Elizabeth (Idina Menzel) moves to New York City, the ultimate city of possibility, intent on a fresh start – new home, new friends, and hopes for a resurgent career.

IfThenlogoI Remember Mama (Transport Group at the Gym at Judson), March 30

A Second Chance (Public Theater), March 30

Heathers: The Musical (New World Stages), March 31

Off-Broadway Openings in February, 2014

February2014OffBroadwayFebruary a fallow month for theater? Feh.

While it’s true there are only two plays scheduled to open in February on Broadway, there are far more Off-Broadway, part of a vibrant Off-Broadway Spring 2014 season. Below are promising shows Off-Broadway, organized chronologically by opening dates. You can attend many of these shows, and many others Off-Broadway, for just $20,  through the 20at20 promotion, if you purchase tickets to the shows anytime up to February 9th.

*Almost, Maine, by John Cariani. Produced by Transport Group at the Gym at Judson. Opening February 4.
Salty waitresses, lost tourists, tough and not-so-tough women and men crack open some beer, start their snowmobiles, pitch a tent, and gather under the northern lights to try to make sense of this strange thing called love. Since its short-lived New York debut, Almost, Maine has become one of the most produced plays around the world.

Riding the Midnight Train with Billy Hayes. Produced by Barbara Ligeti at St. Luke’s Theatre. Opening February 5.

*The Tribute Artist, by Charles BuschProduced by Primary Stages at 59E59. Opening February 9.
Charles Busch is an out-of-work female impersonator who, when his elderly landlady dies in her sleep, takes on her identity in order to hang on to her valuable Greenwich Village townhouse.

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. Produced by Matt Murphy Productions at The 777 Theatre. Opening February 9.

* Dinner with Friends, by Donald Margulies, a revival. Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company at the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for the Performing Arts. Opening February 13.

A revival of the Pulitzer Prize winning play about two couples who have been inseparable. But when one marriage unexpectedly crumbles, the couples’ lives begin to veer in opposite directions.

The Chocolate Show! A Tasty New Musical. Produced by Golly Gee Productions at the 47th Street Theatre. Opening February 14.

*Transport. Produced by Irish Rep. Opening February 16.
With a book by  Thomas Keneally (Schindler’s List) and music and lyrics by Larry Kirwan (New York City band Black 47), this musical follows the uneasy ocean voyage of Irish women who were sentenced and then exiled to the relatively uninhabited south coast of Australia in the mid-19th Century.

Bikeman: The 9/11 Theatrical Experience. Produced by Marc Agger at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. OpeningFebruary 18.

*Love and Information by Caryll Churchill. Produced by New York Theatre Workshop at the Minetta Lane. Opening February 19.
Caryl Churchill returns for her seventh American premiere at New York Theatre Workshop with a theatrical kaleidoscope exploring more than a hundred characters as they try to make sense of what they find out,

My Mother Has 4 Noses, by Jonatha BrookeProduced by Patrick Rains at The Duke on 42nd Street. Opening February 20.

Kung Fu. Produced by Signature Theatre. Opening February 24;
Cole Horibe (So You Think You Can Dance) stars as Bruce Lee in David Henry Hwang’s new theater piece blending dance, Chinese opera, martial arts and drama to depict Lee’s journey from troubled Hong Kong youth to martial arts legend.

*London Wall. Produced by Mint Theatre. Opening February 24.
In this 1931 play, John Van Druten explores the tumultuous lives and love affairs of the women employed as shorthand typists in a busy solicitor’s office in 1930’s London

Ode to Joy. Produced by Rattlestick Productions at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Opening February 27.
This play written and directed by Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss, The Dying Gaul) tells the story of love, heartbreak, addiction, and illness through the eyes of Adele, an audacious painter and her destructive relations with Mala and Bill, her two lovers.

This list is provided by The League of Off Broadway Theatres and Producers.  20at20 is a promotion by the Off-Broadway Theater Alliance. The descriptions of the shows come from the shows themselves; nothing is guaranteed in advance of course, which is why I review.

* Asterisks are next to those shows to which I have been invited (and plan) to review as of this writing.

Winter Theater Festivals in New York City 2014

Winter theater festivals in New York: COIL, Under the Radar, American Realness, Frigid Festival

Winter theater festivals in New York: COIL, Under the Radar, American Realness, Frigid Festival

January is the month for theater festivals in New York – more than at any time other than the summer - and the stars are out this year in them: Muhammed Ali and Mike Tyson, Star Trek’s Captain William Kirk, and Rodney King (“Can we get along”) 

These are characters in some of the many offerings, which tend toward the avant-garde and the international. Where else can you attend a show in a taxicab? (See “Take Me Home” in the Other Forces Festival, below.)

Many of the productions are more reliably classified as performance art, often incorporating more dance and music and….noodling around… than anything resembling traditional theater. The ticket prices are also a lot cheaper than traditional theater.

APAP2014The reason for these festivals, which have arisen within the last decade to fill what was previously a fallow period, is the presence of the thousands of attendees from throughout the nation at the annual convention of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, or, as it’s known this year, APAP/NYC 2014, running from January 10th-14th.

There are several changes this year. The Public Theater’s new Festival Lounge at 425 Lafayette St. will serve as the official late-night “hub” for four of these festivals. Many of the venues are, for the first time, in Brooklyn.

Special Effects

Jan 9 – 12

The Wild Project

195 East 3rd Street

NickLehaneChimpanzeeI put this first because it’s new this year, and it only runs for four days. It has a listed Twitter feed – @pform — but as of this writing no Tweets. My favorite of the shows, based on descriptions on this festival’s website, is Chimpanzee, in which puppeteer Nick Lehane presents an aging, isolated chimpanzee who “pieces together the fragments of her childhood raised with humans.”

 

COIL


Performance Space 122
Friday, Jan 3 – Sun, Jan 19

Twitter feed: @PS122

In the words of the festival organizers” full of contemporary, textured, global, local, contemplative, grounded, rigorous, and always very live performance.”

Of the  offerings this year, seven are explicitly labeled theater (although sometimes “performance” or “theater, dance, performance”:

Tyson v AliTyson vs. Ali
With the help of “new-media stagecraft”, the boxers (both video footage and flesh-and-blood performers) spar with one another for nine rounds.
3LD Art & Technology Center
80 Greenwich Street

Muazzez
Steve Mellor performs show by Mac Wellman based on his short stories, A Chronicle Of The Madness Of Small Worlds.
The Chocolate Factory
5-49 49th Ave
Long Island City, Queens

ShatnerAsteriskAn Evening with William Shatner Asterisk
Remixing video of William Shatner as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, and mixing it with live performance.
New Ohio Theatre
154 Christopher St.

House of Dance
Tina Satter’s highly stylized theatrical take on a dance competition.
Abrons Arts Center
486 Grand Street

Bronx Gothic
In Okwui Okpokwasili’s “partially true” solo show, two 11-year old girls pass secret notes in the sex-saturated 1980′s.
Danspace Project
131 E. 10th Street

The Angola Project
Solo performances by Jeremy Xido about his journey attempting to finance a film, while constructing a movie in real time from fragments of film
The Invisible Dog Art Center
51 Bergen Street
Brooklyn

Have I No Mouth
From Dublin’s Brokentalkers theater,  actual mother and son Ann Cannon and Feidlim Cannon attempt to piece together the truth in the aftermath of a family tragedy.
 Baryshnikov Arts Center
450 W 37th Street

UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL

Public Theater

Wed, Jan 9 – Sun, Jan 20

Twitter: @UTRFestival

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, which makes it the Grandaddy of New York’s January theater festivals, this year UTR offers 16 works of cutting-edge theater. Performances, unless otherwise indicated, are at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street.

The Record

In this piece by Brooklyn’s 600 Highwaymen theater company, 45 strangers come together for 61 minutes to show us who they are.

El Año en Que Nací

Argentinian Lola Arias tells the story of eleven Chileans born under Pinochet’s dictatorship who take to the stage to reconcile Chile’s troubled past. In Spanish with English supertitles.
La MaMa
74 E 4th Street

JohnHodgman

I Stole Your Dad

John Hodgman of The Daily Show with John Stewart  offers what sounds like a stand-up routine – - observations on “how to dress like a young and relevant person, fax machines and other obsolete technology, marihuana and Downton Abbey” etc. etc.

The Room Nobody Knows

Kuro Tanino (formerly a psychiatrist), offers a dreamlike world of two brothers hidden deep within Tokyo’s metropolis. In Japanese with English supertitles.
Japan Society
333 E 47th Street

Helen & Edgar

Edgar Oliver, a regular storyteller at The Moth, tells the story of his strange childhood in Savannah, Georgia and his mother’s struggle with madness.

FEAST

Andrew Ondrejcak presents the last meal prepared and consumed by the King and his concubines during the collapse of Babylon.

Sacred Stories

Toshi Reagon performs four concerts at Joe’s Pub. Sheand BIGLovely are doing one performance of The Temptation of St. Anthony and Zinnias, an opera by her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon  and Robert Wilson, on Sunday, January 19.

Black Out

BlackoutUTRPhilippe Saire’s multimedia dance performance that “contemplates the randomness of mortality in a world of genocide, disease, epidemics, and senseless violence.”
La MaMa
74 East 4th Street

BigMouth

Valentijn Dhaenens pays tribute to “2,500 years of oration,” which I hope means making speeches.  In Dutch, French, German, and English with English supertitles.

Rodney King

Roger Guenveur Smith, who previously presented a solo show of Black Panther Huey Newton, now presents the life of Rodney King, the man whose beating at the hands of the Los Angeles Police Department, captured on video, sparked the Los Angeles riots.

JDX – a public enemy

An update on Ibsen’s An Enemy of The People from Belgian theater company tg STAN. In Dutch with English supertitles

Blessing the boats: the remix

Rhodessa Jones reimagines the late Sekou Sundiata’s blessing the boats, a multimedia show telling the story of “a man wrestling with illness and mortality.”

Brand New Ancients

Kate Tempest celebrates the divine in ordinary people in a performance that “blurs the lines between poetry, theater and live music” and is infused with the rhythm of hip-hop.
St. Ann’s Warehouse
29 Jay Street
DUMBO, Brooklyn

The Baroness Is The Future

Incantation and dance are used to explore the life of  poet and sculptor Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, whom Dadaist Marcel Duchamp called “the future.”

Eternal

A looping video of a live performance of the re-enactment of the final scene from the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. (Warhol for the 21st Century?)

Frankenstein

“Mary Shelley’s monster has a mate and they are pissed!”

The Freeman Space
181 Freeman Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

PROTOTYPE FESTIVAL

Jan 8 – 19

Twitter: @Prototypefest

Bills itself as the “premiere festival of opera-theatre and music-theatre,” it is now in its second year. It includes seven works for this year

Thumbprint

Influenced by traditional Hindustani and Western classical music, this opera tells the story of a woman in Pakistan who is raped and brings her attackers to justice.

Baruch Performing 
Arts Center
55 Lexington Ave.

Have A Good Day!

10 cashiers at a shopping center.

HERE Art Center
145 6th Avenue

Paul's Case, an opera adapted from a Willa Cather short story

Paul’s Case, an opera adapted from a Willa Cather short story

Paul’s Case

An opera adapted from Willa Cather’s short story about a boy’s journey from Pittsburgh to New York.

HERE Art Center
145 6th Avenue

Visitations: “Theotokia” and “The War Reporter”

In Theotokia, the mother of God taunts and seduces a man taunted. In The War Reporter, journalist Paul Watson struggles to rid himself of nightmares.

Roulette Theatre
509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn

Angel’s Bone

Two fallen angels are held captive by a cunning couple hungry for wealth and fame.

Trinity Church
74 Trinity Place

Sky-Pony

Indie pop rock band Sky-Pony presents four themed performances inspired by the FOUR HUMORS of the Classical World.

HERE Arts Center

Elizaveta

For one performance only Elizaveta performs her fusion of opera, pop, jazz, and soul.

Joe’s Pub

OTHER FORCES

Jan 10 – 26

@incubatorarts

The Incubator Project
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street

All performances are at The Incubator Project, or at 440 Studios.

Take Me Home

TakeMeHome

Three audience members take a taxi through the streets of New York.

Performed in a taxi

I Am An Opera

 Joseph Keckle mixes opera arias with storytelling.

She Is King

Laryssa Husiak reenacts three interviews with tennis legend Billie Jean King.

Blue Wizard/Black Wizard

Dave Malloy, creator of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, is behind this “philosophical musical fantasia” masquerading as “ritualistic sporting event.”

AMERICAN REALNESS FESTIVAL

Abrons Arts Center

466 Grand Street
Jan 9 – 19

Twitter: @AmericanRealnes

Some 20 works, primarily dance, although theater is certainly an accent in some of these works.

FRIGID FESTIVAL

Kraine Theater

February 20 – March 3

Twitter: @FrigidNewYork

30 shows! A festival of indie theater “where artists are chosen by lottery, and 100% of ticket sales are returned to artists!”

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