Theatergoers in the know have already seen these four shows closing Off-Broadway by the end of March, 2015 – or meant to see them. This is the last chance in New York. (Two of them are going on tour, and a third is on stage in a different production in London) Coincidentally or not, they’re all relatively short.
Between Riverside and Crazy
In another one of Stephen Adly Guirguis’s quintessential plays about New Yorkers on the margins and on edge, the great Stephen McKinley Henderson portrays a disabled, bitter ex-cop and recent widower living in a rent controlled apartment on the Upper West Side, who’s assembled a kind of extended family of deeply credible characters, who in their own struggles are a mix of sympathetic and not wholly trustworthy. Henderson, previously known as a character actor and one of the foremost interpreters of August Wilson, here comes into his own, and the rest of the seven-member cast couldn’t be better.
Jonny Donahoe stars in Duncan MacMillan’s funny, fun and moving show about a boy who begins writing a list of “everything worth living for” to cheer up his suicidal mother. It enlists the audience to participate in unusual ways.
Armed with six guitars, and a young of life of compelling challenges, Benjamin Scheuer tells his coming-of-age story melodically in 15 original songs.
In playwright Jennifer Haley’s cleverly imagined, disturbing future — just a step or two ahead of our present — people lose themselves in a virtual world.