Frozen Breaks The Ice. Indecent Lives On, With Pride! Week in New York Theater

Indecent, which announced it would close on Broadway today, suddenly reversed itself this week, and will play on until August 5.
It seems a fitting Pride Day gift for this backstage play about the first Broadway show to feature a kiss between two women.

Khris Davis and Will Pullen

Sweat is closing today, but TCG is publishing Lynn Nottage’s script. The play, which won Nottage her second Pulitzer Prize for Drama, will surely have a life after Broadway.

Sunset Boulevard also closes today.

Ticket Giveaway

What play has most moved you? Answer here to win two ticket to Horton Foote’s The Traveling Lady

Online Archives – 1

The Brooklyn Academy of Music has a new online archives.


Online Archives – 2

The Royal Shakespeare Company has a new online archives with 3,000 photographs from 200 RSC productions
(eg Hamlet, 1936-2016)

Week in NY Theater Reviews

In A Word

Lauren Yee’s “in a word” is, on one level, about a married couple whose seven-year-old son has been missing for two years, the mother’s grief and guilt causing a breakdown in her relationship with her husband, and also in her relationship with reality. But what most distinguishes this intriguing puzzle of a play is the playwright’s concerns with the concomitant breakdown in language.

The Traveling Lady

Like much of the rest of the body of Horton Foote’s work, which numbers some 60 dramas, “The Traveling Lady,” is poignant, gently amusing, and peopled with believable small-town characters who struggle and strive to be decent, not always successfully.


The stage version as written and directed by British theater stars Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan is certainly an intense and disorienting experience, with a fine cast featuring a spot-on Reed Birney, a stirring Tom Sturridge and Olivia Wilde in a memorable Broadway debut; as well as some attention-grabbing stagecraft executed with technically impressive precision….or all the ample reminders in “1984” the play of why “1984” the novel is so unsettling, fans of the horror movie genre might find more to appreciate here than those theatergoers who have come to the Hudson Theater expecting some special intellectual, emotional or contemporary political illumination of George Orwell’s dystopian novel.

Week in New York Theater News

CATS will play its final performance a Dec 30, after 16 previews & 593 regular performances

(l-r) Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk in The Band’s Visit

The Off- Broadway cast of The Bands Visit will stay intact when the musical opens on Broadway on November 9 — including Tony Shalhoub, Kartina Lenk and John Cariani.


As usual, Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College is offering an intriguing summer of developing shows, including a musical adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees with book by Lynn Nottage and score by Duncan Sheik; and a reading of  Diana, a musical about Princess Di



Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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