Summer Takes Center Stage. Week in New York Theater

Summer means outdoor entertainment, much of it free– like the Broadway in Bryant Park lunchtime concerts…

Seeing You, sung by Barrett Doss, Andy Karl and cast.

Watch Groundhog Day at Bryant Park – three songs

…and Broadway Barks, the annual pet adoption event at Shubert Alley:

Acting with Animals: Celebrities dish on their furry co-stars.

It also means theater festivals


June Quiz

Oscar Isaac in Hamlet at the Public Theater

July openings

New York Theater Reviews

Marvin’s Room

So much is so sad in the lives of Bessie (Lily Taylor) and Lee (Janeane Garofalo, in her Broadway debut) as to make the audience fully justified in wondering: Should we be laughing at this?

Yet laugh we do, thanks to the playwright’s subversive worldview, and a production directed with unflashy effectiveness by Anne Kauffman (The Nether, A Life, etc. etc), who is, remarkably, making her Broadway debut.

Seeing You

“Seeing You” [is] a dance and theater piece about World War II written and co-directed by Randy Weiner (a producer of both Sleep No More  and Queen of the Night ), … Let’s  [test “Seeing You” by applying] the six essential elements in any good immersive theater to this show, which may not be the top of the line in the genre, but that fans of immersive theater would surely find worthwhile.

Jessy Smith

Ghost Light

Third Rail Projects, the dazzling experimental and self-described “experiential” company that has created engaging site-specific theater in an old mental institution in Williamsburg (“Then She Fell,” about Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland) and an old warehouse in Bushwick (“The Grand Paradise,” about a tropical vacation), now sites “Ghost Light” in a unique location for an immersive work of theater – a theater at Lincoln Center…we view from above (a balcony, catwalk, or staircase landing) the sort of wordless scenes that Third Rail does so well, vivid and eerie moments of movement

Kim’s Convenience

Before the start of “Kim’s Convenience,” Soulpepper artistic director Arthur Schultz introduced it to the New York audience as “the most successful new Canadian play of the last decade.” The show, a funny but glib comedy about a Korean immigrant family that runs a grocery store in Toronto, has gone on tour throughout Canada, and has been turned into a television series on the Canadian network CBC .

It is now the first show to open in the month-long festival of Canadian theater being marketed as“Soulpepper on 42nd Street.”

Jolly Abraham and Gregg Mozgala

Cost of Living

In “Cost of Living,” an eye-opening play featuring a quartet of extraordinary performances, playwright Martyna Majok offers a tart retort to that sappy Barbra Streisand song about the luck of people who need people, and smashes more than one stereotype along the way. …[W]hat’s most wonderful about the MTC production, superbly directed by Jo Bonney, are a series of unforgettable scenes between the couples that thrust us into an intimacy that is rare in the theater.

To T or Not To T

D’Lo is a transgender Tamil Sri Lankan-American artist, and he explores each of those identities in “To T or Not to T” (the T in the title referring to the taking of testosterone) in the 70-minute show at Dixon Place that opens the 26th annual Hot Festival , “the world’s longest-running LGBT festival.”

New York Theater News

More than 60 artists have called for Lincoln Center to cancel a play backed by the Israeli government. Lincoln Center refused. Anti-Israel signatories include Annie Baker, Caryl Churchill, Sam Gold, Samuel D Hunter, Wallace Shawn, Tracey Letts, Andre Gregory

A Clockwork Orange (based on Anthony Burgess novel) is coming to New World Stages in September, the latest stage adaptation of a dystopian novel/

Dominique Morisseau’s Playwright’s Rules of Engagement, inserted in program for her play Pipeline

New American cast members Carolee Carmello and Norm Lewis perform “A Little Priest”from Sweeney Todd on the Today Show.

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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