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Idina Gets Married; Soo Too. Top 10 Plays. Fall Awards. Week in NY Theater

Late September is a time for…..weddings, apparently. Idina Menzel married her “Rent” co-star Aaron Lohr; Steven Pasquale married Phillipa Soo; and Andrew Keenan-Bolger announced his engagement to Daily Beast editor Scott Bixby

This is also the time for a raft of theater awards, a new stage adaptation of a Julia Roberts movie aiming for Broadway, a raft of new openings – and the top 10 plays and playwrights of the new season.

Week in New York Theater Reviews

The Treasurer Max Posner’s play is called The Treasurer because a grown man is forced to take responsibility for the finances of his aged, widowed mother. But the title also suggests that he will take stock of the sort of debts that can never be repaid – the emotional ones accrued within a family….wonderfully acted, and there are a good number of solid scenes, some funny, some moving. But one walks away from The Treasurer as from a family reunion that wasn’t as satisfying as one had hoped. Mary Jane …Alex, Mary Jane’s two-year-old son, was born prematurely and wasn’t expected to live more than a few days. He now survives attached to elaborate medical equipment, unable to move or speak…”Mary Jane” requires patience – more patience than some theatergoers might be able to muster. Mary Jane slowly reveals more about her life, her child and her hardship as the play progresses, and we gradually come to understand just how much it takes for her to remain both diligent and hopeful.. A Clockwork Orange Alex, the sadistic, Beethoven-loving juvenile delinquent at the center of Anthony Burgess’ 1962 dystopian novel and Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film, has returned, this time Off-Broadway, as sexy young British actor Jonno Davies. He stars in an all-male version of A Clockwork Orange that is less a conventional stage play than a high-voltage homoerotic dance drama. Think Jets and Sharks from West Side Story, except more muscular, and occasionally bare-chested.

John Yi, Joomin Hwang, Jason Tam, Jiho Kang, Jinwoo Jung

KPOP KPOP, the wildly (and loudly) entertaining immersive theater piece offering the audience a tour of a Korean pop music factory, begins and ends with 15-minute concerts by the Korean boy group F8 and girl group Special K, dressed in Olympic-style jumpsuits or sexy black leather outfits, as well as the solo artist MwE, clad in sultry gowns. What may be most impressive about their energetic performances, complete with synchronized gyrations beneath a disco ball or behind dramatically billowing stage smoke, is that everything about them – including all 23 songs they sing – was created, a la The Monkees, just for this show. Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement With its big clue of a title and its two characters named Joe and Jose, one expects “Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement” to be an allegory about the political relationship between Mexico and the United States. But Bernardo Cubria’s new play, running through October 7 at INTAR Theater, is also a broad comedy about the ways Americans and Mexicans perceive one another – or, more precisely, how we misperceive each other.

Awards

Ayad Akhtar and Lucas Hnath Win the 2017 Steinberg Playwright Awards and $50,000 apiece Artios Nominations for Casting Agents Emmy Winners – NY Theater Vets Highlighted New York Independent Theater Awards

Week in New York Theater News

War Paint will close on Broadway Dec. 30 after 300 performances.

Chuck Cooper in Fiddler on the Roof

Prince of Broadway has been extended one week, through Oct 29 10 Most-Produced Plays and Playwrights in America 2017-2018

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling on Harry Potter on Broadway

Judy Parker Gaudio, the co-writer of several Frankie Valli and the Four Seasonssingles, including the 1976 #1 hit “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” died on her 79th birthday

Open House in Celebration of the Drama Book Shop’s 100th Anniversary. Special Guests, Performances, Refreshments.

 

In Solidarity with the NFL

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About 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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