Valentines Day Talk with Significant Other Cast

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significant-other-poster-croppedBelow are brief videotaped interviews with Barbara Barrie, Gideon Glick, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Lindsay Mendez — four of the cast members of “Significant Other,” a play by Joshua Harmon about dating, which begins previews today (St. Valentine’s Day) at Broadway’s Booth Theater, and opens on March 2, 2017.

 

 

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Under The Radar Festival to feature Swenson, Osnes in Loesser’s lost World War II musicals

osnesandswensonblueprintwaterwellpublic1Laura Osnes and Will Swenson will star in Frank Loesser’s “lost” World War II musicals on board the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, as part of the Public Theater’s 13th annual Under the Radar Festival. This is a decided departure for a festival known for showcasing experimental theater pieces from around the world. These will still be in abundance at the 2017 festival, running January 4 to 15, with work by artists from Belarus, France, Germany, Indonesia, Lebanon, and the U.K.

Osnes (Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde) and Swenson (Hair) will perform in Waterway Theater Company’s “Blueprint Specials,” which are revivals of the musicals that the US Army commissioned in 1944 to boost American soldiers’ morale. They were created by such Broadway talent as composer Frank Loesser and choreographer Jose Limon, and have not been seen since then.  The performances will take place on the hangar deck of the Intrepid, a decommissioned battleship now docked permanently in the Hudson River.

Below is the entire schedule of Under the Radar shows, with links to the Public Theater’s descriptions of them.

600 HIGHWAYMEN (USA)
THE FEVERThe Public Theater
Nikki Appino & Saori Tsukada (USA)
CLUB DIAMONDThe Public Theater
Belarus Free Theatre (Belarus/UK) 
TIME OF WOMEN

NYU Tisch School of the Arts Shop Theatre

The Bengsons (USA)
HUNDRED DAYSThe Public Theater
Tania El Khoury (UK/Lebanon)
GARDENS SPEAKNYU Tisch School of the Arts Abe Burrows Theatre
Marga Gomez (USA)
LATIN STANDARDS
The Public Theater
Manual Cinema (USA)
LULA DEL RAYThe Public Theater
Eko Nugroho and Wayang Bocor (Indonesia)
IN THE NAME OF SEMELAHAsia Society
Philippe Quesne (France)
LA MÉLANCOLIE DES DRAGONS
The Kitchen
Rimini Protokoll (Germany)
TOP SECRET INTERNATIONAL (STATE 1)Brooklyn Museum
Keith A. Wallace & Deborah Stein (USA)
THE BITTER GAME
The Public Theater
Waterwell (USA)
BLUEPRINT SPECIALS
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Champagne Jerry feat. Neal Medlyn (USA)
IN THE CHAMPAGNE ROOMUTR + Joe’s Pub: In Concert
Jomama Jones (USA)
BLACK LIGHTUTR + Joe’s Pub: In Concert
Erin Markey (USA)
ERIN MARKEY: BONER KILLERUTR + Joe’s Pub: In Concert
PWR BTTM (USA)
PWR BTTM
UTR + Joe’s Pub: In Concert
Becca Blackwell (USA)
INCOMING! THEY, THEMSELF AND SCHMERMThe Robert Moss Theater at Playwrights Downtown
Ryan J. Haddad (USA)
INCOMING! HI, ARE YOU SINGLE?The Robert Moss Theater at Playwrights Downtown
Ayesha Jordan + Charlotte Brathwaite (USA)
INCOMING! SHASTA GEAUX POPThe Robert Moss Theater at Playwrights Downtown
New Saloon (USA)
INCOMING! MINOR CHARACTERThe Robert Moss Theater at Playwrights Downtown
James Allister Sprang as GAZR (USA)
INCOMING! LIFE DOES NOT LIVEThe Robert Moss Theater at Playwrights Downtown

Fences Movie Trailer, Play Review: Denzel Adapts August Wilson

Denzel Washington’s movie adaptation of “Fences,” August Wilson’s 1987 play, will be in movie theaters nationwide on December 25, 2016. Below is a first movie trailer from Paramount Picures — and below that my 2010 review of the Broadway production, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (the same stars as in the movie.)

Fences Review: Denzel Washington Bats It In

Troy Maxson, the character played by Denzel Washington in the must-see revival of August Wilson’s “Fences,” is greeted by foot-stamping cheers from the audience in the Cort Theater, surely the most ecstatic whoops of delight ever for a Pittsburgh garbage collector.

There was a time, though, when Troy was himself a star. “Ain’t but two men who ever played baseball as good as you,” his best friend Bono tells him. “That’s Babe Ruth and Josh Gibson.” Bono might just be telling Troy what he wants to hear, but, however good he actually was, he lived at a time when people of Troy’s race were barred from major league baseball – and from much else in American life. But Troy did play in the Negro Leagues, and hit seven home runs off the great Satchel Paige. “You can’t get no better than that,” he tells the youngest of his two sons. He says this proudly, defiantly, but also angrily, and in resignation.

It is a phrase that, perhaps unconsciously, he means literally. It is 1957, he is 53 years old, and however hopeful others might be about the change that will be coming for African-Americans, Troy is convinced that things will in fact never get any better.

Denzel Washington is not as physically large as the actor who, to great acclaim, originated the role of Troy on Broadway in 1987, James Earl Jones. But through the magic of his performance, Washington sometimes seems as big as a bear, whether giving a tremendous hug to his wife (the incomparable Viola Davis) or growling warning at his son. Other times, he seems both small and small-minded. Troy is a compulsive storyteller (“you got more stories than the devil got sinners”), an expansive charmer, and also an embittered, limited and illiterate black man; orderly, hard-working, dutiful; stubborn, unreasonable, irresponsible — a complex and believable human being, and Washington embraces this character in all his mercurial contradictions.

It is a different interpretation than the original one of a giant fenced-in by circumstances, but it is one of the many things that work in a production that does justice to August Wilson’s deeply moving play.

“Fences” is part of what is sometimes called the Pittsburgh Cycle, 10 plays, one for each decade of the 20th century, that was August Wilson’s singular achievement, written over more than two decades and completed the year of his death in 2005. They all offer specific details of time and place and character and yet, individually and taken together, provide nothing less than a portrait of the African-American experience. “Fences” was only the second he wrote in the cycle, and is not the best of them – although good enough to have won every big theater award, from the Tony Award for Best Play to the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and for Frank Rich to have written: “’Fences’ leaves no doubt that Mr. Wilson is a major writer, combining a poet’s ear for vernacular with a robust sense of humor (political and sexual), a sure instinct for crackling dramatic incident and a passionate commitment to a great subject. “

Wilson’s later work more smoothly integrates the turns in the plot so that they seem to spring from the characters rather than feeling imposed by the author. In “Fences,” Troy makes a sensational revelation to his wife in the second act that seems to come out of nowhere. (A careful reading of the script shows that Wilson had actually planted clues in the first act, but it still feels abrupt). In a lesser production, the play might from then on have felt derailed, veering into domestic melodrama.

Viola Davis, best-known on stage for her Tony-winning performance in Wilson’s “King Hedley II” and on screen for her Oscar-nominated performance as the mother of the (possibly) abused student in “Doubt,” seemed to me almost single-handedly responsible for keeping the play on track, her feelings shaded, moving, and not melodramatic. She and Washington are well-matched. I am not sure I have ever witnessed two actors angrily yelling at each other with such clarity and control.

The real plot in “Fences” is in the artful revelation of character, not just Troy’s but the people who surround him — his wife Rose, his long-time friend Jim Bono (Stephen McKinley Henderson, a veteran and exquisite interpreter of Wilson’s work); his brain-damaged brother Gabriel (Mykelti Williamson), the older son Lyons whom he all but abandoned (Russell Hornsby), the teenage son Cory (Chris Chalk) — ensemble acting at its finest. Their characters come through in the niggling little arguments (humorous to outsiders) that families repeat endlessly, and in the many stories told to one another of past events and future dreams. Much of what’s happening, as told through incidents on stage but also through recollection, is a tale of fathers and sons, battling one another, escaping one another and becoming one another. Cory wants to play football and has been recruited by a college football team; Troy wants him to work at the local supermarket:

“The white man ain’t gonna let you get nowhere with that football noway. You go on and get your book-learning so you can work yourself up in that A&P or learn how to fix cars or build houses or something, get you a trade. That way you have something can’t nobody take away from you.”

Times have changed, more than one family member tells Troy, his son is just trying to be like him. Times haven’t changed, Troy says; the last person I want him to be like is me.

In addition to Santo Loquasto’s solidly realistic set, Brian MacDevitt’s lighting, and spot-on costumes by Constanza Romero (the playwright’s widow), Branford Marsalis has composed bluesy music for the beginning of each act. It’s nice, but it’s not necessary. This production of “Fences” fills the Cort Theater with music.

Fences by August Wilson at the Cort Theater (138 West 48th Street) Directed by Kenny Leon Original music by Branford Marsalis Set design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Constanza Romero, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, sound design by Acme Sound Partners Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Chris Chalk, Eden Duncan-Smith, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, SaCha Stewart-Coleman, Mykelti Williamson Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission Ticket prices: $61.50 to $131.50. Premium seats as high as $326.50. There are apparently no rush or student tickets available. Recommended for age 13 and older. Under 4 not permitted. Through July 11th, 2010.

Watch: 2016 New York Fringe Previews

The 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival runs Friday, August 12h through Sunday, August 28th, 2016, with some 75,000 theatergoers expected for nearly 200 shows.

(Enter the contest to get a pass to see all the shows for FREE)

Click on any photograph to see it enlarged.

 

Below are videos of a handful of the shows presented at a press preview this week. Check out times and the location of venues in the Fringe guide

Peregrinus, a performance piece from The KTO theater company from Poland. It is part of the Fringe Al Fresco, meaning a free outdoor show.

Homo Sapiens Interruptus — read my article, From Rock Star to the Fringe,  on Carlos Dengler’s true story about becoming a rock star with the band Interpol….and leave it for the theater.

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Mother Emanuel is a musical about the shooting at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in 2015

In “Walken on Sunshine,” an anxiety-ridden filmmaker accidentally lies to investors about having Christopher Walken in his movie and embarks on a ridiculous quest to get Walken.

In “The Gorges Motel,” a new play written by established playwrights Gretchen Cryer, Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Isaac Himmelman, Arlene Hutton, and Craig Pospisil, “lves intersect in comic and dramatic fashion in a motel that has seen better days in Watkins Glen, New York.  Breakups, make-ups, dinosaurs and a drone attack…”

In “Hysterical,” “it’s the Bandits’ Best Year EVER! Until…one by one, the girls succumb to a mysterious illness. As the traditional pecking order is upended, the girls’ relationships are tested…”

Just for fun, since it’s the 20th anniversary of the Fringe, here are my previews from 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 — and my article in the New York Times in 2001 about the first five years of the Fringe.

 

Here is my 47-second elevator ride/interview with Chris Lowell in 2012 when he was performing in a Fringe play entitled “I Heart Revolution” — which feels a bit like a Fringe play itself.

From Rock Star to…The Fringe

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Carlos D., the bass player for the rock band Interpol, left the group at age 26.  He’s now re-emerged as a theater artist, with a new solo play about his (former) obsession with rock n roll. It’s entitled “Homo Sapiens Interruptus,” and it’s at the New York International Fringe Festival, for five performances from August 12 to August 25th.

He now calls himself “Actor.Musician.Writer.Hiker/Backpacker.Reformed Rock Star.Italian Greyhound and Star Wars Lover”

Below, watch a brief excerpt from his show, and then hear him explain why he went from rocker at arenas to actor at the Fringe.

 

 

There’s still time to enter the contest for a FREE pass to all 2016 Fringe shows. Enter here

Watch Corbin Bleu, Bryce Pinkham in Irving Berlin Musical Holiday Inn

 

Corbin Bleu sang “Cheek to Cheek” with Lora Lee Gayer. Bryce Pinkham sang “Blue Skies,” and Megan Lawrence sang “Shaking the Blues Away” in a preview of “Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical” at the Broadway in Bryant Park lunchtime concert today.

“Holiday Inn,” which is set to open at Roundabout Theater’s Studio 54 on October 6, 2016 is “inspired” by the 1942 movie of the same name starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby that introduced Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” The Broadway musical will have several hit Berlin songs that were not in the movie.

Here is how Roundabout describes the story of Holiday Inn the musical: “Jim [Bryce Pinkham}leaves the lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut… but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda [Lora Lee Gayer], a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend Ted [Corbin Bleu] tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?”

The book is co-written by Gordon Greenberg, who is also making his Broadway directorial debut, and Chad Hodge. It is choreographed by Denis Jones.

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Watch Preview of Broadway’s Great Comet of 1812

Great Comet of 1812 preview photoThe Broadway cast of “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” — minus Josh Groban — sang three songs at the Broadway in Bryant Park lunch-time concert on Thursday.  Dave Malloy’s musical, which is set to open in Broadway’s Imperial Theater on November 14, was exuberantly praised in its various incarnations Off-Broadway, including by me.

The story: Natasha (Denee Benton) is a beautiful ingénue visiting Moscow while she waits for her beloved fiancé Andrey to return from the war. In a moment of indiscretion, she is seduced by the dashing but already married Anatole (Lucas Steele) and her position in society is ruined. Her only hope lies with Pierre (Josh Groban),  the lonely outsider whose love and compassion for Natasha may be the key to her redemption… and to the renewal of his own soul.

The Prologue introduces the characters and the plot of the show, which is based on a sliver of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

 

Denee Benton, who will portray Natasha on Broadway, sings “No One Else”

Lulu Fall as Helen sang “Charming.” The role will be played on Broadway by Amber Gray.

It’s interesting to compare these videos with three made at a Broadway in Bryant Park concert three years ago. Many of the cast members in the 2013 production, such as Amber Gray and Brittain Ashford, will be on Broadway as well.

Brittain Ashford will be playing Sonya again on Broadway:

New York Musical Festival 2016 Preview

An icon sings about an icon. A self-declared “ghetto-hippie-Arab-commie–China doll” sings about her mysterious Muslim father. Tinkerbell stars in one musical. Another is based on a real-life shooting in an Amish schoolhouse.

These are among the 18 new musicals being given full productions at the 13th annual New York Musical Festival, or NYMF, which runs through August 7. Watch songs from eight of them below, arranged alphabetically by show title. (The titles are linked to the show’s page on the NYMF website. Twitter feeds are also listed)

Children of Salt

Unexpected meetings and unleashed memories greet Raul during what he had expected to be just a quick visit home to visit his ailing grandmother.

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Eh Dah? Questions for My Father
A one-woman musical written by and starring self-declared “ghetto-Hippie-Arab-Commie-China Doll” Aya Aziz, who riffs on Islamaphobia and her search for her Muslim family.

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Forest Boy
“On September 5th, 2011, a boy appeared in Berlin claiming to have lived in the forest with his father for the past five years. He had no memory of his past – only that his name was Ray and he travelled to Berlin following the death of his father in the woods. What followed were nine months of speculation, police inquiry, and a global media frenzy, as the mystery of the Forest Boy slowly unravelled.
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Icon

Donna McKechnie (the original Cassie in A Chorus Line) and Tony Sheldon (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) star in this musical about a young man searching 40 years into the past for the story of the American beauty who married European royalty, lived a scandalous life and died a tragic death.

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Nickel Mines

A musical “interpretation” of the 2006 shooting by a lone gunman of 10 girls in an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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The First Church Of Mary, The Repentant Prostitute’s Fifth Annual Benefit Concert, Revival, And Pot Luck Dinner

From the title alone, this musical would seem to be a fit for the Fringe.

 

 

The Last Word

The Parking Lot Queen of East Cleveland in 1976 wants to pave Paradise and put up a parking lot. Paradise is the name of a restaurant that Jay inherited from his father, and he enlists his friends to save the place — by playing Scrabble all across America.

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Tink!

The backstory of idealistic young fairy Tinkerbell,

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Broadway in Bryant Park Summer 2016 Schedule

For the 16th year in a row, Bryant Park is the site of free lunchtime concerts of current Broadway shows — and forthcoming Broadway musicals (this year, Holiday Inn; Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) —  on Thursdays in July and August between 12:30 – 1:30 p.m

 

 

 

Here is the schedule.

Thursday, July 7

106.7 LITE FM Host: Delilah

Co-Host: Cady Huffman (Shear Madness)

  • WICKED
  • STOMP
  • The Color Purple
  • Matilda
  • Radio City Rockettes

 

Thursday, July 14

106.7 LITE FM Host: Christine Nagy

Co-Host: Catherine Russell (Perfect Crime)

  • Chicago
  • The Fantastiks
  • Motown
  • Finding Neverland

 

Thursday, July 21

106.7 LITE FM Host: Helen Little

Co-Host: Alex Brightman + Sierra Boggess (School of Rock)

  • Fiddler On The Roof
  • Les Misérables
  • Cirque de Soleil’s Paramour
  • The Marvelous Wonderettes

 

Thursday, July 28

106.7 LITE FM Host: Bob Bronson

  • Waitress
  • Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
  • Kinky Boots
  • Fun Home
  • Himself & Nora

 

Thursday, August 4

106.7 LITE FM Host: Rich Kaminski

Co-Host: Dena Blizzard (One Funny Mother)

  • Beautiful
  • An American In Paris
  • Avenue Q
  • Holiday Inn

 

Thursday, August 11

106.7 LITE FM Host: Victor Sosa

  • Phantom Of The Opera
  • Something Rotten
  • Cagney
  • Ruthless

The schedule is subject to change. For details, schedule updates and a chance to win free Broadway tickets, fans can listen to 106.7 LITE FM via the station’s website, www.litefm.com, as well as on iHeartRadio.
Some of the most popular and intriguing videos of Broadway in Bryant Park performances from past years:

March 2016 Theater Openings Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway

The season is suddenly in bloom.

Six shows are opening on Broadway in March, including a musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell; the next installment of Arthur Miller as interpreted by avant-garde director Ivo van Hove; and “Eclipsed” by Danai Gurira, starring the luminous Lupita Amondi Nyong’o making her Broadway debut. March is happening as much Off-Broadway: Gurira has a second play opening at Playwrights Horizons, and let’s not forget that Eclipsed is transferring from its sold-out run at the Public Theater, which is on a definite roll. Just this month,  four new plays and musicals are opening at the Public, two of them star-studded — Homeland’s Clare Danes, The Office’s John Krasinski, Phylicia Rashad — and the other two promising to break new ground in theatrical storytelling.

Below is a selective list, organized chronologically by opening date, with descriptions. 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. Off Broadway: Purple or BlueOff Off Broadway: Green.
To look at the Spring season as a whole, check out my Broadway Spring 2016 Preview Guide and my Off Broadway Spring 2016 Preview Guide

March 3

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Familiar (Playwrights Horizons)

“It’s winter in Minnesota, and a Zimbabwean family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter, a first-generation American. But when the bride insists on observing a traditional African custom, it opens a deep rift in the household.” The play is written by Danai Gurira,whose Eclipsed opens three days later on Broadway.

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Red Speedo (New York Theatre Workshop)

Lucas Hnath (The Christians) writes about an Olympic swimmer who “confronts the lure of endorsements, the perils of mixing the personal and professional, and the unforgiving weight of success.”

3 Mics (Lynn Redgrave Theater)

Neal Brennan takes the stage alternating between three separate microphones, each giving voice to the various aspects of his life – stand-up, one-liners, and “emotional stuff.”

March 4

Hungry (The Public Theater)

As a kind of follow-up to Richard Nelson’s impressive series, The Apple Family Plays, the playwright is writing a three-play cycle about a different family in the same upstate city of Rhinebeck, using the same approach — the discussion of politics happening on the same day as the play itself is unfolding.

 

March 6

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Akosua Busia and Lupita Nyong’o in Eclipsed

Eclipsed (The Golden Theater)

Eclipsed is the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. Written by Danai Gurira, it stars Lupita Nyong’o

March 7

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The Royale (Lincoln Center Mitzi Newhouse)

Written by Marco Ramirez and directed by Rachel Chavkin, the play is “loosely based on the real-life experiences of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion.”

White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Westside Theater)

An all-star cast, including Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and George Takei (but one at a time), reads this play  by award-winning Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, who has been barred from leaving his native country because of his status as a conscientious objector.

March 8

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Disaster

A spoof of 1970s disaster films written and co-starring Seth Rudetsky, using the popular music from that era. Among the cast are Faith Prince and Rachel York.

March 9

That Physics Show (Elektra Theater)

David Maiullo brings his physics experiments to the  stage, demonstrating such concepts as motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy,and sound vibration.

March 10

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Blackbird (Belasco)

In this play written by David Harrower and directed by Joe Mantello, Jeff Daniels stars as Ray, who had sex with Una when she was 12 years old, and went to jail for it. Fifteen years later, Una (Michelle Williams) tracks him down.

Boy (Theater Row)

A play by Anna Ziegler “based in part on a true story” about an adult who was raised as a girl seeking out a new identity.

March 13

Southern Comfort (The Public Theater)

A bluegrass-tinged musical based on a documentary that tells the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia

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The Robber Bridegroom (RTC Laura Pels)

Steven Pasquale stars in this revival of the musical with book by Alfred Uhry about  “a Southern-fried Robin Hood” who falls in love

Widower’s Houses (TACT at Theater Row)

George Bernard Shaw’s funny debut play tackles the crisis of conscience of a young man who comes face to face with the choice between his love and his ideals.

March 14

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Hold Onto Me Darling (Atlantic)

The new play by Kenneth Lonergan focuses on a world-famous country singer who questions his celebrity after his mother’s death, and moves back to his hometown; “it doesn’t go well.”

March 15

Ideation (59359)

Aaron Loeb brings a dark comic edge to this psychological suspense thriller, in which a group of corporate consultants work together on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project

March 16

 

Ironbound (Rattlestick)

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In this play by Martyna Majok, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady (Marin Ireland), is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Over the course of 20 years and three relationships, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. Critically acclaimed when it was presented at the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Bethesda, Md.

The Way West (Labyrinth Theater)

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In this new comedy by Mona Mansour, Mom has entered a new chapter in her life: Chapter 11.  Of course, that doesn’t stop her spending money…or borrowing money…or loaning money. Her daughters stage a financial intervention.

March 17

She Loves Me (Studio 54)

At the parfumerie where both work, Amalia (Laura Benanti) and Georg (Zachary Levi) hate each other. But as secret anonymous pen pals, they are falling in love.

I’m partial to this show.

March 20

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The Effect (Barrow Street Theater)

In a play by Lucy Prebble (Enron) directed by David Cromer (Our Town, Tribes), Connie and Tristan have palpable chemistry with one another—or is it a side effect of a new super-antidepressant? They are volunteers in a clinical trial, but their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work.

March 21

The Wolf in the River (The Flea)

A play written and directed by Adam Rapp that “explores love and neglect, the challenges of poverty, the dangerous cost of shiftlessness.”

March 22

Dry Powder (Public Theater)

The wheeling-dealing of the executives (including The Office’s John Krasinski making his stage debut, and Homeland’s Clare Danes) in a private equity firm.

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John Krasinski and  Claire Danes in Dry Powder

March 24

Bright Star From Grammy and Emmy winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes this hopeful and heart-swelling new musical, directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie. Don't miss this powerful reminder that even in the darkest sky, there's always one… Bright Star. Carmen Cusack reprises the role of Alice, which she originated in Bright Star's world premiere production, and will be joined by co-stars Paul Alexander Nolan, Tony Award nominee Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Tony Award nominee Stephen Bogardus, three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, Tony Award nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz, along with Maddie Shea Baldwin, Allison Briner, Max Chernin, Patrick Cummings, Sandra DeNise, Richard Gatta, Lizzie Klemperer, Michael X. Martin, William Michals, Tony Roach, Sarah Jane Shanks and William Youmans.

Bright Star (Cort)

This musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell tells of the meeting between successful literary editor Alice Murphy and an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II. Their connection inspires Alice to confront a shocking incident from her past.

 

March 28

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HEAD OF PASSES PUBLIC THEATER/NEWMAN THEATER 425 LAFAYETTE STREET, NEW YORK Cast: Alana Arenas, Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran, J. Bernard Calloway, Robert Joy, John Earl Jelks, Phylicia Rashad and Arnetia Walker Director: Tina Landau PLAYWRIGHT: TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY

 

Head of Passes (Public Theater)

Inspired by the Book of Job, this play by Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays) and directed by Tina Landau presents the story of Shelah (Phylicia Rashad) who must fight to survive during a reunion held on her birthday.

 Hamlet10 (The Flamboyan Theater)

In The New York Shakespeare Exchange production, ten actors (five male, five female) play all the roles in the play, including, by turns, the role of the tragic Danish prince.

Stupid F…ing Bird (Pearl Theater)

Aaron Posner’s “‘sort of’ adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull

March 30

Locusts Have No King (Intar)

In this play by J. Julian Christopher, two gay couples work together and even live in the same building. But they are closeted. But When one of them ponders his resignation, the others fear the exposure of their hidden relationships.

1776 (Encores)

Running just over a long weekend, this concert version of the musical about how the founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence, is certainly well-timed — not just to the election, but thanks to Hamilton.  The concert features  Santino Fontna (John Adams), John Behlmann (Thomas Jefferson) John Larroquette (Benjamin Franklin) as well as Andre De Shields and Nikki Renee Daniels

March 31

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The Crucible (Walter Kerr)

This is the sixth Broadway production of Miller’s popular account of the Salem witch trials of the 1690’s, but it is being directed by the experimental Belgium director Ivo van Hove, who made his Broadway debut in 2015 with another Miller play, A View From The Bridge. The cast includes Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo, Ciaran Hinds, Saoirse Ronan.