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The Accidental Pervert
Thirteenth St. Repertory Company 50 West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave) 212-352-3101 www.theaccidentalpervert.com
Andrew Goffman play, directed by Charles Messina. What it's about: A boy's journey into manhood after discovering his dad's video tapes hidden in a bedroom closet. Andrew subsequently develops an addiction that continues UNTIL the age of 26, when he meets his wife to be, and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality. Open run, Every Friday and Saturday at 7pm. Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission. Tickets $49
. All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce Of 1914
Sheen Center For Thought & Culture 18 Bleeker Street www.alliscalm.org
Musical. written and directed by Peter Rothstein with vocal arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach, and music direction by Lichte. From 11/09/18; opening 11/18/18; closing 12/30/18. What it's about: a cast of 10 actor/singers and blends iconic WWI patriotic tunes, trench songs, medieval ballads and Christmas carols from England, Wales, France, Belgium and Germany with texts written by more than 30 World War I figures. Cast TBA.
Roundabout at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 West 46th Street
From 9/27/18; opening 10/16/18; closing 12/16/18. Off-Broadway premiere by Alexi Kaye Campbell, directed by Daniel Aukin. Cast: Stockard Channing as Kristin, Hugh Dancy as Peter andSimon,Megalyn Echikunwoke as Claire, Talene Monahon as Trudi, John Tillinger as Hugh. Dane Laffrey, Scenic Design; Anita Yavich, Costume Design; Bradley King, Lighting Design; Ryan Rumery,Original Compositions & Sound Design; Ben Furey, Dialect Coach. What it's about: a woman faces the repercussions of her past in the 1960s, she was a radical activist and political protester. Now a celebrated art historian, the publication of her memoir threatens to split her family apart. Our Review
New World Stages at 50th and Eighth Avenue 212/239-6200 www.avenueq.com.
No sooner did the Tony Award winning puppet musical end its 6-year run on Broadway (22 previews and 2,534 performances), than producer Kevin McCollum announced the first ever reverse transfer of a show from Broadway to Off-Broadway. However, it's not returning to its original downtown off-Broadway home (the Vineyard), but remains uptown at the largest venue of the New World Stages complex. The re-opening (Prison Break), Emily Cass McDonnell (Mercury Fur), Brian Miskell (The Flick), Will Pa will begin 10/13/09 and play Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 and 7:30 PM. Tickets from $86.50 to $66.50. For details about the show see our reviews of the Broadway and original off-broadway productionhere
Because I Could Not Stop: An Encounter With Emily Dickinson
Ensembler for a Romantic Century at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street
Written by James Melo and directed by Donald T. Sanders. From 9/15/18; opening 9/27/18; closing 10/21/18. The Ensemble's second season at the Signature but not a Signature production. Live chamber music will erformed by Victoria Lewis (violin), Mélanie Clapiès (violin), Chieh-Fan Yiu (viola), Ari Evan (cello), jERC Co-Artistic Director Max Barros on piano and soprano Kristina Bachrach. Scenic and costume design by Vanessa James, lighting design by Beverly Emmons, and projection design by David Bengali.
Blue Man Group
Astor Place, 423 Lafayette St. ((Astor Place/W. 4th St) 254-4370.
An extraordinary downtown hit. For details see Review.
The Book Of Merman
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46th Street 212-239-6200
New premiere of musical comedy with book by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro, directed by Joe Langworth. From 10/05/18; opening 10/21/18; closing. What it's about: Two Mormon missionaries ring the doorbell of Ethel Merman Broadway's iconic leading lady, as played by Carly Sakolove. Cast besides Sakolove: Chad Burris as Elder Braithwaite, Casey Martin Klein and Julie Sommer. Scenic and lighting design by Josh Iacovelli, costume design by Pablo Borges, wig design by Bobbie Pinz, and sound design by Raymond Schilke. Plays Wednesdays at 8pm, Thursdays 7pm, Saturdays 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
The Chinese Lady
Ma-Yi Theater Company at the Beckett on Theatre Row
We reviewed this play earlier this summer when it was presented by Ma-Yi's co-producer Barrington Stage. Our reviewer found it an engaging and unusual, well constructed play. Now New Yorkers have a brief time to see during its run at Theater Row from 11/02/18; opening; closing 11/18/18. For more details, see the Berkshire review
Clueless, The Musical
The New Group at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre 480 West 42nd Street
World premiere by Amy Heckerling. Choreography by Kelly Devine. Directed by Kristin Hanggi. With Ephie Aardema, Lori Alan, Sara Andreas, Gilbert L. Bailey II, Dove Cameron, Will Connolly, Danielle Marie Gonzalez, Tessa Grady, Talya Groves, Chris Hoch, L'ogan J'ones, Darius Jordan Lee, Justin Mortelliti, Brett Thiele, Dave Thomas Brown, Zurin Villanueva. From 11/20/18; opening 12/11/18;closing 1/12/19. What it's about: musical version of Heckerling's beloved film with a score that reimagines 90s hits into parodies and yearning monologues for her lovesick characters.
Westside Theatre 407 West 43 St
The Primary Stages production of play by Michael McKeever, directed by Joe Brancato reprises its downtown premiere. From 10/18/18; opening 10/28/18; closing. Cast: Anna Holbrook, Lou Liberatore, Matthew Montelongo, Ryan Spahn and Leland Wheeler. What it's about: 2 men, – the personification of the perfect couple, who happen to have conflicting views of relationships. A turn of events forces them to face the consequences of their differences, and they learn that they are living in a world where fundamental rights aren't always so fundamental. Set design by Brian Prather; costume design by Gregory Gale; lighting design by Jeff Croiter; and sound design by William Neal. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2:30 and 8 pm; and Sundays at 3 and 7:30 pm.
Days of Rage
Second Stage at the Tony Kiser Theater 305 West 43rd Street
World premiere by of Steven Levenson (who wrote Dear Evan Hansen), directed By Trip Cullman. Cast: Mike Faist, Tavi Gevinson, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Odessa Young. From 10/09/18; opening 10/30/18; closing 11/25/18 What it's about: Against the backdrop of an endless, unwinnable war raging halfway across the world, and a polarizing president recklessly stoking the flames of racist backlash at home – a generation of young people rises up to demand change from a corrupt political establishment. It is October, 1969 and unbeknownst to the rest of the world, three 20-something radicals are busy planning the impending revolution from a quiet college town in Upstate New York. But when two strangers appear, disrupting the group's delicate balance, new dangers and old wounds threaten to tear the collective apart. B Scenic design by Louisa Thompson; costume design by Paloma Young; lighting design by Tyler Micoleau; sound design by Darron L. West.
New World Stages West 50th Street
The delightful musical loosely based on Shakespeare's Measure For Measure that played at the York Theater Company's home at St. Peter's last fall will get a second life beginning 5/30/18 and opening 6/13/18. Review of premiere and current productions Update: closing 10/28/18
Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre
Play by Theresa Rebeck directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt. From 11/07/18; closing 12/22/18 Cast: Tyne Daly as Irene, Emmy nominee Tim Daly as Teddy, and John Procaccino as Gerry. /scenic design by Narelle Sissons, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Michael iannitti, and sound design by M.L. Dogg. From 11/07/18; closing 12/22/18.What it's about: Teddy is a bit lost and has found himself staying in his older sister Irene's unfinished basement, which has infuriated her husband Gerry. As Irene and Teddy (real-life siblings Tyne and Tim Daly) struggle with this less-than-ideal living arrangement, they quickly find themselves grappling with the burden of their family's troublesome history. While trying to mend the past, the pair unearths a foreboding danger threatening to break the perilously thin bonds holding them together.
Emma and Max
The Flea's Sam Theater
The first play written and directed by Todd Solondz. A world premiere. What it's about:The illusions and delusions, hopes and despair of the city's well-off and worn-down in a satire of tragic dimensions. Cast: 5 Equity actors TBA. Performances are Wednesday–Monday at 7pm, with weekend matinees at 3pm. Tickets start at $15 with the lowest priced tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. From 10/01/18; opening 10/14/18; closing 10/28/18.
Public Theater's LuEsther Hall
World premiere by Patricia Ione Lloyd, directed by Jo Bonney. What it's about: In the aftermath of a messy divorce and a daughter coming out as queer, Deborah is trying to keep things normal at home. But as black people continue to be killed beyond their four walls, the outside finds its way in, blurring the lines between family dynamics, politics, and the spirit world. How long can family dinners keep the dangers outside at bay? From 10/21/18; opening 11/07/18; closing 12/02/18--extende before opening and now closing 12/16/18. Run Time 1 hours and 50 minutes with no intermission.
The Evolution Of Mann
The cell 338 W 23rd St, between 8th & 9th Avenues
. New York Premiere of musical comedy featuring music & lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen and book & lyrics by Dan Elish. based on his novel, Nine Wives; directed by Joe Barros. from 9.23/18; opening 10/04/18; closing 10/21/18. Cast: Max Crumm in the title role, with Allie Trimm and Leslie Hiatt. What it's about: Follows Henry Mann, a thirty-something single New Yorker eager to settle down…or so he thinks. After receiving an invitation to his ex-fiancee's wedding, he and his lesbian roommate embark on a quest to find Henry's soulmate, his perfect date. Tuesday – Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm.
Fabulation,or The Re-Education of Undine
Pershing Square Signatureure Center's Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatr
Lynn Nottage Legacy production, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. From 11/19/18; opening 12/10/18; closing 12/30/18. What it's about: Follow asuccessful African-American publicist Undine as she stumbles down the social ladder after her husband steals her hard-earned fortune. Broke and now pregnant, Undine is forced to return to her childhood home in the Brooklyn projects, where she must face the challenges of the life she left behind. Next year will also see the return of Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. The cast: Mayaa Boateng, Cherise Boothe, Marcus Callender, J. Bernard Calloway, Dashiell Eaves, Ian Lassiter and Heather Alicia Simms. Adam Rigg (Scenic Designer), Montana Levi Blanco (Costume Designer), Yi Zhao (Lighting Designer), Palmer Hefferan (Sound Designer). The Production Stage Manager is Terri K. Kohler. To read our review of the premiere production of Fabulation go here.
Fiddler on the Roof
Museum of Jewish Heritage's Edmond J. Safra Theatre
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene production, directed by Joel Grey. From 7/04/18; opening 7/15/18; closing 12/18/18. Scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, choreography by Stas Kmiec, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, and musical direction and conducting by Zalmen Mlotek. Sheldon Harnick, Fiddler on the Roof's lyricist, and Harold Prince, the musical's original director, will serve as consultants on the project. Our Review
Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre
Three 1-actsplays by the late A. R. Gurney play directed by David Saint.. From 9/12/18; opening 10/02/18; closing 10/21/18. Cast: Betsy Aidem, Colin Hanlon, Mark Junek, Piter Marek, Greg Mullavey, Rachel Nicks, Deborah Rush. The creative team will Scenic design by James Youmans, costume design by David Murin, lighting design by Cory Pattak, sound design by Scott Killian.The plays are the The Love Course, an observation of the culminating meeting of an undergraduate romantic literature course, co-taught by two of academia's most eccentric professors; The Rape of Bunny Stuntz, an enigmatic story of an overburdened woman anxiously trying to keep her personal life from the throes of chaos while leading a rowdy community meeting; and the titular Final Follies which examinesWASP life in America, about a forlorn Manhattanite searching for the key to adulthood in the most truly, and literally, adult place imaginable.
Atlantic Theater Company
World premiere by Donja R. Love, directed by Saheem Ali. Cast: Khris Davis, DeWanda Wise. What it's about: This is the the second part of a trilogy that began with Sugar in Our Wounds. From 9/26/18; opening 10/15/18; closing 11/11/18. What it's abut:Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky is on fire. A pregnant Olivia's fierce speech writing is the sole force behind her charismatic husband Charles and his successful Movement to galvanize people to march towards freedom. When four little girls are bombed in a church, Olivia and Charles' marriage is threatened, as this tragedy and years of civil unrest leave Olivia believing that 'this world ain't no place to raise a colored child.' Arnulfo Maldonado (scenic design), Dede Ayite (costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), Justin Ellington (sound design), Alex Basco Koch (projection design).
The Gazillion Bubble Show
New World Stages Stage 2 340 West 50th Street 212.239.6200
Bubble artist Fan Yang's family entertainment show. From 2/15/07; opening 2/15/07; open ended. Wed at 11am and 2pm ; Sat 11am, 2pm and 4:30pm; Sunday at 12pm (noon) and 3pm. $44.50 - $64.50 . Run Time:1 hour, 20 minutes (no intermission)
Girl From The North Country
Public's Newman Theater
North American Premiere, written and directed by Conor McPherson/ Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan. Cast: Todd Almond (Elias Burke), Samantha Marie Ware (Marianne Laine), Mare Winningham (Elizabeth Laine), Marc Kudisch (Mr. Burke), Sydney James Harcourt (Joe Scott), Colton Ryan (Gene Laine) Jeannette Bayardelle (Mrs. Neilson), Stephen Bogardus (Nick Laine(, Caitlin Houlahan (Kate Draper), Robert Joy (Dr. Walker), Luba Mason (Mrs. Burke), Tom Nelis (Mr. Perry), David Pittu (Reverend Marlowe), Matthew Frederick Harris, John Schiappa, Rachel Stern, and Chelsea Lee Williams (Ensemble). From 9/11/18; closing 11/04/18--extended before opening to 12/09/18. Run Time: 2 1/2 hours with 1 intermission. Our Review
Gloria: A Life
Daryl Roth Theatre on Union Square 101 East 15th Street
World premiere ofa new play about Gloria Steinem as a symbol of past, present and future change. Written by Emily Mann, directed by Diane Paulus. Features an all-female creative and producing team. Featuring 6 actors, From 10/02/18; opening 10/18/18; closing open. What it's about: Weaves together personal and history-changing moments of the past fifty years, from consciousness among a few women, to the majority tipping point of national and global consciousness that we are now witnessing. Includes Gloria's early adventures as a rare female reporter and stories of the people who inspired her and led her to inspire others. Our Review
World premiere written by J.C. Ernst and directed by Melissa Firlit. From 10/06/18; opening 10/11/18; closing 11/04/18. Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM; and Sunday at 2:30 PM. What it's about: Marla wakes up in a barn upstate to find herself standing over a freshly murdered corpse with the smoking gun in her hand. Can she trust Spencer, the beaten and bound man cowering in the corner to jog her memories of the events that brought them all here? What heinous acts could she be capable of? What ensues is an ultra-violent gangster yarn that features a female anti-hero at the core of the story. Cast: Raife Baker, Brian Keane, Alex Morf and Amanda Sykes. Matthew D. McCarren (scenic and lighting design); Dan Morrison (costume design); and Matt Bittner (sound design). The fight director is Cliff Williams III. Our Review
Vineyard Theatre 108 East 15th Street
New York premiere by and starring Ngozi Anyanwu, directed by Awoye Timpo. From 10/11/18; opening 10/30/18; closing. Cast: Anyanwu as Nkechi, Nnamdi Asomugha as Bro, Patrice Johnson Chevannes as NeNe, Hunter Parrish as JD, Ian Quinlan as MJ. Additional casting TBA. Scenic design by Jason Ardizzone-West, costume design by Andy Jean, lighting design by Oona Curley,sound design by Daniel Kluger. What it's about: Nkechi was a good Nigerian-American girl. She did everything right. Went to med school. Made plans. Then life happened. And plans changed. A first-generation coming-of-age journey of love, loss, and growing. A co-producton with Audible. Running time: Approx. 1 hr. 40 mins., no intermissio
The Hard Problem
Lincoln Center's Mitzi Newhouse Theater
New York premiere of Tom Stoppard play, directed by Jack O'Brien. From 10/25/18; opening 11/19/18; closing. What it's about: Hilary is a young psychology researcher at the Krohl Institute for Brain Science where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is "the hard problem" facing science, and for Hilary the possibility of genuine altruism, without a hidden Darwinian self-interest, depends on the answer. Meanwhile she is nursing a private sorrow. She needs a miracle and is prepared to pray for one. Cast: Eshan Bay, Adelaide Clemens, John Patrick Doherty, Nina Grollman, Katie Beth Hall, Eleanor Handley, Olivia Hebert, Sagar Kiran, Chris O'Shea, Madeleine Pace, Robert Petkoff, Tara Summers, Jon Tenney, Baylen Thomas, Kim N. Wong, and Karoline Xu. Sets by David Rockwell, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Japhy Weideman, sound by Marc Salzberg, and original music by Bob James.
I'm Not A Comedian. . .I'm Lenny Bruce
The Cutting Room 44 E 32nd St
New York productio 2ritten by and starring ronnie Marmo. as Lenny Bruce. Joe Mantenga will direct. From 10/23/18; opening 11/03/18 Running time: approximately 90-minutes
India Pale Ale
MTC New York City Center-Stage 1
The Hello Girls
Prospect Theater Company Theater A of 59E59 comples 212-279-4200 or www.59e59.org
World premiere with music and lyrics by Peter Mills, book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, directed by Cara Reichel, and with choreography by Christine O'Grady. From 11/13/18; opening 12/02/18; closing 12/22/18. Cast: Ellie Fishman, Arlo Hill, Chanel Karimkhani, Andrew Mayer, Matthew McGloin, Ben Moss, Lili Thomas, Skyler Volpe, Cathryn Wake, Scott Wakefield. Lianne Arnold (scenic and projection design); Isabella Byrd (lighting design); Whitney Locher (costume design); and Kevin Heard (sound design). What it's about: From New York to Paris, from ragtime to jazz, an ensemble of actor-musicians chronicles the story of America's first women soldiers. These intrepid heroines served as bilingual telephone operators on the front lines, helping turn the tide of World War I. They then returned home to fight a decades-long battle for equality and recognition, paving the way for future generations. The design team includes Lianne Arnold (scenic and projection design); Isabella Byrd (lighting design); Whitney Locher (costume design); and Kevin Heard (sound design). Madeline Smith is the music consultant. The Production Stage Manager is Emily Ballou. What it's about: From New York to Paris, from ragtime to jazz, an ensemble of triple-threat actor-musicians chronicles the story of America's first women soldiers. These intrepid heroines served as bilingual telephone operators on the front lines, helping turn the tide of World War I. They then returned home to fight a decades-long battle for equality and recogni tion, paving the way for future generations. Running Time: 2 hours, includes 1 intermission World Premiere by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Will Davis. From 10/02/18; opening 10/23/18; closing 11/18/18. Cast: Purva Bedi, Angel Desai, Sophia Mahmud, Nate Miller, Shazi Raja, Nik Sadhnani, Lipica Shah, Sathya Sridharan and Alok Tewari. Neil Patel (Scenic Design), Arnulfo Maldonado (Costume Design), Ben Stanton (Lighting Design), Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Design), Dave Bova (Hair & Makeup Design) and Will Davis (Choreography). What it's about: In a small Wisconsin town, a tight-knit Punjabi community gathers to celebrate the wedding of a traditional family's only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away and open a bar. As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing, one generation's cherished customs clash with another's modern-day aspirations, and ghosts and pirates from the family's past linger in everyone's thoughts —until one sudden event changes everything.
TBG Mainstage Theatre 312 West 36th Street
Solo works featuring new teams of playwrights and composers. From 10/22/18; opening 11/01/18; closing 11/17/18. 3 solo musicals: Scaffolding, with words and music by Jeff Blumenkrantz and with Rebecca Luker and directed by Victoria Clark; The Costume, with words and music by Daniel Zaitchik, with Finn Douglas and directed by Noah Himmelstein; Window Treatment, words by Deborah Zoe Laufer and music by Daniel Green and directed by Portia Krieger. Designers for all: Reid Thompson(set/props), Brooke Cohen Brown(costumes), and Aaron Spivey (lighting).
I Was Most Alive with You
Playwrights Horizons Main Stage 416 West 42nd Street
New York premiere by Craig Lucas inspired by the Book of Job. Directed by Tyne Rafaeli. From 9/01/18; opening 9/24/18; closing 10/14/18. What it's about: Begins at an often-humorously fraught Thanksgiving dinner and explodes onto emotionally and philosophically expansive terrain, as one character attempts to grasp the narratives of his and his loved ones' lives while they slip far beyond anyone's control. Features two casts simultaneously speaking and signing and subtitles and intermittent spoken interpretation, making this equally accessible to Deaf and hearing audiences. What it's about: TV writer, Ash (Michael Gaston) and his Deaf sign language teacher son, Knox (Russell Harvard), see their lives as blessed. Both are in recovery and have learned to consider parts of themselves that might present hardship or social struggle as gifts. At Thanksgiving dinner, Knox signs, "I''m grateful for my family, and for three things I used to think weren't gifts at all: Deafness, being gay, addiction. They are gifts. Each brought to me great clarity." But there's also interpersonal miscommunication, as those around the dinner table coordinate and isolate with each passing statement across lines of deaf (physically), Deaf (physically and culturally), hearing, Muslim, Jewish, Jehovah's Witness, atheist, gay, straight, addict, sober, class, gender, racial, ethnic, and generational identities. The evening's miscommunications and deep-seated familial tensions lead indirectly to an event that threatens to throw the ways they have all come to know and shape their lives and selves into chaos. As misfortunes multiply, the idea of controlling fate, in writing or in life, begins to seem impossible, and the ability to see both the lightness and darkness of life as gifts—to proceed with grace—is tested. Cast: Marianna Bassham as Astrid; Tad Cooley as Farhad; Lisa Emery as Pleasant; Michael Gaston as Ash; Russell Harvard as Knox; Lois Smith as Carla; Gameela Wright as Mariama. The shadow cast: Beth Applebaum, Kalen Feeney, Harold Foxx, Seth Gore, Amelia Hensley, Anthony Natale, Alexandria Wailes. Tue – Wed 7:00 PM, Thu – Fri 8:00 PMk, Sat 2:30 and 8:00 PM, Sun 2:30 and 7:30 PM. Our Review
James & Jamesy in the Dark
SoHo Playhouse 15 Vandam Street SoHoPlayhouse.com (212) 691-1555.
The comedy team's show is directed by David MacMurray Smith. From 9/12/18; opening 9/16/18. closing 10/14/18. What it's about: From the darkness of an unlit stage, two strangers meet, each with a chair and what appears to be the same task to complete: place the chair, then leave. Their encounter in this inky limbo disrupts their awareness of self and purpose, propelling them headfirst into a discourse of understandings and misunderstandings. Performed entirely in darkness, the only light originates from custom-built, illuminated costumes.Wednesday – Sunday at 7pm; Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 3 pm--Exception: NO 3pm show on Saturday 9/15 or Sunday 9/16. Running time is 75 Minutes James & Jamesy in the Dark (2018 Off-Broadway)
New World Stages 340 West 50th Street 212-239-6200.
The long running Broadway hit returns to the Off-Broaway location that's given a long-running 2nd life in a smaller, setting. Cast: Aaron De Jesus as Frankie Valli, Nicolas Dromard as Tommy DeVito, Mark Edwards as Nick Massi and Cory Jeacoma as Bob Gaudio Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design), Michael Clark (Projection Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig & Hair Design), Steve Rankin (Fight Director). From 11/22/17.
Lewiston And Clarkston
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater 224 Waverly Place
New York premieres of two plays written by Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Davis McCallum. These two plays, written to be in conversation with one another, will be performed together for the first time in a communal evening of gathering, watching, and breaking bread. The theater will be especially renovated to the plays unfold in three acts for an audience of fifty-one people each night. First, the audience willwatch Lewiston. Second, the audience will share a communal meal-break during which guests may bring their own food or pre-purchase a catered meal in the spirit of Idaho cuisine that will be served in the space. The evening will conclude with Clarkston. Together the plays focus on two modern-day descendants of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Set at a failing fireworks stand in Lewiston, Idaho, and across the river at a big box store in Clarkston, Washington, together sharing the essential question: what is the true legacy of the great American push West? Lewiston is fundamentally about the past, and Clarkston is fundamentally about the future. Cast of Lewiston: Arnie Burton, Kristin Griffith, and Leah Karpel. Cast of Clarkston: Heidi Armbruster, Edmund Donovan and Noah Robbins. Set design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Jessica Wegener Shay, lighting design by Stacey DeRosier and sound design by Fitz Patton. From 10/10/18; opening 10/25/18; closing 12/02/18. Running time: 3 hours
A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
La Femme Theatre Product presentsk, Theatre at the St. Clement's 423 West 46th St
Tennessee Williams tragi-comedy revival directed by Austin Pendleton. From 9/14/18; opening 9/23/18; closing 10/21/18. What it's about: 4 women in Depression-era St. Louis live and work together in a valiant effort to stave off loneliness and despair. And, along the way, they uncover false idols, and maybe even themselves.Cast: Kristine Nielsen, Jean Lichty, Polly McKie, Annette O'Toole. Harry Feiner (Set and Lighting Designer), Beth Goldenberg (Costume Designer), Leah Loukas (Wig and Hair Design), Carrie Mossman (Prop Designer), Amy Stoller (Dialect Designer and Dramaturg), Ron Piretti (Fight Director), Gary Levinson (Production Manager), Marci Skolnik (Production Stage Manager). Review
Midnight at The Never Get
York Theater Company
Musical with book, music, and lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick, co-conceived by Sam Bolen. Directed by Max Friedman, with choreography by Andrew Palermo, and music direction/arrangements by Adam Podd. Cast: Sam Bolen, Jeremy Cohen, and Jon J. Peterson. From 10/02/18; opening 10/11/18; closing 11/04/18. What it's about: The story of singer Trevor Copeland and songwriter Arthur Brightman, who have the perfect New York romance which in 1965 is against the law. So, in the back room of The Never Get, an illegal Greenwich Village gay bar, they put together a show called Midnight, a nightclub act where Trevor sings Arthur's love songs with their male pronouns intact. But as the lovers hurtle toward the end of the decade, they find themselves caught in a passion they can't control and a political revolution they don't understand.
Mike Birbiglia: The New One
Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce Street, www.TheNewOne.com
) A new comedy written and performed by Mike Birbiglia. Latest in popular previous solos. It's directed by Seth Barrish.Set design by Beowulf Boritt. Opens 8/02/18. review
Custom Made Theatre Co. at 59E59
Kurt Vonnegut's first novel adapted and directed by Brian Katz. Cast in multiple roles: Andrea Gallo, Gabriel Grilli, Trish Lindstrom, Matthew Van Oss, Eric Rice, Dave Sikula, and Dared Wright. From 10/06/18; opening 10/08/18; closing 11/04. Running Time: Approx. 2 1/2 hours including intermission Our Review
Mother of the Maid
Public's Anspacher Theater
New York Premiere by Jane Anderson, directed by Matthew Penn. Cast: Glenn Close as Isabelle Arc—Joan of Arc's mother, Dermot Crowley ) as Jacques Arc, Olivia Gillatt as Monique, Kate Jennings Grant as Lady of the Court, Andrew Hovelson as Pierre Arc, Daniel Pearce as Father Gilbert, Grace Van Patten ) as Joan.. What it's about: the story of Joan of Arc's mother, a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing peasant woman whose faith is upended as she deals with the baffling journey of her odd and extraordinary daughter. From 9/25/18; opening 10/17/18; closing 12/02/18.- extended before official opening by 3 weeks, now closing 12/23/18. Running Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, with 1 intermission. Editor's Note: I reviewed this play's world premiere at Shakespeare & Company in 2015 when it starred their beloved founder Tina Packer. Luckily they've found another star to play Joan's mother and trimmed it to a more palatable length. Review
My Parsifal Conductor,A Wagnerian Comedy
Directors Company at at the Marjorie S. Deane Theater at the West Side YMCA 5 W. 63rd St
world premiere. From 9/25/18; opening 10/11/18; closing 11/03/18. A world premiere by Allan Leicht, directed by Robert Kalfin. What it's about: Musical genius Richard Wagner and his ever-faithful wife Cosima, find themselves in a moral, political and musical dilemma when King Ludwig II of Bavaria insists that Hermann Levi, the son of a rabbi, conduct Wagner's final masterpiece, Parsifal. Cosima spends her last night on earth reliving her past and contemplating her after-life. In this surprisingly comedic and imaginative take on the real life events, Hermann Levi causes Cosima & Wagner to try to control their anti-Semitic views. Cast: Eddie Korbich as Wagner, Claire Brownwell as Cosima, Geoffrey Cantor as Levi, Carlo Bosticco as Ludwig, Logan James Hall as Nietzsche, Alison Cimmet as Dora and Jazmin Gorsline as Carrie/Sophie. Set design by Harry Feiner, costume design by Gail Cooper-Hect, lighting design by Paul Hudson, sound design by Andy Evan Cohen and projection design by Tim Donovan/Bravo Media. Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30PM; Friday-Saturday at 8PM; Matinees on Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM. Our Review
Barrow Street Theatricals at Stage II 131 West 55th Street
American premiere of the Nassim Soleimanpour and Bush Theatre production of Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, featuring direction by Omar Elerian. From 12/06/18; opening 12/12/18. No rehearsals. A different guest actor at every performance. A sealed envelope. And some surprises as Nassim explores the power of language to unite us in these uncertain times.
WP Theater at 76th Street and Broadway
Comic solo by Lauren Gunderson. What it's about: An unnamed woman is forced into her basement when she finds herself in the path of a tornado. Trapped there, she spills over into confession, regret, long-held secrets, and giddy new love. But as the storm approaches, she becomes less and less sure where safety lies. Directed May Adrales. From 10/28/18; opening 11/08/18; closing 11/25/18.
Neurosis: A Musical That Gets in Your Head
DR2 101 East 15th Streetg
From 8/24/18;opening 8/27/18; closing 10/20/18. Book by Allan Rice. Music by Ben Green.Lyrics by Greg Edwards.Directed by Andy Sandberg.Choreography by Shea Sullivan. Our Review
The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center. New York Premiere by Eleanor Burgess, directed by Kimberly Senior. From 10/12/18; opening 10/25/18l closing. Cast: Lisa Banes and Jordan Boatman. Cameron Anderson (Scenic Design), Kara Harmon (Costume Design), D.M. Wood (Lighting Design), and Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Design). What it's about: At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They're both liberal. They're both women. They're both brilliant. But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they're in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen.
Heather Raffo's play that premiered at Shakespeare Theater Company. From 11/27/18; closing 12/30/18. For an idea of what to expect see our review of the DC production.
The New One
Cherry Lane Theatre
A new comedy written and performed by Mike Birbigli and directed by Seth Barrish. From 7/31/18;opening 8/02/18; closing after limited 7-week run.. Set design by Beowulf Boritt.
. The Niceties
.MTC's Studio at StageII City Center
. New York Premiere by Eleanor Burgess Directed by Kimberly Senior. In Association with Huntington Theatre Company and McCarter Theatre Center From 10/12/18; opening 10/25/18. What it's about: At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They're both liberal women, and both are brilliant. But discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and they're in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen. Originally this was part of the MTCTed Snowdon Reading Series in 2017. This production will debut at the Huntington Theatre, move from New York to the McCarter Theatre Center.Casting, creative team, and other listings information TBA.
Irish Rep Theatre Main Stage, 132 West 22nd Street
New York premiere, conceived and performed by Bill Irwin. What it's about: Irwin explores his life and work's being influenced the writings of Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett. From 9/26/18; opening 10/03/18; closing 11/04/18. Running time:90 minutes. The cast besides Irwin includes Finn O'Sullivan in his Irish Rep debut. Set designer Charlie Corcoran. Our Review
Keen Company at Theatre Row
First New York revival of Adam Gwon's musical with new orchestrations. Cast: Whitney Bashor, Marc delaCruz, Sarah Lynn Marion, Kyle Sherman, What it's about: The story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect in unexpected ways as they search for success, happiness, love, and taxis. From 10/02/17; opening 10/17/18; closing 11/17/18.new orchestrations especially for Keen by Bruce Coughlin. Directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein. This little musical has been floating around for quite a while-- to wit our review of 2009 Off-Broadway production
The Other Josh Cohen
Westside Theatre 407 West 43rd Street
New production of the musical comedy that was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical back in 2012. Book, Music and Lyrics by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen, who will co-star in the title roles, under the direction of Hunter Foster. From 10/26/18; opening 11/12/18; closing 2/24/19. What it's about: Josh Cohen just can't get a break. He's single, broke and to top it all off, his apartment's been robbed of everything but a Neil Diamond CD. Soon, though, his luck takes a turn when a mysterious envelope arrives that changes his life forever. For more of what to expect, see Curtainup's review in 201
Peter and the Star Catcher
New World Stages W. 50th Street www.peterandthestarcatcher.com
This show moved uptown from a New York Theatre Workshop premiere. and ended its successful run 1/20/13 but will resurface at New World Stages 3/20/13. Direction by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. Written by Rick Elice. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. review
. Davenport Theatre 354 W 45th between 8th and 9th avenues)212-239-6200 www.popcornfalls.com New York Premiere by James Hindman, directed by Christian Borle From 9/14/18; opening 10/08/18. What it's about: Popcorn Falls, a small American town, whose only claim to fame, their namesake waterfall, has dried up. Now bankrupt, their last chance is a large grant that can only be used if the town produces a play in a week. One big problem: ain't no playhouse. Another problem? Ain't no play.Led by the Mayor and the local handyman, the enterprising townsfolk try to rise to the challenge and prove that art can change the world. Cast: Adam Heller and Tom Souhrada play over twenty roles in under ninety minutes. Scenic design by Timothy Mackabee, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, costume design by Jos Our Review
eph La Corte, and original music composed by Jeffrey Lodin.
Transport Group at Abron Arts Center on Grand Street transportgroup.org
World premiere musical. Book, Dick Scanlan; music, Carmel Dean, Lyrics from poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Directed by Jack Cummings III and Dick Scanlan. From 10/05/18; closing 11/17/18. What it's about: The story of Edna St. Vincent Millay, who at eighteen wrote a profound poem that rocked the literary world and made Vincent a celebity hero worshipped by young women for her unabashed intellect and frank sensuality. She worked her newfound fame, leaving in her wake broken relationships with those who believed in her before anybody else.
the Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui
Classic Stage 136 E 13th St136 E 13th St
Bertolt Brecht's satirical allegory written mostly in verse on the rise of facism. From 10/30/18; opening 11/14/18; closing 12/22/18.Cast Raul Esparza, George Abud, Eddie Cooper, Elizabeth A. Davis, Christopher Gurr, Omozé Idehenre, Mahira Kakkar, Thom Sesma. Directed by CSC Artistic Director John Doyleh. What it's about: a Depression-era Chicago mobster, Arturo Ui, who, with the help of his henchmen, manipulates and murders his way to totalitarian rule of the cauliflower trade. Society, of course, fails to act upon his resistible rise. Anne Hould-Ward (Costume Design), Jane Cox and Tess James (Lighting Design), Matt Stine (Sound Design), Bernita Robinson. Tues.–Thurs. at 7pm, Fri.–Sat. at 8pm, and Sat.–Sun. at 2pm. There will be no Saturday matinee on the first Saturday, November 3, 2018. A student matinee is scheduled for Wednesday, November 29, 2018. There will be no performances on Thursday, November 22, 2018 or Friday, November 23, 2018 due to Thanksgiving.
Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet
Bedlam at the Mezzanine Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres 502 W 53rd Street
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