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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 Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes.



Afterglow
The Loft at The Davenport Theatre at 354 West 45 Street, 2nd Floor 212/239-6200 www.afterglowtheplay.com
Written and Directed by S. Asher Gelman. From 6/12; opening 6/23/17; closing 7/30/17. Monday - Wednesday at 7:30 pm; Thursday - Saturday at 8 pm. Press dates: Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30 pm; Wednesday, June 21 at 7:30 pm. What it's about: Two-act play about Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship who invite Darius to share their bed one night. When an intimate connection begins to form, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty, and trust

Animal
Atlantic Stage 2 at 330 West 16 Street
NY premiere of dark comedy by Clare Lizzimore, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. Cast: Kristin Griffith, Rebecca Hall, Greg Keller, David Pegram, Morgan Spectorand Fina Strazza. From 5/24/17; opening 6/06/17; closing 6/18/17. What it's about:Rachel has it all - marriage, house, career. So why does she suddenly have this creeping feeling? Did she leave something behind? Or is there something in the walls…? Her husband thinks she needs time; her psychiatrist suggests positive thinking. But then the visions start. A darkly comic play about the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival.

Attack of the Elvis Impersonators
Lion Theatre at Theatre Row
Musical by Lory Lazarus in which the soul of Elvis returns to Earth to convince the human race to be his impersonators. From 6/01/17; opening 6/05/17; closing 9/24/17. Book, music and lyrics by Lazarus, direction by Don Stephenson, and choreography by Melissa Zaremba. What it's about: The ghost of Elvis inhabits the body of the most famous rock star in history and convinces his disciples that in order to bring peace to the planet, the entire human race must impersonate Elvis and convert to the new religion: Hound Dog.

Avenue Q
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


Bella: An American Tall Tale
Playwrights Horizon
Co-world Premiere with Book, Music & Lyrics By Kirsten Childs, directed Robert O'Hara; choreography by Camille A. Brown. Cast: Marinda Anderson, Yurel Echezarreta, Brandon Gill, Olli Haaskivi, Ashley D. Kelley, Kevin Massey, Jo'nathan Michael, Kenita R. Miller, Paolo Montalban, Gabrielle Reyes, Britton Smith, Natasha Yvette Williams. From 5/19/17; opening 6/12/17; closing 7/02/17. What it's about: Western musical adventure as a wanted woman of mythic proportions looks to begin life anew out west, Bella (Ms. Kelley) takes us on the trip to escape her scandalous past and bounce into the arms of her awaiting Buffalo Soldier (Mr. Smith).

Black Angels Over Tuskegee
Actors Temple Theater 339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)
New historical drama by writer-director Layon Gray. Cast: Lamman Rucker , Demetrius Gross, Thom Scott II, Antonio Charity, Layon Gray, David Wendell Boykins, Derek Shaun, Jay Jones, and Rich Skidmore. From 1/29/10; opening 2/15/10. What it's about: Based on true events. Six men explore their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood as they become the first African American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Monday, Friday and Saturday evening at 8 PM, and Sundays at 5 PM. Tickets $31.50 and $56.50 Update: Besides move to Actor's Temple, news is that Tobias Truvillion joins the cast which also includes Lawrence Saint-Victor who is now rotating with Lamman Rucker. Open run. Our Review.

Blue Man Group
Astor Place, 423 Lafayette St. ((Astor Place/W. 4th St) 254-4370.

An extraordinary downtown hit. For details see Review.

The Boy Who Danced On Air
Abingdon Theatre Company 312 West 36th Street
New musical directed by Tony Speciale Music by Tim Rosser, book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne, music direction by David Gardos, choreography by Nejla Yatkin. Cast: Osh Ghanimah, Troy Iwata, Deven Kolluri,Jonathan Raviv, Nikhil Saboo. From 5/15;17; closing 6/11/17. What it's about: A modern-day love story set in rural Afghanistan. Paiman and Feda have spent their young lives as dancers in the world of bacha bazi where wealthy men take in boys from poor families, trains them to dance at parties, and often abuses them. The two boys’ chance meeting changes the course of their lives and sets them on a journey to find their independence in this musical fable. Scenic design Christopher Swader & Justin Swader, costume design Andrea Lauer, lighting design Wen-Ling Liao, sound design Justin Graziani.

Brits OFF Broadway
59e59 Theaters
April 4 April 23. A GAMBLERS GUIDE TO DYING written and perfo- rmed by Gary McNair, directed by Gareth Nicolls Our Review
 
April 11 - May 7. ANGEL & ECHOES, 2 one-acts written and directed by Henry Naylor With Avital Lvova, Serena Manteghi, and Rachel Smyth.
April 20 - May 28. THE ROUNDABOUT written by J.B. Priestley, directed by Hugh Ross Our Review
  With Steven Blakeley, Lisa Bowerman, Richenda Carey, Charlie Field, Derek Hutchinson, Annie Jackson, Ed Pinker, Brian Protheroe, Hugh Sachs, and Carol Starks.
April 25 - May 14. FOSSILS created by Bucket Club, directed by Nel Crouch With Adam Farrell, Luke Murphy, and Helen Vinten.
May 9 - June 4. IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT written by Gary Owen, directed by Rachel O'Riordan With Sophie Melville.
May 17 - June 10. ROTTERDAM written by Jon Brittain, directed by Donnacadh O'Briain With Anna Martine Freeman, Alice McCarthy, Ellie Morris, Ed Eales-White.
June 1 - July 2 INVINCIBLE written by Torben Betts, directed by Stephen Darcy, Original Direction by Christopher Harper With Elizabeth Boag, Emily Bowker, Graeme Brookes, and Alastair Whatley.
June 7 - July 2 MY EYES WENT DARK written and directed by Matthew Wilkinson With Declan Conlon and Thusitha Jayasundera.
June 13 - July 2 UNDERGROUND written by Isla van Tricht, directed by Kate Tiernan With Michael Jinks, Bebe Sanders and one more actor TBA.

Building The Wall
New World Stages 340 West 50th St. 212-239-6200.
New York premiere of political suspense drama by Robert Schenkkan, starring Tamara Tunie & James Badge Dale,directed By Ari Edelson. From 5/12/17; opening 5/21/17 ; closing 7/09/17.


Cagney
The Westside Theatre - Upstairs 407 West 43rd Street

The 2015 York Theater product will be remounted at the West Side theater in a new updated, expanded and revised version. From 3/16/16; opening 4/03/16 for an open-ended run--now closing 5/28/17. Robert Creighton will be joined by his original cast members. The creative team: James Morgan (set), Chip Schoonmaker (costumes), Michael Gilliam (lights), Janie Bullard (sound), and Mark Pirolo (projections). Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Thursday & Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. our re-review.

Can You Forgive Her?
Vineyard Theater
NY premiere of Gina Gionfriddo's play, directed by Peter DuBois. From 5/04/17; opening 5/23/17; closing 6/11/17. Scenic design by Allen Moyer, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lighting by Russell Champa,sound by Daniel Kluger. Cast: Amber Tamblyn, Ella Dershowitz, Darren Pettie, Frank Wood. Further casting to be announced. What it's about: It's Halloween night, and Miranda is desperate for a way out. She's drowning in debt, may be falling for her sugar daddy, and is on the run from her date who has threatened to kill her. When she meets Graham and Tanya, a door opens, for all of them. . . but is what's beyond a treat or a trick? Our Review


Charm
MCC at Lucill Lortel Theater
NY premiere by Philip Dawkins, directed by Will Davis. From 8/31/17; opening 9/18/17; closing 10/08/17. What it's about: When Mama Darleena Andrews, a 67-year-old, black, transgender woman, takes it upon herself to teach an etiquette class at Chicago’s LGBTQ community center, the idealistic teachings of Emily Post clash with the very real life challenges of identity, poverty and prejudice faced by her students. Inspired by the true story of Miss Gloria Allen and her work at Chicago’s Center on Halsted.



Church & State
New World Stages – Stage 5- 340 West 50th Street
Play by Jason Odell Williams, directed by *Markus Potter. What it's about:Three days before his bid for re-election in North Carolina, aRepublican U.S. Senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that calls into question his belief in God. The Senator's devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try desperately to contain the damage with mixed results. Cast: Rob Nagle, Nadia Bowers, Christa Scott-Reed,Jonathan Louis Dent. David Goldstein (scenic design), Burke Brown (lighting design), Dianne K. Graebner(costume design), Erik T. Lawson*(sound design). From 3/03/17;opening 3/27/17; open-ended Our Review
 

Cost of Living
Manhattan Theatre Club in association with Williamstown Theater atNew York City Center – Stage I 131 West 55th Street
New York premiere of new play by Martyna Majok, directed by Jo Bonney. Cast: Jolly Abraham as “Jess, Gregg Mozgala as John, Katy Sullivan as “ni, Victor Williams as Eddie. From 5/16/17; opening 6/07/17, closing. Wilson Chin (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Robert Kaplowitz (sound design), and Thomas Schall (movement consultant). What it's about: four very different people, in four very different circumstances, each trying to get by. Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a brilliant and witty doctoral student, hires over-worked Jess, a caregiver. As their lives intersect, Majok’s play delves into the chasm between abundance and need and explores the space where abled and disabled meet each other.


Daniel's Husband
Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane 38 Commerce St
New York premere by Michael Mckeever, directed By Joe Brancato. Cast: Anna Holbrook, Lou Liberatore, matthew Montelongo, Ryan Spahn,leland Wheeler. From 3/22/17; opening 4/04/17; closing 4/28/17. What it's about: Daniel and Mitchell are the Perfect Couple. Perfect house, perfect friends, even a mother who wants them to wed. What isn't perfect is that Daniel longs to be married and Mitchell does not. A turn of events forces both men to face the consequences of their opposing views, and they learn that they are living in a world where fundamental rights aren't always so fundamental. Proclaimed by the Miami Herald as "beautifully crafted, power. Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm.

Disenchanted!
Westside Theatre W. 43rd Street

This is a return engagement of the musical comedy written by Dennis T. Giacino that recently had a successful run at the Theatre at St. Clement's --- Our Review. it returns to Manhattan for an open-ended run starting 3/13/15, and with the original cast.


The End of Longing
MCC Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street www.mcchteater.org)
American premiere of play written by and starring Matthew Perry in his NYC playwriting and stage acting debuts. Directed by Lindsay Posner. From 5/18/17; opening 6/05/17; closing The play arrives in New York following its hit run in London. Cast with Perry: Quincy Dunn-Baker, Sue Jean Kim, Jennifer Morrison. What it's about: An alcoholic, an escort, a self-diagnosed neurotic and a well-intentioned dimwit walk into a bar... Broken and deeply flawed, they find their lives irreversibly entwined no matter how hard they try to break free of one another. This bittersweet comedy aims to prove that broken people don't need to stay broken. For an idea of what to expect, see our review of the play in London

Ernest Shackleton Loves
2nd Stage W.43rd Street
Musical adventure by Joe DiPietro, directed by Lisa Peterson, with music composed by Brendan Milburn and lyrics by Val Vigoda. Cast:Groove Lily's electro-violinist Val Vigoda and Wade McCollum. Production design by Alexander V. Nichols, costume design by Chelsea Cook and sound design and original compositions by Rob Kaplowitz. What it's about: A sleep-deprived single mom who struggles to work as a video game music composer is contacted across time by the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by her music, he shares his epic Antarctic journey with her in video and song. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other. Our Review


Fantasticks
Snapple Theater Center 210 West 50th Street at Broadway, 212 - 307 - 4100
Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones. Music by Harvey Schmidt. Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays at 8PM; Wednesday and Saturdays at 2PM; Sundays at 3PM and 7:30PM Our Review Update: The hit musical will close 6/04/17 June 4 after having played 4,390 performances at the Jerry Orbach Theatre.

Fulfillment Center
The Studio at Stage II - Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series 131 West 55th Street
World Premiere by Abe Koogler, directed by Daniel Aukin. From 6/06/17; opening 6/20/17; Cast: Eboni Booth (madeleine), Bobby Moreno (alex), Deirdre O’connell (suzan),frederick Weller (John). What it's about: A down-on-her-luck folk singer (Deirdre O?Connell) takes a job at a giant online retailer's shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his girlfriend newly relocated from New York. And a drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all.


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)

The Government Inspector
Red Bull Theaterat The Duke on 42nd Street
Adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher from Revizor by Nikolai Gogol, irected by Jesse Berger. Cast: Michael Urie, Arnie Burton, Stephen DeRosa, Michael McGrath, and Mary Testa. From 5/16/17; opening 6/01/17; closing 6/24/17.What it's about: In Gogol's satire when the crooked leadership of a provincial village discovers that an undercover inspector is coming to root out their commonplace corruption, the town weaves a web of bribery, lies, and utter madness. Set design by Alexis Distler, costume design by Tilly Grimes, lighting design by Peter West, with sound design and original song composed by Greg Pliska. For an idea of what to expect, check our review of Hatcher's adaptation in DC, (different actors and director)
here .

Hamlet
Public's Anspacher Theater 420 Lafayette Street
Oscar Isaac stars in intimate new production, directed by Sam Gold. Cast besides Isaac: Roberta Colindrez, Peter Friedman, Keegan-Michael Key, Gayle Rankin, Matthew Saldivar, Anatol Yusef. From 6/20; opening 7/13/17; closing 9/03/17.

Happy Days
TFANA at Polonsky Shakespeare Center 262 Ashland Place
Yale Repertory Theatre production of Samuel Beckett play. Cast: Dianne Wiest as Winnie, Jarlath Conroy as Willie. Directed by Yale Repertory Theatre Artistic Director James Bundy. From 4/23/17; opening 5/04/17; closing 5/28/17.
Our Review
 


If I Forget
Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre
Written by Steven Levenson,directed by Daniel Sullivan. Cast:Larry Bryggman, Maria Dizzia, Tasha Lawrence, Jeremy Shamos, Seth Steinberg, Kate Walsh, Gary Wilmes. From 2/02/17; opening 2/22/17; closing 4/30/17. What it's about: In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father's 75th birthday. Each deeply invested in their own version of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael's controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate-with biting humor and razor-sharp insight-how much of the past they're willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning. with itself. Derek McLane (Set design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design) and Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design).Our Review

In The Shore Of The Wide World
Atlantic's Linda Gross Theater
NY premiere by Simon Stephens, directed by Neil Pepe. From 8/23/17; opening 9/12/17; closing 10/01/17


Julius Caesar
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park
From 5/23/17; opening 6/12/17; closing 6/18/17.Shakespeare directed by the Public's artistic director Oskar Eustis. Cast: Tina Benko (Calpurnia); Teagle F. Bougere (Casca); Yusef Bulos (Cinna the Poet);Eisa Davis (Decius Brutus); Robert Gilbert (Octavius);Gregg Henry (Caesar); Edward James Hyland (Lepidus, Popilius);Nikki M. James (Portia); Christopher Livingston (Titinis, Cinna); Elizabeth Marvel (Antony); Chris Myers (Flavius, Messala, Ligarius); Marjan Neshat (Metullus Cimber);Corey Stoll (Marcus Brutus); John Douglas Thompson (Caius Cassius); and Natalie Woolams-Torres (Marullus); Isabel Arraiza (Publius Clitus); Erick Betancourt; Mayaa Boateng (Soothsayer); Motell Foster (Trebonius); Dash King; Tyler La Marr (Lucillius); Gideon McCarty; Nick Selting (Lucius, Strato); Alexander Shaw (Octavius’ Servant); Michael Thatcher (Cobbler); and Justin Walker White (Pindarus).


The Lucky One
Mint Theater at the Beckett 410 West 42nd Street
Play by A.A. Milne, directed by Jesse Marchese From 4/17/17; opening 5/18/17; closing 6/15/17. Cast: Paton Ashbrook, Ari Brand, Andrew Fallaize, Michael Frederic, Robert David Grant, Wynn Harmon, Cynthia Harris, Deanne Lorette, Peggy J. Scott and Mia Hutchinson-Shaw. What it's about: The antagonism between two brothers: Gerald, who stands in the sun, and Bob, who stands in Gerald's shadow. When Bob finds himself in serious legal trouble, he turns to Gerald for rescue. When Gerald fails to come through, years of simmering resentment boil over in a confrontation. Produced in 1922 in New York, Milne's sixth Broadway production in less than two years.
Our Review
 



Pacific Overtures
Classic Stage 136 East 13th Streetclassicstage.org
Musical by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, directed and designed by John Doyle. From 4/06/17; opening 5/04/17; closing 6/18/17: Cast: George Takei (Reciter), Karl Joseph Co, Marc delaCruz, Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, Ann Harada, Kimberly Immanuel, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh, Orville Mendoza, Marc Oka and Thom Sesma.Tuesday through Thursdays at 7 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 3 pm and 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. What it's about: Commodore Matthew Perry sails to Japan in 1853 on a U.S mission to open up trade relations at any cost as the tale of a samurai and a fisherman who are caught up in the Westernization of the East unfolds. Costume design is by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, musical supervision by Rob Berman and musical direction by Greg Jarrett.

A Parallelogram
Second Stage on 43rd Street
, Written by Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, and Olivier Award winner Bruce Norris and directed by Michael Greif. Cast: Juan Castano,Anita Gillette,Celia Keenan-Bolger and Stephen Kunken. From 7/11/17; opening 8/2/1. What it's about: An existential comedy that questions whether we can make peace with those things we don't have the power to change. Scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Jeff Mahshie, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Matt Tierney, animal training by William Berloni.

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

Pormanteau
New York Theatre Workshop- See Sojourner





Rebel in the Soul
W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre atIrish Rep Theatre, 132 West 22nd Street

World premiere by Larry Kirwan,irected by Charlotte Moore. This previously had a reading with Irish Rep, recounts the 1951 confrontation between Dr. Noel Browne, Minister for Health in the Irish Government; party leader and ex-Irish Republican Army chief Seán McBride; and Dr. John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin, over Browne's Mother and Child Health Scheme—an incident which subsequently changed Irish life forever. From 4/12/17; opening 4/18/17; closing 5/24/15. Our Review
 


Sgt. Stubby: The Great American War Dog Musical
St. Luke's Theatre, 46th Street 212-239-6200
A new musical inspired by the most decorated war dog of World War I, with book & lyrics by Jack Dyville and music & lyrics by Lawrence Wankel. From 11/12/16; opening 12/03/16; open run. Sergeant Stubby has been called the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be nominated for rank and then promoted to sergeant through combat, a claim having no official documentary evidence, but recognized in connection with an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution. He was the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry Regiment, assigned to the 26th (Yankee) Division. Stubby served for 18 months and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American soldiers found him. Back home, his exploits were front-page stories in major newspapers. After returning home, Stubby became a celebrity - leading and marching in many parades across the country. the average American. For nearly a decade after the war until his death in 1926, Stubby was the most famous animal in the United States.Cast: oMatt Weinstein, Meghan Miller, Daniel Joseph Baker, Bryan Ernesto Menjivar, Patrick Steven Bovo, Zach Green, Richard Lisenby, Kate Zulaufand Taylor Grace Sumner. Darin Chumbley, Choreographer. Performances Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 2PM.

Secret
Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater
New production written by Andy Nyman, Derren Brown and Andrew O'Connor, and directed by O'Connor and Andy Nyman. It's U.S debut for the acclaimed British performer and author Brown. What it's about: Explores the experience of mind-reading, suggestion and psychological illusion, challenges the audience to take a closer look at the stories and beliefs that guide our lives.From 4/21/17; opening 5/16/17; closing 6/04/17. Our Review
  Sistas: The Musical
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46th Street(212) 239-6200
What it's about: Musical journey, of a multi-generational African-American Family. The narrative is stitched together using the lyrics of songs that perfectly capture the mood and speaks to the issues of each period and time. In the end, the women find strength in each others' stories and arrive at a way to best honor the memory of their beloved Grandma - a seminal figure in their development as strong and accomplished women. From 9/29/2011/ opening 10/11/; Open-Ended. Thursday at 7:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 pm Tickets:$39.50-$69.50.Directed by Kenneth Ferrone. Written by Dorothy Marcic


Sojourner New York Theater Workshop 79 E. 4th Street
Mfonso Udofia's 2-part plays presented in repertory and directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar.. From 4/22/17; opening 5/16/17; closing 6/11/17. In the first part, Sojourners, a young, pregnant Abasiama struggles with her arranged marriage as her husband becomes seduced by 1970s American culture. Intent on finishing her university studies so that she can return to Nigeria, Abasiama weighs her dreams and obligations as she attempts to move forward. Decades later, in Portmanteau, the full impact of her decision erupts when the family is reunited and Nigerian traditions clash with the realities of American life, Abasiama and her daughters must confront complex familial legacies that span time, geography, language and culture. Cast - Sojourners: Lakisha Michelle May as Moxie Wilis, Chinasa Ogbuagu as Abasiama Ekpeyoung, Hubert Point-Du Jour as Ukpong Ekpeyoung, and Chinaza Uche as Disciple Ufot. Cast-Portmanteau: Jenny Jules as Abasiama Ufot, Adepero Oduye as Iniabasi Ekpeyoung, and Chinasa Ogbuaga as Adiagha Ufot. Scenic design by Jason Sherwood, costume design by Loren Shaw, lighting and video design by Jiyoun Chang, and sound design by Jeremy S. Bloom. Dawn-Elin Fraser as the dialect coach and Janice Paran as dramaturg. Our Review

Stomp
Orpheum, 126 Second Ave (7th-8th St.), 477-3477.
An eight-member music troupe that uses low-cost, everyday object instruments to create high-energy rhythms. An off-Broadway, all-audience,long-running hit (opened 2/27/94). Our Review
OK for ages 8 and up. The age category is probably conservative.


Sweeney Todd
Tooting Arts Club production at Barrow Street Theatre www.SweeneyToddNYC.com
From an adaptation by Christopher Bond adaptation of Sondheim/Wheeler musical. From 2/14/17; opening 3/01/17; closing 4/13/17-extended, now closing 12/31/17. London's acclaimed production of the Demon Barber comes off-Broadway following sold-out runs in London where it debuted in Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop. It's directed by Bill Buckhurst with music supervisor Benjamin Cox and designed by Simon Kenny. The Theater is recreating the working pie-shop environment and traditional pie and mash will be served prior to the performance. adaptation by Christopher Bond, directed by Bill Buckhurst. Cast: Reprising their critically acclaimed performances from the original London Tooting production are British stage stars Jeremy Secomb (as Sweeney Todd), Siobhan McCarthy (as Mrs. Lovett), Duncan Smith (as Judge Turpin) and Joseph Taylor (as Tobias). They are joined by Matt Doyle (as Anthony), Alex Finke (as Johanna), Betsy Morgan (as Pirelli & Beggar Woman) and Brad Oscar (as The Beadle). Secomb, McCarthy, Smith and Taylor will stay with the production for eight weeks only through April 9, 2017. Beginning April 11, 2017, Norm Lewis (as Sweeney Todd), Carolee Carmello (as Mrs. Lovett), Jamie Jackson (as Judge Turpin) and John-Michael Lyles (as Tobias) join the cast. Set and costume designs by Simon Kenny, music supervision and arrangements by Benjamin Cox, music direction by Matt Aument, choreography by Georgina Lamb, lighting design by Amy Mae, sound design by Matt Stine. Our Review
 
Sweetee
Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center
A new musical by Gail Kriegel, directed by Patricia Birch. What it's about: Set in 1930s America, story of . The story follows he struggles of a bi-racial woman named Sweetee during the Jim Crow era. From 5/21/17; opening 5/24/17; closing 6/18/17. Details TBS



Torch Song Trilogy
Second Stage
Harvey Fierstein's play about love, family and drag performance in 1970s New York will return under the direction of Moisés Kaufman. Cast: Michael as Arnold Beckoff (the role that won Fierstein a Tony for best actor in 1983. What it's about: s a single play this takes 4 hours to tell the story of Beckoff, a torch singer in drag who longs for a husband and family as well as respect from his mother, whose visit from Florida is the heart of the play's ending. It originally ran off-Bradway in separate parts: International Stud (1978), Fugue in a Nursery (1979) and Widows and Children First! (1979). From 9/26/17; opening late October.

The Traveling Lady
Cherry Lane Theatre e8 Commerce St www.cherrylanetheatre.org
Horton Foote play, directed by Austin Pendleton. From 6/07/17; opening 6/22/17; closing 7/16/17. What it's about: The tale of an intrepid woman who journeys to a small town in 1950's Texas to reunite with her husband upon his release from prison. Cast: Larry Bull , Lynn Cohen , Angelina Fiordellisi, Jean Lichty, George Morfogen, Ron Piretti, PJ Sosko, Jill Tanner, Karen Ziemba.Harry Feiner (Scenic & Lighting Design), Theresa Squire (Costume Design), Ryan Rumery (Sound Design & Original Compositions), Paul Huntley (Wig Design), Amy Stoller (Dialect Design & Dramaturg).


Vanity Fair
Pearl Theater 555 West 42nd Street pearltheatre.org; 212.563.9261
World premiere of Kate Hamill adaptation of William Thackeray's novel, directed by Eric Tucker. From 3/24/17; opening 4/02/17; closing 5/27/17. Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission. Cast: Pearl Resident Acting Company members Joey Parsons and Brad Heberlee; also Zack Fine, Tom O'Keefe, Ryan Quinn, and Debargo Sanyal. Sandra Goldmark (Set), Valerie Therese Bart (Costumes), Seth Reiser (Lights).
Our Review
 

Venus
Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks. Directed By Lear deBessonet. Cast: Hannah Cabell, John Ellison Conlee , Randy Danson, Adam Green, Birgit Huppuch,Zainab Jah, Kevin Mambo , Patrena Murray, Reynaldo Piniella, Julian Rozzell, Tony Torn.Matt Saunders (Scenic Design), Emilio Sosa (Costume Design), Justin Townsend (Lighting Design), Brandon Wolcott (Sound Design and Original Music), Danny Mefford (Choreographer), Thomas Schall (Fight Director). What it's about: Traveling from her home in southern Africa for what she hoped would be a better life, Saartjie Baartman became an unfortunate star on the 19th Century London freak show circuit. This Obie Award-winning play gives vibrant life to the story of Baartman's journey to London, her rise to fame as the Hottentot Venus, and her eventual relationship with a French scientist. Inspired by the true story of Baartman, Venus is a tragic-carnival, an intense and devastating journey honoring the life of Baartman and examining the way we live and love today.This, part of the playwright's residency series, first ran at the Public Theater in199y, under the direction of Richard Foreman.From 4/25/17; opening 5/15/17;closing 6/04/17. All tickets for the initial run of the production are $30 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. Our Review



The Whirligig
The New Group at Pershing Square Signature Center's Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
World premiere by Hamish Linklater, directed by Scott Elliott. Cast: Noah Bean (Patrick), Norbert Leo Butz (Michael), Jon DeVries (Mr. Biacco), Alex Hurt (Greg), Zosia Mamet (Trish), Jonny Orsini (Derrick), Grace Van Patten (Julie) and Dolly Wells (Kristina). Scenic Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Clint Ramos, Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter, Sound Design by M.L. Dogg, Original Music by Duncan Sheik, Special Effects Design by Jeremy Chernick and Fight Direction by UnkleDave's Fight-House. Production Stage Manager is Valerie A. Peterson. From 5/04/17; opening 5/21/17; closing 6/18/17. What it's about: When, after much time away, Kristina is back in Berkshire County, word spreads fast that she and her ex-husband Michael are caring for their estranged, ailing daughter Julie. Broken-hearted and giddy with love and confusion, surprising visitors from Julie's complicated past practically trip over each other to reach the young woman they thought they'd lost years before but still feel so deeply connected to. (2017 Off-Broadway) Our Review
 


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