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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

Ah, Wilderness!
The Sheen Center in The Black Box Theater 18 Bleecker Street 212-925-2812
). Eugene O'Neill's sunniest play Performances are Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30pm and Saturdays at 2pm & 7:30pm.m. From 1/25/19; opening 1/26/19; closing 2/17/19. Cast:Peter Calvin Atkinson, Sean Cleary, Ken Trammel, Lynn Laurence, Ted McGuinness, Renee Petrofes, Jim Haines, Megan McDevitt, Heather Olson, Natalie Pavelek, Mark J Quiles, Hugh Sinclair, Marshall Taylor Thurman and Douglas Wann).

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.

Apologia
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
 

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 productionhereClosing 4/28/19 after a 15-year run.


Blueberry Hill
59E59 Theaters
Us premere by Sebastian Barry and directed by Jim Culleton. Originally produced and acclaime as part of Following the critically-acclaimed world premiere production as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2017. Cast: Niall Buggy and David Ganly as two men in an unlikely and inseparable companionship. from 1/08/19/ opening 1/13/19;closing 2/03/19. Tuesday – Friday at 7:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 7:15 PM; Sunday at 2:15 PM.

Blue Ridge
Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater 336 West 20th St

Frp, 12/12/18; opens 1/07/18; closing 1/27/18. Cast: Kyle Beltran, Marin Ireland, Peter Mark Kendall, Nicole Lewis, Kristolyn Lloyd, and Chris Stack. What it's about: A progressive high-school teacher with a rage problem retaliates against her unscrupulous boss and is sentenced to six months at a church-sponsored halfway house, where she attends to everyone's recovery but her own. Set in Southern Appalachia, is a pitch-dark comedy about heartbreak, hell-raising and healing.Scenic design by Adam Rigg, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker, sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman.

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. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center
Play by Lynn Nottage, directed by Kamilah Forbes. From 1/29/19; opening 2/19/19; closing 3/03/19. Cast: Jenni Barber as Gloria, Jessica Frances Dukes as Vera, Manoel Felciano as Max/Peter, Warner Miller as Leroy/Herb, Carra Patterson as Anna Mae/Afua, Heather Alicia Simms as Lottie/Carmen and David Turner as Brad/Slavick. Clint Ramos (Scenic Design), Dede M. Ayite (Costume Design), Matt Frey (Lighting Design), Mikaal Sulaiman (Sound Design), Katherine Freer (Projection Design) and Daniel Kluger (Composition). The Production Stage Manager is Laura Wilson. For a review of previous production go here.


The Cake
MTC Stage I
New York premiere byBekah Brunstetter, directed by MTC's artistic director Lynne Meadow and Starring Debora Joe Rupp. From 2/12/19; opening 3/05/19. More details TBA. For more about the play see our Review of the Berkshire production

A Child's Christmas In Wales
Irish Repertory Theatre Main Stage 32 West 22nd Street
Dylan Thomas's beloved holiday show is back at the Rep, again directed by Charlotte Moore. From 11/28/18; opening 12/03/18; closing 12/30/18. Cast: Nicholas Barasch, Dewey Caddell, Margaret Dudasik, Polly McKie, Naomi Louisa O'Connell, and Ashley Robinson. Musical direction by John Bell. Scenic design by James Morgan, costume design by Barbara A. Bell, lighting design by Michael Gottlieb. Pamela Brusoski will serve as Production Stage Manager. For an idea of what to expect see our reviews of previous presentations at the Rep but with different performers, click here

Cleopatra
Chelsea Music Hall 407 W 15th Street
Another immersive pop musical experience. From 10/23/18; opening 11/07/18. open ended. Music and lyrics by Jeff Daye and lyrics by Laura Kleinbaum, directed and choreographed by JT Horenstein. This is a new venue located beneath Chelsea Market. The show will play 8 performances a week. What it's about: The legendary Queen of the Nile is throwing one of her famously lavish parties to celebrate the Empire's latest triumphs over Rome, and you are invited to attend. Inside the palace, drinks flow, and music seduces as guests are met with every indulgence. But outside the city walls, the alluring Marc Antony beckons, the nefarious Octavian lurks, and Cleopatra's enemies plot a violent end to her prosperous reign. The Queen better watch her back. It's designed as an interactive experience. And the music is a pop and electronic dance music score spun by a live DJ Cast: Nya (Cleopatra), Christian Brailsford (Marc Antony),Dusty Ray Bottoms (Mistress of Ceremonies), Sydney Parra (Iris), and Corbin Payne (Octavian) along with Alexia Sielo, Audrey Rose Young, Brendan Henderson, Cody Mowery, Timothy Wilson, Yuriko Miyake, and Alison Ingelstrom. Costume design by celebrity fashion designer Nicolas Putvinsky, scenic design by Christopher Bowser, lighting design by Joe Cantalupo, sound design by Drew Levy, electronic music design by Lloyd Kikoler, music direction by Cynthia Meng, and vocal arrangements by Brian Usifer.

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.

Our Review
  The Convent
Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres 502 West 53rdStreet >World premiere production of a new play by Jessica Dickey, directed by Daniel Talbot. From 1/16/19; opening 1/24/19; closing 2/17/1.. Cast: Amy Berryman), Annabel Capper, Margaret Odette, Brittany Anikka Liu, Lisa Ramirez, Samantha Soule, Wendy vanden Heuvel. What it's about: a group of women go on a retreat to live like nuns in the Middle Ages and are baptized with 80s pop, female mysticism, hallucinogens and sex. Scenic design by Raul Abrego, costume design by Tristan Raines, lighting design by Joel Moritz, sound design by Erin Bednarz, projection design by Katherine Freer, and fight direction by Unkle Dave's Fight-House.
Daddy
The New Group at Pershing Square Signature Center
Play by Jeremy o. Harris, Directed by Danya Taymor. Cast: Alan Cumming. What it's about: Franklin, a young black artist on the verge of his first show, meets Andre (Cumming), an older white art collector, and before long their feverish link deepens into an irresistible bond. But when Franklin's Christian mother decides that her son is in peril, she enters into a battle of wills with Andre over the soul of the man they both call baby. Basquiats and Birkins, gospel and pop, and fantasy and reality collide around a Bel Air swimming pool in a surreal exploration of intimacy and identity. Performanes: February-March

Daniel's Husband
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, originally open ended but now 12/30/18. 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. n

Downstairs
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; oprninh 11/18/18; 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.
Our Review
 



Eve's Song
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--extended before opening and now closing 12/16/18. Run Time 1 hours and 50 minutes with no intermission. Eve's Song by Patricia Ione Lloyd (2017 Off-Broadway)



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. Our Review

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. Update: The often revived production will move uptown on 2/11/19 with an official re-opening on 2/21/19. Stephen Skybell and Jackie Hoffman are on board again with other cast changes TBA. 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


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 3/31/19. 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
 



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.
Our Review
 

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). Madeline Smith is the music consultant. The Production Stage Manager is Emily Ballou. Running Time: 2 hours, includes 1 intermission. 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. Our Review



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



Jersey Boys
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.


LaBute New Theatre Festival
The Davenport Theatre Downstairs, 354 West 45th Street 212-239-6200.
Three premieress by Neil LaBute, irected by Neil LaBute & John Pierson. Cast:Gia Crovatin, KeiLyn Durrel Jones, Brenda Meaney and Erin Dean White. From 1/10/19; opening 1/14/19; closing 1/27/19. The Plays: UNLIKELY JAPAN in which a young woman spots an old flame on television and vividly recounts how a single choice can alter the course of multiple lives. . .GREAT NEGRO WORKS OF ART follows a meeting between an under-celebrated artist and his gallery manager as they debate race, culture and what is/what is not art today. . .THE FOURTH REICH focuses on a public speaker as he presents his unique views on modern history, thoughts about the future and ruminations on his favorite painter. Patrick Huber (Set Design), Megan Harshaw (Costume Design), Jonathan Zelezniak (Technical Director and Light Design), Seth Ward Pyatt (Production Stage Manager), Josephine Roth.

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 12/16/18. Running time: 3 hours
Our Review


The Light
MCC Theater's Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space 511 West 52nd Street
Premiere production at company's new home is written by Loy A. Webb, and directed by Logan Vaughn. Cast: McKinley Belcher III and Mandi Masden. Scenic design by Kimie Nishikawa, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Elisheba Ittoop; the Stage Manager is Kasson Marroquin. From 1/23/19; opening 2/10/19. What it's about: For Rashad and Genesis on what should be one of the happiest days of their lives, quickly unravels when ground-shifting accusations from the past resurface. Can their relationship survive the growing divide between them over who and what to believe?


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

The Mother
Atlantic's Linda Gross Theater 336 West 20th Street
US premiere production of play by Florian Zeller (which preceded hisThe Father), translated by Christopher Hampton, and directed by Trip Cullman. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Chris Noth, Justice Smith, Odessa Young. From 2/20/19; opening 3/11/19; closing 4/07/19. What it's about: Can one love one's son too much? Anne has given everything to the family she's built. Now the years have gone by, and her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own, leaving her alone in a world that is crumbling around her. Scenic design by Mark Wendland, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design and original composition by Fitz Patton, projections by Lucy MacKinnon. Tuesday at 7:00pm, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm, Sunday evening performances at 7:00pm on 2/24, 3/3, 3/10.Wednesday afternoon performances at 2:00pm on 3/20, 3/27, 4/3

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

Nassim
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.Design by Keith Truax. From 12/06/18; opening 12/12/18; closing 4/20/19. 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. Running Time: 75 Minutes, No intermission.
Our Review
 

The Net Will Appear
59E59 Theaters
New York premiere written by Erin Mallon and directed by Mark Cirnigliaro. What it's about: Bernard just wants to sit on his roof to enjoy a drink and some peace and quiet. But his nine-year-old new neighbor Rory has other ideas and hese two eccentric people form an unlikely friendship. Cast: Richard Masur and Dasha Dakkuri. From 12/05/18; opening 12/10/18; closing 12/30/18.



The Niceties
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. Our Review
 

Noura
Playwrights Horizons Main Stage 416 W 42nd St.
New York premiere of Heather Raffo's play that premiered at Shakespeare Theater Company, directed by Joanna Settle. From 11/27/18;Opening 12/10/18; closing 12/30/18. Cast: Heather Raffo as Noura, Dahlia Azama as Maryam, Liam Campora as Yazen/Alex, Matthew David as Rafa and Nabil Elouahabias Tareq/Tim. Andrew Lieberman (scenic design), Tilly Grimes (costume design), Masha Tsimring (lighting design), Obadiah Eaves (sound design), and Laura Smith (Production Stage Manager). Our Review
 


On Blueberry Hill
59E59 Theaters
New York premiere written by Sebastian Barry and directed by Jim Culleton. From 1/08/19; opening 1/13/19; closing 2/03/19. Tuesday – Friday at 7:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 7:15 PM; Sunday at 2:15 PM. Cast: Niall Buggy and David Ganly. Sabine Dargent (set and costume design); Mark Galione (lighting design); and Denis Clohessy (sound design). The stage manager is Steph Ryan.

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. review


Paul Mecurio's Permission to Speak
Actors Temple Theatre 339 West 47th Street
Immersive comedy , starring Emmy and Peabody Award-winner Paul Mecurio. From 10/28/18; open ended. The twist here is that the audience is the star as Mecurio engages and improvises with them about who they are, their lives, interests, personal experiences and what they honestly think in a safe space created by Mecurio.

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

The Price Of Thomas Scott
Mint Theater at Theater row 420 W 42nd Street
American premiere of comedy drama by English playwright Elizabeth Baker,directed by Jonathan Bank. Cast: Donald Corren, Andrew Fallaize, Emma Geer, Josh Goulding, Mitchell Greenberg, Nick LaMedica, Jay Russell, Tracy Sallows, Mark Kenneth Smaltz, Ayana Workman, and Arielle Yoder. From 1/24/19; opening 2/20/19; closing 3/23/19. Scenic design by Vicki R. Davis; costume design by Hunter Kazcorowski; lighting design by Christian DeAngelis; sound design by Jane Shaw; and prop design by Chris Fields. Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm with matinees Saturday & Sunday at 2pm. No performance on Tuesday February 5th, with Special Added Matinees at 2pm on February 6th, 13th and March 20th. What it's about: A businessman hesitates to sell his shop for conversion into a dance hall, because he considers dancing immoral. This after only one production (at the Gaiety Theatre in Manchester, 1913).




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. Our Review
 


 

School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls
MCC at The Lucille Lortel Theater
The hit play by celyn Bioh returns to the Lortel for a limited fall run with same director and design team. From 10/16/18; opening 10/22/18; closing 11/15/18- this reprise has been so popular that it's been extended by 3 weeks and is now closing 12/08/18 first opened here.



Shake and Bake: Love's Labour's Lost
94 Gansevoort Street
An adaptationby David Goldman, Victoria Rae Sook, and Dan Swerna and directed by Dan Swern. Cast: Oge Agulue (Longaville), Mary Glen Fredrick (Rosaline), Matthew Goodrich (Berowne), Rami Margron (Maria/Costard), Charles Osborne (Don Armado de Adriano/Boyet), Darren Ritchie (King Ferdinand of Navarre), Victoria Rae Sook (Princess of France), Joe Ventricelli (Chef).From 10/02/18; opening 10/13/18; closing 01/04/2019.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 7pm; Fridays @ 8pm; Saturdays @ 1pm & 8pm or 5pm & 9pm; Sundays @ 11am or 1pm and 6pm.
Running time: 2 hours with one intermission.
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

Slave Play
New York Theatre Workshop 79 E. 4th Street
World premiere by Jeremy O. Harris, directed by two-time Robert O'Hara. What it's about: The old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation as an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master's House. Jim trembles as Kaneisha handles melons in the cottage, Alana perspires in time with the plucking of Phillip's fiddle in the boudoir, while Dustin cowers at the heel of Gary's big, black boot in the barn. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems. A new look at race, gender and sexuality in 21st century America. Cast: Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Chalia La Tour , Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, Paul Alexander Nolanm Teyonah Parris. Scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Lindsay Jones,properties by Noah Mease. Movement wby Byron Easley. Amauta Marston-Firmino will serve as Dramaturg, Gigi Buffington as Dialect Coach, and Jhanae K-C Bonnick as Stage Manager. From 11/19/18; opening 12/09/18; closing 1/13/19.

From 11/19/18; opening 12/09/18; closing 12/30/19.

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.







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Thom Pain (based on nothing)
Pershing Square Signature Center
Will Eno's long-running solo play returns off-Broadway starring Michael C. Hall. From 10/23/18; opening 11/11/18; closing 12/02/18. Oliver Butler, directed a 2016 production in LA that starred another Eno Friend, Steven Wright, will direct it with Hall. Our Review

Two by Friel: Lovers: Winners & The Yalta Game
Irish Rep's W. Scott McLucas Studio Stage
Directed by Conor Bagley. From 11/07/18; opening 11/12/18; closing 12/23/18. Each of these two short plays centers on a couple in the blossoming stage of romance; they build worlds of imagination, possibility, and hope - pushing away the encroaching realities that threaten to extinguish their love. Lovers: Winners follows Mag and Joe, two teenage lovers who meet at the top of a hill to study for their final examinations, make plans for their upcoming wedding, and prepare for the child they are expecting. Meanwhile, two narrators relate the darker events surrounding that day. In The Yalta Game, adapted from Chekhov's short story The Lady with the Lapdog, Dmitry and Anna fall in love while on vacation from their spouses. In their courting, Dmitry teaches Anna about the Yalta game in which visitors invent stories about the people they see in the square. But is their love or any love, real or imagined? Forever or ephemeral? Lovers (1967) and The Yalta Game (2001) were written toward the beginning and end, respectively, of Friel's career. Cast: Aoife Kelly, Phil Gillen, Jenny Leona , and Aidan Redmond. Set design by Daniel Prosky, costume design by China Lee, lighting design by Michael O'Connor and sound design by Ryan Rumery. Wednesdays at 3pm and 8pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm. . Our Review
 


Uncle Vanya
Hunter Theater Project at the Frederick Lowe Theater, Hunter College E. 68th Street and Lexington Avenue
The Hunter project's inaugural production features a translation by Richard Nelson, along with Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Nelson also directs. From 9/07/18; opening 9/16/18; closing 10/28/18. Cast: Celeste Arias (Elena), Jon DeVries (Alexander), Kate Kearney-Patch (Marína), Roberta Maxwell (Marya), Jesse Pennington (Mikhail), Jay O. Sanders (Vanya), Yvonne Woods (Sonya). Jason Ardizzone-West (scenic design), Susan Hilferty and Mark Koss (costume design), Jennifer Tipton (lighting), and Will Pickens (sound design). Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, no intermission. Our Review



What the Constitution Means to Me
Greenwich House
Written by Heidi Schreck
Greenwich House
The show written and performed by Heidi Schreck closed its run at New York Theatre Workshop on 10/28/18-- but will have another run at Greenwich house from 11/27/18 to 12/30/18. For details see our
review.

Wild Goose Dreams
Public Theater's Martinson Hall
New York premiere of play with music by Hansol Jung and directed by Leigh Silverman. From 10/30/18; opening 11/14/18; closing 12/09/18 -extended before opening to 12/16/18. Cast: Dan Domingues (Chorus), Lulu Fall (Digital Nanhee/Chorus), Kendyl Ito (Heejin/Chorus), Francis Jue (Father), Peter Kim (Guk Minsung), Michelle Krusiec (Yoo Nanhee), Jaygee Macapugay (Wife/Chorus), Joél Pérez (Digital Minsung/Chorus), Jamar Williams (Chorus), and Katrina Yaukey (Chorus). This production had an acclaimed run at La Jolla and the Public's Studio. What it's About: Minsung is a goose father, or a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible? Scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Keith Parham, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, composition by Paul Castles, Korean music composition by Jongbin Jung, movement direction by Yasmine Lee, and music supervision by Charity Wicks. Our Review




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