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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
The Loft at the Davenport Theatre 354 West 45th Street 212/239-6200
This is a strictly for adults only play about a married men who invite a third man to share their bed. Written and directed by S. Asher Gelman. From 6/12/17; opened 6/23/17; closing 3/18/18-extended to 7/31/18. Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission.
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.
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
Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC)at Theater Row's Lion
US Premiere of Swedish playwright Lisa Langseth play originally produced in Stockholm starring Noomi Rapace and later adapted into the film Pure which won the Swedish equivalent of the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Translated by Charlotte Barslund and directed by Kathy Curtiss. From 8/04/18; closing 8/18/18 Katarina is a restless young woman trapped in a mundane daily routine and a passionless relationship. When she meets a celebrated conductor at a prestigious opera house, she climbs the social ladder in search of an enlightened, heightened and pure reality.
Be More Chill
Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center
Off-Broadway premiere of coming of age musical, featuring a score by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz. From 7/26/18; opening 8/08/18; closing 9/30/18 . Cast: Jason Tam,George Salazar, Gerard Canonico (Rich), Katlyn Carlson (Chloe),Stephanie Hsu (Christine), Lauren Marcus (Brooke), George Salazar (Michael), Will Roland (Jeremy), Jason Tam (The Squip), Jason SweetTooth Williams (Jeremy's Dad and Mr. Reyes). Show Times: Tuesday @7:30pm, Wednesday @7:30pm, Thursday @7:30pm, Friday A.R.T./New York Theatres Jeffrey and Paul Gural Theatre (502 West 53rd Street, at 10th Avenue).7:30pm, Saturday @2pm and 8pm, Sunday @2pm and 7:30pm. our review.
A.R.T. 502 West 53rd Street, at 10th Avenue.
Written By Eliza Bent. Directed by Stephen Kaliski. Coming of age conundrum nodding to Queen Bey but based on the Anton Chekhov story "The Fiancee." What it's about: With her wedding approaching, Nadia discovers that her heart doesn’t want what it obviously should want: a decent husband and a stable family life. She instead fantasizes about running off to the bright lights of the big city, to the counterculture of self-discovery. Cast: Rolls Andre, Andrea Aranguren, Maggie Low, Jeremiah Maestas, Roger Manix, Rachel McPhee, Regan Sims. From 7/27/18; opening 7/31/18; closing 8/18/18. Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. ; closing 8/18/18.
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.
CSC 136 East 13th Street
New production of the musical with book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Geoge Bize. Directed by John Doyle, choregraphed by Bill T. Jones. Cast: Anika Noni Rose (Carmen), David Aron Damane (Husky Miller), Erica Dorfler (Myrt), Andrea Jones-Sojola (Sally), Justin Keyes (Rum), Lindsay Roberts (Cindy Lou), Soara-Joye Ross (Frankie), Lawrence E. Street (Dink) and Tramell Tillman (Sergeant Brown). The role of Joe TBA.From 6/08/18; closing 8/19/18. What it's about: Set in the South as World War II rages overseas, about a tempestuous parachute factory worker who ignites her own battle in a tragic love triangle with an airman and a prizefighter. The show premiered on Broadway in 1943 and ran for over 500 performances. A 1954 film version, directed by Otto Preminger, starred Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte. Performed Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 3 and 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Our 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. Casting to be announced. Begins November 2018. 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.
Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties
MCC at the Lucille Lortel Theater on Christopher Street
New York premiere of comedy by Jen Silverman, directed by Mike Donahue. Cast:Ana Villafane , Adina Verson, Lea DeLaria, Dana Delany, and Chaunte Wayans. From 8/16/18; opening 9/12/18; closing 9/23/18. What it's about: About 5 different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck. When one of the women decides to stage a play, the five of them collide "at the intersection of rage, love, and the thea-tah.D.C. in September 2016. Tue-Wed 7, Thu-Fri 8, Sat 2+8, Sun 3
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (416 West 42nd Street
Musical by South Korean Theater Director Dimo Hyun Jun Kim, Osker David Aguirre, and Joann Malory Miese with music by Bryan Michaels and TaeHo Park. From 7/20/18; opening 7/27/18; closing 9/02/18. What it's about: Book tells the story of a Korean teenage girl named Goeun who embarks on a journey to Tokyo to make money for her family, but ends up at a 'comfort station' in Indonesia, where hundreds of teenage girls were abducted and forced to become sex slaves, also known as 'comfort women,' for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The musical is based on true war crimes committed by the Japanese Imperial Army, 'comfort women' included girls as young as 14, who were promised with well-paying jobs abroad but instead were taken to islands in Indonesia to forcefully serve as sex slaves for 50 to 100 soldiers a day. Many died from the horrendous mistreatments, and the small number of survivors still alive today are scarred forever, living in shame and reluctant to speak out about what happened to them. Cast will feature 22 Asian actors. Our Review
Days to Come
The Mint at the Becket Theater on Theatre Row minttheater.org
A Rare Revival of 1936 family drama by Lillian Hellman, directed by J.R. Sullivan. Cast:s Mary Bacon, Janie Brookshire, Larry Bull, Chris Henry Coffey, Dan Daily, Ted Deasy, Roderick Hill, Betsy Hogg, Kim Martin-Cotten, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Evan Zes. From 8/02/18; opening 8/26/18; closing 9/30/18. What it's about: Set against the backdrop of labor strife in a small Ohio town which threatens to tear apart both town and family. Hellman described it as "the saga of a man who started something he cannot stop." Hellman blamed the plays failure (it closed after a week) ib ger trying to say too much. It had one revival in 1978 at the defunct WPA Theater where it was better received and something of a predecessor to The Little Foxes. Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm with matinees Saturday & Sunday at 2pm. No performance: Saturday September 8th at 2:00; Tuesday September 18th at 7:30. Special added Matinees at 2pm on Wednesday September 5th and Thursday September 20th. Running Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, includes intermission.
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
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.
Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Downtown Brooklyn
US premiere of Ryszard Kapuscinski play, adapted by Colin Teevan Cast: Kathryn Hunter & Temesgen Zeleke. Directed by Walter Meierjohann. From 9/09/18; opening 9/12/18; closing 9/30/18.
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 10/23/18; opening; closing 12/02/18. Run Time 1 hours and 50 minutes with no intermission
Fabulation,or The Re-Education of Undine
Pershing Square Signatureure Center'sRomulus Linney Courtyard Theatr
Lynn Nottage Legacy production, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. From 11/19/18; 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. 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 10/25/18. 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; 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.
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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
North American Premiere, written and directed by Conor McPherson/ Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan. Cast: w Todd Almondas Elias Burke; Samantha Marie Ware as Marianne Laine, Mare Winningham as Elizabeth Laine, Marc Kudisch as Mr. Burke, Sydney James Harcourt as Joe Scott, Colton Ryan as Gene Laine; Jeannette Bayardelle as Mrs. Neilson, Stephen Bogardus as Nick Laine, Matthew Frederick Harris as Ensemble, Caitlin Houlahan as Kate Draper, Robert Joy as Dr. Walker, Luba Mason as Mrs. Burke, Tom Nelis as Mr. Perry, David Pittu as Reverend Marlowe, John Schiappa as Ensemble, Rachel Stern as Ensemble, and Chelsea Lee Williams as Ensemble.h From 9/11/18; closing 11/04/18. Run Time: 2 1/2 hours with 1 intermission. For an idea of what to expect check our our London 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, TBA. 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.
The Hello Girls
Prospect Theater Company 59E59 Theaters 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. 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. Casting and more TBA
NAATCO, The National Asian American Theatre Company ezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres 502 West 53rd Street at Tenth Avenue
Shakespeare's Trilogy in Two Parts: Part 1: Foreign Wars Part 2: Civil Strife. Adapted & Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried. From 8/11/18; opening 8/21/18(Part 1) and 22nd (Part 2); closing 9/08/18 .
The House That Will Not Stand
NYTheatre Workshop, Bowery
New York premiere of play by Marcus Gardley and inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba. Lileana Blain-Cruz directs. From 7/11/18; opening 7/30/18; closing 8/19/18. What it's about: In the heat of summer in 1813, Louisiana passed from France to the United States. On the eve of the transfer, in a house in mourning, freedom hangs in the balance for a steely widow and her three eligible daughters -- all free women of color. Tuesday @7pm, Wednesday @7pm, Thursday @8pm, Friday @8pm, Saturday @2pm and 8pm, Sunday @1pm and 7pm In the heat of summer, Louisiana passed from France to the United States. On the eve of the transfer, in a house in mourning, freedom hangs in the balance for a steely widow and her three eligible daughters, all free women of color. Inspired by Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, Marcus Gardley's lyrical, nuanced play, is directed by Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz. Scenic Design, Adam Rigg.Costume Design, Montana Levi Blanco. Lighting Design, Yi Zhao. Sound Design & Original Music Justin Ellington. Wig Design, Cookie Jordan. Movement Raja, Feather Kelly. Dialect and Vocal Coach, Dawn-Elin Fraser. Stage Manager, Terri K. Kohler. From 7/11/18; opening; closing 8/12/18. Our Review
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 8/31/18; 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.
In & Of Itself
Daryl Roth Theatre 101 E 15th St.
Derek DelGaudio's modern allegory, directed by Frank Oz. Running time: 75 minutes. Original Music by Mark Mothersbaugh. Production Design by A.Bandit. Running since last April and now extended yet again to 8/16/18. Our Review
I Was Most Alive With You
A Book of Job-inspired play written by Craig Lucas and directed by Tyne Rafaeli. From 8/31/18; closing 10/14/18. Cast: Michael Gaston,Lisa Emery, Russell Harvard, Lois Smith. Gaston plays the role of Ash, a recovering alcoholic whose Deaf, also-recovering addict son Knox (Harvard) has brought a new boyfriend, himself a userk, home for Thanksgiving. Play had a world premiere at the Huntington Theatre in Boston. Performed in English and American Sign Language
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 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.
Less Than 50%
Written by Gianmarco Soresi, directed by Jen Wineman. Cast: Gianmarco Soresi and one more actor TBA. What it's about: Actor and stand-up comedian Soresi stars in this unromantic comedy. From 8/03/18; closing 9/01/18
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).
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.
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. 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. For an idea of what to expect, check out that review here
My Life On a Diet
St. Clement’s 423 West 46 Street (212) 239-6200
Autobiographical comedy written by Renee Taylor and her late husbend Joseph Bologna. From 7/12/18; opening 7/25/18; closing 9/02/18. Set design by Harry Feiner, lighting design by Stefanie Risk and sound design by Jay Risk. Wednesdays at 2pm, Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Our Review
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.
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
Irish Rep Main Stage 132 West 22nd Street
The 1965 musical with music by Burton Lane, book by Alan Jay Lerner, newly adapted by Director Charlotte Moore. Cast: Florrie Bagel as Flora, Stephen Bogardus as Dr. Mark Bruckner, Rachel Coloff as Mrs. Hatch, John Cudia as Edward Moncrief, Melissa Errico as Daisy Gamble/Melinda Welles, Caitlin Gallogly as Janie Pres
ton, Daisy Hobbs as Muriel Benson, Craig Waletzko as Conrad, and William Bellamy, Peyton Crim, Matt Gibson as Ensemble.Music direction by John Bell, choreography by Barry McNabb, orchestrations by Josh Clayton. The musicians will be conducted by Gary Adler. Scenic designer James Morgan, lighting designer Mary Jo Dondlinger, sound designer M. Florian Staab. From 6/15/18; pening 6/28/18; closing 9/06/18. Our Review
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. Additional creative team will be announced at a later date.
Keen Company at Theatre Row
First New York revival of Adam Gown's musical with new orchestrations. 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. Directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein. Cast and creative team TBA
Written by John Strand, directed by Molly Smith. Cast: Edward Gero and two additional actors to be announced. From 7/14/18; closing 8/19/18. Wha it's about: Edward Gero returns as controversial Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. When a bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with the conservative Justice, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. Our Review
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
TBG Main Stage 312 West 36th Street
>New York premiere of solo play starring Shane O'Regan,adapted and directed By Simon Reade from Michael Morpurgo novel(War Horse). From 8/28/18; opening 9/06/18; closing 10/07/18.What it's about: The story follows the life of a young soldier, Thomas ‘Tommo who's facing the firing squad for cowardice. As Tommo sits in his cell awaiting sunrise, he thinks back on the events that made him the person he is today.. Scenic and prop design by Caitlynn Barrett. Lighting design by Paul Hudson. Costume design by Gail Cooper-Hecht. Sound and projection design by Andy Evan Cohen. Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, including intermission.Tues. 7pm, wed to Sat 8pm, Matinees Sat at 2 & Sun at 3pm.
. 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 Joseph La Corte, and original music composed by Jeffrey Lodin.
The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture 18 Bleecker Street
World premiere of verse play by Jonathan Leaf. From 7/25/18;opening 8/05/18; closing 8/25/18. Christopher McElroen will direct.Cast:Ian Lassiter in title role along with Kyle Cameron, Michael Earle Fajardo, Olivia Gilliatt, Gene Gillette, Christopher Kelly, Lexi Lapp, Jenny Leona, Lou Liberatore, Daniel Petzold, and Tracy Sallows. Running Time: 90 minutes.
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.
Romeo and Juliet
Bedlam at the Mezzanine Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres 502 W 53rd Street
In repertory with Uncle Vanya. Directed by Eric Tucker. From 9/14/18; opening 9/25/18; closing 10/28/18. Tuesday through Thursday at 7pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Please note there will be no performances Saturday, September 15, and an added performance Monday, September 17.
The Saintliness of Margery Kempe
Duke on 42nd Street www.margerykempe.com
Play by John Wulp, directed by Austin Pendleton.. Cast: Andrus Nichols in title role, Vance Quincy Barton, LaTanya Borsay, Timothy Doyle, Michael Genet, Ginger Grace, Jason O’Connell, Pippa Pearthree and Thomas Sommo under the direction of From 7/05/18; opening 7/12/18; closing 8/26/18. What it's about: Based on the life of 14th century English mystic Margery Kempe and inspired by The Book of Margery Kempe, considered by many to be one of the first autobiographies in the English language, this is a comedic tale about one woman’s quest to define life by her own means in a world that was otherwise dominated by men. Scenic design by John Wulp, lighting design by Multiple Tony-winner Jennifer Tipton and Matthew Richards, costume design by Barbara Bell, and sound design & original music by Ryan Rumery. Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes 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. The show is set to run through November 25, 2018. Additional information, including casting, will be announced shortly. For more details see our review when it first opened here.
. 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
Roundabout Company's Laura Pels Theatre on 46th Street
Joshua Harmon's play directed by Daniel Aukin. Cast: Idina Menzel, Jack Wetherall; also Will Brittain as Trey, Stephen Carrasco as Jeff, Eli Gelb as Benjamin Cullen, Cynthia Mace as Orsolya. From 5/31/18;opens 6/21/18; closing 8/26/18.What it's about: Menzel stars as Jodi, a woman "reeling from ex-husband's engagement to a much younger woman turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey who's 20--and nomt necessarily gay but probably an adult film star. At least, according to Jodi's son, who's also 20, and definitely gay. Our Review
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Stage 42, 422 West 42nd Street www.smokeyjoescafemusical.com
Revival of Broadway hit. From 7/06/18; opening 7/22/18. Cast: Dwayne Cooper, Emma Degerstedt, John Edwards, Dionne D. Figgins, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Kyle Taylor Parker, Jelani Remy, Max Sangerman, and Alysha Umphress. It's directed and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse and features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Peter Fitzgerald, original vocal arrangements by Chapman Roberts, and orchestrations by Steve Margoshes and Sonny Paladino. Music Supervision and new arrangements are also by Mr. Paladino. The show was co-conceived by Stephen Helper and Jack Viertel. Cast:Dwayne Cooper, Emma Degerstedt, John Edwards, Dionne D. Figgins, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Kyle Taylor Parker, Jelani Remy, Max Sangerman, and Alysha Umphress. This powerhouse ensemble brings new life to more than 30 classic songs. Running Time: 80 minutes. Our Review
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.
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 again and again, now closing 8/26/18. 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: Changing through various extensions. 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
Tevye Served Raw
The Playroom Theater 151 W. 46th Street TevyeServedRaw.com
An evening of Sholem Aleichem material. From 7/05/18; opening 7/17/18; closing 8/14/18--extended, now closing 10/03/18. Directed and translatedby Allen Lewis Rickman, who also performs along with Yelena Shmulenson and Shane Baker the production will feature adaptations of Aleichem's Tevye stories, scenes from his own long-unseen Yiddish stage version, and three of his comedic stories newly adapted and performed in English and Yiddish with English supertitles. Translations are also by Rickman and is a cast member. Our Review
The Thanksgiving Play
Play by Larissa FastHorse, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. From 10/12/18; closing 11/25/18. FastHorse, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sicangu Lakota Nation, tackles a holiday that most people don't really realize kicks off all manner of tensions.
This One's For the Girls of Summer
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46th Street
Musical that looks at the role of women over the past 100+ years through 40 Top 40 hits.Book by Dorothy Marcic Directed by Tamara Kangas Erickson. Musical Direction by Zachary Ryan. Cast: Traci Bair, Aneesa Folds, Jana Robbins, Haley Swindal. Fridays @8pm, Saturdays @2pm. Running Time: 88 minutes with no intermission. From 10/27/17; closing opened 10/27/17 and extended twice, now closing 9/05/18, with additional Wed 2pm matinees 2 pm beginning June 13.
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 12/23/18. Oliver Butler, directed a 2016 production in LA that starred another Eno Friend, Steven Wright, will direct it with Hall. Curtainup's LA review and also the one in New York
Roy Arias Stage II 777 8th Avenue
Immersive theater piece set against a dynamic soundscape of 1980s dance music,this takes a brutal look at friends Mark Renton, Tommy, Sick Boy, Begbie, and Allison as they live and struggle through the Edinburgh heroin epidemic. Running Time:1hr 15min without intermissions. Closing 8/25/18. Performance Schedule: www.trainspottingnyc.com/
Ensemble Studio Theatre
World premiere by actor and playwright William Jackson Harper. What it's about: Set in the shadows of the Civil Rights movement, in Travisville, the lives of an ailing minister, a protege, a mayor, a journeyman preacher, a domestic, and her husband, are irrevocably changed when their community is upended by the arrival of a stranger. Steve H. Broadnax III will direct. Cast: Stori Ayers, Denny Dale Bess, Brian D. Coats, Bjorn Dupaty, Lynnette R. Freeman (Luz), Joe Holt, Ivan Moore and Shawn Randall. From 10/03/18; closing 10/28/18
The New Group at Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre 480 West 42nd Street
World premiere by Sharr White, directed by Scott Elliott. Cast: Austin Cauldwell (Bill McCormick), Edie Falco (Dorothea Polly Noonan), Glenn Fitzgerald (Howard C. Nolan), Michael McKean (Erastus Corning II), John Pankow (Charlie Ryan) and Peter Scolari (Peter Noonan). What it's about: About the blunt, profane, decades-long defender of Albany’s Democratic Party machine (Falco) to whom politics is only personal, especially now that her hero, mayor for life Erastus Corning II (Michael McKean), is battling for party control while at the same time fighting the fiercest primary challenge of his life.
Shakespeare in the Park-Delacorte
This summer brings a full five week run of the 2016 musical adaptation with two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs. Nicki M. James is again Viola. From 7/17/18; closing 8/19/18. Our Review
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 10/14/18. 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: 2 hours, including intermission.
Bedlam at the Mezzanine Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres 502 W 53rd Street
In repertory with Romeo and Juliet. Directed by Eric Tucker. From 9/14/18; opening 9/25/18; closing 10/28/18. Tuesday through Thursday at 7pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Please note there will be no performances Saturday, September 15, and an added performance Monday, September 17.
The Winning Side
Epic Theatre Ensemble at the Acorn on Theater Row http://www.epictheatreensemble.org/the-winning-side/.
World Premiere by James Wallert, directed By Ron Russell. From 10/03/18; opening 10/08/18; closing 10/28/18. What it's about: Based on the true story of Wernher von Braun, Chief Rocket Engineer for the Third Reich and one of the fathers of the United States space program, thi explores the hidden history behind America’s 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. Cast: Sullivan Jones as Wernher von Braun, Melissa Friedman as Margot, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. as Major Taggert and Devin E. Haqq in multiple roles. Chika Shimizu (set/projections designer), Cat Tate Starmer (lighting designer), Betsy Rugg-Hinds (costume designer) and Ron Russell (sound designer). There will be post-show talkbacks following every performance with experts in the fields of history, science, politics, engineering and technology. Audience members are invited to stay for these lively and fascinating discussions that will revolve around the play’s subject matter.
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