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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.
All the Ways to Say I Love You
MCC at Lucille Lortel 121 Christopher St
Judith Light stars in Neil LaBute's new solo show. Leigh Silverman will direct: From 9/06/16; opening 9/28/16; 316/16. What it's about: Happily married Faye Johnson, a high school English teacher and guidance counselor recounts her experiences with a favored student from her past, gradually revealing the truth that is hidden just beneath the surface details of her life. Our Review
New World Stages at 50th and Eighth Avenue 212/239-6200 www.avenueq.com.
No sooner did the Tony Award winning puppet musical end its 6-year run on Broadway (22 previews and 2,534 performances), than producer Kevin McCollum announced the first ever reverse transfer of a show from Broadway to Off-Broadway. However, it's not returning to its original downtown off-Broadway home (the Vineyard), but remains uptown at the largest venue of the New World Stages complex. The re-opening will begin 10/13/09 and play Mon
days, 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
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46 th Street, between 8 th and 9 th Avenues). www.thebabiesmusical.com 212/239-6200
> World premiere of musical by Brady Bunch creative. Book by Lloyd J. Schwartz (who will also direct), music by Matt Dahan (who will serve as musical director) and lyrics by Lloyd J. Schwartz & Anthony Gruppuso, musical staging by Gene Castle. From 10/13/16; opening 10/27/16; open run. Cast: Matt Dahan, Anthony Gruppuso, Jayme Lake, Barbara Mallory, and Parnell Damone Marcano. Thuesday evenings at 7pm, Friday evenings at 8pm, and Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2PM. Runs 90 minutes without an intermission. What it's about: All about what it means to be/have a baby.
The Babylon Line
Mitzi E. Newhouse Theate at Lincoln Center
Richard Greenberg's new play, directed by Terry Kinney. Cast: Maddie Corman, Randy Graff, Julie Halston, Michael Oberholtzer, Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Reaser and Frank Wood. What it's about: Set in 1967, Radnor will star as a Greenwich Village bohemian and writer who forms a special connection with one of his students, to be played by Reaser. From 11/10/16; opening 12/05/16. Sets by Richard Hoover, costumes by Sarah J. Holden, lighting by David Weiner, and sound by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.
The Band's Visit
Atlantic Theater's Linda Gross Theater 336 West 20th Street
World premiere musical based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin. Book by Itamar Moses, music and lyrics by David Yazbek, drected by David Cromer. What it's about: An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. The original screenplay received 36 major international award. Cast: George Abud, Bill Army, John Cariani, Katrina Lenk, Erik Liberman, Andrew Polk, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, Tony Shalhoub, Alok Tewari. from 11/11/16; opening 12/08/16; closing 12/18/16.
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 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. 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.
59E59 Theaters www.59e59.org.
NYC premiere of John Fowles psychological thriller as adapted by Mark Healy, directed by Lisa Milinazzo. Cast: Jillian Geurts and Matt de Rogatis.What it's about: After winning a fortune in the lottery, unassuming clerk Frederick Clegg buys a remote country house and goes about furnishing it with everything he thinks a beautiful woman could desire. He then abducts a girl he has worshiped from afar, imprisoning her in the cellar amid his butterfly collection.
Urban Stages 2g9 W. 30th StreetWritten and directed by Daniel Macivor. Cast: Erica Bradshaw, Stephanie Cozart,Jackie Hansen. From 9/30/16; opening 10/06/16; closing 10/30/16.Mon, Wed & Thurs: 7pm, Fri:8pm, Sat: 3pm & 8pm Sun: 3pm. The distance between recovering alcoholic Leda and her Born-Again daughter is filled with silence and anger. What it's about: Upon the advice of a therapist dealing with her own host of troubles, Leda tries to bridge that distance and prepare her daughter for the calamity just ahead. Our Review
Redbull at Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue
Shakespeare's play in visceral new production to spark an electric dramatic dialogue between actors and audiences. Directed by Michael Sexton. Cast: Dion Johnstone making his NYC debut in the title role, and Lisa Harrow, Patrick Page, Stephen Spinella, Zachary Fine,, Merritt Janson, Aaron Krohn, Edward O'Blenis, Christina Pumariega, Olivia Reis. From 10/18/16; opening 10/30/16; closing 11/20/16. Brett J. Banakis (scenic and lighting), Asta Bennie Hostetter (costumes) and Brandon Wolcott (sound).
A Day By the Sea
The Mint Theater at the Beckett on Theatre Row 410 W. 42nd Street
First NY revival of N.C. Hunter play, directed By Austin Pendleton. Cast: Julian Elfer, Katie Firth, Philip Goodwin, Sean Gormley, Polly McKie, Kylie McVey, George Morfogen, Mark Anderson Phillips, Athan Sporek, Jill Tanner. Scenic design by Charles Morgan; costume design by Martha Hally; lighting design by Xavier Pierce; and sound design by Jane Shaw. From 7/23/16; opening 8/25/16; closing 10/30/16. Tuesday - Thursday 7pm Friday & Saturday 8pm Saturday & Sunday 2pm. What it's about: Julian Anson, a once-promising Foreign Service employee, confronts professional disappointment and personal failure while picnicking along the English seaside. Jolted into the realization that maybe it's not too late he seizes an opportunity to correct his past mistakes and start fresh . . .but will the results be any different? A Day by the Sea/ N.C. Hunter (2016 Off-Broadway)
Dead Poets Society
CSC, Classic Stage East 13th Street
World premiere play by Tom Schulman, adapted from his screenplay, helmed by Tony winner John Doyle. Cast: Jason Sudeikis will star as professor John Keating, Francesca Carpanini as Chris, David Garrison as Mr. Nolan, William Hochman as Knox Overstreet, Cody Kostro as Charlie Dalton, Yaron Lotan as Richard Cameron, Thomas Mann as Neil Perry, Zane Pais as Todd Anderson, Stephen Barker Turner as Mr. Perry and Bubba Weiler as Steven Meeks. From 10/27/16; opening 11/17/16; closing 12/01/16. set Design, Scott Pask; costume design, Ann Hould-Ward; lighting design, Japhy Weideman; sound design, Matt Stine.
The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World
Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre - The Pershing Square Signature Center
A 1992 comedy by Residency 1 playwrightSuzan-Lori Parks. Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. From 10/25/16; opening 11/13/16; closing 12/04/16 -- extended to 12/11/16 before opening (special prices do not apply to extended performances) Cast: William DeMeritt as Voice on Thuh Tee V, Nike Kadri* as Yes and Greens Black-Eyed Peas Cornbread, Patrena Murray as Ham, Reynaldo Piniella as And Bigger and Bigger and Bigger, Julian Rozzell as Old Man River Jordan, Roslyn Ruff as Black Woman with Fried Drumstick, Mirirai Sithole as Prunes and Prisms, Da vid Ryan Smith as Before Columbus, Daniel J. Watts as Black Man with Watermelon, Jamar Williams as Lots of Grease and Lots of Pork, Amelia Workman as Queen-Then-Pharaoh Hatshepsut.Riccardo Hernandez*(Scenic Design), Montana Blanco(Costume Design), Yi Zhao (Lighting Design), Palmer Hefferan (Sound Design), Hannah Wasileski (Projection Design), Raja Feather Kelly (Movement), Cookie Jordan (Wig Design). What it's about: A woman tries to feed her husband a fried drumstick. Dragons roam a flat earth. The last Black man in the whole entire world dies again. And again.
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.
A Dog Story
Black Box at The Davenport Theater 354 W. 45th Street
A New Musical by Eric H. Weinberger and Gayla D. Morgan. From 11/03/16; opening 11/17/16; closing 3/06/16. What it's about: Roland, a career-driven lawyer, thinks he must be married to make partner. To solve his dilemma, he gets a puppy as a chick magnet. Cast: David Perlman Roland), Stefanie Brown (Blair),Lindsie VanWinkle (Miranda), Alex Kidder and Chris Blem (Swings). Directed by Justin Baldridge. Scenic design by Lauren Mills, sound design by Tyler Kieffer, lighting design by Jamie Roderick, costume design by Travis Chinick, a choreography by Shannon Lewis.
Don’t You F**king Say A Word
World premere written by Andy Bragen and directed by Lee Sunday Evans. From 11/04/16; opening 11/10/16; opening 11/10/16. Tuesday - Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM. Please note, there are no performances on Tuesday, November 8, Wednesday, November 23 or Thursday, November 24. There is an additional performance on Sunday, November 6 at 7:15 PM. What it's about: Russ has a temper. Brian has been known to cheat. As their weekly tennis sets play out aggressively on stage, their girlfriend’s, Kate and Leslie, dissect their friendship and rivalry in a volley of sharp observation and wry wit. An explosive comedy about love, relationships and the consequences of a lousy backhand. Cast: Michael Braun, Jennifer Lim, Bhavesh Patel, Jeanine Serralles. Amy Rubin (set design), and Masha Tsimring (lighting design), Asta Bennie Hostetter (costume design), and Amy Altadonna (sound design).
Soho Rep. presents at the Connelly Theater
World premiere by Daniel Alexander Jones, directed by Will Davis with new music by Samora Pinderhughes, Bobby Halvorson, and Jomama Jones From10/11/16; closing 11/06/16. What it's about: A librarian breaks the seal of a mysterious archive. A teacher and her class prepare the pageant to end all pageants. A little bit vaudeville, a little bit rock and soul.
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 The current cast: Edward Watts (El Gallo), Erik Altemus (Matt), Juliette Trafton (Luisa), Gene Jones (Hucklebee), Bill Bateman (Bellomy), MacIntyre Dixon (Henry), Michael Nostrand (Mortimer), Matt Leisy (The Mute)Our Review Update:
Irish Repertory Theatre 132 West 22nd Street
Adapted and directed by Charlotte Moore. Features music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Yip Harburg, and a book by Fred Saidy. Cast: Cast: Melissa Errico as (Sharon), William Bellamy (Gospeleer), Kimberly Doreen Burns (Lilly Mae), Dewey Caddell (Senator), Peyton Crim (Sheriff), Mark Evans (Og), Matt Gibson (Buzz Collins), Angela Grovey (Sallyann), Ken Jennings (Finian), Ramone Owens (Gospeleer), Kyle Taylor Parker (Gospeleer), Ryan Silverman (Woody), Lyrica Woodruff (Susan the Silent). From 10/26/16; opening 11/06/16; closing 12/18/16
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:Deirdre O?Connell, plus others TBA. What it's a bout: In the New Mexico desert, 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)
Lincoln Center-Claire Tow Theater 65th St.212-239-6200 lct3.org
Written by Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Davis McCallum. Cast: Gideon Glick, Scott Jaeck, Leah Karpel, Peter Mark Kendall, Madeleine Martin, Christopher Sears and Zoe Winters. Set by Dane Laffrey, appropriately workaday costumes by Jessica Pabst, and authentically harsh lighting by Eric Southern. From 10/08/16; opening 10/24/16; closing 11/20/16. Wed-Sat 7pm; Sat. 2pm. What it's about. A group of young Idaho Evangelicals preparing to spread Christianiaty on a mission to an unnamed Middle East Country. Familiar Hunter elements: a strongly dominant Christian church, Idaho setting, one gay character.
Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce Street
opening 10/23/15. What it's About: The story of the "New Brown America," based on true events from Minhaj's first generation Indian-American experience. Navigating between two worlds, it follows Minhaj's arrival in the US, meeting his estranged sister, interracial love, racism, bullying, and his family's quest to achieve the elusive American Dream. Update: The show closed but is coming back to the Cherry Lane for a return engagement from 1/07/16 to 1/30/16. Our Review
Homos, Or Everyone in American
Labyrinth Theater Company at Bank Street Theater, 155 Bank Street labtheater.org; 212.513.1080
A world premiere from 10/20/16; opening 11/06/16; closing 11/27/16. Written by Jordan Seavey, directed by Mike Donahue. Cast: Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar, Ugly Betty), Robin De Jesus, Aaron Costa Ganis, Stacey Sargent. Dane Laffrey (sets), Scott Zielinski (lights), Daniel Kluger (sound), Jessica Pabst (costumes), and Hannah Woodward (production stage manager).What it's about: comedy about trying to live and love in New York..
I Like It Like That
Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre 304 W. 47 Street
From 9/07/16; opening 9/22/16; closing 11/16/16. Written by David Maldonado & Waddys Jáquez and directed by Jaquez. What it's about: the Rodriguez family living in New York City's East Harlem in the early 1970s taking the audience on a historical musical journey amidst neighborhood volatility and social activism. Its residents deal with the ever-present pull between Escape and Social Conscience. Cast: Tito Nieves as Roberto Rodriguez, the patriarch of the Rodriguez family. Rossmery Almonte (Tita), Caridad De La Luz (China), Chachi Del Valle (María Luisa, Babilonia and La Lupe), Shadia Fairuz (Carmen), Quique Gonzalez* (Carlos), Ana Isabelle (Paula) . Features classics of the area and original songs. Raul Abrego (Scenic Designer),Lucrecia Briceno & Benjamin Swope* (Lighting), *Julian Evans* (Sound), *Rocco Disanti* (Projection), Hochi Asiatico (Costume), Charles Bowden (Props), Rosalba Rolon *(Dramatist). Tuesday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 5pm & 9pm; Sunday. at 3pm & 7pm. Running Time: 2 hours with intermission.
Shubert Theater to be announced
Paula Vogel's wonderfully moving play with music was probably the one I most hoped would find its way to Broadway to reach a larger audience. Any my wish has come true, the show is having a Broadway production in April and an opening has been set for 4/18/17. For an idea of what to expect, here's a link to my review last year when it was produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse and Yale Repertory Theatre at the Vineyard Theater.
In White America
Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre at Castillo Theatre 543 W. 42n Street
From 10/15/16; closing 11/15/16. Written by Martin Duberman and directed by Charles Maryan. What it's about: Traces our national journey from early colonial times through the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954. With text drawn directly from historical records, including the narratives of former slaves
Roundabout Underground Theater 111 W. 46Th St.
New Play By Jenny Rachel Weiner, directed By Kip Fagan. Cast: Brooke Bloom, Carmen M. Herlihy, Alex Hernandez, Socorro Santiago, Stephanie Styles. From 10/07/16; opening 11/02/16; closing 12/18/16.. All tickets $25. What it's about: Samantha (Herlihy ) is lonely and confined to her bed. Layne (Bloom) is shy and too afraid of the world to journey into it. When both women decide that online dating might be the outlet they need, they venture into the wilds of the Internet and find deep connection in each other. The only problem: they're each pretending to be someone else. What happens when the feelings are real but the people are not? Arnulfo Maldonado (Sets), Tilly Grimes (Costumes), Thom Weaver (Lighting), Daniel Perelstein (Sound) and Darrel Maloney (Projections).Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:00PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30PM.
Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater 416 West 42nd Street
A new play y Adam Bock, directed by Anne Kauffman. From 9/30/16; opening 10/24/16; closing 11/27/16. Cast: David Hyde Pierce, Marinda Anderson, Brad Heberlee, Nedra McClyde, and Lynne McCollough.. What it's about: Nate Martin (Mr. Pierce) is hopelessly single. When his most recent breakup, another in a lifelong string of ill-fated matches, casts him into a funk, he turns to the only source of wisdom he trusts: the stars. Poring over astrological charts, he obsessively questions his past and his place in the cosmos. Scenic design by Laura Jellinek, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Matt Frey, and sound design by Mikhail Fiksel. Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7PM. Our Review
Love, Love, Love
Roundabout Theatre at Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 West 46th Street
From 9/22/16; opening 10/19/16; closing. 12/18/16. Written by Mike Bartlett, directed by Michael Mayer. Cast: Richard Armitage, Alex Hurt, Zoe Kazan, Ben Rosenfield and Amy Ryan. What it's about: London, 1967. Beatlemania is in full effect, the ME generation is in its prime, and Kenneth and Sandra have the world at their fingertips. All they need is this summer of love, but what will happen when the sex, drugs and rock and roll fade away and these boomers have babies of their own? Our Review
INTAR, 500 West 52nd Street (at 10th Avenue), 4th floor
José Rivera adaptation of Jean Genet play, directed by Daniel Irizarry. Cast: Laura Butler Rivera (Monique), Daniel Irizarry (La Doña), Charlie Munn (Ivette), José Rivera (Monique), Casey Robinson (Monique), and Folami Williams (Ivette) Running Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission. From 9/29/2016; opened 10/6/2016; closing 10/30/2016 Thursdays–Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 5 pm. our review
Master Harold ... and the boys
The Irene Diamond Stage atPershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street 212-244-7529 (www.SignatureTheatre.org
Athol Fugard revival. From 10/18/16; opens 11/07/16; closing 11/27/16. All tickets for the initial run of the production are $30 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. To purchase tickets for all Signature productions, call Ticket Services. Cast: Leon Addison Brown (Signature?s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek & The Train Driver) as Sam, Sahr Ngaujah (FELA! & Signature?s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek) as Willie and Noah Robbins ) as Hally. Christopher H. Barreca (Scenic Design), Susan Hilferty (Costume Design), Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Sound Design), and Barbara Rubin (Dialect Coach). Linda Marvel is the Production Stage Manager. What it's about: In a small tea shop in South Africa in 1950, two black men and a young white boy joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous love. But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe.
My Name Is Gideon: I'm Probably Going To Die, Eventually
at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater 224 Waverly Place
Direct from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, after traveling across three continents, Gideon Irving makes his American stage debut with his new solo show. The show didn't happen when Walker Space suddenly closed but has now found thisnew home. It will now be from 11/11/16; opening 11/16/16; closing 12/11/16 what it's about: Irving is an unconventional theatrical couchsurfing troubadour who has been biking, rollerblading and driving from one town to the next for the past five years, performing and residing in the homes of perfect strangers. After 500 home shows, Gideon is now inviting audiences into his own living room on the NY stage, bringing them his unique blend of songs, stories, and underwater levitation. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM, with matinees on Saturdays at 2PM and Sundays at 3PM. All For One Theater (AFO) is pleased to announce that Gideon Irving will indeed make his American stage debut with his new solo show My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going To Die, Eventually which now opens Thursday, November 17th ). Previews will now begin Friday, November 11th for a limited run through December 11th. The show’s previous engagement was cancelled prior to its first preview by the sudden closing of Soho Rep.'s Walker Street theater.
Notes From The Field: doing Time in Education
2nd Stage, 43rd Street
New York premiere of work created, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith and directed by Leonard Foglia. This marks Ms. Smith and Mr. Foglia's return to Second Stage Theatre, where their previous collaboration, Let Me Down Easy played in 2008. From 10/15/16; opening 11/02/16. What it's about: The documentary solo piece is drawn from interviews with more than 250 people and scrutinizes a justice system that pushes minors from poor communities into incarceration. Scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, projection design by Elaine McCarthy.
Not That Jewish
New World Stages 340 W 50th St, (212) 239-6200 NotThatJewish.com
World premiere of solo show written and performed by Emmy-winning writer and comedian Monica Piper (Roseanne and Rugrats). Directed by Mark Waldrop. From 10/06/16; opening 10/23/16; through January 2017. October 6 at with an official opening set for October 23. What it's about: autobiographical telling of Piper's life as a “jew. .'ish girl", from growing up in a show business family in the Bronx and taking her first step on to a comedy club stage, to a WASP wedding. Set design by Michael Carnahan, lighting design by Julie Duro, sound design by Ian Wehrle, and projection design by Zachary G. Borovay. Running Time: 1 hour and 20 Minutes
On the Exhale
roundabout's Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 West 46th Street
A world premiere by Martín Zimmerman (Netflix's Narcos), starring Marin Ireland and directed by Leigh Silverman. From 2/07/17; opening 2/28/17;closing 4/02/17. productions are $25. What it's about: When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor (Ireland) finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime, -and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we're all part of the problem. More details TBA. Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:00PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30PM.
Orwell In America
New York premiere by Joe Sutton and direct Tuesday to Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM. What it's about: In the first years after World War II the author of Animal Farm is chaperoned during an American book tour by a fetching young woman, whose job is to dissuade Orwell from telling Americans why he is a proud socialist. Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Joe Sutton (Voir Dire, Complicit) imagines what might have happened if one of the 20th Century's most celebrated authors, George Orwell, had actually visited America. Cast: Jamie Horton in the title role and Jeanna De Waal as his chaperone; also Casey Predovic.
Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
New York premiere of J. T. Rogers dark comedy directed by Bartlett Sher. From 6/16/16; opening 7/11/16. What it's about: Story of how Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, social scientist Terje RÃ¸d-Larsen, planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Cast: Michael Aronov, Adam Dannheisser, Jennifer Ehle, Daniel Jenkins, Dariush Kashani, Jefferson Mays, Daniel Oreskes, Henny Russell, Joseph Siravo, and T. Ryder Smith. Sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Peter John Still. Rogers is also the author of the plays Blood and Gifts, The Overwhelming, and Madagascar. Our Review
Othello: The Remix
Westside Theatre 407 W. 43rd 212-239-6200. Othellotheremix.com
NY premiere eritten, composed and directed by GQ and JQ and developed with Rick Boynton. An 80-minute, high-energy spin on Bardian tragedy. Cast: GQ (Iago/Brabantio), JQ (Roderigo/Loco Vito/Bianca), Jackson Doran (Cassio/Emilia), Postell Pringle (Othello) and DJ Supernova (DJ). What it's about: This group's third hip-hop translation of Shakespeare and brings the brothers who last performed their production of their other Shakespeare hit The Bomb-itty of Errors. Tuesdays at 7 pm; Wednesdays at 2 & 8 pm; Thursdays at 7 pm; Fridays at 7 pm; Saturdays at 2 & 8 pm; and Sundays at 2 pm. (see web site for holiday changes). From 10/25/16; opening 11/16/16. Running Time: 80 minutes
The Other Mozart
Players Theater 15 MacDougal Street, 3rd floor, no elevator
Sylvia Milo as the great composer from 9/23/16; closing 11/13/16-- with a rotating cast of the four actresses. Running Time: 75 minutes.
Public's Anspacher Theater
New York premiere of work originally commissioned and produced by Oregon Shakespeare Festival from 11/01/16; closing 12/11/16. . Cast: Oberon K.A. Adjepong (Blue); Michael Elich (Marcus, FBI Agent); Gizel Jimenez (Clara); Ramona Keller (Amira); Christopher Livingston (Malik); Jesse J. Perez (Tito); Sophia Ramos (Maruca); Robynn Rodriguez (Donna, Fina); Horace V. Rogers (Solias). Developed and Directed by Liesl Tommy A new work about the complicated legacies of the original Black Panther Party and the Young Lords Org/Party. Developed and directed by Liesl Tommy. What it's about: Based on dozens of interviews with members of these groups the play imagines a present-day reunion at an art opening curated by two young counter culturalists; but the curators themselves have complex relationships with the Party members, who fought injustice and provided free food and medical care for their communities—often at the expense of the people who loved them most. Old wounds and generational divides collide in this astonishing, multi-media theatrical event about the price of being a revolutionary, and what it means for those who come after.
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 Pigeon in the Taj Mahal
Irish Repertory Theatre, W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre
Dark comedy by Laoisa Sexton, directed by Alan Cox. From 11/16/16; closing 12/31/16. Cast: Laoisa Sexton, John Keating, Johnny Hopkins, and Zoe Watkins. What it's about: In the West of Ireland, a lonely outsider is forced to live on an abandoned campsite on the barren outskirts of a seaside town. But late one night, when a lost bachelorette party discover his caravan, he finds his whole existence challenged and his home life threatened. During this long night of reckoning, amongst the glitter and the grime, a battle for survival ensues, but in these few hours can tender love save us all? Scenic design by Charlie Corcoran, lighting design by Michael O'Connor, costume design by Martha Hally, sound design and original music by Ryan Rumery, props by Sven Nelson.
Public Theater 420 Lafayette St.
Revial of David Hare's play, directed by David Leveaux. From 10/04/16; opening 10//23/16; closing 12/01/16 (An extension before the offical opening). What it's about: Susan Traherne, a British secret agent flown into France during World War II. Her experiences over the two decades that follow paint the portrait of a remarkably brave woman who finds in peacetime the values and relationships she cherished in war. After its initial Public Theater run in 1982, the drama transferred to Broadway in 1983, receiving a Tony nomination for Best Play. Scenic design by Mike Britton, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by David Weiner, original music and sound design by David Van Tieghem, and hair and wig design by Leah J. Loukas. Cast: Stars Rachel Weisz as Susan Traherne and Corey Stoll as Raymond Brock; also Pun Bandhu (M. Aung), Ken Barnett (Codename Lazar), Emily Bergl (Alice Park), Dani De Waal (Louise), Mike Iveson (Another Frenchman), Byron Jennings (Leonard Darwin), LeRoy McClain (Mick), Tim Nicolai (John Begley), Paul Niebanck (Sir Andrew Charleson), Ann Sanders (Mme. Aung), Benjamin Thys (A Frenchman), and Liesel Allen Yeager (Dorcas). Our Review
Origin Theatre Company at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street. 212-239-6200
New York English language premiere by Dutch playwright Lot Vekeman. From 11/10/16; opening 11/10/16; closing 12/11/16. Cast: Birgit Huppuch and Michael Laurence. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm, with no performances on Wednesday and Thursday November 23 and 24. What it's about: a couple rediscovers the toxicity of their failed relationship after a time apart. Directed by Erwin Maas.Running time: 90 minutes.
Minetta Lane Theatre 18 Minetta Lane
The New York premiere of a rock odyssey conceived and directed by Luke Comer, with original music composed by Tierro Lee. From 10/27/16; opening 11/13/16; open ended. Cast Luke Comer, Billy Lewis Jr, Zarah Mahler, Emily Raydor and Marija Juliette . Choreographed by Jessica Chen. What it's about: part concert, part movie, and part performance.
Pearl Theater West 42nd Street
David Harrower's version of the Henrik Ibsen's parable about the collision of truth and politics, directed byHal Brooks. Cast:s Jimonn Cole, Dominic Cuskern, Arielle Goldman, Guiesseppe Jones, John Keating, Alex Purcell, Carol Schultz, Nilaja Sun, Robbie Tann, Alex Haynes, and David Vino. Running Time: 90 minutes. From 9/29/16; opening 10/09/16; closing 11/06/16. Our Review
Playwrights Horizon Mainstage Theater 416 West 42nd Street
Comedy by Dan LeFranc, directed by DanielAukin. Romom 11/11/16; opening 12/06/16; closing 12/23/1. Cast: Ruth Aguilar, Mark Blum, , Bill Buell , Ethan Dubin, Julia Duffy, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Lusia Strus, Mare Winningham, and Mark Zeisler-- also the canine talents of Marti. What it's about: We never meet young Richie and Lonna, whose marriage is on the rocks but miles and miles away, in the affluent southwestern suburb where their parents live, their separation is disturbing the tranquility of a community they've barely met. It's a comedy of anxiety and awkward neighbors who drift from one gathering to the next, wrestling life's grandest themes while fending off existential despair. Scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Matt Frey and sound design by Tony Award winner Leon Rothenberg. Tuesday-Thursday at 7 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.
The Real Actors of NYC
Anne L. Bernstein Theater at The Theater Center, 50th and Broadway
An original musical with book, lyrics and music by Karlan Judd about an infuriated trio of musical theatre actors determined make it on Broadway by any means. From 9/24/16; opening 10/13/16; open ended. Directed by Max Friedman What it's about: Mumz has a 30 year old grudge that needs to be settled. When a Young Marge casts her friend in a splashy Broadway Musical, instead of the talented Young Mumzy Taylor, its sets in motion a lifetime of disappointment and shattered dreams for Mumz. She loses her mind and creates her own reality. Now she has the chance to get back at the one person who screwed her over and ruined her life! It's a loving indictment of the musical theatre industry. Cast: Klea Blackhurst, Noah Zachary, Jennifer Jean Anderson, Nicholas Barnes, RJ Vaillancourt, Lorinda Lisitza and Jake Mckenna.Thursdays at 8PM and Saturdays at 4:45PM and 10:30PM.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Wild Project East Village
Bertolt Brechts political farce, directed by Kevin Confoy, and PTE Artistic Director, Craig V. Smith as the title character. NY premiere of translation by Stephen Sharkey. From 10/20/16; closing 11/23/16. What it's about: Set in 1930s, a Tony Soprano/Al Capone-like figure named Arturo Ui, is a crazy but totally charismatic gangster bent on gaining power at all costs in this savage satire of the rise of Hitler. Our Review
Ride the Cyclone
MCC at the Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Stree
New York premiere of musical with book, music and lyrics by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell; direction and choreography of Rachel Rockwell. Original Chicago cast: Lillian Castillo, Karl Hamilton, Emily Rohm and Kholby Wardell, plus Taylor Louderman, Alex Wyse,Gus Halper,Emily Walton. From 11/09/16; opening 12/01/16; closing 12/18/16. What it's about: The Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir will board the Cyclone roller coaster at 8:17pm. At 8:19 the front axle will break, sending them to their tragic demise. A mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell the story of a life interrupted - with the promise of a prize like no other. Scenic design by Scott Davis, costume design by Theresa Ham, lighting by Greg Hofmann, sound by Garth Helm, and projections by Mike Tutaj. Musical supervision by Doug Peck and musical direction by Remy Kurs. In celebration of its 30th Anniversary Season, MCC Theater will offer a limited number of $30 tickets to preview performances.
The Roads To Home
Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St. 212-352-3101 Commerce Street
1982 triptych by Horton Foote, directed by Michael Wilson. What it's about: 3 women living in Houston, Texas in the 1920s grapple with the eternal question of where home is. Running Time: 2 hrs. and 10 minutes with 1 intermission
From 9/14/16; opening 10/05/16; closing 11/27/16. Cast: Cast: Devon Abner, Dan Bittner Rebecca Brooksher, Hallie Foote, Harriet Harris and Matt Sullivan. Scenic design by Jeff Cowie, costume design by David C. Woolard, lighting design by David Lander, original music and sound design by John Gromada, Our Review
NAATCO Asian American Theater Company at 3LD Art & Technology 80 Greenwich Street at Rector
New York premiere by Cast: Daniel K. Isaac, Mia Katigbak, Glenn Kubota, Bex Kwan,Virginia Wing. From 10/24/16; opening 10/31/16; closing 11/19/16. What it's about: Archer, still known as Angela to his family, returns home to Central Oregon to be with his ailing father. With a hard-of-hearing Grandma obsessed with planning her "granddaughter's" wedding, a father who keeps sneaking out for sugar binges, and a mother wound tightly with worry and anger. Scenic design by Kimie Nishikawa, costume design by Brynn Almli, lighting design by Oliver Wason,sound design by Miles Polaski, puppet design by Tom Lee and projections design by Thomas Kavanagh.
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.
The Studio at Stage II - Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center - Stage II 131 West 55th Street
Sarah Jones is back on stage, directed by Carolyn Cantor. She'll once again portray a meley of characters inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the sex industry. Dane Laffrey (scenic and costume design), Eric Southern (lighting design), Bray Poor (sound design), and Antonia Grilikes-Lasky (dramaturg). From 9/27/16; opening 10/18/16;closing 11/20/16. Our Review
Sense & Sensibility
This extended and extended again, returned after a hiatus and now just extended for a final time for another six weeks, closing 11/20/16. For detaisl see review
The Servant of Two Masters
Theatre for a New Audience at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn
An adaptation by Constance Congdon from a translation by Christina Sibul of Carlo Goldoni's play, directed by Christopher Bayes. From 11/06/16; opening 11/16/16; closing 12/04/16. Cast: Liam Craig (Brighella), Steven Epp (Truffaldino), Melanie Field (Smeraldina), Andy Grotelueschen (Pantalone), Eugene Ma (Silvio), Jacob Ming-Trent (Dottore), Orlando Pabotoy (Florindo), Adina Verson (Clarice), and Liz Wisan (Beatrice). set designer Katherine Akiko Day, costume designer Valérie Thérèse Bart, lighting designer Chuan-Chi Chan, sound designers Charles Coes and Nathan A. Roberts, hair and makeup designer Dave Bova, properties supervisor Eric Reynolds, and fight director Rick Sordelet. Christopher Curtis and Aaron Halva will play original music. This adaptation had its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre in 2010. It subsequently played at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., and won a Helen Hayes Award for Epp (Best Actor) and a Helen Hayes nomination for Bayes (Best Director).
New World Stages/Stage 4 340 West 50th Street 212-239-6200 ShearMadness.com
New York premiere of long touring comedy whodunit; From 10/22/15; open-ended. Cast: Adam Gerber, Jeremy Kushnier, Kate Middleton, Patrick Noonan, Jonathan Spivey, and Lynne Wintersteller. What it's about: The mystery in which the audience gets to solve the crime is set in a local hair salon that turns into a wacky murder scene. It was adapted by Bruce Jordan from a play entitled Scherenschnitt written in 1963 by German writer and psychologist to use as a study of how people perceive or misperceive reality. It was first presented in 1978. Monday at 7pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm and 7:30pm. Tickets from $49.50. our review
She Stoops to Conquer
TACT at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row
From 10/04/16; opening 10/16/16; closing 11/05/16. Revival by Oliver Goldsmith kick off the company's season.TACT Artistic Director Scott Alan Evans will direct. Cast: Jeremy Beck, Cynthia Darlow, Mairin Lee, James Prendergast, Tony Roach, John Rothman and Richard Thieriot. What it's about: Aclassic 18th century British comedy in which a mismatched love comes to rights when a strong young woman lowers the stakes. This streamlined new adaptation that will include some audience participation. Set esign by Brett Banakis , lighting design by Mary Louise Geiger and costume design by Tracy Christiansen. 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
Small Mouth Sounds
Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street www.SmallMouthSounds.com
Written by Bess Wohl and directed by Rachel Chavkin. From 7/03/16; opening 7/13/16; closing 10/09/16.Originally staged and produced by Ars Nova, this reprise reunites many of the original cast members. What it's about: In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life's biggest questions when words fail us. Laura Jellinek (Scenic Design), Tilly Grimes (Costume Design), Mike Inwood (Lighting Design), Stowe Nelson (Sound Design), Andrew Schneider (Projection Design), and Noah Mease (Prop Design). Cast:Quincy Tyler Bernstin, Zoe Winters, Max Baker, Carmen Zilles, and James Seol, Marcia DeBonis, Jojo Gonzalez, Brad Heberlee, Babak Tafti. Performances July 3 - July 17: Tuesday - Friday at 7:30pm; Wednesday at 2pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm. Beginning July 18: Monday - Friday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8:30pm. Beginning September 5: Tuesday â€“ Friday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8:30pm, and Sunday at 7:30pm. Our Review
Triad 158 West 72nd Street
Musical celebrating (and roasting) the Broadway blockbuster byGerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind Forbidden Broadway. From 7/19/16; opening 9/08/16; closing 12/31/16. Cast: Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nicholas Alexander Rodriguez, Dan Rosales, and Nora Schell, with Music Director Fred Barton at the piano, along with special surprise guest stars, including Christine Pedi and additional divas, who pop in weekly to add to the fun. Gerry McIntyre (Choreography), Dustin Cross (Costume Design), Richard Danley (Musical Arrangements), and Michael Cassara, CSA (Casting Director). Running time: 65 minutes. Tues-Fri 7pm; Sat at 9pm. Spamilton - Gerard Alessandrini
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.
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
MckittridgeHotel & National Theatre of Scotland at The McKittrick Hotel 542 West 27th Street www.mckittrickhotel.com
From 11/16/16; opening 12/13/16; closing 1/08/17. Music-filled folk theater fable, created by writer David Greig and director Wils Wilson, with design by Georgia McGuinness, movement by Janice Parker and musical direction by Alasdair Macrae. This limited holiday engagement unfolds among and around its audience, a lyrical story told with live music throughout its supernatural setting. The show will perform concurrently, and separately from, the venue’s resident production of Sleep No More, which continues its regular seven-days-a-week performance schedule.
Women's Project Theater at McGinn/Cazale Theatre
World premiere written by and starring two-time Grammy-nominated comic Lisa Lampanelli with additional material by Ashley Austin Morris and direction by Jackson Gay. From 9/23/16; opening 10/07/16; closing 11/13/16. What it's about: Comic xxploration of the complexity of women's relationships to food and body image via a bulimic, a compulsive eater, a confident overweight woman and a chronically thin one.. Cast In addition to Lampanelli: Ann Harada, Zainab Jah and Jessica Luck. Running Time: 90 minutes. Our Review
Martinson Hall-Public Theater 420 Lafayette Street
New York premiere ) by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. What it's about: Tell the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on the line of a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat. Kate Whoriskey directs. From 10/18/16; opening 11/03/16; closing 12/04/16(an extension before performances even begin. 12 Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. There is an added 7:00 p.m. performance on Monday, November 7 and added 1:00 p.m. performance on Wednesday, November 16 and Wednesday, November 23. There is no 1:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, October 22; no performance on Tuesday, November 8 or Thursday, November 24; and no 7:00 p.m. performance on Sunday, November 20.
Tooting Arts Club production at Barrow Street Theatre
From an adaptation by Christopher Bond adaptation of Sondheim/Wheeler musica. From 2/14/17; opening 3/01/17. 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. More details about cast and production TBA.
The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center's Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street
A new production of the classic muscial with Book by Neil Simon; Music by Cy Coleman; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Now choreographed by Joshua Bergasse and directed by Leigh Silverman. From 11/02/16; opening 11/20/26; closing 12/30/16. Cast:Yesenia Ayala (Ensemble), Darius Barnes (Ensemble), James Brown III (Ensemble), Lori Ann Ferreri (Swing), Sutton Foster (Charity Hope Valentine), Asmeret Ghebremichael (Nickie), Shuler Hensley (Oscar), Sasha Hutchings (Rosie / Ensemble), Donald Jones, Jr. (Ensemble), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Ursula / Ensemble), Emily Padgett (Helene), Joel Perez (Herman / Vittorio / Daddy Brubeck) and Ryan Worsing (Swing). Scenic Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Clint Ramos, Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter, Sound Design by Leon Rothenberg), Orchestrations by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Music Direction by Georgia Stitt
A Taste of Honey
Pearl Theatre Company 555 West 42nd Street 212.563.9261
Revival of Shelagh Delaney's play written when she was 18, directed by Austin Pendleton. From 9/06/16; opening 9/16/16; closing 10/30/16. What it's about: a young woman facing an uncertain future in a hostile world. Cast: Rebekah Brockman as Jo, John Evans Reese as Geoff; Rachel Botchan as Helen, Bradford Cover as Peter, and Ade Otukoya as Jimmy. Harry Feiner (sets), Barbara A. Bell (costumes), Eric Southern (lights), Jane Shaw (sound). Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including 1 intermission. Our Review
A Taste of Things to Come
York Theater Company
Book, music and lyrics by Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin, with an original concept by Levin and direction and choreography by Lorin Latarro. New musical set in 1950s Winnetka, Ill where 4 women enter a Betty Crocker cooking contest in hopes of changing their lives but it's a recipe for disaster in an age when the way to a man's heart is through his stomach they discover that the way to a woman's heart is through her best friends. From 11/09/16; opening 11/17/16; closing 12/11/16.
Terms Of Endearment
Theater A at 59E59 Street
> Play by Dan Gordon baded on Larry McMurtry's book. From 10/29/16; opening 11/16/16 closing 12/11/16, What it's about: The relationship between a highly opinionated mother and her feisty daughter as they seek to find humor and courage in the face of life's challenges. Stage and screen veteran Molly Ringwald to play Aurora Greenway in this US premiere stage adaptation. Cast besides Ringwald: Hannah Dunne (in her professional stage debut) as her daughter Emma; Jeb Brown as Garrett; Denver Milord as Flap; John C. Vennema as Doctor Maise; Jessica DiGiovannias Patsy/Doris/Nurse. David L. Arsenault (set design); Michael McDonald (costume design); Graham Kindred (lighting design); Quentin Chiappetta (sound design); and Amanda Miller (wig design). The Production Stage Manager is Rose Riccardi.
That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody
DR2 Theatre 103 East 15th Street
World premiere, from 9/19/16; opening 10/03/16; closing 12/11/16. Tickets are $69 to $99. What it's about: parodies classic Golden Girls moments from those four old girls from Miami Cast: Arlee Chadwick as Rose, Cat Greenfield as Blanche, Weston Chandler Long as Dorothy and Emmanuelle Zeesman as Sophia. Puppets created by Joel Gennari. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at 7:30pm; Friday at 7:30pm & 10pm; Saturday at 3pm & 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Running time 90 minutes, no intermission.
This Day Forward
Vineyard Theater 108 E. 15 St. World premiere comedy by by Nicky Silver, directed by Mark Brokaw . From 11/03/16; opening 11/21/16. What it's about: Martin thinks he has just married the girl of his dreams, but when Irene makes a surprising confession in their honeymoon suite, all their well-made plans fall apart. Nearly 50 years later, Irene's children wrestle with their past and a mother whose secrets are quickly fading along with her memory. Cast: Andrew Burnap, Michael Crane, Holley Fain, Francesca Faridany, June Gable. Scenic design by Allen Moyer, costumes by Kaye Voyce, lighting by David Lander and original music and sound design by David Van Tieghem.
Keen Company Theatre Row/Acorn Theatre 410 West 42nd Street
Revival of autobiographic musical, pre-Rent. Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson. Script Consultant, David Auburn. Choreographed by Christine O'Grady. Directed by Jonathan Silverstein. From 10/04/16; opening 10/20/16;closing 12/18/16. Cast: Nick Blaemire, Ciara Renee (Susan), George Salazar (Michael) Our Review
Tiny Beautiful Things
Public Theater's Shiva Theater
World premiere adaptation of Sheryl Strayed book co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail, and Nia Vardalos and directed by Thomas Kail. Cast: Varddalos as Online Advice Columnist "Sugar"; also Phillip James Brannon, Alfredo Narciso, Miriam Silverman, Natalie Woolams-Torres Award-nominated writer Nia Vardalos, with direction by Thomas Kail. From 11/15/16; opening 12/07/16; closing 12/ 31/16 (a pre-opening extension of 2 weeks). Miriam Silverman will be the cover for "Sugar" and will be performing on November 20 and November 27 at 6:30 p.m. What it's about: Sugar, the online advice columnist who thousands of people have turned to for words of wisdom, honesty and hope ultimately reveals herself to be Strayed. Scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. Tuesday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. There is no 1:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, November 19; and no performance on Thursday, November 24; and Sunday, December 25. There is an added performance at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21; Friday, December 23; Wednesday, December 28; and Friday, December 30.
Two Class Acts: Ajax and Squash
The Flea Theater 41 White Street
World premieres by A.R. Gurney, directed by Stafford Arima. From 10/10/16; opening 10/23/16. In Squash, a professor of classic literature finds himself questioning his identity when a student presents an intriguing take on Plato's Symposium. Boundaries are tested and personal lives are upended as they grapple with sexuality, love, and sport. The cast: Dan Amboyer (Dan Proctor), Nicole Lowrance (Becky Proctor), and Rodney Richardson (Gerald Caskey). In Ajax, an intrepid student adapts Sophocles' defining war epic to the amusement of his English professor. A passionate ex-actress, the professor quickly finds herself entangled in every aspect of the play. The rotatomg Bats Cast: Rachel Lin and Olivia Jampol (Meg); Ben Lorenz and Chris Tabet (Adam). Ajax plays Wednesday through Mondays at 7PM and 9PM and Sunday at 2PM and 4PM. Squash plays Wednesday through Mondays at 8PM and Sunday at 3PM. P www.theflea.org.
Ultimate Beauty Bible
New Ohio Theater 154 Christopher St.
World premiere by Caroline V. McGraw, directed by Stephen Brackett. From 10/25/16; opening 11/03/16 closing 11/19/16. Cast: Eboni Booth, Alex Breaux, Molly Griggs, Nadine Malouf, Sathya Sridharan and Ariel Woodiwiss. What it's about: Danielle, Lee, and Tiffany have scaled the masthead of Crimp magazine, gaining access to the best the city has to offer—nightlife, men, and the beautiful baubles showcased in every issue. But when workaholic Danielle is forced to face her mortality, she begins to wonder what it's all worth. In this dark comedy, questions of romance, sex, ambition, and loyalty spin Danielle and her friends out of control as they consider the possibility of life without each other.
Underground Railroad Game
Ars Nova 511 West 54th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues arsnovanyc.com
From 9/13/16; opening 9/26/16; closing 11/11/16. Created by Jennifer Kidwell & Scott Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special. Cast: Jennifer Kidwell & Scott Sheppard. Drected by Taibi Magar Monday–Wednesday at 7pm; Thursday–Saturday at 8pm. What it's about: Show was inspired by Sheppard's fifth grade experience of Civil War thematic unit in which the class was divided into Confederate Soldiers and Union Soldiers and each side would receive points for their military strategy, and one of the key point scoring exercises was The Underground Rail Road Game Tilly Grimes (production design), Steven Dufala (scenic design), Oona Curley (lighting design), and Mikaal Sulaiman (sound design). Our Review
New World Stages 340 W. 50th St. .212-239-6200
Illusionist Helder Guimaraes' solo show, directed by Rodrigo Santos. From 9/19/16; opening 9/28/16; closing 1/15/17. Magicians and their sleight of hand tricks have become part of the theatrical landscape and Guimaraes is an epert and a charmer, though according to some of our readers it doesn't quite warrant 2 hours.
Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center 131 West 55th Street
New York premiere of a play by Qui Nguyen, directed by May Adrales. Cast: Jon Hoche, Jennifer Ikeda, Raymond Lee, Samantha Quan and Paco Tolson. From 10/04/16; opening 10/25/16; closing 11/27/16. Runing Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, with intermission What it's about: A modern twist on the All-American love story, with this boy and girl refugees from the Vietnam War newly settled in a relocation camp inside Middle America. Produced in association with South Coast Repertory.Tim Mackabee (scenic design), Anthony Tran (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Shane Rettig (original music and sound design), and Jared Mezzocchi (projection design). Our Review
What Did You Expect?
Public's LuEsther Hall 425 Lafayette Street (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org
second play of a three play cycle about the Gabriels written and directed by Richard Nelson. Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Like his Appple Family plays, the trilogy will feature. From 9/10/16; opening 9/16/16; closing 10/09/16; to be followed by the final play Women Of A Certain Age, from 10/04/16; open 11/08 8, closing 12/04/16. Unlike the Apple plays which spanned 4 years, this group will be set on three specific evenings over just eight months and parallel our presidential election, as it weaves its way through the lives of the Gabriel family. Once again, each play will open on the day it is set and unfold in real time over a couple of hours. Cast: Meg Gibson (Karin Gabriel), Lynn Hawley (Hannah Gabriel), Roberta Maxwell (Patricia Gabriel), Maryann Plunkett (Mary Gabriel), Jay O. Sanders (George Gabriel), and Amy Warren (Joyce Gabriel). Plot details: The Gabriels live just around the corner from the Apples in Rhinebeck, New York. Scenic design by Susan Hilferty and Jason Ardizzone-West; costume design by Susan Hilferty; lighting design by Jennifer Tipton; and sound design by Scott Lehrer and Will Pickens. Our Review
New World Stages - Stage 1. 212-239-620
World Premeire of Matthew Lombardo Xmas comedy in couplets. Directed by Carl Andress. Cast: Jennifer Simard as Cindy Lou Who From 11/02/16 9 weeks only From 11/02/6; opening 11/16/16; closing 1/02/17. What it's about: Middle-aged Cindy Lou Who, now residing in a beaten down trailer in the snowy hills of Mount Crumpit while she prepares to host a Christmas Eve party for her friends, she recalls from her own perspective that fated night when she first met the Grinch, and the strange turn of events her life has taken for the past 40 years.David Gallo (sets), Ken Billington (lighting), Jess Goldstein (costumes), Bart Fasbender (sound), Charles LaPointe (wigs). Mondays, Wednesdays through Saturday at 8PM; Saturdays at 2PM, and Sundays at 3PM and 7PM. Tickets $125.00, $95.00 and $75.00.
Mint Theater at Beckett Theater at Theater Row complex
World premier of 1933 comedy by Miles Malleson, directed by Jonathan Bank. Cast: Todd Cerveris, Mikaela Izquierdo, Elisabeth Gray, John Hutton, Max von Essen. from 12/27/16; opening 1/26/17; closing 2/18/17. What it's about: Explores the consquences of free love. The play was published in 1933 but never produced, making this a very belated World Premiere. Zora Neale Hurston
Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theater at Castillo Theater 543 West 42nd Street www castillo.org,
Revival of theatrical biography by Lawrence to celebrate Hurston's 125th birthday Holder. From10/20/16; closing1 11/20/16. Thur, Fri and Sat at 7:30 PM, Sat and Sun at 2:00 PM. $40 general admission, $30 students and seniors. Running time: 75 minutes. Elizabeth Van Dyke and Joseph Lewis Edwards will recreate the characters they played in 1998 at The American Place Theatre: she as Hurston, he as the men in her life. Woodie King, Jr. will direct. To read our review of that production go here
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