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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.



Actually
MTC in association with williamstown Theatre Festival, Studio Stage at City Center
NY premiere by Anna Ziegler and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. From 10/31/17; opening 11/14/17; closing. What it's about: At a raucous party during their freshman year at Princeton, Tom and Amber connect in ways that seem innocent enough at first. But as things progress, they find themselves in murky territory, with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives. What actually happened between them? And when it comes to relationships, how often is the truth completely objective? Can we ever shed our pre-conceived notions?

After the Blast
Lincoln Center Claire Tow Theater.
A new play by Zoe Kazan, directed by Lila Neugebauer. From 10/07/17; opening 10/23/17; closing 11/19/17. What it's about: Set in the wake of a total environmental disaster, when the human population has retreated underground. Experience is simulated. Fertility is regulated. And Anna and Oliver have one last chance to have a baby.Cast: TBA. Sets by Daniel Zimmerman, costumes by Kaye Voyce, lighting by Eric Southern, and sound by Brandon Wolcott.

As You Like It
Classic Stage 136 East 13th Street classicstage.org 352-3101
Film, tv and stage star Ellen Burstyn will play Jaques in this new production of a Shakespeare favorite, directed by John Doyle, with music by Stephen Schwartz, and with embers of the cast playing instruments. From 9/13/17;opening 9/28/17; closing 9/29/17. Cast besides Burstyn: Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Celia), Noah Brody (Oliver/Corin), Hannah Cabell (Rosalind), Andre De Shields (Touchstone), Cass Morgan (Old Anna/Audrey), Leenya Rideout (Phoebe), David Samuel (Charles/Silvius), Kyle Scatliffe (Orlando) and Bob Stillman (Duke Frederick/Duke Senior). What it's about: Doyle and Schwartz bring Shakespeare's pastoral romance into the Jazz Age, with lovers in disguise, troubadours in trouble. Scenic design by John Doyle, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward and lighting design by Mike Baldassari. Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 3 and 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm.

Avenue Q
New World Stages at 50th and Eighth Avenue 212/239-6200 www.avenueq.com.
No sooner did the Tony Award winning puppet musical end its 6-year run on Broadway (22 previews and 2,534 performances), than producer Kevin McCollum announced the first ever reverse transfer of a show from Broadway to Off-Broadway. However, it's not returning to its original downtown off-Broadway home (the Vineyard), but remains uptown at the largest venue of the New World Stages complex. The re-opening (Prison Break), Emily Cass McDonnell (Mercury Fur), Brian Miskell (The Flick), Will Pa will begin 10/13/09 and play Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 and 7:30 PM. Tickets from $86.50 to $66.50. For details about the show see our reviews of the Broadway and original off-broadway productionhere


The Baroness - Isak Dinesen's Final Affair
Clurman Theatre410 West 42nd Street
US premiere by Danish playwright Thor Bjorn Krebs won the Danish equivalent of the Tony in his country. Directed by Henning Hegland. from 9/02/17;opens 9/07/17; closing 9/24/17. What it's about: The true story of Karen Blixen, best known by her pen name Isak Dinesen who at age 62 and the pinnacle of her fame in 1948, was introduced to newly renowned 29-year-old Danish poet Thorkild Bjornvig by his publisher's wife. The Baroness Blixen takes him under her wing and the two share a powerful, dangerous and intimate friendship. Cast: Conrad Ardelius, Dee Pelletierand Vanessa Johansson. Akiko Nishijima Rotch (set), Miriam Crowe (lighting), Stine Martinsen (costumes), Amy Altadonna (sound), Aleksi Ranta (composer). Running Time: 90 minutes. Our Review
 

Birth and After Birth
Atlantic Theater Company 336 W. 20th St. (212) 239-6200
' New York premiere by Tina Howe's 1972 absurdist comedy. Cast: Peter Benson, Jeff Binder, Kate Blumberg, Jordan Gelber and Maggie Kiley. Atlantic associate artistic director Christian Parker will direct. From 9/13/17; opening 10/03/17; closing 10/29/17. What it's About: Comic exploration of the joys and terrors of birth and parenthood. Sandy (Kiley) and Bill (Binder) have been up all night preparing a birthday party for Nicky (Gelber), their rambunctious four year-old son. Desperate to impress, Sandy and Bill frantically ready the house for their party guests, Jeffrey (Benson) and Mia (Blumberg), childless anthropologists who study primitive children in far flung places. The party spins out of control as each couple tries to convince the other of their social and personal superiority. Scenic designer Takeshi Kata, costume designer Bobby Tilley, lighting designer Joshua Bradford and sound designer by Obadiah Eves. Since it's debut play has been taught and anthologized and variously produced. Tuesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Note, The Atlantic Theater produced this once before in 2006 with 3 of the same cast members. That was actually the first time it was done by a notable NY theater company and it was updated from the original script.

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.


Charm
MCC at Lucille Lortel Theater
NY premiere by Philip Dawkins, directed by Will Davis. From 8/31/17; opening 9/18/17; closing 10/08/17. What it's about: When Mama Darleena Andrews, a 67-year-old, black, transgender woman, takes it upon herself to teach an etiquette class at Chicago's LGBTQ community center, the idealistic teachings of Emily Post clash with the very real life challenges of identity, poverty and prejudice faced by her students. Inspired by the true story of Miss Gloria Allen and her work at Chicago's Center on Halsted. Cast: Sandra Caldwell leads:Michael David Baldwin, Jojo Brown, Marky Irene Diven, Michael Lorz, Hailie Sahar, Emmy® nominee Kelli Simpkins, Marquise Vilson,Lauren F. Walker. Our Review
 
Charolais
Fishable at 59E59 Theaters (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org
US premiere, written and performed by Noni Stapleton and directed by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh. From 8/29/17; opening 8/31/17; closing 9/24/17. Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM and 7:30. What it's about: A passionate love triangle ensues when a rural Irish woman and a sexy French singing heifer vie for a farmer's attentions. Miriam Duffy (costume design) and Jack Cawley (sound design). The dramaturg is Gavin Kostick.

The Climbers
Metropolitan Playhouse 220 E 4th Street
Clyde Fitch's indictment of a decadent and selfish age, directed by Michael Hardart. Cast: Erin Beirnard, Ian Eaton , Margery Catov (leah, Alyssa Simon, Becca Ballenger, Marc Levasseur, Erin Leigh Schmoyer, David Licht, Levi Adkin, Alexandria Ann, Matt Mcallister. From 9/08/17; opening 9/15/17; closing 10/08/17. Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 pm Sundays at 3 pm; additional- Monday, 9/11 at 7:30 pm (Pay What You Will), Wednesdays, 9/27 & 10/4 at 3 pm Saturdays, 9/30 and 10/7, at 3pm.

A Clockwork Orange
New World Stages
New York premiere, of Alexandra Spencer-Jones' staging that originated at the London Fringe. Cast: Matt Doyle asGeorgie, Jonno Davies as Alex DeLarge. Sean Patrick Higgins as Dim, Brian Lee Huynh as Frank/Dr. Brodsky, Timothy Sekk as Chaplain/Deltroid, Aleksander Varadian as Marty/Warder, Ashley Robinson as Minister/Old Woman, Jimmy Brooks as F-Me Pumps/Governor, Misha Osherovich as Pete, and Jordan Bondurant as Droog. From 9/02/17; opening 9/25/17; closing 1/06/18. What it's about: Based on Anthony Burgess' 1962 novel that also inspired the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film, the play is set in a dystopian British society and follows violent teen Alex, his band of "Droogs" and the intense reformation therapies he undergoes. Cast: Jonno Davies makes his New York Stage debut in the lead role of Alex DeLarge, Matt Doyle as Georgie, Sean Patrick Higgins as Dim, Brian Lee Huynh as Frank / Dr. Brodsky, Timothy Sekk as Chaplain/Deltoid, Aleksander Varadian as Marty/Warder, Ashley Robinson as Minister / Old Woman, Jimmy Brooks as F-Me Pumps / Governor, Misha Osherovich as Pete, and Jordan Bondurant as a swing.

Cross That River
59 E 59 Theaters
From 11/28/17; closing 12/31/17. Book and lyrics by Allan and Pat Harris, music by Allan Harris, directed by Regge Life. Cast: Maya Azucena, Allan Harris, Alan Grubner, Miki Hayama, Seth Johnson, Caroline Leonhart, Jeffery Smith, Shirazette Tinnin, and Jay White. What it's about: The unsettled West of the 1860s provides a new life and new dreams for Blue, a run-away slave, who escapes to Texas to become one of America's first Black Cowboys. EAch song presents a different page in this complicated chapter of American History. Curvy Widow
Westside Theatre 407 West 43rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.
Book by Bobby Goldman, music and lyrics by Drew Brody,directed by Peter Flynn, choreography by Marcos Santana. Starring Nancy Opel. Monday at 8PM, Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday at 2PM and 8PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 2PM and 8PM, and Sunday at 3PM. From 7/20/19; opening 8/03/17; closing 10/15/17- now 12/31/17. This is a straight transfer from the premiere at New Jersey's premiere at the George Street Theater so our review during that premiere still applies . To read that review 9/13/17 update: go here .


Describe the Night
Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater 336 West 20th Street
New York premiere by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Giovanna Sardelli. Cast: Tina Benko, Nadia Bowers, Danny Burstein, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Max Gordon Moore and Stephen Stocking. What it's about: In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel (Burstein) wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk. Set in Russia over the course of 90 years, this epic new play traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth and conspiracy theories. From 11/10/17; opening 12/05/17; closing 12/24/17. Scenic design by Tim Mackabee, costume design by Amy Clark, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design and original compositions by Daniel Kluger. Tuesdays at 7pm | Wednesday-Saturdays at 8pm | Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm (No Saturday 2pm matinee 11/11 or Thursday 8pm performance 11/23- with added 7pm performances 11/20, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10.

Desperate Measures
York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's 619 Lexington Avenue (212) 935-5820 or www.yorktheatre.org
New York premiere with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg and music by David Friedman, directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino and with music direction by David Hancock Turner. Cast: Emma Degerstedt (Susanna/Sister Mary Jo), Gary Marachek (Father Morse), Lauren Molina (Bella Rose), Conor Ryan (Johnny Blood), Peter Saide (Sheriff Green), Nick Wyman (Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber). From 9/19/17; opening 10/01/17;closing 10/15/17. What it's about: In 1890, in a territory out West, Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy is sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. His sister, a novice nun in a nearby mission, is persuaded to plead with a corrupt governor to spare her brother's life. The governor promises to pardon Johnny if his sister, the Sister, will 'do his bidding' for the night. Adding to the humorous complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl and a priest who reads Nietzsche. Performances: Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays at 2:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Special matinees Wednesday, September 27 and Thursday, September 28, both at 2:30 p.m.No evening performances on those dates. Running time: approx 90 minutes, wthout intermission.

Discord
Dolores Claiborne
Produced by NYCOpera at 59E59 Theaters.
Composed by Tobias Picker, libretto by J.D. McClatchy, conducted by Pacien Mazzagatti, directed by Michael Capasso. Cast:TBA. From 10/22/17; closing 10/29/17. A new oper based on Stephen King's psychodrama is heightened in this intimate, new adaptation of Tobias Picker's opera.

Downtown Race Riot
The New Group at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre 480 West 42 nd Street

World premiere by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed by Scott Elliott. Cast: Downtown Race Riot features Cristian DeMeo (Tommy-Sick), David Levi (Jimmy Pnut Shannon), Moise Morancy (Marcel Massive Baptiste), Daniel Oreskes (Bob Gilman), Sadie Scott (Joyce Shannon), Daniel Sovich (Jay 114) and Chloe Sevigny (Mary Shannon). Set Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Clint Ramos, Lighting Design by Yael Lubetzky, Sound Design by M.L. Dogg and Fight Direction by UnkleDave's Fight-House. What it's about: On a hot late summer day in 1976, a mob of young white men descended on Washington Square Park with pipes and bats, and attacked any people of color they could find. Rosenfeld takes us back to that day, to the cramped Village apartment of Mary Shannon (Sevigny), a strung-out, free-wheeling single mom, as her son Pnut and his Haitian best friend Massive wrestle with their obligation to join the riot.



For Peter Pan On Her 70th Birthday
Playwrights Horizon,416 West 42nd Street
New York premiere by Sarah Ruhl, directed By Les Waters. Cast: Kathleen Chalfant, David Chandler , Ron Crawford, Lisa Emery, Daniel Jenkins And Keith Reddin. From 8/18/17; opening 9/13/17; closing 10/01/17. What it's about: Playing Peter Pan at her hometown children's theater is one of Ann's (Ms. Chalfant) fondest, most formative memories. Now, fifty years later, Neverland calls again, casting her and her siblings back to this faraway dreamscape where the refusal to grow up confronts the inevitability of growing old. Inspired by the playwright's mother's youthful adventures onstage in Iowa as Peter Pan and Ruhl interviewed her mother's siblings as part of the creation process and prompted the prologue about Ann Ruhl's days as the star of "Peter Pan" where an encounter with longtime "Pan" star Mary Martin was a highlight of her youth. Scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Kristopher Castle, lighting design by Matt Frey, sound design by Charles Coes and Bray Poor. Animals by William Berloni Theatrical Animals and Flying Effects by ZFX. Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7PM. Our Review
 

Fucking A
Romolus Linney Theater at The Pershing Square Signature Theater 480 West 42nd Street

Suzan-Lori Parks play, directed by Jo Bonney. From 8/22/17; opening 9/11/17; closing 10/08/17. Modern remix of Nathaniel Hawthorne novel The Scarlet Letter. What it's about: Hester Smith, the revered and reviled local abortionist, hatches a plan to buy her jailed son's freedom and becomes a provocative emblem of vengeance, violence, and sacrifice. Cast: J. Cameron Barnett, Brandon Victor Dixon), Ben Horner, Joaquina Kalukango, Marc Kudisch, Christine Lahti, Ruibo Qian, Elizabeth Stanley, Raphael Nash Thompson. Rachel Hauck (Scenic Design), Emilio Sosa (Costume Design), Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design), Darron L West (Sound Design), Rocco DiSanti (Projection Design), Todd Almond (Music Direction), Tanya Birl (Choreographer), J. Jared Janas (Wig & Make-Up Design), Thomas Schall (Fight Director). When we first saw the play in 2003, the title was still one that could not state it's full name. To read it go here

The Gazillion Bubble Show
New World Stages Stage 2 340 West 50th Street 212.239.6200
Bubble artist Fan Yang's family entertainment show. From 2/15/07; opening 2/15/07; open ended. Wed at 11am and 2pm ; Sat 11am, 2pm and 4:30pm; Sunday at 12pm (noon) and 3pm. $44.50 - $64.50 . Run Time:1 hour, 20 minutes (no intermission)

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord.
Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane 38 commerce Street Play by Scott Carter, directed by Kimberly Senior. From 9/19/17; opening 10/01/17; closing 10/22/17.New York Premiere. What it's about: Three of history’s most famous men, all of whom wrote their own version of the gospels, debate everything from religion to literature to marriage. Cast: Duane Boutte as Charles Dickens, Michael Laurence as Thomas Jefferson, Thom Sesma as Leo Tolstoy. Set design by Wilson Chin; costume design by David Hyman; lighting design by Jen Schriever; sound design by Lindsay Jones; projection design by Caite Hevner. Running Time. 1 hour 25 minutes, no intermission.

The Government Inspector
Red Bull Theater at The Duke on 42nd Street —New World Stages after 7/05/15
Adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher from Revizor by Nikolai Gogol, directed by Jesse Berger. Cast: Michael Urie, Arnie Burton, Stephen DeRosa, Michael McGrath, and Mary Testa. From 5/16/17; .What it's about: In Gogol's satire when the crooked leadership of a provincial village discovers that an undercover inspector is coming to root out their commonplace corruption, the town weaves a web of bribery, lies, and utter madness. Set design by Alexis Distler, costume design by Tilly Grimes, lighting design by Peter West, with sound design and original song composed by Greg Pliska. Update: The show's run ends at the Duke 6/24/17 but will re-open at
Our Review
 


Harry Clarke
Vineyard Theatre 108 E 15th St,(212) 353-0303
World premiere by David Cale, starring Billy Crudup. Leigh Silverman will direct. From 10/26/17; opening 11/21/17; closing 12/03/17. The play produced in association with Audible who will record and produce Crudup's performance as an audio play, available to Audible members in early 2018. What it's about: A sexually charged, funny one-man thriller about a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona. Scenic design by Tony Award nominee Alexander Dodge, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Alan Edwards, and sound design by Bart Fasbender.

He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box
Theater for a New Audience Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Brooklyn
A new play by Adrienne Kennedy, directed by who also directed Kennedy's
The Ohio State Murders for the company in 2007. What it's about: Set in 1941 in New York City and Georgia, the play addresses the indignities of Jim Crow, rising Nazism, sexual hypocrisy, Christopher Marlowe, and the lingering shadow of a terrible crime. From 1/17/18; closing 2/11/18. More details TBA.

The Home Place
Irish Rep Theatre 132 West 22nd Street
New York Premiere of Brian Friel play, directed by Charlotte Moore. From 9/27/17; opening 10/08/17; closing 11/19/17. Cast: Logan Riley Bruner as Tommy Boyle, Andrea Lynn Green as Sally Cavanagh, Johnny Hopkins as Con Doherty, Robert Langdon Lloyd as Clement O'Donnell, Ed Malone as David Gore, Polly McKie as Mary Sweeney, Rachel Pickup as Margaret O'Donnell, Stephen Pilkington as Perkins, Christopher Randolph as Dr. Richard Gore, Gordon Tashjian as Johnny MacLoone, John Windsor-Cunningham as Christopher Gore. What it's about: In the hot Donegal August of 1878, the fruits of Colonialism and the ambiguities of loyalty are tested within the background of impossible love. Christopher Gore, the liberal minded Anglo-irish landlord and his son David reside at The Lodge with "chatelaine" Margaret, with whom they are both in love. Christopher's cousin, Dr. Richard Gore arrives with the intention of pursuing a Darwin-inspired scientific theory: by measuring the craniums of the indigenous Irish, he hopes to crack the genetic code of the indigenes...demonstrating their inferior place in the natural order. Set in the era of the rumblings of violence and uncertainty at the dawn of The Home Rule movement, Brian Friel explores the aftermath of Dr. Gore's experiment as deep animosity is dangerously ignited amongst the suspicious villagers of Ballybeg. Set design by James Noone (Sunset Boulevard), costume design by David Toser, lighting design by Michael Gottlieb, sound design and original music by Ryan Rumery, sound design by M. Florian Staab, properties by Sven Henry Nelson,dialects by Stephen Gabis. Wednesdays at 3pm and 8pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm. The play had a London production in 2005 which Curtainup revie2ed; to read that review go here .

Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly
Stage 42 (formerly the Little Shubert) 422 West 42nd Street www.WhenPigsFlyMusical.com
Return to Off-Broadway of musical comedy conceived by Howard Crabtree and Mark Waldrop, book and lyrics by Mark Waldrop, music by Dick Gallagher. It's directed by Mark Waldrop, choreographed by Denis Jones and with costumes by Bob Mackie. From 10/06/17; opening 10/30/17. Cast: Jordan Ahnquist, Taylor Crousure, Jacob Hoffman, Brian Charles Rooney and Frank Viveros with Cameron Mitchell Bell and Paul Sabala covering all roles. Additional design and production team includes Adam Koch (scenic design), Julie Duro (lighting design), Ian Werhle (sound design), Joe McFate (associate costume design) Ed Goldschneider (music director).Performances are Mondays at 7:30pm, Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm and 7:30pm.


If Only
Cherry Lane Theater 38 Commerce Street
World premiere by Thomas Klingenstein. From 8/19/17;closing 9/17/17. Runnig Time: 80 minutes. Christopher McElroen will direct. Cast: Melissa Gilbert, Mark Kenneth Smaltz, Richmond Hoxie, and Korinne Tetlow. Scenic design by William Boles; costume design by Kimberly Manning; lighting design by Becca Jeffords; and sound design by Andy Evan Cohen; and properties design by Carrie Mossman. What it's about: Explores a love and a racial equality that might have been. In 1860 Abraham Lincoln came to New York City where he befriended a well-educated ex-slave, and a young, spirited woman from the NY social class. In the middle of the Civil War, Lincoln brought them together. A romantic relationship ensued but one that neither could acknowledge. Now, thirty-six years later they meet again. They long for each other. For what might have been had Lincoln lived.

Illyria
Public Theater at 425 Lafayette St (212) 967-7555
world premiere written and directed by Richard Nelson. From 10/22/17; opening 10/30/17; losing 11/26/17. What it's about: It is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom; a four-lane highway is planned for the heart of Washington Square; Carnegie Hall is designated for demolition; entire neighborhoods on the West Side are leveled to make room for a new 'palace of art.' And a young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds and anger from the city's powerful elite as they continue their free Shakespeare productions in Central Park. Cast: Rosie Benton (Colleen Dewhurst), Will Brill (Bernie Gersten), Kristen Connolly (Peggy Papp), Blake DeLong (David Amram), Emma Duncan (Gladys Vaughan), Naian González Norvind (Mary Bennett), Fran Kranz (Merle Debuskey), John Magaro (Joseph Papp), John Sanders (Stuart Vaughan), and Max Woertendyke (John Robertson). Scenic design by Susan Hilferty and Jason Ardizzone-West, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Jennifer Tiptonm, and sound design by Scott Lehrer.

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, A.Bandit. Lighting Design, Adam Blumenthal. Sound Design, Kevin Heard. Running since last April and now extended and closing 12/30/17.

Inanimate
The Flea 20 Thomas Street
World premiere written by Nick Robideau and directed by Flea Associate Artist Courtney Ulrich. Inaugurates The Siggy, their downstairs theater named for Flea founder and continuing inspiration Sigourney Weaver. From 8/21/17; opening 8/30/17; closing. What it's about: Erica, shy and more than a little socially awkward, is in love with Dee. The problem is that her family, her only and equally awkward new friend, and the nosy residents of their small town in Massachusetts don't understand at all, because Dee... well, Dee is a letter in the Dairy Queen sign. This is the first play of its kind to explore objectum sexuality, a love for inanimate objects. Cast: The Bats, the resident acting company. Yu-Hsuan Chen (Scenic Design), Sarah Lawrence (Costume Design), Becky Heisler (Lighting Design), Megan Culley (Sound Design). In the Body of the World
MTC Stage 1 City Center
From 1/16/18; opening 2/06/18; closing. NY premiere of new play written and performed by Eve Ensler, based on her memoir. Directed by Diane Paulus

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

The Itch
Throes Theater a tNew Ohio Theatre 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets 212-352-3101 or www.newohiotheatre.org
Written by Alexandra Zelman-Doring. Directed by Theresa Buchheister. From 9/01/17;opening 9/06/17; closing 9/16/17. What it's about: Ana and Simon are twins. Ana wants to sell her eggs for piles of money. Simon wants another beginning after his latest bender. They have spent a lifetime disappearing into each other, but now they are seeking to define their lives as separate beings. Cast: Gore Abrams, Coco Conroy, Erik LaPointe, Alexandra Zelman-Doring, Dan Berkey, Ray C. Wright. Matthew Dipple (set), George Gavin (video design), Alejandro Fajardo (lighting), Jose Cavazos (costumes). Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 6 & 9pm .


Jersey Boys
New World Stages West 50th Street
The long running Broadway hit returns to the Off-Broaway location that's given a long-running 2nd life in a smaller, setting. Casting and dates TBA. Knives In Hens
59E59 Theaters
From 10/19/17; closing 11/12/17. Written by David Harrower, directed by Paul Takacs. Cast: Robyn Kerr, Alvin Keith. What it's about In a preindustrial rural world, poised on the cusp of transformation, the fates of a young woman, her plowman husband, and the local miler collide in a quest for knowledge, agency, and freedom. For an idea of what to expect, here's a link to Lizzie Loveridge's review of a production in
London where it's also playing.



The Last Match
Roundabout'sLaura Pels Theatre 111 W. 46 St.
New York premiere of Anna Ziegler's new play, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. From 9/28/17; opening 10/24/17; closing. What it's about: It's the semifinals of the U.S. Open, and two tennis greats are facing off in the match of their lives. Tim Porter, the aging all-American favorite, wants to prove to the world, his wife, and himself that he's still a champion. Hot-headed rising star Sergei Sergeyev struggles to believe he truly deserves to beat his lifelong hero. Cast: Wilson Bethel (Tim), Alex Mickiewicz (Sergei), Natalia Payne (Galina), and Zoë Winters (Mallory). Tim Mackabee (scenic design), Montana Blanco (costume design), Bradley King (lighting design), and Bray Poor (sound design)

Lili Marlene
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues (212) 239-6200.
Off-Broadway premiere of musical about a family's escape from the rising tide of nazism. From 7/25/17; opening 8/01/17; closing 10/17. Book, music and lyrics by Michael Antin, directed and choreographed by Mark Blowers. For more information about tickets and performance times see https://stlukestheatre.com. What it's about: The love story Rosie Penn, a famous, Jewish cabaret singer, and Count Hans Wilhelm von Kleister Graff is set in Berlin during the last year of the Weimar Republic and at the beginning of the Third Reich period. As the dark clouds of Nazism loom, the Count, as the head of the passport bureau of the German foreign ministry, helps the German cultural and scientific elite escape from the country, and he, his family and Rosie must decide where their futures lie. Running time approx. 90 minutes

Lonely Planet
Keen Company at Clurman Theatre410 West 42nd Street 212/239-6200 www.keencompany.org
25th Anniversary Production of play by Steven Dietz, directed by Jonathan Silverstein. Cast: Arnie Burton, Matt McGrath. From 10/03/17; opening 10/19/17; closing 11/18/17. Anshuman Bhatia (scenic), Jennifer Paar (costumes), Paul Hudson (lighting) and Bart Fasbender (sound). Running Time: 2 hours including intermission. What it's about: Story of friendship in a time of crisis. Set in a small map store on the oldest street in an American city, this is an intimate portrait of two friends at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop. Meanwhile Carl, his spirited friend, begins filling the store with a variety of mysterious chairs.

Loveless Texas
The Sheen Center 18 Bleecker Street www.sheencenter.org
From 9/06/17; opening 9/09/17; closing 9/24/17. Musical set during the Great Depression, inspired by Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, with book and direction by Cailin Heffernan*, and music & lyrics by Henry Aronson. The score i in a variety of traditional Americana styles, encompassing Texas swing, bluegrass, blues, Cajun waltz and two-step, and cowboy yodels. What it's about: Two brothers in 1930s Texas -- King Navarre, responsible oil man and cattle rancher, and the youngerBerowne Navarre, playboy and rascal. With the onset of the Great Depression, King enlists Berowne and his college buddies Duke and Bubba to a contract of three years employment, with the condition of no romance, no drinking, no carousing, no gambling. When four intelligent and beautiful women arrive and demand an audience, all contracts are open for re-negotiation. Cast: Henry Aronson, John Herrera, Kimberly JaJuan, Trisha Jeffrey, Amanda Lea LaVergne.
Our Review
 


The Mad Ones
Prospect Theater at 59E59 Theaters
Ann original musical by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, and directed by Stephen Brackett. From 11/07/17; closing 12/17/17.What it's about: Samantha Brown balances on the edge of her future, car keys in hand. As she sits in the driver's seat, she faces a choice: will she follow in her mother's footsteps, or take the dare of her impetuous best friend and chart a new path? Running Time, approximately 90

Marcel + The Art of Laughter
Theater for a New Audience, Polonsky Arts Center, Brooklyn. www.tfana.org
A double bill of comic one-acts. From 10/27/17; closing 11/19/17..

Mary Jane
New York Theatre Workshop 79 E. 4th Street www.nytw.org
Eritten by Amy Herzog and directed by Anne Kauffman. From 9/06/17; opening 9/25/17; closing 10/5/17.Cast: Carrie Coon as Mary Jane, Liza Colón-Zayas as “Sherrie/Dr. Toros,Danaya Esperanza as Amelia/Kat, Susan Pourfar (Tribes) as Brianne/Chaya and Brenda Wehle as Ruthie/Tenkei. What it's about: During a rain-drenched summer in New York City, an indefatigable single mother navigates the mundane, shattering and sublime aspects of caring for a chronically sick child. Scenic design by Laura Jellinek (The Light Years), costume design by Emily Rebholz (Dear Evan Hansen) lighting design by Japhy Weideman (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) sound design by Leah Gelpe. Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2pm and 7pm. Exceptions: no 2:00pm performance on Saturday, September 9; no performances on Sunday, September 17; no performance on Tuesday, September 26, and no 7:00pm performance on Sunday, October 15.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Romantic Century at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
Robert Fairchild will choreograph and star in the off-Broadway premiere by the Romantic Century group. From 12/21/17; opening 12/27/17; closing 1/07/18. Fairchild, a long time principal dancer with New York City Ballet has become an award-winning Broadway dancer-choreographer. Donald T. Sanders will direct. Additional information TBA.

Measure for Measure
The Public Theater's Luesther Hall
Elevator Repair Service's production of the Shakespearean drama, directed by John Collins. From 9/17/17; opening 10/10/17; closing11/05/17. Cast: Rinne Groff (Isabella), Lindsay Hockaday (Pompey, Juliet), Maggie Hoffman (Provost), Mike Iveson (Lucio), Vin Knight (Escalus), April Matthis (Francisca, Mariana), Gavin Price (Froth, Friar, Boy, Barnardine, Messenger), Greig Sargeant (Claudio), Scott Shepherd (the Duke), Pete Simpson (Angelo), and Susie Sokol (Mistress Overdone, Elbow, Varrius, Abhorson). The company's Marx Brothers-inspired slapstick is set in 17th-century Vienna. Scenic design by Jim Findlay, lighting design by Mark Barton and Ryan Seelig, sound design by Gavin Price, production design by Eva Von Schweinitz, specialty and prop design by Amanda Villalobos, and costume design by Kaye Voyce.

Miles For Mary
Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street
Hit from The Mad Ones directed by Lila Neugebauer,with the original off-off-Broadway company members Marc Bovino, Joe Curnutte, Michael Dalto, and Stephanie Wright Thompson. From 1/11/18; opening 1/22/18; closing 2/04/18. What it's about: It's 1988 and the planning committee for the Garrison High School ninth annual Miles For Mary Telethon is fired up and ready to go. Set design by Amy Rubin, costume design by Asta Hostetter, lighting design by Mike Inwood and sound design by Stowe Nelson. Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7PM.



Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement
INTAR, 500 West 52nd Street at Tenth Avenue, 4th floor www.intartheatre.org or 212/352-3101
World Premiere of a new play by Bernardo Cubria, directed by Lou Moreno. Cast: Andrew Blair and Gerardo Rodriguez. What it's about: Jose and Joe are neighbors, but have never found the time to get to know one another. When Jose asks Joe for help, the two men become friends and finally get to know the man on the other side of the creek. But as their bond grows so does their business, and the sacrifices they once made for profit come back to bite them in the culo. Set design by Raul Abrego; costume design By Andrea Hood; lighting design by Christina Watanabe; and sound design by Bart Fasbender. From 9/10/17; opening 9/17/17;closing 10/07/17.

No Wake
59E59 Theaters (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org
NYCpremiere by William Donnelly and directed by Veronica Brady. What it's about: Several years after a contentious divorce, Edward and Rebecca have moved on -- she with a new husband and he to a series of a tenuous relationships. When they are forced confront an unspeakable tragedy, they must navigate their complicated feelings of guilt, relief, and grief. Cast: Tim Ransom, Tricia Small,Stef Tovar. From 9/28/17; opening 10/04/17; closing 10/15/17. Tuesday -Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM. For an idea of what to expect, check out our review of the Berkshire world premiere
here.


Occupied Territories
59E50 Theaters
Written by Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner, directed by Mollye Maxner. Cast: Nancy Bannon, Kelley Rae O'Donnell, Cody Robinson, Donte Bonner, Diego Aguirre, Thony Mena, Nile Harris, and Nathan Jan Yaffe. From 10/20/17; closing 11/05/17. What it's about: When Jude enters her estranged father's basement on the night of his funeral she unleashes his secret past. As she digs, two worlds collide, challenging everything she always believed about her family. The play won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography and was nominated for Outstanding New Play and Direction.

Office Hour
Public Theater
NY premiere by Julia Cho and directed by Neel Keller. From 10/17/17; opening 11/08/17; closing 12/03 17. Cast: Greg Keller (David), Sue Jean Kim (Gina), Ki Hong Lee (Dennis), Adeola Role (Genevieve). What it's About: A teacher Gina was warned that one of her students would be a problem. Eighteen years old and strikingly odd, Dennis writes violently obscene work clearly intended to unsettle those around him. Determined to know whether he's a real threat, Gina compels Dennis to attend her office hours. But as the clock ticks down, Gina realizes that "good" versus "bad" is nothing more than a convenient illusion, and that the isolated young student in her office has learned one thing above all else: that for the powerless, the ability to terrify others is powerful indeed. Scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, and original music and sound design by Bray Poor.

On the Shore of the Wide World
Atlantic Theater Company - Linda Gross Theater 336 West 20 Street atlantictheater.org

Written by Simon Stephens' (Harper Regan, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and directed by Neil Pepe. Cast: Blair Brown, Odiseas Georgiadis, Peter Maloney, Mary McCann, LeRoy McClain, Tedra Millan, Ben Rosenfield, Luke Slattery, C.J. Wilson, Amelia Workman. What it's about: Something is about to happen that will change one family forever. Set over the course of nine months, is love, family, Roy Keane and the size of the galaxy. From 8/23/17; opening 9/12/`7; closing 10/08/17. Scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, original music and sound design by David Van Tieghem.Tuesday at 7:00pm, Wednesday- Saturday at 8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm (Sunday evening performance 7:00pm: 8/27; 9/3; 9/17Wednesday afternoon performance 2:00pm: 9/6; 9/20, 10/4). Our Review
 




People, Places & Things
St. Ann's Warehouse
American Premiere of the National Theatre/Headlong production of Duncan Macmillan play, directed by Jeremy Herrin. From 10/19/17; opening 10/15 closing 11/19/17. Cast: Denise Gough reprises jer Olivier Award-Winning Performance in a visceral depiction of dddiction.

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

Peter Pan
Bedlam at The Duke on 42nd Street 229 West 42 street www.dukeon42.org or 646-223-301
J. M. Barrie's play, directed (and performedin) by Eric Tucker. From 11//1117; opening 11/19/17; closing 12/23/17 Cast (inhabiting 25 characters: Kelley Curran, Edmund Lewis, Susannah Millonzi, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Eric Tucker. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

The Portuguese Kid
MTC City Center Stage 1 131 West 55th Street
Written and Directed by John Patrick Shanley and featuring Jason Alexander; also Sherie Rene Scott, and Mary Testa . From 9/19/17; opening 10/24/17. What it's about: In Providence, Rhode Island, habitually widowed Atalanta pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti (Jason Alexander). Intending to settle her latest husband's affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Add Barry's impossible Croatian mother, a dash of current politics and a couple of opportunistic young lovers, and you have in hand a recipe for comic combustion.



The Rape of the Sabine Women
Playwrights Realm at the Duke on 42nd Street
World premiere by Michael Yates Crowley directed by Tyne Rafaeli. From 8/25/17; opening 9/10/17; closing 9/23/17 Cast: Jeff Biehl, Chas Carey, Doug Harris, Eva Kaminsky, Andy Lucien, Susannah Perkins, and Jeena Yi. Arnulfo Maldonado (scenic design), Ásta Bennie Hostetter (costume design), Barbara Samuels (lighting design), Mikaal Sulaiman (sound design), Anna Demenkoff (props design), Michael Rossmy (fight direction. What it's about: When Grace B. Matthias is raped, her world spirals into chaos. Between navigating emotionally unstable guidance counselors, overbearing lawyers, an angry championship football team, and useless Wikipedia answers, Grace tries to make sense of her world anew. Crowley's script moves rapidly between Grace's story and that of the Sabine women, using ancient Rome as a backdrop against which the fallibility of high-school education and judicial systems come to light as within the coliseum-like media circus Grace is watched, judged, and misinterpreted as she attempts to understand and contextualize her experience. Running Time: 100 minutes. Our Review
 

Red Roses, Green Gold
Minetta Lane Theate>Music and lyrics by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia with additional music by Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir and Greg Anton, founding and former members of the Grateful Dead. Book by Michael Norman Mann. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Klein. From ; 10/11/17;opening 10/29/17. What it's about: Set in Maryland in the 1920s and telling the fantastical and comedic tale of Jackson Jones and his family of swindlers as they gamble their way to love and riches.

In the Blood's Hester La Negrita is The Red Letter Plays: In the Blood
Pershing Square Theater Center The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
Suzan-Lori Parks, playwright. Directed by Sarah Benson From 8/29/17; opening 9/17/17; closing 10/15/17.Cast: Jocelyn Bioh, Michael Braun, Russell G. Jones, Ana Reeder, Frank. Louisa Thompson (Scenic Design), Montana Blanco (Costume Design), Yi Zhao (Lighting Design), Matt Tierney (Sound Design), J. David Brimmer (Fight Direction). Hester, a penniless mother of five condemned by the men who love her, Hester turns to former lovers, friends, and the institutions meant to support her, only to be spurned by them all with devastating consequences.

The Red Letter Plays: Fucking A.
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
Suzan-Lori Parks, playwright, directed by Jo Bonney. From 8/22/17. What it's about:Hester Smith, the revered and reviled local abortionist, hatches a plan to buy her jailed son's freedom—and nothing will deter Hester from her quest. In this wild-eyed blend of story and song. Hester's branded letter A becomes a provocative emblem of vengeance, violence, and sacrifice.

Rhinoceros
New Yiddish Rep at the Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42 Street (between Tenth & Eleventh Aves.) www.castillo.org or 866-811-4111
world premiere by Eugene Ionesco. From 9/07/17; cpening 9/14/17; closing 10/08/17. To beperformed in Yiddish with English supertitles. This Yiddish language debut is staged with a translation by Eli Rosen. What it's about: A savage commentary on the human condition, in which an individual citizen of a small town watches his friends turn into rhinoceroses one by one until he alone stands unchanged. Under the direction of Moshe Yassur. Cast: Alec Burko, Amy Coleman, Macha Fogel, Sean Griffin, Malky Goldman, Chezky Israeli, Caraid O'Brien, David Mandelbaum, Eli Rosen, Luzer Twersky and Melissa Weisz.Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with matinees Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm. Our Review
 


. Sam's Tea Shack
The Tank 312 W. 36th Street
NY premiere. A comedy by Ben Gassman, directed by Meghan Finn, and featuring Sam Soghor with design by Normandy Sherwood. A NY premiere at the Tank's new 2-small venue home. From 9/12/17 closing 10/01/17. What it's about: Steeped in a reverence for the F train as the new Silk Road, this is a part-Ashkenazi Jewish boy's fantasy that he is amongst is ancestors: central Asian nomads. In his exchange with the audience Sam serves tea, talks about the neighborhood, Persian emperors, going to high school with Lin Manuel Miranda.

School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
MCC atLucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street www.mcctheater.org .
World premiere by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Rebecca Taichman. Cast: Nabiyah Be, MaameYaa Boafo, Paige Gilbert, Zainab Jah, Nike Kadri, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, Myra Lucretia Taylor. From 11/02/17; opening 11/19/17. What it's About: Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter--and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Comic exploration of the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. Scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, dialect coaching by Deborah Hecht

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 Show-Off
The Peccadillo Theater Company, at St. Clement's 423 West 46 Street www.thepeccadillo.com (or by calling Ovationtix at 866-811- 4111
Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist George Kelly's 1924 play, directed by Dan Wackerman. Cast: Annette O'Toole, Marvin Bell, Aaron Gaines, Ian Gould, Elise Hudson, Emma Orelove, Douglas Rees, Buzz Roddy and Tirosh Schneider. Scenic and lighting design by Harry Feiner, costume design by Barbara A. Bell, wig design by Paul Huntley and properties by Jessica C. Ayala. From 9/21/17 opening 9/28/17; closing 10/21/17. Wednesdays at 7PM; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM; and Sundays at 3PM. (Additional performance on Monday, September 25th at 7 PM).

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 World
59E59 Theaters 59 East 59th Street www.59e59.org
NYC premiere of comedy written by Frederick Stroppel and directed by Joe Brancato. From 9/13/17; opening 9/17/17; closing 10/07/17. 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 & 7:15 PM. What it's about: When Walt Disney hears The Rite of Spring, he envisions the creation of the earth, volcanoes and, of course, dinosaurs! But composer Igor Stravinsky has another vision altogether. Cast: Stephen D'Ambrose as Stravinsky and Mark Shanahan as Walt Disney. James Fenton (scenic designer); Christine Watanabe (lighting designer); Patricia E. Doherty (costume designer); and William Neal (sound designer). Like Mark St. Germain's Freud's Last Session this pits 2 famous, contrasting personalties against each other. The time again goes to the past and the outcome was Disney's Fantasia Running Time is 90 minutes. Our Review
 

Squeamish
Beckett Theatre 410 W. 42nd St (212) 239-6200.
Psychological thriller written and directed by Aaron Mark, starring Alison Fraser.From 10/06/17; opening 10/16/17; closing 11/11/17. What it's about: Tale of an Upper West Side psychoanalyst, a long-time recovering alcoholic whose bloody quest for personal balance begins when she finds herself in the South Plains of Texas, off her meds, after her nephew's suicide. Lighting and scenic design are by Sarah Johnston. Mondays and Tuesdays at 7PM and Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8PM. Tickets are $52.25

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


Strange Interlude
The Transport Group at Irondale Theater Center, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn
Eugene O'Neill's 1923 Pulitzer-Prize winning play performed by David Greenspan (and only David Greenspan), developed with Kristina Corcoran Williams, directed by Jack Cummings III. From 10/06/17; opening 10/16/17; closing 11/18/17. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday @ 5pm. Running Time: 6 hours, includes two 15-minute intermissions and a dinner break catered by The Greene Grape included with most ticket options. This radical revival conceives the 9-act, 6hour play as a solo performance. What it's about: Nina Leeds' life crumbles when her true love is killed in World War I. Flitting from one man to the next until she settles for a life she never wanted, stalked by the fantasy of the happiness she never shared with her late fiance. The play follows the lives of eight characters over the course of a half century. Part of Transport Group's 20th Century Project. General Admission (Dinner Included).

The Suitcase Under The Bed
Mint Theater at the Beckett Theater 410 West 42nd Street 212-239-6200
An Evening of Four Short Plays by Teresa Deevy,directed by Jonathan Bank. From 7/21/17; opening 8/24/17; closing 9/30/17. The Mint's Theresa Deevy project is named for the location where Deevy's writing was stored for decades, prior to Jonathan Bank's arrival at the Deevy family home in Waterford in 2010. Cast: Gina Costigan, Sarah Nicole Deaver, Cynthia Mace, Aidan Redmond, Colin Ryan, and A.J. Shively. Scenic design by Vicki R. Davis; costume design by Andrea Varga; lighting design by Zach Blane; and sound design by Jane Shaw. What it's about: Deevy's suitcase is filled with romance, mystery and surprise. The four short plays (3 world premieres, 1 US premiere past, 1939 are packed with one wedding, three marriage proposals and two break-ups. Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm with matinees Saturday & Sunday at 2pm. Special Wednesday Matinee on August 23rd and September 6th at 2pm. Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes, with 1 intermisson. Our Review
 

Sweeney Todd
Tooting Arts Club production at Barrow Street Theatre www.SweeneyToddNYC.com
From an adaptation by Christopher Bond adaptation of Sondheim/Wheeler musical. From 2/14/17; opening 3/01/17; closing 4/13/17-extended, now closing 12/31/17. London's acclaimed production of the Demon Barber comes off-Broadway following sold-out runs in London where it debuted in Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop. It's directed by Bill Buckhurst with music supervisor Benjamin Cox and designed by Simon Kenny. The Theater is recreating the working pie-shop environment and traditional pie and mash will be served prior to the performance. adaptation by Christopher Bond, directed by Bill Buckhurst. Cast: Reprising their critically acclaimed performances from the original London Tooting production are British stage stars Jeremy Secomb (as Sweeney Todd), Siobhan McCarthy (as Mrs. Lovett), Duncan Smith (as Judge Turpin) and Joseph Taylor (as Tobias). They are joined by Matt Doyle (as Anthony), Alex Finke (as Johanna), Betsy Morgan (as Pirelli & Beggar Woman) and Brad Oscar (as The Beadle). Secomb, McCarthy, Smith and Taylor will stay with the production for eight weeks only through April 9, 2017. Beginning April 11, 2017, Norm Lewis (as Sweeney Todd), Carolee Carmello (as Mrs. Lovett), Jamie Jackson (as Judge Turpin) and John-Michael Lyles (as Tobias) join the cast. Set and costume designs by Simon Kenny, music supervision and arrangements by Benjamin Cox, music direction by Matt Aument, choreography by Georgina Lamb, lighting design by Amy Mae, sound design by Matt Stine. September 13, 2017 Update: The show has extended again, now closing 2/25/18. Our Review
 
Syncing Ink
The Flea Theater's Sam venue 20 Thomas Street between Church and Broadway www.theflea.org
New York Premiere at the Flea's new theater named after talent agent Sam Cohn. It's a Hip-Hop play written by and featuring NSangou Njikam, directed by Flea Artistic Director Niegel Smith. What it's about: Gordon wants desperately to rap, thinking it will gain him respect, admiration, and the attention of a beautiful woman. What he doesn't know is that his journey to learn how to rhyme will take him not just deeper into Hip Hop, but deeper into his legacy and his purpose. Based on true events. Cast: McKenzie Frye, Nuri Hazzard, Elisha Lawson, NSangou Njikam, Adesola A. Osakalumi, DJ Reborn and Kara Young. Gabriel "Kwikstep" Dionisio (Choreographer and Associate Director), Riccardo Hernandez (Scenic Design), Claudia Brown (Costume Design), Kevin Rigdon (Lighting Design), Justin Ellington (Sound Design), Sybil Roberts (Dramaturg).From 9/25/17; opening 10/08/17; closing 10/29/17. Monday & Wednesday, Saturday at 7pm, with matinees at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $15 - $75 with the lowest priced tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Tiny Beautiful Things
Public's Newman Theater, 420 Lafayette Street
This hit show based on Sheryl Strayed's advice took gets a second life at the Public Theater this fall with the same "Sugar". To see what it's about see out review when it played at their smaller venue lsast year:
Tiny Beautiful Things Review

Too Heavy For Your Pocket
Roundabout Underground's Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center 111 West 46th Street Visit
World premiere by Jireh Breon Holder, directed by Margot Bordelon Cast: Brandon Gill (Bella), Eboni Flowers (Dead Dog Park), Hampton Fluker (Shades of Blue), and Nneka Okafor (Troilus and Cressida). What it's about: Nashville in the summer of 1961 at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Gill will play 20-year-old Bowzie Brandon, who gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join The Freedom Riders on their journey into the Deep Soth. From 9/15/17; opening 10/05/17; closing 11/19/17.

Toys: A Dark Fairy Tale
59E59 Theathers
Written by Saviana Stanescu, directed by Gabor Tompa. From 11/08/17; closing 11/26/17.Cast: Tunde Skovran and Julia Ubrankovics. What it's about: Shari was born in a war-torn country, alone and fending for herself; Clara grew up in New York with the best of everything. These two very different characters, who led two very different lives, meet in an explosive encounter and discover a shared secret from their past.

The Treasurer
Playwrights Horizons Jay Sharp Theater 416 West 42nd Street
World premiere of dark comedy by Max Posner chronicles the strained ties between a son and his aging mother, and the hell of a guilty conscience. Cast:Marinda Anderson, Pun Bandhu, Deanna Dunagan, Peter Friedman. From 9/06/17; opening 9/26/17; closing 10/22/17). Tuesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. What it's about: Ida Armstrong (Ms. Dunagan) is broke, lonely and fading fast. And she's spending all of her children's money, forcing her son (Mr. Friedman) to assume the unwanted role of The Treasurer: an arrangement that becomes untenable the more he questions his devotion to her. Scenic design by Laura Jellinek, costume design by David Hyman, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Mikhail Fiksel and projection design by Lucy Mackinnon.

Torch Song
Second Stage
Harvey Fierstein's play about love, family and drag performance in 1970s New York will return under the direction of Moisés Kaufman. Cast: Michael as Arnold Beckoff (the role that won Fierstein a Tony for best actor in 1983. What it's about: The story of Beckoff, a torch singer in drag who longs for a husband and family as well as respect from his mother, whose visit from Florida is the heart of the play's ending. It originally ran off-Broadway in separate parts: International Stud (1978), Fugue in a Nursery (1979) and Widows and Children First! (1979). It's now performed all at once in two acts with one intermission. From 9/26/17;

20th Century Blues
Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 W. 42nd Street
NY premer by Susan Miller, directed by Emily Mann. From 11/12/17; openng 11/26/17; closing 1/28/18. Dcenic design and projection design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Jennifer von Mayrhauser, lighting by Jeff Croiter and sound by -winner Darron L West. This is a rental, not a Signature production. What it's about: An argument. A Ted Talk. Emotional mutiny. And a bond that connects four women who meet once a year for a photo shoot, chronicling their changing (and aging) selves as they navigate through love, careers, children, and major world events. But, when these private photographs have the potential to go public, their relationships are tested, forcing the women to confront who they are, what they've become, and how they'll deal with whatever lies ahead. Tuesday 7:30 PM, Wednesday 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM, Thursday 7:30 PM, Friday 7:30 PM, Saturday 2PM & 8:00 PM, Sunday 2:00 PM.



Van Gogh's Ear
Ensemble for the Romantic Century at The Pershing Square Signature Center's Irene Diamond Stage 480 West 42nd Street
Director Eve Wolf brings a season of theatrical concerts to New York. From 8/10/17; opeing 8/17/17; closing 9/10/17. What it's about: The tormented creativity of Van Gogh brought to life. Running Time: 2 hours plus intermssion

The Violin
59E59 Theaters www.59e59.org
Written by Dan McCormick, directed by Joseph Discher and starring Robert LuPone. What it's about: Bobby and Terry, two hapless brothers, along with Gio, an elderly tailor, find a priceless 1710 Stradivarius violin in the back of a taxicab. Has Lady Luck finally smiled down on them? Harry Feiner (scenic design); Michael McDonald (costume design); and Michael Adelson (lighting design). From 9/07/17; opening 9/19/17; closing 10/14/17. Tuesday – Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; and Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM. , along with Gio, an elderly tailor, find a priceless 1710 Stradivarius violin in the back of a taxicab. Has Lady Luck finally smiled down on them? From 9/07/17; opening 9/19/17; closing 10/14/17, Tuesday - Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; and Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM. Running Time: 2 Hours, including intermssion Review:  The Violin at curtainup.com/ http://www.curtainup.com/violin17.html



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Lila Neugebauer' Pulitzer Prize runner-up debuted last year under auspices of Playwrights Realm at the Duke on 42nd Street. Good reviews resulted in a 2nd run there. Now it returns to LCT on 11/01/17; opening 11/20/17. Same cast. For details, see our review of the original production (which was positive though not a rave) click here .

Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie
Irish Rep Main Stage, 132 West 22nd Street
Musical tribute to Woody Guthrie. Devised by David M Lutken and Nick Corley, directed by Nick Corley: Cast: David M Lutken, Darcie Deaville, Helen Jean Russell, Andy Teirstein Set by Luke Cantarella. Costumes designed by Jeffrey Meek. Lighting: Matt Frey. Running time: Two hours 05 minutes, with 1 intermission. From 6/01/17; opening 6/08/17; closing 7/23/17 -- extended 2x, now closing 9/10/17 Our Review
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