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The Accidental Pervert
Thirteenth St. Repertory Company 50 West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave) 212-352-3101 www.theaccidentalpervert.com
Andrew Goffman play, directed by Charles Messina. What it's about: A boy's journey into manhood after discovering his dad's video tapes hidden in a bedroom closet. Andrew subsequently develops an addiction that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife to be, and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality.< Open run, Every Friday and Saturday at 7pm. Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission. Tickets $49 Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes.



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

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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.

AMERIKE— The Golden Land
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF)at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place 212/213-2120, ext. 206, or www.nytf.org
A musical journey through the American immigrant experience from the 1880s to the mid-20th century. From 7/04/17; opening 7/10/17; closing 8/06/17. Directed by Bryna Wasserman with movement and staging by Merete Muenter, music direction and arrangements by NYTF artistic director Zalmen Mlotek. Cast of 12 features Glenn Seven Allen, Alexandra Frohlinger, Daniel Kahn, Dani Marcus, Stephanie Lynne Mason and David Perlman. Presented in an authentic American immigrant Yiddish (that often mixed both languages), supported by English and Russian supertitles. 7-piece klezmer band on stage.



The Aran Islands
W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre, Irish Rep Theatre 132 West 22nd Street
John Millington Synge book adapted and directed by Joe O’Byrne. From 6/15/17; opening 6/19/17; closing 7/23/17 What it's about: In 1898, upon the advice of W.B. Yeats, Synge went to live among the islanders to "express a life that has never found expression."Here Synge found inspiration for many later works including Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea. Performed by Irish actgor Brendan Conroy. Set design by Margaret Nolan, lighting design by Joe O’Byrne, costume design by Marie Tierney and original music by Kieran Duddy
Attack of the Elvis Impersonators
Lion Theatre at Theatre Row
Musical by Lory Lazarus in which the soul of Elvis returns to Earth to convince the human race to be his impersonators. From 6/01/17; opening 6/05/17; closing 9/24/17. Book, music and lyrics by Lazarus, direction by Don Stephenson, and choreography by Melissa Zaremba. What it's about: The ghost of Elvis inhabits the body of the most famous rock star in history and convinces his disciples that in order to bring peace to the planet, the entire human race must impersonate Elvis and convert to the new religion: Hound Dog. review


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


Baghdaddy
St. Luke's Theatre 308 W 46th St, (212) 239-6200
Long running musical comedy. Cast: Brennan Caldwell, Jason Collins, Bob D'Haene, Brandon Espinoza, Joe Joseph, Claire Neumann, Larisa Oleynik, Ethan Slater. Music, Co-Book, Director: Marshall Pailet Co-Book, Lyrics: A.D. Penedo. Choreographer, Misha Shields Musical Direction, Rona Siddiqui. From 4/06/17; opening

Bella: An American Tall Tale
Playwrights Horizon
Co-world Premiere with Book, Music & Lyrics By Kirsten Childs, directed Robert O'Hara; choreography by Camille A. Brown. Cast: Marinda Anderson, Yurel Echezarreta, Brandon Gill, Olli Haaskivi, Ashley D. Kelley, Kevin Massey, Jo'nathan Michael, Kenita R. Miller, Paolo Montalban, Gabrielle Reyes, Britton Smith, Natasha Yvette Williams. From 5/19/17; opening 6/12/17; closing 7/02/17. What it's about: Western musical adventure as a wanted woman of mythic proportions looks to begin life anew out west, Bella (Ms. Kelley) takes us on the trip to escape her scandalous past and bounce into the arms of her awaiting Buffalo Soldier (Mr. Smith). Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 Pm Our Review
 

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.

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


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

Cost of Living
Manhattan Theatre Club in association with Williamstown Theater atNew York City Center – Stage I 131 West 55th Street
New York premiere of new play by Martyna Majok, directed by Jo Bonney. Cast: Jolly Abraham as “Jess, Gregg Mozgala as John, Katy Sullivan as “ni, Victor Williams as Eddie. From 5/16/17; opening 6/07/17, closing 7/02/17. Wilson Chin (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Robert Kaplowitz (sound design), and Thomas Schall (movement consultant). What it's about: four very different people, in four very different circumstances, each trying to get by. Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a brilliant and witty doctoral student, hires over-worked Jess, a caregiver. As their lives intersect, Majok's play delves into the chasm between abundance and need and explores the space where abled and disabled meet each other. Our Review
 


Disenchanted!
Westside Theatre W. 43rd Street

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

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: Chlo Sevigny; additional casting to be announced. 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.


The End of Longing
MCC Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street www.mcchteater.org)
American premiere of play written by and starring Matthew Perry in his NYC playwriting and stage acting debuts. Directed by Lindsay Posner. From 5/18/17; opening 6/05/17; closing 7/01/17. The play arrives in New York following its hit run in London. Cast with Perry: Quincy Dunn-Baker, Sue Jean Kim, Jennifer Morrison. What it's about: An alcoholic, an escort, a self-diagnosed neurotic and a well-intentioned dimwit walk into a bar... Broken and deeply flawed, they find their lives irreversibly entwined no matter how hard they try to break free of one another. This bittersweet comedy aims to prove that broken people don't need to stay broken. For an idea of what to expect, see our review of the play in London


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


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

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; opening 6/01/17; closing 6/24/17.What it's about: In Gogol's satire when the crooked leadership of a provincial village discovers that an undercover inspector is coming to root out their commonplace corruption, the town weaves a web of bribery, lies, and utter madness. Set design by Alexis Distler, costume design by Tilly Grimes, lighting design by Peter West, with sound design and original song composed by Greg Pliska. Update: The show's run ends at the Duke 6/24/17 but will re-open at
Our Review
 

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

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


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



Measure For Measure
Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Brooklyn, NY
TNFA last did this play when the company was still at the Duke. They're now doing it at their Broolyn hope, beaturing Jonathan Cake as Vincentio, the Duke; Cara Ricketts as Isabella; and Thomas Jay Ryan as Angelo. From 6/17/17; opening 6/25/17; closing 7/16/17. It will be helmed by distinguished British cirector Simon Godwin.

Napoli, Brooklyn
Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 W 46th Street roundabouttheatre.org
This kitchen sink family drama by Meghan Kennedy premiered last winter at Long Whart in Connecticut. Act one runs 60 minutes and Act two 50 minutes. Based on the writer's own background, it revovles around the Muscolino family's struggles to find meaning and peace. From 6/09/17; opening 6/27/17; closing 9/03/17.





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

Peter and the Star Catcher
New World Stages W. 50th Street www.peterandthestarcatcher.com
This show moved uptown from a New York Theatre Workshop premiere. and ended its successful run 1/20/13 but will resurface at New World Stages 3/20/13. Direction by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. Written by Rick Elice. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. review

Pete The Cat
Theater Works at Lortel Theatre i 121 Christopher Street http://www.theatreworksusa.org
Free kids'musical. Book and lyrics by Sarah Hammond, music by Will Aronson directed/choreographed by Dan Knechtges. From 7//19/17; opening 7/25/17; closing 8/18/17. Performances schedule: Monday through Friday at 10:30am and 1pm; Sundays at 11:00am and 2:00pm NO performances on Saturdays. Running time: 45 mins. Recommended for kids ages 5-8, no strollers or no babies in arms allowed

Pipeline
Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
New play by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. What it's about: Nya Joseph is a dedicated, inner-city public high school teacher who is committed to her students' achievement, while she sends her only son, Omari, to a private boarding school. When Omari is involved in a controversial incident which threatens him with expulsion from his school, Nya is forced to reconcile Omari's rage and her own parental decisions, as she rallies to save her son. Cast:Tasha Lawrence, Morocco Omari,Karen Pittman, Namir Smallwood, Jaime Lincoln Smith, Heather Velazquez. Sets by Matt Saunders, costumes by Montana Blanco, lighting by Yi Zhao, sound by Justin Ellington, and projections by Hannah Wasileski. From 6/15/17; opening 7/10/17;closing 8/27/17.

The Portuguese Kid
MTC City Center Stage 1 131 West 55th Street
Written and Directed by John Patrick Shanley and featuring Jason Alexander. 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. Additional casting, creative team, and other listings information TBA.




Soulpepper on 42nd Street
Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street www.soulpepper.org
July will see an unusual repertory event. That's when the Toronto based Soul Pepper company will take over all three theaters of this complex to present a variety of performances from July 1st to July 29th. Herewith, details of three Mainstage productions which will have substantial enough runs for us to review.
Of Human Bondage, written by Vern Thiessen, directed by Albert Schultz and designed by Erika Connor, Mike Ross, and Lorenzo Savoini. It was filmed 3 times (in 1934 with Leslie Howard and Bette Davis in her star making role as Mildred, in 1946), with Paul Henreid and Eleanor Parker, and in 1964 with Laurence Harvey and Kim Novak) but never staged adaptation of Maugham's autobiographical novel. Performances: Sunday 7/2 at 4:00 PM,Wednesday 7/5 at 7:00 PM,Thursday 7/6 at 7:00 PM,Saturday 7/8 at 7:30 PM, Sunday 7/9 at 2:00 PM,Wednesday 7/12 at 7:00 PM,Friday 7/14 at 7:30 PM,Saturday 7/14 at 7:30 PM,Wednesday 7/19 at 2:00 PM, Friday 7/21 at 7:30 PM,Saturday 7/22 at 2:00 PM,Sunday 7/23 at 7:00 PM,Wednesday 7/26 at 2:00 PM,

Kim's Convenience, written by Ins Choi, directed by Weyni Mengesha, designed by Ken MacKenzie, Thomas Ryder Payne, and Lorenzo Savoini. A comedy set in a family-run Korean variety store. Performances:Sunday, 7/2 at 2:00 PM,Sunday, 7/2 at 8:00 PM,Wednesday, 7/5 at 2:00 PM,Thursday, 7/6 at 7:00 PM, Friday, 7/7 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, 7/8 at 2:00 PM,Saturday, 7/8 at 8:00 PM,Sunday, 7/9 at 2:00 PM,Sunday, 7/9 at 5:30 PM,Tuesday, 7/11 at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, 7/12 at 2:00 PM,Wednesday, 7/12 at 7:00 PM,Thursday, 7/13 at 7:00 PM,Friday, 7/14 at 7:30 PM,Saturday, 7/15 at 2:00 PM,Saturday, 7/15 at 8:00 PM.

Spoon River, adapted from Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology by Mike Ross and Albert Schultz, Composed by Mike Ross, directed by Albert Schultz and Designed by Ken MacKenzie.an immersivegraveyard musical.Performances:Friday, 7/7 at 7:30 PM,Saturday, 7/8 at 4:00 PM,Sunday, 7/9 at 8:00 PM,Tuesday, 7/11 at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, 7/12 at 1:30 PM,Thursday, 7/13 at 7:00 PM, Saturday, 7/15 at 4:00 PM,Sunday, 7/16 at 7:00 PM,Tuesday, 7/18 at 7:00 PM,Wednesday, 7/19 at 7:00 PM, Thursday, 7/20 at 7:00 PM,Saturday, 7/22 at 7:30 PM,Sunday, 7/23 at 2:00 PM,Sunday, 7/23 at 7:00 PM,Tuesday, 7/25 at 7:00 PM,Wednesday, 7/26 at 7:00 PM,Thursday, 7/27 at 7:00 PM.

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.

  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


Somebody's Daughter
Second Stage Uptown at the McGinn/Cazale Theater, Broadway at 76th St.www.2ST.com
World premiere by Chisa Hutchinson, directed By May Adrales. Cast: Vanessa Kai (Millie Chan), Collin Kelly-Sordelet (Russ Mitchell), Michelle Heera Kim (Alex Chan), Rodney Richardson(Reggie Ward), David Shih(Richard Chan), Jeena Yi(Kate Wu). From 5/23/17;opening 6/06/17; closing 6/25/17. What it's about: Alex is a fifteen year old Asian-American girl going to extremes to get her own mother to notice her. She’s a dream child — except to her parents who wish she was a boy. Luckily she finds a sympathetic ear in Kate, her irreverent guidance counselor who knows all too well what it’s like to walk in Alex;s shoes. As three generations of women find their identity in question, each needs to decide who makes the rules and what happens when you break them. Scenic design by Lee Savage, costumes by Sara Ryung Clement, lighting design by Seth Reiser, sound design by Kate Marvin. Our Review


Soulpepper
Pershing Square Signature Center www.soulpepper.org.
The popular Toronto company is taking over all the theaters at the Signature Center. Main Stage Productions which Curtainup will cover below. For other productions to be on offer, check out the company's web site:
Of Human Bondage, written by Vern Thiessen, directed by Albert Schultz; designed by Erika Connor, Mike Ross, and Lorenzo Savoini. Performances: Sunday 7/2 at 4:00 PM, Wednesday 7/5 at 7:00 PM,Thursday 7/6 at 7:00 PM, Saturday 7/8 at 7:30 PM,Sunday 7/9 at 2:00 PM,Wednesday 7/12 at 7:00 PM, Friday 7/14 at 7:30 PM,Saturday 7/14 at 7:30 PM, Wednesday 7/19 at 2:00 PM,Friday 7/21 at 7:30 PM,Saturday 7/22 at 2:00 PM,Sunday 7/23 at 7:00 PM,Wednesday 7/26 at 2:00 PM.
Kim’s Convenience, written by Ins Choi, irected by Weyni Mengesha; designed by Ken MacKenzie, Thomas Ryder Payne, and Lorenzo Savoini. The most successful new Canadian play of the last decade is set in a family-run Korean variety store and is an ode to generations of immigrants who have made Canada the country that it is. It's seeded a TV series. Performances: Sunday, 7/2 at 2:00 PM,Sunday, 7/2 at 8:00 PM, Wednesday, 7/5 at 2:00 PM, Thursday, 7/6 at 7:00 PM, Friday, 7/7 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, 7/8 at 2:00 PM,Saturday, 7/8 at 8:00 PM, Sunday, 7/9 at 2:00 PM, Sunday, 7/9 at 5:30 PM, Tuesday, 7/11 at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, 7/12 at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, 7/12 at 7:00 PM, Thursday, 7/13 at 7:00 PM, Friday, 7/14 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, 7/15 at 2:00 PM, Saturday, 7/15 at 8:00 PM.
Spoon River, adapted from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology by Mike Ross and Albert Schultz, composed by Mike Ross, directed by Albert Schultz and designed by Ken MacKenzie. This immersive graveyard musica was named Best Musical by both the Dora Awards (Toronto’s Tony) and the Toronto Critics Association. Performances:Friday, 7/7 at 7:30 PM,Saturday, 7/8 at 4:00 PM,Sunday, 7/9 at 8:00 PM, Tuesday, 7/11 at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, 7/12 at 1:30 PM, Thursday, 7/13 at 7:00 PM,Saturday, 7/15 at 4:00 PM, Sunday, 7/16 at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, 7/18 at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, 7/19 at 7:00 PM, Thursday, 7/20 at 7:00 PM, Saturday, 7/22 at 7:30 PM, Sunday, 7/23 at 2:00 PM, Sunday, 7/23 at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, 7/25 at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, 7/26 at 7:00 PM, Thursday, 7/27 at 7:00 PM. .
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.


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 9/23/17. 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 premere ) 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.

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




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

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

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