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



All the Fine Boys
The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center (Ford Foundation Studio Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street
World premiere written and directed by Erica Schmidt. Cast: Abigail Breslin, Isabelle Fuhrman, Joe Tippett, Alex Wolff. From 2/14/17, opening 3/01/17; closing 3/26/17. What it's about: Fourteen-year-old best friends Jenny (Abigail Breslin) and Emily (Isabelle Fuhrman) are hungry for knowledge and experience, and in suburban South Carolina in the late '80s, experience is readily found with older boys. Emily chooses her senior crush from the high school play (Alex Wolff), and Jenny, a man she's seen at her family's church (Joe Tippett). With parallel stories that take tricky and terrifying turns. Scenic Design by Amy Rubin, Costume Design by Tom Broecker, Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter and Sound Design by Bart Fasbender. Tuesday to Fri 7pm, Sat at 2:30 and 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30 pm (xtra performance 2/26 at 7pm).

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 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 Babies
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46 th Street, between 8 th and 9 th Avenues). www.thebabiesmusical.com 212/239-6200
World premiere of musical by Brady Bunch creative. Book by Lloyd J. Schwartz (who will also direct), music by Matt Dahan (who will serve as musical director) and lyrics by Lloyd J. Schwartz & Anthony Gruppuso, musical staging by Gene Castle. From 10/13/16; opening 10/27/16; open run. Cast: Matt Dahan, Anthony Gruppuso, Jayme Lake, Barbara Mallory, and Parnell Damone Marcano. Thursday evenings at 7pm, Friday evenings at 8pm, and Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2PM. Runs 90 minutes without an intermission. What it's about: All about what it means to be/have a baby.


Beneath the Gavel
59E59 Theaters
An immersive theater experience written and directed by Mara Lieberman. With fistfuls of cash, the audience becomes rival bidders as the performers around them bring various art auction roles to life: deep-pocket collectors, art dealers, artists, critics, and auctioneers. Until the late 1990s, Christies Auction House had a location at 502 Park Avenue. 59E59 Theaters B and C spaces were part of the famed auction houses galleries. Cast: Gabriel Aprea, Missy Burmeister, Corey Finzel, Sean Hinckle, Mia Hutchinson-Shaw, Moira O'Sullivan, and Debra Walsh. From 3/15; opening 3/21/17; closing 4/09/17. Tuesday to Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM.

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Third Space at the New Ohio Theatre
Rainer Werner Fassbinder play translated by David Tushingham, directed by Benjamin Viertel with an all-female cast. From 2/17/17; closing 3/11/17. What it's about: When a new model, Karin, enters the home of famous fashion designer Petra von Kant, Petra's world—and career—rocket to manic heights. But in the midst of Petra's euphoria, her submissive assistant, Marlene, senses a threat. When Karin becomes a superstar, leaving everything behind, Marlene picks up the broken pieces. What Marlene does with those pieces will dictate the rest of her life. This production features a new Act 5 with text from interviews with the cast members, excerpts from theoretical essays, dramaturgical interviews, and discussions with ordinary women unconnected to the project. Scenic design by Bryce Cutler, costume design by Emily Chalmers, lighting design by Mary Ellen Stebbins, sound design by Almeda Beynon, dramaturgy by Olivia O'Connor 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 April 23. A GAMBLERS GUIDE TO DYING written and perfo- rmed by Gary McNair, directed by Gareth Nicolls
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 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.


Cagney
The Westside Theatre - Upstairs 407 West 43rd Street

The 2015 York Theater product will be remounted at the West Side theater in a new updated, expanded and revised version. From 3/16/16; opening 4/03/16 for an open-ended run. Robert Creighton will be joined by his original cast members. The creative team: James Morgan (set), Chip Schoonmaker (costumes), Michael Gilliam (lights), Janie Bullard (sound), and Mark Pirolo (projections). Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Thursday & Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. our re-review.

Come Back, Little Sheba/Picnic
Transport Group at the Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street transportgroup.org
William Inge in Repertory, directed by Jack Cummings. Cast: Emily Skinner, Michele Pawk, Heather Mac Rae, Joseph Kolinski, John Cariani, Hannah Elless. From 2/23/17; opening 3/26/17; closing 4/16/17. Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday at 7:30pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. See website for performance schedule

Crackskull Row
Irish Repertory Theatreat the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre
Honor Molloy play first presented by the cell at the Workshop Theater last Fall. Cast: Gina Costigan, Terry Donnelly, Colin Lane, and John Charles McLaughlin. Lighting design by Gertjan Houben, set design by Daniel Geggatt and Caitlyn Murphy, costume design by Sienna Zoe Allen, and sound design by M. Florian Staab. From 2/03/17; opening ?; closing 3/19/17. What it's about: Rasher Moorigan has finally been released from prison after serving time for a monstrous crime he committed over thirty years before. After reuniting with his mother, an old woman haunted by a vanished Dublin, they confront the ghosts of the past and an uncertain future. Wednesday: 3pm & 8pm, Thursday: 7pm, Friday: 8pm, Saturday: 3pm & 8pm, Sunday: 3pm Our Review

Cry Havoc
New Ohio Theatre 154 Christopher Street info@bedlam.org
Written and performed by Stephan Wolfert and directed by Eric Tucker. From3/15/17; opening 3/19/17; closing 4/23/17. What it's about: After six years in the army, Stephan Wolfert hopped off the Amtrak deep in the mountains of Montana and found himself at a performance of RICHARD III that would change his life forever. The play was developed in conjunction with BEDLAM's Veteran Outreach program.


Daniel's Husband
Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane 38 Commerce St
New York premere by Michael Mckeever, directed By Joe Brancato. Cast: Anna Holbrook, Lou Liberatore, matthew Montelongo, Ryan Spahn,leland Wheeler. From 3/22/17; opening 4/04/17; closing 4/28/17. What it's about: Daniel and Mitchell are the Perfect Couple. Perfect house, perfect friends, even a mother who wants them to wed. What isn't perfect is that Daniel longs to be married and Mitchell does not. A turn of events forces both men to face the consequences of their opposing views, and they learn that they are living in a world where fundamental rights aren't always so fundamental. Proclaimed by the Miami Herald as "beautifully crafted, power. Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm.

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.

Dolphins And Sharks
Labyrlinth Theater Company 155 Bank Street labtheater.org; 212.513.1080
World premiere of comedy by James Anthony Tyler, directed By Charlotte Brathwaite. From 2/09/17; opening 3/01/17; closing 3/19/17. What it's about: Protagonist Isabel Peters has a stable job at Harlem Office. Clock in. Clock out. Get paid. But when an overeager new employee gets hired and an ambitious manager becomes the office's overseer, Isabel finds herself at the center of office politics and down to her last nerve. With cutbacks around the corner, soon everyone's fighting to keep their jobs and their sanity. Some, though, will do anything to survive. Cast: Tina Fabrique, Flor De Liz Perez, Cesar Rosado, Chinaza Uche and Pernell Walker. Tuesday & Sunday at 7pm, Wednesday–Saturday at 8pm. Marsha Ginsberg (scenic designer), Zulema Griffin (costume designer), Kent Barrett (lighting designer), Justin Hicks (sound designer), Andrew Schneider (video designer).

The Dork Knight
Dorothy Strelsin Theatre 312 West 36th Street
Written and Performed by Jason O'Connell. Directed by new artistic director Tony Speciale. From 1/06/17; closing1/29/17. What it's about: traces the ups and downs of actor Jason O'Connell's personal and professional life as seen through the prism of his love/hate relationship with the Batman movies.

The Dressmaker's Secret
59E59 Theaters 59 East 59th Street
Written by Sarah Levine Simon and Mihai Grunfeld, directed by Roger Hendricks Simon. From 2/08/17; Opening 2/14/17; closing 3/05/17. performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM. What it's about: It's 1963. Nineteen-year-old Robi longs to escape communist Romania for the United States. But, the one person who can help Robi is a man his mother, Maria, is desperate to keep from him. During World War II, Maria was engaged to a Hungarian army officer, but fell in love with Zoli, a Jewish man whom she hid from the Nazis. The officer discovered Zoli, who was sent to Auschwitz, but spared the newly pregnant Maria's life. Two decades later, the officer returns. Will the painful secrets of their past change the course of Robi's future? Cast: Bryan Burton, Robert S. Gregory, Caralyn Kozlowski, Tracy Sallows. Stephen T. Jones (set and lights) and Molly R. Seidel (costumes).

Drunkle Vanya
Three Day Hangover at Tolstoy's Lounge, 256 West 52nd Streete
This distillation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya has adapted and directed by Lori Wolter Hudson has been running since last November. It's now reopening for another run, with an official 2/03/17 opening; closing 4/15/17.Friday February 3 at 7:30pm. the Chekhov story and language are jiggered with modern references and a series of ridiculous drinking games involving the audience. Cast of six thespian imbibers: Joel Rainwater as Vanya; Amanda Sykes as Yelena; Christopher Tocco as Astrov; Leah Walsh as Sonya; Sean Tarrant as The Professor, and Josh Sauerman as Waffles. Caitlin Cisek designed the costumes. Running time: 1:45 minutes, including intermission. Our Review
 


The Emperor Jones
Irish Rep Theatre 132 West 22nd Street, Www.Irishrep.Org 212-727-2737 
Revival of Eugene O'Neill's play, directed By Ciaran O'reilly. Cast: Obi Abili. Additional casting TBA. From 3/01/17; opening 3/12/17; closing 4/23/17. What it's about: the story of Brutus Jones, a despot who ascends the throne using lies, intimidation and the politics of fear. Following a prison break in the United States, Jones sets himself up as monarch of a Caribbean island. When the Natives rebel after years of exploitation, Jones's journey into darkness becomes a terrifying psychological portrayal of power, fear, and madness. Choreography by Barry McNabb , lighting design by Brian Nason, set design by Charlie Corcoran, costume design by Antonia Ford Roberts and Whitney Locher, sound design and music by Ryan Rumery& M. Florian Staaband puppet and mask design by Bob Flanagan.   Wednesdays at 3pm and 8pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm. The Irish Rep's stunning 2009 production of this play starred the spectacularly talented John Douglas Thompson who's this season appearing in August Wilson's first Broadway production of Jitney . To read our review of the 2009 Irish Rep production of Emeror Jones go here.

Enemy Of The People
TBG Theatre at The Barrow Group 312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor www.barrowgroup.org
Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's play by Seth Barrish and K. Lorrel Manning, directed by K. Lorrel Manning. From 3/11/17; opening 3/14/17; closing 4/01/17. What it's about: This version sticks to the fundamental question of Ibsen's story with a revised structure. Cast: Jeremy Folmer, Eliza Foss, Mike Giese, Larry Mitchell, Katherine Neuman, Martin Van Treuren and Roxanne Wells. Set design by Edward T. Morris, lighting design by Solomon Weisbard and sound design by Matt Otto. This is billed as a world premere and new adaptation-- so perhaps the Enemy of the People we saw at the same theater with some of the same actors was a trial run which has been fine tuned. The increased need to deal with climate change has certainly made the play ever relevant.

Evening at the Talk House
The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center's Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street
US premiere by , Wallace Shawn, directed by Scott Elliott. From 1/31/17; opening 2/16/17; closing 3/12/17. Cast: Matthew Broderick, Jill Eikenberry, John Epperson, Larry Pine, Wallace Shawn, Claudia Shear, Annapurna Sriram and Michael Tucker. What it's about: Remember when we felt we could do anything, when there was still nothing to fear? Yes, things have changed a bit, haven't they? And people keep saying there's nothing to be afraid of! In Wallace Shawn's Evening at the Talk House, everyone's invited to join the company of Robert (Matthew Broderick)'s under-appreciated masterpiece, Midnight in a Clearing with Moon and Stars, at a get-together to raise a toast on the 10th anniversary of its opening night. To recall that wonderful creative atmosphere, which we all miss so much, Nellie (Jill Eikenberry) will host this celebration at the old haunt, the Talk House (which, despite everything, remains open). Please come. We need each other. Scenic Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Jeff Mahshie and Lighting Design by Jennifer Tipton. Our Review

Everybody
Pershing Square Signature Center
World Premiere by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed By Lila Neugebauer. From 1/31/17; opening 2/21/17; closing 3/12/17. All tickets for the initial run of the production are $30 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. Cast: Jocelyn Bioh, Brooke Bloom, Michael Braun, Marylouise Burke, Louis Cancelmi, Lilyana Tiare Cornell, David Patrick Kelly, Lakisha Michelle May, Chris Perfetti.Laura Jellinek (Scenic Design), Gabriel Berry (Costume Design), Matt Frey (Lighting Design), Brandon Wolcott (Sound Design). What it's about: A s modern riff on the 15th Century morality play Everyman, follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as he or she travels down a road toward life's greatest mystery. Our Review
 

Fade
Primary Stages at Cherry Lane 38 Commerce Street

New York premiere by Tanya Saracho, directed by Jerry Ruiz. From 1/25/17; closing 3/05/17. What it's about: A behind-the-scenes comedy about the burgeoning friendship between Lucia and Abel, two Latinos of Mexican descent working at a ruthless Hollywood studio. Lucia is a tenacious novelist, newly hired to write for a TV detective series and struggling to find her place among a team of domineering white male co-workers. Abel is one of the studio janitors, compassionate to Lucia's difficulties and generous with his opinions and personal anecdotes builds int their own not quite made for television show. Cast: Annie Dow and Eddie Martinez. Set design by Mariana Sanchez, costume design by Carisa Kelly, lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker, sound design by M.L. Dogg. a Running Time: 85 minutes, no intermission. Our Review
 

Fantasticks
Snapple Theater Center 210 West 50th Street at Broadway, 212 - 307 - 4100
Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones. Music by Harvey Schmidt. Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays at 8PM; Wednesday and Saturdays at 2PM; Sundays at 3PM and 7:30PM The current cast: Edward Watts (El Gallo), Erik Altemus (Matt), Juliette Trafton (Luisa), Gene Jones (Hucklebee), Bill Bateman (Bellomy), MacIntyre Dixon (Henry), Michael Nostrand (Mortimer), Matt Leisy (The Mute)Our Review Update:

Fish Men
Intar Theater 500 West 52nd Street, at Tenth Avenue, on the 4th Floor.
Play by Candido Tirado, directed by Lou Moreno. Cast: David Anzuelo, Gardiner Comfort, Jose Joaquin Perez, Shawn Randall,Ed Setrakian. From 2/10/17; opening 2/21/17; closing 3/18/17. What it's about: On a hot summers day Rey Reyes, a computer programmer for a large bank, walks into Washington Square Park to pay off a debt his uncle incurred the night before to chess hustlers. The hustlers, who are in dire needs of money, talk Rey into playing a few games. "Ninety-Two," a Holocaust survivor tries to pry Rey away from them. A desperate struggle for Reyes'soul follows. Our Review
  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:Deirdre OConnell (others TBA). A down-on-her-luck folk singer (Deirdre O?Connell) takes a job at a giant online retailer's shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his girlfriend newly relocated from New York. And a drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all.


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

Gently Down The Stream
Public Theater, Martinson Hall
World premiere by Martin Sherman, directed by Sean Mathias.Cast: Gabriel Ebert,Harvey Fierstein and Christopher Sears . From 3/14/17; opening 4/04/17; closing 4/23/17 (a one week extension before it even opened. what it's about: Fierstein plays Beau, a pianist expat living in London, who meets Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer, at the dawn of the internet dating revolution. After a life spent recovering from the disappointment and hurt of loving men in a world that refused to allow it, Beau is determined to keep his expectations low with Rufus. But Rufus comes from a new generation of gay men who believe happiness is as much their right as anyone else's, and what Beau assumed would
be just another fling grows into a lasting love story. Scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.

Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose
The Loft at The Davenport Theatre 354 West 45th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues
Ed Dixon's celebration of character actor George Rose, a bon-vivant with a flair for the dramatic and the eccentric, starred on the Broadway and London stages alongside luminaries like Katharine Hepburn, Noel Coward, Dame Edith Evans, Richard Burton, and Laurence Olivier in a storied career that met an unexpected end. Dixon recounts his own tale of how he came to know and admire George over a twenty-year friendship until the unimaginable changed everything. From 1/25/17; opening 2/01/17; closing 4/15/17. Our Review
 
The Gravedigger's Lullaby
TACT at The Beckett Theatre 410 West 42nd Street
World Premiere written by Jeff Talbott and directed by Jenn Thompson. What it's about: The story of Baylen, an honest hardworking gravedigger fighting to feed his family in a world that threatens to bury him. Cast: Jeremy Beck, Ted Koch, Todd Lawson,KK Moggie. Wilson Chin (scenic), Matthew Richards (lighting), Tracy Christensen (costumes), Toby Algya (sound), Will Van Dyke (original music), Andrew Diaz (props). From 2/28/17; opening 3/12/17; closing 4/01/17. Running Time: 90 minutes. Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Special added matinee Wednesday March 29th at 2pm. All tickets are $64.25, including $2.25 restoration fee.



The Hairy Ape
Thompson Arts Center at Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue at 67th Street armoryonpark.ort
From 3/25/17; opening 3/30/17;closing 4/22/17. A re-envsioned production of Eugene O'Neill's play, directed by Richard Jones. Cast: Bobby Cannavale,Becky Ann Baker, Chris Bannow, Tommy Bracco, Emmanuel Brown, Nic Bruder, Catherine Combs, Phil Hill, Cosmo Jarvis, Mark Junek, Henry Stram, Jamar Williams, Isadora Wolfe, Amos Wolff. Stewart Laing, Designer; Aletta Collins, Choreographer; Mimi Jordan Sherin, Lighting Designer; Sarah Angliss, Sound Designer. Saturday at 8:00pm; Sunday at 5:00pm; Tuesday - Wednesday at 7:30pm. While the production will be reconceived for the New York space, you can get an idea as to what to expect from Mr. Jones' helmsmanship from our review of the 2015 London Production

Homecoming King
Hasan Minhaj, the Homecoming King (Photo Credit: Andrew Kist)
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce Street
opening 10/23/15. What it's About: The story of the "New Brown America," based on true events from Minhaj's first generation Indian-American experience. Navigating between two worlds, it follows Minhaj's arrival in the US, meeting his estranged sister, interracial love, racism, bullying, and his family's quest to achieve the elusive American Dream. Update: The show closed but is coming back to the Cherry Lane for a return engagement from 1/07/16 to 1/30/16. Our Review


Homos, Or Everyone in American
Labyrinth Theater Company at Bank Street Theater, 155 Bank Street labtheater.org; 212.513.1080
A world premiere from 10/20/16; opening 11/06/16; closing 11/27/16. Written by Jordan Seavey, directed by Mike Donahue. Cast: Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar, Ugly Betty), Robin De Jesus, Aaron Costa Ganis, Stacey Sargent. Dane Laffrey (sets), Scott Zielinski (lights), Daniel Kluger (sound), Jessica Pabst (costumes), and Hannah Woodward (production stage manager).What it's about: comedy about trying to live and love in New York..


If I Forget
Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre
Written by Steven Levenson,directed by Daniel Sullivan. Cast:Larry Bryggman, Maria Dizzia, Tasha Lawrence, Jeremy Shamos, Seth Steinberg, Kate Walsh, Gary Wilmes. From 2/02/17; opening 2/22/17; closing 4/30/17. What it's about: In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father's 75th birthday. Each deeply invested in their own version of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael's controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate-with biting humor and razor-sharp insight-how much of the past they're willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning. with itself. Derek McLane (Set design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design) and Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design). Our Review
 


Joan Of Arc: Into The Fire
Public's Newman Theater
Book, music and lyrics David Byrne, creator of Here Lies Love and lead singer of the Talking Heads. Directed by Alex Timbers, with choreography by Steven Hoggett. What it's about: explores the meteoric rise of Joan of Arc through the lens of a rock musical concert,directed by Alex Timbers. Cast: Terence Archie (Warwick); James Brown III (Priest, Judge); Jonathan Burke (Priest, Judge); Rodrick Covington (Priest, Judge); Sean Allan Krill (Bishop Cauchon); Jo Lampert (Joan); Mike McGowan (La Tremouille); Dimitri Joseph Moise (Male Swing); Mary Kate Morrissey (Female Standby); Adam Perry (Priest, Judge); John Schiappa (Priest, Judge); Kyle Selig (Dauphin, King Charles); Michael James Shaw (Baudricourt); and Mare Winningham (Isabelle). Scenic design by Chris Barreca, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Cody Spencer, projection design by Darrel Maloney, and music direction by Kris Kukul.From 2/14/17; opening 3/15/17; closing 4/16/17. Running Time: Approx 90 minutes.

Kid Victory
Vineyard 108 E 15h Street
New York premiere of musical. Book and Lyrics by Greg Pierce, Music by John Kander. Story by John Kander and Greg Pierce. Directed by Liesl Tommy. Cast: Ann Arvia, Joel Blum, Laura Darrell, Jeffry Denman, Brandon Flynn, Daniel Jenkins, Karen Ziemba, Blake Zolfo. From 2/01/17; opening 2/22/17; closing 3/19. What it's about: seventeen-year old Luke returns to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. As his friendship grows with the town misfit, Emily, his parents realize that in order to truly find their son, they must confront some unnerving truths about his disappearance. Choreography by Christopher Windom, scenic design by Clint Ramos, costumes by Jacob Climer, lighting by David Weiner, and sound design by Peter Hylenski.
Our Review
 

Kunstler
59E59Theaters
Play about famous civil rights lawyer William Kunstler written by Jeffrey Sweet, directed by Meagen Fay. Jeff McCarthy as the title character, Nambi E. Kelley as the student who opposes him. From 2/17/17; opening/2/23/17; closing 3/12/17. Tuesday - Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 and 7:15 PM. Tickets are $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). What it's about: Tensions rise when famed attorney William Kunstler arrives on a college campus to give a seminar but the brilliant young law student assigned to introduce him objects to his appearance. Has Kunstler finally met his match? Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission Our Review
 

Latin History For Morons
Public's Anspacher Theater
From 2/24/17;opening 3/27/17;closing 4/23/1 John Leguizamo solo, directed by Tony Taccone. What it's about: Leguizamo schools his son— and the rest of us— on the buried and forgotten history of Latinos in the Americas in his new one-man show about uncovering the truth, and recovering from the past. Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his sons American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his sons school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo. Running time: 90 minutes. Latter Days
Dutch Kills Theater at 511 West 54thStreet
World Premiere by Ben Beckley, directed by Jess Chayes, starring Tony Torn. From 2/13/17; opening 2/24/17; closing 3/11/17. What it's about: Beneath the streets of a godforsaken metropolis inn a forgotten basement, a self-described King and his long-suffering servant have waited eleven years for the day the world will end. Now, at last, the apocalypse is at hand. And when the time comes, nothing will be the same. Co-stars Will Dagger. Carolyn Mraz (set), Kate Fry (costumes), Derek Wright (lighting), Asa Wember (sound). Tickets are $25. www.dutchkillstheater.com for performance schedule.

Leah, The Forsaken
Metropolitan Playhouse220 E 4th Street www.metropolitanplayhouse.org
Augustin Daly's 1862 melodrama, directed by Francis X. Kuhn. From 2/10/17; opening 2/17/17; closing 3/12/17. What it's about: Leah, a Jewish refugee fleeing persecution in Hungary, is forbidden by law to pass the night in an Austrian town. But there she wins the love of Rudolf, a Christian citizen. But when a particularly zealous persecutor convinces Rudolf she will betray him for gold, he quickly renounces her. Bestowing her curse on him and his progeny, Leah retreats to her exile. Five years later, now bound for a better life in America, she finds Rudolf has prospered with his new family, but also become a devoted champion of justice for Austrian Jews. Reconciled to a degree, the couple find grace in forgiveness and contrition, though equality is an elusive treasure. Tickets are $30 general; $25 students/seniors; $10 children
Our Review
 
The Light Years
Playwrights Horizon Mainstage Theater
World premiere by Hannah Bos, directed and developed by Oliver Butler and made by The Debate Society. Cast: Aya Cash, Brian Lee Huynh, Erik Lochtefeld, Rocco Sisto and Graydon Yosowitz. From 2/17/17; opening 3/13/17; closing 4/02/17. What it's about: Behold The Spectatorium: an audacious, visionary 12,000-seat theater designed for the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 by Steele MacKaye (Mr. Sisto), the now forgotten theatrical impresario around whom this haunted, intimate tale of two families struggling to meet their future, and a spectacular tribute to man's indomitable spirit of invention, spins. Scenic design by Laura Jellinek, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Russell H. Champa, sound design by Lee Kinney and original music by Daniel Kluger. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM.

Linda
Manhattan Theater Club, City Center Stage I 131 West 55th Street
American premiere by Penelope Skinner,directed by Lynne Meadow. Cast: Janie Dee, Meghann Fahy, Molly Griggs, Jennifer Ikeda, Maurice Jones, Donald Sage Mackay, Molly Ranson, John C. Vennema. From 2/07/17; opening 2/28/17; closing 4/02/17. What it's about: Linda Wilde (Dee) has it all. She's an award-winning senior executive as well as a busy wife and mother. But when she pitches a revolutionary concept that could change the way the world looks at women of a certain age, she finds herself fighting for her own relevance as every part of her carefully considered life starts to show cracks. Our Review
 


Man From Nebraska
2nd Stage 305 West 43rd Street
Written by Tracy Letts, directed By David Cromer. Cast: Heidi Armbruster, Reed Birney, Tom Bloom, Annika Boras, Nana Mensah, Max Gordon Moore, Annette O'Toole, Kathleen Peirce, And William Ragsdale. From 1/26/17; opening 2/15/17; closing. What it's about; When Ken, a middle aged man from Nebraska, suddenly finds he's lost his faith , along with his sense of purpose, he goes on a wild adventure to find it. Along the way he encounters a world vastly different from his own, filled with chance meetings and romantic encounters that shake him to the core. Scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Keith Parham, and original music and sound design by Daniel Kluger. Running time: 2 hours and 15 Minutes. Man From Nebraska/Tracy Letts (2017 Off-Broadway)

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
Marry Harry
York Theatre Company At Saint Peter's on E.54th street. www.yorktheatre.org
Romantic musical with book By Jennifer Robbins, lyrics By Michael Biello, music By Dan Martin, directed And Choreographed By Bill Castellino. From 4/25/17; opening 5/04/17; closing 5/21/17. What it's about: Set in New York's East Village, about two adults on the verge of thirty who need help in cutting the parental ties that hold a little too tightly. 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. (Audience discussion follow the matinee)

The Moors
Playwrights Realm at The Duke on 42nd Street 229 W 42nd St

New York premiere of comedy by Jen Slverman, directed by Mike Donahue. From 2/27/17; opening 3/14/17; closing 3/25/17. Cast: Hannah Cabell, Andrew Garman, Chasten Harmon, Birgit Huppuch, Teresa Avia Lim, and Linda Powell. What it's about: Dreaming of love and power, two sisters and their dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors. With the arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen, lies are revealed and loyalties shift as all are set on a strange and dangerous path. Inspired by the lives and work of the Bronte sisters, the moors become a backdrop against which women can dream of a better life, and a metaphor for the freedom and strength wherein people can reinvent themselves. The Mother Of Invention
Abingdon Theatre's June Havoc Theatre 312 West 36th Street abingdontheatre.org
world premiere play by James Lecesne, directed by Tony Speciale. Cast: Concetta Tomei, James Davis, Dan Domingues, Angela Reed, Isabella Russo, Dale Soules. Jo Winiarski (Scenic Design), Daisy Long (Lighting Design), Paul Marlow (Costume Design), Christian Frederickson (Sound Design), Jerry Marsini (Props Design). What it's about: When Dottie Nerber's son and daughter arrive to pack up the contents of their mother's Florida home, their conflicting memories of her collide. As the siblings unpack family secrets, they must separate fact from fiction and are forced to question the narratives of their own lives. An unflinching and comedic look at how one family deals with the effects of Alzheimer's exploring why we tell the stories we do about the people we love, and how we live with those stories after they've been debunked. From 1/28/17; opening 2/09/17; closing 2/28/17.Tuesdays-Saturdays at7:30PM; plus matinees Saturdays at 2:30PM and Sundays at 2:00PM (no matinees January 28-29)Tickets are $55.


Nibbler
The Amoralists, with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater 224 Waverly Place
World premiere of dark comedy by Ken Urban, directed by Benjamin Kamine. From 2/23/17; opening 2/27/17; closing 3/18/17. what it's about: In the summer of 1992 in Medford, New Jersey, Adam and his gang of friends face life after high school. But when the fivesome encounter a mysterious visitor from another world, their lives are forever changed. Cast: James Kautz, Elizabeth Lail, Matthew Lawler, Spencer Davis Milford, Rachel Franco and Sean Patrick Monahan. The show contains nudity. Running time is approximately 90 minutes. Anshuman Bhatia (Scenic Design), Christian Frederickson (Sound Design), Christina Watanabe (Lighting Design), Lux Haac (Costume Design), Stefano Brancato (Puppet Design), Ken Urban (Original Music), Zach Serafin (Prop Design). Our Review
 

9 Circles
The Sheen Center 18 Bleecker Street

New York premiere .Written by Bill Cain and directed by Kent Nicholson. From 2/21/17; opening 2/26/17; closing 3/19/17. What it's about: Inspired by a true story and based on the nine circles of hell in Dantes Inferno'centers on Daniel Reeves, who is arrested and prosecuted for acts that he may have committed while serving in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War. Thrown into a labyrinth of military bureaucracy, the confused and troubled teenager tries to navigate through layers of commanding officers, public defenders, pastors, army psychiatrists and, essentially, his own personal hell. Cast: Josh Collins as Daniel Reeves, Ryman Sneed, David St. Louis and Aaron Roman Weiner. Costume Designer Lex Liang. Lighting Designer Kirk Bookman. Sound Designer Victoria Deiorio.



The Object Lesson
New York Theater Workshop NYTW 79 E. 4th Street
By Geoff Sobelle, directed by David Neumann), with scenic installation by Steven Dufala. The theater is transformed into a giant storage facility where audiences are free to roam and sift through the clutter. This makeshift attic is turned into a space of reflection and wonder as Sobelle unpacks our relationship to everyday objects: breaking, buying, finding, fixing, giving, losing, winning, trading, selling, stealing, storing, collecting, cluttering, clearing, packing up, passing on, buried under… a world of things. Running Time: 75 minutes. From 1/31/17; opening 2/09/17; cloing 3/19/17. Our Review

On the Exhale
Roundabout's Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 West 46th Street
A world premiere by Martín Zimmerman (Netflix's Narcos), starring Marin Ireland and directed by Leigh Silverman. From 2/07/17; opening 2/19/17;closing 4/02/17. productions are $25. What it's about: When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor (Ireland) finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime, -and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we're all part of the problem. Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:00PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30PM.

The Outer Space
Public Theater/Joe's Pub
Musical with book and lyrics by Ethan Lipton and directed by Leigh Silverman. Music performed by Lipton, Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy and Ian Riggs. From 2/23/17; opening 3/08/17; closing 4/09/17. What it's about: 2 human beings buy an old spaceship, leaving the noise, pollution and overpriced rents of Earth for the vast beauty and treacherous terrain of the final frontier. But can they survive the mission? Scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Ben Stanton, and sound design by Nicholas Pope. Tuesday through Sunday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. There is an added performance on Monday March 6 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 p.m. There is no 7:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, February 25.




The Penitent
Atlantic Theater Linda Gross Theater 336 West 20th Street
World premiere by Atlantic's co-founder David Mamet, directed by artistic director Neil Pepe. Cast: Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Jordan Lage and Rebecca Pidgeon. What it's about: A renowned psychiatrist (Bauer) is asked to testify on behalf of a young patient. When he refuses, his career, ethics and faith are thrown into question. From 2/08/17; opening 2/17/18; closing 3/19/17. Scenic design by Tim Mackabe , costume design by Laura Bauer, lighting design by Don Holder. Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Sunday evening performance 7pm: 2/12, 2/19, 3/5 Wednesday matinees 2pm: 2/22, 3/8, 3/15 No performance: 2/28. Runnng Time: 75 Minutes.

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

Picnic/ Come Back, Little Sheba
Transport Group at the Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street transportgroup.org
William Inge in Repertory, directed by Jack Cummings. Cast: Emily Skinner, Michele Pawk, Heather Mac Rae, Joseph Kolinski, John Cariani, Hannah Elless. From 2/23/17; opening 3/26/17; closing 4/16/17. Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday at 7:30pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. See website for performance schedule.

The Portal
Minetta Lane Theatre 18 Minetta Lane

The New York premiere of a rock odyssey conceived and directed by Luke Comer, with original music composed by Tierro Lee. From 10/27/16; opening 11/13/16; open ended. Cast Luke Comer, Billy Lewis Jr, Zarah Mahler, Emily Raydor and Marija Juliette . Choreographed by Jessica Chen. What it's about: part concert, part movie, and part performance.

The Profane
Playwrights Horizon's Peter Jay Sharp Theater 416 West 42nd Street
The world premiere of a new play by Zayd Dohrn, directed by Kip Fagan. Cast: Tala Ashe, Francis Benhamou, Ramsey Faragallah Ali Reza Farahnakian, Lanna Joffrey, Heather Raffo. From 3/17/17; opening 4/09/17; closing 4/30/17. What it's about: Safe in the liberal fortress of Manhattan, Raif Almedin (Mr. Farahnakian) is a first-generation immigrant who prides himself on his modern, enlightened views. But when his daughter (Ms. Ashe) falls for the son (Mr. Tafti) of a conservative Muslim family in White Plains, he discovers the threshold of his tolerance. In Zayd Dohrns sharp and timely tale, two families are forced to confront each others religious beliefs and cultural traditions, and to face their own deep-seated prejudice. Scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Matt Frey and sound design by Brandon Wolcott. Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7PM.






Sam & Dede, Or My Dinner With Andre The Giant
59E59 Theaters
New York premiere by Gino DiIorio and directed by Leah S. Abrams. From 3/09/17; opening 3/15/17; closing 4/01/17 Thursday, March 9 for a limited engagement through Saturday. Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM. What it's about: Based on a true story about a 12-years old the boy who would grow up to be wrestling icon Andre the Giant who was already over 6 feet tall and 240 pounds and he didn't fit on the school bus. His neighbor, as repayment for a favor, offered to drive Andre to school in his truck. That neighbor was Samuel Beckett.

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.

Shear Madness
Davenport Theatre 354 West 45th Street ShearMadness.com 212/239-6200
Coomedy whodunit; From 10/22/15; open-ended. What it's about: The mystery in which the audience gets to solve the crime is set in a local hair salon that turns into a wacky murder scene. It was adapted by Bruce Jordan from a play entitled Scherenschnitt written in 1963 by German writer and psychologist to use as a study of how people perceive or misperceive reality. It was first presented in 1978. our review

Sistas: The Musical
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46th Street(212) 239-6200
What it's about: Musical journey, of a multi-generational African-American Family. The narrative is stitched together using the lyrics of songs that perfectly capture the mood and speaks to the issues of each period and time. In the end, the women find strength in each others' stories and arrive at a way to best honor the memory of their beloved Grandma - a seminal figure in their development as strong and accomplished women. From 9/29/2011/ opening 10/11/; Open-Ended. Thursday at 7:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 pm Tickets:$39.50-$69.50.Directed by Kenneth Ferrone. Written by Dorothy Marcic


The Skin of Our Teeth
Theatre for a New Audience at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center
Arin Arbus' production of Thornton Wilder's 1942 Publitzer Prize winning play. From 2/14/17; opening 2/28/17; closing 3/19/17. Cast: Mary Wiseman as Sabina, David Rasche and Kecia Lewis as Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus, and Reynaldo Piniella and Kimber Monroe as their children, Henry and Gladys; Austin Reed Alleman as Fred Bailey, Usher, and a Conveener; Andrew R. Butler as Homer and Act II Announcer; Fred Epstein as Dinosaur and bassist; Eric Farber as Mammoth and percussionist; Arthur French as Professor and Chair Pusher; Max Gordon as a Conveener and pianist; Robert Langdon Lloyd as Moses, Chair Pusher, and Tremayne; Sam Morales as Muse, Hester, and a Conveener; Mary Lou Rosato as Fortune Teller and Muse; Jessie Shelton as Telegraph Boy, Ivy, Muse, and violinist; Storm Thomas as Act I Announcer and Broadcast Official; and William Youmans as Fitzpatrick. Original score by Cesar Alvarez, Sonya Tayeh (choreography), Riccardo Hernandez (set design), Cait O'Connor (costume and puppet design), Marcus Doshi (lighting design), Stowe Nelson (sound design), Peter Nigrini (projection design), J. Allen Suddeth (fight direction), Bova (hair, wig and makeup design). The Skin Of Our Teeth/Thornton Wilder (2017 Off-Broadway)


Spamilton
Triad 158 West 72nd Street
Musical celebrating (and roasting) the Broadway blockbuster byGerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind Forbidden Broadway. From 7/19/16; opening 9/08/16; closing 12/31/16--extended several times, now closing 2/28/17. Cast: Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nicholas Alexander Rodriguez, Dan Rosales, and Nora Schell, with Music Director Fred Barton at the piano, along with special surprise guest stars, including Christine Pedi and additional divas, who pop in weekly to add to the fun. Gerry McIntyre (Choreography), Dustin Cross (Costume Design), Richard Danley (Musical Arrangements), and Michael Cassara, CSA (Casting Director). Running time: 65 minutes. Tues-Fri 7pm; Sat at 9pm. Spamilton - Gerard Alessandrini

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 Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
McKittrick Hotel 542 West 27th Street www.mckittrickhotel.com
From 11/16/16; opening 12/13/16; closing 3/26/17. Music-filled folk theater fable, created by writer David Greig and director Wils Wilson, with design by Georgia McGuinness, movement by Janice Parker and musical direction by Alasdair Macrae. This limited holiday engagement unfolds among and around its audience, a lyrical story told with live music throughout its supernatural setting. The show will perform concurrently, and separately from, the venue's resident production of Sleep No More, which continues its regular seven-days-a-week performance schedule. Our Review
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Sundown, Yellow Moon
Ars Nova And Wp Theater McGinn/Cazale (WP Theater)2162 Broadway at 76th Street arsnovanyc.com; wptheater.org; 212-352-3101
World Premiere by Rachel Bonds, directed By Anne Kauffman, with music and lyrics by the Bengsons. From 2/28/17; opening 3/14/17; closing 4/01/17.Cast: Eboni Booth, Lilli Cooper, Peter Friedman, Greg Keller, Anne L. Nathan, Michael Pemberton and JD Taylor. Monday–Wednesday at 7pm; Thursday–Saturday at 8pm. What it's about: While navigating the unsettling waters of young adulthood, twin sisters Ray (Lilli Cooper) and Joey (Eboni Booth) return home to find their father (Peter Friedman) in a moment of crisis. Under the cover of late-night,small-town shadows, sleep is elusive, connections are frayed, and the southern summer heat presses in. Lauren Helpern (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Isabella Byrd and Matt Frey (lighting design), Leah Gelpe (sound design).

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. 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.

Sweetee
Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center
A new musical by Gail Kriegel, directed by Patricia Birch. What it's about: Set in 1930s America, story of . The story follows he struggles of a bi-racial woman named Sweetee during the Jim Crow era. From 5/21/17; opening 5/24/17; closing 6/18/17. Details TBS




Turning Page
Dixon Place 161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey. dixonplace.org
Monologue written and performed by Angelica Page. From 2/10/17; opening 2/24/17; closing 4/08/17. What it's about: Cchronicles the life and career of her mother, Geraldine Page, with direction by Wilson Milam.

The Town Hall Affair
The WooosterGroup at the Performing Garage
Doctumentary style piece based on the Hegedus & Pennebaker film Town Bloody Hall which documented a panel held at Town Hall in 1971. The panel featured feminist thinkers and activists including Jacqueline Ceballos, Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston, and Diana Trilling - with Norman Mailer serving as moderator. Performed by Wooster Group members & associates Ari Fliakos, Greg Mehrten, Erin Mullin, Scott Shepherd, Maura Tierney and Kate Valk. Direction by Elizabeth LeCompte. From 2/04/17; closing 3/04/17. Tues to Thurs 7:30, Fri 8pm, Sat. 4 and 8pm.
Our Review
 

Vanity Fair
Pearl Theater 555 West 42nd Street pearltheatre.org; 212.563.9261
World premiere of Kate Hamill adaptation of William Thackeray's novel, directed by Eric Tucker. From 3/24/17; opening 4/02/17; 4/22/17. Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission. Cat: Pearl Resident Acting Company members Joey Parsons and Brad Heberlee; also Zack Fine, Tom O'Keefe, Ryan Quinn, and Debargo Sanyal. Sandra Goldmark (Set), Valérie Therese Bart (Costumes), Seth Reiser (Lights).

The View Upstairs
Invisible Wall Productions at Culture Project's Lynn Redgrave Theater 45 Bleecker Street, TheViewUpStairs.com
Off-Broadway debut of new musical by Max Vernon and directed by Scott Ebersold. From 2/15/17; opening 2/26/17; closing 5/21/17. Cast: Jeremy Pope, Taylor Frey, Nathan Lee Graham, Frenchie Davis, Benjamin Howes, Michael Longoria, Ben Mayne, Doreen Montalvo, Randy Redd , Richard E. Waits, Anthony Alfaro. what it's about: Takes you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant '70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans where a forgotten community comes to life when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the abandoned space for a journey of seduction and self-exploration of "queer history.


Wakey, Wakey
The Signature's Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
Written and Directed by Will Eno. From 2/07/17; opening 2/27/17; closing 3/19/17- extended to 3/26/17 which means tickets after the 19th will not be at the special discount prices. Cast: Michael Emerson, January LaVoy.Christine Jones (Scenic Design), Michael Krass (Costume Design), David Lander (Lighting Design), Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design), and Peter Nigrini (Projection Design). What it's about: What are we here for? Is time a friend or an enemy? Do we all eventually end up in the same place, but take different routes to get there? Our Review

When It's You
Keen Company at The Clurman Theatre 410 West 42nd Street 212/239-6200
A World Premiere by Courtney Baron, directed by Jonathan Silverstein and starring Ana Reeder. What it's about: A look at the ripple effects that follow gun violence in contemporary America. Ginnifer is single, thirty-seven, and has just lost her mother to illness. She moves back to her hometown and learns her first love in high school is now at the center of a violent crime and she must confront her relationship to the heinous act as well as her changing place in society, all while living under the roof of her dead mother's home. From 2/28/17; opening 3/19/17; closing 4/08/17. Steven Kemp (scenic), Josh Bradford (lighting), Jennifer Paar (costumes), Bart Fasbender (sound) and Justin West (projections). The performance runs 70 minutes. Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets will be $65.

White Guy On The Bus
59E59 Theaters
Play by Bruce Graham and directed by Bud Martin. From 3/05/17; opening 3/14/17; closing 4/16/17. Tuesday - Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; and Sunday at 3 PM. Cast: Robert Cuccioli, Danielle Lenee, Jessica Bedford, Susan McKey, and Jonathan Silver. Paul Tate DePoo III (scenic design); Wade Laboissonniere (costume design); Rob Denton (lighting design); Michael Hahn (sound design and original music); and Nicholas Hussong (projection design). What it's about: A wealthy white business man meets a struggling black single mother get to know each other on their daily bus commute, an their pasts unfold and tensions rise, inciting an exploration of privilege. Our California critic saw and very much liked this (different production and actors). To read it go here

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Signature, 555 W. 42 St. (11th/12th Avs)

Snapple Center 210 West 50th Street (212) 921-7862
Soho Playhouse 15 Vandam Street (212) 691-1555

St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46th Street (212) 947-3499

Union Square Theatre 100 East 17th Street (212) 505-0700

Theatre for the New City, 155 First Av (at 10th St)

Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street

Theatre 3, 311 W. 43rd St., (8th/9th Avs)

Union Square Theater 100 East 17th Street

Vineyard, 108 East 15th St (Park Av S./Irving Place)
Westbeth, 151 Bank Street (Washington/West Sts.)

Westside Arts 407 W. 43rd St. ( (9th/10th Avs)

Women's Project & Productions, 424 W 55th St (9th/10th Avs)

York/St Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Av

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