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Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th St
Abrons Arts Center, Henry Street Settlement 466 Grand St
Acorn, 410 W. 42nd St
Actors Temple Theatre 339 West 47th Street (212) 947-3499
Altered Stages, 212 W. 29 St. (7th/8th Avs)
Arclight 152 W. 71 St. (Broadway/Columbus Av)
Ars Nova 511 w. 54 St.
Astor Place Theatre 434 Lafayette Street (212) 254-4370
Atlantic 336 W. 20th St. (8/9th Aves)
Bank Street, 155 Bank St. (Washington/West Sts)
Barrow Street Theater 27 Barrow Street (212) 243-6262
Cherry Lane, 38 Commerce Street (7th/Hudson)
Classical Theater of Harlem (HSA), 645 St. Nicholas Ave (141 St)
Classic Stage, 136 E. 13th St., (3/4th Avs)
Connelly, 220 East 4 Street
Culture Project, 55 Mercer street in SoHo
Daryl Roth, 20 Union Square East (at 15th)
Dodger Stages, 340 West 50th St
Flea, 41 White Street (Broadway/Church Sts)
Harold Clurman, 410 W. 42nd St
Kirk, 410 W. 42nd St
Lion, 410 W. 42nd St
Roundabout/ Laura Pels, 111 W. 46th St. (6th/7th Avs)
City Center 55th St., (6th/7th Avs)
47th Street, 304 W. 47th St.
Duke on 42nd St. (7th/8th Ave)
Ensemble Studio Theatre 549 W. 52nd S. (10th/11 Avs)
Greenwich House, 27 Barrow
Here , 145 Ave of the Americas, (1block south of Spring)
Irish Arts Center, 583 W. 51 St.
Irish Repertory, 132 W. 22d St. (6th/7th Avs)
Joseph Papp/Anspacher/ 425 Lafayette St.
Joseph Papp Public/Martinson/ 425 Lafayette St
Joseph Papp Public/Newman/ 425 Lafayette St
La Mama, 74A E. 4th St.((2nd Av/Bowery)
Little Shubert 422 West 42nd Street (212) 944-3700
Lucille Lortel, 121 Christopher St. (Hudson/7thAv)
Manhattan Theatre Club, 131 W. 55th St (6/7 Avs)
Michael Weller, 311 W. 43rd St, 6th Floor
Minetta Lane, 18 Minetta lane, (6th /Macdougal Sts)
Mint Theatre, City Center Stage II on 55th Street
Newhouse/Lincoln Center, 150 W. 65th St.
New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St. (2nd Av/Bowery)
New Victory, 209 W. 42nd St. (7th/8th Avs)
New World Stages 340 West 50th Street (212) 871-1730
Ohio, 66 Wooster St. (Spring/Broome Sts)
Orpheum, 126 Second Ave (7th/8th Sts)
Pearl, 555 West 42nd Street
Players Theatre 115 MacDougal Street (212) 475-1449
Playwrights Horizon, 416 W. 42nd St. (9th/10th Avs)
P. S. 122, 150 1st Ave, (near 9th St.)
Samuel Beckett, 410 W. 42nd St
Second Stage, 307 W. 43rd St. (8th/9th Avs)
St. Clements, 423 W. 46th St (9th/10th Avs)
St.Luke's Church Annex, 308 W. 46th St. (8th/9th Avs)
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)
Rattlestick, 224 Waverly Place
York/St Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Av
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Note to insure that you get to the theater on time: The day of the uniform 8pm curtain time is gone. We now have Tuesdays, and often Thursdays, at 7pm, and lots of shows with 7:30 starting times, as well as those geared to young audiences, with 9 and 9:30 pm shows. Soooo. . . check the time before heading to your show.
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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.
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street
Written by Residency Five playwright Martha Clarke and Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winner Alfred Uhry, directed and choreographed by Ms. Clarke. From 2/02/16; opening 2/22/16; closing 3/13/16-- extended several times, now closing 4/17/16 (at "regular prices). All tickets for the initial run of the production are $25 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. Cast: Sophie Bortolussi, Nicholas Bruder, Asli Bulbul, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Ingrid Kapteyn, Rico Lebron, Gabrielle Malone, Sally Murphy, Matthew Oaks, Andrew Robinson, yon tande.Marsha Ginsberg (Scenic Design), Donna Zakowska (Costume Design), Christopher Akerlind (Lighting Design), Samuel Crawford & Arthur Solari (Sound Design), and Arthur Solari (Music Direction). The show captures the soul of the Shakers, an early American religious sect which sought to connect with God through ecstatic ritual and strict celibacy. While the congregants strive desperately to maintain divine purity, the needs of the flesh threaten to take hold. The combination of dance an text adds up to a theatrical collage about the love of the divine and the desire for human connection. Our Review
Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater 416 West 42nd Street
World premiere of a new play by Anne Washburn, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll. Cast: Rob Campbell, Nat DeWolf, Crystal Finn, April Matthis, Annie Parisse and Maria Striar. From 3/11/16; opening 4/04/16; closing 4/24/16. What it's about: In a ranch house deep in Texas Hill Country, a once tight-knit group of friends reunites to bury one of their own. Scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Leah Gelpe and original music by Daniel Kluger. Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7PM. There is a special 30&Under performance on April 14 at 7:30 PM. Our Review
New World Stages at 50th and Eighth Avenue 212/239-6200 www.avenueq.com.
No sooner did the Tony Award winning puppet musical end its 6-year run on Broadway (22 previews and 2,534 performances), than producer Kevin McCollum announced the first ever reverse transfer of a show from Broadway to Off-Broadway. However, it's not returning to its original downtown off-Broadway home (the Vineyard), but remains uptown at the largest venue of the New World Stages complex. The re-opening will begin 10/13/09 and play 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 Band's Visit
Atlantic Theater's Linda Gross Theater 336 West 20th Street
World premiere musical based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin. Book by Itamar Moses, music and lyrics by David Yazbek, drected by David Cromer. What it's about: An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. The original screenplay received 36 major international award6. Fall 1916. More details TBA
Barbara Cook: Then and Now
ALL PERFORMANCES CANCELLED!
New World Stages, Stage One 304 W. 50th Street 212/239-6200
Cook's biographical one-person show. Conceived by James Lapine, directed by Tommy Tune. From 4/12/16; opening 5/04/16; closing 6/26/16. What it's about: Cooks shares the wisdom she has gained in her well-lived years. Scenic design by Robin Wagner and lighting design by Ken Billington and music direction by Emmy Award winner Lee Musiker. Cook's autobiography bearing the same title,ill be released by HarperCollins Publishers in June.
A Better Place
Directors Company, in association with Pascal Productions at The Duke 220 W/n 42nd Street
Play by Wendy Beckett, directed By Evan Bergman. Cast: Jessica DiGiovanni, John FitzGibbon, Judith Hawking, Edward James Hyland, Rob Maitner, Michael Satow. From 5/04/16; opening 5/15/16; closing 6/12/16. What it's about: Manhattanites' lust for real estate. A male couple is transfixed by their neighbors; they can't tear themselves away from the window. The lifestyle over there is sumptuous, and they have a quirky daughter whose tastes run to exhibitionism. Speculation begins...where did they get all that wealth? And what about the kooky brokers who regularly visit them? Who are these funny people in the glorious glass box? David Arsenault (scenic design), Russell H. Champa (lighting design), and Valerie Marcus Ramshur (costume design). Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7PM and Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, with matinees on Saturdays at 2PM and Sundays at 3PM.
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 at 59E59 Theaters
Ramesh Meyyappan's adaptation of Madame Butterfly with puppetry and music by David Paul. Cast:Chris Alexander, Nicola Daley and Ramesh Meyyap. From 4/23/16; opening 4/29/16; closing 5/14/16. 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. Running Time: 60 minutes.
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.
Cal In Camo
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater 224 Waverly Place More details at rattlestick.org and coltcoeur.org.
World Premiere by William Francis Hoffman, directed By Adrienne Campbell-Holt. From 5/06/16; opening 5/20/16; closing 6/12/16. What it's about: Comiic look at the nature of family bonds, questioning whether the wounds of our past irrevocably impact our capacity today for human connection. Cast: Katya Campbell, David Harbour. Sundays and Mondays at 7pm, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8pm, and Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm. Scenery by John McDermott, costumes by Sueann Leung, lighting by Grant Yeager, sound design by Amy Altadonna, properties by Deb Gaouette
Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words
Triad Theater, 158 West 72 Street 212-868-4444
Audiences apparently enjoyed this enough for the producers to bring it back for another round of Monday night performances, beginning 9/08/08; opening 9/17/08. Open run. The celebrity guests rotate each week and will keep rotating as long as audiences keep coming. The guests interpret the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous, in both solo and ensemble pieces. The show begins its second open run season 9/14/09. All performances at 7:30 pm. Running time: 1 hr and 15 minutes.
City Stories, Tales of Love and Magic in London
Brits Off-Broadway at 59e59 Street
Written and directed by James Phillips, with oritinal music composed and performed by rosabella Gregory: Cast: Daphne Alexander, Alan Cos, Louisa Clein, Tom Gordon, Phoebe Sparrow, Jay villiers, Sarrah Quintrell. What it's about: This cabaret drama with live music interweaves 4 stories: Narcissi which concerns a pianist,The second story, Lullaby about the last woman standing, the third story is about the letters that people write to God and two lonely people finding each other; Carousel returns to mysticism and loss. From 5/10/16; closing 5/29/16
Brits Off-Broadway at 59e59 Street
Alan Ayckbourne's 1974 play is paired at the festival with the world premiere of Hero's Welcome. Written and directed by Ayckbourne it's a series of five one-act plays interconnected through one of its characters — from a devoted mother to her unfaithful travelling salesman husband, a solicitous waiter and his well-heeled diners. From 5/28/16; closing 7/03/16.
Theater 511 at Ars Nova 511 W 54th St www.crudetheplay.com/
A new dark comedy by Jordan Jaffe, directed by Kel Haney. Cast: Nico Tortorella, Desmin Borges, Eliza Huberth and Jose Joaquin Perez. Scenic design by Caite Hevner Kemp. Costume design by Sydney Maresca, lighting design by Alex Jainchill, and sound design by Elishabe Ittoop. From 4/26/16; closing 5/21/16. What it's about: When a catastrophic environmental accident threatens to derail Kurtz Petroleum, it's up to documentarian turned big oil public relations guru Jaime Kurtz with the help of his commercial making bro-buddy Aaron and Aaron's drug dealer Manny to come up with the perfect pitch to save the company, his relationship with his environmentally conscious wife Brittany, and his stolen dog.
Davenport Theatre is located at 354 West 45th Street.866-811-4111 or www.DaddyIssuesThePlay.com
World Premiere of new comedy by Marshall Goldberg, diected by David Goldyn. Cast: Daisy Eagan, Mary Ellen Ashley, Alex Ammerman, Tony Rossi, Yuval David, Elizabeth Klein, Paul Louis Lessard and Megan MacPhee What it's about: it is 1982 and Donald Moscowitz has overbearing parents. They disapprove of his choice of profession (actor), his flair for decorating (pastels) and his lifestyle (homosexual). The one thing that would make them happy is a grandchild. His solution: hire the ten-year old kid downstairs to play his son. What could possibly go wrong? From 3/31/16; closing 4/24/16. Thursday - Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm with an added performance Monday, April 4 at 8pm. Note: No performance on April 10.
Daddy Long Legs
Davenport Theatre 354 West 45th Street
Megan McGinnis (Les Miz, Side Show, Little Women) and Paul Alexander Nolan (Once, Jesus Christ Superstar, Doctor Zhivago) star in this 2-person Off-Broadway Musical based on Jean Webster's 1912 novel about an orphan girl and her mysterious benefactor. Music and lyrics by Paul Gordon , book and direction by John Caird (Les Miz), and direction by John Caird. From 9/10/15; opening 9/28/15. What it's about: Jerusha Abbott (McGinnis), the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. One day, a rich, anonymous benefactor (Nolan) decides to send her to college, but she must write him a letter once a month. Unaware of his identity, she invents a nickname for him: Daddy Long Legs. Through her brilliant and witty letters, Jerusha shares her experiences of college while discovering her own identity and reveling in the wonders of literature, adventure and love.
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre-Pershing Square Signature Center .480 West 42nd Street 212-244-7529
World premiere by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Thomas Kail. From 4/26/16; opening 5/15/16; closing 6/05/16 between 9th and 10th Avenues). All tickets for the initial run of the production are $25 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative. Cast: Vanessa Aspillagaas Daphne, Carlos Gomez as Acosta, K.K. Moggie as Jenn, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Inez, Matthew Saldivar as Pablo, Gordon Joseph Weiss as Rey and Samira Wiley as Ruby. Donyale Werle (Scenic Design), Toni-Leslie James (Costume Design), Betsy Adams (Lighting Design), Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design) and Michel Camilo (Composer). What it's about: The setting (and title) is a cheap corner bar in North Philly where Daphne and her vibrant, eclectic regulars drink to art, politics, and life. As Daphne's adopted daughter, very different from her reserved and pragmatic mother, grows up, this unconventional family is forced to confront who's an insider.
A Day By the Sea
The Mint Theater at Theatre Row 410 W. 42nd Street
Written by N.C. Hunter and directed By Austin Pendleton. From 7/23/16; opening; closing 9/24/16. Tuesday – Thursday 7pmFriday & Saturday 8pmSaturday & Sunday 2pm. Details TBA
Dear Evan Hansen
Second Stage Tony Kiser Theatre 305 West 43rd Street
Musical that premiere in DC with book by Steven Levenson, music and lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, choreography by Danny Mefford. Directed by Michael Greif. Cast: Ben Platt in title role,Laura Dreyfuss, Mike Faist, Rachel Bay Jones, Will Roland, And Tony Nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson, John Dossett, Kristolyn Lloyd. From 3/26/16; opening 5/01/16. Running time: Approx 2 hour and 40 minutes includes 1 intermission. Scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, and projection design by Peter Nigrini. The musical director is Ben Cohn and the music supervisor is Alex Lacamoire.
Pearl Theater West 42nd Street
Adapted by Mark Shanahan from Le Dindon By Georges Feydeau, directed by Artistic Director Hal Brooks From 4/05/16; closing 5/15/16, in repertory with Stupid F***ing Bird. What it's about: Vatelin is a faithful husband—mostly. Lucy is a faithful wife—kind of. Their fidelity is about to be put to the test when a series of importunate suitors and femme fatales invade their little world. Following the misadventures of one madcap night in a Paris hotel, Feydeau's farce dances us into a world where opening the wrong door in the dark of night leads to mayhem, laughter, and, maybe, a few home truths about the secrets to a happy marriage.
Missed the campy musical a book by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick spoofing 1970s disaster films with in its two previous off-off-Broadway productions? You can now see it in Broadway's Nederlander Theater. From 2/09/16; opening 3/08/16. Featuring a collection of hit songs from the 1970s, it's set aboard a doomed floating casino nightclub that's hit by an earthquake, a tidal wave and a swarm of bees. The Broadway cast: Roger Bart, Faith Prince,Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Adam PascalRachel York, Lacretta Nicole, Jennifer Simard, Max Crumm and Mr. Rudetsky. Mr. Plotnick will again direct.
Westside Theatre W. 43rd Street
This is a return engagement of the musical comedy written by Dennis T. Giacino that recently had a successful run at the Theatre at St. Clement's --- Our Review. it returns to Manhattan for an open-ended run starting 3/13/15, and with the original cast.
A Doll's House (in repertory with The Father)
Theatre for a New Audience Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place.
Henrik Ibsen's play adapted by Thornton Wilder . Cast: Maggie Lacey and John Douglas Thompson, as Nora and ThorwaldRuben Almash as Ivar, Nigel Gore as Dr. Rank, Laurie Kennedy as Anna, Christian Mallen* as Porter, Kimber Monroe as Ellen/, Jayla Lavender Nicholas as Emmy, Jesse J. Perez*as Krogstad/,Linda Powell as Christina. From 4/30/16; opening 5/22/16;closing 6/12/16 7:30pm on May 8, May 10, May 11, May 13, May 15, May 18, May 20, May 22, May 24, May 26, May 28, June 1, June 3, June 5, June 7, June 9, and June 11. at 2:00pm on May 14, May 21, May 29, June 4, and June 12. There's a performance grid at www.tfana.org/season-2016/dolls-house-father/calendar-2
Public Theater-Martinson Hall, 420 Lafayette /streetb
World premiere by Sarah Burgess, directed by Thomas Kail. Cast: Hank Azaria (Rick), Claire Danes (Jenny), Sanjit De Silva (Jeff Schrader), and John Krasinski (Seth). From 3/01/16; pre-opening extension, now closing 4/24/15. Post-show talkbacks with the creative team are scheduled to take place immediately following the performances on Wednesday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 30. What it's about: Krasinski will play Seth, a managing director at a private equity firm in the midst of a PR debacle. He plans to invest in an American-made luggage company in order to save the business however his partner Jenny is determined to exploit the company at every (human) cost.Running Time 100 minutes, no intermission. Our Review
Written and directed by Henry Naylor, co-directed by Emma Butler. Cast: Filipa Braganca and Felicity Houlbrooke. This launchs the 2016 Brits Off Broadway festival from 4/19/16; opening 4/24/16; closing 5/01/16. Tuesday – Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM.
Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue (From 1 at Christopher Street walk 1 block South on 7th Avenue to Barrow-- From A, C, E, B, D, F and M at West 4th walk West on 4th Street and turn left on Barrow) http://www.barrowstreettheatre.com/
North American premiere of playwright Lucy Prebble's play, directed by David Cromer. From 3/02/16; opening 3/16/16; closing 6/19/16. extended and now closing 9/04/16 What it's about: Connie is a psychology student. Tristan is a charming drifter. Both have signed up to a clinical trial for a new antidepressant super-drug. Sealed off from the outside world, the attraction between Connie and Tristan turns into deeper feelings as their doses get stronger. As the trial's overseeing physician and her superior contend with the illicit relationship of their charges, they become increasingly conflicted about the ethical implications of their work. It's soon clear that neither is objective about the complex issues that surround them. Cast: Kati, Brazda, Susannah Flood, Carter HudsonSteve Key. Scenic Design by Marsha Ginsberg, Costume Design by Sarah Laux, Lighting Design by Tyler Micoleau, Sound Design by Erik T. Lawson, Original Composition by Daniel Kluger, Projection Design by Maya Ciarrocchi, Fight Direction by J. David Brimmer. Our Review
The McGinn/Cazale Theatrat 76th St.(212) 246-4422 2ST.com
Comedy Lucy Teitler. From 7/18/16; opening 7/28/16 What it's About: it's summer in New England and every weekend is someone else's engagement party. The wildflowers, specialty cocktails, and artisanal appetizers are totally Instagram-worthy, but the people are not quite so perfect. One night, Lauren takes it into her own hands to make sure that her best friend doesn't marry an inadequate suitor – a drunken mistake that incites a cascade of calamities, threatening to expose all of Lauren's secrets.closing. Cast and creatives TBA
Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce Street, www.cherrylanetheatre.org
New York premiere by Ike Holter (Hit the Wall)and directed by Kip Fagan. From 3/30/16; opening 4/12/16; closing 5/06/16. Tuesday - Friday at 8PM; Saturday at 2 and 8PM; Sun 3PM. There is an added 2PM performance on Wednesday, May 4. No performances April 19, 26, and May 3. Tickets are $70 Cast: Michael Cullen, Aime Donna Kelly, Rey Lucas, Deirdre Madigan, Christina Nieves, Brandon J. Pierce, and Ryan Spahn. What it's about: The chaotic final days of an urban public high school exploring inner city life and who really gets left behind when schools fail. Scenic design by Andrew Boyce, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Thom Weaver, sound design by Daniel Perelstein. Our Review
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:
The Father (in repertory with A Doll's House)
Theatre for a New Audience Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place.
August Strindberg's play in a new English version by David Greig, directed by Arin Arbus. John Douglas Thompson as the Captain. Also in the cast: Ruben Almash,Nigel Gore, Laurie Kennedy, Christian Mallen, Kimber Monroe*, *Jayla Lavender NicholasJesse J. Perez, Linda Powell. From 4/30/16; opening 5/22/16; closing 6/12/16 7:30pm on April 30, May 1, May 3, May 12, May 14, May 17, May 19, May 21, May 25, May 27, May 29, May 31, June 2, June 4, June 8, June 10, and June 12 and at 2:00pm on May 15, May 22, May 28, June 5, and June 11. There's a performance grid at www.tfana.org/season-2016/dolls-house-father/calendar-2
50 Shades! The Musical
Elektra Theatre 300 W. 43rd Street www.50ShadesTheMusical.com
- The Original Parody of the book. From 2/21/14; opening 3/12/14; closing 9/06/15-- changed to an early closing date of 4/26/16. Tuesday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2:00pm, Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 7:30pm and 10:00pm, Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm. Tickets, $49-$79. What it's about: a trio of girlfriends setting aside staid book club fare in favor of a sexier sort of page-turner. Interest piqued, they devour the novel while the notorious characters', Anastasia and Christian, delicious affair comes to life before their eyes. Book by Al Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward, and Dan Wessels; music and lyrics by Amanda Blake Davis, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward, Al Samuels and Dan Wessels. Set and Costume Design is by John Dunnett, Lighting Design is by Herrick Goldman, and Sound Design is by Matt Kraus. Joy Dewing is the casting director. With the movie of the same name hitting screens, the play' gained yet another extension, now running into Labor Day. This seems to be a girl's night out event.
The McGinn/Cazale Theatr at 76th St.(212) 246-4422 2ST.com
World premiere by Sofia Alvarez, directed by Portia Krieger. What it's about: Kevin and Molly are a 30-something couple about to get married. Their best friend Nate just broke up with Lil, his much younger performance artist girlfriend. The group is navigating Gotham living at varying levels of success, which inevitably means attending friends' Cast: Constantine Maroulis (American Idol, Rock of Ages), alongside Zoe Chao, Aaron Costa Ganis, and Anabelle Lemieux. From 5/17/16; opening 5/26/16. closing.
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)
Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
Life Jacket Theatre Company at HERE
Written and directed by Travis Russ. Cast: Andrew Dawson, Phil Gillen, and Aidan Sank. Projection and lighting design by John Narun; puppetry design by Elizabeth Ostler; sound design by Emma Wilk; choreography by Katie Proulx; costume design by Peri Grabin, and original art by Russell Warren-Fisher. From 4/29/16; opening 5/03/16; closing 5/22/16. Thursday - Sunday @ 7PM, Tuesday 5/3 & Wednesday 5/4 @ 7PM 5/20 & 5/22 @ 2PM. Running Time: 75 minutes. What it's about: A look at the life of the artist, with 3 actors portraying him at different times.
New York Theatre Workshop 79 E. 4th Street nytw.org
Folk opera by Anais Clement, directed by Rachel Chavkin. Cast:Shaina Taub, Nabiyah Be, Damon Daunno, Lulu Fall, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Jessie Shelton, Chris Sullivan. What it's about: the recipient of a Richard Rodgers Production Award, follows Orpheus' mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain his one true love, Eurydice. Scenery by Rachel Hauck; costumes by Michael Krass; lighting by Jennifer Tipton; sound by Rob Kaplowitz; choreography by David Neumann; dramaturgy by Ken Cerniglia; music direction by Liam Robinson; arrangements and orchestrations by Michael Chorney; and co-arrangements and orchestrations and music supervision by Todd Sickafoose. From 5/0616; opening 5/23/16; closing 7/03/16.
Theatre for a New Audience at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn
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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
Head Of Passes
Public's Newman Theater 425 Lafayette Street
NY premiere of play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by Tina Landau. Cast: Phylicia Rashad (Shelah) Alana Arenas (Cookie), Francois Battiste (Aubrey), Kyle Beltran (Crier), and J. Bernard Calloway (Spencer). From 3/15/16; opening 3/28/16; closing 5/01/16. What it's about: A contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job. At the mouth of the Mississippi River, Shelah's family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof but unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. This is a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Scenic design by G.W. Mercier, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, and hair and wig design by Robert-Charles Vallance. Running time: 2 hours with one intermission. What it's about: The private life of one of modern literature's most controversial figures.
Theater Breaking Through Barriers at Clurman Theatre 410 West 42nd Street 212-239-6200
World premiere by Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Stella Powell-Jones. From 6/11/16; opening 6/22/16; closing 7/16/16. Performances are Tuesday - Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday - Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. What it's about: 25 years ago, a motley group of friends met as kids at a summer camp where the head counselor secretly taught them that their disabilities could be "cured" through the power of prayer. Today, the group has gathered to mourn the untimely passing of one of its members. Over the course of the night, old wounds are uncovered, friendships are tested and the truth surrounding their late friend becomes troublingly clear. Set by Jason Simms, costumes by Christopher Metzger, lighting by Alejandro Fajardo, and sound by Brandon Wolcott. Cast TBA.
Brits Off-Broadway at 59e59 Street
World premiere by Alan Ayckbourne paired with his earlier 1974 play Confusions. Written and directed by Ayckbourne. Cast: Stephen billington, Elizabeth Boag, Russell Dixon, Charlotte Harwood, Evelyn Hoskins, Richard Stacey. What it's about: A decorated war hero returns to his boyhood stomping ground with a new bride but once the welcome flags stop waving, few of his friends seem especially happy to see him again. From 5/26/16; closing 7/02/16.
Himself and Nora
Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane, between Sixth Avenue and MacDougal Street www.HimselfandNoraMusical.com
New musical with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle, directed by Michael Bush. Cast: Matt Bogart as James Joyce and Whitney Bashor as Nora, also Michael McCormick, Zachary Prince, Lianne Marie Dobbs, and Victoria Huston-Elem (The Addams Family Nat'l Tour). Himself and Nora begins performances at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, between Sixth Avenue and MacDougal Street) beginning on May 14th. Directed by Michael Bush, produced by Cherie King and executive produced by R. Erin Craig, Himself and Nora will officially open on June 6th. From 5/14/16; opening 6/06/16; closing 9/06/16.Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 2pm and 8pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets for Himself and Nora are $89 with premium and gold seating available. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.HimselfandNoraMusical.com , www.Ticketmaster.com, or calling (800) 745-3000.
HERE 145 Sixth Avenue
World premiere multi-media adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's play conceived by Robert Lyons (Text) and HERE Artistic Director Kristin Marting (Director, Choreographer). Cast: Purva Bedi, Lauren Cipoletti, Daniel Kublick and Merlin Whitehawk. From 4/28/16; opening 5/03/16 closing 5/21/16. What it's about: A charismatic prince, a notorious woman, a spoiled socialite and a jealous rival square off in an electric quartet—and you’re invited to the party. In this hybrid response to Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, immersive staging, sophisticated live cinematography, gestural vocabulary, and original music launch you into the mind of a conflicted man in a tug-of-war between desire and empathy. As guests of the Prince, the audience experiences the party though his guileless consciousness over one epic evening, as he navigates the boundaries between love and obsession, pity and compassion. Scenery by Nick Benacerraf, Video by Ray Sun, Original Music by Larry Heinemann, Costumes by Kate Fry and Lighting by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew.Tuesday – Sunday at 8:30pm.
Manhattan Theater Club City Center Stage I 131 West 55th Street
American premiere by Nick Payne, directed by Doug Hughes. From 5/03/16; opening 5/24/16. Cast: Geneva Carr, Charlie Cox, Heather Lind, Morgan Spector --the 4 actors will play a combined 21 characters within three interwoven stories. What it's about: A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend. Incognito braids these mysterious stories into one whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. Scott Pask (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), David Van Tieghem (original music & sound design), J. David Brimmer (fight director), Peter Pucci (movement direction), and Stephen Gabis (dialect coach). See www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com for schedule and tickets.
Vineyard Theatre on Union Square, In association with La Jolla Playhouse and Yale Repertory Theatre
New York premiere of a new play with music, written by Paula Vogel, and created by Vogel and Rebecca Taichman. Music by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva, cChoreography by David Dorfman. Directed by Taichman. From 4/27/16; opening 5/17/16.Cast: Katrina Lenk, Mimi Lieber, Max Gordon Moore, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Topol, Adina Verson What it's about: Inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's God Of Vengeance, a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. the play charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. For an idea of what to expect, see our Connecticut critic's review.
Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater 416 West 42nd Street
World Premiere by Gregory S. Moss, directed By Carolyn Cantor. Cast: Owen Campbell, Jonathan Hadary, Elise Kibler, Joe Tippett. From 5/13/16; opening 6/08/16; closing 6/26/16. What it's about: Abandoned by his wayward mom, Daniel (Mr. Campbell) is consigned to spend summer with granddad (Mr. Hadary) in a Rhode Island beach town, where the locals don't look kindly on city kids. But his hapless vacation turns around when he meets Izzy (Ms. Kibler) and a passing fling that could last a lifetime, as impossible and charmed as an indian summer. Scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Eric Southern and sound design by Stowe Nelson. Production Stage Manager is Kyle Gates.Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 PM & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM. There’s a special Monday evening performance on June 6 at 7PM. The Wednesday, May 25 performance has an 8PM curtain and the Thursday evening, May 26 performance has an early 7PM curtain for a special 30&Under Night.
In the Secret Sea
The Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row 410 West 42nd Street v
A new American play by Cate Ryan,directed by Martin Charnin. Cast: Shelly Burch, Paul Carlin, Malachy Cleary, Glynnis O?Connor, Adam Petherbridge. From 4/15/16; opening 4/21/16; closing 5/21/16. What it's about: A newly married couple and their parents confront a life and death decision.Beowulf Boritt and Alexis Distler (scenic design), Ken Billington (lighting design), Suzy Benzinger (costume design). Tuesdays at 7PM; Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8PM; matinees on Saturdays at 2PM and Sundays at 3PM. No matinee on Saturday, April 16. Our Review
Rattlestick Theater Waverly Place
Women's Project/Rattlestip co-production of NY premiere of play by Martyna Majok. Cast: Marin Ireland,Josiah Bania, Shiloh Fernandez, Morgan Spector. Helmed by Daniella Topol. From 3/03; opening 3/16/16; closing 4/24/16. What it's about: At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a young Polish immigrant, is done talking about feelings and talk money. Over the course of 20 years, three relationships, and three presidents, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both.
Second Stage Tony Kiser Theatre 305 West 43rd Street
World Premiere by Leslye Headland, directed by Trip Cullman from 8/02/16; opening mid-August. Casting and complete creative team TBA. What it's about: Ever wonder who that stranger is sitting next to you? What is their story? What are they hiding? Shellie and Dex dare to answer these questions after their flight is delayed on a snowy Thanksgiving night. What they discover about themselves, and each other, sends both of their lives into upheaval.
Locusts Have No King
INTAR 500 West 52nd Street, at Tenth Avenue, on the 4th Floor
Play by J. Julian Christopher, directed by David Mendizábal. Cast. John Concado, Dan Domingues, David Grimm and Liam Torres. The performance runs 90 minutes with no intermission. From 3/18/16; opening 3/30/16; closing 4/24/16. What it's about: Two gay couples get together for a dinner party. They work together. They even live in the same building. And, they are closeted. But when one of them ponders his resignation, the others fear the exposure of their hidden relationships. They cannot allow this to happen. They won't allow this to happen. So, all hell breaks loose... literally.
Urban Stages Theatre 259 West 30 Street www.urbanstages.org
Written by and starring Trezana Beverley, directed by Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano. From 2/19/16; opening 2/25/16; closing 4/10/16. Playing schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7PM; Friday and Saturday at 8PM; Saturday and Sunday at 3PM Tickets will be $40 ($25 during previews; Students are $15) Our Review
Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For Jokes
Lynn Redgrave Theater 45 Bleecker Street www.ThankGodForJokes.com
This popular solo written and performed by Mike Birbiglia and directed by Seth Barrish is now running an additional 3 month, to a closing date of 5/29/16. Performances. Birbiglia is is not just a one-person hit but has had much success via Netflix and movies. Wednesday-Sunday at 7:30pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 4:30pm Thank God for Jokes
Nathan the Wise
Classic Stage 136 East 13th Street www.classicstage.org
Edward Kemp adaptation, directed by Brian Kulick. Cast: F. Murray Abraham, George Abud, Austin Durant, John Christopher Jones, Shiva Kalaiselvan, Caroline Lagerfelt and Erin Neufer. Set designby Tony Straiges, costumes by Anita Tavich, lighting by Joe Novak and sound by Matt Stine. From 3/23/16; opening 4/13/16; closing 5/01/16 What it's about: Set in Jerusalem, 1192, when Muslims, Christians and Jews live side by side thanks to a fragile truce that could collapse at any moment. As the tension mounts a question arises from the ruling Sultan as to which religion is the one most beloved by Gosd? Nathan, a pious Jewish merchant, is charged with answering this question to help secure the continued safety of his people. Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7 pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets are $60 on weeknights and $65 on weekends Our Review
Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
New York premiere of J. T. Rogers dark comedy directed by Bartlett Sher. From 6/16/16; opening 7/11/16. What it's about: Story of how Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen, planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Cast: Michael Aronov, Adam Dannheisser, Jennifer Ehle, Daniel Jenkins, Dariush Kashani, Jefferson Mays, Daniel Oreskes, Henny Russell, Joseph Siravo, and T. Ryder Smith. Sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Peter John Still. Rogers is also the author of the plays Blood and Gifts, The Overwhelming, and Madagascar.
Classic Stage Company 136 E 13th St
Ibsen's play will be first production as CSC artistic for John Doyle: Cast" Real-life married's Becky Ann Baker and Dylan Baker, also George Abud, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Gabriel Ebert, Adam Heller, and Jane Pfitsch. From 5/11/16; opening 5/25/16; closing 6/19/16.reviews May 11 with an official press opening May 25. The limited engagement will run through June 19. What it's about: follows young Peer from childhood renegade to outcast, adventurer, industrialist, and provocateur as he searches for a life that will live up to his impossible and irrepressible expectations. Scenic design is by David L. Arsenault, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Jane Cox, and original music and sound design by Dan Moses Schreier.
Peter and the Star Catcher
New World Stages W. 50th Street www.peterandthestarcatcher.com This show moved uptown from a New York Theatre Workshop premiere. and ended its successful run 1/20/13 but will resurface at New World Stages 3/20/13. Direction by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. Written by Rick Elice. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. review
The Place We Built
Flea Theater 41 White Street between Church and Broadway 212-352-3101 or www.theflea.org
World premiere by Sarah Gancher, directed by Danya Taymor. Cast: The Bats What it's about: In a deserted neighborhood in post-communist Budapest, a group of young bohemians build a bar. Reclaiming a Jewish identity their parents' generation abandoned after the Holocaust, they create a vibrant new subculture combining big ideas and intense debates with wild abandon and outrageous parties. But as authoritarianism and antisemitism make a surprise comeback in Hungary, they must fight to save the place they built. From 4/14/16; opening 4/25/16; closing 5/23/16
A new play co-created and written by James Graham, and co-created and directed by Josie Rourke. What it's about: An exploration of the digital age that will feature a cast of seven with Daniel Radcliffe as "The Writer." from 7/05/16; opening 7/18/16; closing 8/07/16. This first-time collaboration between The Public and the Donmar Warehouse. Cast, in addition to Radcliffe: De'Adre Aziza, Raffi Barsoumian, Michael Countryman, Rachel Dratch, and Reg Rogers playing an ensemble of real-life high profile politicians, journalists and technologists who have all contributed exclusively to the show. This provocative theatrical event will ask audiences to charge their phones, leave them ON during the performance and to embark on a fascinating dive online and into a new reality where we're all connected...for better or worse. Tuesdays through Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (There is no 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, July 9; and Tuesday, July 19.) The Library at The Public is open nightly for food and drinks, beginning at 5:00 p.m., and Joe's Pub at The Public continues to offer some of the best music in the city. For more information, visit www.publictheater.org.]
The Purple Lights Of Joppa Illinois
Atlantic Theater Stage 330 West 16th Street www.atlantictheater.org
New York Premiere, written and directed by Adam Rapp. Cast: William Apps, Connor Barrett,Susan Heyward, Katherine Reis. From 5/25; opening 6/07/16; closing 6/19/16. Scenic design by Andromache Chalfant, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Keith Parham. Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm (No Saturday matinee 5/28;Sunday at 7:30pm 5/29; No performance Tuesday, 6/7.
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.
SoHo Rep 46 Walker Street
. Written by Alice Birch, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz Runningtime: 65 minutes, no intermission From 4/05/16; closing 5/22/16. Cast: Featuring: Daniel Abeles, Molly Bernard, Eboni Booth and Jennifer Ikeda Set Design: Adam Rigg; Costume Design: Kaye Voyce; Lighting Design: Yi Zhao; Sound Design: Palmer Hefferan; Projection Design: Hannah Wasileski; Props: George Hoffmann and Greg Kozatek; Fight Choreography: J. David Brimmer. Our Review
The Robber Bridegroom
The Laura Pels Theatre, 111 West 46th Street
Based on the short story by Eudora Welty, starst Steven Pasquale as Jamie Lockhart. What it's about: Lockhart is a dangerous, handsome, backwoods rogue -- a gentleman by day and bandit by night. When he falls for the beautiful daughter of a wealthy planter, his world and code of ethics are turned upside down. From 2/18/16; closing 5/29/16. Tickets: $99 Our Review
Romeo and Juliet
Public Theater Mobile Unit, 425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place) (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org
Shakespeare's love story briskly and sparely done. Running Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission. Tickets $20. From 4/11/2016; opened 4/15/2016; closing 5/1/2016. Performance times: Tuesdays–Sundays at 7 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm; no performances on Saturday, April 16, and no evening performance on Sunday, April 24 5/1/2016 Performance times: Tuesdays–Sundays at 7 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm Our Review
The Ruins of Civilization
at The Studio at Stage II Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center 131 West 55th Street www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com
World Premiere by Penelope Skinner, directed by Leah C. Gardiner. Cast: Orlagh Cassidy, Tim Daly, Rachael Holmes, Roxanna Hope. From 5/04/16; opening 5/18/16; closing 6/05/16. What it's about: Sometime in the future, Dolores ( Rachael Holmes) and Silver (Tim Daly) are living their married life within the constraints and norms of a new world order. In an act of what seems like pure generosity, Dolores secretly opens their home to a stranger in need; but will she come to regret it? Can her actions have an impact or is it just too late? Neil Patel (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Philip S. Rosenberg (lighting design), John Gromada (original music and sound design), and Charlotte Fleck (dialect coach).
The Ruins of Civilization
The Studio at Stage II- Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series'at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street)
World Premiere by Penelope Skinner (author of The Village Bike),directed by Leah C. Gardiner,part of MTC new play series. From 5/04/16; opening 5/18/16. What it's about:Sometime in the future, Dolores and Silver are living their married life within the constraints and norms of a new world order. In an act of what seems like pure generosity, Dolores secretly opens their home to a stranger in need; but will she come to regret it? Can her actions have an impact or is it just too late? A thriller that explores our need for free will and connection, even in a world on the brink of extinction.
RUTHLESS! The Musical
St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street
From 6/25/15; opening 7/13/15/ closing 1/30/16-- extended again to 6/18/16! New production of 22-year-old musical that's been a long time favorite in regional theaters.. Book and lyrics are by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird. What it's about: When The Bad Seed meets Gypsy it's fun for the whole dysfunctional family! Tina Denmark is a pretty, charming who "was born to entertain." With the encouragement of slick and overbearing potential agent Sylvia St. Croix, Tina will do anything to play the lead in her school play. Cast: Peter Land, Kim Maresca, Rita McKenzie, Andrea McCullough, Tracy Jai Edwards Tori Murray> Review .
The School For Scandal
Red Bull Theater at The Lucille Lortel Theater 121 Christopher Street
Richard Brinsley Sheridan play, directed by Marc Vietor. Cast: Dana Ivey, Mark Linn-Baker, Francis Barber, Henry Stram, Helen Cespedes, Christian Conn, Christian DeMarais, Jacob Dresch, Ramsey Faragallah, Ryan Garbayo, Bradley Gibson, Nadine Malouf, Ben Mehl, and Derek Smith. From 4/08/16; opening 4/24/16; closing 5/08/1. What it's about: Sheridan dissects a social network of grotesques, gossips, lustful hypocrites and anonymous assassins of reputation who live in a world without privacy, morality or taste. Our Review
The Secret Sea
Beckett Theatre 410 West 42nd Street 212/239-6200
A new American play by Cate Ryan, directed by Martin Charnin. From 4/15/16; opening 4/21/16; closing 5/21/16. What it's about: A newly married couple and their parents confront a life and death decision which will change all of their lives forever. Cast: Shelly Burch , Paul Carlin , Malachy Cleary, Glynnis O'Connor, and Adam Petherbridge . Beowulf Boritt and Alexis Distler (scenic design), Ken Billington (lighting design), and Suzie Benzinger (costume design). Tuesdays at 7PM; Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8PM; matinees on Saturdays at 2PM and Sundays at 3PM. No matinee on Saturday, April 16.
Bedlam at the Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson St.
Austen's beloved novel newly adapted by Kate Hamill (who also performs). Directed by Eric Tucker. Cast: Laura Baranik (Fanny Dashwood/Lucy Steele), Jessica Frey (Margaret Dashwood), Kate Hamill (Marianne Dashwood), Edmund Lewis (Colonel Brandon), Andrus Nichols (Elinor Dashwood), Jason O'Connell (Edward Ferrars), John Russell (John Dashwood/John Willoughby), Samantha Steinmetz (Mrs. Dashwood/Anne Steele), Stephan Wolfert (Sir John Middleton) and Gabra Zackman (Mrs. Jennings). Sets by John McDermott; lighting by Les Dickert; costumes by Angela Huff; choreography by Alexandra Beller; sound by Mr. Tucker and Kate Young. 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 2 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $69. From 1/06/16; opening 2/14/16; multiple extension, now closing 10/21/16 Running Time: 2 1/2 hours with an intermission. Our Review
New World Stages/Stage 4 340 West 50th Street 212-239-6200 ShearMadness.com
New York premiere of long touring comedy whodunit; From 10/22/15; open-ended. Cast: Adam Gerber, Jeremy Kushnier, Kate Middleton, Patrick Noonan, Jonathan Spivey, and Lynne Wintersteller. What it's about: The mystery in which the audience gets to solve the crime is set in a local hair salon that turns into a wacky murder scene. It was adapted by Bruce Jordan from a play entitled Scherenschnitt written in 1963 by German writer and psychologist to use as a study of how people perceive or misperceive reality. It was first presented in 1978. Monday at 7pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm and 7:30pm. Tickets from $49.50. our review
Irish Rep 132 West 22nd Street www.irishrep.org 212-727-2737
Reopening of the Company's main stage in chelsea. Revival of Conor Mcpherson play, directed By Ciaran O'Reilly. From 5/17/16; opening 6/09/16; closing 7/03/16: Cast: Matthew Broderick, Billy Carter, Lisa Dwan and James Russell at or online at www.irishrep.org. What it's about: John (Matthew Broderick) is seeking help from Ian, a counselor (Billy Carter), after the unexpected death of his wife. Though shaken by the loss, John is troubled by more than just grief; he has begun to see his wife’s ghost in their home. Scenic design Charlie Corcoran, costume design by Martha Hally, and lighting design by Michael Gottlieb.Tuesdays at 7pm; Wednesdays at 3pm and 8pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm.
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
Atlantic Linda Gross Main Stage Stage on West 20th Street
World premiere of Dominique Morisseau's third play in her Detroit trilogy, directed by Obie Award winning actor, writer and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson transfers from a success run at the Atlantic's 2nd Stage from 5/13/16; opening 5/19/16; closing 6/19/16. What it's about: A makeshift family of workers at the last exporting auto plant in the city navigate the possibility of foreclosure. Power dynamics shift, and they are pushed to the limits of survival. When the line between blue collar and white collar gets blurred, how far over the lines are they willing to step? Cast: Jason Dirden (Dez), Wendell B. Franklin (Reggie), Lynda Gravatt (Faye),nikiya Mathis (Shanita), Adesola Osakalumi (Choreographer/Performer). For a review of Paradise Blue, the previous play in this Detroit triptych, also directed by Santiago-Hudson. Running Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes, including intermisson. our review
Small Mouth Sounds
Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street www.SmallMouthSounds.com
Written by Bess Wohl and directed by Rachel Chavkin. From 7/03/16; opening 7/13/16; closing 9/25/16.Originally staged and produced by Ars Nova, this reprise reunites many of the original cast members, including Marcia DeBonis, Jojo Gonzalez , Brad Heberlee (These Paper Bullets), Sakina Jaffrey and Babak Tafti (The North Pool). Additional casting TBA. What it's about: In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. Laura Jellinek (Scenic Design), Tilly Grimes (Costume Design), Mike Inwood (Lighting Design), Stowe Nelson (Sound Design), Andrew Schneider (Projection Design), and Noah Mease (Prop Design). Performances July 3 - July 17: Tuesday - Friday at 7:30pm; Wednesday at 2pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm. Beginning July 18: Monday - Friday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8:30pm. Beginning September 5: Tuesday – Friday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8:30pm, and Sunday at 7:30pm.
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.
Acorn 410 West 42nd Street 212-239-6200
New play by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola, directed by Andy Sandberg. Cast: Jake Epstein, Jenna Gavigan, Thomas E. Sullivan. What it's about: Comic meditation on fidelity, identity, and the moral complex of a generation that prides itself on the pretense of acceptance. From 2/09/16; opening 2/29/16; closing 5/08/16. Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8pm, Mon and Tues at 7pm, Sundays at 3 and 7. Running time: 90 minutes
Stupid Fu**ing Bird
Pearl Theater West 42nd Street
New York premiere of "sort of"adaptation of The Seagull, by Aaron Posner, directed by Davis McCallum. From 3/15/16; opening 3/28/16;closing 5/08/16, in repertory with The DingDong. Posner's riff scoops up Chekhov's tale of unrequited love, missed opportunities, and misplaced dreams and sets it down squarely in the bustle of 21st century life. Our Review
Brits Off-Broadway at 59e59 Street
Richard Bean's 'first play, directed by Eleanor Rhode: Cast: Will Barton, Simon Greenall, Matthew Kelly, Kieran Knowles, Steve Nicolson, Matt Sutton, John Wark. is paired at the festival with the world premiere of Hero's Welcome. From 4/20/16; closing 5/22/16. For an idea of what to expect see our review of a 2014 London production
Trip of Love
Theatre: Stage 42. 422 West 42nd St. (formerly The Little Shubert)
Creator, Director and Choreographer: James Walski. Cast: Austin Miller, Laurie Wells, Kelly Felthous, Tara Palsha, David Elder, Dionne Figgins, Joey Calveri Running Time: One hours, 50 minutes. One intermission. Tickets: $109 to $35. Tues. at 7pm. Wed.-Sat. at 8pm. Wed and Sat. matinees at 2pm. Sun. matinee at 3pm.
Previews: 9/26/15. Opened: 10/18/15. Open run
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues 212/239-6200
A comedy of crosswords and romance by Jerry Mayer, directed by Evelyn Rudie. Cast: Andrea McArdle and Kip Gilman. From 11/14/15; opening 12/09/15 open-ended. Evelyn Rudie directs a cast that stars Andrea McArdle and Kip Gilman. Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2PM. Running Time: 90 minutes without an intermission. Tickets from $39.50 (including a $2.00 Facility Fee.) What it's about: Two strangers, a psychologist (Andrea McArdle) and an unemployed ad man (Kip Gilman) find themselves alone on a San Francisco commuter train at 4 a.m., each doing their New York Times crossword puzzles. But before their crosswords are solved, they find that they may have solved the puzzles of their own lives. our review
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
47th Street Theatre, 304 West 47th Street 212/279-4200
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, adapted from four of Eric Carle's books: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Cast: Weston Long, Jake Bazel, Ariel Lauryn, Kayla Prestel, Mindy Leanse.From 1/30/16; opening 2/07/16; extended and now closing 4/17/16. Saturday @ 11am & 2pm; Sunday @ 12pm & 3pm; added performance Saturday February 6th @ 4:30pm. Running time: approximately one hour with no intermission. Our Review
Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th Street
Leonard Nimoy's solo play about Vincent van Gogh. From 4/01/16; opening 4/07/16; closing 6/05/16. This dramatized look at correspondence between Van Gohgh and his brother was originally performed by Nimoy pbut now stars James Briggs, who has toured the country to popular acclaim for three years in the title role. What it's about: Inspired by more than 500 letters exchanged between the brothers, this examines the passion and torment of the artist through his brother's eyes. The play includes over 100 stunning high-resolution projections of Vincent's artwork on a large screen. The design team includes James Briggs (sets), Scott Pinkney (lights) and Barbara Pope (costumes) Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm (there is a 7pm performance on Tuesday, April 5), Friday and Saturday at 8pm; with matinees Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Our Review
Castillo Theater 543 West 42nd Street (betw. 10th and 11th Avenues)www castillo.org
Musical by Jacqueline S. Salit and Fred Newman, composed by Annie Riboff, directed by Gabrielle L. Kurlander.. From 4/01/16; opening 4/0316; closing 5/22/16. What it's about: a fictionalized Democratic "first couple" explores whether it's possible to live up to your ideals if you will do anything for votes. "outsider" musical with a canny view of the Clintons as a political couple. It is set on the eve of the 2016 election, with America only hours away from choosing its first woman president. Melanie Jefferson, a former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, is ready to count the votes when an unexpected visitor from her past arrives to challenge her conscience and her destiny. This new work is built upon a preceding musical, The Last Temptation of William Jefferson presented in 1999, in the aftermath of the Lewinsky scandal Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, plus intermission. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2pm.
LCT3 Claire Tow Theater 150 West 65th Street, lct.org
New comedy/drama by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz.. Cast: Chris Myers, Rachel Nicks, Austin Durant, Reggie Gowland, Michele Shay, Lance Coadie Williams and Charlayne Woodard. From 5/21/16; opening 6/06/16; closing 7/03/16. what it's about: Tensions escalate between Tate (Myers) and Joanne (Nicks) after their mother has a stroke. As they attack each other in their mother's hospital room, they are ambushed by two strangers who make a shocking claim about their grandfather during WWII. Sets by Mimi Lien, costumes by Montana Blanco, lighting by Matt Frey and sound by Bray Poor.
Daryl Roth Theatre 101 East 15th Street Between Union Square East and Irving Place
Fuerzabruta, presents his new material and revisits previous materials. It's still general admission, no seats so you You will be on your feet during the 80 minute performance and may be asked to move and/or participate. It is recommended that you dress casually and check articles with the coat check service and be aware that strobe lights, loud noises, water, mist & fog. Composer: Gaby Kerpel. Director: Diqui James From 6/27/14; opening 7/08/14; open ended. May be inappropriate for 7 and under. Our Review
What Did You Expect?
Public's LuEsther Hall 425 Lafayette Street (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org
second play of a three play cycle about the Gabriels written and directed by Richard Nelson. Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Like his Appple Family plays, the trilogy will feature. will premiere in September to be followed by the final play Women Of A Certain Age, will open on election night, November 8, 2016. Unlike the Apple plays which spanned 4 years, this group will be set on three specific evenings over just eight months and parallel our presidential election, as it weaves its way through the lives of the Gabriel family. Once again, each play will open on the day it is set and unfold in real time over a couple of hours. Cast: Meg Gibson (Karin Gabriel), Lynn Hawley (Hannah Gabriel), Roberta Maxwell (Patricia Gabriel), Maryann Plunkett (Mary Gabriel), Jay O. Sanders (George Gabriel), and Amy Warren (Joyce Gabriel). Plot details: The Gabriels live just around the corner from the Apples in Rhinebeck, New York. Scenic design by Susan Hilferty and Jason Ardizzone-West; costume design by Susan Hilferty; lighting design by Jennifer Tipton; and sound design by Scott Lehrer and Will Pickens. Our Review of Hungry, the 1st
Wolf in the River
Flea Theater 41 White Street between Church and Broadway 212-352-3101 or www.theflea.org
A world premiere written and directed by Adam Rapp. Explores love and neglect, the challenges of poverty, the dangerous cost of shiftlessness, the simple notion of leaving a place behind, and the value of a girl. from 3/10/16; opening 3/21/16; closing 5/02/16. Update: As of 4/04, the prouduction will go on a brief hiatus, returning 4/28/16 and continue running in rep with The Place We Built by Sarah Gancher.
New World Stages Stage, 5 at 340 West 50th Street
Written by James Ortiz based on original writings of L. Frank Baum. Directed by Ortiz and Claire Karpen. Cast: Benjamin Bass (Kalidah/Munchkin), Devin Dunne Cannon (understudy), Will Gallacher (Pa/Tinker), Alex J. Gould (Tinker/Munchkin), Amanda A. Lederer (The Witch/Tinker), Aaron McDaniel (understudy), Lauren Nordvig (The Witch/Tinker), James Ortiz (Nick Chopper), Eliza Martin Simpson (Nimmee), Meghan St. Thomas (Munchkin) and Sophia Zukoski (The Witch/Munchkin). Music Director & Violinist: Naomi Florin
Running Time: 75 minutes. From 1/27/16; opening 2/08/16; closing 5/29/16 review
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's 619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue
Based On The Comic Strip by Charles M. Schulz. Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner with additional material by Andrew Lippa. directed by Michael Unger. From 5/24/16; opening 5/31/16; closing 6/26/16. The toy-piano simplicity of the original 1967 Off-Broadway version with additions from the 1999 Broadway revival. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.