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Atlantic 336 W. 20th St. (8/9th Aves)
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Culture Project, 55 Mercer street in SoHo
Daryl Roth, 20 Union Square East (at 15th)
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Flea, 41 White Street (Broadway/Church Sts)
Harold Clurman, 410 W. 42nd St
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City Center 55th St., (6th/7th Avs)
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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.
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Manhattan Theatre Club, 131 W. 55th St (6/7 Avs)
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Playwrights Horizon, 416 W. 42nd St. (9th/10th Avs)
P. S. 122, 150 1st Ave, (near 9th St.)
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And Baby Makes Seven
New Ohio Theatre 154 Christopher Street newohiotheatre.org 888.596.1027
New Ohio Theatre in association with Purpleman Theater presents revival of Paul Vogels's comedy, directed by Marc Stuart Weitz. From 3/11/14; opening 3/23/14; closing 4/12/14. What it's about: Follows the story of Anna and Ruth, a lesbian couple, who enlist their gay friend Peter to help them create a family. But are any of them ready for parenthood? Tensions rise as the three adults prepare for the imminent arrival of their baby—meanwhile matters are made all the more challenging by the persistence of the three imaginary children who already live with them. The lines between fantasy and reality, child and adult, love and madness crisscross through this hysterically funny and deeply touching play about what it means to be a family. $30 ($25 previews, $20 students). Running time: 105 minutes including intermission
New Group The Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street (212) 244-3380 x305.thenewgroup.org
NY premiere of Sharr White play directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Cast: Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. From 4/13/14; closing 6/01/14. For an idea of what to expect see the New Jersey review
And Away We Go
Pearl Theatre 555 West 42nd Street W. 42nd Street
World Premiere by Terrence McNally, directed by Jack Cummings III. From 11/11/13; closing 12/21/13. What it's about: Times change but life in the theatre remains the same: chaotic, sometimes brutal but often euphoric, this play time travels from backstage in ancient Athens to a rehearsal at London's Globe Theatre, from Versailles's Royal Theater to the first reading of a new play by Chekhov with an unlikely stop in Coral Gables and the American premiere of Waiting for Godot along the way. The cast features over 30 different characters played by seven actors: Rachel Botchan, Dominic Cuskern, O Sean McNall, Carol Schultz, aMicah Stock and Donna Lynne Champlin. Sandra Goldmark (Sets), Kathyrn Rohe (Costumes), R. Lee Kennedy (Lighting), Michael Rasbury (Sound), Kate Farrington (Dramaturg) and Lloyd Davis, Jr. (Production Stage Manager). Our Review
Blackfriars Repertory Theatre and Storm Theater Theatre of the Church of Notre Dame (Morningside Drive between 114th and 115th Street -1 block from Columbia University) www.stormtheater.com
Jean Annouhil's play adapted by Louis Galantiere, directed by Peter Dobbin. Cast: Kick Kennedy (granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy) in title role; also Annemarie Agbodji, Inga Ballard, Robert Carroll, Michael Early, George Gloss, Alexis Kelley, Jeff Kline, Anthony Russo and Jose Sanchez From 1/10/14; closing 2/15/14. Set design is by Czerton Lim; costume design by Courtney Irizarry, Lighting design by Michael Abrams and Sound design by Alex Santullo.
Antony & Cleopatra
Public Theater 420 Lafayette Street
New York premiere of Terell Alvin McCraney's edited and directed version of Shakespeare's play. Co-production of Public Theater, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Miami's GableStage. From 2/18/13; closing 3/23/14. McCraney has created a stripped down, radical new version of Shakespeare's gripping story of romance set against a world of imperial politics and power play and transports us to 18th century, sun-soaked Saint-Domingue on the eve of revolution. Cast features Jonathan Cake as Mark Antony and Joaquina Kalukango as Cleopatra; also Charise Castro-Smith (Octavia, Iras); Joaquina Kalukango (Cleopatra); Ian Lassiter (Agrippa, Thyreus); Chivas Michael (Mardian, Eros, Soothsayer); and Henry Stram (Lepidus, Proculeius).
THe Apple Family Plays: Scenes From Life In The Country
Public Theater 420 Lafayette Street
World Premiere. Written and Directed by Richard Nelson. From 10/22/13; closing 12/15/13. Each year since 2010, Nelson has premiered a new play at The Public about the fictional, liberal Apple family of Rhinebeck, New York. This year, the award-winning ensemble will be reunited once more as the first three Apple plays return, in repertory, along with the world premiere of the fourth and final play in this powerful and timely series. This fourth and final play i will open on November 22, 2013 - the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination.
The Architecture Of Becoming
Women's Project Theater New York City Center Stage II, 131 West 55th Street
Written by Kara Lee Corthron, Sarah Gancher, Virginia Grise, Dipika Guha, and Lauren Yee. Directed by Elena Araoz, Lydia Fort, and Lauren Keating From 2/25/14; closing 3/23/14. What it's about: Secret societies, silent films, raucous parties, and the greatest performers of our time. This world premiere production weaves together five diverse stories inspired by New York City Center's improbable history.
Around the World in 80 Days
New Theater 354 W. 45th Street 212/239-6200
Comedy-drama, adapted by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne What it's about:Five actors portray 39 roles as Victorian action hero Phileas Fogg and his acrobatic sidekick Passepartout traverses four continents and three oceans in a white-knuckled sprint. From 5/09/13; opening 5/30/13; closing 1/01/14. Cast: Jimmy Ray Bennett,Stephen Guarino, Leo Ash Evens,Emily McNamara,Bryce Ryness. Rachel Klein (Director), Robert Andrew Kovach (Scenic Design) Ben Kato (Lighting Design)
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
Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre 111 West 46th Street
Written by Joshua Harmon, directed by Daniel Aukin. Cast: Tracee Chimo, Philip Ettinger, Molly Ranson and Michael Zegen. From 9/19/13; opening 10/03/13; closing 12/29/13. What it's about: Comedy about the holy and the holier-than-thou Daphna Feygenbaum (Chimo) who is a Real Jew—just ask the Israeli boyfriend she met on Birthright. So when her cousin Liam (Zegen) brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody (Ranson) and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, it sparks a viciously hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy. This is a 2nd production, follow a sold-out world premiere in Roundabout Underground's tiny Black Box Theater.
Westside Theatre 407 West 43rd Street 212-239-6200
New York Premiere of Mark St. Germain's play that premiered two summers ago at Barrington stage as Dr. Ruth All the Way ( review. From 10/11/13; opening 10/29/13; closing 12/22/13 -- month earlier than planned. The title character is again played by Debra Jo Rupp written by Mark St. Germain and directed by Julianne Boyd. What it's about: All about Dr. Ruth Westheimer best known from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist and here including the journey that preceded that career. The design team includes Brian Prather (Sets), Jen Moeller (Costumes), Scott Pinkney (Lights), and Jessica Paz (Sound). Tickets are $79.0 Tuesday Wed, Thur at 7PM, Fri, Sat at 8pm, Wed and Sat at 2pm, Sun at 3pm. Becoming Dr. Ruth Review
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46th Street (between Eighth & Ninth Ave.), 212-239-6200.--as of June 5th: Actors Temple Theater 339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)
New historical drama by writer-director Layon Gray. Cast: Lamman Rucker (Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? and Meet The Browns), 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.
Buyer & Cellar
Barrow Street Theater
The comedy by Jonathan Tolins, directed by Stephen Brackett, featuring Michael Urie had a sold-out much extended run at the Rattlestick Theater. As of June it moved into the Barrow Street Theater where it's now an open-ended run. Tuesday – Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 pm & 7:30pm. Tickets $75.What it's about: Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Our Review.
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.
Pershing Square Signature Center Irene Diamond Stage 480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenue signaturetheatre.org
World premiere conceived, directed & choreographed by Martha Clarke. Cast: Amy Irving, American Ballet Theater principal dancer Herman Cornejo and ballerina Alessandra Ferri. Pianist Sarah Rothenberg, text by Tina Howe. From 11/19/13; opening 12/08/1; closing 12/22/13--extended to 12/29/13 (extended dates at regular prices). What it's about: Inspired by Colette novella of the same name, a fusion of live music and dance. David Zinn (Scenic & Costume Design), Christopher Akerlind (Lighting Design), Arthur Solari and Samuel Crawford (Sound Design) and Sarah Rothenberg (Music Supervision). Tickets to the initial run are $25, part of the Signature Ticket Initiative. Our Review
A Christmas Carol
Theatre at St. Clement's 423 W. 46th Street 212-239-6200
anew stage adaptation by 39 Steps author Patrick Barlow, directed by Joe Calarco. From 11/16/13; opening 11/25/13; closing 1/04/14. Cast: Peter Bradbury as Scrooge, Mark Light-Orr, Jessie Shelton, Franca Vercelloni, and Mark Price. What it's about: Using nothing more than some simple props, fresh physicality and the power of imagination, this timeless story of redemption is told by five actors. Set design by Brian Prather, lighting design by Chris Lee, costume design by Anne Kennedy and sound design by Victoria Deiorio. s at the ) on November 16th, with opening night on Monday, November 25th. Tickets, priced at $75. Our Review
The Commons Of Pensacola
MTC Stage I at City Center
World premiere play by Amanda Peet, directed by Lynne Meadow. Cast: Blythe Danner, Zoe Levin, Ali Marsh, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Stahl-David and Nilaja Sun. From 10/22/13; closing 11/05/14. Opening in November. What it's about: Judith (Blythe Danner) has been divested of her assets and forced to leave her luxurious New York life after her husband's Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Becca's filmmaker boyfriend pay Judith a visit to the one bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, Florida, everyone's motives are called into question. How will past and present circumstances inform how this family moves into the future? This comedy is actress Peet's playwriting debut. Tickets, $95. Our Review
Cougar the Musical
St. Luke's Theatre 308 W 46th St (212) 239-620
By Donna Moore. What it's about: 3 disillusioned women who develop a taste for hot, young men. They let their inner cougar roar and purr, finding self-love and empowerment in the process. Cast: Danny Bernardy, Braxton, Catherine Porter, Babs Winn. Directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Set and sound design by Josh Iacovelli Costume design by Dustin Cross. From 7/16/12; opening 8/27/12; open run. Running Time: 90 Minutes. Wednesday at 8pm, Friday 8pm Saturday and Sunday at 2pm Our Review.
Craving for Travel
Peter J. Sharp Theater 416 W. 42nd Street
World premiere of Greg Edwards & Andy Sandberg's two-actor, 30-character comedy about travel agents and the people they serve, commissioned and produced by Jim Strong, one of the country's leading luxury travel agents. Directed by Sandberg From 1/09/14; opening 1/22/14;closing 2/09/14. What it's about: Gary and Joanne, rival travel agents and former spouses, are vying for their industrys most prestigious honor: the Globel Prize. Tickets are $32.50 and $49.
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, see Watson Intelligence
Dinner With Friends
Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 West 46th Street
Revival of Donald Margulies Pulitzer Prize winning play. From 1/17/14; opening 2/13/14; closing 4/13/14. Cast: Jeremy Shamos, Darren Pettie, Marin Hinkle, Maria Dizzia. Directed by Pam MacKinnon
St. Lukes Theater 308 W. 46th Street www.DisasterMusical.com
A 1970's disaster moviemusical! Written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, directed by Jack Plotnick. choreographed by Denis Jones. Music Direction by Larry Pressgrove. Music Supervision by Steve Marzullo. From 10/14/13; opening 11/04/13. Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:30PM, Wednesdays at 2:30PM, Fridays at 8PM Tickets are: $49.50 Our Review
Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
new play by Bruce Norris, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. From 10/15/13; opening 11/04/13; closing 1/04/14. Cast: VanessDoa Aspillaga, Mia Barron, Robin De Jesus, Jeff Goldblum, Lizbeth Mackay, Emily Meade, Laurie Metcalf, Mary Beth Peil, Karen Pittman, Aleque Reid and Misha Seo. What it's about about: Politics and gender involving a husband and wife (played by Jeff Goldblum and Laurie Metcalf) whose marriage is upended when they become embroiled in a scandal. Sets by Todd Rosenthal, costumes by Jennifer von Mayrhauser, lighting by James F. Ingalls and sound design by John Gromada. Domesticated/Bruce Norris (Off-Broadway2013)
Eager to Lose
Ars Nova 511 West 54th Street www.arsnovanyc.com
World premiere of the burlesque farce co-created by writer Matthew-Lee Erlbach, co-directors Wes Grantom and Portia Krieger, and burlesque sensation Tansy. Choreography by Tansy, Music Direction by Cody Owen Stine, Scenic Design by Mark Erbaugh, Costume Design by Tilly Grimes, Lighting Design by Brian Tovar, and Sound Design by Josh Millican. From 10/09/13; opening 10/22/13; closing 11/09/13 .Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and 10pm. Tickets are $30. What it's about: Welcome to the legendary Tim Tam Room, where the music sizzles, champagne flows, and dancing beauties tempt and tease. When Tansy, the club's crown jewel, announces her imminent departure, the club's MC is left holding his heart in his hands. Exuberant hijinks and salacious striptease collide as this night of classic burlesque unspools into a sequin-drenched, raucous farce.
Every Day Visitor
Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre Clurman Theater Theater Row
Comedy by Richard Abrons. From 11/02/13; opening 11/14/13; closing 12/14/13.Margarett Perry directs a cast that includes Bern Cohen, Irma-Estel Laguerre, George Morfogen, Henry Packer, Joan Porter, Evan Thompson, Raphael Nash Thompson, Teddy Coluca, and Janet Sarno. Scenic design by David L Arsenault, lighting design by Travis McHale, costume design by Gail Cooper-Hecht, and sound design by Mark Bruckner. What it's about: Set in a Jewish home for the aged in the Bronx. The residents are cranky, argumentative about their surroundings and each other. To change their perspective and respect for each other, they each play-act somebody famous. This leads to a renewed vitality, imaginative relationships and plain old-fashioned fun.
The Flea at 41 White Street between Broadway and Church, three blocks south of Canal, close to the A/C/E, N/R/Q/W, 6, J/M/Z and 1 subway lines.www.theflea.org 212-352-3101
World premiere by A.R. Gurney, directed by Thomas Kail. Cast: Carolyn McCormick, Peter Scolari, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Ismenia Mendes and Molly Nordin. From 11/12/13; opening 11/24/13; closing 12/22/13. Unlike his previous more political Flea premieres, this is a return to Gurney's writing about the manners and morals of the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant upper class in a coming of age tale about a family and one certain summer when everything shifts. Rachel Hauck (sets), Betsy Adams (lights), and Claudia Brown (costumes) and Jill BC Du Boff (sound). Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets $15 - $70 with lowest priced tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pay-What-You-Can Tuesdays at the door 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
Father Comes Home From The Wars (parts 1, 2 & 3)
Public Theater 420 Lafayette Street
Suzan-Lori Parks drama, birected by Jo Bonney. From 3/11/13; closing 3/30/14. What it's about: Examines the mess of war, the cost of freedom, and the heartbreak of love. PART 1 introduces us to Hero, a slave who must choose whether or not to join his master on the Confederate battlefield. In PART 2, a band of rebel soldiers test Hero's loyalty as the cannons approach. PART 3 finds Hero's loved ones anxiously awaiting his return.
Public Theater 420 Lafayette Street
World Premiere Musical based on the Alison Bechdel book. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron. Directed by Sam Gold. Cast: From 10/01/13;opening 10/22/13; closing 11/03/13--extended, now closing 1/21/14. Cast: Griffin Birney, Michael Cerveris,Roberta Colindrez, Noah Hinsdale,Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone, Joel Perez, Alexandra Socha. What it's about: When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family's Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father's hidden desires. Fun Home Review November 26, 2013 Update: Alexander Socha has left the show and her role will be played by Emily Skeggs for the last month of the run.
The Gazillion Bubble Show
New World Stages Stage 2 340 West 50th Street212.239.6200
Bubble artist Fan Yang's family entertainment show. From 2/15/07; opening 2/15/07; open ended. Wed at 11am and 2pm ; Sat ( 11am, 2pm and 4:30pm; Sunday at 12pm (noon) and 3pm. $44.50 - $64.50 . Run Time:1 hour, 20 minutes (no intermission) The rotating cast: Fan, Ana, Jano, Deni and Melody Yang
Hamlet (in repertory with George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan)
Bedlam Theatre Company at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre,(formerly 45 Bleecker Street Theatre)
William Shakespeare's Hamlet and George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, played in repertory by four actors and directed by Eric Tucker. Cast: Ted Lewis, Tom O'Keefe, Andrus Nichols and Eric Tucker. From 2/07/14 to 4/07/14.Tickets range from $25-75. Premium tickets are available at $99. Performanes Tues to Sat at 7:30pm; Sat and Sunday at 2:30 pm; Sun at 7pm.Saint Joan Review and Hamlet Review
The Acting Company at the Pearl Theater's space at 555 W.42nd Street.
The Acting Company in association with The Guthrie Theater presents Shakespeare's Hamlet and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern in-repertory. Same ensemble, and creative team, different directors. Hamlet directed by Ian Belknap, the Stoppard by John Rando. Cast: Ian Gould (Bernardo/Guildenstern/First Gravedigger), Joshua Johnston (Francisco/Player/Osric),Ernest Bentley (Horatio),Grant Fletcher Prewitt (Marcellus/Rosencrantz/Gravedigger),Patrick Lane (laudius),…Robert David Grant (aertes/Ghost),Andy Nogasky (Polonius), John Skelley (Hamlet),Jacqueline Correa (Gertrude), Angela Janas (Ophelia),Darien Battle (Player King/Fortinbras/Priest),Suzy Kohane (Player Queen/Female Attendant) Scenic Design Neil Patel. Costume Design Candice Donnelly. Lighting Design Greg Goff. Music and Sound Design Michael Kiley. Voice and Speech Consultant Elizabeth Smith. Fight Direction Felix Ivanoff. Property Master Faye Armon-Troncoso. Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes plus intermission. From 1/09/14; closing 2/01/14. Hamlet opening 1/15/14; Rosencranz. . .opening 11/12/14.
Handle With Care
Westside Theatre Downstairs 407 West 43rd Street www.handlewithcaretheplay.com
Romantic comedy by Jason Odell Williams,, directed by Karen Carpenter. Cast: Carol Lawrence, Charlotte Cohn , Sheffield Chastain, Jonathan Sale. From 12/03/13; opening 12/15/13; open ended. What it's about: The story of a young Israeli woman who reluctantly travels with her grandmother to America. Fate and hilarious circumstances bring together the young woman, who has little command of English, and a young American man with little command of romance. Is their inevitable love an accident? Or destiny generations in the making? David Arsenault (Set Design), Martin T. Lopez (Costume Design), Cory Pattak (Lighting Design), and Jill BC DuBoff (Sound Design). Running Time: 100 minutes.
The Cell at 338 West 23rd Street
In commemoration of The Father of American Musics 150 Anniversary Larry Kirwan's Stephen Foster musical will return to Off Broadway from 109/14; opening 1/13/14; closing 2/02/14. Directed by Kira Simring, choreographed by Joe Barros. What it's about: Set in a saloon in Lower Manhattans notorious Five Points in 1863, Hard Times combines the story of Americas first great songwriter Stephen Foster and a neighborhood under siege and about to explode with ethnic frictions that will determine the destiny of contemporary New York. Through a re-imagining of Stephen Foster's songbook, combined with new music material by Mr. Kirwan, the show explores New York City Civil War tensions with a modern musical and dramatic sensibility. Cast: Jed Peterson as Stephen Foster, Jennifer Lorae as Jane Foster, Almeria Campbell as Nelly Blythe, James Sasser as Michael Jenkins, Stephane Duret as Thomas Jefferson and John Charles McLaughlin as Owen Duignan. Scenic and prop design by Dara Wishingrad; lighting design by Gertjan Houben; Orchestrations by Andrew Smithson; musical direction by Rona Siddiqui; Casting director is Jason Najjoum. Thurs. thru Sat. at 8 and Sundays at 3. There will be no performance on Sunday, January 19th. Tickets are $18. Running Time: 120 minutes (with intermission).
August Wilsons How I Learned What I Learned
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues
Co-conceived with and directed by Todd Kreidler, and in collaboration with and featuring Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. From 11/04/13; opening 11/24/13; closing 12/29/13. What it's about: Santiago-Hudson, shares August Wilsons personal stories about his encounters with racism, music, love, violence, and life-changing friendships as a young poet in Pittsburghs Hill District. David Gallo (Scenic and Projection Design), Constanza Romero (Associate Artist and Costume Design), Thom Weaver (Lighting Design), and Dan Moses Schreier (Sound Design). Winnie Y. Lok is the Production Stage Manager. Running time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, no intermission. Our Review
How to Make Friends and then Kill Them
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater 224 Waverly Place, west of Seventh Avenue South, between West 11th and Perry Streets
World premiere by Halley Feiffer, directed by Kip Fagan. From 11/01/13; opening 11/07/13; closing 12/14/13. What it's about: Left to their own devices by their alcoholic mother, Ada and Sam cultivate an insular world into which they soon draw a third wheel – a pockmarked, limping wallflower named Dorrie. In the years spanning childhood to young adulthood, these three troubled girls learn to lean on each other completely, finding ways to fill each other up and to tear each other down. But when a horrible accident turns their reality upside down, they find they must decide whether they will continue to foster their familiar, codependent cycle, or whether they will break free, with or without each others aid.Cast: Katya Campbell, Keira Keeley, and Jen Ponton. Our Review
The New Group at The Acorn Theatre 410 West 42nd Street (212) 239-6200, or at the Theatre Row Box Office
Play by Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley, directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls. Cast: Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan, Bill Pullman and Juliet Brett. From 10/25/13; opening 11/07/13; closing 12/15/22. What it's about: It's Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch (Ed Harris) moves into the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter (Juliet Brett), a gold-digging motel employee (Glenne Headly), a treacherous bartender (Bill Pullman), and his now-estranged wife (Amy Madigan). Revolving around the night of a murder, The Jacksonian unearths the eerie tensions and madness in a town poisoned by racism. Set Design by Walt Spangler, Costume Design by Ana Kuzmanic, Lighting Design by Daniel Ionazzi, and Original Music and Sound Design by Richard Woodbury. The play premiered in February 2012 at the Geffen Playhouse, where it enjoyed an extended run. Monday & Tuesday at 7:00pm; Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm, with matinees on Saturday at 2:00pm & Sunday at 3:00pm. No performances: October 28, November 8, November 28. Added Wednesday matinees at 2:00pm: October 30, November The Jacksonian Review
Theater for a New Audience, 262 Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (212) 229-2819 Ext. 10 or (866) 811-4111; tfana.org
Yes, 2 Lears in Brooklyn, this one with Michael Pennington and directed by Arin Arbus. From 3/14/13; closing 5/04/13. See A Midsummer Night's Dream for this established company's first production in its new home.
Little Shubert Theatre West 42nd Street
A new Billie Holiday Musical written and directed by Stephen Stahl, starring Dee Dee Bridgewater. The play features hit songs and tells the story of how Billie attempts a final comeback performance. With a new book by Mr. Stahl, Lady Day brings the essence and spirit. Features over twenty-five standards From 9/19/13; opening 10/03/13; closing 1/05/14
Union Square Theatre 100 East 17th Street
Presented by Brett Haylock, Mark Rubinstein, and Mick Perrin
Running Time: Two hours. One intermission. Tickets: $120 and $79. Mezzanine is $49. Performances: Tues-Thurs. at 8pm; Fri., Sat. at 7pm and 10pm. Sun at 5pm. From10/29/13. Opens: 11/7/13. Closes: 3/30/14 Our Review
Lies My Father Told Me
National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Nagelberg Theater 55 Lexington Avenue (646) 312-5073 or www.nationalyiddishtheatre.org
New musical based on the works of Ted Allan (1916-1995). Music, Lyrics & Orchestrations by Elan Kunin. Musical Direction by Zalmen Moltek. Choreography by Merete Muenter. Adapted and Directed by Bryna Wasserman From 11/10/13; opening 11/21/13; closing 12/16/13.American premiere of the coming-of-age musical adapted from the 1975 Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe Award winning film of the same name. The show is performed in English with some dialogue in Yiddish served by English and Russian supertitles. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays 6:00pm. Matinees are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 2:00pm. There are no performances Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays. Our Review
Little Miss Sunshine
Second Stage 305 West 43rd Street (212) 246-4422
New York premiere. Music and Lyrics by William Finn. Book and direction by James Lapine. Choreography, Michele Lynch;directed by James Lapine. Cast: Stephanie J. Block,Alivia Clark,Victoria Dennis, Will Erat,Josh Lamon,Miranda McKeon,Hannah Nordberg, Rory O'Malley,David Rasche,Logan Rowland,Dee Roscioli, Jennifer SanchezLeonay Shepherd,Jackson Tanner, Will Swenson,Wesley Taylor What it's aboutMusical adaptation of the popular film about one modern family's unexpected route to brighter days. From 10/15/13; opening 11/14/13; closing 12/15/13. Tickets $83 to $150. Our Review
Mint Theater 311 West 43rd Street
American premiere of John Van Drutens 1931 comedy, directed by Davis McCallum. Cast: Julia Coffey, Katie Gibson, Matthew Gumley, Jonathan Hogan, Laurie Kennedy, Elise Kibler, Stephen Plunkett, Christopher Sears, and Alex Trow. From 2/01/14; opening 2/24/14; closing 3/30/14.February 1st and continue through March 30th. What it's about: The lives and love affairs of the women employed as shorthand typists in a busy solicitors office in 1930s London. Pat Milligan, a naive young typist, falls for the charms of a predatory junior lawyer. Watching with concern is the firms senior secretary, her too-timid suitor and several others in the office. Presiding over all is Mr. Walker, gamely trying to navigate a new kind of office where men and women must work side by side. The play made its premiere in May of 1931 at the Duke of Yorks Theatre in London and was acclaimed for its hyper-realistic depiction of office life as well as its soulful probing of the dreams and desires of its female characters. For more of what to expect, see our review of the recent Finborough Theatre revival in London . Best known today for his Broadway hits as Old Acquaintance, The Voice of the Turtle, I Remember Mama, Bell, Book and Candle,I Am a Camera (which inspired the classic Broadway musical Cabaret), John Van Druten wrote deftly observed, character-driven plays that ranged from the realistic atmosphere of his early West End plays, to the sentimental charm of his wartime hits, to the daring allurements of his final works. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM. Special added Wednesday Matinees on February 19th and March 12th at 2pm.There will be no performances on February 18th and 25th or March 11th. Tickets are $55 with some half-price tickets (CheapTix) and Premium Seats ($65) available for most performances.
Red Bull Theater at Lucille Lortel Theater'121 Christopher Street www.redbulltheater.com
First ever Off-Broadway revival of Joe Orton play comic satire. From 1/09/14; opening 1/16/14; closing 2/09/14. Red Bull Artistic Director Jesse Berger directs. Cast: Rebecca Brooksher (Fay), Eric Martin Brown (Meadows), Jarlath Conroy (McLeavy), Ryan Garbayo (Dennis), Rocco Sisto (Truscott), and Nick Westrate (Hal). Scenic design by Narelle Sissons, costume design by Sara Jean Tosetti, lighting design by Scott Zielinski, and sound design by Brad Berridge. What it's about: The McLeavys are in mourning, but young Hal and his partner-in-crime need someplace to stash their loot. When Scotland Yards finest comes sniffing about, no one escapes suspicion, from the naughty nurse to dear old gardening dad. And where did Mrs. McLeavys body go? Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, Thursday and Friday evenings at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday matinees at 3pm (with added performances Sunday evening January 12th at 7pm and Monday evening January 13th at 7:30pm)
Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter
York Theater Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street
An Off-Broadway premiere. Book by Stevie Holland with Gary William Friedman. Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter. Arrangements and Orchestrations by Gary William Friedman. Music Direction by Christopher McGovern. Directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. Starring jazz vocalist Stevie Holland. What it's about: Explores the life of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who, at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties, married and was a driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter. Though Porter was gay, their companionship lasted through a 35 year marriage. From 12/03/13; closing 1/05/14
Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater LCT.org
Jack O'Brien directs.Cast: Ethan Hawke and Anne-Marie Duff as the murderous couple, Bianca Amato as Lady Macduff, Brian d'Arcy James as Banquo, Johnny Orsini as Malcolm, Daniel Sunjata as Macduff, Malcolm Gets, John Glover and Byron Jennings as the three Witches, Shirine Babb as Macbeth Attendant, John Patrick Doherty as Cathness, Austin Durant as Murderer/Siward, Francesca Faridany as Hecate, Stephanie Fieger as Harpier, Ben Horner as Murderer, Ruy Iskandar as Donalbain, Aaron Krohn as Ross, Jeremiah Maestas as Seyton, Christopher McHale as Old Man/Doctor, Sam Poon as Macduff's Son, Triney Sandoval as Menteith, Nathan Stark as Fleance, Patrick Vaill as Graymalkin, Tyler Lansing Weaks as Young Siward and Derek Wilson as Lennox. Set design by Scott Pask, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Japhy Weideman and original music and sound design by Mark Bennett, projections by Jeff Sugg and fight direction by Steve Rankin. Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. Beginning Nov. 26, all Tuesday evening performances begin at 7 PM. Tickets, priced $75-$135 From 10/15/13; opens 11/21/13; closing 1/12/14.
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, at 67th Street; (212) 998-4941 or (212) 616-3930;armoryonpark.org
Comes June and another star powered production of the Scottish play will make Shakespeare buffs rushing for tickets. It's a reprise of a successful run at the Manchester International Festival in England, reconceived for the huge Armory space. Alex Kingston will also be on board to reprise his Lady Macbeth. Christopher Oram will do the Armory's set and costume designs and Neil Austin the lighting design. More details TBA
A Man's a Man
Classic Stage Company 136 East 13th Street www.classicstage.org
Bertolt Brecht's farce directed by Brian Kulick and featuring a new score and new songs by Duncan Sheik. Cast:Justin Vivian Bond as Leokadia Begbick, canteen proprietress From 1/10/14.
Mary-kate Olsen Is In Love
Flea Theater 42 White Street
World Premiere by Mallery Avidon. What it's about: Satire about love and growing-up and "being real." Grace is twenty-seven-going-on-dead and shes done everything a self-actualizing woman is supposed to do. All the same, her marriage to her high-school sweetheart is a lonely existence, lodged inside a maze of empty pizza boxes, TV commercials and the incessant blips of Call of Duty. That is, until the Olsen Twins arrive on the scene and transform everything. Directed by Flea Resident Director Kristen Seemel and featuring members of The Bats. From 11/01/13; opening 11/18/13; Closing 12/08/13. Wednesday – Sunday at 7pm. Tickets $15 - $35 with lowest priced tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Running Time: 75 minutes. Our Review
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Theatre for a New Audience Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street, Brooklyn www.tfana.org.
Inaugural production at the company's newly named new home. Shakespeare's classis is directed by Julie Taymor with original music composed by Elliot Goldenthall. From 10/19/13; opening 11/02/13; closing 1/12/14. A cast of 36 will be lead by Tina Benko as Titania, Max Casella as Bottom, David Harewood as Oberon and Kathryn Hunter as Puck. Other cast members: Zach Appelman, Brendan Averett, Roger Clark, Lilly Englert, Joe Grifasi, Jake Horowitz, Zachary Infante, Robert Langdon Lloyd, Mandi Masden, Jacob Ming-Trent, Okwui Okpokwasili, and William Youmans. Previews begin previews October 19, for an opening November 2. Sets are by Es Devlin, costumes are by Constance Hoffman, lights by Don Holder and sound by Matt Tierney. Brian Brooks is choreographing the dances and Sven Ortel is designing the projections. Jonathan Mastro is the music director. Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:30pm with regular matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm. Additional matinee performances are Tuesday, December 24 at 2:00pm; Wednesdays November 27 and January 1 at 2:00pm. Additional Evening Performances are Monday, December 23 at 7:30pm. Next up will be King Lear directed by Arin Arbus and featuring Michael Pennington. The third show of the season leaves Shakespeare for The Killer by Eugène Ionesco, directed by Darko Tresnjak with a new translation by Michael Feingold and featuring Michael Shannon. Subscriptions for New Audience's inaugural season are $147 for a 3-play package and $294 for a 6-play, two-season package. Single tickets start at $75. Tickets may be purchased online at www.tfana.org or by phone at 866-811-4111. T There are no 7:30pm evening performances Sundays October 20 and 27, December 8, 15 and 22 and January 5. There are also no performances Thursday, November 28; Tuesdays, December 17 and 24; and Wednesdays, December 18 and 25. Our Review
The Most Deserving
Women's Project Theater New York City Center Stage II, 131 West 55th Street
Written by Catherine Treischmann, directed by Shelley Butler. From 3/30/14; closing 5/04/14. What it's about: The Ellis County Arts Council is giving away the largest individual artist grant in its history. Now if only they could agree on who is the most deserving. When a professor from the local community college makes a case for an unconventional outsider, the council braces for battle. THE MOST DESERVING is a tart, satirical comedy about what happens when the arts collide with sex, class, and politics.
New World Stages 340 West 50th Street
This Second Stage uptown hit mini-musical will transfer to the complex that seems the answer for hit shows needing a seond home. This reprise will play from 10/23/13; re-opening 11/06/13; with a new closing 1/05/14 date. Mondays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 2pm and 7pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Our Review
My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer
The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street between Church and Broadway, three blocks south of Canal, close to the A/C/E, N/R/Q, 6, J/Z and 1 subway
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet
New Tent Location on 45th Street, near 8th Avenue
The show is moving from its Meat District trnt to another tent in midtown , beginning 9/27/13. Yet another move to a Broadway house is being explored. The downtown cast is coming along. The big change is that though this remains a supper club setting with bar and a few piroges, tickets will no longer include a full mean. A cost saving measure.
NEWSical the Musical: End of the World Edition
Theater Row 42nd Street, (212) 279-4200
This new edition and move from its 47th Street Theater run begins February 1st for an open ended run. Cast: Christine Pedi Pedi , Christina Bianco, Michael West, John Walton West, Amy Griffin and Tommy Walker. The production is directed by Mark Waldrop. Ed Goldschneider (music director), Matthew Gordon (lighting designer), Jason Courson (set designer), David Kally (costume designer) Tickets $70. Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Our Review back at 47th Street.
The Night Alive
Atlantic Theater at Linda Gross Theater 336 West 20th Street
New York premiere of Donmare Warehouse production. Written and Directed by Conor Mcpherson. Cast: Caoilfhionn Dunne, Brian Gleeson, Ciaran Hinds, Michael Mcelhatton, Jim Norton From 11/0/13; opning 12/12/13;closing 1/26/14. The production is designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting design by Neil Austin and sound design by Gregory Clarke. What it's about: Tommy's not a bad man, he's getting by. Renting a run-down room in his Uncle Maurice's house, just about keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm's length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other with his pal Doc. Then one day he comes to the aid of Aimee, who's not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how. Their past won't let go easily. But together there's a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps. Running Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes, no intermission.
Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce St.
World-premiere by Charles Fuller (Soldier's Play),directed by Clinton Turner Davis, co-production by Cherry Lane Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Cast:Grantham Coleman, Bianca LaVerne Jones, K.K. Moggie, Matthew Montelongo, and Cortez Nance Jr. Monday and Tuesday at 7pm, Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. The originally posted dates have been changed due to a death in Fuller's family. Now from 11/06/13; opening 11/20; closing 12/15/13 What it's about: Explores what has happened to women in the U.S. Armed Forces when their decision to serve their country exposes them to an unforeseen battle against their fellow soldiers Our Review
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. More details TBA. review OK for ages 10 and up.
A Piece Of Work: A Machine-made Hamlet
Fishman Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 321 Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn; (718) 636-4100 bam.org
This Hamlet features Scott Shepherd and Joan MacIntosh and a chorus of synthesized voices channeling a text, refashioned in the automated image of our digital times. It's s directed by Annie Dorsen. From 12/18, 13 to 12/21/13. Hamlet ponders "to sleep, to dream" for a very short run. Based on a sophisticated algorithm that generates a new version of the play
HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue 212-352-3101 or www.here.org Written and Directed by Robin Frohardt with Duncan Bindbuette (safety video actor), Daniel Burnam (puppeteer and safety video actor), Lille Jayne (puppeteer and safety video actor), Nick Lehane (puppeteer), Erica Livingston (safety video actor and voiceovers), Rowan Magee (puppeteer), and Andy Manjuck (puppeteer). Music Composition: Freddi Price Produced by HERE's Dream Music Puppetry Program. Running Time: 60 minutes, no intermission. $20. From 12/03/2013; opening 12/04/13; closing 12/22/2013. Tuesday through Saturday at 7:00 pm; Sundays at 2:00 pm; additional performance Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 pm. Our Review
The Preacher And The Shrink
At Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre 410 West 42nd Street 212-239-6200
A new play by Merle Good, directed by Steven Yuhasz and starring Dee Hoty. Additional cast: Tom Galantich, Richard Thieriot, Adria Vitlar, and Nicholas Urda. From 11/02/13; opening 11/18/13; closing 1/04/14. What it's about: A spirited young woman makes a sexual accusation which checkmates her father, a popular and respected pastor. They have been estranged for years by a deep grief. Will she follow through? Will he fight back? Even the psychiatrist (Dee Hoty). Set designby Brian Prather (Freud's Last Session), lighting design by Kirk Bookman, costume design by Carol Sherry (Flamingo Court), sound design by Patrick Weaver. Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 8 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are $73.75 Runninng Time: one hour & 45 minutes including 1 intermission. Our Review
Public Theater 420 Lafayette Street
Written and directed by Richard Nelson. This Public Lab production takes place on the 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedys assassination and opens in tandem with that date. From 11/16/13; opening 11/22/13; closing 12/15/13. This is the fourth and final play about the fictional, liberal Apple family of Rhinebeck The cast features Maryann Plunkett (Barbara), Jay O. Sanders (Richard), Laila Robins (Marian), Jon Devries (Benjamin), Stephen Kunken (Tim), and Sally Murphy (Jane). Our Review . Links to the previous plays: That Hopey Changey Thing ; Sweet and Sad ; Sorry
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern, in rep with Hamlet, see Hamlet
Row After Row
Women's Project TheaterNew York City Center Stage II, 131 West 55th Street
Written by Jessica Dickey, directed by Daniella Topol. Sets & Costumes by Clint Ramos. Lights by Tyler Micoleau. Sound by Broken Chord. From 1/15/14; closing 2/16/14. What it's about:When two hard core Civil War re-enactors show up for their annual Gettysburg beer and find a pretty stranger at their table, old allegiances come into question. Straddling 1863 and today, this is a dark comedy about choosing your cause and finding your courage.
A Second Chance
Public Theater 420 Lafayette Street
New York Premiere. Book, Music, and Lyrics by Ted Shen. Directed by Jonathan Butterell. From 3/18/14; closing 4/13/14. What it's about: Story of a recent widower and a divorcee who meet in mid-life. Presented with the overwhelming challenge of freeing themselves from their painful pasts, neither fSeels they deserve to find new love and happiness. Yet, unanticipated feelings awaken within them both, passionately drawing them together and leading them to uncover something they both least expected to find.
Small Engine Repair
MCC at the Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street,
New York premiere of of John Pollono's comic thriller, directed by Jo Bonney. From 10/30/13; opening 11/18/13; closing 12/21/13. Running Time: 70 minutes. What it's about: Former high school buddies Frank, Swaino and Packie meet off-hours in Frank's out-of-the-way repair shop under cloudy circumstances that only Frank has a handle on. Enter Chad, a plugged-in, privileged college jock, whose arrival sets off an explosion of long-simmering resentment in this taut, twisty, comic thriller. Cast: James Badge Dale (Swaino), James Ransone (Packie),Keegan Allen (Chad), author John Pollono (Frank) Our Review
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater 416 West 42nd Street
New York premiere by Sarah Ruhl (Dead Mans Cell Phone at PH; The Clean House, In the Next Room). Directed by Rebecca Taichman. From 2/07/14; opening 3/02/14; closing 3/23/14. Cast: Clea Alsip, Michael Cyril Creighton, Dominic Fumusa,, Emma Galvin, Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht,Patrick Kerr. What it's about: Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors (Ms. Hecht and Mr. Fumusa) with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Scenic design, Neil Patel; costume design by Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design, Jane Cox; sound design, Matt Hubbs. 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. Tickets, $75-90.
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.
Strawberry & Chocolate
777 Eighth Avenue at 47th Street Theater www.strawberryandchocolatetheplay.com
1990 play by Senel Paz (newly translated by Eugene Nunez), directed by Roger Robinson. From 11/01/13; opening 11/17/13; closing 12/29/13. Cast:Roy Arias, A.J. Cedeno, and Andhy Mendez. What it's about: Havana Cuba, 1979: David (A.J. Cedeño) is a university student who meets Diego (Roy Arias), a gay artist unhappy with the Castro regime's attitude toward the LGBT community as well as the censorship of culture. David's homophobic classmate Miguel (Andhy Mendez) plans to use David to spy on Diego, a person whom they see as aberrant and dangerous to the Communist cause; Diego, for his part, initiates the friendship with sexual intentions. Thursday at 7pm, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are $25 and $49.50.
Clurman Theatre 410 West 42nd Street 212-239-6200
U.S. debut from 1/08/14; opening 1/15/14; closing 2/02/14.Tuesday at 7 PM; Wednesday – Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $45 ($31.50 for preview performances from January 8-January 14). What it's about: Based on former Balanchine dancer Toni Bentley memoir about a woman's sexual obsession of a classical ballerina who is seduced into the ultimate act of sexual submission by a sexy stranger. She is overcome and changed forever by his arousing alternative to convention. Cast: Zishan Ugurlu, Laura Campbell.
Tales From Red Vienna
MTC at New York City Center – Stage I 131 West 55th Street
From 2/26/14; opening 3/18/14. What it's about: Helena lost her husband in World War I, and with him, her financial security. Struggling to maintain her way of life, she becomes part of an illicit underworld. Helena manages to separate her secret life from her public persona – that is until she crosses paths with a man who has the power to expose and ruin her. Casting and other details TBA
Roundabout Underground Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 West 46 Street (212)719-1300 www.roundabouttheatre.org
World premiere in the Black Box theater of a new play by Meghan Kennedy, directed by Sheryl Kaller. Cast:Rebecca Henderson, Luke Kirby, James Rebhorn and Phyllis Somerville. Wilson Chin (set design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Zach Blane (lighting design) and Broken Chord (original music and sound). From 10/25/13; opening 11/20/13; closing 1/05/14.All tickets are $20. What it's About: Following the death of her husband, Rose locks herself in her bedroom for the better part of a year, leaving her daughter Emma to care for her through the closed door. When the church sends a pastor to help coax Rose out of her room, he soon finds that Rose is not the only one using barriers to hide her true feelings.General Seating.
The Tribute Artist
Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters www.primarystages.org or call (212) 840-9705
A new world premiere comedy written by and starring Tony-nominee Charles Busch. Directed by Busch's long-time collaborator Carl Andress. Cast besides Busch: Mary Bacon, Cynthia Harris, Julie Halston, Keira Keeley and Jonathan Walker. From 1/21/14; opening 2/09/14; closing 3/16/14. What it's about: This new comedy features Mr. Busch as an out-of-work female impersonator who, when his elderly landlady dies in her sleep, takes on her identity in order to hang on to her valuable Greenwich Village townhouse. This "perfect" plan goes awry and leads to a wild path of twists and reversals plotted by an eccentric rogues gallery of outrageous schemers.Scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Gregory Gale, lighting design by Kirk Bookman, sound design by Jill BC Du Boff, original music by Lewis Flynn, and wig design by Katherine Carr. Tuesday-Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. There will be a special Wednesday matinee at 2pm on Wednesday, February 19. There is no performance on March 5 and March 12. Single tickets are priced at $70 for all performances.
Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
Pig Iron Theater Company production at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, Lower East Side, (212) 352-3101 abronsartscenter.org
The company applies its highly physical performance style to this New York Premiere starring Birgit Huppuch and James Sugg, and directed by Dan Rothenberg. From 2/04/14 to 2/23/14. More detals TBA
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater 416 West 42nd Street
New play by Madeleine George, directed by Leigh Silverman. Cast: John Ellison Conlee, David Costabile & Amanda Quaid. From 11/15/13; opening 12/09/13; closing 12/29/13. What it's about: Watson (Mr. Conlee): trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bells first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love. Four constant companions become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people, and machines, upon which we all depend. Scenic design by Louisa Thompson, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design by Matt Tierney, original music by Peter Stopchinski. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 PM & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 Our Review
What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined
NYTW, 79 East 4 Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue
The enduring music of Burt Bacharach is given new life as musician and actor Kyle Riabko (Spring Awakening, Hair) performs his unique, soulful arrangements of the Bacharach songbook with an eclectic group of young musicians and performers including Daniel Bailen, Laura Dreyfuss, James Nathan Hopkins, Nathaly Lopez, James Williams, and Daniel Woods.. Steven Hoggett, whose choreography has been featured in such diverse works as Once, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Black Watch, returns to NYTW, this time as director. Scenic design, Christine Jones and Brett Banakis; costume design, Andrea Lauer; lighting design, Japhy Weideman; sound design, Clive Goodwin. From 12/01/13; opening 12/05/13; closing 1/05/14. Our Review
. Witness to the World
Written by Ronnie Cohen and Jane Beale, directed by Karen Lynn Carpenter. Cast: Charlotte Maier, Bob Ari, Lois Markle, Max Gordon Moore, Joe Tapper. Libby Stadstad (Scenic Design), Cory Pattak (Lighting Design), Martin T. Lopez (Costume Design), Lindsay Jones (Sound Design), Matthew Haber (Projection Design). What it's about A research-journalist digs into the Mafia's role during the Kennedy years with disastrous results. From 11/07/13; opening 11/20/13; closing 12/15/13. The performance schedule is 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. Please note, there is no matinee performance on Saturday, November 9 and no performance on Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving). Our Review
Year of the Rooster
Ensemble Studio Theatre 549 West 52nd Street
World Premiere by Eric Dufault and directed by John Giampietro. Playing characters both human and/or animal are Denny Dale Bess, Delphi Harrington, Thomas Lyons, Bobby Moreno, and Megan Tusing. What it's about: The play centers on the regularly ridiculed Gil (Thomas Lyons) who now, with his new rooster, a fearsome killing machine named Odysseus Rex (Bobby Moreno), is experiencing things he?s never had in his life —- hope, victory, and revenge. Scenery is by Alexis Distler, lighting by Greg MacPherson, sound by Shane Rettig, and costumes by Sydney Maresca. Fight Director is Qui Nguyen. The play will return to the Ensemble Studio Theater for a second run from 1/09/04; closing 2/02/04 Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:00pm and Sundays at 5:00pm General Admission: $25. Student/Senior: $18