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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, 311 W. 43rd St. (8th/9th Avs)
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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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.
Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and piece by piece productionsat The Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street
Written and directed by Daniel Talbott. From 5/21/15; opening 6/09/15; closing 6/27/15. What it's About: Takes place in the not-so-distant future where two American soldiers wait at a worn-down outpost in the desert after t he world has been ravaged by war, its natural resources stripped, and it is no longer clear if there is an enemy left to fight or anything left to fight for. Cast: Kathryn Erbe), Brian Miskell, Seth Numrich, Chris Stackand Jelena Stupljanin. Set design by Raul Abrego; costume design is by Tristan Raines; lighting design is by Joel Moritz; sound design is by John Zalewski; projection design is by Dave Tennent; violence and dance choreography by UnkleDave’s Fight-House. Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday at 7pm
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
Awake and Sing!
National Asian American Theatre Company at Public's Shiva Theater
NATCO's production of Clifford Odets' play. From 7/06/15; opening 7/13/15; closing 8/01/15. Stephen Brown-Fried directs the all Asian-American cast: Mia Katigbak as the matriarch Bessie, along with Sanjit De Silva, Mel Duane Gionson, Teresa Avia Lim, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, Alok Tewari, and Henry Yuk. Scenic design by Anshuman Bhatia, costume design by Alexae Visel, lighting design by Gina Scherr, and sound design by Toby Jaguar Algya. The 1935 play is about a lower middle class, three-generation Jewish family living in a Bronx apartment during the Depression.
The Belle Of Belfast
The Irish Repertory Theatre at the DR2 Theatre, 103 East 15th Streetwww.irishrep.org. New York premiere by Nate Rufus Edelman, directed by Claudia Weill. Cast: Hamish Allan-Headley, Patricia Conolly,Arielle Hoffman, Kate Lydic, and Billy Meleady. From 4/15/15; opening 4/23/15; closing 6/14/15. What it's about: In 1985 Belfast, fiery and profane Anne Malloy drinks and smokes her days away with her chubby curry chip-addicted best mate. When she turns to her parish priest, Father Reilly, seeking the comforts of the flesh in addition to the comforts of the soul, she discovers her troubles have just begun. A bittersweet portrait of a city at war. Scenic design by John McDermott, costume design by Terese Wadden, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Daniel Kluger, and projections by Jeff Larson.Tuesdays at 7pm; Wednesdays at 3pm and 8pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; Tickets, $71. Our Review
Black Angels Over Tuskegee
Actors Temple Theater 339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)
New historical drama by writer-director Layon Gray. Cast: Lamman Rucker , Demetrius Gross, Thom Scott II, Antonio Charity, Layon Gray, David Wendell Boykins, Derek Shaun, Jay Jones, and Rich Skidmore. From 1/29/10; opening 2/15/10. What it's about: Based on true events. Six men explore their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood as they become the first African American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Monday, Friday and Saturday evening at 8 PM, and Sundays at 5 PM. Tickets $31.50 and $56.50 Update: Besides move to Actor's Temple, news is that Tobias Truvillion joins the cast which also includes Lawrence Saint-Victor who is now rotating with Lamman Rucker. Open run. Our Review.
The Blonde Streak
Transport Group Theatre Company at Theatre 79, 79 E 4th St
The world premiere of Dan Lipton and David Rossmer's romantic musical comedy. What it's about: Walter, a hopelessly romantic chef,who gets jilted on his wedding day and takes off in the matrimonial limo with his best friend and his favorite ex to try to figure out why. A roadtrip of a mid-lifetime for three 30somethings, forced to deal with the endless and ageless struggle of growing up. Directed by Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III, From 7/05/15; opens 7/09/15; closing 8/16/15.
Blue Man Group
Astor Place, 423 Lafayette St. ((Astor Place/W. 4th St) 254-4370.
An extraordinary downtown hit. For details see Review.
Book of Moron/ The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?
Urban Stages 259 West 30th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues) UrbanStages.org
New York Premiere written & Performed in rotating repertoire by Robert Dubac. From 3/19/15; opening 3/30/15; closing 4/26/15. What its about: Each shifts from character to character. Performances are Monday and Thursday evenings at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm & 7pm. Tickets will be $55, with preview tickets for only $30. Tickets for both plays purchased at the same time will be $75. Student Rush tickets are . available for $15 (with valid ID, 15 minutes before curtain
at The Playroom Theater 151 West 46th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
Black comedy written by and starring Joseph Assadourian, directed by Richard Hoehler. From 6/12/14; opening 6/22/14; open-ended. What it's about: a man is arrested, arraigned and put on trial for a crime he claims he did not commit. Consequently two systems of jurisprudence judge him -- a jury of his peers in the courtroom and the denizens of the bullpen in which he is being held. Mr. Assadourian was released from prison last years after serving 12 years for attempted murder. He received the 1st Place PEN Prison Writing Award for his play, Heaven and a 2nd Place PEN Award for Joey Shakespeare, co-written with Brandon Cochrane, which was featured at the New Work Now reading series at The Public Theater.
Public's Martinson Theater 420 Lafayette Street
New York premiere of comedy by Tracey Scott Wilson, directed by Anne Kauffman. From 3/24/15; opening 4/08/15; closing 4/26/15. What it's about: Love, fear and the high costs of choosing who we make a home with, and where. Jackson left his tough Brooklyn neighborhood by winning a scholarship to Exeter, where he met Don, a play-hard rich boy who became his unlikely best friend. Now a Harvard-educated lawyer, Jackson's bought a place in the newly gentrifying area he grew up in. But Jackson's white girlfriend, Suzy, isn't so sure she belongs in a community 'on the verge. When Don comes to crash with his old buddy and stay clean, his stories of the neighborhood's dangerous past collide with the growing disconnect between Jackson and Suzy, and the treacherous sexual and racial tensions waiting just beyond the door and demanding to be let in. Cast: Grantham Coleman (Jackson), Tessa Ferrer (Suzy), and Michael Stahl-David (Don). Our Review
York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's.
New York premiere of the new musical about actor James Cagney. Book by Peter Colley and music and lyrics by Robert Creighton (who will star) and Christopher McGovern, music direction by Matt Perri. Cast besides Robert Creighton as Cagney: Jeremy Benton, Danette Holden, Bruce Sabath, Josh Walden, and Ellen Zolezzi. From 5/19/15; opening 5/28/15; closing 6/21/15. What it's about: Follows the legendary on-screen tough guy from his humble beginnings in New York City's Lower East Side through his rise as a vaudeville song-and-dance man, to his superstardom in Hollywood. The original score is augmented by George M. Cohan songs from the classic film Yankee Doodle Dandy and others. Choreography by Joshua Bergasse. 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.
New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street 212-239-620
From 2/06/15; opening 2/18/15; closing 9/13/15. A new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton arrives in New York after a praised Chicago premiere. What it's about: The famous world leader discusses his failures and his successes; his love of art, liquor and women; and the bravery of Britain's finest hour. It is March 1946 and Churchill has led Britain and the Allies to victory but has also been defeated for re-election as Prime Minister. Sitting in forced retirement with his wife Clementine at their Chartwell home, Churchill receives an invitation from President Harry Truman to speak in the States…at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where he will deliver his Iron Curtain speech. He arrives in Fulton to an informal and esoteric gathering of friends and supporters, and shares his life in flashback and in storytelling. Scenic and Lighting Design for CHURCHILL is by Jason Epperson, with Projection Design by Paul Deziel and Sound Design by Eric Backus. Mondays at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm and Sunday at 3pm at0. Our Review
Composition…Master-Pieces. . .Identity & When This You See Remember Me
Target Margin at the Connelly Theater 220 East 4th Street
Composition runs in tandem with Gertrude Stein's solo play performed by David Greenspan From 5/27/15; opening 6/1/15; closing 6/22. Tickets $15,before 6/1/15, then $25.
Cool Hand Luke
59E59 Theaters at 59 East 59th Street
Based on the novel by Donn Pearce, adapted by Emma Reeves and directed by Joe Tantalo. Cast: Kristina Doelling (Mrs. Jackson/Girl/Lucille), Lars Drew (Curly), Lawrence Jansen (Luke Jackson), Ken King (Carr/Cop), Nick Paglino (Boss Godfrey/Lieutenant), Jason Stanley (Boss Kean/Sergeant), Julia Torres (Mary), Brett Warnke (Society Red/Defense Lawyer), and Jarrod Zayas (Rabbit), Mike Jansen (Dragline).Tickets $30.From 5/05/15; opening 5/07/15; closing 5/31/15.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.< Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission
Clinton The Musical
New World Stages West 50th Street
Written by Paul and Michael Hodge, directed by Dan Knechtgeswill. From 3/26/15; opening 4/09/15. What it's about: The satire follows Bill and Hillary Clinton on their quest to save the presidency after a major scandal. Fine tuned since New York Musical Theatre Festival premiere in 2014. ( our NYMF review . Beowulf Boritt (scenic design), David Woolard (costume design), and Peter Fitzgerald (sound design).
The Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 West 46 th Street www.ConsentThePlay.com
New gay relationship play. NOT a Roundabout production! From 6/02/15; opening 6/11/15; closing 7/02/15. Tuesdays at 7PM, Wednesdays at 8PM, Thursdays at 8PM, Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 4PM and 8PM and Sundays at 3PM. Tickets are $60 dollars for general admission.
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.
Devil and the Deep
Theater 3 311 West 43rd Street theatreeast.org
A new musical reimagining of Robert Louis Stephenson's Treasure Island. From 6/06/15; opening 6/11/15; closing 6/27/15. Music and lyrics are by Graham Russell (Air Supply) and Katie McGhie, with book and additional lyrics by Melissa Bell. Directed by Lisa Devine, with choreography by Sarita Moore. . Set design is by Alisa Keegan, with costume design by Adrienne Carlile, and lighting design by Jess Burgess. The sound design is by John D. Ivy, puppetry design by Tanya Khordoc & Barry Weiland fight choreographer is Alex Reed. What it's about: We follow young Jim Hawkins from poverty stricken Bristol, England, all the way to Caribbean Islands as he embarks on a journey that will change his life forever. Monday 7:00pm, Wednesday – Saturday 8:00pm; Sunday 3:00pm for the limited engagement through June 27th. Tickets are only $18, and they are available through.Cast: Ethan Riordan,Raissa Katona Bennett, Bill Newhall, Eric Coles , Lisha McKoy,Courtney Shaw,Juan Luis Espinal, Kyle Minshew, Nick Ritacco, Kire Tosevski, Skyler Volpe, and Kalyn West.
Beckett Theatre, Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd St.
A dark comedy by Christopher B. Latro and directed by Anna Bamberger. What it's about: A young man who takes on the business world, battling an insurmountable work load, brutal bosses and overbearing parents. From 5/27/15; opening 5/29/15; closing 6/27/15. Cast: Brandon Alan Smith, Sarah Swift, Shelley Valfer, Barbara Thomas, Michelle Girolami and Ray Field. Tuesdays at 7pm; Wednesdays – Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; Sundays 3pm.
Dinner With the Boys
Acorn Theater at Theater Row 410 W. 42 St.212-239-6200
a new play by and starring Dan Lauria (Lombardi, The Wonder Years, Sullivan & Son). Lauria co-stars with Ray Abruzzo and Richard Zavaglia. From 4/21/15; opening 5/04/15; closing 7/05/15. What it's about: 2 wise guys from the old neighborhood find themselves at odds with the family and must serve up perfectly seasoned results with their puttanesca in order to escape danger themselves. As they await their own fate in this Italian odd couple reflects on their days of glory while preparing dinner for special guests, all the while wondering, "will this meal be their last supper?" Scenic by Jessica Parks; costume design by Patricia E. Doherty; lighting design by Jill Nagle; and sound design by Matt Kraus. Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays 2pm and 8pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays 2pm and 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Running Time: 95 minutes, includes 1 intermission. Our Review
Westside Theatre W. 43rd Street
This is a return engagement of the musical comedy written by Dennis T. Giacino that recently had a successful un 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.
Classic Stage Company
Chris Noth,the Governor of Illinois in the TV series The Good Wife, will be playing the title role in an adaptation of Christopeher Marlowe's rarely done play. Another regular on that show, Zach Granier will switch from one of that show's most popular, if least likeable character to take on, you guessed it, Mephistopheles. The rest of the cast: Jeff Binder, Ken Cheeseman, Carmen M. Herlihy, Walker Jones, Geoffrey Owens and Lucas Caleb Rooney. The production will feature set design by Tony Straiges, lighting design by Jason Lyons and costumes by Rita Ryack and Martin Schnellinger. and one of that show's major lawyer will be heading to off-Broadway. From 5/29/15; opening 6/18/15; closing 7/02/15-- extended before the official opening and now closing 7/12/15. Andrei Belgrader will direct. The production features an adaptation of the Christopher Marlowe play by David Bridel and Belgrader. It’s the familiar story of pacts with the devil and the gratification and consequences that follow. Set design by Tony Straiges, lighting design by Jason Lyons and costumes by Rita Ryack and Martin Schnellinger.
Roy Arias Stages 300 West 43rd Street at 8th Avenue, 4th floor www.drunkshakespeare.com/calendar
The show closed at Quinn's bar reopened at the Roy Arias Stages 11/01/14; closing 9/06/15. Tickets $54. Review
Times Square Arts Center, 300 West 43rd Street
This is a return engagement from 2/14/15; closing 5/17/15. Show with book and lyrics by Dan Derby, music by Michael Rheault, original direction by Rick Hamilton, original choreography by Mary Lauren along with musical direction by Ted Arthur. What it's about: 2 female impersonators on a cruise ship must keep their cool and concoct Some Like It Hot-styled confusions in this madcap musical with 12-member company that includes Steven Bidwell, Dan Coombs, Joel Chambers, Kyle DuPree, Jonathan Grunert, DaWoyne Hill, Rebecca Kopec, Joel Libed, Alexander Price, Caleb Schaaf, Michael James Valvo, Danni Vitorino, Kelsey Youmans,Tobias Young. Fridays @ 8 PM, Saturdays @ 3PM & 7:30PM, Sundays @ 6PM. On Sunday, February 22nd there will be a special performance at 3PM and no performance at 6PM. Running Time: 2:15 hours including a 15 minute intermission
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:
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 4/26/15. 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.
Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow Street
Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about three low-paid employees of a rundown movie theater will have another showing in Greenwich Villace. It will again be directed by Sam Gold and feature Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Matthew Maher and Aaron Clifton Moten. While the playwright will tweak to fit the new space, it will retain its controversial more than 3 hour length. From 5/07/15; opening 5/28/15; no closing date announced.. For an idea of what to expect see our review of the Playwright Horizon prodction click here
New York Theatre Workshop 79 E. 4th Street
Created and performed by Dael Orlandersmith. Directed by Neel Keller. From 4/22/15; opening 5/04/15; closing 5/31/15. What it's about: Semi-autobiographical exploration of the family we are born into and the family we choose, drawing on Orlandersmith’s own pilgrimage to the famed Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, the final resting place of legendary artists such as Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. Scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Mary Louise Geiger, and sound design by Adam Phalen. review
The Gazillion Bubble Show
New World Stages Stage 2 340 West 50th Street 212.239.6200
Bubble artist Fan Yang's family entertainment show. From 2/15/07; opening 2/15/07; open ended. Wed at 11am and 2pm ; Sat 11am, 2pm and 4:30pm; Sunday at 12pm (noon) and 3pm. $44.50 - $64.50 . Run Time:1 hour, 20 minutes (no intermission) The rotating cast: Fan, Ana, Jano, Denibr>
Ghost Stories: The Shawl & Prairie Du Chien
Atlantic Theater Stage 2
Revival by David Mamet, to be directed by Scott Zigler. Cast: Mary McCann, Jason Ritter, Arliss Howard, Nate Dendy, Jim Frangione, Henry Kelemen, Jordan Lage, and Dereks Thomas. From 5/27/15; opening 6/16/15; closing 6/28/15. What it's about: The Shawl is the story of a bereaved woman (Mary McCann) who consults a small-time mystic (Arliss Howard) for guidance. As the mystic, assisted by his apprentice (Jason Ritter), collects clues to make con tact with the dearly departed, will he help this woman through her grief, or merely help himself? In Prairie du Chien, a railroad car speeding through the Wisconsin night is the setting for a story of obsessive jealousy, murder and suicide, punctuated by a friendly card game that explodes into a moment of menace. Scenic design by Lauren Helpern, costume design by Linda Cho and lighting design by Jeff Croiter.
The Glass Menagerie
Masterworks at the 47th Street Theatre 304 West 47th Street
Tennessee Williams'memory play. Cast: Saundra Santiago, Richard Prioleau. Directed by Christopher Scott. From 5/08/15; opening 5/15/15; closing 5/30/15. will begin performances on May 8 and will open May 14 running through May 30. Tuesday - Thursday at 7:00pm; Friday at 8:00 pm; Saturday at 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm; Sunday at 3:00pm To be followed up by A Midsummer Nights Dream,June 11 through June 28.
The Vineyard West 15th Street
Comedy by Brandon Jacob Jenkins, directed by Eavan Cabnet. Cast: Kyle Beltran, Catherine Combs, Michael Crane, Jennifer Kim, Jeanine Serralles, Ryan Spahn. From 5/28/15; opening 6/15/15; closing 7/03/15. Monday - Wednesday at 7PM, Tuesday - Saturday at 8PM, Saturday at 3PM with Wednesday matinees June 17 & July 1 at 2PM .
MTC at City Center/Stage I 131 West 55th Street.
New York premiere of Of new play by Melissa Ross, directed by Lynne Meadow. Cast: Kelly AuCoin, Greg Keller, Heather Lind, Nate Miller, Jennifer Mudge and Alicia Silverstone. From 6/04/15; opening 6/30/15. What it's about: The three Stockton sisters (Heather Lind, Jennifer Mudge, Alicia Silverstone) are witty, brilliant, beautiful — and a total mess, thanks to the legacy of their complicated novelist father. They gather at their family home on Cape Cod for a summer weekend for some wildly unanticipated upheavals. Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Tom Broecker (costume design), and Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design).
Guards at the Taj
Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater
World premiere by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Amy Morton. Cast: Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed. From 5/20/15; opening 6/11/15; closing 6/28/15. What it's about: In 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly-completed Taj Mahal, an event that shakes their respective worlds. When they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the aftermath forces them to question the concept of friendship, beauty and duty, and changes them forever. Scenic design by Timothy R. Mackabee, with costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley II, lighting design by David Weiner, original music and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, special effects design by Jeremy Chernick and fight direction by J. David Brimmer.
Flea Theater 41 White Street www.theflea.org
The Flea and The Theatre @ Boston Court present New York premiere Beckett's famous 2-hander, directed by Andrei Belgrader and starring Brooke Adams as Winnie and Tony Shalhoub as Lucky who were much lauded in previous Boston and LA performances. From 6/20/15; opening 6/29/15; closing 7/18/15. What it's about: Winnie, a woman buried up to her bosom in a mound of dirt with nothing to pass the time but the ragged contents of her bag, her nimble wit, and her husband Willie lurking somewhere behind her. This existential allegory demonstrates the vitality of the human spirit in the face of a deteriorating world. Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design), Tom Ontiveros (Lighting Design), Melanie Watnick (Costume Design), Rob Oriol (Sound Design), Madison Rhoades (Prop Design). Monday – Wednesday at 7pm and Saturday at 3pm. (No performances July 3 & 4).
Manhattan Theatre Club at Stage 2, City Center
A new play by Simon Stephens of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time fame. It will star Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt and is directed by Mark Brokaw. From 5/19/15. What it's about: Parker will play Clare, a woman who unexpectedly kisses a much older man (Welsh) amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station which results in a life-changing game. Running Time: Approx. 80 minutes. From 5/19/15; opening 6/03/15; closing 6/28/15.
The Cell at Urban Stages 259 West 30th Street
Written by Nancy Manocherian, directed by Kira Simring. Cast:Deborah Offner, Larry Cahn, Adam Weppler, Catherine Dupont. Drom 5/29/15; opening 6/04/15; closing 6/21/15. What it's about: Anna's losing it, her husband Henry's already lost it and her son Jude is just plain lost.
Primary Stages at the Duke on 42nd Street
New York premiere by Deborah Zoe Laufer directed by Liesl Tommy as a co-production with Ensemble Studio Theatre as a part of their Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project. From August to September 2015. What it's about: One woman's quest to answer the mysteries of science and her own life, inspired by a landmark court case between one of the country's largest universities and a Native American tribe based in the Grand Canyon.
Metropolitan Playhouse East 5th Street www.MetropolitanPlayhouse.org
It's labor versus capital in this circus-like living newspaper from the Federal Theater Project. A cast of six portrays more than 200 characters in a dizzying production of social drama created by the WPA. In its initial performances, Injunction Granted angered members of the federal government thanks to its unabashed support of worker organizations and its lampooning of the business magnates of the day. So enraged by the leftist content, the government ultimately ended its funding of the FTP, leading to its demise. Cast: Nathaniel Claridad, Scottie Davis, Lorinne Lampert, Cliff Miler, Kendall Rileigh and Perri Yaniv. Directed by Metropolitan Playhouse Artistic Director Alex Roe. Original music composed by Michael Kosch. Costume design is by Rachael Kosch. Lighting design is by Christopher Weston. From 5/29/15; closing 6/28/15. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm, with additional 3pm performances on June 17, June 20, June 24 and June 27 and an additional 7:30pm “Pay What You Will” performance on June 1. Tickets ($25 general admission; $20 seniors/students; $10 children under eighteen; $15 previews).
Pershing Square Signature Theater Center
World premiere by Annie Baker, directed by Sam Gold. From 7/22/15 to 8/30/15. Details TBA.
Abingdon Theatre Company Dorothy Strelsin Theatre 312 West 36th Stree
World premiere comedy by Sheldon Bull, directed by Donald Brenner. Cast: Featuring L.J. Ganser, Steven Hauck, Lisa Riegel, Brian Russell, and Rory Scholl. From 5/29/15; opening 6/07/15; closing 6/21/15.t). What it's about: Male bonding takes its toll on four guys when a cryptic message from one of them leads the others on a hilarious chase from Manhattan to a seaside escape. Set design by Brian Dudkiewicz, costume design by Fan Zhang, lighting design by Michael Megliola, and sound design by Ian Wehrle.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Masterworks Theater Company at 47th Street Theatre 304 West 47th Street 212-279-4200
Shakespeare set in a modern playground, directed by Tamilla Woodard. From 6/05/15; opening 6/11/15; closing 6/28/15. Cast: Nick Cearley as Puck, Becca Ballenger as Helena, Em Grosland as Flute, Sheria Irving as Hermia, Jenny Strassburg as Titania. Tickets are $45 - $65.
The Most Dangerous Man In America (W. E. B. Du Bois)
Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre at Castillo Theater 543 West 42nd Street
Amiri Baraka's last play directed by Woddie King wFrom 5/28'/15 opening 6/11/15/closing 6/2815. Cast: Art McFarland as W. E. B. Du Bois and Petronia Paley as his wife, also Arthur Bartow, Michael Basile, Marie Guinier, Ralph McCain, Zuhariah McGil, Nick Plakias, Stu Richel, Joyce Sylvester,d Landon G. Woodson, Lamar K. Cheston, Keldrick Crowder, Sidiki Fofana, Michael Green, Te'la Curtis Lee, Robert Siverls, and Akil N. Williams.directed by Woodie King Jr.,Scenic design by Chris Cumberbatch, costume design by Gail Cooper-Hecht, lighting design by Antionette Tynes, sound design by Mark Brukner, and projection design by Bill Toles. What it's about: reflection on McCarthyism.
My Perfect Mind-created by Told by an Idiot
Part of the 2015 Brits Off Broadway festival, written by Kathryn Hunter, Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge and directed by Kathryn Hunter. What it's about: A celebration of the resilience of the human spirit through the prism of Shakespeare but anything but a tragedy. Cast: Edward Petherbridge (Olivier Award-winner, two-time Tony Award nominee, the original Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) and Paul Hunter. From 6/10/15; opening 6/16/15; closing 6/28/15. Tuesday Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; and Sunday at 3 PM. Additional performance on Sunday, June 21 at 7 PM.Tickets are $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members).
Cherry Lane, 38 Commerce Street
Comedy by Mark Roberts (best known for Two and a Half Men and Mike Molly). From 5/16/15; opening 5/20/15; closing 6/20/15. B What it's about: Country music star Justin Spears has the world on their knees. He’s a good ole bad boy, a thankless,shameless phony. Jared Culverhouse, Sarah Lemp, David Lind, Malcolm Madera, Stephen Sheffer and Mark RobertsTuesday–Saturday 7pm, Saturday-Sunday 3pm.
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.
Labyrinth Theater Company Bank Street Theater 155 Bank Street
World premiere by Melissa Ross, directed by Mimi O’Donnell. Cast: Nick Cordero, Diane Davis, Kathryn Kates and Liv Rooth. From 5/07/15; opening 5/27/15; closing 6/07/15. Tuesday & Sunday at 7pm, Wednesday–Saturday at 8pm. What it's About: Set in a small, middle class suburb outside of Boston in 1984, about Jo Rosen, a 37 seven. year woman with a dead-end job who still lives at home with her mother. Jo has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of an unintended spinsterhood. But when a chance flirtation with an old classmate and a new friendship at work give her hope for the possibility of change, Jo dusts off the Jane Fonda tapes and begins to take tentative steps towards a new life. Nice Girl is a play about the tragedy and joy of figuring out who you are and letting go of who you were supposed to be. David Meyer (sets), Japhy Weideman (lights), Emily Rebholz (costumes), Ryan Rumery (sound) and Hannah Woodward (production stage manager). Runningou Time: 2 hours, including intermission. Our Review
Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Street, near Lafayette Street, East Village; 866-811-4111, cultureproject.org
Documentary written and directed by Yael Farber. Cast: Shivani Rawat, Julio DePietro, Cornelia Ravenal. Through May 27. Office Politics
Long View Theater Company at theJune Havoc Theatre, 312 West 36th Street
, Anew play by Marcy Lovitch, directed by Aimee Todoroff. Cast: Patrice Bell, Josh Doucette, Philip Guerette, Carson Lee, Molly Lovell, Maria Wolf and Nicholas De Sibio. From 6/05/15; opening 6/11/15; closing 6/20/15. What it's about: When a white male co-worker makes an off-the-cuff racially insensitive remark to his boss’s black female assistant, what seems like a harmless joke snowballs, suddenly catapulting the ad sales office of a women's magazine into turmoil. Threats are made, loyalties tested and contrasting beliefs about power, race and class surface, resulting in an explosion of shocking reveals, lies and accusations, ultimately leaving their department in utter shreds.Set design by Sandy Yaklin,costume design by Deanna R Frieman, lighting design by Joshua Benghiat, and sound design by Daniel Spitaliere.Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday & Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Saturday at 3 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $18.
Once Upon a Mattress
Transport Group at Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement 466 Grand St
The Princess and the Pea tale inspired musical will star Jackie Hoffman as the less-than-regal Princess Winnifred to win the hapless heart of Prince Dauntless played by John "Lypskina" Epperson. Bot reprise the roles they performed in a one-night-only concert presentation in June 2013. Music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall. Barer, and a book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer, and Dean Fuller. Transport founder and chief Cummings will direct. From 11/29/15; closing 1/03/16.
The Other Thing
2ST Uptown, McGinn/Cazale Theater, 2162 Broadway, at 76th Street
New play by Emily Schwend, directed by Lucie Tiberghien. Cast: John Doman (Carl), James Kautz (Brady), Bhavesh Patel (Thomas) and Samantha Soule (Kim). Sets by Kris Stone; costumes by Beth Goldenberg; lighting by Matthew Richards; sound by Broken Chord, fight director, Turner Smith. From 5/12/15; opening 5/21/15; closing 6/07/15. Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30PM, Saturday at 2PM, Sunday at 3PM. Running time: 2 hours.
The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at Pershing Square Signature Center
World premiere eritten & directed by Athol Fugard. Cast Bianca Amato as Elmarie, Leon Addison Brown as Nukain, Caleb McLaughlin as Jonathan. From 4/21/15; opening 5/11/15; closing 5/31/15-- extended before official opening to 6/07/15 . $25 tickets for scheduled to 5/31 run. Running Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, without intermission. Our Review
New York premiere of comedy by Topher Payne, directed by Michael Barakiva. September-November 2015. What it's about: It's the 1950s and the age of the Red Scare. The Martindales and the Baxters have manufactured a life as peppy as a sitcom, right down to the corny jokes and occasional product placement… but when a co-worker at the US State Department discovers their deepest secret, the worlds of I Love Lucy and Edward R. Murrow clash in ironic ways. Produced in association with MARS Theatricals.
MCC at the Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street www.mcctheater.org
As Robert Askins' Hand to God is opening on Broadway, the cast and other details for the world premiere of his latest play has been announced. Cast: Justin Bartha, Elizabeth Reaser star; also Nicole Lowrance, Talene Monahon, and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe. From 4/29/15; opening 5/20/15; closing 6/14/15. The play will be directed by Alex Timbers. What it's about: Eric and Cynthia are looking for some direction. They’ve decided to follow the lead of their friends Zach and Shelley and make the real life practice of Christian Domestic Discipline the foundation of their marriage. But restructuring their lives and their union according to role play and a new moral code upends everything they knew and took for granted about one another, their friends— and more importantly, who really holds the power. Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, includes an intermission. 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. review OK for ages 10 and up.
LCT3 Claire Tow Theater 150 W 65th St, (212) 239-6200
New musical fantasia by the creators of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 : Developed by Dave Malloy, inspired by the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff and directed by Rachel Chavkin. Cast: Eisa, Davis, Gabriel Ebert, Nikki M. James,Joseph Keckler, Chris Sarandon Or Matias. What it's about: Set in the hypnotized mind of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. After the disastrous premiere of his first symphony, the young Rachmaninoff suffers from writer’s block. He begins daily sessions with a therapeutic hypnotist, in an effort to overcome depression and return to composing. From 5/23/15; opening 6/15/15; closing 7/19/15. Monday - Sunday at 7PM, Saturday & Sunday at 2PM. Tickets, $30.
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater 416 West 42nd Street
New York premiere of a new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris, Directed by Pam MacKinnon. Cast: Kate Arrington, Donna Lynne Champlin, Noah Emmerich,Sarah Goldberg, Julian Leong, Andy Lucien, Chinasa Ogbuagu, John Procaccino. Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design),Russell H. Champa (lighting design), Rich Sims (sound design). From 5/22/15. What it's about: Thou shalt covet thy neighbor's wife. And thy neighbor, too, at this suburban get-together for partner-swapping couples. Drawn in by The Lifestyle's promise of freedom and titillation, newly-married Chris and Kristy attend an alcohol-fueled party for swingers, only to find themselves at odds with the idea of free love and, suddenly, each other. Idealism devolves into chaos. From 5/22/15; opening 6/14/15; closing 7/12/15.Tuesday & Wednesday at 7PM, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8PM, Saturday & Sunday at 2:30PM Sunday at 7:30PM. Running Time: Approx. 90 minutes.
A Queen For A Day
Theatre at St. Clement 423 West 46 Street QueenForADayPlay.com
Written by Michael Ricigliano Jr. and directed by John Gould Rubin. From 4/14/15; opening 5/03/15; closing 7/26/15.Sunday - Tuesday at 7PM; Thursday – Saturday at 8PM; Matinees: Saturday at 2PM; Sunday at 3PM. Tickets are $49-$99 with$25 Rush Tickets for Students and Military with Valid ID. Running time is 90 minutes no intermission. What it's about: Giovanni (David Proval) is torn between love, loyalty and survival when asked to give up his crime boss brother, as part of a one day immunity deal also known as a Queen for a Day. Cast: David Deblinger, Portia and David Proval Andreea Mincic (Set Designer), Bobby Tilley (Costume Designer), Isabella F. Byrd (Lighting Designer), Leon Rothenberg (Sound Designer).
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre at The Clurman Theatre 410 W 42nd Street 212-239-6200
James A. Michener's play reconceived with book by William Luce, lyrics by Hy Gilbert and music by George Fischoff. From 7/05;15; closing 7/26/15. Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30pm with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm, addedperformances Monday July 6 at 7:30 and Wednesday July 8 at 2:30; no performance Friday July 10 or matinee Saturday July 11 at 2:30. Tickets are $61.25. Shut Up, Sit Down & Eat
Snapple Center 1627 Broadway at 50 Street, 4th Floor 212 921 7862 ShutUpSitDownAndEat.com.
A return engagement, from 2/15/15/closing 5/31/15. Sundays at 5:15PM. Tickets are $65 - $80. Running Time is 90 minutes
Roundabout at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 West 46th Street 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org
Written by Joshua Harmon, author of Bad Jews.From 5/20/15; opening 6/18/15; closing 8/16/15. What it's about: Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but that's easier said than done. So until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close-knit girlfriends. But as singles' nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan finds that supporting the ones you love can be just as impossible as finding love itself. Cast: Barbara Barrie (Helene), John Behlmann (Will/Conrad/Tony), Sas Goldberg (Kiki), Gideon Glick (Jordan), Lindsay Mendez (Laura), Carra Patterson (Vanessa) and Luke Smith (Gideon/Evan/Roger). All tickets are $79. Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.
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 10/2011/; Open-Ended. Thursday at 7:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 pm Tickets:$39.50-$69.50.Directed by Kenneth Ferrone. Written by Dorothy Marcic
The Sound and the Fury
Elevator Repair Service, Public Theater's Martinson Hall (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.or
Text by William Faulkner, created and Performed by Elevator Repair Service and directed by John Collins. From 5/14/15; opening 5/21/15; closing 6/27/15 (a 2 week extension even before opening. This is a staging of the first section—the Benjy Chapter The Sound and the Fury. Like Gatz, the play is not an adaptation but takes on Faulkner's experimentation with consciousness, perception, memory and language, and honors the words to the letter. With innovative casting, split-screen staging in an eerily timeless living room set, video-projected text and a lush sound score, the production brings to life the tragic demise of Faulkner’s Compson Family.Tickets start at $60. Cast: Daphne Gaines, Rosie Goldensohn, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Pete Simpson, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, Tory Vazquez and Ben Williams. Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, no intermission. Our Review
The New Group at Pershing Square Theater Center
A new comedy written by and featuring Jesse Eisenberg, directed by Scott Elliott. Cast: Zegen Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Erin Darke, Annapurna Sriram and Michael Zegen From 5/05/15; opening 6/02/15; closing 6/28/15. What it's about: Nobody likes Ben. Ben doesn’t even like Ben. He's been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents’ money, and bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate Kalyan, an earnest Nepalese immigrant. When Ben discovers that his grade school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back.
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.
Swing Of The Sea
MTC City Center Stage I
World Premiere by Richard Grieenberg, directed by Lynne Meadow. From 5/26/15; opening 6/16/15. What it's about: Patriarch Max has died, leaving behind two sons, Brett and Alec, and a lover Vivi. All three reunite for one evening in Vivi's New York apartment. Secrets, passions and ghosts of the past emerge for this trio as each of them faces an uncertain future.
10 OUT OF 12
Soho Rep.46 Walker Street sohorep.org; 212.352.3101
world premiere commission written by Anne Washburn, directed by Les Waters. Cast:Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Stage Manager, Jeff Biehl as E3, Gibson Frazier as Ben/Charles, Rebecca Hart as Costumes, Nina Hellman as Siget/Old Lady/Lucille, Sue Jean Kim as Eva/Marie, Bruce McKenzie as Director, Garrett Neergaard as E2, Bray Poor as Sound, David Ross as Jake/Richard, Thomas Jay Ryan as Paul/Carstairs, Conrad Schott as Assistant Director, Wendy Rich Stetson as Lights and Leigh Wade as Jamie. From 5/26/15; opening 6/10/15; closing 6/21/15. Tickets: $35 General Admission; $20 Student Rush; $30. The company of 14 is engaged in the very peculiar—and uniquely impossible—task of making a new play. Based on notes Washburn took during her past technical rehearsals, this commission is a look at how work forms us and deforms us. As these activities unfold simultaneously, the audience is given an intimate glimpse into the flurry of life that surrounds the act of theater making. David Zinn (sets), Justin Townsend (lights), Bray Poor (sound), Ásta Bennie Hostetter (costumes), George Hoffmann & Greg Kozatek (props); and Amanda Spooner (production stage manager).
The 39 Steps
Union Square Theater 100 East 17th Street
. The play that proved its durability back in 2008, moving to 2 Broadway houses and the at New World Stages, will be back this Spring. The producer of this latest incarnation of the spoof on the 1935 Hitchcock film with eye-popping multiple role playing, hopes to make it a standard part of the New York entertainment scene (think Stomp and Blue Man Group) Audiences have had plenty of chances to sample this particular dish, a spoof of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, but Mr. Denoff predicted a healthy, and with the original cast in place. In April for an open run. Links to our various previous reviews.
Tuesdays At Tesco's
59 East 59th Street
English version of M oliere play written by Emmanuel Darley; adapted and translated by Matthew Hurt and Sarah Vermande; and directed by Simon Stokes. Starring Simmon Callow and Conor Mitchell. What it's about: Every Tuesday, Pauline visits her elderly father to do household chores and take him to the supermarket. Desperate to connect with her father between the aisles and in line for the checkout, Pauline is met with gruff disrespect and embarrassment. For her father much preferred things when his daughter used to be his son, Paul. From 5/14/15; opening ; closing 6/07/15; Tuesday to Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; and Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM.
Three Days To See
Transport Group at Theatre 79,79 East 4 Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue
A performance piece conceived and directed by Jack Cummings III. From 7/12/15; closing 8/16/15. Cast: Ito Aghayere, Patrick Boll, Marc De La Cruz, Theresa McCarthy, Chinaza Uche, Barbara Walsh and Zoe Wilson. What it's about: Based on the words of Helen Keller this explore what remains when the senses fail and who you become by a tad unhinged company of actors as they shatter the stereotypes at the heart of the legacy of one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th Century.
The Twentieth-Century Way
Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre 224 Waverly Place
Tom Jacobson's two-person play about homosexual entrapment in Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th century. Directed by Michael Michetti, and starring Will Bradley and Robert Mammana. From 5/28/15; opening 6/13/15; closing 7/19/15. What it's about: Explores the collision of reality and fantasy as two actors juggle various roles to entrap homosexuals for "social vagrancy" in the public restrooms of 1914 Long Beach. But are they actually entrapping each other? This was as a sensation at the 2010 NY International Fringe Festival, winning Overall Excellence in Production of a Play. $10-$50. Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., Sundays at 3:00 p.m., Mondays at 8:00 p.m.
Fiasco Theater with Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn www.tfana.org
Shakespeare in a bare bones production, directed by Jessie Austrian & Ben Steinfeld. From 4/24/15; opening 4/30/15; closing 6/20/15. Jessie Austrian co-directs and plays Julia, Noah Brody is Proteus, Paul L. Coffey is Speed, Zachary Fine is Valentine, Andy Grotelueschen plays both Lance and the Duke, and Emily Young is Lucetta and Sylvia.Sets by Derek McLane, costumes by Whitney Locher, and lighting by Tim Cryan. The vocal coach is Andrew Wade, the dramaturg is Jonathan Kalb, and the production stage manager is Shane Schnetzler. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm. There are three Sunday evening performances at 7:30pm on April 26, May 3, and May 24. There is no 2:00pm matinee on Saturday, April 25 or Sunday, April 26. There is no performance on Tuesday, May 5, Wednesday, May 6, or Wednesday, May 13. The opening night performance on Thursday, April 30 begins at 7:00pm. Our Review
Ugly Lies the Bone
Roundabout Undergroun Black Box Theatre Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 West 46th Street.
World premiere by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Patricia McGregor From 9/10/15. What it's about: Newly discharged soldier Jess has finally returned to her Florida hometown. She brings with her not only vivid memories of her three tours in Afghanistan, but painful burns that have left her physically and emotionally scarred. Jess soon realizes that things at home have changed even more than she has. Through the use of virtual reality video game therapy, she builds a new world where she can escape her pain. As Jess advances farther in the game, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself. Roundabout Underground is an initiative showcases new plays that will either give a debut production to an emerging writer or director or allow an experienced director to go back to his/her creative roots and for audiences to see the play for just $20 General Admission in the 62-seat theater.
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
The Way We Get By
Second Stage W. 43rd Street
World premiere by by Neil Labute, directed by Leigh Silverman with Thomas Sadoski And Amanda Seyfried. From 4/28/15; opening 5/19/15; closing 6/21/15. Running Time: 90 Minutes, no intermission. What it's about: Beth and Doug have no problems getting dates with their partners of choice. What they do have, however, is a very awkward encounter after spending one hot night together following a drunken wedding reception they attend. They wake up to a blurry morning where the rules of attraction, sex and society are waiting for them before their first cup of coffee, which leads them to ponder how much they really know about each other and how much they really care about what other people think. Our Review
The Irish Repertory Theatre at the DR2 Theatre, 103 East 15th Street in Union Square www.irishrep.org.
Revivial of Cieran O'Reillys prodution of Conor McPherson's play. From 6/30/15; opening 7/09/15; closing 8/23/15. Cast ;Sean Gormley (Finbar), John Keating (Jim), and Paul O'Brien (Jack), all seen in the 2013 production. Joining them in the cast this summer will be Tim Ruddy (Brendan); as well as Amanda Quaid (June 30 – July 19), followed by Mary McCann (July 21- August 23) as Valerie. Set design by Charlie Corcoran; lighting design by Michael Gottlieb; costume design by Leon Dobkowski; and sound design by Drew Levy. Tickets begin at $71. For more about the show, see our review of the original production in 2013 .
Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street
1983 A.R. Gurney comedy, directed. Cast: Pico Alexander (Ted, Juliet Brett (Bonny), Noah Galvin (Charlie), Carolyn McCormick (Grace), Kate McGonigle (Elsie), Kristine Nielsen (Anna Trumbull). What it's about: With her husband overseas near the end of World War II, Grace fights to save the splintering bonds of her family by taking her teenage son and daughter to spend the summer on Lake Erie. When her son takes up with the town outcast, the entire family must confront the expectations of a society that holds conformity in the highest regard. Grace finds that her attempt to restore normalcy may have only fractured their relationships further.Michael Yeargan (Scenic Design), Claudia Brown (Costume Design), Brian Aldous (Lighting Design), Janie Bullard (Sound Design), John Narun (Projection Design). Donald Fried, Stage Manager. Running Time: Approx 2 hours with intermission. From 4/28/15; opening 5/17/15; closing 6/07/15.Tuesday - Friday at 7:30PM Saturday & Sunday at 2PM Wednesday matinees May 20, May 27 & June 3 at 2PM Sunday evening: May 3 7:30PM. Our Review
When This You& remember Me & Composition…Master-Pieces. . .Identity & This You Remember Me
Target Margin at the Connelly Theater 220 East 4th Street
Composition runs in tandem with Gertrude Stein's solo play performed by David Greenspan From 5/27/15; opening 6/1/15; closing 6/22. Tickets $15,before 6/1/15, then $25.