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Accidentally Brave
Daryl Roth Theater 103 E. 15th St.

Running time: 1 hr. and 30 min. Written and performed by Maddie Corman,directed by Kristin Han. From 3/11/19; opening 3/25/19; closing 7/14/19. What it's about: Solo by actress Corman about surviving her husband's arrest and probation for on child pornogaphy involvement.

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


Barabbas
Theater for the New City 155 First Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets
>World premiere by Will T.F. Carter., directed by Eduardo Machado. From 6/20/1; opening 6/27/19; closing 7/14/19.Cast: Gypsi Aponte, Mateo d'Amato, Nikki Valdez, and Anwar Wolf.. Mark Marcante (scenic design), Alex Bartenieff (lighting design), Kat Anick-Jenkins (costume design), and David Margolin Lawson (sound design). Daniel Benhamu will serve as Fight Choreographer. What it's about: Based on the literary figure, of the same name, mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible in which he was chosen by the crowd, over Jesus Christ, to be released in a customary pardon before the feast of Passover. This play adapts this parable to be set in a 2021 Lima, Peru prison cell in which BARA, a bright young lawyer who has been accepting bribes, is thrown into prison with another political criminal and whistleblower, Jesus. The play mirrors political criminality happening all over the world drawing parallels to corruption in Latin America and the United States.

The Book Of Merman
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46th Street 212-239-6200
New premiere of musical comedy with book by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro, directed by Joe Langworth. From 10/05/18; opening 10/21/18; closing. What it's about: Two Mormon missionaries ring the doorbell of Ethel Merman Broadway's iconic leading lady, as played by Carly Sakolove. Cast besides Sakolove: Chad Burris as Elder Braithwaite, Casey Martin Klein and Julie Sommer. Scenic and lighting design by Josh Iacovelli, costume design by Pablo Borges, wig design by Bobbie Pinz, and sound design by Raymond Schilke. Plays Wednesdays at 8pm, Thursdays 7pm, Saturdays 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

A Bright Room Called Day
Public Theater
First major revival of play by Tony Kushner, directed by Oskar Eustis. From 10/29/19; opening 11/19/19; closing 12/08/19. Initial casting includes Jonathan Hadary (Xillah), Linda Emond (Annabella Gotchling), and Estelle Parsons (Die Alte). What it's about: new version of his first play in 1985 takes a new look at the vulnerability of American democracy.

Brits Off Broadway
59e59Thaters
The annual festival from 4/16/19; closing 6/30/19. April 16 – May 12INSTRUCTIONS FOR AMERICAN SERVICEMEN IN BRITAIN. . .April 18 – May 12 KILLING TIME. . .April 25 – May 25 CAROLINE'S KITCHEN. . .May 14 – June 9 FERAL. . .May 14 – June 2 POSTING LETTERS TO THE MOON. . . June 2 – June 30 HANDBAGGED by Moira Buffini; directed by Indhu Rubasingham. . .June 5 – June 30 SQUARE . . .June 11 – June 29 JULIE MADLY DEEPLY. See 59e59org. for details about creators, directors, actors and content.


Coriolanus
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park
The second show of The Public’s 2019 Free Shakespeare in the Park season,directed by Daniel Sullivan. From 7/16/19; opening 8/05/19; closing 8/11/19. Cast: Teagle F. Bougere (Menenius Agrippa), Kate Burton (Volumnia), Jonathan Cake (Caius Martius Coriolanus), Louis Cancelmi (Tullus Aufidius), Gregory Connors (Ensemble), Darryl Gene Daughtry, Jr. (Ensemble), Biko Eisen-Martin (Ensemble), Bree Elrod (Ensemble), Christopher Ghaffari (Titus Lartius), Enid Graham (Junius Brutus), Christopher Ryan Grant (Ensemble), Emeka Guindo (Young Martius), Jonathan Hadary (Sicinius Velutus), Suzannah Herschkowitz (Ensemble), Thomas Kopache (First Senator), Tyler La Marr (Ensemble), L’Oreál Lampley (Ensemble), Jack LeGoff (Ensemble), Louis Reyes McWilliams (Ensemble), Max Gordon Moore (First Citizen), Maria Mukuka (Ensemble), Tom Nelis (Cominius), Nneka Okafor (Virgilia), Sebastian Roy (Ensemble), Ali Skamangas (Ensemble), and Amelia Workman (Valeria) Scenic design by Beowulf Boritt; costume design by Kaye Voyce; lighting design by Japhy Weideman; sound design by Jessica Paz; music composition by Dan Moses Schreier, and fight direction by Steve Rankin. What it's about: Modern version of Shakepeare's blistering drama about a general voted into power by a populace hungry for change, and the unraveling that follows

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Dust
New York Theatre Workshop's New Door at 79 East 4th Street
From 8/29/19; closing 9/28/19. A woman suicide leaves her stuck, a fly on the wall forced to watch the aftermath of her suicide and its ripple effect on her family. She quickly learns that death changes people and isn't the change she hoped for.Design by Anna Reid, lightingby Jack Weir, and sound by Max Perryment.

Dying City
Second Stage Theater/Tony Kiser Theater
From 5/14/19; opening 6/04/19/closing 6/30/19. Christopher Shinn directs his own play. Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Colin Woodell. What it's about: In a spare Manhattan apartment, a young widow receives an unexpected visit from the twin brother of her deceased husband-- an exploration of the human fallout of global events, including the Iraq War and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, through the interwoven stories of three characters. Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes. Review


Enter Laughing
York Theater Company
From 5/07/19; opening 5/16/19; closing 6/16/19. Revival of 2008 show for the company's 50th Anniversary. The show is based on Carl Reiner’s semi-autobiographical novel and Joseph Stein’s stage adaptation, the musical follows the misadventures of star-struck, stage-struck, woman-struck teenager David Kolowitz in 1930s New York City. Our Review
 


Fairview
Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center
In case you missed this year's Pulitzer winner, it's getting another run in Brooklyn where it reopens playing from 6/02/19; officially reopening 6/16/19; closing 7/28/19. Playwright: Jackie Sibblies Drury.Director: Sarah Benson.Choreographer: Raja Feather Kelly. Cast: MaYaa Boateng, Charles Browning, Hannah Cabell, Natalia Payne, Jed Resnick, Luke Robertson, Roslyn Ruff, and Heather Alicia Simms. What it's about: The Frasier family hasn't been the same since Braden died, and Beverly needs this dinner to be perfect. But the silverware's wrong, the radio's on the fritz, Keisha is late, Jasmine is drinking, Dayton isn't helping, and Mama won't come downstairs.

Fiddler on the Roof
Theater 42
The often revived production moved uptown on 2/11/19, opening 2/21/09; closing 9/01/19 Same cast, director and creative team. Our Review

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/when The Rainbow Is Enuf
Public Theater
revival of groundbreaking 1976 play by Ntozake Shange. Choreography by Camille A. Brown. Directed by Leah C. Gardiner. From 10/08/19; opening 10/22/19; closing 11/17/19. What it's about: Tells the stories of seven women of color using poetry, song, and movement.

Fringe Deaths
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46th Street
A noir play with music chronicling the tragic deaths of four American celebrities written and directed by playwright/journalist Rider McDowell. From 6/28/19; opening 7/26/19; open ended. Run time: 90 minutes. What it's about: The death's dramatizes are George "Superman" Reeves, Jack Ruby, Barbara Payton, and Carl Switzer. Cast: Tiffan Borelli as Payton, Alec Hynes as Switzer, Neil Vincent Smith as Reeves, and Scott Zimmerman as Ruby. 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 Green Room
The American Theatre Of Actors 314 West 54th Street
From 9/25/18; opening 9/27/19; closing 10/26/19.
Book by Jessica Newman, music and lyrics by Chuck Pelletier, directed by Jessica Jennings. Journey of four best friends in college determined to make it out of the Green Room and onto the off-Broadway stage. What it's about: John, Cliff, Anna, and Divonne live out their complicated lives in the green room of their college theater department. Running Time:1 hr 30min with 1 intermission.




Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven
Atlantic's Linda Gross Theater
World premiere by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by John Ortiz both of LAByrinth Theater Company which is co-producing. From 11/14/19; opening 12/09/19; closin 12/22/19. What it's about: The harrowing, humorous, and heartbreaking inner workings of a women's halfway house in New York City.

Happy Talk
New Group at Pershing Square Signature Center, Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street
World premiere by Jesse Eisenberg. Directed by Scott Elliott. Cast: Marin Ireland (Ljuba), Tedra Millan (Jenny), Daniel Oreskes (Bill), Nico Santos (Ronny) and Susan Sarandon (Lorraine). Scenic Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Clint Ramos, Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter and Sound Design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. From 4/30/19; opening 5/16/19; closing 6/16/19. What it's about: Lorraine (Susan Sarandon) is a saint of the suburbs. On top of trying to save her dying mother, miserable husband and estranged daughter, she's starring as Bloody Mary in the Jewish Community Center production of South Pacific. When her mother's home aide, Serbian immigrant Ljuba (Marin Ireland), asks for help finding a husband, Lorraine takes on her most challenging role to date: matchmaker. Scenic Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Clint Ramos, Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter and Sound Design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.
Our Review
 

 

Jersey Boys
New World Stages 340 West 50th Street 212-239-6200.
The long running Broadway hit returns to the Off-Broaway location that's given a long-running 2nd life in a smaller, setting. Cast: Aaron De Jesus as Frankie Valli, Nicolas Dromard as Tommy DeVito, Mark Edwards as Nick Massi and Cory Jeacoma as Bob Gaudio Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design), Michael Clark (Projection Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig & Hair Design), Steve Rankin (Fight Director). From 11/22/17.




Last Man Club
Axis Company, One Sheridan Square just off 7th Avenue (accessible from the 1/9 train at Christopher Street or the A/B/C/D/E/F/M at West 4th Street) www.axiscompany.org or 212.352.3101.

This return engagement celebrates Axis's 20th anniversary. It's written and directed by Axis Artistic Director Randy Sharp and will play from 6/05/19 to 6/28/19. What it's about: As news stories about the acceleration of climate change and its human toll break daily, the productiontakes audiences to the Dust Bowl where from 1930-1939, the Great American Desert of the Texas and Oklahoma plains were destroyed. Many refused to leave their dust-covered farms, even after all the animals died and they were eating bitter roots to survive. The play follows one of the families who stayed. With no one else around for a hundred miles, Major's family lives in a one room dugout as he tries to reconcile himself to the fact that his own kin has taken the money and run. Cast: Spencer Aste, Brian Barnhart, George Demas, Britt Genelin, Jon McCormick, and Lynn Mancinelli. Marc Palmieri (Dramaturg), Chad Yarborough (Set Designer), Karl Ruckdeschel (Costume Designer), David Zeffren (Lighting Designer), Steve Fontaine (Original Sound Designer), Paul Carbonara (Composer, Sound Designer), Lynn Mancinelli (Props Designer), and Amy Harper (Assistant Lighting Designer). Performances: Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8pm, with an added performance on Monday, June 24, at 8pm. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors/students, and $10 for artists and people under 30. All performances are FREE (with advance reservations) for veterans and active U.S. service members and their families.

Life Sucks
Acorn 410 West 42nd Street
A comedy by Aaron Posner. From 6/04/19; opens 6/16/19. Cast: Nadia Bowers as Ella, Kimberly Chatterjee as Sonia, Kevin Isola as Vanya, Barbara Kingsley as Babs, Stacey Linnartz as Pickles, Austin Pendleton as The Professor, and Michael Schantz as Dr. Aster. What it's about: A contemporary remix of Uncle Vanya. Egos clash, hearts hunger, and souls cry out for meaning in this reimagining of Chekhov's classic.Directed by Jeff Wise. Set design by Brittany Vasta, costume design by Christopher Metzger, lighting design by Drew Florida, and sound design by Mark Van Hare.
Our Review
 

Little Women
Primary Stages at Cherry Lane
From 5/15/19; opening 6/04/19. Adapted by Kate Hamill, directed by Sarna Lapine. Cast: Paola Sanchez Abreu, Megan Byrne, Michael Crane, Kate Hamill, Ellen Harvey, John Lenartz, Kristolyn Lloyd, Andrew Long, Nate Mann, Maria Elena Ramirez, and Carmen Zilles. What it's about: Jo March doesn't want to be like other girls; in fact, she's not even sure that she wants to be a girl. Jo is ambitious, rough around the edges, headstrong, and yearns for a future she can't yet articulate. As the nation is torn apart by civil war, Jo and her sisters struggle with what it means to grow up. Gender roles, political beliefs, poverty, and even love itself threaten to break family ties, as the March sisters try to reconcile their identities with society's demands. How do you stay true to yourself when the world wants you to become a perfect little woman? review.

Lizzie
Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street
Music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner with a book by Tim Maner, directed by Victoria Bussert, with choreography by Jaclyn Miller.From 7/19/19; opening 8/05/19; closing 9/29/19. What it' about: Lizzie Borden telling Carrie Cimma (Bridget), Shannon O'Boyle (Lizzie), Ciara Renée (Alice) and Eden Espinosa (Emma). Shoko Kambara (scenic design), Charlotte Yetman (costume design), Greg Hofmann (lighting design), Alex Hawthorn (sound design), Alan Stevens Hewitt (orchestrations), and Julie McBride (musical direction).

Long Lost
Manhattan Theatre Club StageI at City Center
New York premiere by Donald Margulies and directed by Dan Sullivan. Cast: Kelly AuCoin, Annie Parisse, and Alex Wolff. What it's about: About the limits of compassion and filial obligation. When troubled Billy appears out-of-the-blue in his estranged brother David's Wall Street office, he soon tries to re-insert himself into the comfortable life David has built with his philanthropist wife and college-age son. What does Billy really want? Can he be trusted? And how much can family bonds smooth over past rifts? John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Toni-Leslie James (costume design), Kenneth Posner (lighting design), and Daniel Kluger (original music and sound design). From 5/14/19;openng 6/04/19l closing . Our Review
 
L.O.V.E.R.
Pershing Square Signature Center's Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre 480 West 42nd Street
NY premiere of comedy written and performed by Lois Robbins and directed by Karen Carpenter. From 8/21/19; opening 9/08/19; closing 11/02/19. What it's about: Everyone remembers their first kiss…and second. . . and maybe their fifth-0 in this case one woman sharing her own experience of what has gone behind her closed doors. Scenic design by Jo Winiarski, lighting design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew and sound design by Jane Shaw.Tues, Thurs, Friday at 7:30pm; wed Sat, Sun at 2pm; Sat at 8pm. Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission. This is not a Signature production.


Make Believe
Second Stage Tony Kiser Theater 305 West 43rd Street
New York premiere by Bess Wohl and directed by Michael Greif. Cast: Kim Fischer, Susannah Flood, Ryan Foust, Harrison Fox, Maren Heary, Brad Heberlee,Samantha Mathis, with more casting at a later date. When does real life collide with make believe? For the four Conlee kids, ages 5 to 10, playing house is no longer a game when their parents inexplicably disappear. Thirty-two years later, their search for answers continues. From 7/30/19; opening 8/15/19l closing 9/15/19. Wohl's cartoon like comedy played previously at Hartford Stage.

The Michaels
Public Theater
World Premiere of another family dining and talking play, written and directed by Richard Nelson. From 10/19/19; opening 10/27/19; closing 11/17/19. Cast: Charlotte Bydwell (Lucy Michael), Haviland Morris (Irenie Walker), Maryann Plunkett (Kate Harris), Matilda Sakamoto (May Mary Jane Smith), Jay O. Sanders (David Michael), Brenda Wehle (Rose Michael), and Rita Wolf (Sally Michael). What it's about: Nelson places the audience directly into the kitchen of Rose Michael, a celebrated choreographer. Dinner is cooked, modern dances are rehearsed, and the meal is eaten—all amidst conversations about art, death, family, dance, politics, the state of America, and how the world sees our country...and a host of everyday questions that make up the richness of ordinary life.

Mojada
Public Theater's LuEsther Hall.
New York premiere of play written by Luis Alfaro and directed by Chay Yew. From 7/02/19; opening 7/17/19p; closing 8/11/19.Cast: Vanessa Aspillaga (Josefina), Alex Hernandez (Jason), Ada Maris (Armida), Benjamin Luis McCracken (Acan), Socorro Santiago (Tita), and Sabina Zúñiga Varela (Medea). What it's about: Drama about love, immigration, and sacrifice, inspired by the Ancient Greek story of Medea; combines ancient storytelling with the most pressing issues facing our country today, following a young Mexican mother who gives up everything to bring her son to America, only to find America demands even more. Scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado; costume design by Haydee Zelideth; lighting design by David Weiner; sound design by Mikhail Fiksel; projection design by Stephen Mazurek; and fight direction by UnkleDave’s Fight-House. For details, check out our review of the Los Angele production

Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space 511 West 52nd Street
New York premiere of Halley Feiffer's take on Chekhov's Three Sisters, directed by Trip Cullman. Cast: Steven Boyer, Tavi Gevinson, Sas Goldberg,Rebecca Henderson, Greg Hildreth, Matthew Jeffers, Gene Jones, Alfredo Narciso,, Ryan Spahn, and Ray Anthony Thomas. Scenic design by Mark Wendland, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Darron L West and Stage Manager is Lori Ann Zepp. From 6/26/18; opening 7/18/19; closing 8/03/19. What it's about: Halley Feiffer’s contemporary reimagining we follow the joys and heartbreaks of one lovably dysfunctional family over the course of several pivotal years in a world that proves to be eerily similar to the one we live in today. Directed by Trip Cullman, this new comedy tackles the absurdity of the privileged class and the power of love in a fresh twist on a classic tale that reveals itself to be far more relevant, than like, ever before. Presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival where it premiered in 2017 (review) That production has no doubt been fine tunned for its New York Premiere.

The Mountains Look Different
The Mint at Theatre Row 410 West 42nd Street
American premiere by Micheal mac Liammoir. From 5/30; opening 6/20/19; closing 7/14/19. What it's about: After a dozen hard years working the streets of London, Bairbre is returning home to Ireland. Three days ago, she married Tom who knows nothin's 's father on his farm and live a simple life, far from the temptations and torments of the sinful city. But it's not easy to escape your past, even among the rocks and ruins of the mountainside.The play stoked controversy in conservative Dublin in 1948. Aidan Redmond directs. Cast: Ciaran Byrne, Liam Forde, McKenna Harrington, Con Horgan, Cynthia Mace, Daniel Marconi, Brenda Meaney, Paul O'Brien, Jesse Pennington.

Much Ado About Nothing
The Public Theater/Delacorte Theater
From 5/21/19; opening amar Brathwaite (Ensemble), 6/11/19; closing 6/22/19. Modern production directed by Kenny Leon.Cast:Jamar Brathwaite (Ensemble), Brooks (Beatrice), Coleman (Benedick), Chuck Cooper (Leonato), Javen Crosby (Ensemble), Denzel Fields (Ensemble), Jeremie Harris (Claudio), Tayler Harris (Ensemble), Erik Laray Harvey (Antonio, Verges), Kai Heath (Ensemble), Daniel Croix Henderson (Balthasar), Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Friar Francis, Sexton), Tiffany Denise Hobbs (Ursula), Lateefah Holder (Dogberry), LaWanda Hopkins (Dancer), Billy Eugene Jones (Don Pedro), Margaret Odette (Hero), Hubert Point-Du Jour (Don John), Jaime Lincoln Smith (Borachio), Jazmine Stewart (Ensemble), Khiry Walker (Conrade, Ensemble), Olivia Washington (Margaret), and Latra A. Wilson (Dancer).
Running Tim e:2 hours and 20 minutes with a 20 minute intermission Our Review
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Nomad Motel
Atlantic Theater Stage 2 at 330 w. 16th Street
Play by Carla Ching, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. From 5/22/19; opening 6/03/19; closing 6/23/19. Cast: Ian Duff, Molly Griggs, Christopher Larkin, Samantha Mathis and Andrew Pang. What it's about: In the not-so-sunny side of California, Alix bounces between motel rooms, taking care of her brothers for her mostly MIA mother. Her classmate Mason is a budding songwriter trying to keep off the radar of his absent father in Hong Kong. Together, they must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams. Nomad Motel is a tale of kids raising themselves and making something out of nothing in the land of plenty. Scenic design by Yu-Hsuan Chen, costume design by Loren Shaw, lighting design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, sound design and original compositions by Emily Gardner Xu Hall, fight direction by Ryan-James Hatanaka, dialect coaching by Joy Lanceta Coronel.
Our Review
 



Octet
Pershing Square Signature Center
>World-premiere musical by Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), directed by Annie Tippe (Ghost Quartet). Features score for an a cappella chamber choir and an original libretto inspired by internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry, this explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of 21st-century technology. Cast: Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, Kuhoo Verma, Jonathan Christopher, and Nicole Weiss. From 4/30/19; opening 5/19/19; closing 6/23/19. Our Review
 
God in the world premiere of Only Human
Theatre at St. Clements 423 West 46th Street
A new pop rock musical. From 10/08/19; opening 10/21/19; closing 1/05/20. Book by Jess Carson, and music and lyrics by Mike Squillante, based on a story by Jesse Murphy and Mike Squillante.Cast Gary Busey, others TBA. Choreographed by Josue Jasmin and directed by NJ Agwuna. Music director is Adrià Barbosa. Scenic design by Andrew Moerdyk, costume design by Avery Reed, and lighting design by Eric Norbury.


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

The Play That Goes Wrong
New World Stages W. 50th Street
After a much-extended run at Broadway's Lyceium this madcap comedy will like so many other hits extend its life at the New World 2/11/19; opening 2/20/19. It will be directed Off-Broadway by Matt DiCarlo. Cast: Ryan Vincent Anderson, Brent Bateman, Bartley Booz, Matt Harrington, Bianca Horn, Chris Lanceley, Ashley Reyes, and Matt Walker; also features Damien Brett, Adam Daveline, Simone Policano, and Maggie Weston. For what it's about: See Our Review
 
Public Servant
Clurman Theatre @ Theatre Row
. From 5/25/19; opening 6/06/19; 6/29/19. Play by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Geordie Broadwater. Cast: Chris Henry Coffey, Christine Bruno, and Anna Lentz. What it's about: Ed who has been newly elected as County Commissioner is one of the good ones. With his impressionable daughter Hannah by his side, he is going to change the world - or at least his little corner of it. Meanwhile, all world-weary Miriam needs is for a city inspector to sign off on some paperwork. Disillusioned with the system but desperate, she turns to Ed for help with what should be a simple request. But in the world of politics, is anything ever easy.

Proof of Love
Audible at the Minetta Lane Theatre
Chisa Hutchinson scrpt,Performed by Suzanne Douglas. From 5/07/19; opening 5/14/19. What it's about: Constance thought she had a happy life and a loving husband. Suddenly, a tragic accident splinters her upper-class black family—and forces Constance to face uncomfortable truths about her marriage and herself. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7PM; Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8PM; Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2PM; and Sundays at 3PM. A collaboration with New York Theater Workshop.



 
Reborning
SoHo Rep 15 Van Dam Street
Dark comedy by Zayd Dohrn. Cast: Emily Bett Rickards, Paul Piaskowski, and Lori Triolo 0) who also directs. From 7/05/19; opening 7/12/19; closing 8/03/19.


  Scotland, PA
Roundabout Laura Pels 111 West 46th Street
World premiere musical with Book by Michael Mitnick and Music & Lyrics by Adam Gwon, directed by Lonny Price and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Gwon's Ordinary Days also premiered at the Roundabout (review) From 9/1/19; opening 10/15/19; closing. Cast: TBA. What it's about: In Scotland, PA, revenge is a dish best served with fries. This deliciously dark new musical comedy, based on the cult film (and the bard's Macbeth), springs to life in a sleepy Pennsylvania town (population 1,203—and dropping), where a burger-joint manager and his wife cook up a plan to super-size their lives. As their ambitions grow and the bodies fall, the couple finds out just how far they'll go for a taste of the oh-so-tempting American dream.

The Secret Life of Bees
Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater 336 West 20th Stree Theater
Book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, music by Tony and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik, lyrics by Drama Desk winner Susan Birkenhead, directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold, and based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd. From 5/12/19; opening 6/13/19; closing 7/14/19). Cast: Romelda Teron Benjamin, Joe Cassidy, Vita E. Cleveland, Eisa Davis, Matt DeAngelis, Manoel Felciano, Brett Gray, Jai'Len Christine Li Josey, Anastacia McCleskey, Saycon Sengbloh, Nathaniel Stampley and Elizabeth Teeter. What it's about: South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a restless white teenager, struggles with her merciless father and the haunting memory of her mother's death. When Rosaleen, her black caregiver, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily's rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerizing world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship and healing. Choreography by Chris Walker, scenic design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, puppets by AchesonWalsh Studios, musical direction by Jason Hart, music contraction by Antoine Silverman, orchestrations by Duncan Sheik and John Clancy, incidental music orchestrations by Duncan Sheik, hair and makeup design by Cookie Jordan, fight direction by UnkleDave's Fight House, dialects by Dawn-Elin Fraser. Tuesday at 7:00pm, Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm. Sunday evening performances at 7:00pm on 5/12, 5/19, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16 Monday evening performance at 7:00pm on 5/13, 7/1 Wednesday afternoon performances at 2:00pm on 6/19, 6/26. Our Review


Sincerely Oscar
Acorn Theater at Theater Row
A New Musical Oscar Hammerstein with book By Doreen Taylor, directed By Dugg Mcdonough. From 3/27/19; opening 4/04/19; closing 6/27/19. Cast: Azudi Onyejekwe. Doreen Taylor. What it's about: Explores his life and songs and utilizes state-of-the-art 3D holographic technology called IceMagic, with its imagery often referred to as a hologram. Scenic design by Jason Simms, lighting design by David Pedemonti, costume design by Dawna O, and projection design by Brittany Merenda. Wednesday and Thursdays at at 2PM and 7PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 2:00PM and 8PM, and Sunday at 3PM. Running Time: 90 minutes. Wednesday at 2PM and 7PM, Thursday at 2PM and 7PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 2PM and 8PM, and Sunday at 3PM.

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



Soft Power
Public Theater
New York Premiere. Book & Lyrics by David Henry Hwang. Music & Additional Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori. Choreography by Sam Pinkleton. Directed by Leigh Silverman. From 9/24/19; opening ;closing 11/03/19.Cast so far: Billy Bustamante (Xue Xing Standby), Kendyl Ito (Jing/Ensemble), Francis Jue (DHH), Austin Ku (Bobby Bob), Raymond J. Lee (Randy Ray/VEEP/Ensemble), Alyse Alan Louis (Zoe/Hillary), Jaygee Macapugay (Campaign Manager/Ensemble), Daniel May (Ensemble), Paul HeeSang Miller (Ensemble), Geena Quintos (Ensemble), Conrad Ricamora (Xue Xing), Trevor Salter (Ensemble), Kyra Smith (Ensemble), Emily Stillings (Female Swing), Emily Trumble (Zoe/Hillary Understudy), and John Yi (Male Swing). What it's about: an exploration of America's current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China's point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. A fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all—why do we love democracy? And should we? To read our Evan Henerson's review of the LA premiere go here

Something Clean
Roundabout Black Box Theatre

From 5/04/19; opening 5/30/19; closing 6/30/19. Play by Selina Fillinger, directed by Margot Bordelon. Cast: Kathryn Erbe, Daniel Jenkins, and Christopher Livingston. What it's about: Wash the dishes. Mop the floors. Change the sheets. Change the past. Charlotte is a wife and mother who'll try anything to put her family back together in aftermath of a crime. Running Time: 80 minutes.

Stomp
Orpheum, 126 Second Ave (7th-8th St.), 477-3477.

An eight-member music troupe that uses low-cost, everyday object instruments to create high-energy rhythms. An off-Broadway, all-audience,long-running hit (opened 2/27/94). Our Review

A Strange Loop
Playwright Horizon Main Stage
World premiere by Playwrights Horizons, in association with Page 73

Musical by Michael R. Jackson, directed by Stephen Brackett, choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly. From 5/24/19; opening 6/17/19; closing 7/07/19. What it's about: Takes audience inside the head of a black queer Artist. The Cast: Antwayn Hopper, James Jackson, Jr., L Morgan Lee, John-Michael Lyles, John-Andrew Morrison, Larry Owens, and Jason Veasey as The Thoughts. This involved from a solo piece into this collaborative format.. Tuesdays and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 and 8 PM, and Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30 PM..

Summer Shorts 2019
59E59 www.59e59.org.
This annual series featuring sixe one-acts in rotating repertory of three each performance, returs. from 7/19/19; closing 8/31/19. Tuesday - Friday at 7:15 PM; Saturday & Sunday at 2:15 PM and 7:15 PM. Featured playwrights: Courtney Baron, Nancy Bleemer, Neil LaBute, Nick Payne, Danielle Trzcinski, and Sharr White. For full details about plays, casting and more, check the website.

Sunday
Atlantic Theater's Linda Gross Theater
World Premiere Play by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), directed by Lee Sunday Evans. From 9/05/19; opening 9/23/19; closing 10/13/19. What it's abot: There is a moment when you want to look ahead to the future, but the past is eating you whole. In Sunday, friends gather for a book group, anxious to prove their intellectual worth, but that anxiety gets the better of any actual discussion as emotional truths come pouring out.




Toni Stone
Roundabout Theatre Company/Laura Pels Theatre
From 5/23/19; opening 6/20/19.Play by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Pam MacKinnon. Cast: April Matthis, Eric Berryman, Harvy Blanks, Phillip James Brannon, Daniel J. Bryant, Jonathan Burke, Toney Goins, Kenn E. Head, and Ezra Knight. What it's about: Toni Stone is an encyclopedia of baseball stats. She's got a great arm. And she doesn't understand why she can't play with the boys. Featuring a bullpen of players crossing age, race and gender to portray all supporting roles,Toni Stone is about staying in the game, playing hard, playing smart and playing your own way.

Two's a Crowd
59E59St
A musical with a book by Rita Rudner (a Saturday Night Live icon who died too young) and Martin Bergman, music and lyrics by Jason Feddy, and direction by Mr. Bergman. From 7/13/19; opening 7/21/19; closing 8/25/19. July 13 for a limited engagement through Sunday. Tuesday – Friday at 7 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 7 PM; and Sunday at 2 PM. Added performance n Sunday, July 14 at 7 PM. The running time is 85 minutes, no intermission. What it's about: They say opposites attract. They haven’t met Tom and Wendy. Forced together by a computer error, freewheeling Tom and uptight Wendy do their best to ruin each other’s vacations. But the bright lights of Vegas might just convince them to take a chance on the happiness they both gave up on long ago.Cast: Kelly Holden Bashar, Brian Lohmann and Robert Yacko. Set and lighting design by Tessa Bookwalter, sound designs by Jonathan Burke.


Underground Railroad Game
Ars Nova at Greenwich House
From 5/30/19; opening 5/30/19; closing 6/29/19. Creators: Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard. Director: Taibi Magar Cast: Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard. What it's about: Good morning, America! Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where a pair of teachers are getting down and dirty with today's lesson. The nimble duo goes round after round on the mat of our nation's history, tackling race, sex and power in this R-rated, kaleidoscopic and fearless comedy.


Veil Widow Conspiracy
Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop 79 East 4th Street
World premiere of play by Gordon Dahlquist presented by NAATCO, National Asian American Theatre Company, and directed by Aneesha Kudtarkar. Cast: Edward Chin-Lyn, Kimiye Corwin, Bruce McKenzie, David Shih, James Seol, Karoline Xu, and Aaron Yoo. From 6/08; opening 6/15/19; closing 7/06/19. What it's Abut:. Nested versions of a story from 1922 Xinjiang in Western China in which a political murder mystery dramatized in a 2010 big budget Hollywood film, then amended via DVD extra interviews with the cast and crew, in censorship negotiations with the Chinese government, and finally by two lovers in a futuristic, dystopian Brooklyn, without the means to watch the film, one describing it to the other by memory in the dark.


we're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time
Public's LuEster Hall
David Cale's 90-minute musical memoir, written and performed by Cale, with music co-written with Matthew Dean Marsh. Directed by Robert Falls. From 6/13/19; opening 6/27/19; closing 7/14/19. What it's about: Growing up Cale escaped his parents' fraught marriage by singing in his bedroom and tending to birds in his backyard animal hospital. Lush songs, featuring a six-piece orchestra, and an intimate portrait of his mother unite in this memoir of hope, family, and transcendence.


Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom
Irish Repertory Theatre at the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre, 132 W. 22nd Street
An adaptation by Aedin Moloney and Colum McCann of "Penelope" from James Joyce's novel Ulysses Directed by Kira Simring and starring Aedin Moloney From 6/07/19; opening 6/13/19; closing 7/07/19. Wednesdays at 3pm and 8pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm.Running time: 1 hour; 15 minutes with intermission.
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