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byElyse Sommer

The New Group will again present its shows at the Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street. Here's the lineup for staring Fall 2016:

Sweet Charity. Book by Neil Simon; Music by Cy Coleman; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Choreography by Joshua Bergasse. Directed by Leigh Silverman. Featuring Sutton Foster in the title role. Previews begin in November at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

Evening at the Talk House by Wallace Shawn. Directed by Scott Elliott. Casting to be announced. This U.S. premier begin January 2017, also at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre


Next up is a world premiere, All the Fine Boys written and directed by Erica Schmidt. It begins previews February 2017 in the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre 480 West 42nd Street.
The Whirligig by Hamish Linklater. Directed by Scott Elliott. This World Premiere production begins previews May 2017 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, Pershing Square Signature Centers.

The Parl Theatre Company will be presenting the following shows during its 2016-17 season: A revival of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey, directed by Austin Pendleton (September 6 – October 16). . . the U.S. premiere of Henrik Ibsen's Public Enemy, in a version by David Harrower, directed by Hal Brooks (September 29 – October 29). . .the world premiere of Kate Hamill's Vanity Fair, adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel, directed by Eric Tucker (March 24 – April 23). . .a revival of Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, directed by Hal Brooks (April 17 – May 13).
Free Shakespeare in Bryant Park.
The third season of FREE Shakespeare in the Parking lot will be conveniently located on the terrace terrace in back of the New York Public Library. This year's production is Much Ado About Nothing by the Drilling company from 5/19/16 to 6/14/16. The Bard's beloved comedy is set in the American Suffragette Movement of the 1920s. Performances are Thursdays at 9:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 PM. There's also one matinee Sunday May 29 at 3:00 PM. The unning time is 2 hours. For more information call 212-873-9050 or visit,, or The Drilling Company's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot ensemble opens the third season of Shakespeare performances in Bryant Park with "Much Ado about Nothing" set in the Post World War I Suffragette movement. This free production, directed by Hamilton Clancy, is one of three plays that is included in Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare and is offered from May 19 to June 4 on the Upper Terrace of Bryant Park, behind the New York Public Library.

Classic Stage
Classic Stage Companys 2016-17 season has announced incoming Artistic Director John Doyle's first season: First up this month Peer Gynt, then October, 2016- the world premiere of Dead Poets Society, based on the 1989 film, adapted and directed by Doyle. . . January,2017 - The Liar, a farce by David Ives based. . .April, 2017- a new production of Stephen Sondheim's ground-breaking musical Pacific Overtures, featuring a book by John Weidman, and directed by Doyle

Still to come from Brits Off Broadway: May 26- July 2 HERO'S WELCOME written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn with Stephen Billington, Elizabeth Boag, Russell Dixon, Evelyn Hoskins, Charlotte Harwood, and Richard Stacey. Seventeen years ago, Murray fled the neighborhood under somewhat of a cloud and certain local folk have long memories, not least Alice, the mayor, whom he left standing at the altar. Indeed few of his friends, once the welcome flags have stopped waving and the town band has ceased playing, seem particularly happy to see him back. Murray's declared intention of staying put and settling down with his new bride threatens to stir up all sorts of old rivalries and resentments. Suddenly the couple, in search of peace, find themselves once more in the firing line. The piece plays in rep with Ayckbourn's CONFUSIONS (May 28 - July 3) with same director and cast-- each play connects to the next through one of its characters until the final one is reached when four people sitting alone on a park benches. In Confusionsa devoted and isolated mother, to her unfaithful travelling salesman husband, through a solicitous waiter to well-heeled diners and an utterly shambolic garden fete, human frailty is laid bare as one situation after another unfolds.

The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has announced 10 Finalists for its prestigious playwriting award, the oldest and largest prize awarded to women playwrights The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has announced 10 Finalists for its prestigious playwriting award, the oldest and largest prize awarded to women playwrights. Chosen from over 150 nominated plays, the Finalists are: Sarah Burgess (U.S.)- Dry Powder; Rachel Cusk (U.K.)- Medea; Sarah DeLappe (U.S.)- The Wolves; Sam Holcroft (U.K.)- Rules for Living; Anna Jordan (U.K.)- Yen; Dominique Morisseau (U.S.)- Skeleton Crew; Lynn Nottage (U.S.)- Sweat; Suzan-Lori Parks (U.S.)- Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1,2 & 3); Bea Roberts (U.K)- And Then Come The Nightjars; Noni Stapleton (Ireland)- Charolais.

behind, and the value of a girl. Official opening night, March 21.

An Apple Family Sequel: THE GABRIELS: Election Year in the Life of One Family.
The Public Theater has announced another theatrical trip to Rhinebeck, New York. Following up on the success of his Apple Family plays, Richard Nelson has created a new 3-play family cycle, about a family living next door to the Apple Family. The 3 plays, again directed by Nelson, begin with HUNGRY on Saturday, February 27 and run through, Sunday, March 20, with an official press opening on Friday, March 4, 2016. As with The Apple Family Plays, each play will feature a core acting company and will open on the day it is set and unfold in real time over a couple of hours. The second play in the cycle will open in September 2016 and the final play will open on Election Night November 8, 2016. Like the Apples the Gabriels will shine a spotlight on the upcoming 2016 political election year. The setting is again Rhinebeck. Seems that the Gabriels live just around the corner from the Apple Family.

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