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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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Note to insure that you get to the theater on time: The day of the uniform 8pm curtain time is gone. We now have Tuesdays, and often Thursdays, at 7pm, and lots of shows with 7:30 starting times, as well as those geared to young audiences, with 9 and 9:30 pm shows. Soooo. . . check the time before heading to your show.
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The Absolute Brightness Of Leonard Pelkey
Westside Theatre 407 West 43 Street (212-239-6200), or Absolutebrightnessplay.com.
Written and performed by James Lecesne. Directed by Tony Speciale, with original music by Duncan Sheik. Scenic design by Jo Winiarski, lighting design by Matt Richards, sound design by Christian Frederickson, projection design by Aaron Rhyne, original animation & photography by Matthew Sandager, and costumes by Paul Marlow. What it's about: Lecesne portrays every character in a small Jersey shore town as th.ey unravel the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant 14 year-old boy who goes missing. From 7/11/15; opening 7/27/15 for a 12-week run
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.
New World Stages at 50th and Eighth Avenue 212/239-6200 www.avenueq.com.
No sooner did the Tony Award winning puppet musical end its 6-year run on Broadway (22 previews and 2,534 performances), than producer Kevin McCollum announced the first ever reverse transfer of a show from Broadway to Off-Broadway. However, it's not returning to its original downtown off-Broadway home (the Vineyard), but remains uptown at the largest venue of the New World Stages complex. The re-opening will begin 10/13/09 and play Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 and 7:30 PM. Tickets from $86.50 to $66.50. For details about the show see our reviews of the Broadway and original off-broadway productionhere
the Awful Truth
Metropolitan Playhouse 20 E 4th Street
Arthur Richman's popular but unpublished 1921 comedy,directed by 2-time NYIT Award nominee Michael Hardart. From 9/18/15; opening 9/25/15;closing 10/18/15. Tickets are $25 general; $20 students/seniors; $10 children. What it's about: Before she can remarry, New York socialite Lucy Warrin needs to quash persistent rumors that her first marriage failed when she had an affair. So she enlists her ex-husband to assure her new fiance's family that she never did. The Broadway run (144 performances) was followed by a silent film, a 1937 talkie with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, also a musical called Let's Do It Again. Cast: Mark August, J.Stephen Brantley, Eden Epstein, Emily Jon Mitchell, Benjamin Russell, Erin Leigh Schmoyer. Set Design Is By Alex Roe. Lighting By Christopher Weston. Costumes By Sidney Fortner. Thursday to Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm. Additional Performances Monday, September 21 at 7:30 pm;Wednesdays 10/7 and 10/14 at 3:00 pm; andSaturdays 10/10, and 10/17 at 3:00 pm. our review .
Public Theater, 420 Lafayette Street
World premiere by Robert O'Hara, directed by Kent Gash. From 9/22/15; opening 10/08/15; closing 11/01/15. Cast: Becky Ann Baker, John Earl Jelks, Arden Myrin, Paul Niebanck, Tamberla Perry, Constance Shulman, Heather Alicia Simms, Samantha Soule, Benja Kay Thomas, and Kim Wayans. What it's about: The O'Mallerys have gathered in their local park to share some barbecue and straight talk with their sister Barbara, whose spiral of drugs and recklessness has forced her siblings to stage an open-air intervention. But the event becomes raucous and unpredictable as familial stereotypes collide with hard realities, and racial politics slam up against the stories we tell—and maybe even believe—about who we were and who we become. Scenic design by Clint Ramos; costume design by Paul Tazewell; lighting design by Jason Lyons; and original music & sound design by Lindsay Jones.
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 Black Book
American Theatre of Actors 314 W 54th St
, A mystery thriller written and directed by Phil Blechman. From 9/13/15; closing 11/22/15. What it's about: A college student disguises his suicide note in a poem and leaves it in his poetry professor's classroom. The apprehensive professor is compelled to delve into his student's past and unravel the clues within his poem in attempt to save him. Cast: Gabe Templin, Anto Pereira, David Siciliano, Margy Love, Sean Borderes, Haley Dean, Catie Humphreys, and Joe Reece. Set by Ann Beyersdorfer with lights designed by Susannah Baron, and sound designed by Christopher Marc.
Blue Man Group
Astor Place, 423 Lafayette St. ((Astor Place/W. 4th St) 254-4370.
An extraordinary downtown hit. For details see Review.
Elektra Theatre 300 W 43rd Street, 2nd Floor
New York premiere. Written by John Campana and starring pianists Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza. From 9/25/15; opening 10/16/15; closing11/28/15. What it's about: The story of past and present piano masters and the music that shaped the likes of Chuck Berry, Louis Prima, Benny Goodman, The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, and Berry Gordy.
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.
Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce St
Adam Seidel's dark comedy directed by Valentina Fratti. Cast: Jonathan Walker and Lauren Luna Velez. From 10/01/15; closing 11/07/15. What it's about: A single woman, Nancy, who sets off to find a serial killer and when she finds herself in his basement, she discovers she likes it. Mon-Sat 7:30 pm; (9/26, 10/17, 10/24-- 5pm and 9pm performances). What it's about: Nancy sets off to find a serial killer and when she discovers herself in his basement, she likes it. Tickets $46 our review
Pearl Theater W. 42nd Street
New York Premiere of Ionesco play performed in repertory with A Midsummer Night's Dream. Translated by Rob Melrose, directed By Artistic Director Hal Brooks. From 9/21/15; opening 10/07/15; closing 11/01/15. What it's about: An old couple throws a party for the most important people in the land: lords and ladies, trend-setters and intelligentsia, the scandalous and the saintly. The only commonality is that all are invisible. Mixes comedy, absurdism, and drama, biting satire and poignant nostalgia. See www.pearlSat 3-Oct 7:00pm see www.pearltheater.org for schedule with includes double play dates with in-rep partner.
Red Bull Theater at The Lucille Lortel Theater 121 Christopher Street
Thomas Middleton and William Rowleys 'drama directed by Jesse Berger. From 12/26/15; opening 1/10/16; closing. What it's about: How far will you go to follow your heart? Beatrice-Joanna is in love with Alsemero — who is unfortunately not her fiancee. But when she employs her loathsome servant De Flores to bump off her betrothed, the price is her own virgin flesh. Together with a madcap subplot set in an insane asylum, this brilliant and rarely performed Jacobean tragedy explores the follies of love and the nature of madness.
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.
Westside Theatre Upstairs 407 West 43rd Street 212-239-6200
Joe DiPietro's comedy will star Marlo Thomas and be direction by David Saint. From 9/18/15; opening 10/14/15; closing 1/03/16. What it's about: A mother always knows when something is wrong. When Alice (Marlo Thomas) notices her beloved husband Bill has returned home on edge after a tennis match with their son, she grows suspicious and springs into action. Determined to piece together the puzzle, she invites her son and daughter-in-law over for drinks and dessert. Cast besides Thomas: Greg Mullavey and Kate Wetherhead as Bill Sr. and Jane. For more details see our review of the George Street Playhouse production: here.
Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater 336 West 20 Street
Revival of Caryl Churchill play, directed by James MacDonald. . From 9/16/15; opening 10/05/15; closing 11/31/15. What it's about: Set in colonial Africa and 1979 London, about power, politics, family, Queen Victoria and sex. Cast: Brooke Bloome(Edward/Betty), Sean Dugan (Joshua/Gerry), John Sanders (Harry Bagley/Martin), Izzie Steele (Ellen/Mrs. Saunders/Lin), Clarke Thorell (Clive/Cathy/ Bill). Running Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one intermission. Cloud Nine
Colin Quinn The New York Story
Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce Street
A new comedy written by and starring Colin Quinn, based on his book The Coloring Book and directed by Jerry Seinfeld. From 7/09/15; opening 7/23/15; closing 8/16/15. What it's about: Colin bemoans the rise and fall of his hometown, the city formally known as NY from its modest beginnings as Dutch outpost to the hipsters of modern Williamsburg to the vermin below and above ground. The show reunites Quinn with Seinfeld who directed his Colin Quinn Long Story ShortSet design by James Fauvell, costume design by Alexis Forte, and lighting design by Sarah Lurie.Tuesday-Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm and 7pm. There will also be an added performance on Monday, June 20th at 8pm. Due to great reviews and a sold out run, Colin Quinn The New York Story the new comedy written by and starring Colin Quinn, based on his book The Coloring Book (Grand Central Publishing) and directed by Jerry Seinfeld will return The Cherry Lane Theatre, (38 Commerce Street) beginning October 20th. Colin Quinn The New York Story, is presented by Brian Stern, Mike Lavoie and Mike Berkowitz. Update: Though the show will close 8/16 as announced, it will return to the Cherry Lane on 10/20/15. review .
Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater 416 West 42nd Street
From 8/28/15; opening 9/17/15; closing 10/25/15.New York premiere of a new play by Lucas Hnath, directed by Les Waters. Cast: Emily Donahoe, Andrew Garman, Philip Kerr, Larry Powell and Linda Powell. The play will also feature a rotating twenty-person choir drawing singers from all five boroughs. What it's about: Ten years ago, Pastor Paul's (Mr. Garman) church was a modest storefront. Now it houses thousands, with a coffee shop in the lobby and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation's beliefs. This look at faith in America had it's world premiere at the Humana Festival and will play at LA's Center Theater before coming to New York. our review
Abingdon Theatre Company Dorothy Strelsin Theatre 312 West 36th Street
World Premiere by JB,directed by Mark Waldrop. Cast: Eric Bryant , Susan Cella, Adam LeBow, Allen Lewis Rickman, Sarah Sirota, Melissa Teitel. From 10/02/15; 10/11/15; closing 10/25/15. What it's about: Amy and Ben are happily married…until they decide to send their 3-year-old son to preschool leading to exploration of the meaning of children, parenthood, marriage—and New York City private school admissions.
Daddy Long Legs
Davenport Theatre 354 West 45th Street
Megan McGinnis (Les Miz, Side Show, Little Women) and Paul Alexander Nolan (Once, Jesus Christ Superstar, Doctor Zhivago) star in this 2-person Off-Broadway Musical based on Jean Webster's 1912 novel about an orphan girl and her mysterious benefactor. Music and lyrics by Paul Gordon , book and direction by John Caird (Les Miz), and direction by John Caird. From 9/10/15; opening 9/28/15. What it's about: Jerusha Abbott (McGinnis), the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. One day, a rich, anonymous benefactor (Nolan) decides to send her to college, but she must write him a letter once a month. Unaware of his identity, she invents a nickname for him: Daddy Long Legs. Through her brilliant and witty letters, Jerusha shares her experiences of college while discovering her own identity and reveling in the wonders of literature, adventure and love. Scenic and costume design by David Farley and lighting design by Paul Toben
Death of a Salesman in Yiddish
Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street www.newyiddishrep.org
This premiere coincides with the centennial of Arthur Miller's birth on October 17.Using a translation that Miller himself authorized but which was only performed in Argentina, Israel, and, briefly, in Brooklyn, New Yiddish Rep is gearing the production to a broad, mostly non-Yiddish-speaking theatre audience, while demonstrating how deeply the language is engrained in the plays linguistic and ethical DNA. From 10/08/15; closing 11/22/15. Directed by Lester Thomas Shane directs. Cast: Avi Hoffmanas Willy Loman, Daniel Kahn as Biff, Shane Baker as Happy and Suzanne Toren as LSamuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in Yiddish this production plans to again illuminate this classic. The translation is by the celebrated Yiddish theater star Joseph Buloff who starred in the unauthorized 1951 Yiddish production in Argentina.
Desire An Evening Of Plays Based On Six Stories By Tennessee Williams
Theater 5A, 59E59 Theaters 59e59.org
New plays written by John Guare, Beth Henley, Marcus Gardley, Rebecca Gilman, David Grimm and Elizabeth Egloff, directed by Michael Wilson. From 9/02/15; opening 9/10/15; closing 10/11/15. Tuesday – Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM. The lineup: The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin by Beth Henley. . . The Field of Blue Children by Rebecca Gilman. . . Tent Worms by Elizabeth Egloff. .. Oriflamme by David Grimm. Cast: Kristen Adele, Megan Bartle, Juliet Brett, Brian Cross, Liv Rooth, John Skelley, Derek Smith, Mickey Theis, Yaegel T. Welch. Jeff Cowie (scenic design); David C. Woolard (costume design); Russell H. Champa (lighting design); and John Gromada (original music and sound design). The musical director and pianist is Jono Mainelli. Choreography is by Peter Pucci. 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.
Vineyard Theater 15th Street
New comedy by Colman Domingo, directed by Susan Stroman. Winter 2016. What it's about: Family matriarch Dotty and her three adult children gather for the holidays with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to navigate life with dementia, her children fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. A testament to the enduring bonds of family. Details TBA
John Krasinski, who played Jim in the award-winning TV series "The Office," is set to lead the cast of the world premiere of Sarah Burgess' Dry Powder
John Krasinski, who played Jim in the award-winning TV series "The Office," will lead the cast of the world premiere of Sarah Burgess' play. Hamilton and and In the Heights director Thomas Kail will helm. From 3/01/16; closing 4/10/15. What it's about: Krasinski will play Seth, a managing director at a private equity firm in the midst of a PR debacle. He plans to invest in an American-made luggage company in order to save the business however his partner Jenny is determined to exploit the company at every (human) cost. More details TBA
Public Theater 420 Lafayette street
New York premiere by Danai Gurira, in which Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o will make her stage debut as The Girl. Liesl Tommy will direct. From 9/29/15; opening 10/14/15; closing 11/29/15 (this is a 2-week extension even before the play opens offiially). What it's about: Ripped from the headlines look at the terrible conflicts in post-colonial Africa. For an idea of what to expect, see our review of another production of this play in Los Angeles .
Labyrinth Theater Company 155 Bank Street
One-Woman play written and directed by Aaron Mark, and starring Daphne Rubin-Vega. What it's about: a subway-tunnel-dwelling denizen of Manhattan. From 9/30/15; opening 10/21/15; closing 11/08/15
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 4/26/16. Tuesday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2:00pm, Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 7:30pm and 10:00pm, Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm. Tickets, $49-$79. What it's about: a trio of girlfriends setting aside staid book club fare in favor of a sexier sort of page-turner. Interest piqued, they devour the novel while the notorious characters', Anastasia and Christian, delicious affair comes to life before their eyes. Book by Al Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward, and Dan Wessels; music and lyrics by Amanda Blake Davis, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward, Al Samuels and Dan Wessels. Set and Costume Design is by John Dunnett, Lighting Design is by Herrick Goldman, and Sound Design is by Matt Kraus. Joy Dewing is the casting director. With the movie of the same name hitting screens, the play' gained yet another extension, now running into Labor Day. This seems to be a girl's night out event.
First Daughter Suite
Public Theater 425 Lafayette Street
Book, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and directed by Kirsten Sanderson. From 10/06/15; opening 10/21/15; closing 11/15/15. Cast: Alison Fraser (Nancy Reagan, Betty Ford); Rachel Bay Jones (Laura Bush, Rosalynn Carter); Caissie Levy (Patti Davis, Julie Nixon); Theresa McCarthy (Robin Bush, Hannah Nixon); Betsy Morgan (Trisha Nixon, Susan Ford); Isabel Santiago (Anita Castelo); Carly Tamer (Amy Carter); Mary Testa (Barbara Bush); and Barbara Walsh (Pat Nixon). What it's about: LaChiusa s followup to his First Lady Suite imagines the inner lives and dreams of America's best-known daughters in a 4-part historical fantasia. Senic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, and sound design by Ken Travis.
Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow Street
Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about three low-paid employees of a rundow
n 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; 1/10/16- and now open-ended with new cast as follows:Kyle Beltran now plays Avery, Brian Miskell Skylar/The Dreaming Man and Nicole Rodenburg,Rose. Original cast member Matthew Maher will continue as Sam. For an idea of what to expect see our review of the Playwright Horizon production click here
Fondly, Collette Richland
Elevator Repair Service at NYTW,79 E. 4th Street, Bowery
The company in residence presents this new play by Sibyl Kempson and directed by ERS Artistic director John Collins. From 9/11/15; opening 9/28/15; closing 10/18/15. What it's about: While eating a quiet dinner at home, Mr. and Mrs. Fritz” Fitzhubert (along with an uninvited guest) are summoned through a mysterious tiny door in their living room. On the other side, in a phantasmagorical Alpen hotel, they find lost relatives, mysterious employees, and chatty society ladies who lead them on perilous hikes that will leave their lives forever altered. Cast: Laurena Allan, Kate Benson, Lindsay Hockaday, Maggie Hoffman, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, April Matthis, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, and Ben Jalosa Williams. Scenic design by David Zinn; costume design by Jacob A. Climer; additional costumes by David Zinn; lighting design by Mark Barton; sound design by Ben Williams; and original compositions by Mike Iveson. Running Time: 2 1/2 hours with one intermission
The Flea Theater 41 White Street between Church and Broadway, three blocks south of Canal,
World Premiere by Thomas Bradshaw (Job, Dawn, Burning, Purity, Prophet). From 9/11/15; opening 9/21/15; closing 10/19/15. Directed by Ethan McSweeny (The Best Man, A Time to Kill). What it's about: Michael has a new girlfriend and has just bought the apartment of his dreams. It seems that his life should be perfect. Little does he know that his hell is just beginning. In Fulfillment Bradshaw tackles the question: what makes us happy? Cast: Otoja Abit (Stonewall), Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire), Jeff Biehl (Machinal), Christian Conn (Tiny Dynamite), Denny Dillon (SNL, My One and Only), Susannah Flood (Scenes from a Marriage, Love and Information), and Peter McCabe (Prophet). Brian Sidney Bembridge (scenic and lighting), Andrea Lauer (costuming), Mikhail Fiksel (sound), J. David Brimmer (fight choreography), Yehuda Duenyas (sex choreography). Wednesday–Monday at 7PM and Sunday at 3PM. Tickets are $15 - $75. Pay What You Can Mondays at the door. Caveat: The production includes violence, nudity and sexual situations.< Our Review
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Soho Rep and Ars Nova at the Connelly Theater 220 E. 4th St.
October 6 – November 8), NY premiere of a new, avant-Americana musical by César Alvarez with music by indie band The Lisps. Directed by Soho Rep. Artistic Director Sarah Benson. The cast will feature 13 actor-musicians. From 10/06/15; opening 10/20/15 closing 11/08/15.
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>
Vineyard Theater at The Acorn Theatre @ Theatre Row
New coming-of-age musical. Book by Randy Blair and Tim Drucker. Lyrics by Randy Blair Music by Matthew Roi Berger. Choreographed by Chase Brock. Directed by Scott Schwartz. Choreography by Chase Brock. From 11/11/15; opening 12/03/15; closing 12/20/15. What it's about: Getting shipped off to camp is hardly Robert's idea of the perfect summer, but even he isn't prepared for what can be lost or gained at Camp Overton, the number three weight-loss camp in Southern Pennsylvania. With biting humor and irreverence, the tackles the growing pains of adolescence through the experiences of a bunch of misfit teens forced to find solace in one another as they look for acceptance
Hamlet In Bed
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place
Comic story written by Michael Laurence and directed by Lisa. From 8/28/15; opening 9/10/15; closing 10/25/15; Cast: Michael Laurence, Annette O'Toole. What it's about: Michael is a neurotic actor and adoptee obsessed with two things—finding his real mother, and playing the famous gloomy Dane. His twin fixations collide when he tracks down Anna, a reclusive former actress-turned-barfly; gripped by the notion that she might be his actual birth-mother, he first stalks her from a distance, then lures her into a noirish production of Hamlet playing the role of his mother the queen. Set design by Rachel Hauck; costume design is by Jessica Pabst; lighting design is by Scott Zielinski; sound design is by Bart Fasbender; projection design is by Dave Tennent; fight director is J. David Brimmer. Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7pm; Thursday through Saturday at 8pm Preview tickets are priced at $25; tickets for regular performances are $35. our review
TACT/The Actors Company Theatre at The Beckett Theatre 410 West 42nd Street
2003 play by Israeli playwright Motti Lerner, set in the ultra-orthodox Mea Shearim district in Jerusalem, this is the story of Hannah and Zvi, a divorced couple whose lives are thrown back together when the teenaged children from their second marriages start to become romantically involved. The enormous divide between the faithful and the non-believing is attempted to be bridged by the power of an undying earthly love. Which will win out? How will they navigate this greatest of all divides? Scott Alan Evans directs. From 9/29/15; opening 10/11/15; closing 10/31/15. Cast: Victoria Mack, Ian Kahn.
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce Street
opening 10/23/15. What it's About: The story of the "New Brown America," based on true events from Minhaj's first generation Indian-American experience. Navigating between two worlds, it follows Minhaj's arrival in the US, meeting his estranged sister, interracial love, racism, bullying, and his family's quest to achieve the elusive American Dream. Minhaj is a correspondent on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" on Comedy Central.
The Head Hunter
Dorothy Strelsin Theatre at Abingdon Theatre Complex, 312 West 36th Street, 2 fl.(212) 868-4444
Revival of 2-hander by Mark Borkowski who is now best known for playing Paul Sagorsky inBoardwalk Empire. Richard Gekko directs. Cast: Trenton Clark plays Cashmir, and Jay Rivera plays Sal. From 10/31/15; opening 11/01/15; closing 11/28/15. Running time :80 (including intermission). What it's about: Casmir, a screenwriter, has sold the exclusive rights of his screenplay to a sleazy Hollywood producer. He confesses what he has done to his cousin Salvatore, a hit man for the mob. The screenplay, a bio-pic, contains truths about Sal's father that are more then incriminating. Enraged, Salvatore vows to get the screenplay's rights back to Casmir even if it means eliminating the producer. The two cousins are forced to deal with issues that tore their family apart and drove them to be who they are: one an artist, the other a ruthless killer.
Hell's Belles: A Damned Funny Musical
The Elektra Theatre at The Times Square Arts Center 300 West 43rd Street.H ellsBellesTheMusical.com
Book and Lyrics by Bryan D. Leys. Music by Steve Liebman. Directed by John Znidarsic. Music Direction by Mary Feinsinger; Musical Staging by Eugenio Contenti. From 10/03/15; opening 10/24/15; closing 12/27/15. Saturday at 2pm & 5:30pm; Sunday at 3pm. Running time is 90 minutes. No Intermission. Tickets are $39, $69, $99 a
Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater 416 West 42nd Street
New play by Taylor Mac, directed By Niegel Smith. Cast: Kristine Nielsen, Daniel Oreskes, Tom Phelan and Cameron Scoggins. From 10/16/15; opening 11/08/15; closing 11/29/15. What it's about Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac (Mr. Scoggins) has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father (Mr. Oreskes), only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mom (Ms. Nielsen). Liberated from an oppressive marriage, with Isaac's newly out transgender brother (Mr. Phelan) as her ally, she's on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Taylor Mac's sly, subversive comedy, annihilating the past doesn't always free you from it. Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7PM.
Hold on to Me Darling
Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater
Kenneth Lonergan's first play since the poorly reviewed Medieval Play in 2012, What it's about: A departure to Lonergan's New York City settings, this heads south and follows the singer Strings McCrane as he decides to rid himself of the trappings of the celebrity lifestyle and move back home after the death of his mother. Things, however, do not go smoothly in Mr. Lonergan's exploration of the costs that accompany the pursuit of the American dream. From 2/24/16; opening 3/14/16; closing 4/03/16. Atlantic's artistic director Neil Pep helms More details TBA
Roundabout at Laura Pels Theater Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 West 46th Street
New play by Stephen Karam, directed byJoe Mantello, as part of the 50th Anniversary Season. Cast: Cassie Beck (Aimee), Reed Birney (Erik), Jayne Houdyshell (Deirdre), Arian Moayed (Richard), Sarah Steele (Brigid) and Lauren Klein (Fiona "Momo Blake)." From 9/30/15; opening 10/25/15; closing 12/27/15. What it's about: Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake (Birney) has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night. Soon, family tensions reach a boiling point. . .and the hilarity, heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed. David Zinn (Sets), Sarah Laux (Costumes), Justin Townsend (Lighting) and Fitz Patton (Sound). Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.
Incident at Vichy
Irene Diamond Stage at Signature Pershing Square Center
Revival of Arthur Miller's play, directed by Michael Wilson. From 10/27/15; opening 11/15/15; closing 12/06/15. Cast: David Abeles, Curtis Billings, James Carpinello, A.J. Cedeño, Quinlan Corbett, Brian Cross, Demosthenes Chrysan, Jonathan Gordon, Jonathan Hadary, Alex Mor, Jonny Orsini, Darren Pettie, John Procaccino, Alec Shaw, Derek Smith, Richard Thomasand Evan Zes. Jeff Cowie (scenic design), David C. Woolard (costume design), David Lander (lighting design), John Gromada (sound design), Rocco DiSanti (projection design), Deborah Hecht (dialect coach), and Mark Olsen (fight direction). What it's about: In Vichy, France at the height of World War II, nine men and a boy are rounded up under suspicious circumstances. As ominous reports of far-off camps and cattle cars packed with prisoners begin to circulate, the men battle over politics, philosophy, and means of escape.
LCT3/Linconln Center's Claire Tow Theater 150 West 65 Street
New playwright Abe Koogler' play will be directed by Lila Neugebauer. From 10/03/15; opening 10/19/15; closing 11/15/15. Cast: Nicholas L. Ashe, Jeremy Bobb, Natalie Gold, Marin Ireland and Samuel H. Levine. What it's about: Andy (Ireland) returns to her hometown after three years in prison and takes a job at the local slaughterhouse, while trying to reconcile with her 15 year-old son, B ( Ashe). Sets by Daniel Zimmerman, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lighting by Ben Stanton and original music and sound by Brandon Wolcott. Tickets: 30
Laugh It Up, Stare It Down
The Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce Street www.LaughItUpPlay.com
A new play written by Alan Hruska, directed by Chris Eigeman. Cast: Jayce Bartok, Katya Campbell and Amy Hargreaves. From 8/26/15; opening 9/09/15; closing 10/09/15. Tuesdays at 7PM, Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays at 7PM, Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2PM and 8PM and Sundays at 3PM and 7PM. Tickets are $59-$79. What it's about: Cleo and Joe and their life-long search for a meaningful point in a universe too random to have one. It's a journey marked by a missing baby, a forged painting, a house invader, a tidal wave, and frozen pistou. Will they rise above their outrageous fortune? Will they find ecstatic love?
New York Theater Workshop in the East Village
From 11/18. Michael S. Hall stars in work inspired by the 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth about an alien who crash lands on our planet. The title is best known as a 1976 film starring David Bowie, who will compose new songs for this production. Detals TBA
The Legend of Georgia McBride
MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theater on Christopher Street www.mcctheater.org
A new play by Matthew Lopez, d irected by Mike Donahue (The Wolfe Twins) with choreography by Paul McGill. Cast: Dave Thomas Brown, Wayne Duvall, Matt McGrath, Keith Nobbs and Afton C. Williamson. Set design by
Donyale Werle, costumes by Anita Yavich, hair and m (Fun Home) and sound design by Jill DuBoff (Hand to God). From 8/20/15; opening 9/09/15; closing 10/11/15. What it's about: How can an Elvis impersonator become a winning drag queen in the Florida Panhandle? With an empty bank account and a pregnant wife, Casey's going to have to answer that question fast in this music-filled comedy about finding your true voice. our review Review:
Letters to Sala
TBG Theatre, 312 West 36th Street
From 10/03/15; closing 10/18/15. NY premiere of drama by Arlene Hutton about a New York family coming to grips with the sudden disclosure of its matriarch's hidden Holocaust past. Directed by Eric Nightengale. Cast: Kathryn Kates, Alice Jankell and Laura Kamin to represent the family's secondond and third generation survivors. The play is based on Ann Kirschner's memoir based on letters detailing her her mother's surviving seven Nazi Labor camps for five years. The letters are a permanent part of the Dorot Jewish Division at the NY Public Library.)
MCC Lortel Theaterwww.mcctheater.org
New York premiere of John Pollono play. Cast: Piper Perabo,Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Meghann Fahy, Tasha Lawrence Lizzy DeClement and Josh Green. Directed by Jo Bonney. From 10/21/15; opening 11/09/15; opening 11/29/15. What it's about: When Erica, their seventeen-year-old daughter, goes missing during a winter storm, Maggie and Lou -- former high school sweethearts, now divorced -- are forced to confront the legacy of this blue-collar family's past decisions.
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage 416 West 42nd Street
New play byPulitzer Prize Finalist Jordan Harrison, directed By Anne Kauffman. Cast: Noah Bean, Lisa Emery, Stephen Root,Lois Smith. From 11/20/15; opening 12/14/15; closing 1/03/16. What it's about: It's the age of artificial intelligence, and 86-year-old Marjorie (Ms. Smith), a jumble of fading memories, has a handsome new companion (Mr. Bean) who's programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits of what technology can replace. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 PM & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Men are from Mars - Women are from Venus LIVE!
New World Stages 340 West 50 Street
Off-Broadway debut starring Peter Story and directed by Mindy Cooper, inspired by John Gray’s NY Times. Best-Seller of the same name and adapted by playwright Eric Coble. From 10/22/11; opening 11/07/15; closing 11/29/15. What it's about: everything from dating to marriage to the bedroom! Thursday and Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 7PM. Running Time: 2 hours with intermission.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Pearl co-production with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Shakespeare's popular play directed by Bedlam Theater Artistic Director Eric Tucker featuring Company Members Sean Mcnall and Joey Parsons with Guest Artists Mark Bedard, Jason O'Connell, Nance Williamson Just five versatile actors will live out Bottom's fantasy of playing all the roles in this celebration of the transformative and intoxicating power of love. ; From 9/8/15opening 9/20/15; closing 11/01/15. Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday @ 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday @ 8 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 p.m. Tickets: $65 general admission, $20 student rush, $20 Thursday rush. See The Chairs, with which this plays in rep. our review
The New Morality
Mint Theater, 311 West 43rd .
Harold Chapin's comedy [resented in honor of the centenary of Chapin's heroic death on the battlefield in 1915. Jonathan Bank directs. Cast: Christian Campbell, Brenda Meaney, Ned Noyes, Michael Frederic, Douglas Rees,Clemmie Evans, Kelly McCready. From 8/23/15; opening 9/21/15; closing 10/25/15. Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM. Special added Wednesday Matinee on September 16th at 2pm. No performance on September 22nd. Tickets are $55 with some half-price tickets (CheapTix) and Premium Seats ($65) available for most performances. Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes. our review <
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.
Night Is a Room
Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center
World premiere by aomi Wallace, directed by Bill Rauch. Cast: Dagmara Dominczyk, Ann Dowd, Bill Heck. From 11/03/15; opening 11/22/15; closing 12/13/15. What it's about: exploration of love's power to both ruin and remake our lives. Liana (Dominczyk) and Marcus (Heck) have a marriage others envy. Dore (Dowd) has grown accustomed to an isolated existence in her modest flat. After a surprise reunion on Marcus's 40th birthday, their worlds are shattered by an unexpected turn of events.Rachel Hauck (scenic design), Clint Ramos (costume design), Jen Schriever (lighting design), Leah Gelpe (sound design), and Charlotte Fleck (dialect coach).
Cherry Lane The
Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce St.
Ingmar Bergman's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, directed by Austin Pendleton. From 11/16/15; closing 12/13/15, scheduled for a 6-week engagement November 16 to December 13. Previously performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1989 in Norwegian, this English-language translation stars the legendary actor George Morfogen as Dr. Rank.
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. Both 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;opening 12/10/15; closing 1/03/16.
Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street
New York premiere of comedy by Topher Payne, directed by Michael Barakiva. From 9/29/15; opening 10/15/15; closing 11/06/15. September-November 2015. Cast: Julia Coffey, Robert Eli, Mikaela Feely-Lehmann,Christopher J. Hanke, Kelly McAndrew ,Kevin O'Rourke, Jennifer Van Dyck. What it's about: it's 1950 and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. The twist: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other's partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap "I Love Lucy" sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two "All-American" couples are forced to stare down the closet door, confronting the very struggles facing society today. Scenic design by Neil Patel, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Traci Klainer Polimeni, sound design by Ryan Rumery, hair and wig design by J. Jared Janas. Performances are Tuesday -Thursday at 7PM; Friday at 8PM; Saturday at 2 and 8PM; Sun 3PM. There is an added 2pm performance on Wednesday, October 28. No performances on October 21 and 31.
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.
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
One Year Lease Theater Company at 59E59 Theaters
World Premiere by Kevin Armento, directed by Ianthe Demos. Cast: Danny Bernardy , Sarah-Jane Casey, Christina Bennett Lind and Ethan Slater. What it's about: An illicit affair between a high school math teacher and her fifteen year-old student told through the eyes of the student's cell phone. From 9/30/15; opening 10/06/15 closing 10/24/15.
The Quare Land
Irish Rep at the DR2 Theatre at 103 East 15th Street
>American premiere of John McManus's play directed by Ciaran O'Reilly. From 9/22/15; opening 10/01/15; closing 11/15/15. What it's about: Old Irish farmer Hugh Pugh is having his first wash in four years. His sudden interest in hygiene has been brought on by the upcoming visit of his estranged brother, but another visitor arrives mid-soak. Developer Rob McNulty is hoping to buy a field to convert to a golf course, but Hugh is far more interested in spinning yarns than signing contracts. Excruciating negotiations ensue, amidst the suds and rubber duck, in this hilarious meeting of avarice and ambition. Cast: Rufus Collins as Rob and Peter Maloney as Hugh. Scenic design by Charlie Corcoran; costume design by David Toser; lighting design by Michael Gottlieb; sound design by Ryan Rumery and M. Florian Staab; properties by Deirdre Brennan; and special effects by J&M. our review
MTC at New York City Center - Stage I www.manhattantheatreclub.com/
World premiere of a new comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by David Hyde Pierce . From 9/29/15; opening 10/20/15. Cast: Marylouise, Holland Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Glenn Fitzgerald, Daoud Heidami and Nate Miller. What it's about: Abby, a cantankerous tenant at the Bristol Palace Assisted Living Facility (Taylor) is forced to share her quarters with the infuriatingly chipper Marilyn (Burke), and turns their relationship into a dangerous game of one-upmanship. Alexander Dodge (scenic design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Jennifer von Mayrhauser (costume design), John Gromada (original music and sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight director). Running Time: 2 hours including intermission.
Nora's Playhouse at Clurman Theatre on Theater Row 212/239-6200
World premiere ,of solo play by Laurence Leamer, starring Kathleen Chalfant and directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson. From 11/21/15; opening 11/29/15; closing 12/13/15. What it's about: The Kennedy story as told by the matriarch who lived it all. Set in 1969 at the Kennedys Hyannis Port compound the week after Teddys fateful accident at Chappaquiddick sees Rose struggling with all the tragedies the Kennedys have overcome and finding new understanding of the choices she made as well as those made by her husband and children. Inspired by audio recordings Rose Kennedy made, and to which Leamer had unprecedented access. Named for the heroine of Ibsens A Dolls House, Noras Playhouse is a theatre company devoted to presenting a wide range of women's stories, told through the collaboration of women artists.
Rothschild & Sons
York Theatre at St. Peter's Church (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue)
World premiere of new musical adaptation of Frederic Morton book. Music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Sherman Yellen. Jeffrey B. Moss will direct. Music supervision and orchestrations by Joseph Church, music direction by Jeffrey Klitz and choreography by Denis Jones, and Robert Cuccioli will star as Mayer Rothschild. From 10/06/15; opening 10/18/15; closing 11/01/15; closing. This new musical is based on their original The Rothschilds. It's a one-act, intimate reimagining of the musical that focuses on the relationships between the patriarch of the family, Mayer Rothschild, his wife Gutele, and their five sons. Several songs not in the original will be included, along with new music. Cuccioli heads cast that includes: Glory Crampton as his wife, Gutele, Peter Cormican, Jonathan Hadley, David Bryant Johnson, Christine LaDuca, Jamie LaVerdiere, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Mark Pinter, Curtis Wiley, and Christopher M. Williams. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
RUTHLESS! The Musical
St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street
From 6/25/15; opening 7/13/15/ to end of 2015. New production of 22-year-old musical that's been a long time favorite in regional theaters.. Book and lyrics are by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird. What it's about: When The Bad Seed meets Gypsy it's fun for the whole dysfunctional family! Tina Denmark is a pretty, charming who "was born to entertain." With the encouragement of slick and overbearing potential agent Sylvia St. Croix, Tina will do anything to play the lead in her school play. Cast: Peter Land, Kim Maresca, Rita McKenzie, Andrea McCullough, Tracy Jai Edwards Tori Murray> Review .
The School For Scandal
Red Bull Theater at The Lucille Lortel Theater 121 Christopher Street
Richard Brinsley Sheridan play, directed by Marc Vietor. From 4/08/16; opening 4/24/16; closing, . What it's about: Sheridan dissects a social network of grotesques, gossips, lustful hypocrites and anonymous assassins of reputation who live in a world without privacy, morality or taste.
New World Stages/Stage 4 340 West 50th Street 212-239-6200 ShearMadness.com
New York premiere of long touring comedy whodunit; From 10/22/15; open-ended. Cast: Adam Gerber, Jeremy Kushnier, Kate Middleton, Patrick Noonan, Jonathan Spivey, and Lynne Wintersteller. What it's about: The mystery in which the audience gets to solve the crime is set in a local hair salon that turns into a wacky murder scene. It was adapted by Bruce Jordan from a play entitled Scherenschnitt written in 1963 by German writer and psychologist to use as a study of how people perceive or misperceive reality. It was first presented in 1978. Monday at 7pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm and 7:30pm. Tickets from $49.50.
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
InViolet Theater Company at 4th Street Theater 83 East 4th Street
A new play by Bixby Elliot inspired by the true story of Lili Elbe, the first person to have gender reassignment surgery in Germany in1930. Stephen Brackett directs. From 9/19/15; opening 9/24/15; closing 10/10/15. Cast: Wayne Wilcox, Aubyn Philabaum, Michelle David, and Bernardo Cubria. our review
Written by Michael Kimmel with music & lyrics by Lauren Pritchard, and directed by JV Mercanti. From 10/20/15; opening 10/29/15; closing 11/29/15 What it's about: Based on Anton Chekov's The Seagull, about a fading country star returning home to Nashville. The cast of 10 features Kate Baldwin, Erin Dilly,Amy Spanger, Kacie Sheik,Andy Taylor,Ephie Aardema and Adam Cochran., October 28 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; and Sunday at 3 PM. Please note: there is an added performance on Sunday, October 25 at 7 PM;
The New Group at Pershing Square Signature Center
A new play by Mark Gerrard, directed by Cynthia Nixon. Cast: Ashlie Atkinson, Francisco Pryor Garat, Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon, Malcolm Gets and Matt McGrath. Scenic Design by Allen Moyer, Costume Design by Tom Broecker, Lighting Design by Eric Southern, Sound Design by David Van Tieghem, and Projection Design by Olivia Sebesky. Music Coordinator is Seth Rudetsky. From 11/03/15; opening 11/18/15; closing 12/27/15.
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.
Flea Theater 42 White Street, www.theflea.org
World premiere by Frank Winters, directed by Michelle Tattenbaum and featuring members of The Bats, the Flea's resident acting company. From 10/01/15; opening 10/11/15; closing 11/08/15. What it's about: On a cold, winter night, ten college students meet in a darkened theater. Something's happened. By the end of the night, there are allegations and regrets, friendships are tested, and allegiances change. What is right is not necessarily the right choice. What would you do?. Tickets are $15 - $35 with the lowest priced tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Caveat: The production includes graphic discussion of sexual violence.
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.
Travels With My Aunt
Keen Company at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row 410 West 42nd Street, www.keencompany.org
Giles Havergal'sadaptation of Graham Greene's comedic novel. Cast: Daniel Jenkins, Rory Kulz, Jay Russell, and Thomas Jay Ryan. From 9/29/15; opening 10/15/15; closing 11/14/15. Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets will be $61.25. What it's about: Henry Pulling, a mild-mannered retired banker, leads a quiet life and never strays too far from his home in Southwood, England. But when his eccentric and outrageous Aunt Augusta suddenly appears in his life with mysterious information about his past, Henry is drawn into a series of exotic international adventures. Henry, Aunt Augusta and over 25 of the characters they meet along the way are inventively portrayed by just four actors who switch identities, nationalities, ages and genders in this exciting theatrical escapade.
New musical based on Natalie Babbitt's 1975 young adult novel. Book by Claudia Shear, music by Chris Miller, and lyrics by Nathan Tysen. Cast: Carolee Carmello as Mae Tuck, Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Jesse Tuck, Michael Park as Angus Tuck, Terrence Mann as the Man in the Yellow Suit, Fred Applegate as Constable Joe, Robert Lenzi as Miles Tuck, Michael Wartella as Hugo, Valerie Wright . Betsy Foster, and 11-year-old Sarah Charles Lewis as Winnie Foster. From 3/31/15; opening 4/26/16. Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph. What it's about: follows 10-year-old Winnie Foster who meets young Jesse Tuck and discovers a secret spring that grants eternal life to whoever drinks its water. The show had a world premiere at Georgia's Alliance Theatre in early 2015. Scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Brian Ronan, orchestrations by John Clancy, and musical supervision by Rob Berman.
Ugly Lies the Bone
Roundabout Underground Black Box Theatre Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 West 46th Street.
World premiere by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Patricia McGregor. Cast: Karron Graves, Mamie Gummer, Caitlin Oconnell, Chris Stack, Haynes Thigpen. From 9/10/15; opening 10/13/15; closing 11/22/15. 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. $20 General Admission in the 62-seat theater.
Urban Stages Theatre 259 West 30 Street
American premiere by Oren Safdie, directed by Sarah C Carlsen. From 10/08/15; opening 10/14/15; closing 11/01/15.$55 ($35 during previews).Inspired by a variety of sexual harassment allegations brought against well-known clothing companies the play follows a young woman seeking legal advice to initiate charges of sexual harassment against her former boss, the CEO of an international clothing company known for its risque billboards. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7PM; Friday and Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 3PM. (No show on October 31; Added show on November 1 at 7PM)
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
Who's Your Baghdaddy? Or How I Started The Iraq War
Actors Temple Theater 339 W 47th St
A new musical based on a screenplay by J.T. Allen directed by Marshall Pailet with musical direction by Rona Siddiqui and choreography by Misha Shields. From 9/26/15; opening 10/04/15; closing 11/22/15. Cast: Brennan Caldwell; Jason Collins; Bob D'Haene; Brandon Espinoza; Olli Haaskivi; Nehal Joshi; Claire Neumann and Larisa Oleynik
TACT/The Actors Company Theatre at The Beckett Theatre 410 West 42nd Street
George Bernard Shaw's play in a co-production with Gingold Theatrical Group., directed byDavid Staller. This is Shaws first and a rarely seen play. From 3/01/16; opening 3/13/16; closing 4/02/16. Cast and other details TBA.
about an orphan girl and her mysterious benefactor Would You Still Love Me If. . .
New World Stages West 50th Street
Kathleen Turner will direct as well as perform in John S. Anasta's love story tackling the issue of transgender identity. Cast: Kathleen Turner, Rebecca Brooksher and Sofia Jean Gomez. From 9/26/15; opening 10/10/15. What it's about: The issue of transgender identity. Danya and Addison, caring intelligent young women with a promising future and a baby on the way, but with a lifelong secret that threatens to destroy all they hold dear prompting the title's question. profound question . . .why do we love who we love? Brian Prather (Scenic Design), Zach Blane (Lighting Design) & Tristan Raines (Costume Design). Kelly Genovese and Carolyn Reich will Stage Manage. Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 7:30PM and Mondays at 8PM. Tickets are $79.50