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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)
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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St Luke's Theatre www.AbsolutionThePlay.com
World premiere by Christopher B. Latro,directed by Anna Bamberger. From 12/01/14; opening 12/10/14; closing 2/28/15. What it's about: Comedy about two bankers, their lovers, and the things they love the most: money, power, and satisfaction. Cast: Becca Ballenger, Pedro Carmo, Katrina Ferguson and Ethan Saks. Scenic design by Lauren Mills, costumes by Michael Alan Stein, lighting by Jamie Roderick and sound design by Samuel Godin.
TACT at Theatre Row 410 West 42nd Street(212) 239-6200.
Beth Henley's 1990 play What it's about:Bess and Macon, two mail-order brides are lured to the plains of Wyoming by the promise of new beginnings. As wild and unpredictable as the untamed West itself. Their comi adventure spans a 25-year journey, unearthing along the way the dark underside of American mythology and the unbreakable bonds of female friendship. Cast: TACT Company Members Kelly McAndrew, Tracy Middendorf, Jeff Talbott and Guest Artists Todd Lawson and Ted Koch. Running Time: Approx 2 hhours and 15 minutes. From 2/17/15; opening 3/01/15; closing 3/28/15 Wilson Chin (sets), Tracy Christensen (costumes), Philip Rosenberg (lights), and Toby Algya (sound). Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 - $59.25 (between 9th & 10th Avenues) between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily.
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.
Animals Out of Paper
Yolo! Productions and The Great Griffonat McAlphin Hall at West Park Presbyterian Church 165 West 86th Street
at Amsterdam Avenue
Revival ofby Rajiv Joseph play, directed by Merri Milwe. Cast: David Beck, Nairoby Otero, and Maneesh Sasikumar. From 2/07/15; opening2/12/15; closing 2/28/15. For more about the plot, here's a link to our review of a recent (different) production.
Westside Theatre 407 W 43rd St
A new solo comedy by Greg Edwards & Andy Sandberg starring Christina Bianco. What it's about: Bianco portrays rookie kindergarten assistant at exclusive private school on day applications are due. From 1/26/15; opening 2/10/15; closing 4/19/15.
The Artist & The Scientist
CAP21 Theatre 18 W. 18th Street, 5th Floor www.cap21
A new musical with book and lyrics by Jenny Stafford, music by Brandon Anderson, and story by Jenny Stafford and Brandon Anderson. What it's about: A love story exploring the conflicting ways in which we each see the world and the fears we have of losing ourselves in other people. From 2/04/15; closing 2/28/15. Wednesday-Saturday at 7 PM. Tickets are $18 general admission.
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
A Beautiful Day In November On The Banks Of The Greatest Of The Great Lakes
City Center Stage 2
New Georges in association with Women's Project Theater. Written by Kate Benson, directed by Lee Sunday Evans. From 1/13/15; opening 1/15/15; closing 2/07/15. What it's about: Thanksgiving at Wembly kitchen. The stands are nice and full, and a crowd has gathered. While a repeat of the Gravy Boat Episode of 1979 may not be in the offing,expect a flatware fumble or two, until everyone's in a turkey stupor, contemplating pie. Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission Our Review
Second Stage 43rd street, near 8th Avenue 2ST.com or 212-246-4422.
Stephen Adly Guirgis play which was widely praised during its run last summer at the Atlantic Theater, is getting a second life at Second State. It's directed by Austin Pendleton and stars Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan, Rosal Colon, Ron Cephas Jones, Liza Colón-Zayas, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Michael Rispoli. From 1/16/15; opening 2/11/15; closing 3/22/15.For an idea of what to expect, see Curtainup's review of the Atlantic Theater Production here
Black Angels Over Tuskegee
Actors Temple Theater 339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)
New historical drama by writer-director Layon Gray. Cast: Lamman Rucker , Demetrius Gross, Thom Scott II, Antonio Charity, Layon Gray, David Wendell Boykins, Derek Shaun, Jay Jones, and Rich Skidmore. From 1/29/10; opening 2/15/10. What it's about: Based on true events. Six men explore their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood as they become the first African American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Monday, Friday and Saturday evening at 8 PM, and Sundays at 5 PM. Tickets $31.50 and $56.50 Update: Besides move to Actor's Temple, news is that Tobias Truvillion joins the cast which also includes Lawrence Saint-Victor who is now rotating with Lamman Rucker. Open run. Our Review.
The Blonde Streak
Transport Group Theatre Company at Theatre 79, 79 E 4th St
The world premiere of Dan Lipton and David Rossmer's romantic musical comedy. What it's about: Walter, a hopelessly romantic chef,who gets jilted on his wedding day and takes off in the matrimonial limo with his best friend and his favorite ex to try to figure out why. A roadtrip of a mid-lifetime for three 30somethings, forced to deal with the endless and ageless struggle of growing up. Directed by Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III, From 7/05/15; opens 7/09/15; closing 8/16/15.
Blue Man Group
Astor Place, 423 Lafayette St. ((Astor Place/W. 4th St) 254-4370.
An extraordinary downtown hit. For details see Review.
Bright Half Life
Women's Project Theatre at City Center Stage II
written by Pulitzer Prize nomineeTanya Barfield, directed by Leigh Silverman. Cast: Rebecca Henderson and Rachel Holmes. From 2/17/15; closing 3/22/15. What it's about: Explores the relationship between two women in love. Set designer Rachel Hauck, costume designer Emily Rebholz, lighting designer Jen Schriever and sound designer Bart Fasbender (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).
Vineyard Theatre,108 East 15th St Vineyardtheatre.org
World premiere of new musical inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company and based on characters created by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. Book by Peter Lerman and Michael Mayer and music and lyrics by Lerman. From 1/29/15; opening 2/25/15; closing 3/22/15. Michael Mayer directs. Cast: Andrew Call, Gerard Canonico, Max Chernin, Nick Choksi, Nick Cordero, Matt Doyle, Ann Harada, John-Michael Lyles, Grace McLean , Olivia Oguma, , Tom Alan Robbins, Nicolette Robinson and Remy Zaken. What it's about: Trey Swieskowski is an idealistic hardware store clerk who dreams of becoming a superhero. Astrolass, Brooklyn's most celebrated superhero, is determined to throw in the cape and live like a normal Brooklynite. When they meet they hatch a plan that will change their lives forever. But can they save Brooklyn when it suddenly teeters on the brink of disaster? Scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Andrea Lauer, lighting design by Kevin Adams and sound design by Kai Harada, with Kimberly Grigsby serving as musical director.
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.
Bright Half Life
Women's Project, City Center Stage 2
World premiere by Tanya Barfield, directed by Leigh Silverman. From 2/15/15; closing 3/22/15. What it's about: Erica meets Vicki. Vicki marries Erica. Lives collide. Rewind. Pause. Fast forward. Love, skydiving, and the infinite moments that make a life together.
Vineyard Theater W. 15th Street
Book by Peter Lerman and Michael Mayer. Music and lyrics by Peter Lerman. Based on characters created by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. Choreography by Steven Hoggett. Directed by Michael Mayer. Cast: Matt Doyle, Nicolette Robinson, Nick Cordero, Andrew Call, Gerard Canonico, Grace McLean and Ann Harada. From 1/29/15; opening 2/25/15; closing 3/22/15. Scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Andrea Lauer, lighting design by Kevin Adams, and sound design by Kai Harada, with Kimberly Grigsby serving as musical director. What it's about: Trey Swieskowski is an idealistic hardware store clerk who dreams of becoming a superhero. Astrolass, Brooklyn's most celebrated superhero, is determined to throw in the cape and live like a normal Brooklynite. When they meet they hatch a plan that will change their lives forever. But can they save Brooklyn when it suddenly teeters on the brink of disaster? The show is inspired by the real Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company located in Park Slope
Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words
Triad Theater, 158 West 72 Street 212-868-4444
Audiences apparently enjoyed this enough for the producers to bring it back for another round of Monday night performances, beginning 9/08/08; opening 9/17/08. Open run. The celebrity guests rotate each week and will keep rotating as long as audiences keep coming. The guests interpret the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous, in both solo and ensemble pieces. The show begins its second open run season 9/14/09. All performances at 7:30 pm. Running time: 1 hr and 15 minutes.
New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street 212-239-620
From 2/06/15; opening 2/18/15/. A new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton arrives in New York after a praised Chicago premiere. What it's about: The famous world leader discusses his failures and his successes; his love of art, liquor and women; and the bravery of Britain's finest hour. It is March 1946 and Churchill has led Britain and the Allies to victory but has also been defeated for re-election as Prime Minister. Sitting in forced retirement with his wife Clementine at their Chartwell home, Churchill receives an invitation from President Harry Truman to speak in the States…at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where he will deliver his Iron Curtain speech. He arrives in Fulton to an informal and esoteric gathering of friends and supporters, and shares his life in flashback and in storytelling. Scenic and Lighting Design for CHURCHILL is by Jason Epperson, with Projection Design by Paul Deziel and Sound Design by Eric Backus. Mondays at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm and Sunday at 3pm at0.
Playwright's Realm at Peter Jay Sharp Theater 416 W. 42nd Stree
World Premiere by Anton Dudley, directed by Stephen Brackett. From 1/27/15; opening 2/05/15; closing 2/21/15. Cast: Suzanne Bertish s Eleanor, Colby Minifie) as Cammie, Devin Norik as Dash, Steven Rattazzi as Actor, Jon Norman Schneider as Claude, and Cheryl Sternnas Actress. What it's about: Somewhere in Paris, on a rainy night, a gargoyle falls in love with a pigeon, the ghost of Paul Verlaine recites poetry for passersby, and large glasses of emerald green absinthe are poured and consumed. Somewhere in Paris, on a rainy night, four Americans, lost and lonely, discover that their lives and their dreams are intertwined in ways they'd never imagined.
Cougar the Musical
St. Luke's Theatre 308 W 46th St (212) 239-620
By Donna Moore. What it's about: 3 disillusioned women who develop a taste for hot, young men. They let their inner cougar roar and purr, finding self-love and empowerment in the process. Cast: Danny Bernardy, Braxton, Catherine Porter, Babs Winn. Directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Set and sound design by Josh Iacovelli Costume design by Dustin Cross. From 7/16/12; opening 8/27/12; open run. Running Time: 90 Minutes. Wednesday at 8pm, Friday 8pm Saturday and Sunday at 2pm Our Review.
Clinton The Musical
New World Stages West 50th Street
Written by Paul and Michael Hodge, directed by Dan Knechtgeswill. From 3/26/15; opening 4/09/15. What it's about: The satire follows Bill and Hillary Clinton on their quest to save the presidency after a major scandal. Fine tuned since New York Musical Theatre Festival premiere in 2014. ( our NYMF review . Beowulf Boritt (scenic design), David Woolard (costume design), and Peter Fitzgerald (sound design). Cast: TBA
Cry, Trojans! (Troilus & Cressida)
Wooster Group at St. Ann's Warehouse (718) 254-8779.
From 3/24/15; closing 4/19/15. Told from the Trojans' side of the story, The Wooster Group tackles the notoriously problematic Troilus and Cressida and cracks it wide open. In their hands it becomes a ruggedly American interpretation of the spoils of war: the corruption of sincere love and the downfall of a noble hero. Cast: Ari Fliakos, Scott Shepherd and Kate Valk, with Max Bernstein, Eric Dyer, Jim Fletcher, Teresa Hartmann, Koosil-ja, Bobby McElver, Greg Mehrten, Suzzy Roche, Andrew Schneider and Casey Spooner. Tickets from $30.
DR2 Theatre 103 E. 15th St. 212.727.2737
Revival of Hugh Leonard's memory play. What it's about: Semi-autobiographical story of an Irishman's return home and his attempt to come to terms with the ghost of his recently deceased father. From 1/14/15; opening 1/21/15; closing 3/18/15. Tuesday & Thursday, 7PM; Wednesday & Saturday, 3PM & 8PM; Friday, 8PM; Sunday, 3PM Tickets: $70. Cast: Sean Gormley, Kristin Griffith, John Keating, Nicola Murphy, Paul O'Brien, Ciaran O'Reilly, Adam Petherbridge and Fiana Toibin. Directed by Charlotte Moore. DA has scenic design by James Morgan, costume design by Linda Fisher, lighting design by Michael Gottlieb, sound design by Zach Williamson, and wigs by Robert Charles Vallance. The Production Stage Manager is Pamela Brusoski. Running Time: 2 hours with 1 intermission. Da
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 will return to Manhattan for a n open-ended run starting 3/13/15.
The Lounge at Roy Arias Stages 300 West 43rd Street at 8th Avenue)
Update: The show closed at Quinn's bar but is now reopening for an off-Broadway run at the above venue beginning 11/01/14 and booked through next year with latest closing date 9/06/15 -- performance schedule www.drunkshakespeare.com/calendar A world premiere directed by David Hudson, conceived by Scott Griffin & Three Day Hangover. What it's about: The club's membership invites audiences to join them for a meeting in their society lounge. The evening begins with one actor drinking more than a sophisticated amount of alcohol before attempting to lead the cast through a Shakespeare story in sixty minutes. To be performed nightly by a rotating company of actors inclding Lucas Calhoun, Kristin Friedlander, Phil Gillen, Kate Gunther, Josh Hyman, Whit Leyenberger, Christina Liu, Lindsey Hope Pearlman, Louis Sallan and Damiyr Shuford. Maddie Bucci (set design), Caitlin Cisek (costume design) and Gordon Hamilton (composer). Our Review
Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre at Castillo Theatre 543 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues
1964 play by Amiri Baraka (a.k.a. LeRoy Jones), directed by Woodie King Jr. From 2/12/15; opening 2/19/15; closing 3/08/15. February 19th at the Castillo Theater (543 West 42nd Street). Cast: Ryan Jillian Kilpatrick and Michael Alcide, both of whom appeard in the Atlanta Black Theater Festrival production.. Scenic design by Chris Cumberbatch, costume design by Carolyn Adams and Ryan Jillian Kilpatrick, lighting design by Antoinette Tynes and sound & projection design by Bill Toles. What t's abut: The title is an allusion to The Dutch East India Company, the most renowned slave ship company of the 17th century, whose flagship for the voyages between West Africa and America, tradition says, was named Flying Dutchman. This production will include the music of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. Experimental, allegorical and angry, Dutchman and is set on a New York City subway train, where Lula, a young white woman, strikes up a conversation with Clay, a young middle-class black man.
New York Theatre Workshop
London import by David Greig, Directed by Ramin Gray who also directed the London premiere. Music by John Browne. Tue-Fri 7:30pm; Sat 2 and 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. Running Time 90 mins without Intermission. Cast: Neve McIntosh (new to the NY production) and Clifford Samuel reprising his London role.. From 2/04/15; opening; closing 3/22/15. What it's about: Follows a community’s search for compassion, peace and understanding in the wake of unthinkable violence.
Directed by Ramin GreyFor more about what to expect see our review of the London Production .
Everybody Gets Cake!
New York Premiere from Parallel Exit, created and performed by Joel Jeske, Danny Gardner and Brent McBeth, and directed by Mark Lonergan From 1/16/15; closing 2/08/15; opening 1/23/15.January 16 for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 8. Press opening is Friday, January 23 at 8:30 PM. Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM. What it's about: The Parallel Exit group will feature surreal sketches with innovative comedic influences from several different decades. From the silent film era to the talkies to Adult Swim. The design team includes Maruti Evans (set and lighting) and Oana Botez (costumes). Ben Model wrote the original score.
Every Brilliant Thing
Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue
The Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production comes to New York fresh off engagements in London and Edinburgh, as well as a UK tour. The play by Duncan Macmillan is directed by George Perrin. Cast: Jonny Donahoe and Perrin. From 12/06/14; opening 12/14; closing 3/29/15. What it's about: A young boy attempts to ease his mother's depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. Tuesday-Fridays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM & 7:30PM. Tickets $20 - $55. Our Review
Everything You Touch
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street
New York Premiere by Sheila Callaghan and directed by Jessica Kubzansky. From 1/28/15; opening 2/12/15; closing 3/29/15. What it's about: Victor is a ruthless 1970’s fashion designer at the top of his game. Esme is his glamorous protege and muse who is pushed aside when an ordinary Southern woman inspires Victor to make his artistry accessible to the masses. A generation later, a woman grappling with a healthy dose of self-loathing must wrestle her own family demons to find her way back through the world of fashion that won’t give her size a second look. A back and forth funnylook at the struggle to find an identity that’s more than skin deep. Cast: Christian Coulson, Allegra Rose Edwards, Chelsea Fryer, Tonya Glanz, Lisa Kitchens, Nina Ordman, Miriam Silverman, and Robbie Tann. Set design,Francois-Pierre Couture; costume design, Jenny Foldenauer; lighting design, Jeremy Pivnick; property design, John Zalewski. Running Time: Approx 2 hours, including 1 intermission
Snapple Theater Center 210 West 50th Street at Broadway, 212 - 307 - 4100
Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones. Music by Harvey Schmidt. Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays at 8PM; Wednesday and Saturdays at 2PM; Sundays at 3PM and 7:30PM The current cast: Edward Watts (El Gallo), Erik Altemus (Matt), Juliette Trafton (Luisa), Gene Jones (Hucklebee), Bill Bateman (Bellomy), MacIntyre Dixon (Henry), Michael Nostrand (Mortimer), Matt Leisy (The Mute)Our Review
Fashions For Men
Mint Theater 311 W. 43rd St.
Comedy by Ferenc Molnár, directed by Davis McCallum. From 2/03/15; closing 3/29/15. Tuesday – Thursday 7pm, Friday. & Saturday 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm; special Wednesday Matinees 2/18/, 2/25/3/25 at 2pm No Performances 2/17, 3/1 or 3/24. Cast:Mark Bedard, Joe Delafield, Jeremy Lawrence, Rachel Napoleon, Annie Purcell, Kurt Rhoads, Michael Schantz, Maren Searle, John Seidman, Jill Tanner, John Tufts, and Gabra Zackman. Sets by Daniel Zimmerman, costumes by Martha Hally, lighting by Eric Southern, sound and original music by Jane Shaw, and properties by Joshua Yocum. What it's about: Set in a high-class haberdashery in Budapest. The shop's owner, Peter Juhasz, is a saintly beacon of decency who only sees the good in everyone — making him easy prey for the sinners who surround him. When his wife steals his last dollar and runs off with his top salesman, Peter is on his own, facing bankruptcy? Will he wise up and learn to protect himself from those who would take advantage of his goodness? Or will he persist in seeing the world through the rose-colored lens of his own compassion? The play was first produced at Budapest's National Theater in 1917. Running time: Approx. 21/2 hours including 2 intermissions.
42 White Street
World premiere comedy by Cory Finley, directed by Flea Resident Director Courtney Ulrich. Cast: The Bats. From 3/04/15; closing 4/05/15. What it's about: Matt and Anna's relationship is going swimmingly, until the sewers under their apartment open up and begin to speak. The plumber is angry, Matt's paintings are getting stranger, and a storm is gathering. Thursday – Saturday at 9pm, Sunday at 7pm and an additional performance on Wednesday, March 4 at 9pm. Tickets are $15 - $35 with the lowest priced tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Five Times In One Night
Ensemble Studio Theatre 549 West 52nd Street.
Chiara Atik's ply directed by R.J. Tolan. Cast: Dylan Dawson & Darcy Fowler. From 2/12/15; opening 2/23/15; closing 3/21/15. What it's about: a comic survey of sexual relations throughout human history, features the 2 actors as five different couples in five different time periods.
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 4/15/15. Tuesday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2:00pm, Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 7:30pm and 10:00pm, Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm. Tickets, $49-$79. What it's about: a trio of girlfriends setting aside staid book club fare in favor of a sexier sort of page-turner. Interest piqued, they devour the novel while the notorious characters', Anastasia and Christian, delicious affair comes to life before their eyes. Book by Al Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward, and Dan Wessels; music and lyrics by Amanda Blake Davis, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward, Al Samuels and Dan Wessels. Set and Costume Design is by John Dunnett, Lighting Design is by Herrick Goldman, and Sound Design is by Matt Kraus. Joy Dewing is the casting director.
Pan Asian Repertory, Beckett Theatre 410 W 42nd Street
New York premiere of atmospheric noir mystery set in 1940s China written by Singaporean playwright Damon Chua. From 1/17/15; opening 1/22/15; closing 2/08/15.
Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow Street
Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about three low-paid employees of a rundown movie theater will have another showing in Greenwich Villace. It will again be directed by Sam Gold and feature Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Matthew Maher and Aaron Clifton Moten. While the playwright will tweak to fit the new space, it will retain its controversial more than 3 hour length. From 5/07/15; opening 5/28/15; no closing date announced.. For an idea of what to expect see our review of the Playwright Horizon prodction click here
The Gazillion Bubble Show
New World Stages Stage 2 340 West 50th Street212.239.6200
Bubble artist Fan Yang's family entertainment show. From 2/15/07; opening 2/15/07; open ended. Wed at 11am and 2pm ; Sat 11am, 2pm and 4:30pm; Sunday at 12pm (noon) and 3pm. $44.50 - $64.50 . Run Time:1 hour, 20 minutes (no intermission) The rotating cast: Fan, Ana, Jano, Denibr>
Storm Theatre is located in the Church of the Notre Dame, 114th Street and Morningside Drive
Anita Loos's play based on the novella by Colette. Peter Dobbins directs. Cast: Connie Castanzo as Gigi along with Justin Adams, Kate Chamuris, Jamil Chokachi, Cheri Paige Fogelman, Kathleen Huber and Evangelina Kinglsey. Set design is by Brian Dudkiewicz; costumes by Courtney Irizarry and lighting design by Michael Adams. From 1/09/15; opening 1/17/15; closing 2/14/15. Thu. - Sat. at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. This revival is especially timely with a new revial of the musical coming to Broadway Grounded
Public's Anspacher Theater 420 Lafayette St.
George Brant's ripped-from-the-headlines solo play starring Anne Hathaway snd directed by Julie Taymor. From 4/07/15; opening 4/23/15/closing 4/23/15. Running Time: 65 minutes. Scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Will Pickens, production design by Peter Nigrini, and ohe what to expect, here's a lonk to our review of the London production Tuesdays through Sundays at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. (There is no 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, April 11.)
Axis Theatre One Sheridan Square www.axiscompany.org
World premiere written and directed by Marc Palmieri. From 2/11/15; opening 2/18/15 closing 3/08/15. What it's about: After stumbling upon a small outdoor production of a Shakespeare play in Manhattan, Long Island landscaper Bob Malone is inspired to write a play about his troubled marriage. He hires two reluctant New York theaterD professionals to spend a week at his home and stage the play in his garage with a cast of colorful locals. The comedy meditates on the meaning of the final moments of Love's Labour's Lost, and the surprising effects a play can have on the most unsuspecting, and perhaps most deserving of us all. Cast: Eva Kaminsky,Robert Ierardi, Brian Barnhart, Kendall Rileigh, Benjamin Russell, Emily Kratter and Jerry Matz. The play was presented in 2012 at South Coast Repertory's NewSCRipts Series, in 2011 at Penobscot Theatre Company's Northern Writes Festival and work shopped at the Lark Play Development Center.
[Sam Harris's] Ham: A Musical Memoir
Theater 511 at Ars Nova
A theatrical event based on Sam Harris' book, HAM: Slices of a Life (a collection of stories and essays published by Simon & Schuster). Directed by Billy Porter. A memoir of Harris' successful 30 year career as actor, vocalist and, now, author. From 1/08/15; opening 1/12/15; closing 1/24/15. Wednesdays to Monday at 8:00PM. Run time is aprox: 80 mins Our Review
Public's Newman Theater 420 Lafayette St. 212/967-755www.publictheater.org
Book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda who also plays the title role. Inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and directed by Thomas Kail. From 1/20/15; opening 2/17/15; closing 3/22/15-- extended before opening now closing 4/05/15. Tuesdays through Sundays at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. (There is no 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 24 and Saturday, January 31)There is no 8:00 p.m. performance on Sunday, March 8 and Sunday, March 15). Cast in addition to Miranda: s Carleigh Bettiol (Ensemble); Ariana DeBose (Ensemble); Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson); Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler); Sydney James Harcourt (Ensemble); Sasha Hutchings (Ensemble); Christopher Jackson (G eorge Washington); Brian d'Arcy James (King George); Thayne Jasperson (Ensemble); Stephanie Klemons (Swing); Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, Phillip Hamilton); Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr); Jon Rua (Ensemble); Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton); Seth Stewart (Ensemble); Betsy Struxness (Ensemble); Ephraim Sykes (Ensemble); and Voltaire Wade-Greene (Swing). Scenic design by David Korins; costume design by Paul Tazewell; lighting design by Howell Binkley; sound design by Nevin Steinberg; music direction and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire; and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler.
A Happy End
Abingdon in the June Havoc Theatre (12 W. 36th Street
A new play by Iddo Netanyahu, directed by Alex Dmitriev. From 2/27/15; opening 3/11/15; closing 3/29/15. Cast: Curzon Dobell, Lori Gardner, Phil Gillen, Carmit Levité, Joel Ripka and Allison SikoM. What it's about. In 1932 a Jewish family is faced with the decision whether to leave Berlin amid the imminent rise of the Nazi Party. They struggle to believe that Germany's traditions of art, science and democracy will not change as Hitler comes to power. Although the signs of danger are increasing, the family ponders whether to seek an unknown future outside their beloved Germany or stay. Accordng to the playwright it's not exclusively a World War II or Holocaust story, but about how we perceive events around us, how we truly judge them and what role self-delusion might play in our most important decisions. Blair Mielnik (set), Katy Atwell (lighting), Laura Crow (costumes), David Margolin Lawson (sound), and Dennis Corsi (projections).
Snapple Theater Center
New musical by Vinnie Favale and Frankie Keane. From 9/13/14; opening 10/25/14; open-ended. What it's about: 3 women have come together at the home of world renowned psychic Jason Richards, desperate to make contact with their loved ones who have past. Unbeknownst to them, the spirits materialize during the reading and we discover that, like the living, they are also having a great deal of difficulty moving on. Over the course of the session the spirits get revelations and see a side of their family that they haven't seen before. And as the living share their stories, the spirits struggle with their decision as to whether or not they should make contact…because once they do, they will cross over to the unknown of the Hereafter. Cast: Frankie Keane, Deborah Tranelli, Pierce Cravens, Jill Shackner, Paul Blankenship, Eileen Faxas, Carolyn Mignini, Courtney Capek, Tanisha Gary, Kissy Simmons, Margaret Kelly and Alan Kalter
Home In Her Heart
Stage Left Studio 214 West 30th Street, 6th Floor (between 7th & 8th Avenues) www.stageleftstudio.net
Margaret Morrison's love story with music, directed by Cheryl King. Cast: , Ava Jenkins and Margaret Morrison. From 1/13/15; opening 1/30/15; closing 3/10/15. Running time is 80 minutes. Tickets, $22. What it's about: Set against a backdrop of 1939 Nazi-threatened London, tells the story of American expats Claire Hicks, a widowed African-American pianist, and white drag king Jimmie LeRoy, who works as a singing, tap dancing male impersonator. For the past three years, they have been living and working together in England, enjoying their nightly ovations and their day-to-day loving existence. When Hitler threatens war on Great Britain, the Embassy orders all Americans out of England and the women must face the harsh reality of returning to a segregated U.S. As they pack to leave, the specters of exile, racism, and homophobia make the very dream of their love seem impossible.
The Iceman Cometh
BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn
Eugene O'Neill's play brings the Goodman Theater's revival, directed by Robert Falls and featuring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy to Brooklyn. From 2/05/15; closing 3/15/15. Running time: 4 hours and 45 minutes, with 3 intermissions.
I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W 16th St.
World premiere by Halley Feiffer, directed by Trip Cullman. What it's about: Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father David proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her off-Broadway debut… and things unravel from there.Reed Birney (David) and Betty Gilpin (Ella). From 1/07/15; opening Night 1/20/15; closing 3/01/15. Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission. Our Review
Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
The McCarter Theatre Center and Fiasco Theater Production of of the musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine -- as reimagined by Fiasco Theater and directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld. From 12/18/14; opening 1/22/15; closing 4/12/15. Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. Running Time 2 hours and 45 minutes with intermission For an idea of what to expect from this 10-actor producton, read Simon Saltzman's New Jersey production review Our Review
Peter Jay Sharp Theater
World Premiere of a new musical play by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Commendation winner (2008) and finalist (2013) Jenny Schwartz. Music and lyrics by Todd Almond, oratorio lyrics by Ms. Schwartz, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll. From 3/20/15. Details TBA
John & Jen
Keen Company at Clurman Theatre 410 West 42nd Street
Music by Andrew Lippa, lyrics by Tom Greenwald, and a book by Lippa and Greenwald. Directed by Jonathan Silverstein. This 1995 Lippa musical Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan and will include the a new song. From 2/10/15; opening 2/26/15; closing 3/22/15. It will star Kate Baldwin and will include the premiere of a new song, "Trouble with Men." What it's about: In a changing America between 1950 and 1990, this musical about brothers and sisters and parents and children tells the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, and his namesake, her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday matinees at 3pm.
Josephine and I
Public Theater's Joe's Pub
After The River closes, Cush Jumbo will be doing her solo show, as directed by Phyllida Lloyd. From 2/27/15; opening 3/10/15; closing 4/05/15. What it's about: Interweaves a modern day story of an ambitious young woman with the life of Josephine Baker whichinspires a young woman to face up to the sacrifices required to follow one's dreams.
Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project 45 Bleecker Street
Benjamin Scheuer's charming autobiographical solo-muscal gets a return engagement. It's again directed by Sean Daniels. From 2/03/15; opening 2/08/15; closing 3/29/15. Wednesdays at 7:30 PM, Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 5 PM & 8 PM, Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $26 to $75. To read my original review of the show go here.
The Liquid Plain
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd StreetNew York Premiere by Naomi Wallace, inspired by Marcus Rediker's book The Slave Ship and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. From 2/17/15; opening 3/08/15/ closing 3/29/15. Cast: Ito Aghayere as Dembi, LisaGay Hamilton as Bristol, Robert Hogan as James De Wolfe, Michael Izquierdo as Cranston, Kristolyn Lloyd as Adjua, Karl Miller as Balthazar/William Blake, Tuck Milligan as Gifford, Tara A. Nicolas as Guinea Worm, Johnny Ramey as Liverpool Joe, Lance Roberts as Nesbitt. What it's about: On the docks of late 18th century Rhode Island, two runaway slaves, Adjua and Dembi, plan a desperate and daring run to freedom. When a chance encounter triggers an unexpected collision of worlds, painful truths are uncovered and the brutality of past crimes spills into the next generation. This bringing together of an American-born escaped slave, an African-born escaped woman and a trio of white American, black English and white Irish sailors won the 2012 Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play. Riccardo Hernandez (Scenic Design), Paul Tazewell (Costume Design), Thom Weaver (Lighting Design), Shane Rettig (Sound Design), Alex Koch (Projection Design), UnkleDave’s Fight-House (Fight Direction).
Little Children Dream Of God
Roundabout Black Box Theatre, at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
A new play by Jeff Augustin, directed by Giovanna Sardelli. From 1/22/15; opening 2/17/15; closing 4/05/15. The cast: Gilbert Cruz (Manuel), Dashiell Eaves (Trevor), Carl Hendrick Louis (Toussaint and Man), Maurice Jones (Joel), Chris Myers (Vishal), Deirdre O'Connell (Carolyn), Carra Patterson (Sula) and Crystal Lucas-Perry (Madison). What it's about: On a balmy night in Miami, a soon-to-be mother, Sula, floats ashore on a car tire. Having braved a perilous journey to escape her native Haiti, Sula is determined to forge a better life in America for her unborn son. She soon finds safety in an apartment building that shelters refugees in need, joining a diverse community of immigrants, each with their own unique dreams and dilemmas. But even though the life she has hoped for seems within reach, Sula knows she can't outrun her demons forever.Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:00PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30PM. Part of Roundabout's low ticket price initiative to attract new audiences, with tickets at just $20.
Lives of the Saints
Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street
David Ives collection will feature three new playle and direction by John Rando. Cast: Arnie Burton, Carson Elrod, Rick Holmes, Kelly Hutchinsonand Liv Rooth . From 2/03/15; opening 2/24/15; closing 3/27/15. Tues - Thurs 7pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2&8pm, Sun 3pm. There is an added 2pm matinee on Wednesday, March 25. There are no performances on Wednesday, March 4 or Tuesday, March 17. Tickets are $70. Scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design and original music by John Gromada, wig design by Tom Watson.
Long Story Short
59E59 Theaters www.59e59.or
Adapted as a pop-rock musical by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda from David Schulner play An Infinite Ache, and directed by Kent Nicholson. Cast: Pearl Sun, currently in Broadway's If/Then, will play the role of Hope. Bryce Ryness will play Charles. What it's about: Follows a Jewish and an Asian-American couple from first date to old age. From 2/28/15; closing 3/29/15.
Love / Sick
Royal Family Performing Arts Space (Formerly American Globe Theatre)145 West 46th St (between 7th and 6th Avenues, north side of the street) http://royalfamilyproductions.org/
New York premiere by John Cariani, directed by Chris Henry. Cast: Justin Hagan, Simone Harrison, Dee Roscioli, Debargo Sanyal From 2/06/15; opening 2/09/15; closing 2/26/25. Choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. What it's about: A darker cousin to Almost, Maine, this is an a one act, nine-play cycle about love and loss. Each play has its own arc and tells the story of a couple at a crossroads in their relationship. Since each relationship is more advanced than the previous relationship. Shannon Rednour (Sets), Lux Haac (Costumes), Lucrecia Briceno (Lights), Danny Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3:00 pm.Erdberg (Sound). Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 5:30PM; Sunday & Monday at 7PM. Running time is 90 minutes. Tickets are $18. Running Time: 90 Minutes
The Man of the Hour
Metropolitan Playhouse 20 East Fourth Street. Between Avenues A & B (212) 995 5302
George H. Broadhurst's political melodrama. From 2/20/15; opening 2/27/15; closing 3/22/15. Cast: Victor Barranca, Jon Kakaley, Kelly King, Kathleen Littlefield, Eric Loscheider, Taylor D. Martin, Tom Paolino, Jed Peterson, John Rengstorff, Matthew Sanders, Ashley Springer, Bill Tatum, Susan Wands and Dared Wright. What it's about: About the infighting, crooked backroom deals and rampant cronyism inspired by the real-life characters of Tammany Hall. The Savoy Theatre where the play ran for 479 performances from 1906-1908, is no longer around, but the venue named after Broadhurst is.
A Month In The Country
CSC 136 East 13th Street
Ivan Turgenev's play directed by Erica Schmidt. From 1/09/15; opening 1/29/15; closing 2/15/15. Cast: Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister on HBO's Game of Thrones) and Taylor Schilling (Piper Chapman on Netflix's Orange Is The New Black) as Rakitin and Natalya; also Anthony Edwards, Annabella Sciorra and Elizabeth Franz, Peter Appel, Ian Etheridge, Mike Faist, James Joseph O'Neil, Elizabeth Ramos, Thomas Jay Ryan, Frank Van Putten and Megan West. Our Review
MCC at Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street www.mcctheater.org
New York premiere of thriller by Jennifer Haley,directed by Anne Kaufman. Cast: Ben Rosenfield and Sophia Anne Caruso asWoodnut and Iris; also Peter Friedman and Frank Wood. From 2/04/15; opening 2/24/15; closing 3/15/15. What it's about: There is a new immersive realm for the senses online, a virtual playground where those who plug in are coaxed into acting out their darkest fantasies – with no consequences in the real world. Or so it seems…until a young female detective begins an investigation to determine if there is a point at which thought or intention may actually constitute a crime within and outside ofthis new frontier. Running Time: 75 Minutes.
New World Stages Stage 1, 340 West 50th Street
Musical play about the enigmatic Edgar Allan Poe that combines music, poetic storytelling and stagecraft to tell the life story of a literary rock star in his day. From 1/14/15; opening 1/25/15; open-ended. Monday, 7PM; Wednesday & Friday, 8PM; Thursday & Saturday, 2:30PM & 8PM; Sunday, 3PM. Cast: Gaelan Beatty,Shannon Blanchett,Beth Graham,Ryan Parker,Garett Ross,Scott Shipeley. Book and direction by Jonathan Christenson. Bretta Gerecke (Sets, Costumes & Lighting) Laura Krewski (Choreographer). Running Time: 2 hours and 2 15 minutes, 1 intermission. 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.
The Flea 42 White Street
World Premiere musical. Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth Swados and Erin Courtney. Composed and Directed by Elizabeth Swados. Choreography by Ani Taj / Musical Direction by Trevor Bachman / Musical Arrangements by Kris Kukulln. Cast: The Bats. What it's about: The young rebellious iconoclast Isabelle Eberhardt finds utter beauty and terrifying madness in her quest to live and die by her own rules. Thursday – Saturday and Monday at 7PM, and Sunday at 3PM. Tickets are $15 - $70 with the lowest priced tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. From 3/04/15; closing 4/05/15.
Theater for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn
Theatre for a New Audience presents Soho Rep.'s production of the play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Sarah Benson. From 2/14/15; opening 2/26/15; closing 3/08/15. Cast: Maechi Aharanwa, Pascale Armand, Danielle Davenport, Amber Gray, Ian Lassiter, Austin Smith, Haynes Thigpen, and Mary Wiseman. Running time: Two and a half hours including intermission. To read our review when it played at Soho Rep last year, click here
Once Upon a Mattress
Transport Group at Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement 466 Grand St
The Princess and the Pea tale inspired musical will star Jackie Hoffman as the less-than-regal Princess Winnifred to win the hapless heart of Prince Dauntless played by John "Lypskina" Epperson. Bot reprise the roles they performed in a one-night-only concert presentation in June 2013. Music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall. Barer, and a book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer, and Dean Fuller. Transport founder and chief Cummings will direct. From 11/29/15; closing 1/03/16.
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.
Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theate 416 W. 42nd St.
World Premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Melissa James Gibson, directed by Daniel Aukin. From 2/20/15; opening 3/16/15; closing 4/05/15. Cast: Kristen Connolly, William Jackson Harper, Alex Hurt and Florencia Lozano. What it's about: Louise (Ms. Connolly) is working on a placebo controlled study of a new female arousal drug. As her work in the lab navigates the blurry lines between perception and deception, more and more these same questions pertain to her life at home. Scenic and costume designs by David Zinn, lighting design by Matt Frey and sound design by Ryan Rumery. 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. The Wednesday evening, March 4 performance has an 8PM curtain and the Thursday evening, March 5 performance (a special performance for those age 30 and under) has an early 7PM curtain.
Atlantic Theater's Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
World premiere written & directed by Doug Wright. From 2/25/15; opening 3/15/15; closing 4/05/15. Cast: Hamish Linklater, John Noble, Dale Soules, Henry Stram and Mickey Theis. What it's about: Norway' s most celebrated sculptor is hired to create the last official portrait of its most famous writer, but Henrik Ibsen proves to be an irascible, contentious sitter, as the two men wage war over his legacy and his likeness. Scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by David Lander and original music and sound design by David Van Tieghem.
Abrons Art Center 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)
New musical by the Civilians. Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman, book by Bess Wohl, directed by Steve Cosson. Cast: Alyse Alan Louis, Marrick Smith, Luba Mason, John Behlmann, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Steve Rosen, Lulu Fall, and Jared Zirilli. What it's about: An insider’s glimpse into a world that is far more than the sum of its (very) visib $55 for all tickets. From 1/31/15/opening 2/07/15/closing 3/01/15
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater 416 West 42nd Street
New York premiere of a new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris, Directed by Pam MacKinnon. From 5/22/15. What it's about: Thou shalt covet thy neighbor's wife. And thy neighbor, too, at this suburban get-together for partner-swapping couples. Drawn in by The Lifestyle's promise of freedom and titillation, newly-married Chris and Kristy attend an alcohol-fueled party for swingers, only to find themselves at odds with the idea of free love and, suddenly, each other. Idealism devolves into chaos. More details TBA
New Group at at The Pershing Square Signature Center The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street
A New York Premiere by Joel Drake Johnson, directed by Cynthia Nixon. Cast: Patricia Conolly, Darren Goldstein, Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest. From 1/27/15; opening 2/11/15; closing 3/22/15. & Production
The Road To Damascus
Directors Company at 59E59 Theaters
World premiere of political thriller by Tom Dulack and directed by Michael Parva. From 1/17/15; opening 1/27/15; closing 3/01/15. Tuesday – Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM. What it's about: Imaginary world where the first black African Pope is in the Vatican, and the first third party President in American history is in the White House. When suicide bombers strike Manhattan's St. Patrick's Cathedral and a train station in Miami, the US is sent in a tailspin. With America under attack and a full-scale civil war raging in Syria, the President must act. Will the Pope intervene directly in American foreign policy in Syria, or will he acquiesce? Cast: Rufus Collins as Dexter Hobhouse, Larisa Polonsky (as Nadia Kirilenko, and Mel Johnson Jr. as Pope Augustine, Robert Verlaque as Cardinal Medeiros, Joris Stuyck as Bishop Guzman, Joseph Adams as Teddy Bowles, and Liza Vann as Bree Benson.Brittany Vasta (scenic design); Graham Kindred (lighting design); Lux Haac (costume design); and Quentin Chiappetta (original music/sound design). Our Review
The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street
Bridget Everett back at Joe's Pub from 1/06/15; closing 2/20/15. Our Review
Rocket to the Moon
Peccadillo Theater Company at Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th Street 212-352-3101 www.thepeccadillo.com
Revival of 1938 play by Clifford Odets directed byDan Wackerman. From 2/10/15; opening 2/23/15; closing 3/28/15. Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 2pm and 7pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $75. What it's abut: Set in New York City during the Great Depression, Rocket to the Moon tells the story of Ben Stark, a middle-aged dentist whose career and loveless marriage are in shambles. A beautiful, ambitious and idealistic assistant, Cleo, walks into Ben's office, and Ben falls in love for the first time in his life. Cleo offers Ben the possibility of a new and happier future, and Ben struggles about whether or not to take a rocket to the moon. Cast: Ned Eisenberg, George Morfogen, Lou Liberatore, Katie McClellan, Marilyn Matarrese, Larry Bull and Michael Keyloun. Scenic and lighting design by Harry Feiner , costume design by Amy C. Bradshaw, sound design by David Thomas and props by Nelly Reyes.
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Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, west of Seventh Avenue South
Written by Laith Nakli and directed by Bruce McCarty. From 1/15/15; opening 1/29/15; closing 2/22/15. What it's about: it's spring of 2011, five weeks into the civil uprising in Syria. Jameel, a 30-something-year-old Syrian-American writer is in his New York apartment waiting for a houseguest to arrive from DC. An older Syrian ex-patriot and a leader in the anti-Syrian government movement, Haytham, has come to New York on business. Jameel is overwhelmed with excitement to have someone of Haytham's stature in his home and the two share stories from their younger days in Syria. An unclear tension arises, leading them into a re-examination of their lives and a revelation of how their different pasts have intertwined and forced them into s at 5:choices that neither ever imagined. Cast: Zarif Kabier and Laith Nakli. Set design by John McDermott; costume design by Lisa Renee Jordan; lighting design by Peter West; sound design by Janie Bullard. Approx. 85 minutes without intermission Our Review
Shut Up, Sit Down & Eat
Snapple Center 1627 Broadway at 50 Street, 4th Floor 212 921 7862 ShutUpSitDownAndEat.com. br> A return engagement, from 2/15/15/closing 5/31/15. Sundays at 5:15PM. Tickets are $65 - $80. Running Time is 90 minutes
Sistas: The Musical
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46th Street(212) 239-6200
What it's about: Musical journey, of a multi-generational African-American Family. The narrative is stitched together using the lyrics of songs that perfectly capture the mood and speaks to the issues of each period and time. In the end, the women find strength in each others' stories and arrive at a way to best honor the memory of their beloved Grandma - a seminal figure in their development as strong and accomplished women. From 9/29/2011/ opening 10/2011/; Open-Ended. Thursday at 7:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 pm Tickets:$39.50-$69.50.Directed by Kenneth Ferrone. Written by Dorothy Marcic
Flea Theater 40 White Street
Extended run of by Kim Davies, directed by Tom Costello and featuring members of The Bats, Stephen Stout, Madeline Bundy, Ivan Dolido and Adelind Horan.; The play began in August 2014, now closing 2/01/15. What it's about: An erotic power play that brings an entitled college student and a jaded wannabe artist past the verge. Andrew Diaz (Set Design), Beth Goldenberg (Costume Design), Daisy Long (Lighting Design), Lee Kinney (Sound Design), and Jesse Geguzis (Fight Choregraphy). Tickets are $15 to $55 with the lowest priced tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Miranda Theatre Company at the Lion on Theater Row Theplay.com (212) 239-6200
New version of Joe Pintauro's play directed by Valentina Fratti. From 2/03/15; opening; 2/08/15; closing 2/28/15. Cast: Robert Cuccioli, Angelina Fiordellisi, Stephen Plunkett, David McElwee and Timothy Hassler. What it's about: In 1964 Brooklyn Rocco Lazarra (Cuccioli) is returning home to face his family, a year after having suffered a nervous breakdown. His fiery wife, Filumena (Fiordellisi) hasn't left their house since before his departure, and longs for her native Sicily. Their two sons — Sebbie (Plunkett), a car mechanic, and Blaise (McElwee), a college dropout — urge her to get out of the house, but with no success. Sebbie longs to escape his complicated relationship with his mother, who knows he is gay but denies it, while his younger brother Blaise tries to earn the motherly love Filumena has never shown him. And now, with Rocco's long-anticipated return, the family fears his temperament and instability will once again throw their lives into chaos. Scenic design by Patrick Rizzotti, costume design by Brooke Cohen, lighting design by Travis McHale, sound design and original music by Quentin Chiappetta and hair and wig design by Rob Green and J. Jared Janas. Tickets are $45-$55.
Actor's Temple Theatre, 339 West 47th Street
Reconceived off-Broadway production by Daniel S. Wise and David Schechter,with music by Schlomo Carlebach, and directed by Mindy Cooper. From 11/28/14; opening 12/14/14; closing The Show is now told in one act, running 100 minutes. What it's about: Story of the father of popular Jewish music, Shlomo Carlebach, and his . unlikely friendship with Nina Simone, the high priestess of Soul. Cast: Josh Nelson, Dan'yelle Willi amson, Dianna Barger, Debra Cardona, Jacob Heimer, Anthony Laciura, Don Meehan, Hayden Wall, Lee Hollis Bussie, Rosalie Graziano, Janelle McDermoth, Erin Mosher, John Plumpis, and Jesse Swimm. Scenic design is by David Goldstein, costume design is by Tristan Raines, lighting design is by Zach Blane, sound design is by Raymond Schilke, projection design is by Brad Peterson, and orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Steve Margoshes. original version review in 2013
The New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Center,480 West 42nd Street
World premiere oc comedy written by and starring Jesse Eisenberg, star of t The Social Network. What it's about: An angry yobung man who is out to win back his grade school crush. Directed by Scott Elliott. Details TBA
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.
Sun and Room
Paradise Factory 64 E. 4th St.
Written by Danny Mitarotondo. Directed by Shannon Fillion From 2/0t/14; opening 2/06/15; closing 2/28/15.Wed—Mon at 8pm, Sat—Sun at 2pm & 8pm. Tickets: $12—20 What it's about: 3 college kids hanging out on a Friday night—from sunset to sunrise.
Swing Of The Sea
MTC City Center Stage I World Premiere by Richard Greenberg, directed By Lynne Meadow. From 5/26/15; opening 6/16/15. What it's about: Patriarch Max has died, leaving behind two sons, Brett and Alec, and a lover Vivi. All three reunite for one evening in Vivi's New York apartment. Secrets, passions and ghosts of the past emerge for this trio as each of them faces an uncertain future.
Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street www.tailspinshow.com or(866) 811-4111.
The 2012 New York International Fringe Festival hit created and written by Mario Correa and directed by Tony-nominee Dan Knechtges gets an off-Broadway run from 9/18/14; opening 10/01/14; extended to February but then changing to an closing of 1/0415. What it's about: comedy drawn verbatim from the leaked e-mails, raunchy texts and tell-tale tweets that brought down politicians Mark Sanford Anthony Weiner.Cast: Rachel Dratch, as the Wives, Tails, Beards and Barbara Walters. Scenic and projection designs by Caite Hevner Kemp, costume design by Jen Caprio, lighting design by Ryan O'Gara, and sound design by John Emmett O'Brien. The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 3pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 5pm. Our Review
Texas in Paris
York Theatre at Saint Peter' s, Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue)(212) 935-582 www.yorktheatre.org
World premierd of a new musical play based on a true story by Alan Govenar with spirituals, cowboy songs and country hymns. Cast: Lillias White andScott Wakefield. Akin Babatunde directs. From 1/27/15; opening 2/05/15; closing 3/01/15. What it's about: The musical journey of a man and a woman, one white, one black, invited to France to perform at the Maison des Cultures du Monde. They have never met, have no professional singing experience, and face the challenge of working together and co-existing in an unfamiliar world. Apprehensive of each other, they struggle with preconceptions but forge a surprising spiritual bond that transforms their on-stage performance and their lives. Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday-Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
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.
6 at 8:30 PM (Opening Night) Titus Andronicus
Main Stage Theater at HERE 145 6th Avenue; enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring
From 1/22/15; opening 1/26/15; closing 2/08/15. Tuesday - Saturday at 8:30 PM; Sunday at 4 PM (added performance on Monday, January 26 at 8:30 PM; no performances on Saturday, January 24 or Tuesday, January 27 at 8:30 PM. Tickets, $18. Shakespeare's bloody tale adapted and directed by New York Shakespeare Exchange Artistic Director Ross Williams and Viewed through acontemporary American lens. Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes. Cast: Brendan Averett (Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream for Theatre for a New Audience) stars as Titus Andronicus, with Gretchen Egolf as Tamora, Vince Gatton as Emperor Saturninus, and Warren Jackson as Aaron the Moor. The ensemble cast includes Adam Kezele, Kate Lydic, Terence MacSweeny, Joseph Mitchell Parks, Nathaniel P. Claridad (Here Lies Love), Ethan Itzkow, Kerry Kastin, Cody Leroy Wilson, and Sean Hinckle. Our Review
Ugly Lies the Bone
Roundabout Undergroun Black Box Theatre Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 West 46th Street.
World premiere by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Patricia McGregor From 9/10/15 All What it's about: Newly discharged soldier Jess has finally returned to her Florida hometown. She brings with her not only vivid memories of her three tours in Afghanistan, but painful burns that have left her physically and emotionally scarred. Jess soon realizes that things at home have changed even more than she has. Through the use of virtual reality video game therapy, she builds a new world where she can escape her pain. As Jess advances farther in the game, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself. Roundabout Underground is an initiative showcases new plays that will either give a debut production to an emerging writer or director or allow an experienced director to go back to his/her creative roots and for audiences to see the play for just $20 General Admission in the 62-seat theater.
The Undeniable Sound Of Right Now
Rattlestick Playwright Theater
Women's Project co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater by Laura Eason, directed by Kirsten Kelly. From 3/18/15; closing 5/03/15. What it's about: It's 1992. Hank is struggling to keep his legendary rock club going amid changing times and changing tastes. When his beloved daughter, Lena, starts dating a rising star DJ, Hank must contend with the destructive power of the next big thing.
Claire Tow Theater v 212.239.6200
Nick Jones' world premiere. What it's about: Josephine, a stay-at-home mom and struggling writer, is offered an unusual deal for her memoir: she has to make her life exciting enough to publish. Mysterious and even sinister events start happening to her, and she has to decide how far she is willing to go to make her life into art. From 1/31/15; opening; closing 3/15/15. Monday, Wednesday to Friday, 7PM; Saturday & Sunday, 2PM & 7PM Tickets: Tickets: $20. Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs. Andrew Boyce (Sets), Paloma Young (Costumes) Matthew Richards (Lighting).
Clurman Theatre 410 West 42 Street
World Premiere by Victor L. Cahn, directed by Eric Parness. From 1/09/15; opening 1/12/15; closing 1/31/15. What it's about: Claire returns from an afternoon of shopping and discovers that one of her packages is missing. In an effort to retrieve it, she calls the store and a series of events unravels that draw the three women into game of cat and mouse with unexpected results. Running time: 90 minutes including an intermission. Cast: Alice Bahlke, Julia Campanelli, Corey Tazmania. Jennifer Varbalow (Set Designer), Brooke Cohen (Costume Designer), Pamela Kupper (Lighting Designer), Nick Simone (Sound Designer). Our Review
Wayra: Fuerza Bruta
Daryl Roth Theatre 101 East 15th Street Between Union Square East and Irving Place
Fuerzabruta, presents his new material and revisits previous materials. It's still general admission, no seats so you You will be on your feet during the 80 minute performance and may be asked to move and/or participate. It is recommended that you dress casually and check articles with the coat check service and be aware that strobe lights, loud noises, water, mist & fog. Composer: Gaby Kerpel. Director: Diqui James From 6/27/14; opening 7/08/14; open ended. May be inappropriate for 7 and under. Our Review
The Way We Get By
Second Stage W. 43rd Street
World premiere by by Neil Labute, directed by Leigh Silverman with Thomas Sadoski And Amanda Seyfried. From 4/28/15; opening 5/20/15; closing 6/14/15. What it's about: Beth and Doug have no problems getting dates with their partners of choice. What they do have, however, is a very awkward encounter after spending one hot night together following a drunken wedding reception they attend. They wake up to a blurry morning where the rules of attraction, sex and society are waiting for them before their first cup of coffee, which leads them to ponder how much they really know about each other and how much they really care about what other people think. the world premiere will now begin previews earlier on April 28 and play a limited engagement through June 14. Opening night is set for May 20 Wiesenthal
Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd Street 212-239-6200
Written by and starring Tom Dugan and directedJenny Sullivan. Running Time 90 minutes with no intermission. From 10/24/14; opening 11/05/14; closing 2/12/14.
Tuesdays and Thursday at 7pm, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Saturdays at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Review
Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 West 52nd Street www.estnyc.org
World premiere by Maggie Bofill, directed by Pamela Berlin. From 1/14/15; opening 1/22/15; closing 2/08/15. Cast: Curran Connor, David Gelles, Arielle Goldman, Stephanie Hsu, Polly Lee, Florencia Lozano, Scott Sowers and Grant Shaud. What it's about: the mayhem of family life, is thrust into high gear when the financial crisis hits and the Mackey family is forced to make big changes. Everything is off. Jason Simms, set; Seth Reiser, lighting; Sydney Maresca, costumes; M. Florian Staab, sound and Meagan Miller, props. Tickets are $40 for reserved seats, $30 for general admission seats, $20 for students/seniors. Our Review
Winners And Losers
So Ho Rep 46 Walker Street
New York Premiere, created and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long and directed by Chris Abraham. From 1/02/15; opening 1/06/15; closing 2/01/15.). Tickets: $35 General Admission; $20 Student Rush; $30 General Rush. What it's about: On the cusp of turning 40, longtime collaborators Marcus Youssef and James Long got an email from a mutual friend touting a self-help pyramid scheme. This unexpected note inspired the two men to take a frank look at their own lives. In this autobiographical piece, Youssef and Long sit at a table and play an invented game called "winners and losers. They name people, places or things—Beyoncé Knowles, Mexican food, their fathers—pronouncing each one a winner or loser. What begins as a simple game rapidly descends into a merciless and brutal appraisal of each other's families, backgrounds and life choices. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes. Our Review
The Winter's Tale
Pearl Theater 555 West 42nd Street
William Shakespeare's fairy tale directed by Michael Sexton. From 2/10/15; opening 2/22/15; closing 3/15/15.
The World Of Extreme Happiness
MTC at New York City Center Stage I
. world Premiere By Frances Ya-chu Cowhig, directed By Eric Ting Cast: Ruy Iskander, Francis Jue, Jennifer Lim, Jodi Long, Jo Mei, Andrew Pang. a Co-production With Goodman Theatre, where it plays before coming to New York from 2/03/15; opening 2/24/15. What it's about: Unwanted from the moment she's born, Sunny (Jennifer Lim) is determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. As naive as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a stepping stone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny's bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people.
59E59 Theaters 59 East 59th Street, 59e59.org
Theatricalization of L. Frank Baum's novel dark back story of The Tin Woodsman of Oz character is making a six-week second appearance at this venue. Using puppetry and more music than words it tells the moving story of a man who lost his heart and with it, the love of his life. James Ortiz, who plays the title character, is also the writer, co-director and puppet designer of this production. From 1/13/15; closing 2/22/15.