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THEATERS
Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th St

Acorn, 410 W. 42nd St

Altered Stages, 212 W. 29 St. (7th/8th Avs)

Arclight 152 W. 71 St. (Broadway/Columbus Av)

Atlantic 336 W. 20th St. (8/9th Aves)

Bank Street, 155 Bank St. (Washington/West Sts)

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)

Century Center, 111 E.15th St., (Park Av S./Irving Place)

Connelly, 220 East 4 Street (Avenues bA & B)

Culture Project, 55 Mercer street in SoHo

Daryl Roth, 20 Union Square East (at 15th)

Dodger Stages, 340 West 50th St

59E59 Theaters

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)

Lucille Lortel, 121 Christopher St. (Hudson/7thAv)

Manhattan Theatre Club, 131 W. 55th St (6/7 Avs)

McGinn/Cazalle, (Broadway/76th)

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)

Ohio, 66 Wooster St. (Spring/Broome Sts)

Orpheum, 126 Second Ave (7th/8th Sts)

Pearl, 80 St. Mark's Pl. (1st/2nd Avs)

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)

SoHo Playhouse,15 Vandam St.. (6th/7th Avs)

Storm, 145 West 46th Street

Studio Dante, 257 W. 29th St

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)

29th Street Rep, 212 W. 29th St. (7/8th Avs)

Union Squarer,100 E. 17th St. (Park Av S./Irving Place

Vineyard, 108 East 15th St (Park Av S./Irving Place)

Westbeth, 151 Bank Street (Washington/West Sts.)

Westside Arts/Upstairs, 407 W. 43rd St. ( (9th/10th Avs)

Westside Arts, 407 W. 43rd St. (9th/10th Avs)

Women's Project & Productions, 424 W 55th St (9th/10th Avs)

Rattlestick, 224 Waverly Place

York/St Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Av

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The Accidental Pervert
Thirteenth St. Repertory Company 50 West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave) 212-352-3101 www.theaccidentalpervert.com
Andrew Goffman play, directed by Charles Messina. What it's about: A boy's journey into manhood after discovering his dad's video tapes hidden in a bedroom closet. Andrew subsequently develops an addiction that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife to be, and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality. Open run, Every Friday and Saturday at 7pm. Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission. Tickets $49 Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Almost Home
Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row 410 West 42nd Street 212-239-6200
Directors Company presents World Premiere of debut play by Walter Anderson, directed by Michael Parva. From 9/12/14; opening 9/18/14; closing 10/12/14. What it's about: In the turbulent sixties, a young Marine returns home to the Bronx, shaken but hopeful for the future. Met by a mother fighting to keep the family going and a father down on his luck, Johnny finds himself caught between his parents' dreams for his future and a corrupt police captain with plans of his own. Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Avenue Q
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

Ayckbourn Ensemble
Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters
US premieres of Arrivals And Departures, Time Of My Life, and Farcicals: A Double Bill of Frivolous Comedies, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn. Arrivals And Departures begins performances on Thursday, May 29 (Opening Night is Wednesday, June 4 at 7:00 PM). Time Of My Life begins performances on Friday, June 6 (Opening Night is Wednesday, June 11 at 7:00 PM). Farcicals: A Double Bill of Frivolous Comedies begins performances on Saturday, June 7 (Opening Night is Tuesday, June 10 at 7:00 PM). All shows run through Sunday, June 29.se tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org. For more schedule information, visit www.britsoffbroadway.com Our Review



Bauer
59E59 Theaterswww.59e59.org
2nd in 5A season is the New York premiere of Lauren Gunderson's play about the confrontation between modernist painter Rudolf Bauer, his wife Louise, and Hilla Rebay, Bauer's longtime lover. It's directed by Bill English. From 9/02/14; opening 9/09/14; closing 10/12/14. Tuesday - Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM. In addition to the NYC premiere of Lauren Gunderson's play, a PBS documentary on the artist will air on WNET-THIRTEEN in August, and two gallery exhibits of Rudolf Bauer's work will be on display in NYC in September. Cast:Sherman Howard as Rudolf Bauer, Susi Damilano as Louise Bauer, Stacy Ross as Hilla Rebay. Bill English (set design); ML Geiger (lighting design); Abra Berman (costume design); Theodore J.H. Hulsker (sound design); and Micah J. Stieglitz (projection design). The original score is by Savannah Jo Lack. The Production Stage Manager is Tatjana Genser.

The Belle Of Amherst
Westside Theatre 407 West 43rd Street 212-239-6200.
A new production of William Luce's one-woman play starring Joely Richardson and directed by Steve Cosson (The Civilians, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play). From 10/07/14; opening 10/19/14; closing What it's about: Richardson plays 15 different characters which offer a portrait of the life of Emily Dickinson through her writings, her encounters with friends and family, and her own amusing observations. The solo show premiered on Broadway in 1976 and earned its star, Julie Harris, one of her five Tony Award wins. The creative team includes Antje Ellermann (scenic design), David Weiner (lighting design), and Daniel Kluger (sound design). Tickets are $79, with premium seating available for $99. Tuesdays at 7PM; Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8PM; Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2PM; and Sundays at 3PM.There will be no matinee on Wednesday, October 8 and no evening performances on Wednesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 31. The show will be dark on Thursday, November 27; Thursday, December 25; and Thursday, January 1. Added performances are scheduled for Monday, November 24 at 7PM; Sunday, December 28 at 7PM and Sunday, January 4 at 7PM.

Between Riverside And Crazy
The Linda Gross Theater 336 West 20th Street).
World premiere by Tony Award nominee Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton. Cast: Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan, Rosal Colón, Liza Colon-Zayas, Stephen McKinley Henderson,Michael Rispoli, and Ray Anthony Thomas. From 7/10/14; opening 7/31/14; closing 8/16/14. What it's about: City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the Landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed — and the Church won't leave him alone. For ex-cop & recent widower Walter "pops" Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, when the struggle to hold on to one of the last, great rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new house guests, and a final ultimatum, it seems the Old Days are dead and gone after a lifetime living between Riverside and Crazy. Scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Alexis Forte, lighting design by Keith Parham, and original music and sound design by Ryan Rumery. Monday & Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm, with 2pm matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is no matinee on Wednesday, July 23. Regular tickets start at $65 Back20 tickets are available for $20 at any preview performance

BootyCandy
Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater 416 West 42nd Street
Play by Robert O'Hara. Cast: Phillip James Brannon, Jesse Pennington, Benja Kay Thomas,Lance Coadie Williams. From 8/22/14; opening 9/10/14; closing 10/12/14. What it's about: Sutter (Phillip James Brannon) is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms and even nursing homes. A kaleidoscope of sketches that interconnect to portray growing up gay and black. 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.

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.

Blue Man Group
Astor Place, 423 Lafayette St. ((Astor Place/W. 4th St) 254-4370.

An extraordinary downtown hit. For details see Review.

The Bullpen
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.

Buyer & Cellar
Barrow Street Theater
The comedy by Jonathan Tolins, directed by Stephen Brackett, featuring Michael Urie had a sold-out much extended run at the Rattlestick Theater. As of June it moved into the Barrow Street Theater where it became an open-ended run, Urie left in March and Christopher J. Hankey took over-- and now closing 7/27/14. Tuesday to Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 pm & 7:30pm. Tickets $75.What it's about: Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Our Review.


Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words
Triad Theater, 158 West 72 Street 212-868-4444
Audiences apparently enjoyed this enough for the producers to bring it back for another round of Monday night performances, beginning 9/08/08; opening 9/17/08. Open run. The celebrity guests rotate each week and will keep rotating as long as audiences keep coming. The guests interpret the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous, in both solo and ensemble pieces. The show begins its second open run season 9/14/09. All performances at 7:30 pm. Running time: 1 hr and 15 minutes.

The City of Conversation
Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater 150 West 65th Street
A new play by Anthony Giardina, directed by Doug Hughes. From 4/10/14; opening 5/05/14; closing 7/26/14. Cast:John Aylward, Phillip James Brannon, Kristen Bush, Beth Dixon, Barbara Garrick, Jan Maxwell, Luke Niehaus, Kevin O'Rourke and Michael Simpson. What it's About: Henry James once described Washington D.C. as "the city of conversation." And this tells the story of political hostess Hester Ferris (played by Jan Maxwell), a behind the scenes mover and shaker in the nation's capital, and of the political gains and personal losses that her choices inflict on her family over a period of 30 years, from the waning days of the Carter administration to the beginning of the Obama presidency. Sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Tyler Micoleau and original music and sound by Mark Bennett. Our Review


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.


Donkey Punch
SoHo Playhouse at 15 Vandam Street between Varick Street and 6th Avenue  212-691-1555 or www.sohoplayhouse.com
A transfer f will transfer their production of Micheline Auger's play transfers to Off-Broadway. From 7/25/14; opening 7/31/14; closing 8/31/14. Directed by Audrey Alford. Cast: Stephen Stout, Lauren Dortch Crozier, Michael Drew with set by Jason Simms, lighting by Mark Hankla, sound by Jacob Subotnick, and costumes by Tristan Raines. What it's about: The uninhibited Kareena delves into monogamy while her uptight best friend, Sam, starts dating a pornographer. In this fast-paced world of sex, shifting relationships, and blurred lines, is it punch or be punched? Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 6pm. Tickets are $25 for previews, $45.

Donogoo
Mint Theater 311 West 43rd Street 866-811-4111 or www.minttheater.org
Jules Romain's dark comedy, directed by Gus Kaikkonen. What it's about: Lamendin is a desperate man suffering from an existential crisis. Le Trouhadec is a professor of geography who longs for election to the Academy of Sciences. Together set in motion a stock market swindle of global proportions. Investors, pioneers and prospectors alike are driven to seek their fortune in Donogoo, a place that may or may not exist. From 6/03/14; opening 6/23/14; closing 7/27/13 Tuesday to Thursday at 7pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm Sunday at 2pm. Special added Wednesday Matinees on June 18th and July 9th at 2pm.Tickets, $55. Cast: Ross Bickell,Mitch Greenberg, George Morfogen, Jay Patterson,Paul Pontrelli,Dave Quay, Douglas Rees,James Riordan,Megan Robinson,Kraig Swartz, Scott Thomas, Brian Thomas Vaughan,Vladimir Versailles. Scenic Design by Roger Hanna. Costume Design by Sam Fleming Lighting Design by Price Johnston Our Review


Drop Dead Perfect
Peccadillo Theater Company Penguin Rep at the Theatre at St. Clements 423 W 46th St www.dropdeadperfect.com
New comedy by Erasmus Finn. From 7/15/14; opening 7/20/14; closing 8/10/14. What it's about: Idris Seabright (Quinton), a wealthy, eccentric mistress of a Key West cottage whose beloved ward Vivien decides to abandon the Florida Keys to pursue art in Greenwich Village. When Idris's lawyer becomes alarmingly interested in her investments, Idris' life begins its outrageous downward spiral. Running time: 90 minutes without an intermission. Cast in addition to Quinton: Jason Cruz, Jason Edward Cook, and Michael Keyloun. Sets by James J. Fenton, lighting by Ed McCarthy, costumes by Charlotte Palmer-Lane and sound by William Neal. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8PM, with matinees on Saturday at 3PM and Sunday at 3PM. Tickets are $25.

Drunk Shakespeare
The Dr unk Shakespeare Society at Quinn's Bar 356 West 44th Street 2nd floor www.DrunkShakespeare.com
A world premiere directed by David Hudson, conceived by Scott Griffin & Three Day Hangover. From 3/26/14; closing 6/08/14--extended, now closing 10/18/14. 8pm, 7 night a week. 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). Tickets from $39 to$49. Student tickets are available for $29. Our Review




der 30 and theater artists are $26; student tickets are $21.

Fantasticks
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

The Fatal Weakness
Mint Theater 311 West 43rd Streetwww.minttheater.org

Rare revival of George Kelly's romantic comedey, directed by Jesse Marchese. From 8/19/14; opening 9/15/14; closing 10/12/14. Cast: Cliff Bemis, Cynthia Darlow, Kristin Griffith, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Patricia Kilgarriff, and Victoria Mack. Scenic design Vicki R. Davis, costume design by Andrea Varga, lighting design by Christian DeAngelis, original music & sound design by Jane Shaw, and properties design by Joshua Yocom. What it's about: Ollie Espenshade, who, after 28 years of marriage is still an incurable romantic (her fatal weakness). Perhaps discovering that her husband is a lying cheat will cure her? It opened in New York in 1946 starring Ina Claire. Although Claire and received good reviews. Kelly won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1925 psychological drama Craig's Wife. 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 10th at 2pm. There will be no performances on Tuesday evenings September 9th or 16th. Tickets are $55 with some half-price tickets (CheapTix) and Premium Seats ($65)

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. 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.

Forbidden Broadway
Davenport Theatre 354 W. 45th Street www.forbiddenbroadway.com
Gerard Alessandrini 's Broadway theater sendup is back with new takes on the shows that opened in Forbidden Broadway 's absence. Created and written by Gerard Alessandrini, and directed by Phillip George and Mr. Alessandrini, with musical direction by David Caldwell and lighting by Mark T. Simpson. The former 45th Street Theatre has been renovated. Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at 7PM, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 3PM. Tickets are $79. From 2/22/14. Closing 7/20/14n Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes including one intermission. Our Review



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, Deni and Melody Yang


The Good And The True
DR2 Theatre 103 E. 15th St..212-239-6200 www.GoodAndTruePlay.com

American premiere of award-winning Czech stage drama, conceived and originally produced under the auspices of Prague'Theatre Svandovo Divadlo. Written by Daniel Hrbek, Tomas Hrbek and Lucie Kolouchova, and adapted as an English language version by Brian Daniels and helmed by award-winning Czech director Daniel Hrbek. From 7/24/14; opening 8/03/14; closing 9/14/14. What it's about: intertwines the true testimonies of Czech athlete Milos Dobry and actress Hana Pravda who both spent their working lives building suspense, knocking crowds into submission and drawing gasps and acclaim from spectators andenduring the indignities of incarceration and survival at the hands of occupied Czechoslovakia in the 1930s. Cast: Isobel Pravda who is the real granddaughter of survivor Hana Pravda; she played her grandmother and Saul Reichlin. Scenic design and costume design by Daniel Hrbek, lighting design by Karel Simek and sound design by Martin Hejl. Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. (except 8/03). Running time is 80 minutes without intermission. Regular tickets are $65 each and premium seats are $75 each.

Grand Concourse
Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater 416 West 42nd Street
Play by Heidi Shreck. Cast: Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Bobby Moreno, Lee Wilkof. From 10/17/14; opening 11/12;14; closing 11/30/14. What it's about: Called to a life of religious service, Shelly (Ms. Bernstine) is the devoted manager of a Bronx soup kitchen, but lately her heart's not quite in it. Enter Emma: an idealistic teenaged volunteer with mixed intentions, whose recklessness pushes Shelley to the breaking point. With startling compassion, Heidi Schreck's play navigates the mystery of faith, the limit of forgiveness, and the pursuit of something resembling joy. Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7PM.

The Gyre
The Amoralists at Walkerspace 46 Walker Street between Broadway and Church Street. theamoralists.com
A repertory production of two world-premiere dramas by Derek Ahonen and Mark Roberts.. The Qualification of Douglas Evans, directed by James Kautz and opening 7/15/14 . . . Enter at Forest Lawn, directed by Jay Stull, from 6/27/14; opening 7/14/14. Both closing 8/09/14. What they're about: The Qualification of Douglas Evans recounts the life of playwright Douglas Evans and his pursuit of acceptance in a warped world of women, family and art from his trials as a wide-eyed teenager to his descent into the ills of artistic success. Enter at Forest Lawn is a darkly comic peek inside the not-so-funny world of network television. The Amoralists is a theatre company that produces work of no moral judgment. Dedicated to an honest expression of the American condition, the actor-driven ensemble explores complex characters of moral ambiguity.


Heathers: The Musical
New World Stages Stage 1, 340 West 50th Street (Between 8th and 9th Ave)(212) 354-6510
Book, Music, Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy. Based on the original motion picture screenplay by Daniel Waters Director: Andy Fickman. Cast: Elle McLemore, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alice Lee, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Ryan McCartan, Evan Todd, Katie Ladner,Jon Eidson, Anthony Crivello, Michelle Duffy, Dan Cooney, Dan Domenech, Cait Fairbanks, Rachel Flynn, Molly Hager, Charissa Hogeland, AJ Meijer, Matthew Schatz, Dustin Sullivan. Choreographer: Marguerite Derricks Running Time: Two hours, 15 min with one intermission. Wed through Sat. at 8pm; Sat. at 2pm and 8pm. Sun at 3pm and 7:30pm. From3/15/14; opening 3/31/14; closing 9/7/14. Our Review

Here Lies Love
Public Theater's LuEsther Hall 425 Lafayette Street
David Byrne and Alex Timbers' smash hit musical is back for an open-ended commercial run. From 3/24/14, with an official opening 5/01/14. Again set as a dance club (with the audience standing and dancing) David Byrne and Fatboy Slim deconstruct the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos retracing her meteoric rise to power and subsequent descent into infamy and disgrace at the end of the People Power Revolution. Runnign time: 90 minutes. For an idea of what to expect, here's a link to our 2013 Back- and better than ever.


Indian Ink
Roundabout at the Steinberg Center for Theatre on West 46th Street.
From 9/04/14; opening 9/30/14; closing Tom Stoppard's wonderful play about free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor tries to preserve the legacy of Flora's controversial career. Little by little, Flora's mysterious past is revealed, as is the surprising story of two people whose connection lives on through art. An evocative portrait of love and loss, Indian Ink movingly explores how the creative spirit can bring us together in the most unexpected ways. Written by four-time Tony Award® winner Tom Stoppard.

Into The Woods
Roundabout's Steinberg Center for Theatre on W. 46th Street.
From 12/18/14; opening 1/15/15. With only 10 actors, one piano this stripped-down, unplugged new version includes all the classic songs.

Iowa
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

Just Jim Dale
Laura Pels Theatre at Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 46th Street
Tony Award winner, two-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Academy Award® nominee Jim Dale will star in his solo show, directed by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr. From 5/14/14; opening 6/12/14; closing 8/10/14. What it's about: Dale recounts a lifetime in the theater and myriad irresistible showbiz tales, from a childhood performing on the British Music Hall stage through his many Broadway triumphs to his narrating all seven Harry Potter audiobooks. Mark York (pianist and co-arranger), Aaron Gandy (music direction by co-arranger), Anna Louizos (sets), Rui Rita (lights) and Carl Casella (sound). Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes, no intermission. Our Review




The Law Of Return
4th Street Theatre 83 East 4th Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue, Subway: F to 2nd Avenue or 6 to Bleecker www.thelawofreturnplay.com
> New York premiere by Martin Blank, directed by Elise Thoron. Cast: Joel Rooks and André Ware From 8/01/14; opening 8/14; closing 8/24/14. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm plus Wednesday, August 20 at 8:00 pm). Tickets are $18 What it's about: Inspired by the events surrounding the polarizing Jay Pollard espionage case.

The Lion
The Studio at Stage II of Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center Stage II 131 West 55th Street
Solo musical written and performed by 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Songwriting. From 6/10/14; opening 6/26/14; closing 7/13/14. Tickets just $30. What it's about: A true story of love, loss, family loyalty, and the redemptive power of music. Writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer is directed by Sean Daniels. Neil Patel (scenic design), Jennifer Caprio (costume consultant), Ben Stanton (lighting design), and Leon Rothenberg (sound design). Our Review

Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre 43rd Street off 8th Avenue www.2ST.com

The first New York production in 23 years of Terrence McNally's comedy, directed by Peter DuBois. What it's about: It's the 4th of July on Fire Island where a brother and sister and their spouses are spending the quintessential American summer weekend in an unfamiliar setting. As their season in the sun unfolds, the two couples attempt to enjoy themselves despite their prejudices and insecurities. The grill is fired up, the drinks are cold and the pool is open but no one is going in. From 10/07/14; opening 11/05/14; closing 11/23/14. Tuesday at 7:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday at 8:00pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 3:00pm.

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. The cast and creative team TBA. 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.

The Long Shrift
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater 224 Waverly Place.
A world remiere by Robert Boswell and directed by James Franco. From 7/07/14; opening 7/13/14;closing 8/23/14. What it's about: Richard Singer, a dorky teenage boy is accused and thrown in jail for rape, tearing his parents apart. Cast:Allie Gallerani, Scott Haze, Brian Lally, Ahna O'Reilly, and Ally Sheedy Our Review

< Mala Hierba
Second Stage at McGinn/Cazale Theatre, Broadway at 76th St. 212-246-4422 www.2ST.com
Play by Tanya Saracho, directed by Jerry Ruiz. Cast: Roberta Colindrez, Sandra Marquez, Marta Milans, Ana Nogueira. From 7/14/14; opening 7/28/14; closing 8/09/14. What it's about: Liliana has a sparkle few can deny and no one can resist. The trophy wife of a border magnate living in Texas, she's seemingly impeccable. But beneath that polished exterior lies a fierce determination to survive at any cost. When Liliana's true desires break the surface, she'll have to decide between the value of obligation and the price of freedom. Scenic design by Raul Abrego, costumes by Carisa Kelly, lighting design by Jennifer Schriever, and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff.

Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical
Theatre at St. Clement's 423 W. 46th Street  www.FabulousSylvester.com
Off-Broadway premiere of musical that celebrates the life of the original 1970s "Queen of Disco" Sylvester. Book by Anthony Wayne who stars as Sylvester. Direction by Wayne and Kendrell Bowman, choreography by Anastacia McCleskey, and musical direction by Jason Patterson. From 9/05/14; opening 9/14/14; closing 10/05/14. September 5, 2014. Tickets, from $25 to $84.50 What it's about: Sylvester, his music and his point of view as a symbol for being Fabulous, but also a pioneer in the LGBTQ community. Cast besides Wayne: Anastacia McCleskey as Izora and Jacqueline B. Arnold as Martha, DeAnne Stewart and Jack Fuller. Scenic design by Don Gilmore, costume design by Kendrell Bowman, lighting design by David Lander, sound design by Rafe Carlotto.

The Money Shot
MCC at Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street
World premiere of new Neil LaBute play directed by Terry Kinney.. Cast: Callie Thorne, Frederick Weller, Heather Graham, Gia Crovatin From 9/04/14; opening 9/22/14; closing 10/12/14. What it's about: , Karen (Graham) and Steve (Weller) are glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation. It's been years since either one's had a hit, but the latest movie by a hot shot European director could change that. The night before filming a big scene (that seems destined to assure them a spot back on the pop culture radar), Karen, her partner Bev (Thorne), Steve, and his aspiring actress wife Missy (Crovatin) meet in order to make an important decision: how far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain? office.

The Muscles in Our Toes
Labyrinth Company 155 Bank Street).
NY premiere of comedy by Stephen Belber, directed by Anne Kauffman. Cast: Amir Arison, Nadia Dajani, Bill Dawes, Samuel Ray Gates, Matthew Maher, and Mather Zickel. What it's about: 4 friends meet at their high school reunion, and ponder a plan to free their old friend who's been kidnapped by a radical political group. Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design), Lee Savage (Set Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), and Jessica Paz (Sound Design). From 6/14/14; opening 6/26/14; closing 7/19/14 Tickets$35 Our Review


The Mysteries
The Flea 42 White Street
World Premiere of a radical retelling of The Bible. Conceived and directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. The 48 playwrights were commissioned by Jim Simpson and Carol Ostrow include David Henry Hwang, Craig Lucas, Billy Porter, Jose Rivera and Jeff Whitty; Flea alumni, Mallery Avidon, Trista Baldwin, Erin Courtney, Yussef El Guindi, Amy Freed, Sean Graney, Nick Jones, Qui Nguyen, and Jenny Schwartz; and a host of notable newcomers, Marc Acito, Johnna Adams, Liz Duffy Adams, Bill Cain, CollaborationTown, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Eisa Davis, Gabriel Jason Dean, Chris Dimond, Madeleine George, Kate Gersten, Peter Gil-Sheridan, Sevan Greene, Kirsten Greenidge, Lillian Groag, Jordan Harrison, Lucas Hnath, Ann Marie Healy, Meghan Kennedy, Kimber Lee, Kenneth Lin, Laura Marks, Ellen McLaughlin, Michael Mitnick, Don Nguyen, Dael Orlandersmith, A. Rey Pamatmat, Max Posner, Kate Moira Ryan, Najla Said, Matthew Stephen Smith, Lloyd Suh, Jason Williamson and Bess Wohl. All join together to tell the entire History of man's salvation in 50 episodes from the fall of Lucifer through and including Judgment Day. From 4/03/14; opening 4/20;closing 4/25/14--extended now closing 7/14/14. David Dabbon (Music Direction and Original Music), Chase Brock (Choreography), Michael Wieser (Fight Direction), and Amy Jo Jackson (Voice and Speech Direction) with design by Jason Sherwood (Scenic Design), Seth Reiser (Lighting), Loren Shaw (Costumes), Jeremy Bloom (Sound), and Renny Cullen (Props). Monday & Thursday to Saturday at 6:30 and Sunday at 4:30. Tickets are $15 - $75 with the lowest priced tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. All tickets will include dinner along with the performance. Running time is approximately 6 hours with 2 intermissions including dinner and desert in the respective breaks. Cast: The Bats, the resident acting company of The Flea Theater 54 of which will take part in this extravaganza.

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 Opponent
59E59 Theaters
New York premiere of A Red Orchid Theatre production of Brett Neveu's play directed by Karen Kessler. From 7/31/14; opening 8/06/14; closing 9/07/14. Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM. What it's about: Neveau's exploration of the hard scrabble world of boxing from the perspective of a small time gym owner and a young up-and-comer. They come from different worlds and barely understand each other, but in the ring anything is possible. Questions of loyalty and life's dreams are put to the test in this explosive New York premiere that promises to pull some punches and fearlessly land the others. Cast: Kamal Angelo Bolden and Guy Van Swearingen as Donell and Tre, which they paled in the Red Orchid production.

Pageant The Musical
Davenport Theatre 54 West 45th Street (212) 239-6200
This debuted in 1991 at the Blue Angel in New York where it ran for more than a year before playing successful engagements on the West End and around the world. It's now back for a few days a week for a limited run from 6/29/14; opening 7/14/14; closing 9/21/14. Cast: Nick Cearley, Nic Cory, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas, Seth Tucker,d Curtis Wiley and Kevin Meaney as the host. Sundays at 7:30 pm and Mondays at 7 pm and 10 pm. Book and lyrics by Bill Russell and Frank Kelly with music by Albert Evans and was conceived by Robert Longbottom. Matt Lenz directs, with choreography by Shea Sullivan.
Our Review


Peter and the Star Catcher
New World Stages W. 50th Street www.peterandthestarcatcher.com
This show moved uptown from a New York Theatre Workshop premiere. and ended its successful run 1/20/13 but will resurface at New World Stages 3/20/13. Direction by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. Written by Rick Elice. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. review OK for ages 10 and up.

Phoenix
Poverty Row Entertainment, Rian Patrick Durham and Rattlestick Playwrights at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Commerce Street
Julia Stiles and James Wirt in Scott Organ's one act romantic comedy, directed by Jennifer DeLia. From 7/24/14; closing 8/23/14. What it's about: When Bruce (James Wirt) and Sue (Julia Stiles) meet four weeks after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand, Sue has this to say to him: one, I had a great time with you that night and two, let's never see each other again. Thus begins a 4,000 mile journey well beyond the confines of their carefully structured worlds. Bruce is fueled by an overwhelming but undefined compulsion to join her in Phoenix. Sue is reluctantly charmed by his persistence, but steadfast in her resolve to keep him at bay. Both are forced to consider a whole new world of possibility, though not one free of difficulty and loss.

The Pianist Of Willesden Lane
59 East 59th Street
This ntroduction to the 5A Season is adapted and directed by Hershey Felder, based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival (by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. What it's about: Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitz, this tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who is dreaming about her concert debut at Vienna's storied Musikverein concert hall. But with the issuing of new ordinances under the Nazi regime, everything for Lisa changes, except for her love of music and the pursuit of her dream. From 7/11/14; opens 7/12/14; closing 8/24/14. Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM. Our Review
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Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story
Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center
A musical based on the life of the legendary songwriter, has announced its full cast. From 6/2514; opening 7/21/14; Book by Daniel Goldfarb and direction and choreography by Denis Jones. Cast: Zak Resnick as Bert Berns, Leslie Kritzer as Jessie, Linda Hart as Mom, Joseph Siravo as Wazzel, de'Adre Aziza as Candace, Derrick Baskin as Hoagy, Teal Wicks as Ilene, and Bryan Fenkart as Young Wazzel, with an ensemble that includes Carleigh Bettiol, Teresa Gattison, Shonica Gooden, Sydney James Harcourt, Jessica McRoberts, Ralph Meitzler, Harris Milgrim, Michael Millan, Heather Parcells, Gabrielle Ruiz, Amos Wolff, and Mark Zeisler.Alexander Dodge (scenic design), David C. Woolard (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Carl Casella (sound design), Garry Sherman (music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements), and Lon Hoyt (music direction). What it's about: Bert Berns was one of the great originals of the golden age of rhythm and blues. He first flourished as a staff producer at Atlantic Records, but Berns quickly developed into one of the leading record men of his day Our Review

Pigeoning
HERE 145 Sixth Avenue www.here.org
The show created by Robin Frohardt returns to New York from 7/09/14; reopening 7/12/14; closing 8/16/14. For details about the show see our review of the previous run here . Tuesday through Saturday at 7:00pm, with late shows on Friday at 10:30pm and matinees on Saturday at 2:00pm. Regular tickets $25; VIP tickets $50.

Placebo
Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theate
World Premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Melissa James Gibson, directed by Daniel Aukin. From 2/20/15. Details TBA

New comedy by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Evan Cabnet. Cast: Heidi Armbruster, Brian Avers , Jeff Biehl, Katie Kressler. What it s about: An argument about infidelity and America RSebeck has two couples spending a not-so-idyllic weekend in the country. cenic design by Lauren Helpern, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. From 7/29/14; opening 8/17/14; closing 9/07/14

Puppet Titus Andronicus
Beckett Theatre 410 West 42nd Street www.PuppetShakespeare.org 212-239-6200
The Puppet Shakespeare Players combine Muppet style puppetry with improvisational comedy and first folio techniques for shows which have included Puppet Hamlet and Puppet Romeo and Juliet. Cast: Adam Weppler, Christopher Gebauer, Alex Offenkrantz, Tom Foran , Drew Torkelson, Shane Snider, A.J. Cote, Mindy Leanse, Ryan Rinkel, Ross Hamman and Abby Judd. From 7/24/14; opening 7/30/14; closing 8/17/14. Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm Tickets for $49 and can be purchased calling or online at www.TeleCharge.com.


The Qualms
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater 416 West 42nd Street
New York premiere of a new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris, dDirected 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



The Religion Thing
Project Y at The Cell Theatre, 338 West 23rd Street
New York premiere of comedy by Renee Calarco, directed by Douglas Hal. From 6/25/14; opening 7/01/14; closing 8/01/14 What it's about: Mo and Brian are a picture-perfect Washington, D.C. couple: smart, witty and with a beautifully remodeled kitchen. But when Mo's best friend announces she's found Jesus and is putting her own career on hold, Mo must take a closer look at her own marriage. Cast: Curran Connor, Andrew W. Smith, Danielle O'Farrell, Katharine McLeod and Jamie Geiger. Kevin Judge,sets; Ben Hagen, lighting;Amit Prakash, sound.

Revolution In The Elbow Of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter
Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane
A new musical with book, music & lyrics by Ívar Pall Jonsson, based on a story by Ívar and Gunnlaugur Jonsson. From 7/28/14; opening 8/13/14. Direction by Bergur Þor Ingolfsson. Cast: Cady Huffman , Kate Shindle, Michael Biren, Zach Cossman, Karli DiNardo, Danielle Kelsey, Graydon Long, Brad Nacht, Josh Sassanella, Marrick Smith and Jesse Wildman. Choreography by Lee Proud, with music direction by Icelandic Indie rock musician Stefán Orn Gunnlaugsson. What it's about: A sonic journey through the rise and fall of Elbowville (a small community within Ragnar Agnarssons body), where a love triangle develops, shaking Elbowville to its core. The creation of a "prosperity machine" ultimately contributes to shattering the peace in the sweet little community. How does the pragmatic, highly sexual (and possibly slightly evil) Mayor Manuela (Cady Huffman) deal with the crisis? The prosperity machine does indeed create wealth for the Elbowvillians, but can the good times last and at what cost? Set & projection design by Petr Hlousek, with lighting design by Jeff Croiter and Cory Pattak, and sound design by Carl Casella. Costume design is by Hrafnhildur Arnardottir (aka Shoplifter) and Edda Gudmundsdottir. Mondays at 7 PM, Tuesday throughFriday evenings at 8 PM, and Saturdays at 4 & 8 PM. - $69.50

Satchmo at the Waldorf
Westside Theatre Box Office 407 West 43rd Street (212) 239-6200
Long Wharf Theatre and Shakespeare and Company production's of Terry Teachout's solo play about Louis Armstrong will have it's new york premiere again starring John Douglas Thompson and directed by Gordon Edelstein. From 2/15/14; opening 3/04/14; closing 8/03/14--but that date was moved up and it's now closing 6/29/14. What it's about: Louis Armstrong where few ever had the chance to see him: backstage. Reflecting on his own unlikely career amidst a rapidly changing society, the icon is stripped bare, revealing complexities and contradictions that his omnipresent smile, horn and handkerchief belied. Not recommended for kids because of strong language. Lee Savage (Scenic Design), Ilona Somogyi (Costume Design), Kevin Adams (Lighting Design), and John Gromada (Sound Design). Tickets $39 and $79 Our Review

Sea Marks
Irish Repertory Theatre 132 West 22nd ww.irishrep.org.&  nbsp;
2-hander by  Gardner McKay, directed by Ciarán O'Reilly. Cast: Xanthe Elbrick and Patrick Fitzgerald. From 4/23/14; opening 5/04/14; closing 7/13/14. What it's about: Colm is a rough-hewn fisherman, living by the sea, on a remote island off the West of Ireland. Timothea lives in Liverpool where she works in a book publishing house. They meet. Letters follow along with the joys and pitfalls of long-distance love when the call of the heart challenges the call of the wild. Set design by Charlie Corcoran, costume design by Leon Dobkowski, lighting design by Michael Gottlieb, sound design by M. Florian Staab, and music by Ryan Rumery. Wig design is by Robert Charles Vallance and properties by Sven Henry Nelson. Wednesdays at 3pm and 8pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets$55 -$65. I saw and liked another production of this at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. Our Review

Sex With Strangers
Second Stage Theatre
Directed by David Schwimmer and written by Laura Eason. Starring Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen. From 7/08/14; opening 7/30/14 What it's about: How far will you go to get what you want? Will you be the same person if you finally do? When star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan (Billy Magnussen) tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure novelist Olivia (Anna Gunn), he finds they both crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, both must confront the dark side of ambition and the near impossibility of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away.

Stalking The Bogeyman
NewYorkRep at New World Stages 340 W. 50th St. ww.stalkingthebogeyman.com 212-239-620

Off-Broadway premiere based on the true story of David Holthouse as first told in the Denver Westword newspaper and featured on the popular weekly public radio broadcast "This American Life" in 2011. Adapted for the stage and directed by Markus Potter. From 9/12/14; opening 9/29/14. What it's about: David Holthouse was a successful, award-winning journalist. But no one knew that David had two dark secrets: first, that 25 years ago he was the victim of a violent rape, and second, that he was quietly planning the ultimate revenge on the man responsible.Holthouse's lectures and original text by the playwright has additional writing by Santino Fontana, Shane Zeigler and Shane Stokes. Casting for the Off-Broadway production TBA.Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. [Dark on Tuesday] No matinee performance on Saturday, September 13. Tickets are $79 are available beginning Monday, July 21 by visiting Telecharge.com, by calling 0 or by visiting the New World Stages Box Office.

Sticks and Bones
The New Group at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre 480 West 42nd Street
David Rabe's 1972 Tony Award Winning play, directed by Scott Elliott and starring Bill Pullman and Holly Hunter. From 10/2014. What it's about. A savage and savagely comic portrait of an average American family pulled apart by the return of a son from the Vietnam War. Ozzie (Bill Pullman) and his wife Harriet (Holly Hunter) are overjoyed to see their eldest son David again, but the furies that haunt David begin to overwhelm them and their happy-go-lucky younger son Ricky, forcing Ozzie to make a stand for the values he can't bear to let go. Additional casting and details TBA.

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

An eight-member music troupe that uses low-cost, everyday object instruments to create high-energy rhythms. An off-Broadway, all-audience,long-running hit (opened 2/27/94). Our Review
OK for ages 8 and up. The age category is probably conservative.

Strictly Dishonorable
The Attic Theater Company at The Flea Theater 41 White Street
Preston Sturges' classic screwball comedy directed by Laura Braza. 7/22/14; opening 7/26/14; closing 8/10/14. Tickets$25. What it's about: Free-spirited Isabelle and her snobbish, upper-class fiance, Henry, wander into a Hell's Kitchen speakeasy in search of adventure. Inside, Isabelle charms Gus Di Ruvo, famous singer and notorious playboy. Steeped in jazz and bathtub gin, Isabelle and Gus cozy up while a cast of misfit barflies sways them away from scandal. First produced on Broadway in 1929, where it ran for 557 performances, the comedy was first made into a feature film in 1931 and again in 1961 (with Janet Leigh, Cast: William Austin (Officer Mulligan), Michael Labbadia (Gus Di Ruvo), Thomas Christopher Matthews (Henry Greene), Keilly McQuail (Isabelle Perry), Nick Ritacco (Giovanni), John Robert Tillotson (Judge Dempsey), Christopher Tocco (Tomaso Antiovi), and Ryan Trout (Mario). Scenic design by Liz Sherrier, costumes design by Travis Chinick, lighting design by Dave Upton, sound design by Lee Kinney, and props by Jazmine Harper-Davis. Tuesdays through Sundays at 7pm, and Saturdays at 2pm.

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.

Tail! Spin!
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. 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. Other casting TBA. 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.

To The Bone
Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce St. in Greenwich Village www.cherrylanetheatre.org
Worl -premiere by Lisa Ramirez,directed by Lisa Peterson. Cast: Lisa Ramirez, Annie Henk, Liza Fernandez, Paola Lazaro-Munoz, Xochitl Romero, J.J. Perez, Gerardo Rodriguez and Haynes Thigpen. Scenic design is by Rachel Hauck, lighting design by Russell Champa, costume design by Theresa Squire, sound design by Jill Du Boff. Morgan Jenness is dramaturg, Terri Kohler is stage manager and Theresa Von Klug is general manager. From 9/09/14; opening 9/17/14; closing 10/04/17. What it's about: Inspired by interviews with Latina immigrant poultry workers in the U.S. for a look inside the lives of the invisible work force that puts food on our tables. Mondays through Saturdays at 7 pm Tickets range in price from $40 to $10.


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; closing 9/07/14. May be inappropriate for 7 and under. Our Review


The Wayside Motor Inn
in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues
A.R. Gurney play directed By Lila Neugebauer. From 8/12/14; opening 9/04/14; closing 9/28/14) Cast: Kelly AuCoin as Andy, Jon DeVries as Frank, Quincy Dunn as Vince, Jenn Lyon as Sharon, Lizbeth Mackay as Jessie, David McElwee as Phil, Ismenia Mendes as Sally and Will Pullen as Mark. What it's about: Outside Boston, ten people—some strangers, some not—struggle with the circumstances that have brought them to the Wayside Motor Inn. With old grudges and new feuds threatening the travelers' peace, this funny and moving work kicks off A. R. Gurney's Signature Residency by examining the tenuous space between loneliness and connection, and the fragile framework of the American Dream. Andrew Lieberman (Scenic Design), Kaye Voyce (Costume Design) Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Design) and Stowe Nelson (Sound Design). Tickets $25 for the initial run.

When We Were Young and Unafraid
Manhattan Theatre Club    New York City Center - Stage I
World premiere by Sarah Treem, directed byPam MacKinnon. Cast: Cherry Jones will star as Agnes, a women who turns her bed-and-breakfast into an underground women's shelter and takes in a young runaway named Mary Anne, who begins to have a strong influence on her daughter, Penny.Also in cast: Cherise Boothe, Patch Darragh, Zoe Kazan, Morgan Saylor. Scott Pask (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Russell H. Champa (lighting design), Broken Chord (original music and sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight director). From 5/21/15; opening 6/17/14; Closing 8/10/14. Our Review

While I Yet Live
Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 West 42nd Street).
A play by by the Tony-winning star of Kinky Boots and Angels in America, Billy Porter, directed by Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller. What it's about: A young man's coming of age in Pittsburgh amongst a bevy of fascinating and strong-willed women. Cast: Elain Graham, Susan Heyward, Epatha Merkerson, Kevyn Morrow, Sharon Washington, Lillias White , Larry Powell. Scenic design by Adam Koch, costume design by ESosa, lighting design by Kevin Adams, sound design by Leon Rothernberg. From 9/23/14; opening 10/12/14; closing 10/31/14.

Who & the What
LCT3 Claire Tow Theater, Lincoln Center; 212-239-6200, lct3.org

New play by Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize winner for Disgraced which is coming to Broadway next Fall. It's directed by Kimberly Senior. Cast: Tala Ashe (Mahwish), Greg Keller (Eli), Nadine Malouf (Zarina) and Bernard White (Afzal). Running time: two hours. From opening 7/16/14; closing 7/13/14-- extended and now closing 7/w9/14. What about: Explores intergenerational and interfaith conflicts in a Muslim family. Tension erupts when the smart, marriagable daughter Zarina writes a novel in which she lets loose with her rejection of the custom of women's covering their faces in public.

Wiethenthal
Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd Street 212-239-6200
New York premiere written by and starring Tom Dugan and directed by Jenny Sullivan. From 10/24/14; opening 11/05/14; closing 2/01/14. Tuesdays and Thursday at 7pm, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Saturdays at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. What it's about: The true story of Simon Wiesenthal, sometimes referred to as "the Jewish James Bond," for having escaped the Nazis but losing 89 family members, he devoted more six decades to bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. Part memoir and part spy thriller, Dugan's play introduces us to Wiesenthal on the day before his retirement as he welcomes his final group of Americans to his office in The Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna.

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 naïve 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.

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