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Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th St
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Acorn, 410 W. 42nd St
Actors Temple Theatre 339 West 47th Street (212) 947-3499
Altered Stages, 212 W. 29 St. (7th/8th Avs)
Arclight 152 W. 71 St. (Broadway/Columbus Av)
Ars Nova 511 w. 54 St.
Astor Place Theatre 434 Lafayette Street (212) 254-4370
Atlantic 336 W. 20th St. (8/9th Aves)
Bank Street, 155 Bank St. (Washington/West Sts)
Barrow Street Theater 27 Barrow Street (212) 243-6262
Cherry Lane, 38 Commerce Street (7th/Hudson)
Classical Theater of Harlem (HSA), 645 St. Nicholas Ave (141 St)
Classic Stage, 136 E. 13th St., (3/4th Avs)
Connelly, 220 East 4 Street
Culture Project, 55 Mercer street in SoHo
Daryl Roth, 20 Union Square East (at 15th)
Dodger Stages, 340 West 50th St
Flea, 41 White Street (Broadway/Church Sts)
Harold Clurman, 410 W. 42nd St
Kirk, 410 W. 42nd St
Lion, 410 W. 42nd St
Roundabout/ Laura Pels, 111 W. 46th St. (6th/7th Avs)
City Center 55th St., (6th/7th Avs)
47th Street, 304 W. 47th St.
Duke on 42nd St. (7th/8th Ave)
Ensemble Studio Theatre 549 W. 52nd S. (10th/11 Avs)
Greenwich House, 27 Barrow
Here , 145 Ave of the Americas, (1block south of Spring)
Irish Arts Center, 583 W. 51 St.
Irish Repertory, 132 W. 22d St. (6th/7th Avs)
Joseph Papp/Anspacher/ 425 Lafayette St.
Joseph Papp Public/Martinson/ 425 Lafayette St
Joseph Papp Public/Newman/ 425 Lafayette St
La Mama, 74A E. 4th St.((2nd Av/Bowery)
Little Shubert 422 West 42nd Street (212) 944-3700
Lucille Lortel, 121 Christopher St. (Hudson/7thAv)
Manhattan Theatre Club, 131 W. 55th St (6/7 Avs)
Michael Weller, 311 W. 43rd St, 6th Floor
Minetta Lane, 18 Minetta lane, (6th /Macdougal Sts)
Mint Theatre, 311 W. 43rd St. (8th/9th Avs)
Newhouse/Lincoln Center, 150 W. 65th St.
New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St. (2nd Av/Bowery)
New Victory, 209 W. 42nd St. (7th/8th Avs)
New World Stages 340 West 50th Street (212) 871-1730
Ohio, 66 Wooster St. (Spring/Broome Sts)
Orpheum, 126 Second Ave (7th/8th Sts)
Pearl, 555 West 42nd Street
Players Theatre 115 MacDougal Street (212) 475-1449
Playwrights Horizon, 416 W. 42nd St. (9th/10th Avs)
P. S. 122, 150 1st Ave, (near 9th St.)
Samuel Beckett, 410 W. 42nd St
Second Stage, 307 W. 43rd St. (8th/9th Avs)
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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
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St Luke's Theatre www.AbsolutionThePlay.com
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. Our Review
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.
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. review
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
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. Review
Signature Theatre Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center
Smodern adaptation of Aeschylus' The Danaids written by Charles Mee, directed by Tina Landau. Cast: Emanuel Brown (Oed),Lynn Cohen (Bella), Ellen Harvey (Eleanor), Ryan-James Hatanaka (Constantine), Christopher Innvar (Piero), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Lydia), Preston Sadleir (Giuliano), Stacey Sargeant (Thyona), Nathaniel Stampley (Leo), Bobby Steggert (Nikos), Libby Winters (Olympia). Scenic Design: Brett Banakis. Costume Design: Anita Yavich. Lighting Design: Scott Zielinski. Sound Design: Kevin O’Donnell. Projection Design: Austin Switser. Fight Direction: Rick Sordelet. Production Stage Manager: Lori Lundquist. From 2/03/15; opening 2/23/15; closing 3/15/15. Tuesday Thursday & Friday, 7:30PM; Wednesdays February 4, 11 & 18, 7:30PM ; Wednesdays February 25 and March 4 & 11, 2PM & 7:30PM; Saturday, 2PM & 8PM; Sunday, 2PM; Sundays February 8 & March 1, 2PM & 7:30PM. Our Review
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.
Book of Moron/ The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?
Urban Stages 259 West 30th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues) UrbanStages.org
New York Premiere written & Performed in rotating repertoire by Robert Dubac. From 3/19/15; opening 3/30/15; closing 4/26/15. What its about: Each shifts from character to character. Performances are Monday and Thursday evenings at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm & 7pm. Tickets will be $55, with preview tickets for only $30. Tickets for both plays purchased at the same time will be $75. Student Rush tickets are . available for $15 (with valid ID, 15 minutes before curtain
Bright Half Life
Women's Project Theatre at City Center Stage II
written by Pulitzer Prize nominee Tanya 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 (who also directs) and music and lyrics by Lerman. Characters created by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. Choreography by Steven Hoggett. Scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Andrea Lauer, lighting design by Kevin Adams, sound design by Kai Harada, video and projection design by Andrew Lazarow, with Kimberly Grigsby serving as musical director. From 1/29/15; opening 2/25/15; closing 3/29/15. 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. Tuesday - Wednesday, 7PM. Thursday - Friday, 8PM, Saturday, 3PM & 8PM, Sunday, 3PM. Running Time: 2 hours
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
Public's Martinson Theater 420 Lafayette Street
New York premiere of comedy by Tracey Scott Wilson, directed by Anne Kauffman. From 3/24/15; opening 4/08/15; closing 4/26/15. What it's about: Love, fear and the high costs of choosing who we make a home with, and where. Jackson left his tough Brooklyn neighborhood by winning a scholarship to Exeter, where he met Don, a play-hard rich boy who became his unlikely best friend. Now a Harvard-educated lawyer, Jackson's bought a place in the newly gentrifying area he grew up in. But Jackson's white girlfriend, Suzy, isn't so sure she belongs in a community 'on the verge.' When Don comes to crash with his old buddy and stay clean, his stories of the neighborhood's dangerous past collide with the growing disconnect between Jackson and Suzy, and the treacherous sexual and racial tensions waiting just beyond the door and demanding to be let in. Cast: Grantham Coleman (Jackson), Tessa Ferrer (Suzy), and Michael Stahl-David (Don).
York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's.
New York premiere of the new musical about actor James Cagney. Book by Peter Colley and music and lyrics by Robert Creighton (who will star) and Christopher McGovern From 5/19/15; closing 6/21/15. What it's about: Follows the legendary on-screen tough guy from his humble beginnings in New York City's Lower East Side through his rise as a vaudeville song-and-dance man, to his superstardom in Hollywood. The original score is augmented by George M. Cohan songs from the classic film Yankee Doodle Dandy and others. Choreography by Joshua Bergasse. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
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; closing open-ended. 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. Our Review
C.O.A.L. (Confessions of a Liar)
Play by David Brian Colbert and directed by Craig Baldwin. From 3/05/15; opening 3/11/15; closing 3/22/15. Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday & Saturday at 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM. What it's about: There are lies we tell ourselves, and lies we tell others, and lies we tell just to make it through the day. A charming and witty liar, Coal, revisits his life in a small West Virginia town, introducing the dicey and colorful characters of his past, while attempting to come to terms with the lies he told to change his truth. Cast: Lisa Bostnar, Evander Duck, Mirirai Sithole and Jackson Tanner. Craig Baldwin (set design); Cory Pattak (lighting design); Elizabeth Caruso (costume design); and Luke Norby (projection design).
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 4/05/15. 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. Our Review
For more about what to expect see our review of the London Production .
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 review
Times Square Arts Center, 300 West 43rd Street
This is a return engagement from 2/14/15; closing 5/17/15. Show with book and lyrics by Dan Derby, music by Michael Rheault, original direction by Rick Hamilton, original choreography by Mary Lauren along with musical direction by Ted Arthur. What it's about: 2 female impersonators on a cruise ship must keep their cool and concoct Some Like It Hot-styled confusions in this madcap musical with 12-member company that includes Steven Bidwell, Dan Coombs, Joel Chambers, Kyle DuPree, Jonathan Grunert, DaWoyne Hill, Rebecca Kopec, Joel Libed, Alexander Price, Caleb Schaaf, Michael James Valvo, Danni Vitorino, Kelsey Youmans,Tobias Young. Fridays @ 8 PM, Saturdays @ 3PM & 7:30PM, Sundays @ 6PM. On Sunday, February 22nd there will be a special performance at 3PM and no performance at 6PM. Running Time: 2:15 hours including a 15 minute 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. Our Review
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. Our Review
50 Shades! The Musical
Elektra Theatre 300 W. 43rd Street www.50ShadesTheMusical.com
- The Original Parody of the book. From 2/21/14; opening 3/12/14; closing 9/06/15. Tuesday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2:00pm, Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 7:30pm and 10:00pm, Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm. Tickets, $49-$79. What it's about: a trio of girlfriends setting aside staid book club fare in favor of a sexier sort of page-turner. Interest piqued, they devour the novel while the notorious characters', Anastasia and Christian, delicious affair comes to life before their eyes. Book by Al Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward, and Dan Wessels; music and lyrics by Amanda Blake Davis, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward, Al Samuels and Dan Wessels. Set and Costume Design is by John Dunnett, Lighting Design is by Herrick Goldman, and Sound Design is by Matt Kraus. Joy Dewing is the casting director. With the movie of the same name hitting screens, the play' gained yet another extension, now running into Labor Day. This seems to be a girl's night out event.
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>
Ghosts After Ibsen
the cell, 338 W 23rd
From 3/02/15; opening 3/06/15; closing 3/19/15. Tuesdays through Fridays at 8pm. Special matinee performance will be held on March 8 at 3pm. Tickets are $18 15http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1247482 New adaptation of Ibsen by Thomas Kilroy, directed by Austin Pendleton. Cast:Lauren Hobbs, Joe Stillman, Debra Lass, Keegan McDonald and Jim Broaddus.Sound and Scenic Design by Catherine Goodman.
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. The Groundling (2015 Off-Broadway)
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 twice before opening now closing 5/03/15. 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. Update: The show is moving to the Richard Rodgers Theatre 226 W. 46 St. on July 13 prior to an official opening night on August 6! As for 'Brian D'Arcy James's King George, he will abdicate the throne to go into rehearsals for another Broadway show. Taking his place, as of March 3rd is Jonathan Groff, last seen on Broadway in Spring Awakening. He's expected to stay with the cast for the Broadway transfer Our Review
Classic Stage 136 East 13th Street
Peter Sarsgaard as Hamlet in his third collaboration with director Austin Pendleton. Also in cast: Penelope Allen (Gertrude), Jim Broaddus (Player King/others), Glenn Fitzgerald (Laertes), Austin Jones (Horatio), Lisa Joyce (Ophelia), Scott Parkinson (Rosencrantz/others), Daniel Morgan Shelley (Guildenstern/others), Stephen Spinella (Polonius) and Harris Yulin (Claudius). From 3/27/15; opening 4/15/15; closing 5/10/15.Scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Constance Hoffman, lighting design by Justin Townsend and original music and sound design by Ryan Rumery.
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).
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.
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. Our Review
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; opening 4/13/15; closing 5/10/15. Cast: Cindy Cheung, April Matthis, Annie McNamara, Karyn Quackenbush, Carolina Sanchez, Lee Sellars, Jill Shackner and Kolette Tetlow. What it's About:Mom (Ms. Quackenbush) found her soul-mate on Facebook, and he (Mr. Sellars) lives in Iowa. So Becca (Ms. Shackner) says goodbye to her beloved math teacher (Mr. Sellars), bulimic best friend (Ms. Sanchez), neighborhood pony (Mr. Sellars) and her mildly deficient teenage life, and she follows her wayward mother to a new, uncharted beginning. Scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Arnulfo Maldonado, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau and sound design by Daniel Kluger. Musical direction will be by J. Oconer Navarro. Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7PM.
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.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. Our Review
Josephine and I
Public Theater's Joe's Pub
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 which inspires 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 Plan
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.
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. Running Time: 2 hours, including one intermission. Our Review
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 ,3rd floor (between 7th and 6th Avenues, north side of the street) http://royalfamilyproductions.org/ Note: no elevators!
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.
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.
59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues).
Written by Jean-Luc Lagarce and directed by Zeljko Djukic produced by TUTA Theatre Chicago. Cast: Jeffrey Binder (Broadway’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Lion King, Side Man), Michael Doonan (Chicago Shakespeare, Moscow Art Theatre), and Darren Hill (Steppenwolf Theater Company). From 3/25/15/ opening 3/31/15; closing 4/12/15. 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 & 7:30 PM. What it's a bout: The story of three fading performers who act, sing, and dance every night and exporing the vulnerable life of the theater artist, where the line between success and failure is often indistinguishable.
The Mystery of Love and Sex
Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
From 2/05/15; opening 3/02/15; closing 4/26/15. Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including 1 intermission. Written by Bathsheba Doran, directed by Sam Gold. Cast: Diane Lane, Tony Shalhoub,Gayle Rankin and Mamoudou Athie. What it's about A couple (Lane & Shaloub) whose relationship is threatened when a series of secrets about their past is revealed. The relationship is explored by them, their college age daughter (Rankin) and family friend (Athie). Sets by Andrew Lieberman, costumes by Kaye Voyce, lighting by Jane Cox and original music and sound by Daniel Kluger. Doran and Gold previously worked together on her play Kin. (Other or her work we've reviewed: Great Expectations, a Dicken adaptation , Living Room in Africa and Parents Evening She's also writer-producer of Masters of Sex and previously Boardwalk Empire.
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 3/22/15. 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. Our Review
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 3/29/15. 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.
The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, at Pershing Square Signature Center
World premiere 2ritten & directed by Athol Fugard. From 4/21/15; opening 5/11/15; closing 5/31/15. $25 tickets for scheduled run. Cast and creative team TBA.
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 Theater 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. Running Time: Approx 2 hours.
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. Tuesday, 7PM Wednesday toFriday, 8PM; Saturday, 2PM & 8PM; Sunday, 2PM & 7PM
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
A Queen For A Day
Theatre at St. Clement 423 West 46 Street AQueenForADayPlay.com
Written by Michael Ricigliano Jr. and directed by John Gould Rubin. From 4/14/15; opening 5/03/15; closing 7/26/15.Sunday - Tuesday at 7PM; Thursday – Saturday at 8PM; Matinees: Saturday at 2PM; Sunday at 3PM. Tickets are $49-$99 with$25 Rush Tickets for Students and Military with Valid ID. Running time is 90 minutes no intermission. What it's about: Giovanni (David Proval) is torn between love, loyalty and survival when asked to give up his crime boss brother, as part of a one day immunity deal also known as a Queen for a Day. Cast: David Deblinger, Portia and David Proval Andreea Mincic (Set Designer), Bobby Tilley (Costume Designer), Isabella F. Byrd (Lighting Designer), Leon Rothenberg (Sound Designer).
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. Tuesday - Friday, 7:30PM; Saturday, 2PM & 8PM; Sunday, 2PM 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.
Rosario and the Gypsies
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)(212) 254-1109, www.theaterforthenewcity.net
From 2/18/15; opening 2/19/15; closing 3/08/15. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM. Added performance Wed., Feb. 18 at 8:00 PM. Tickets $15 general admission, Seniors & Students $10. Running time 1:45 with intermission. Muscal by Cuban-American playwright MusicalEduardo Machado with songs by composer Rick Vartorella and lyrics by Mr. Machado and Mr. Vartorella. Directed by Machado What it's about: The rock 'n roll play with music is about the backstage romances and melodramas of a hippie performance troupe in southern California who were devoted to the art of change. Three live musicians (and some of the actors) will perform on guitar, drums and piano.
Shut Up, Sit Down & Eat
Snapple Center 1627 Broadway at 50 Street, 4th Floor 212 921 7862 ShutUpSitDownAndEat.com.
A return engagement, from 2/15/15/closing 5/31/15. Sundays at 5:15PM. Tickets are $65 - $80. Running Time is 90 minutes
Roundabout at the he Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre 111 West 46th Street 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org
Written by Joshua Harmon, author of Bad Jews. From 5/21/15; opens 5/21/15; closing 8/16/15. What it's about: Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but that's easier said than done. So until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close-knit girlfriends. But as singles' nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan finds that supporting the ones you love can be just as impossible as finding love itself. The full cast & design team will be announced soon.All tickets are $79. Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.
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
Small Mouth Sounds
Ars Nova 511 w. 54 St.
A new play by Bess Wohl , directed by Rachel Chavkin. Cast: Jessica Almasy, Marcia DeBonis, Jojo Gonzalez, Brad Heberlee, Sakina Jaffrey, Erik Lochtefeld and Babak Tafti. From 3/10/15; opening 3/23/15; closing 4/11/15. Details TBA
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.
The New Group at Pershing Square Theater Center
A new play written by and featuring Jesse Eisenberg, directed by Scott Elliott. (announced previously as part of the company's 2014-2015 season). Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”) joins Jesse Eisenberg in this production, which marks the third show in The New Group’s current 20th Anniversary Season. Previews begin May 7, in advance of an Official Opening Night on Tuesday, June 2. A limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through June 28
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.
Swing Of The Sea
MTC City Center Stage I
World Premiere by Richard Grieenberg, 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.
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.
Bedlam Theater at Dorothy Strelsin Theater on West 36th Street
The subtitle "Or what you will will be put to inventive use by Bedlam in its two versions of the play in repertory. The original Shakespeare script will be used, and both plays will feature the same five actors in the many roles, but the versions will have different thematic emphases, aesthetics, and approaches by the performers to their characters. Twelfth Night or What You Will centers around the theme that love can be difficult and extremely hard, but in the end also very magical and rewarding. What You Will, or Twelfth Night centers around the theme that love is absolutely maddening and not always comes with a happy end. From 3/11/15 for 8 weeks.
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 2/18/15; closing 3/15/15. Monday, Wednesday to Friday, 7PM; Saturday & Sunday, 2PM & 7PM Tickets: $20. Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs. Andrew Boyce (Sets), Paloma Young (Costumes) Cast: Anna Camp, Oliver Hollmann, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Robert Sella, Jeanine Serralles, Danny Wolohan, and Damian Young. Our Review
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
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. Our Review
MTC at New York City Center Stage I
. world Premiere By Frances Ya-chu Cowhig, directed By Eric Ting . a Co-production With Goodman Theatre, where it plays before coming to New York from 2/03/15; opening 2/24/15; closing 3/29/15. 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. Running Time: 95 Minutes, no intemission. Our Review