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Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th St

Acorn, 410 W. 42nd St

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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)

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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)

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St Luke’s Theatre
World premiere by Christopher B. Latro,directed by Anna Bamberger. From 12/01/14; opening 12/10/14; closing 2/28/15. What it's about: Comedy about two bankers, their lovers, and the things they love the most: money, power, and satisfaction. Cast: Becca Ballenger, Pedro Carmo, Katrina Ferguson and Ethan Saks. Scenic design by Lauren Mills, costumes by Michael Alan Stein, lighting by Jamie Roderick and sound design by Samuel Godin.

The Accidental Pervert
Thirteenth St. Repertory Company 50 West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave) 212-352-3101
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.

Avenue Q
New World Stages at 50th and Eighth Avenue 212/239-6200
No sooner did the Tony Award winning puppet musical end its 6-year run on Broadway (22 previews and 2,534 performances), than producer Kevin McCollum announced the first ever reverse transfer of a show from Broadway to Off-Broadway. However, it's not returning to its original downtown off-Broadway home (the Vineyard), but remains uptown at the largest venue of the New World Stages complex. The re-opening will begin 10/13/09 and play Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 and 7:30 PM. Tickets from $86.50 to $66.50. For details about the show see our reviews of the Broadway and original off-broadway productionhere

A Beautiful Day In November On The Banks Of The Greatest Of The Great Lakes
City Center Stage 2
New Georges in association with Women's Project Theater. Written by Kate Benson, directed by Lee Sunday Evans. From 1/13/15; closing 2/07/15. What it's about: Thanksgiving at Wembly kitchen. The stands are nice and full, and a crowd has gathered. While a repeat of the Gravy Boat Episode of 1979 may not be in the offing,expect a flatware fumble or two, until everyone's in a turkey stupor, contemplating pie.

Between Riverside And Crazy
Second Stage 43rd street, near 8th Avenue 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 3/08/15 For an idea of what to expect, see Ccurtainup's review of the Atlantic Theater Production here

Beware Of Young Girls: Kate Dimbleby Sings The Dory Previn Story
59 East 59th Street
Created and performed by Kate Dimbleby, written with Amy Rosenthal, and directed by Cal McCrystal). What it's about: Queen of 1970s confessional songwriters, Dory Previn was perhaps best known for being the woman her husband, Andre Previn, left for a considerably younger Mia Farrow. But Dory Previn was much more than a jilted wife. Stars such as Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney and Doris Day included Previn's songs in their repertoire. By the 1970s, Previn found her voice in the blistering but witty confessional songs—filled with uncompromising tales of love and loneliness—that made her a cult icon. From 12/16/14; opening 12/18/14; closing 1/04/15. Tuesday to Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 5:15 PM & 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM & 7:15 PM. Tickets are $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members).

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.

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

. By The Water
MTC's Studio at Stage II
New coproduction between Manhattan Theatre Club and Ars Nova by Sharyn Rothstein. From 11/04/14;opening 11/18/14 closing 12/07/14. What it's About: In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Marty and Mary Murphy (played by Vyto Ruginis and Deirdre O'Connell) attempt to rebuild their lives as past betrayals come to the surface. Additional cast: Cassie Beck, Quincy Dunn-Baker, Charlotte Maier, Tom Pelphrey, and Ethan Phillips. Wilson Chin (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Tyler Micoleau (lighting design), Ryan Rumery (sound design), and Ben Furey (dialect coach). By The Water/Sharyn Rothstein (2014 Off-Broadway)

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.

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.

A Christmas Memory
Irish Repertory Theatre at DR2 Theatre 103 East 15th Street in Union Square
New York Premiere of a musical based on a Truman Capote short story. Book by Duane Poole, lyrics by Carol Hall, music by Larry Grossman, directed by Charlotte Moore. From 11/25/14; opening 12/04/14; closing 1/04/14. What it's about: Set in Alabama in 1955 (with flashbacks to 1933), tells the story of Young Buddy, who is being raised by three eccentric cousins, and their last, precious, Christmas together at home. As Buddy and Aunt Sook gather ingredients for their "World Famous Christmas Fruitcake"(one that will go "directly to the Roosevelts in the White House!"), we are drawn back into a sweetly innocent world filled with a warmth and emotion that has all but disappeared. Cast: Alice Ripley, Samuel Cohen, Nancy Hess (CHICAGO), Taylor Richardson, Ashley Robinson, Virginia Ann Woodruff and 10-year old Silvano Spagnuolo, making his Off-Broadway debut. Musical direction by Micah Young and choreography by Barry McNabb. Scenic design by James Noone, costume design by David Toser, and lighting design by Brian Nason. Hair design is by Robert Charles Vallance, and Properties are by Deirdre Brennan. The dialect coach is Stephen Gabis. Tuesday & Thursday, 7PM. Wednesday & Saturday, 3PM & 8PM Friday, 8PM Sunday, 3PM

DR2 Theatre 103 E. 15th St. 212.727.2737
Revival of Hugh Leonard's memory play. What it's about: Semi-autobiographical story of an Irishman's return home and his attempt to come to terms with the ghost of his recently deceased father. From 1/14/15; opening 1/21/15; closing 3/18/15. Tuesday & Thursday, 7PM; Wednesday & Saturday, 3PM & 8PM; Friday, 8PM; Sunday, 3PM Tickets: $70. Cast: Sean Gormley, Kristin Griffith, John Keating, Nicola Murphy, Paul O’Brien, Ciaran O’Reilly, Adam Petherbridge and Fiana Toibin. Directed by Charlotte Moore. DA has scenic design by James Morgan, costume design by Linda Fisher, lighting design by Michael Gottlieb, sound design by Zach Williamson, and wigs by Robert Charles Vallance. The Production Stage Manager is Pamela Brusoski.

Theatre at St. Clement's 423 West 46th St. at 9th Avenue
Fairy Tale musical for adults by composer/lyricist Dennis T. Giacino. From 11/26/14; opening 12/04/14; closing 1/25/15. Our Review

Drunk Shakespeare
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. Tickets are now %54. See the following website for full performance schedule 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

Dying For It
Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater 336 West 20th Street
Moira Buffini's satire adapted from Nikolai Erdman's The Suicide, and directed by Neil Pepe. Cast: Mia Barron, Ben Beckley, Nathan Dame, Patch Darragh, Clea Lewis, Andrew Mayer, Peter Maloney, Mary Beth Peil, Jeanine Serralles, Joey Slotnick, Robert Stanton, C.J. Wilson. From 12/11/14; opening 1/08/15; closing 1/18/15. What it's about: Semyon (Slotnick), is a man down on his luck, married to a nag (Serralles), and out of options. He decides to throw in the towel and kill himself and a deluge of sympathetic visitors descends upon him, determined to make him a martyr for their many causes. Swept up in the firestorm of attention, Semyon does take matters into his own hands, but not quite in the fashion that everyone expects. Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7pm, Saturday, Sunday 2pm matinees.Regular tickets are $65 Back20 tickets are available for $20 at any preview performance.

Everybody Gets Cake!
59E59 Theaters
New York Premiere from Parallel Exit, created and performed by Joel Jeske, Danny Gardner and Brent McBeth, and directed by Mark Lonergan From 1/16/15; closing 2/08/15; opening 1/23/15.January 16 for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 8. Press opening is Friday, January 23 at 8:30 PM. Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM. What it's about: The Parallel Exit group will feature surreal sketches with innovative comedic influences from several different decades. From the silent film era to the talkies to Adult Swim. The design team includes Maruti Evans (set and lighting) and Oana Botez (costumes). Ben Model wrote the original score.

Every Brilliant Thing
Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue
The Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production comes to New York fresh off engagements in London and Edinburgh, as well as a UK tour. The play by Duncan Macmillan is directed by George Perrin. Cast: Jonny Donahoe and Perrin. From 12/06/14; opening 12/14; closing 3/29/15. What it's about: A young boy attempts to ease his mother's depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. Tuesday-Fridays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM & 7:30PM. Tickets $20 - $55. Our Review

Film Chinois
Pan Asian Repertory, Beckett Theatre 410 W 42nd Street
New York premiere of atmospheric noir mystery set in 1940s China written by Singaporean playwright Damon Chua. From 1/17/15; opening 1/22/15; closing 2/08/15.

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>

Going Once! Laughing Twice
St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street (just west of Eighth Ave.)

Written by Brian Jaffe and directed by Eric Parness, this parodies the prestigious world of art auctions, featuring an array of engaging scoundrels. Cast: Marlain Angelides, Elaine Baez, Breena Beck, Benjamin DeCamp Cole, Daniel Damiano, Wes Drummond, Brian Jaffe, Winston Shaw, Susan Slatin , Scott Watson. From 10/02/14; opening 10/15/14; closing 12/31/14

The Groundling
Axis Theatre One Sheridan Square
World premiere written and directed by Marc Palmieri. From 2/11/15; opening 2/18/15 closing 3/08/15. What it's about: After stumbling upon a small outdoor production of a Shakespeare play in Manhattan, Long Island landscaper Bob Malone is inspired to write a play about his troubled marriage. He hires two reluctant New York theaterD professionals to spend a week at his home and stage the play in his garage with a cast of colorful locals. The comedy meditates on the meaning of the final moments of Love's Labour's Lost, and the surprising effects a play can have on the most unsuspecting, and perhaps most deserving of us all. Cast: Eva Kaminsky,Robert Ierardi, Brian Barnhart, Kendall Rileigh, Benjamin Russell, Emily Kratter and Jerry Matz. The play was presented in 2012 at South Coast Repertory's NewSCRipts Series, in 2011 at Penobscot Theatre Company's Northern Writes Festival and work shopped at the Lark Play Development Center.
[Sam Harris's] Ham: A Musical Memoir
Theater 511 at Ars Nova
A theatrical event based on Sam Harris' book, HAM: Slices of a Life (a collection of stories and essays published by Simon & Schuster). Directed by Billy Porter. A memoir of Harris' successful 30 year career as actor, vocalist and, now, author. From 1/08/15; opening 1/12/15; closing 1/24/15. Wednesdays to Monday at 8:00PM. Run time is aprox: 80 mins Press dates are: Jan 10th & 11th

Public's Newman Theater 420 Lafayette St. 212/

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. 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 (George 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.

Snapple Theater Center
New musical by Vinnie Favale and Frankie Keane. From 9/13/14; opening 10/25/14; open-ended. What it's about: 3 women have come together at the home of world renowned psychic Jason Richards, desperate to make contact with their loved ones who have past. Unbeknownst to them, the spirits materialize during the reading and we discover that, like the living, they are also having a great deal of difficulty moving on. Over the course of the session the spirits get revelations and see a side of their family that they haven't seen before. And as the living share their stories, the spirits struggle with their decision as to whether or not they should make contact…because once they do, they will cross over to the unknown of the Hereafter. Cast: Frankie Keane, Deborah Tranelli, Pierce Cravens, Jill Shackner, Paul Blankenship, Eileen Faxas, Carolyn Mignini, Courtney Capek, Tanisha Gary, Kissy Simmons, Margaret Kelly and Alan Kalter

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. Performance times update: As of 9/12 Fridays at 7pm and 10:30 p.m.

Here's Hoover! The Historic Herbert Hoover 2014 Comeback Special
Les Freres Corbusier at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street.
Written by Sean Cunningham, with songs by Michael Friedman and directed by Alex Timbers. From 12/05/14; closing 12/21/14. Cast: Damian Baldet (Herbert Hoover), James Barry (Scotty), Alex Boniello (DJ), Erica Dorfler (Lucille), James Nathan Hopkins (Wallace), Talene Monahon (Sheila), and Lawrence Tobias (Harry S. Truman). What it's about:After stewing for 80 years in political disgrace (and presumed death), Herbert Hoover takes the stage one more time to reclaim his legacy and save America in the process. Wednesday-Saturday @ 8:00 Saturday & Sunday @ 3:00.

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 2/15/15.

Into The Woods
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 3/22/15. Cast & designers TBA. Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. For an idea of what to expect from this 10-actor producton, read Simon Saltzman's New Jersey production review

The Invisible Hand
New York Theatre Workshop 79 East Fourth Street
New York premiere by Pulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar,, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll. Cast: Jameal Ali, Usman Ally, Dariush Kashani Justin Kirk. From 11/19/14; opening 12/08/14; closing 1/05 An American investment banker, kidnapped and held for ransom in Pakistan, trades for his life. A chilling and complex look at how far we will go to save ourselves and the devastating ramifications of our individual actions on global power and politics. Scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by ESosa, lighting design by Obie Award winner Tyler Micoleau and sound design by Leah Gelpe. Running Time: 2 hours, plus 1 15-minute intermission. Our Review

Peter Jay Sharp Theater
World Premiere of a new musical play by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Commendation winner (2008) and finalist (2013) Jenny Schwartz. Music and lyrics by Todd Almond, oratorio lyrics by Ms. Schwartz, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll. From 3/20/15. Details TBA

John & Jen
Keen Company at Clurman Theatre 410 West 42nd Street
Music by Andrew Lippa, lyrics by Tom Greenwald, and a book by Lippa and Greenwald. Directed by Jonathan Silverstein. This 1995 Lippa musical will run from 2/10/15; opening 3/03/15; closing. It will star Kate Baldwin and will include the premiere of a new song, "Trouble with Men." What it's about: In a changing America between 1950 and 1990, this musical about brothers and sisters and parents and children tells the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, and his namesake, her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday matinees at 3pm.

Josephine and I
Public Theater's Joe's Pub
After The River closes, Cush Jumbo will be doing her solo show, as directed by Phyllida Lloyd. From 2/27/15; opening 3/10/15; closing 4/05/15. What it's about: Interweaves a modern day story of an ambitious young woman with the life of Josephine Baker whichinspires a young woman to face up to the sacrifices required to follow one's dreams.

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion
Union Square Theatre 100 East 17th Street

. Created and performed by John R. Waters and Stewart D'Arrietta Running Time: 90 minutes. No intermission Tickets: Starting $49-$69 Tues,Thurs,Fri,Sat. at 8pm; Wed. and Sun. at 7pm. Sat. and Sun matinees at 3pm. From 10/03/14; opened 10/15/14; Closing 02/22/15-- closing date moved up, now closing 1/11/15. Review by Elizabeth Ahlfors based on performance 10/10/14 Our Review

The Lion
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. Little Children Dream Of God
Roundabout Black Box Theatre, at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
A new play by Jeff Augustin, directed by Giovanna Sardelli. From 1/22/15; opening 2/17/15; closing 4/05/15. The cast: Gilbert Cruz (Manuel), Dashiell Eaves (Trevor), Carl Hendrick Louis (Toussaint and Man), Maurice Jones (Joel), Chris Myers (Vishal), Deirdre O'Connell (Carolyn), Carra Patterson (Sula) and Crystal Lucas-Perry (Madison). What it's about: On a balmy night in Miami, a soon-to-be mother, Sula, floats ashore on a car tire. Having braved a perilous journey to escape her native Haiti, Sula is determined to forge a better life in America for her unborn son. She soon finds safety in an apartment building that shelters refugees in need, joining a diverse community of immigrants, each with their own unique dreams and dilemmas. But even though the life she has hoped for seems within reach, Sula knows she can't outrun her demons forever.Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:00PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30PM. Part of Roundabout's low ticket price initiative to attract new audiences, with tickets at just $20.

Lives of the Saints
Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street
David Ives collection will feature three new playle and direction by John Rando. Cast: Arnie Burton, Carson Elrod, Rick Holmes, Kelly Hutchinsonand Liv Rooth . From 2/03/15; opening 2/24/15; closing 3/27/15. Tues - Thurs 7pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2&8pm, Sun 3pm. There is an added 2pm matinee on Wednesday, March 25. There are no performances on Wednesday, March 4 or Tuesday, March 17. Tickets are $70. Scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design and original music by John Gromada, wig design by Tom Watson.

Lost Lake
MTC at New York City Center – Stage I 131 West 55th Street
World premiere of a new play by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn, directed by Daniel Sullivan. From 10/21/14; opening 11/11/14; closing 12/21/14. What it's about: The lakeside rental Veronica (Tracie Thoms) has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her children so desperately need. And the disheveled property owner, Hogan (John Hakwes), has problems of his own, problems that Veronica is inevitably and irrevocably– pulled into. J. Michael Griggs (scenic design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Robert Perry (lighting design), and Fitz Patton (original music & sound design).

The Love Note
Actors Temple Theatre, 339 West 47th Street (212) 239-6200
Pre-teen musical by playwright/composer Gail Phaneuf, directed and choreographed by Russell Garrett, with music direction by Rachael Ziering. Costumes by Carol Meehan Sherry, sets by Josh Iacovelli, lighting by Josh Danzig. Ensemble cast: Blair Heather Anderson, Nick Anastasia, James Michael Avance, Megan Beard, Mark Blowers, Kathleen Cameron, Adam Cavalieri, Grace Olson-Davidson, Jeff Deglow, Lauren DeFilippo, Jessie Fallow, Kelsey Flynn, Rosanne Gully, Sam Harvey, Katie Rose Ialacci, Kevin Ray Johnson, Bethany McCall, Katie Mebane, Jenna Perez, Justin Selig, and Ariella Serur. What it's About: Follows Jessie on a spirited journey at a new school, where she attempts to navigate the lunchroom bullies, a new crush and learning how to stand up for herself. From 9/10/14; opening 9/14/14; closing 12/21/14. Wednesdays & Sundays at 10 AM Tickets: $24 to $39.

Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford, John Epperson: Show Trash
Connelly Theater 220 East Fourth Street
John Epperson returns to the New York Stage with 3 productions in rotating repertory. From 11/05/14; opening 11/13/14; closing 1/03/15. For our review of the long ago run go here .

Manhattan Parisienne
59E59 Theaters
World premiere of a new play by Alain Boublil, co-creator of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. From 12/18/14; closing 1/04/15.,Cirected by Graciela Daniele. French actress and singer Marie Zamora will star with three male actors TBA. What it's about: A New York story of differences and attraction, of two struggling artists and an unlikely meeting of minds. She is a French actress/singer. He is a Manhattan musician who has a history with Paris. Connected by music, they embark on a surreal journey through New York on a cold rainy evening. The show features excerpts of songs from the classic French and American songbooks by songwriters including Jacques Brel, George and Ira Gershwin, Michel Legrand, Cole Porter and Charles Aznavour. Tuesdays at 7.30 pm; Wednesdays at 6.30 pm; Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Fridays at 8:30 pm; Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 8:30 pm and Sundays at 3:30 pm. The performance on Saturday, December 20 is at 8.30 pm only. There will be no performance on Christmas Day, December 25.

. A Month In The Country
CSC 136 East 13th Street
Ivan Turgenev's play directed by Erica Schmidt. From 1/09/15; opening 1/29/15; closing 2/15/15. Cast: Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister on HBO's Game of Thrones) and Taylor Schilling (Piper Chapman on Netflix's Orange Is The New Black) as Rakitin and Natalya; also Anthony Edwards, Annabella Sciorra and Elizabeth Franz, Peter Appel, Ian Etheridge, Mike Faist, James Joseph O'Neil, Elizabeth Ramos, Thomas Jay Ryan, Frank Van Putten and Megan West.

Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe 212.239.6200
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 15 minutes, 1 intermission. -->

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.

Oldest Boy, The
Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater 150 West 65th Street at Lincoln Center 212/239-6200
Written by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Rebecca Taichman What it's about: A young boy is believed to be the reincarnation of a high Buddhist Lama. When Tibetan monks arrive unexpectedly, asking to take her child away for a life of spiritual training in India, his American mother and her Tibetan husband must make a life-altering choice that will test their faith... and their hearts. Cast: Ernest Abuba,Joel de la Fuente,Tsering Dorjee, Celia Keenan-Bolger,Takemi Kitamura,James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider,Nami Yamamoto.
Sets, Mimi Lien; costumes, Anita Yavich; lighting, (Costumes) Japhy Weideman. From 10/09/14; opening 11/03/14; closing 12/28/14.
Our Review

Our Lady of Kibeho
Signature Theatre Irene Diamond Stage
New play by Olivier Award winner Katori Hall. From 10/28/14; opening 11/16/14; closing 12/16/14. Running Time: 2 1/2 hours includes 1 intermission. Michael Greif (Next to Normal, Grey Gardens) directs. Cast: Starla Benford as Sister Evangelique, Jade Eshete as Girl 3, Danaya Esperanza as Girl 2, Niles Fitch as Emmanuel, Kambi Gathesha as Villager 1, Brent Jennings as Bishop Gahamanyi, Joaquina Kalukango as Marie-Clare Mukangango, Mandi Masden as Anathalie Mukamazimpaka, Owiso Odera as Father Tuyishime, Nneka Okafor as Alphonsine Mumureke, Stacey Sargeant as Girl 1, T. Ryder Smith as Father Flavia, Patrick J. Ssenjovu as Villager 2, Angel Uwamahoro as Girl 4 and Bowman Wright as Nkango. What it's about: In 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ostracized by her schoolmates and labeled disturbed, everyone refuses to believe, until the impossible starts happening again and again. Skepticism gives way to fear, faith, and fate, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond. Rachel Hauck (scenic design), Emily Rebholz (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Matt Tierney (sound design), Peter Nigrini (projection design), Greg Meeh (special effects design), Paul Rubin (aerial effects design), Michael McElroy (original music, arrangements and music direction), Rick Sordelet (fight direction), Dawn-Elin Fraser (dialect coach) and Faye Armon-Troncoso (props & set dressing). Our Review

A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations)
Alice Griffin Theater at Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues
Sam Shepard's take on the Oedipus Rex story, directed by Nancy Meckler. Cast:Brid Brennanas Jocasta / Jocelyn, Lloyd Hutchinson as Uncle Del / Traveler / Tiresias / Maniac of the Outskirts, Jason Kolotouros as Harrington, Matthew Rauch as Randolph, Stephen Rea as Oedipus / Otto, Aidan Redmond as Laius / Larry / Langos, Judith Roddy as Antigone / Annalee. From 11/11/14; Opening 11/23/14 opening; closing 1/04/15. Frank Conway (Scenic Design), Lorna Marie Mugan (Costume Design), Michael Chybowski (Lighting Design), Jill BC Du Boff (Sound Design), Neil Martin (Composer), Kate Wilson (Dialect Coach)
Our Review

Peter and the Star Catcher
New World Stages W. 50th Street
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.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place,, 866.811.4111
> Play by Keith Josef Adkins, directed  bt Leah C. Gardiner. Cast: Donna DuPlantier (Rhonda), Yvette Ganier (Mary), Nathan Hinton (Wayne), Billy Eugene Jones (Virgil), and Maurice Williams (Dipper Running Time: 2 hours. From 11/06/14; opening 11/20/14; closing 12/20/14 review

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

Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater 416 West 42nd Street
World Premiere of new comedy by Samuel D. Hunter, directed By Davis McCallum. Cast: Jessica Dickey,Brian Hutchison, Leah Karpel, T. R. Knight, cameron Scoggins, Brenda Wehle, Danny Wolohan, Elvy Yost. From 11/21/14; opening 12/15/14; closing 1/04/15. What it's about: Eddie (Mr. Knight) manages an Italian chain restaurant in Pocatello, a small, unexceptional American city that is slowly being paved over with strip malls and franchises. But he can't serve enough Soup, Salad and Breadstick Specials to make his hometown feel like home. Against the harsh backdrop of Samuel D. Hunter's Idaho, this is a cry for connection in an increasingly lonely American landscape. Scenic design by Lauren Helpern, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Eric Southern and sound design by Matt Tierney. 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. Single tickets, $75 to $95, n Ninth & Tenth Avenues). Our Review

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.

The Qualms
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

Rasheeda Speaking
New Group at at The Pershing Square Signature Center The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street
A New York Premiere by Joel Drake Johnson, directed by Cynthia Nixon. Cast: Patricia Conolly, Darren Goldstein, Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest. From 1/27/15; opening 2/11/15; closing 3/22/15. & Production

Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes
Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow Street.
Written And Performed By Billy Hayes and directed by Jeffrey Altshuler. From 9/24/14; opening 10/02/14; closing 1/04/15.

Sam Harris's Ham: A Musical Memoir, See Ham. . .

The Seagull and Sense & Sensibility
Sheen Center 18 Bleecker Street,
Another repertory pairing by Bedlam Theatre
From 10/30/14 with Seagull opening 11/02/14 and Sense & Sensibility opening 11/09/14; both closing 12/22/14. Cast: Laura Baranik, Nigel Gore, Kate Hamill, Andrus Nichols, Jason O'Connell, John Russell, Vaishnavi Sharma, Samantha Steinmetz, Eric Tucker, Stephan Wolfert. John McDermott (Set Design), Les Dickert (Lighting Design), Angela Huff (Costume Design), and Alexandra Beller (Choreographer).

Sistas: The Musical
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46th Street(212) 239-6200
What it's about: Musical journey, of a multi-generational African-American Family. The narrative is stitched together using the lyrics of songs that perfectly capture the mood and speaks to the issues of each period and time. In the end, the women find strength in each others' stories and arrive at a way to best honor the memory of their beloved Grandma - a seminal figure in their development as strong and accomplished women. From 9/29/2011/ opening 10/2011/; Open-Ended. Thursday at 7:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 pm Tickets:$39.50-$69.50.Directed by Kenneth Ferrone. Written by Dorothy Marcic

Flea Theater 40 White Street
Extended run of by Kim Davies, directed by Tom Costello and featuring members of The Bats, Stephen Stout, Madeline Bundy, Ivan Dolido and Adelind Horan.; The play began in August 2014, now closing 2/01/15. What it's about: An erotic power play that brings an entitled college student and a jaded wannabe artist past the verge. Andrew Diaz (Set Design), Beth Goldenberg (Costume Design), Daisy Long (Lighting Design), Lee Kinney (Sound Design), and Jesse Geguzis (Fight Choregraphy). Tickets are $15 to $55 with the lowest priced tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Soul Doctor
Actor's Temple Theatre, 339 West 47th Street
Reconceived off-Broadway production by Daniel S. Wise and David Schechter,with music by Schlomo Carlebach, and directed by Mindy Cooper. From 11/28/14; opening 12/14/14; closing The Show is now told in one act, running 100 minutes. What it's about: Story of the father of popular Jewish music, Shlomo Carlebach, and his . unlikely friendship with Nina Simone, the high priestess of Soul. Cast: Josh Nelson, Dan'yelle Willi amson, Dianna Barger, Debra Cardona, Jacob Heimer, Anthony Laciura, Don Meehan, Hayden Wall, Lee Hollis Bussie, Rosalie Graziano, Janelle McDermoth, Erin Mosher, John Plumpis, and Jesse Swimm. Scenic design is by David Goldstein, costume design is by Tristan Raines, lighting design is by Zach Blane, sound design is by Raymond Schilke, projection design is by Brad Peterson, and orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Steve Margoshes. original version review in 2013

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

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

Sun and Room
Paradise Factory 64 E. 4th St.
Written by Danny Mitarotondo. Directed by Shannon Fillion From 2/0t/14; opening 2/06/15; closing 2/28/15.Wed—Mon at 8pm, Sat—Sun at 2pm & 8pm. Tickets: $12—20 What it's about: 3 college kids hanging out on a Friday night—from sunset to sunrise.

Swing Of The Sea
MTC City Center Stage I
World Premiere by Richard Greenberg, directed By Lynne Meadow. From 5/26/15; opening 6/16/15. What it's about: Patriarch Max has died, leaving behind two sons, Brett and Alec, and a lover Vivi. All three reunite for one evening in Vivi's New York apartment. Secrets, passions and ghosts of the past emerge for this trio as each of them faces an uncertain future.

Tail! Spin!
Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street or(866) 811-4111.
The 2012 New York International Fringe Festival hit created and written by Mario Correa and directed by Tony-nominee Dan Knechtges gets an off-Broadway run from 9/18/14; opening 10/01/14; extended to February but then changing to an closing of 1/0415. What it's about: comedy drawn verbatim from the leaked e-mails, raunchy texts and tell-tale tweets that brought down politicians Mark Sanford Anthony Weiner.Cast: Rachel Dratch, as the Wives, Tails, Beards and Barbara Walters. Scenic and projection designs by Caite Hevner Kemp, costume design by Jen Caprio, lighting design by Ryan O'Gara, and sound design by John Emmett O'Brien. The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday – Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 3pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 5pm.
Our Review

Tamburlaine, Parts I and II
Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place
From 11/01/14; opening 11/16/14; closing 1/04/15. This is the play that launced Christopher Marlowe's career and was revived again and again in and beyond his lifetime. The two parts, directed by Michael Boyd, are set in an imaginative time and space encompassing the medieval Ottoman Empire, Persia and Central Asia. Cast: John Douglas Thompson, Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Carlo Alban, Matthew Amendt, Nilanjana Bose, Vasile Flutur, Caroline Hewitt, Andrew Hovelson, Zachary Infante, Chukwudi Iwuji, Merritt Janson, Patrice Johnson Chevannes, Paul Lazar, Tom O'Keefe, Saxon Palmer, Ian Saint-Germaine, Steven Skybell, Keith Randolph Smith, and James Udom. Choreography: Sam Pinkleton; Sets and Costumes: Tom Piper; Lighting: Matthew Richards; Sound Design/Additional Composition: Jane Shaw; Percussion Composition: Arthur Solari; Special Effects: Jeremy Chernick; Props: Kathy Fabian/Propstar; Vocal Coach: Alison Bomber; Fight Director: J. Allen Suddeth; Dramaturg: Jonathan Kalb. Our Review

Texas in Paris
York Theatre at Saint Peter' s, Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue)(212) 935-582 
World premier of a new musical play based on a true story by Alan Govenar with spirituals, cowboy songs and country hymns. Cast: Lillias White andScott Wakefield. Akin Babatunde directs. From 1/27/15; opening 2/05/15; closing 3/01/15. What it's about: The musical journey of a man and a woman, one white, one black, invited to France to perform at the Maison des Cultures du Monde. They have never met, have no professional singing experience, and face the challenge of working together and co-existing in an unfamiliar world. Apprehensive of each other, they struggle with preconceptions but forge a surprising spiritual bond that transforms their on-stage performance and their lives. Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday-Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The Undeniable Sound Of Right Now
Rattlestick Playwright Theater
Women's Project co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater by Laura Eason, directed by Kirsten Kelly. From 3/18/15; closing 5/03/15. What it's about: It's 1992. Hank is struggling to keep his legendary rock club going amid changing times and changing tastes. When his beloved daughter, Lena, starts dating a rising star DJ, Hank must contend with the destructive power of the next big thing.

Claire Tow Theater v 212.239.6200
Nick Jones' world premiere. What it's about: Josephine, a stay-at-home mom and struggling writer, is offered an unusual deal for her memoir: she has to make her life exciting enough to publish. Mysterious and even sinister events start happening to her, and she has to decide how far she is willing to go to make her life into art. From 1/31/15; opening; closing 3/15/15. Monday, Wednesday to Friday, 7PM; Saturday & Sunday, 2PM & 7PM Tickets: Tickets: $20. Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs. Andrew Boyce (Sets), Paloma Young (Costumes) Matthew Richards (Lighting).

Villainous Company
Clurman Theatre 410 West 42 Street
World Premiere by Victor L. Cahn, directed by Eric Parness. From 1/09/15; opening 1/12/15; closing 1/31/15. What it's about: Claire returns from an afternoon of shopping and discovers that one of her packages is missing. In an effort to retrieve it, she calls the store and a series of events unravels that draw the three women into game of cat and mouse with unexpected results. Running time: 90 minutes including an intermission. Cast: Alice Bahlke, Julia Campanelli, Corey Tazmania. Jennifer Varbalow (Set Designer), Brooke Cohen (Costume Designer), Pamela Kupper (Lighting Designer), Nick Simone (Sound Designer).
Wayra: Fuerza Bruta
Daryl Roth Theatre 101 East 15th Street Between Union Square East and Irving Place
Fuerzabruta, presents his new material and revisits previous materials. It's still general admission, no seats so you You will be on your feet during the 80 minute performance and may be asked to move and/or participate. It is recommended that you dress casually and check articles with the coat check service and be aware that strobe lights, loud noises, water, mist & fog. Composer: Gaby Kerpel. Director: Diqui James From 6/27/14; opening 7/08/14; open ended. May be inappropriate for 7 and under. Our Review

Winners And Losers
So Ho Rep 46 Walker Street
New York Premiere, created and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long and directed by Chris Abraham. From 1/02/15; opening 1/06/15; closing 2/01/15.J, Manhattan). Tickets: $35 General Admission; $20 Student Rush; $30 General Rush. What it's about: On the cusp of turning 40, longtime collaborators Marcus Youssef and James Long got an email from a mutual friend touting a self-help pyramid scheme. This unexpected note inspired the two men to take a frank look at their own lives. In this autobiographical piece, Youssef and Long sit at a table and play an invented game called "winners and losers. They name people, places or things—Beyoncé Knowles, Mexican food, their fathers—pronouncing each one a winner or loser. What begins as a simple game rapidly descends into a merciless and brutal appraisal of each other's families, backgrounds and life choices.

The Winter's Tale
Pearl Theater 555 West 42nd Street
William Shakespeare's fairy tale directed by Michael Sexton. From 2/10/15; closing 3/15/15.

The World Of Extreme Happiness
MTC at New York City Center Stage I

. world Premiere By Frances Ya-chu Cowhig, directed By Eric Ting Cast: Ruy Iskander, Francis Jue, Jennifer Lim, Jodi Long, Jo Mei, Andrew Pang. a Co-production With Goodman Theatre, where it plays before coming to New York from 2/03/15; opening 2/24/15. What it's about: Unwanted from the moment she's born, Sunny (Jennifer Lim) is determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. As 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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