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Classic Stage Company's Upcoming Season.
Classic Stage Company's upcoming season begins in October with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro, directed by John Doyle, the second installment of CSC's Musical Theater Initiative. In January Peter Sarsgaard returns to CSC starring in Shakespeare's Hamlet. The season concludes in April with Chris Noth starring in Christopher Marlowe's DOCTOR FAUSTUS, directed by Andrei Belgrader.
Playwrights Horizons 2014/2015 Season
BOOTY CANDY.New York premiere written and directed by Robert O'Hara. From August 22, 2014 Mainstage Theater.
GRAND CONCOURSE. World Premiere by Heidi Schreck, directed by Kip Fagan October to December 2014 atPeter Jay Sharp Theater
POCATELLO. World Premiere of a new play by Samuel D. Hunter. Directed by Davis McCallumNovember 2014 – January 2015. Mainstage Theater
PLACEBO. World Premiere of a new play by Melissa James Gibson. Directed by Daniel Aukin. February – April 2015Peter Jay Sharp Theater
IOWA. World Premiere of a new musical play by Jenny Schwartz. Music and lyrics by Todd Almond. Oratorio lyrics by Jenny Schwartz. Peter Jay Sharp Theater,
A new to be announce play by Bruce Norris. May – July 2015 Mainstage Theater
John Van Druten, an out of fashion playwright suddenly fashionable again. Over in the upstairs 43rd Street home of that invaluable retriever of lost and neglected plays on 43rd Street, a revival of Van Druten's his 1931 comedy of office manners and mores, London Wall. Downtown in Greenwich Village the adventurous Transport Group is bringing back his I Remember Mama — but with a difference-- the cast will consist of women in their 60s and 70s playing all the female roles. We'll be reviewing both but in the meantime you can find details in our Off-Broadway Listings
Bruce Lee on Screen and Stage
Signature Theatre will present The Bruce Lee Film Series in conjunction with the World Premiere of David Henry Hwangs new play Kung Fu'(Watch for my review after the official opening). The screenings will feature Enter the Dragon on Tuesday, February 25th and the documentary I Am Bruce Lee on March 24, both at 7pm in The Irene Diamond Stage. Tickets $8 for Signature subscribers, $13 signaturetheatre.org. An additional film TBA will be shown on March 31.
Brits Off Broadway's 9th season
The popular feast of UK theater returns for its 9th season at 59E59 Theaters from April 1 to June 29. The lineup below:
Tuesday, April 1 - Sunday, April 20 DON'T WAKE ME: THE BALLAD OF NIHAL ARMSTRONG, written by Rahila Gupta and directed by Guy Slater With Jaye Griffiths.
DON'T WAKE ME is the true story of the life and death of acclaimed British journalist Rahila Gupta's much-loved son. Performed by Jaye Griffiths.
Wednesday, April 2 - Saturday, April 26 A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY by Douglas Maxwell and CLEAN by Sabrina Mahfouz, directed by Orla O'Loughlin With Joanna Tope and Gavin Jon Wright; and Jade Anouka, Emma Dennis Edwards and Chloe Massey (Clean). CLEAN introduces audiences to the world of London's top female underground criminals on their biggest job yet. In A RESPECTABLE WIDOW TAKES TO VULGARITY, Annabelle, mourning her husband's death, strikes up an unlikely relationship with his potty-mouthed employee, Jim.
Wednesday, April 23 - Sunday, May 18 PEDDLING, written by Harry Melling, directed by Steven Atkinson With Harry Melling. A young door-to-door salesman wakes up in a field, somewhere in London, surrounded by the burnt and empty remnants of the night before. With no memory, he knows he must go back to ‘the very start of it all.' His attempts to retrace events lead him on a haunting journey where everything comes into question: his life, his world, and his future.
Tuesday, April 29 - Sunday, May 18 PLAYING WITH GROWN UPS, by Hannah Patterson, directed by Hannah Eidinow With Alan Cox, Daisy Hughes, Trudi Jackson, Mark Rice-Oxley Late thirties, careers under their belts and a new baby just arrived. Isn't that what everybody wants? A wry, provocative look at what it is to be a woman today, in a society that tells us we can have it all and our ambitions can be unlimited.
Thursday, May 1 - Sunday, May 25 THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J. HITCHCOCK, written by David Rudkin, directed by Jack McNamara With Martin Miller, Roberta Kerr, Tom McHugh, and Anthony Wise. Rudkin's poetic new play takes an unprecedented look at the life and mind of one of the century's most fascinating cultural icons.
Tuesday, May 20 - Sunday, June 1 SIMON GREEN: SO, THIS THEN IS LIFE, created by Simon Green and David Shrubsole, performed by Simon Green with musical arrangement and accompaniment by David Shrubsole. Play explores paths un-trod, mistakes repeated and ridiculous responses to an ever-changing world. Simon Green and David Shrubsole cast their uniquely British gaze over life's rude awakenings.
Wednesday, May 21 - Sunday, June 8 CHALK FARM, written by Kieran Hurley & AJ Taudevin, directed by Neil Bettles. With Thomas Dennis and Julia Taudevin. An uncompromising and ultimately heartbreaking examination of a fractured society.
Thursday, May 29 - Sunday, June 29 AYCKBOURN ENSEMBLE, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn Cast to be announced. One company, two major bittersweet comedies and two frivolous shorts, all written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, run in rep.
TIME OF MY LIFE.NYC premiere of Ayckbourn's 1992 comedy. It is Laura Stratton's birthday and, to celebrate the event, the whole family is gathered for an evening out in their favorite restaurant. The dinner turns out to be a significant moment in all their lives.
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES At a London rail terminus an elaborate trap is deployed to capture a dangerous and elusive terrorist. The Strategic Simulated Distractional Operations Unit is ready to pounce. Their witness, garrulous traffic warden, Barry Hawkins and troubled young female soldier Ez Swain, his minder, are on hand. What can possibly go wrong?
FARCICALS: A Double Bill of Frivolous Comedies: In CHLOË WITH LOVE, Teddy and Lottie's marriage is in difficulty. Cue neighbors Penny and Reggie to the rescue. But who is Chloe? Lottie and Teddy return in THE KIDDERMINSTER AFFAIR! Will Lottie discover the awful truth about Kidderminster? Will Teddy burn the barbeque?
Tuesday, June 3 - Sunday, June 29 BLINK, written by Phil Porter, directed by Joe Murphy With Thomas Pickles and Lizzy Watts. This tale of Jonah and Sophie is a dysfunctional love story, but a love story all the same. Against the lonely backdrop of London, the worlds of two shy individuals collide, and a charming, delicate and darkly funny story unfolds before your eyes.
Tuesday, June 10 - Sunday, June 29 PAT KIRKWOOD IS ANGRY, written by Jessica Walker, directed by Lee Blakeley, with musical arrangements by James Holmes With Jessica Walker and Joseph Atkins at the piano. Walters stars with songs about the turbulent life of the actress and singer Pat Kirkwood.
Primary Stages will present their 2014-15 season in its new home at the Duke on 42nd Street. The lineup includes: POOR BEHAVIOR A New York premiere of a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck Directed by Evan Cabnet July-September, 2014. . . WHILE I YET LIVE A world premiere of a new play by Billy Porter Directed by Sheryl Kaller September-November, 2014. . . LIVES OF THE SAINTS A new collection of short plays by David Ives Directed by John Rando February-March, 2015
Ars Nova's 2014 Season includes Four Featured Events: Game Play: January 29 – February 8 An evening of short plays written by the Ars Nova Play Group, featuring Live Music. . . Charlatan: March 18 – April 12 A night of mind-bending illusion from professional deceiver Vinny DePonto. Written by Vinny DePonto and Josh Koenigsberg Directed by Andrew Neisler. . . ANT Fest 2014: June 2 – 28 Ars Nova's 7th annual Festival of All New Talent. . . Jacuzzi: October 1 – November 1. The premiere of a brand new play by The Debate Society. Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen. Directed and Developed by Oliver Butler
For more information on Ars Nova's programs, visit www.arsnovanyc.com.
Target Margin Theater continues its exploration of Yiddish culture from Feb. 12th to 22nd at Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand Street). Tickets are priced at $15 for details: www.TargetMargin.org or (212) 352-3101.
They conclude their 2013-2014 season with a new work adapted from a central play of Yiddish history: Uriel Acosta: Doubt is the Food of Faith, created and directed by TMT Artistic Director, David Herskovits. Performances are set to begin March 14, 2014 for a limited engagement through April 5, 2014 at The Chocolate Factory (5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens). For additional information, www.targetmargin.org
A look at Broadway audiences courtesy of The Broadway League's 16th annual demographics report: Tourists accounted for 66% of all Broadway tickets, up from 63% in the 2011-2012 season. The number of attendances by domestic tourists has grown from 3.4 million in 1999 to 5 million in 2013. International visitors comprised a w high ofalmost 23% of tickets sold. Attendance by suburbanites was the lowest on record, at 17% or just under 2 million tickets. The average age of the Broadway attendee was 42.5 years old, slightly younger than the past few seasons, with the highest ever percentage of theatregoers age 18 – 24 (14% or 1.6 million admissions) in the history of this analysis. Kids and teens accounted for just over one million admissions. 78% of admissions were made by Caucasian theatregoers, the same as the previous year. That said, there is an increase the diversity of audiences, particularly with Hispanic audienceswhich at 8% wasthe second highest in the history of this analysis. Forty-one percent of respondents said they purchased their tickets online, with telephone sales declining accordingly. Females accounted for 68% of the audiences. Playgoers tended to be more frequent theatregoers than musical attendees. The typical play attendee saw seven shows in the past year; the musical attendee, three. Word-of-mouth was the most influential factor in show selection.
The London hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is headed to Broadway's Barrymore Theater next Fall. Marianne Elliott will again direct but count on a new Christopher rather than Luke Treadway. The London production which came to a halt after the Apollo Theater collapsed will resume in the Gielgud Theater late in June. For an idea of what to expect see our London Review.
The Off Broadway Alliance's 20at20 promotion runs from January 21st to February 9th. Here's the deal: Show up 20 minutes before curtain time and get a $20 ticket for some 48 particiating shows. For a complete list of participating shows and venues see below or visit www.20at20.com.
And here's something special-- if you see 7 of the included shows, have a dinner courtesy of the sponsor by mailing your otiginal ticket stubs to: 20at20 Dinner Special, 555 Eighth Avenue, Suite 905, NY, NY 10018. All entries must be postmarked by February 9th to be valid. Please include your name, phone, email, and mailing address. Photo copies are okay.
News about Playwrights Horizons 2013/2014 Season. Final casting for the New York premiere of Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl,directed by Rebecca Taichman will feature Todd Almond, Daniel Jenkins, Clea Alsip, Michael Cyril Creighton, Dominic Fumusa, Emma Galvin, Jessica Hecht,Patrick Kerr. The play will begin March 2nd, 2014 and run through March 23rd, 2014 at PH Main Stage. Your Mothers Copy Of The Kama Sutra, will feature Maxx Brawer, Rebecca Henderson, Will Pullen, Chris Stack, Sarah Sutherland. This will be at the Petery Jay Tharp Theater from March 28th through May 11, 2014.
The Broadway League's Kid's night on Broadway (From December 18 to March 2, 2014 once again enables kids ages 6 to 18 to see Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. The League has announced the following Broadway show participants (so far -- an subject to change, with some shows not available for all performances): Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, The Bridges of Madison County, Bronx Bombers, Chicago, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Matilda the Musical, Motown the Musical, Newsies, A Night with Janis Joplin, Once, The Phantom of the Opera, Pippin, Rock of Ages, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Wicked. OFF-BROADWAY: iLuminate, Murder for Two, Stomp.
There'll also be plenty of specials for ticket-holders by various eateries which(to date) include: Blue Fin, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Casa Nonna, Ceci Italian Restaurant, Connolly's Pub and Restaurant, Glass House Tavern, Guy's American Kitchen and Grill, Hurley's, Le Rivage, Matt's Grill, Nanking Asian Fusion, Pergola Des Artistes, Playwright's Tavern, Playwright's Celtic Pub and Restaurant, Ruby Foos Times Square, Ruby Tuesdays, Schnipper's, Southern Hospitality BBQ, Tasti-D-Lite, The Lambs Club, Toloache, Trattoria Tre Colori, Virgil's Real BBQ.
Eugene O'Neill's The Ice Man Cometh comes to New York again in 2015! It will be at the Brooklyn's Academy of Music. It's a reprise of Chicago's Goodman Theatre production that starred Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy. The six-week engagement will run 2/05/15 to 3/15/15. The epic drama last big New York production was in 1999 at the Brooks Atkinson Theater and starred Kevin Spacey as Hickey.
Bebe Neuwirth who collected a Tony back in 1997 for her killer portrayal of killer Velma Kelly in Chicago, and did a stint in 207 as Roxie Hart, is back in the show, this time as "Mama"Morton. Her gig as the feisty matron begins 2/14/14 and continues through 3/09/14.
Time for the Next Edition Festival Line Up of free staged readings from Playwrights Realm alumni: Tuesday, January 21 CHRISTOPHER WALL's Calamity. . . Wednesday, January 22 JEN SILVERMAN's The Moors . . . Thursday, January 23 GONZALO RODRIGUEZ RISCO's It Never Rains in Lima. . . Monday, January 27 ANTON DUDLEY's Still Life. . . Plus private readings of new work by Ethan Lipton and Anna Ziegler. All readings at 7pm and followed immediately by a reception. Location: The Studio at 511 511 West 54th Street (btw. 10th & 11th Aves.).
Go to the website to reserve: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/930060
Japan's Ryuzanji Company brings its avant-garde musical
Hanafudi Denki - The Dance Of Death back to New York for a limited engagement. at HERE in SoHo. Based on Threepenny Opera, this musical is set in a funeral parlor in Tokyo during World War I. In it, a dead girl who loves a living boy adventures between two worldBs - the dead and the living. Ryuzanji Company originally toured Hanafuda Denki in 2012, receiving an Overall Excellence Award at the New York International Fringe Festival and a Pick of the Fringe Award at the Victoria Fringe Festival. Under Artistic Director Show Ryuzanji, the production features direction, sets, costumes and makeup by Saori Aoki, music by Makoto Honda, choreography by Daiko Ishimaru, English translation by Claire Tanaka, lighting by ROMI and Etsuo Yamagami, and sound by Nanaho Unebe. It stars Hiroko Ito, IWAO, Munekazu Tani, Kazuhiko Satomi, Naomi Hirano, Takuya Kigure, Kanami Sakai, Naoya Yamashita, Rina Yamamaru, Sanshiro Goto, Makoto Honda, and Show Ryuzanji. T production is a part of the Sublet Series@HERE, a curated rental program, which provides artist with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support. It is also supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan and cosponsored by Crossing Jamaica Avenue. Performance dates: January 21-26, Tuesday - Friday at 8:30pm, Saturday at 4pm & 8:30pm and Sunday at 4pm. HERE Arts Center at 145 Avenue of Americas at Dominick Street. Tickets are $25 / $20 for students & seniors, available at 212-352-3101 or www.here.org.
Congratulations to Buyer and Cellar on its 2005h Performance!!
Missed Richard Nelson's widely praised Apple Family plays when they were originally at the Public in synch with the main discussion topic? And now unable to catch them during the current reruns in repertory with the concluding Regular Singing ? Not to worry. PBS is taping the whole shebang for future broadcast. No dates set. No word as to whether the plan is to do them one at a time or as a marathon. Since the charm of this somewhat over-praised series was/is the naturalistic, live acting, the experience of the plays on your screen of choice is bound to be different. However, any loss of intimacy will be offset by the fact that you won't have to strain to hear what's being said which has been the case (depending on where you were sitting) at the Public's Anspacher.
The highly anticipated Broadway musical adaptation of Woody Allen's Bullets over Broadway has cast its Helen Sinclair. It's three time Tony Award® nominee Marin Mazzie The new musical, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film, will be directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman. Also featured will be Brooks Ashmanskas as Warner Purcell, Zach Braff as David Shayne, Nick Cordero as Cheech, Vincent Pastore as Nick Valenti, Betsy Wolfe as Ellen, Lenny Wolpe as Julian Marx and Heléne Yorke as Olive Neal. The show will open April 10, 2014 at The St. James Theatre Musi will be existing music of the period rather than new songs.
Public Theater's 2013-2014 season is chockablock full with intriguing offerings: classics, new plays, musicals and experimental ensembles. Tarell Alvin McCraney will direct his adaptation of Antony & Cleopatra. The by now established and much extended hit is Alison Bechdel graphic novel, with music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and directed by Sam Gold. Also on the boards, the New York premiere of A Second Chance, with book, music, and lyrics by Ted Shen and direction by Jonathan Butterell, about a recent widower and divorcée who meet in mid-life.
Also back as a marathon production is Richard Nelson with his Apple Family play.
Also still to come is the return of Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks with the Public Lab production of Father Comes Home From The Wars (parts 1, 2 & 3), a drama about the mess of war, the cost of freedom, and the heartbreak of love.
Gone but not forgotten by all who saw is Brecht's Good Person of Szechewann by the terrific Foundry Theatre
Coming up from Rattlestick Playwrights Theater-- The Correspondent by Ken Urban, directed by Stephen Brackett. Feb. 5–March 23, 2014. It's about a grieving husband hires a dying woman to deliver a message to his recently deceased wife in the afterlife. When he receives letters signed by his wife, describing events that only she could know, he's faced with determining if the correspondence is from a con artist or actually from a ghost.
Ode to Joy written and directed by Craig Lucas. Feb. 12–April 12, 2014, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Mainstage.What it's about: Love, heartbreak, addiction, and illness through the eyes of Adele, an audacious painter and her destructive relations with Mala and Bill, her two lovers.
The Few written by Samuel D. Hunter, sirected by Davis McCallum April 16–May 31, 2014, at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. What it's about: Four years ago Bryan abandoned his labor of love, a newspaper for truckers. Now he's returned–with no word of where he's been–and things have changed. His former lover is filled with rage, his new coworker is filled with incessant adoration, and his paper is filled with personal ads. As he considers giving up for good, Bryan searches for what he couldn't find on the road: a way to keep faith in humanity.
The New Group will present the world premiere of Thomas Bradshaw's Intimacy, directed by Scott Elliott about: 3 families in a well-manicured American town. Interracial couple Jerry and Pat borrow tools from their recently widowed, white evangelical neighbor James, and they even share the same Latino contractor, the mysterious Fred. Everything's suburban bliss until James discovers that Jerry and Pat's daughter Janet is a budding porn star and shuns the family. But James doesn't know that his son Matthew, an aspiring filmmaker, has other ideas.
In January, Classic Stage Company director Brian Kulick and composer Duncan Sheik continue their exploration of Brecht with a new production of Brecht's A Man's A Man. What it's about: An early knock-about, anti-just-about-everything farce by Brecht, an innocent dockworker in British Colonial India is rather unorthodoxly enlisted into Her Majesty's Armed Forces, where he is "dismantled like a car" and then reassembled into the ultimate fighting machine.
CSC concludes its season in March with The Heir Apparent, the latest comic romp from acc David Ives, based on the play by Jean-Francois Regnard and directed by John Rando. What it's about: Eraste has it all: good looks, a beautiful fiancée and a huge inheritance from an ancient uncle. There's just one little problem: the uncle won't die and he's bequeathed his entire fortune to a distant relative. Whats a fine 18th century fellow to do' but enlist the aid of his resourceful servant, Crispin, who could "out-Figaro Figaro.
MCC will mount 3 new productions át its Lucille Lortel home and a Broadway co-production:
Penelope SkiMaggie Gyllenhaalnner's The Village Bike. North American Premiere, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, directed by Sam Gold. From 5/21/14; opening 6/09/14. What it's about: Becky (Gyllenhaal) is pregnant but she can't seem to get the attention of her husband, who is preoccupied with preparing for the babys months-away arrival. So Becky takes matters into her own hands and sets out on an adventure that starts with the purchase of a used bike from a man in town and takes her further than she ever expected
Robert Askins' Hand to God, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and starring Steven Boyer From 3/11/14. This originally debuted at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2011-2012 where it went on to an extended run. What it's about: Çomedy about the good children of Cypress, Texas are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satans hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young mans puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected.
At Atlantic Theater's Linda Gross Theater look for Te Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe, a stage adaptation by Roy Williams will run at Atlantic Stage 2 from January / February 2014.
Also a musical revival of The ThreePenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, with English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein and direction by Martha Clarke, March / April 2014 and a world premiere of
Comes May, Stephen Adly Guirgis' will offer up Between Riverside And Crazy
Good Deals for handicapped theater lovers: The mission of the Theater Development Fund (TDF0 is to increase access to theater for all audiences. That's why their TAP program is a boon for anyone who's hard of hearing or deaf, l has ow or no vision ore requires special seating according to need. There is no annual fe to obtain an a 50% discount for special need orchestra tickets but you must be a TAP member and provide evidence of eligibility. To check out details and other TDF services, see the website: www.tdf.org/tap. To obtain an application for TAP membership: 212/729-4537 or email email@example.com.
TDF launches off-Off @ $9-- a new online service building off-Off Broadway audiences by providing $9 advance eTix to TDF members. This allows TDF members to explore the smaller stages, beyond Broadway and Off Broadway, where innovative artists are creating new and adventurous works. There will be no handling fee. The program begins at an opportune time as we are in the midst of the many play festivals around the city. (most listed in Curtainup's Off-Broadway Listings To learn more information: www.tdf.org.