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by Elyse Sommer

One of the prime assets of the critic proof Finding Neverland, Kelsey Grammar, left the show last summer Update: Kelsey Grammar who left the show last summer (replaced first by Anthony Warlow and then Terrence Mann. But those who missed Grammar, or want to see him again, rejoice. he's coming back for another seven weeks, beginning 1/19/16!

The Under the Radar Festival has announced its 2016 program. For details check out or

The Actors'Studio is presenting a series of free plays and discussions, THE THEATRE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. The productions in the series include RHAPSODY IN BLACK written and performed by Leland Gantt, and developed at the Actors Studio, on October 23 at 4:00 & 7:30pm. The 7:30pm post show discussion will feature Princeton University social psychologist Stacey Sinclair on the subject of transmission of racial bias. MUD by Maria Irene Fornes, will play November 5, 6, 7 and 12, 13, 14 (all performances at 7:00pm). The discussion, with Ian Solomon (11/7), former United States Executive Director of the World Bank, (appointed by Obama) currently VP for global engagements at the University of Chicago, and Nick Kotz (11/6), author of LET THEM EAT PROMISES: The Politics of Hunger in America, and Judgment Days about Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson, will be on how the effects of poverty and illiteracy affect all of us. THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT by Stephen Adly Guirgis, will play on January 7, 8, 9 and 14, 15, 16, followed by a discussion with the playwright of “The Christians", Lucas Hnath (now playing at Playwrights Horizon), and Stephen Adly Guirgis. The post show discussion will be about the difficulties in writing, performing and getting produced plays about religion and why it is such a big, unwieldy subject and how it is involved in the other issues in the series: racism, poverty and illiteracy. The ultimate question is: What is the role of theater in the world today. Wrapping up the series in May (5, 6, 7 and 12, 13, 14) 2016, will be COMMUNITY AND TRUST, four one-act plays reflecting how the idea of community has changed in the last two or three decades.

These plays were specially written for the Series by Sarah Shaefer, Jessica Dickey, Marco Calvani and Saviana Stanescu directed by Dan Talbott and Kirsten Kelly. Former NY Times critic and author of Negroland, Margo Jefferson is expected to head the discussion.

The Actors Studio is 432 W. 44th St and seat reservations are available on a first come-first served basis via email at:

The PBS'Theater's Close-Up series is back.
In case you missed it, the series presents taped productions of the past season's off-Broadway theaters. The idea is of course to make more people aware that some of the best theater experience can be found off the Rialto, and at much more reasonable prices.

This season's tapings will be hosted by Blythe Danner. First up on October 1 at 9pm will be the New Group's production of Joel Drake Johnson's Rasheeda Speaking, directed by Cynthia Nixon and featuring Tonya Pinkins, Dianne Wiest, Darren Goldstein, and Patricia Conolly, will kick off the second season, airing October 1 at 9pm.
Next up, on October 15th also at 9pm will be a second production from the . Mint Theater, Ferenc Molnar's Fashions for Men (They broadcast the Mint's London Wall last year. Finally, at a still to be announced date, will be Tom Dugan's Wiesenthaland Nikkole Salter's Repairing a Nation, the first filmed at Theater Row's Acorn Theatre, the latter at the Crossroads Theatre Company in New Jersey.

Besides the above mentioned Mint play, the first season also featured the Apple Family Plays, The Vandal, and The Iliad. Of course, there's nothing like live theater, but this series is a great way for more people to experience it off-Broadway

In 2016 The Theatre for a New Audience at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashford Place in Brooklyn will present the following:
PERICLES By William Shakespeare. Music Composed by Shaun Davey Directed by Trevor Nunn. February 14 – March 27

A DOLL'S HOUSE By Henrik Ibsen. Adapted by Thornton Wilder May 4 – June 8

. THE FATHER By August Strindberg A New Version in English by David Gre.ig May 4 – June 8. Directed by Arin Arbus Feathe sexes couldn't be more different.

In December Classic Stage Company Brian Kulick will direct Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children, featuring original music by Tony Award winner Duncan Sheik. In March 2016, Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham returns to CSC in Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, in a translation by John Christopher Jones. And the Mainstage season concludes in May 2016 with a new production of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt.

An Apple Family Sequel: THE GABRIELS: Election Year in the Life of One Family.
The Public Theater has announced another theatrical trip to Rhinebeck, New York. Following up on the success of his Apple Family plays, Richard Nelson has created a new 3-play family cycle, about a family living next door to the Apple Family. The 3 plays, again directed by Nelson, begin with HUNGRY on Saturday, February 27 and run through, Sunday, March 20, with an official press opening on Friday, March 4, 2016. As with The Apple Family Plays, each play will feature a core acting company and will open on the day it is set and unfold in real time over a couple of hours. The second play in the cycle will open in September 2016 and the final play will open on Election Night November 8, 2016. Like the Apples the Gabriels will shine a spotlight on the upcoming 2016 political election year. The setting is again Rhinebeck. Seems that the Gabriels live just around the corner from the Apple Family.

The Public Theater will present:
New York Premiere of Head Of Passes by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Directed by Tina Landau. Aco-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre March 15 – April 24, 2016

World Premiere The Total Bent. Text by Stew. Music by Heidi Rodewald and Stew. Directed by Joanna Settle May 10 – June 19, 2016

Mobile Shakespeare Unit (spring) romeo & Juliet. Directed by Public Works Director Lear deBessonet. May 10 – May 29, 2016

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