Monthly Archives: August 2013

‘NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, AUGUST 26, PLAYDECK ·

 

Openings and Previews 

 

Event: Fetch Clay, Make Man

Venue: New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop presents a play by Will Power, directed by . . .

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Event: The Hill Town Plays

Venue: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

The Rattlestick presents a play cycle by Lucy Thurber, about a young . . .

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Event: Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play

Venue: Playwrights Horizons

Playwrights Horizons begins its season with the New York première of a . . .

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Event: The Old Friends

Venue: Signature Theater Company

At the Signature Theatre, Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, and Lois Smith star . . .

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Event: Philip Goes Forth

Venue: Mint Theater

The Mint presents a comedy by George Kelly, from 1931, in which . . .

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Event: Romeo and Juliet

Venue: Richard Rodgers Theatre

Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad star in the first Broadway production of . . .

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Event: Stop. Reset.

Venue: Signature Theater Company

Signature Theatre Company presents a play written and directed by Regina Taylor . . .

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http://www.newyorker.com/arts/events/theatre/

ANOTHER ACTOR HURT AT ‘SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK’ BROADWAY SHOW ·

 

( Lia Eustachewich’s article appeared in the New York Post, 8/15.)

A performance of the Broadway hit “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” was halted last night after an actor was injured during the show.

The actor, who was not identified, got his leg lodged underneath a piece of equipment during the opening of the second act, police said.

“I heard screaming,” recalled Gabriel Oliveira, 28, who was sitting in the fourth row. “I heard him crying and couldn’t do anything.”

Audience members said the actor was performing a minor role in a scene with the Green Goblin villain when his leg got trapped.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/another_actor_hurt_broadway_spider_2iERa4Bf0zdY4uhIqCc7SK

RICHARD NASH: ‘THE RAINMAKER’ (REVIEW PICK, OAK BROOK, IL) ·

 

(Kerry Reid’s article appeared in The Chicago Tribune, 8/8/13.)

August 8, 2013

It may be tempting fate to stage "The Rainmaker" outdoors. No matter how much the Curry ranch needs a good, cleansing downpour, such weather events spell box-office disaster. But on a clear and cool opening night, the onstage warmth generated in First Folio's production of N. Richard Nash's 1954 romance came straight from the heart, as refreshing as a summer thunderstorm. Set against the natural beauty of the theater company's home on the Mayslake Peabody Estate, this production — the first non-Shakespeare play staged outdoors by First Folio — overflows with wry wit and unabashed optimism.

Sure, director Alison C. Vesely's staging comes ready-made with its own feel-good family vibe. Her husband, David Rice, plays grizzled H.C. Curry, and their daughter, Hayley L. Rice, steps into the sensible shoes of Lizzie, the only woman in the Curry clan and one whose incipient spinsterhood in Nash's pre-feminist and drought-ridden American Southwest provides a source of alarm and pity for her dad and her two brothers, stolid Noah (Matthew Keffer) and flighty Jim (Alex Weisman). But everyone in Vesely's sure-handed production delivers performances rich with real charm — the kind rooted in emotional honesty, not cloying faux-folksy affectations.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ent-0807-rainmaker-review-20130808,0,3722516.story

DIMITAR DIMITROV/YORDAN SLAVEYKOV: ‘THE SPIDER’ (REVIEW PICK, NY)—PLUS NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL ·

(Linda Leseman’s article appeared in the Village Voice, 8/14.)

Last weekend kicked off the 17th year of the New York International Fringe Festival (aka FringeNYC), which runs through August 25. As with any such festival, when you choose what shows to see, you’re really rolling the dice. This two-week-long feast of all things performative offers shows by 185 theater troupes and dance companies from 13 countries and 17 U.S. states. The total number of performances is an overwhelming 1,200, and it all takes place in 20 downtown Manhattan venues.

This was my first attempt to see 10 Fringe events in a little over 48 hours. (In case you’re wondering, I’m very tired, and my legs are sore.) The measure of the festival’s success is probably not how many stellar shows there are but rather the ratio of pretty good ones to godawful bores. To the credit of FringeNYC, most of the performances I saw were of the former variety, and a couple were truly
outstanding.

http://www.villagevoice.com/2013-08-14/theater/fringe-marathon-the-spider-tops-our-roundup-of-10-shows/

SHIRLEY HERZ, REST IN PEACE (1925-2013) ·

(Neil Genzlinger’s article appeared in The New York Times, August 12.)

Shirley Herz, a theatrical press agent whose career stretched from the days of planting blurbs in Walter Winchell’s newspaper column to the television and Internet eras, died on Sunday in Manhattan. She was 87.

Her death was confirmed by Kevin P. McAnarney, a publicist. Ms. Herz, who received a Tony Honors for Excellence award for her work in 2009, had suffered a stroke last month, according to the Web site of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers.

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/theater/shirley-herz-press-agent-for-broadway-and-beyond-dies-at-87.html?hpw&_r=0

‘NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 8/12-8/19 PLAYDECK ·

 

Openings and Previews 

Event: Awake & Sing!

Venue: Walkerspace

NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company) presents an all-Asian-American cast in Clifford . . .

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Event: First Date

Venue: Longacre Theatre

This new musical, starring Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) and Krysta Rodriguez (“Smash”), follows . . .

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Event: Forever Tango

Venue: Walter Kerr Theatre

Luis Bravo created and directs this tango showcase, which returns after an . . .

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Event: Fringenyc

Venue: Various locations

The annual festival of nearly two hundred musicals, comedies, and dramas descends . . .

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Event: The Hill Town Plays

Venue: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

The Rattlestick presents a play cycle by Lucy Thurber, about a young . . .

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Event: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Venue: Delacorte Theatre

The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park concludes with an update of the . . .

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Event: The Old Friends

Venue: Signature Theater Company

At the Signature Theatre, Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, and Lois Smith star . . .

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Event: Soul Doctor

Venue: Circle in the Square

Eric Anderson stars in this biographical musical about Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, who . . .

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Event: Stop. Reset.

Venue: Signature Theater Company

Signature Theatre Company presents a play written and directed by Regina Taylor . . .

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Event: We’re Gonna Die

Venue: Claire Tow

Young Jean Lee reprises her meditation on death, with music by Future . . .

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http://www.newyorker.com/arts/events/theatre/

MERYL STREEP TO NARRATE COLM TOIBIN’S ‘THE TESTAMENT OF MARY’ ·

(From PR Newswire.)

Streep, one of the most celebrated performers of our time, offers a rare and powerful performance in THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, Toibin's acclaimed and provocative imagining of the life of Mary in the years after Jesus' death. The three-time Academy Award winner gives voice to Mary, a solitary, fully human woman—aging, flawed, courageous and outspoken—seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. 

"What Meryl Streep manages first is a sort of calm force; there is a naturalness in the voice, and in the phrasing. And then slowly something sorrowful emerges, it is like an undertone. It comes from the stops and the half-sighs and that can move into moments of insistent pain and out of that again into memory," says Toibin.  "She has a way of lingering on words and phrases which is always perfectly natural, but it gradually takes on a real power. I think anyone who hears it will be astonished by it."

Colm Toibin is the author of six novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award.

"To have one of the great actors of our time apply her craft to the audiobook medium is a true publishing event," says Chris Lynch, President & Publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio.  "Listeners will be spellbound by her interpretation of Colm Toibin's vivid, compelling novel."

Streep's haunting performance combined with Toibin's tour de force of imagination and language create a listening experience so compelling our vision of Mary will be forever transformed.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/meryl-streep-to-narrate-colm-toibins-the-testament-of-mary-218538151.html

BRONX STUDENTS TAKE SHOW TO EDINBURGH FESTIVAL ·

 

(Winnie Hu’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/31.)

The Hostos Repertory Company does not have a manager and uses a classroom as a rehearsal space. Many of its 11 members have never spent much time out of the Bronx. Two have never been on a plane.

The company is run on a shoestring budget, supported one play at a time by a community college that does not even have a theater department.

But on Thursday, the student repertory company at Hostos Community College will travel
across the Atlantic to join thousands of seasoned and heralded performers in Edinburgh, Scotland, for one of the largest and most prestigious arts festivals in the world. Months of grueling rehearsals, fund-raising and anticipation will culminate on Tuesday with a performance of “Rough Magic,” a modern take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” that is set partly in New York City.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/01/nyregion/actors-from-hostos-community-college-to-perform-at-scotland-event.html?hpw&_r=0

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