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NOW ON BROADWAY: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH  – SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd, 2024 (NEW SHOWS)  ·

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This week saw a single captivating production grace the Broadway stage, while Off-Broadway welcomed a thought-provoking play that garnered critical acclaim. Let’s delve into the shows that premiered between February 24th and March 2nd, 2024:

On Broadway:

  1. Water For Elephants

(Opened at: The Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036) on Tuesday, February 20th.)

About: This captivating musical adaptation of Sarah Gruen’s bestselling novel takes audiences into the world of a 1930s circus, following the story of a veterinarian who joins the troupe and finds unexpected love amidst hardship.

Reviews:

  • Positive:“Spectacular visuals, soaring score, and a moving story create a magical theatrical experience.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
  • Mixed:“Impressive production values, but the emotional depth of the novel gets lost at times.” – Roma Torre, New York Post

Off-Broadway:

  1. Cost of Living

(Opened at: The New York Theatre Workshop (79 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003) on Thursday, March 1st.)

About: This Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the interconnected lives of four individuals facing various challenges in different regions of the United States, offering a poignant and insightful look at contemporary American life.

Reviews:

  • Positive:“A beautifully written and deeply affecting play that captures the complexities of human connection and resilience.” – Marilyn Stasio, Variety
  • Mixed:“Compelling characters and strong performances, but the interconnected story elements feel somewhat disconnected at times.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Looking Ahead:

Mark your calendars for exciting upcoming productions like the revival of the iconic musical “Rent” returning to Broadway on March 7th and the world premiere of the highly anticipated play “The Skin of Our Teeth” on March 15th at The Lincoln Center Theater. Stay tuned for further updates!

NOW ON BROADWAY: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th 2024 (NEW SHOWS) ·

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This week saw only one new production grace the Broadway stage, but intriguing options emerged off-Broadway. Let’s delve into the shows that premiered between February 17th and 24th, 2024:

On Broadway:

  1. Water For Elephants

Opened at: The Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036) on Tuesday, February 20th.

About: This captivating musical adaptation of Sarah Gruen’s bestselling novel takes audiences into the world of a 1930s circus, following the story of a veterinarian who joins the troupe and finds unexpected love amidst hardship.

Reviews:

  • Positive:“Spectacular visuals, soaring score, and a moving story create a magical theatrical experience.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
  • Mixed:“Impressive production values, but the emotional depth of the novel gets lost at times.” – Roma Torre, New York Post

Off-Broadway:

  1. The Wanderers

Opened at: The Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036) on Thursday, February 22nd.

About: This poignant play explores the lives of three generations of Irish immigrants in New York City, tracing their struggles, dreams, and evolving sense of identity across decades.

Reviews:

  • Positive:“Powerful performances, nuanced storytelling, and a moving exploration of family and heritage.” – Marilyn Stasio, Variety
  • Mixed:“Beautifully written but occasionally overly sentimental in its portrayal of the characters.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
  1. An Enemy of the People

Opened at: The Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003) on Thursday, February 23rd.

About: This modern adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play follows a doctor who raises the alarm about contaminated water in his town, facing backlash and questioning the cost of speaking truth to power.

Reviews:

  • Positive:“Thought-provoking and timely, with a sharp script and strong performances.” – Jesse Green, The New York Times
  • Mixed:“Engaging production, but the ending feels rushed and undermines the play’s message.” – Naveen Kumar, TheaterMania

Looking Ahead:

Mark your calendars for exciting upcoming productions like the off-Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Cost of Living” on March 1st and the highly anticipated return of the musical “Rent” to Broadway on March 7th. Stay tuned for further updates!

NOW ON BROADWAY: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2024 (NEW SHOWS ROUNDUP) ·

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ON BROADWAY:

  1. The Notebook: The Musical

Opened at: Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Tuesday, February 7th.

About: A romantic musical based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel, concerning a couple living life to the fullest.

Reviews:

Mixed: “Beautiful score and touching moments, but the plot feels rushed in parts.” – Jesse Green, The New York Times

Positive: “Captures the emotional core of the story with captivating performances and stunning visuals.” – Roma Torre, New York Post

2. Doubt: A Parable (Revival)

Opened at: American Airlines Theatre on Thursday, February 2nd.

About: A Tony Award-winning play exploring themes of faith, suspicion, and betrayal in a Catholic school setting.

Reviews:

Positive: “Powerful performances and timeless themes resonate as powerfully as ever.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Mixed: “Superb lead acting, but the production lacks the original’s raw intensity.” – Frank Rizzo, New York Theatre Guide

OFF-BROADWAY:

  1. Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy

Opened at: Vineyard Theatre on Saturday, February 3rd.

About: A satirical comedy offering a humorous yet thought-provoking look at the manipulation of online information.

Reviews:

Positive: “Sharp wit, inventive staging, and relevant commentary on a modern issue.” – Marilyn Stasio, Variety

Mixed: “Entertaining premise, but the humor veers into uneven territory at times.” – Naveen Kumar, TheaterMania

  1. The White Chip

Opened at: MCC Theater on Thursday, February 1st.

About: A dark comedy exploring an alcoholic theatre director’s journey to recovery.

Reviews:

Positive: “Compelling performances and a nuanced portrayal of addiction struggles.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Mixed: “Strong lead performance, but the overall tone feels uneven.” – Roma Torre, New York Post

THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, ON STAGE VOICES: 2/4 – 2/10, 2024 ·

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  1. A HAUNTING REIMAGINING: “THE HOUSE OF USHER” OPENS AT YALE REP
  • Source:  Jesse Green, The New York Times, February 2, 2024
  • The Story:  Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling masterpiece receives a contemporary reimagining in “The House of Usher” at Yale Repertory Theatre. Directed by James Bundy, this haunting production delves into themes of family secrets, madness, and the enduring power of the past. Prepare to be unsettled by the evocative performances and atmospheric set design as the sins of the past come back to haunt the Usher family.
  • Playing at:  Yale Repertory Theatre, February 3 – February 25, 2024

  1. FERGUSON RISES IN “ANTIGONE IN FERGUSON”
  • Source:  Paul Taylor, The Independent, January 31, 2024; Photo: The Independent
  • The Story:  The timeless tragedy of “Antigone” takes on a powerful new resonance in “Antigone in Ferguson,” adapted by Emily Mann and directed by Nadia Latif at the Royal National Theatre. Set in contemporary Ferguson, Missouri, the play explores themes of race, justice, and community through the lens of this iconic story. Witness how the struggles of Antigone resonate with the fight for equality and social change in today’s world.
  • Playing atRoyal National Theatre, February 8 – April 6, 2024
  1. STONE’S SHARP WIT MEETS PINTER’S ABSURDITY IN “THE BIRTHDAY PARTY”
  • Source:  The Age, January 29, 2024
  • The Story:  Acclaimed director Simon Stone brings his signature sharp wit to Harold Pinter’s darkly comic masterpiece “The Birthday Party” at the Melbourne Theatre Company. The play follows Stanley, a seemingly ordinary man whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of two mysterious guests. Expect a suspenseful exploration of power, paranoia, and the absurdity of everyday life, delivered with Stone’s masterful direction and the captivating performances of the cast.
  • Playing at:  Melbourne Theatre Company, February 3 – March 3, 2024
  1. “SWEAT”: A PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING DRAMA RETURNS TO CHICAGO
  • Source:  Chicago Tribune, February 1, 2024
  • The Story:  The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage returns to the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. This poignant play delves into the struggles of working-class families facing gentrification and economic hardship in Reading, Pennsylvania. Witness the impact of social change on their lives and relationships in this powerful and timely production.
  • Playing at:Steppenwolf Theatre Company, February 2 – March 31, 2024
  1. INTERNATIONAL CAST EXPLORES POWER DYNAMICS IN “THE CARETAKER”
  • Source:  Barbara Engelhardt, Der Tagesspiegel, January 31, 2024
  • The Story:  Harold Pinter’s classic exploration of power, manipulation, and identity, “The Caretaker,” receives a new international production at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin. Directed by Katie Mitchell, the play features a renowned cast from across Europe, promising a thought-provoking examination of human relationships and the fragility of sanity.
  • Playing at:Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, February 4 – March 10, 2024

  1. A DOLL’S HOUSE GETS A FRESH INTERPRETATION IN NORWAY
  • Source:  Eirik Stubø, Aftenposten, February 2, 2024; Photo: Aftenposten 
  • The Story:  Henrik Ibsen’s feminist masterpiece “A Doll’s House” takes on a new life under the innovative direction of Ellen Nielsen at the National Theatre of Norway. This fresh interpretation promises to explore Nora’s journey of self-discovery and challenge societal expectations placed upon women with a contemporary lens.
  • Playing at:  National Theatre of Norway, February 3 – March 15, 2024
  1. RYLANCE CAPTIVATES IN BUTTERWORTH’S “JERUSALEM”
  • Source:  Joost De Pauw, De Morgen, February 1, 2024
  • The Story:  Jez Butterworth’s darkly comic exploration of English rural life and social change returns in a production featuring the renowned Mark Rylance. Expect a captivating performance and a thought-provoking commentary on social and economic divides.
  • Playing at:  Antwerp, Belgium, February 2 – February 24, 2024
  1. THE CRUCIBLE: A TIMELY REVIVAL OF ARTHUR MILLER’S CLASSIC
  • Source:  Peter Crawley, The Irish Times, February 1, 2024
  • The Story:  Arthur Miller’s classic tale of witch hunts and mass hysteria gets a timely revival in this new production directed by Selina Cartmell at the Abbey Theatre. With its exploration of fear, manipulation, and the dangers of conformity, “The Crucible” resonates with audiences in today’s world grappling with issues of cancel culture and online mobs.
  • Playing at:  Abbey Theatre, February 3 – March 10, 2024

NOW ON BROADWAY: SUNDAY, JANUARY 29TH – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2024 (NEW SHOWS ROUNDUP) ·

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ON BROADWAY:

White Rose: The Musical

About: Musical telling the true story of the White Rose resistance movement against Nazi Germany, which started in 1942.

Opened at: Tony Kiser Theatre (334 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036) on Thursday, January 25th, 2024.

Reviews:

  • Positive:“Uplifting melodies, powerful message, and strong performances.” – Marilyn Stasio, Variety
  • Positive:“Historically accurate and emotionally impactful.” – Frank Rizzo, New York Theatre Guide

White Rose: The Musical production shot

 

Days of Wine and Roses

About: The new musical explores alcoholism’s grip on a married couple, based on the Oscar-winning film.

Opened at: The show is playing at Studio 54 and opened on January 28, 2024.

Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James (photo by Joan Marcus)

OFF-BROADWAY:

Jonah

About: A suspenseful mystery set at a prestigious boarding school as a student encounters a classmate shrouded in secrets.

Opened at: Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036) on Wednesday, January 24th, 2024.

Reviews:

  • Positive:“Engaging plot, captivating mystery, and sharp dialogue.” – Naveen Kumar, TheaterMania
  • Positive:“Suspenseful and thought-provoking exploration of youth and identity.” – Roma Torre, New York Post

Jonah production shot

Noteworthy upcoming openings:

  • Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy(Vineyard Theatre, 110 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003) – A satirical look at Russian trolls working in a disinformation factory.
  • Opening February 3rd (Saturday)

 

  • The White Chip(MCC Theater, 512 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019) – A dark comedy about an alcoholic theatre director’s journey to recovery.
  • Opening February 1st

 

  • Doubt: A Parable(American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036) – The Tony Award-winning play returns, starring Tyne Daly and Liev Schreiber. (Previews begin February 2nd)
  • February 10th:
    • Lempicka (Broadway, Shubert Theatre) – A musical based on the life and art of the iconic Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka.
  • February 14th:
    • Mary Jane (Broadway, James Earl Jones Theatre) – This new musical tells the story of tap dancer Mary Jane Robinson, featuring music by Daryl Waters and choreography by Tony winner Warren Carlyle.

 

Further information: White Rose Resistance:

The White Rose was a non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany, primarily composed of students from the University of Munich. Founded in 1942, they distributed leaflets and wrote graffiti criticizing the Nazi regime and calling for its overthrow.