(Erik Piepenburg’s article appeared in The New York Times, 11/6; via Pam Green.)
‘Underground Railroad Game’
Ticket Price $49
Closes Nov. 11 — and tickets are going fast.
What It’s About Created by and starring Scott Sheppard and Jennifer Kidwell, it’s a very dark comedy about slavery and the Civil War, presented like an assembly for fifth graders. Audience members are divided into teams representing the Union and Confederate Armies. There is nudity, spanking and the N-word.
What We Say “In-all-ways sensational.” [Read the review]
Who Should See It Fans of Key & Peele and comedy that explores racial stereotypes; fans of theater that goes there.
Where Ars Nova, 511 West 54th Street, Manhattan; 212-352-3101.
PJ Adzima in “1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories.”
‘1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories’
Ticket Prices $15-$20
Closes Oct. 16
What It’s About Toys come to life in this children’s musical adaptation — with fuzzy puppets! — of “The Arabian Nights.” It was written by Adam Koplan along with Robert Lopez, the composer of that other, oh-so-adult fuzzy puppet musical, “Avenue Q” (not to mention “Frozen” and “The Book of Mormon”).
What We Say “It’s hard to say what’s funnier: the many rhyming jokes or the stage business, which includes an ‘Open Sesame,’ ‘Shut Sesame’ routine that’s like ‘Who’s on First’ in ancient Arabia. The show’s feminism, though, feels 21st-century fresh.” [Read the review]
Who Should See It Families with kids ages 5 and above; puppet people (you know who you are).
Where Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street, Chelsea, 866-811-4111.