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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 7/25 PLAYDECK ·

 

Openings and Previews

Cats

Neil Simon

Trevor Nunn’s long-running production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, based on T. S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” returns, featuring Leona Lewis as Grizabella. In previews. Opens July 31.

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A Day by the Sea

Beckett

The Mint stages N. C. Hunter’s 1953 play, directed by Austin Pendleton, in which a Foreign Service employee has a midlife crisis during a seaside picnic in Dorset. In previews.

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Engagements

McGinn/Cazale

In Lucy Teitler’s dark comedy, directed by Kimberly Senior for Second Stage Theatre Uptown, a young woman causes trouble at a series of summer engagement parties. In previews.

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Men on Boats

Peter Jay Sharp

Jaclyn Backhaus’s play, presented by Playwrights Horizons and Clubbed Thumb, is a stylized retelling of an 1869 expedition in which John Wesley Powell and a crew of explorers charted the Colorado River. In previews. Opens Aug. 1.

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Quietly

Irish Repertory

In Owen McCafferty’s drama, directed by Jimmy Fay and set in Northern Ireland following the Good Friday Agreement, two men meet in a Belfast bar forty years after a violent incident. In previews. Opens July 28.

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Summer Shorts 2016

59E59

The festival of short plays returns for its tenth year, with one-acts by Neil LaBute, Idris Goodwin, Cusi Cram, A. Rey Pamatmat, Richard Alfredo, and Alexander Dinelaris. In previews. Series A opens July 31.

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Troilus and Cressida

Delacorte

Daniel Sullivan directs the second offering of the Public’s Shakespeare in the Park season. The cast includes Andrew Burnap, Ismenia Mendes, Corey Stoll, and John Douglas Thompson. In previews.

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 7/11 & 7/18 PLAYLIST ·

 

Openings and Previews

Butler

59E59

Richard Strand’s play, directed by Joseph Discher, tells the true story of General Benjamin Butler’s moral crisis when three escaped slaves arrived at Fort Monroe in 1861 seeking sanctuary. Previews begin July 14.

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Cats

Neil Simon

The return of Trevor Nunn’s long-running production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, based on T. S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” and featuring Leona Lewis as Grizabella. Previews begin July 14.

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Engagements

McGinn/Cazale

In Lucy Teitler’s dark comedy, directed by Kimberly Senior for Second Stage Theatre Uptown, a young woman causes trouble at a series of summer engagement parties. Previews begin July 18.

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Hyperbolic! (The Last Spectacle)

Dixon Place

Monstah Black’s dance-theatre piece, the centerpiece of the twenty-fifth annual “HOT!” festival of queer-focussed work, imagines the last party ever in a distant future. Opens July 8.

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Kanze Noh Theatre

Rose Theatre

Lincoln Center Festival kicks off with a presentation of works from the centuries-old Japanese genre Noh, directed by Kiyokazu Kanze, the twenty-sixth Grand Master of the Kanze School. In Japanese, with English supertitles. July 13-17.

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Motown the Musical

Nederlander

The 2013 musical, which uses the Motown catalogue to trace the rise of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and other musicians, returns for an eighteen-week run. Berry Gordy, Jr., the founder of Motown, wrote the book. Opens July 12.

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New York Musical Festival

Various locations.

The festival returns for its thirteenth year, with selections including “The Gold,” about a German Jewish boxer in the nineteen-thirties; “Camp Rolling Hills,” set at a summer camp for tweens; and “Ludo’s Broken Bride,” about a man who travels to the beginning and end of time. Opens July 11.

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Oslo

Mitzi E. Newhouse

Bartlett Sher directs J. T. Rogers’s play, which recounts how a Norwegian diplomat (Jennifer Ehle) and her husband (Jefferson Mays) orchestrated the secret talks that led to the Oslo Accords, in the nineties. In previews. Opens July 11.

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Privacy

Public

Daniel Radcliffe, De’Adre Aziza, and Rachel Dratch star in James Graham’s interactive, interview-based work, which explores issues of privacy in the digital age. Josie Rourke directs the Donmar Warehouse co-production. In previews. Opens July 18.

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PTP/NYC

Atlantic Stage 2

Potomac Theatre Project presents two 1981 plays in repertory: Howard Barker’s “No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming,” about a Hungarian political cartoonist sparring with government censors, and C. P. Taylor’s “Good,” in which a professor studies a German man succumbing to madness. In previews. Opens July 12.

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Runaways

City Center

“Encores! Off-Center” stages a concert version of the late Elizabeth Swados’s experimental musical from 1978, drawn from her interactions with young runaways and featuring a cast of New York City teen-agers. July 6-9.

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Simon Says

Lynn Redgrave

Brian Murray stars in a thriller by Mat Schaffer, in which a young psychic and a retired professor try to solve a two-thousand-year-old murder. Myriam Cyr directs. In previews. Opens July 9.

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Small Mouth Sounds

Pershing Square Signature Center

A return engagement of Bess Wohl’s comedy, directed by Rachel Chavkin, in which six urbanites attend a silent retreat in upstate New York. In previews. Opens July 13.

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Troilus and Cressida

Delacorte

Daniel Sullivan directs the second offering of the Public’s Shakespeare in the Park season. The cast includes Andrew Burnap, Ismenia Mendes, Corey Stoll, and John Douglas Thompson. Previews begin July 19.

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 7/4 PLAYDECK ·

 
OPENINGS AND PREVIEWS

THE GOLDEN BRIDE

Museum of Jewish Heritage

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene mounts an encore run of this 1923 operetta, about a young woman raised in a Russian shtetl who journeys to America to find her mother.

Opens July 4.

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ICE FACTORY 2016

New Ohio

The festival of new work continues with John Kaplan’s “Are We Human,” set in a postapocalyptic future in which a toxic cloud covers the planet, and “The Annotated History of the American Muskrat,” from the company Foxy Henriques, in which eight people are kept awake as part of a mysterious experiment.

Opens June 29.

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OSLO

Mitzi E. Newhouse

Bartlett Sher directs J. T. Rogers’s play, which recounts how a Norwegian diplomat (Jennifer Ehle) and her husband (Jefferson Mays) orchestrated the secret talks that led to the Oslo Accords, in the nineteen-nineties.

In previews. Opens July 11.

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PTP/NYC

Atlantic Stage 2

Potomac Theatre Project presents two plays in repertory, both from 1981: Howard Barker’s “No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming,” about a Hungarian political cartoonist sparring with government censors, and C. P. Taylor’s “Good,” in which a professor studies a German man succumbing to madness.

In previews. Opens July 12.

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SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS

Pershing Square Signature Center

A return engagement of Bess Wohl’s comedy, directed by Rachel Chavkin, in which six urbanites attend a silent retreat in upstate New York.

In previews. Opens July 13.

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 7/27 PLAYDECK ·

 

Openings and Previews

The Healing

Clurman

Theatre Breaking Through Barriers stages a new play by Samuel D. Hunter (“The Whale”), in which a group of disabled friends who met at summer camp reunite to mourn one of their own. Opens June 22.

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On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning

Walkerspace

In Eric Overmyer’s play from 1985, revived by the Attic Theatre Company, three Victorian women go on an expedition into the future. In previews. Opens June 23.

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Oslo

Mitzi E. Newhouse

Bartlett Sher directs J. T. Rogers’s play, which recounts how a Norwegian diplomat (Jennifer Ehle) and her husband (Jefferson Mays) orchestrated the secret talks that led to the Oslo Accords in the nineties. In previews.

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 6/20 PLAYDECK ·

OPENINGS AND PREVIEWS

MINOR CHARACTER

Invisible Dog Art Center

In the company New Saloon’s riff on Chekhov, sixteen actors perform a mashup of different translations of “Uncle Vanya,” from a standard 1916 version to the garbled results of Google Translate. Through June 25.

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OSLO

Mitzi E. Newhouse

Bartlett Sher directs J. T. Rogers’s play, which recounts how a Norwegian diplomat (Jennifer Ehle) and her husband (Jefferson Mays) orchestrated the secret talks that led to the Oslo Accords in the nineties. In previews.

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OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES

Cherry Lane

Estelle Parsons and Judith Ivey star in Israel Horovitz’s play, in which four woman arrive in Paris for the funeral of a hundred-year-old man who loved them all. In previews. Opens June 19.

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SENSE & SENSIBILITY

Gym at Judson

In an encore run, Bedlam revives its minimalist staging of the Jane Austen novel, adapted by Kate Hamill and directed by Eric Tucker. Opens June 17.

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LYN GARDNER: FIVE OF THE BEST… NEW PLAYS (UK) ·

 

(Gardner’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/10.)

Bugsy Malone

Splurge guns at the ready! Sean Holmes’s delicious revival of Alan Parker’s New York gangster musical, which replaces bullets with blancmange and has a cast with an average age of 12, is back in Hammersmith – and boy does it deliver bucketfuls of family fun. It may not be subtle, but it is infectiously joyful throughout; Holmes’s trick is to treat the whole thing with a mixture of complete seriousness and inventive playfulness.

Lyric Hammersmith, W6, Sat to 4 Sep

2 The James Plays

Rona Munro’s epic trilogy, which spans the turbulent reigns of James I, II and III of Scotland, was first seen at the Edinburgh international festival in 2014. Now this heady seven-and-a-half-hour mix of puppetry, song, dance and fierce debate ends its UK tour in Nottingham.

Theatre Royal, Nottingham, Sat & Sun

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jun/10/five-of-the-best-new-plays

59E59 ANNOUNCES 2016 SUMMER SEASON ·

 

(via Karen Greco)

New York, New York May 23, 201659E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to announce the lineup of shows for the 2016 Summer Season. Ticket prices range from $12 – $70 ($10 – $49 for 59E59 Members). Tickets for the summer season go on sale to 59E59 Members on June 2 at Noon, and to the general public on June 6 at Noon. Shows in the previously announced 5A Season are on sale now. Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or by visiting www.59e59.org.

Summer at 59E59 is better than a day at the beach! Our three cool theaters feature some of the hottest new plays in NYC, and, as always, our popular E:Bar is ready to quench audiences’ thirst.

The summer season kicks off with our summer staple, EAST TO EDINBURGH, the festival that features shows on their way to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Our star spangled banner unfurls when BUTLER, about Civil War general Benjamin Butler, makes its NYC premiere in July as part of our 5A Season. July wraps up with the return of the coolest short play festival in NYC, SUMMER SHORTS, now in its 10th year. The 2016 line up features new short plays by Neil LaBute, Idris Goodwin, Cusi Cram, A. Rey Pamatmat and Alexander Dinelaris (with his first NYC theater project since winning the Academy Award for Birdman).

August is the month for summer love. TOUCHED and ALICE IN BLACK AND WHITE both tell the stories of the aftermath of two intense love affairs. In September, Hershey Felder brings the brilliant Leonard Bernstein to life in MAESTRO, also part of 59E59 Theaters’ subscription season. Summer winds to a close with the US premieres of two new Irish works: the brilliantly off-beat puppet-playBEARS IN SPACE (coming from its sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre) and Conor McPherson’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's THE BIRDS.

July 12 – July 31

EAST TO EDINBURGH

Tickets: $12 – $20 ($10 – $17 for 59E59 Members)

59E59 Theaters’ annual festival of shows from the United States heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Full festival line up to be announced.

July 14 – August 28

BUTLER, by Richard Strand, directed by Joseph Discher
Ames Adamson, John G. Williams, David Sitler and Ben Sterling

Produced by New Jersey Repertory Company (Artistic Director SuzAnne Barabas Executive Producer Gabor Barabas)

Part of the 5A Season at 59E59 Theaters

Tickets: $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members)

When three escaped slaves show up at Fort Monroe seeking sanctuary, General Benjamin Butler is faced with an impossible moral dilemma—follow the letter of the law or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of U.S. history. Based on real life events, this powerful comedic-drama, called “splendid” by the New York Times, premieres in New York after a critically acclaimed world premiere at New Jersey Repertory.

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 5/30 PLAYDECK ·

  
OPENINGS AND PREVIEWS

AN ACT OF GOD

Booth

Sean Hayes stars in a return engagement of David Javerbaum’s comedy, in which the Almighty comes down to earth to clear up a few misconceptions. Joe Mantello directs. In previews. Opens June 6.

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL—PARAMOUR

Lyric

The Canadian circus company mounts its newest acrobatic spectacle, which tells the story of a starlet choosing between love and art during Hollywood’s golden age. Opens May 25.

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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT . . .

Lucille Lortel

Halley Feiffer’s play, directed by Trip Cullman for MCC Theatre, follows the unlikely friendship between a young woman and a middle-aged man whose mothers are in the same cancer hospital. In previews. Opens June 7.

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HERO'S WELCOME

59E59

At the “Brits Off Broadway” festival, Alan Ayckbourn directs his newest play, in which a war veteran returns to his home town; it runs in repertory with “Confusions,” his 1974 collection of linked one-acts. In previews. Opens June 9.

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PEER GYNT

Classic Stage Company

Gabriel Ebert plays the Norwegian adventurer in the Ibsen drama, adapted and directed by John Doyle and featuring Becky Ann Baker and Dylan Baker. Opens May 25.

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THE PURPLE LIGHTS OF JOPPA ILLINOIS

Atlantic Stage 2

Adam Rapp (“Red Light Winter”) wrote and directs this drama, in which a guy who lives alone in Paducah, Kentucky, is visited by two teen-age girls. In previews. Opens June 7.

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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

Delacorte

Phyllida Lloyd directs the first Shakespeare in the Park offering of the season, an all-female version of the comedy featuring Cush Jumbo as Katherina and Janet McTeer as Petruchio. In previews. Opens June 13.

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THE TOTAL BENT

Public

This new musical by Stew and Heidi Rodewald (“Passing Strange”), directed by Joanna Settle, follows a black musical prodigy in mid-century Alabama, whose father is a famous gospel singer.Opens May 25.

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LAWRENCE WRIGHT’S ‘CAMP DAVID’—WITH KHALED NABAWY–AT THE OLD GLOBE (SAN DIEGO) ·

 

(Article from BroadwayWorld.com; via Adam Sullivan.)

The Old Globe presents the Arena Stage production of Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright's thrilling new play CAMP DAVID, directed by Arena Stage's artistic director, Molly Smith.

The West Coast premiere of CAMP DAVID will run now through June 19, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad PrebysTheatre Center. Opening night is tonight, May 20 at 8:00 p.m.

Camp David (1)

 

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 5/23 PLAYDECK ·

 

OPENINGS AND PREVIEWS

CAL IN CAMO

Rattlestick

In William Francis Hoffman’s drama, directed by Colt Coeur’s Adrienne Campbell-Holt, a new mother’s ne’er-do-well brother comes to visit her and her husband. In previews. Opens May 20.

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A DOLL'S HOUSE

Polonsky Shakespeare Center

At Theatre for a New Audience, Arin Arbus directs John Douglas Thompson and Maggie Lacey in Thornton Wilder’s adaptation of the Ibsen drama, in repertory with Strindberg’s “The Father.” In previews. Opens May 24.

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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT…

Lucille Lortel

Halley Feiffer’s play, directed by Trip Cullman for MCC Theatre, follows the unlikely friendship between a young woman and a middle-aged man whose mothers are in the same cancer hospital. In previews.

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HADESTOWN

New York Theatre Workshop

Anaïs Mitchell’s folk opera, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin, is a retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. In previews. Opens May 23.

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INCOGNITO

City Center Stage I

Manhattan Theatre Club stages Nick Payne’s play, which braids the stories of a pathologist who steals Einstein’s brain, a neuropsychologist beginning a new romance, and a seizure patient who loses his memory. Doug Hughes directs. In previews. Opens May 24.

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INDIAN SUMMER

Playwrights Horizons

In Gregory S. Moss’s comedy, directed by Carolyn Cantor, a city kid spends the summer at a Rhode Island beach town, where he meets a feisty local girl. In previews.

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THE JUDAS KISS

BAM's Harvey Theatre

Rupert Everett plays Oscar Wilde in David Hare’s drama, which depicts the playwright before and after his imprisonment for gross indecency. Neil Armfield directs. In previews. Opens May 17.

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THE RUINS OF CIVILIZATION

City Center Stage II

In a new play by Penelope Skinner (“The Village Bike”), directed by Leah C. Gardiner for Manhattan Theatre Club, a married couple living in a ravaged future open their doors to a stranger.Opens May 18.

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SIGNATURE PLAYS

Pershing Square Signature Center

Lila Neugebauer directs a trio of one-acts: Edward Albee’s “The Sandbox,” María Irene Fornés’s “Drowning,” and Adrienne Kennedy’s “Funnyhouse of a Negro.” In previews. Opens May 22.

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SKELETON CREW

Atlantic Theatre Company

A return engagement of Dominique Morisseau’s play, part of her “Detroit” trilogy, in which workers at an auto plant face the threat of foreclosure. Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs. In previews. Opens May 19.

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THE TOTAL BENT

Public

This new musical by Stew and Heidi Rodewald (“Passing Strange”), directed by Joanna Settle, follows a black musical prodigy in mid-century Alabama, whose father is a famous gospel healer.Opens May 25.

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WAR

Claire Tow

In Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s play, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz for LCT3, two siblings are confronted in their mother’s hospital room with a secret about their grandfather’s past. In previews.

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