Another great month for New York theatre — both new writing and classic.
I’m excited that this seriously funny British play about immigration is finally coming here. “Angry Young Man,” written by Ben Woolf,will be at Urban Stages, with some minor tweaking of the U.K. version to reflect these particularly fraught times.
Another import, which I also caught in Edinburgh, is “Villa” by Guillermo Calderon coming to The Wild Project, newly translated. I’m anticipating this will be as powerful and memorable as the previous production.
“Sundown, Yellow Moon” by Rachel Bonds will be coming to WP Theater as a co- production of Ars Nova and Women’s Project. I hear tell this is really a play with songs, NOT a musical — sounds delightful!
A brand new, science-themed play commissioned by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, “Spill,” written and directed by Leigh Fondakowski ( of “Laramie Project” fame), will be coming to Ensemble Studio Theatre. This mainstage feature of their “First Light Festival” promises to shed light on the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster through multiple interviews.
I’m looking forward to “The Moors” by Jen Silverman presented by The Playwright’s Realm, which brought us “The Wolves” last year. I also read this NY Times review of the world premiere at Yale Rep, which whet my appetite — and now, maybe yours!
Another play about gun violence was not of immediate interest, however “On the Exhale” stars theexceptional Marin Ireland. I couldn’t miss her performance — so I quickly bought tickets.
Now, for a welcome revival:”The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” by Stephen Adly Guirgis is coming to LaMama. Do try to see this 2005 work by a favorite playwright, now directed by Estelle Parsons, for a too short run. Here’s information about the play, as well as tickets.
Two in rep:”Picnic” and “Come Back, Little Sheba” by William Inge, produced by The Transport Company at the Judson Gym. I trust this Obie-Award winning company (“The Dark at the Top of the Stairs”) will revivify these classic works by an iconic author.
And finally, a new look at Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair” by Kate Hamill, directed by Bedlam’s marvelous Eric Tucker (“Sense and Sensibility”) at Pearl Theatre Company. I look forward to being immersed in a world where good manners matter, perhaps too much!
As before, I hope to meet you at the theatre. Enjoy!
Carol Tambor publishes a monthly newsletter, which announces worthy shows coming to New York, along with occasional information about London theatre and, of course, the Edinburgh Fringe.