Dear theatre friend,
I hope you’re now walking into familiar, welcoming spaces and anticipating live performances with other expectant theatregoers. Sharing a sigh or a laugh has been a joy, long missed.
Seems as if women are taking center stage recently– here are three featuring Strong Women:
From Dominique Morisseau (“Skeleton Crew”), “Confederates,” at Signature Theatre. This time, she’ll broach the subject of racism, stretching over a century, from the viewpoints of two women, one Black one White— proving her formidable talents extend well past Detroit.
At the Public, “Suffs”, a musical by the esteemed storyteller and musician, Shaina Taub, about the fight for the right to vote.
At Ensemble Studio Theatre, San Chanse’s new play, “What You Are Now,”presents a dedicated researcher delving into the subject of memory, re-evoking her mother’s suppressed, violent past. A co-production with the Alfred. P. Sloan Foundation and The Civilians.
For another glimpse into the hearings by the House of Unamerican Activities, you can see “The Unamerican” at Theatre for the New City. Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe and Elia Kazan’s interrelationships and their testimony form the core of this piece. Only until March 13th.
While at Theatre for the New City’s site, you might also buy tickets for “Dance of Death.” If you’ve not seen nor read August Strindberg’s coruscating view of marriage, both Parts One and Two will be on stage– only until March 13th.
For a lighter evening’s entertainment, you might try “The Space Between Us”from Keen Theatre Company. A world premiere by Peter Gil-Sheridan, is described as an intergenerational comedy. I welcome seeing a cast of six.
For Sondheim fans, The Manhattan School of Music is presenting “Sunday in the Park with George”— do catch one of very few performances and enjoy super-talented, future stars. You’ll be able to remember you saw them at the very start of their careers!
In closing, you have another chance to see The Public Theatre’s highly touted production of “Coal Country” by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen, with music by Steve Earle. About a West Virginia mining disaster, this creative team uses skills amply displayed in “The Exonerated.” A co-production with Audible.
Hope to see you again, very soon– in the theatre!
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.