Although you may not know the name Mark Thomas, he’s a famous comedian/rabble-rouser in the UK. His “Cuckoo’ed” comes to 59e59 after a Fringe First Award-winning run in Edinburgh. His tale of betrayal and spying is both furious and funny.
I so rarely recommend Broadway plays, because they don’t need any extra publicity — but this is a favorite, early work by Sam Shepard with the astounding Nina Arianda, of “Venus in Fur” fame. Sam Rockwell is a fine foil for her white hot portrayal — worth every penny.
I’ve now seen the Broadway transfer of “King Charles III” — and it is brilliant. Mike Bartlett’s “future history” epic owes as much to Greek tragedy as to Shakespeare — I promise you’ll never look at the royal family in the same way again. Last year in London, it won the Olivier Award for best new play, and I predict it’s bound for glory here as well. It’s unmissable!
On a lighter note, “These Paper Bullets” at Atlantic, promises to be a fun entry to the coming holiday season. Described as a Beatles-like reinterpretation of “Much Ado About Nothing” — read a review from its production in Los Angeles.
Another play with music (as opposed to a musical!) is “New York Animals” at New Ohio by the outrageously inventive Bedlam Theatre troupe, under the direction of Eric Tucker. He’s bound to infuse his unique style into this piece with songs by Burt Bachrach.
We so rarely get to hear contemporary international voices — Ms. Milisavljevic wrote and also translated this look back to the time of the Yugoslav wars.
I pray that “Empanada Loca” will be extended past its now scheduled closing date of November 15th — at Labyrinth — it deserves a far longer run.
Isherwood agrees that it is shockingly good — with the inimitable Daphne Rubin-Vega. RUN!
I can also guarantee that John Pollono’s “Lost Girls” at MCC is riveting. I saw itthe othernight — the plot construction, acting and direction are all memorable. If you don’t believe me, maybe reading this review from its LA run will get you to Lucille Lortel.
That’s all for now, but I’ll be writing again, soon — see you at 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.