If you missed the New York Times article “This Week Ahead,” the featured theatre selection was “Key Change,” and I applaud the choice! The latest winner of my Best of Edinburgh Award runs at the 4th Street Theatre until the 31st. It’s not too late to go to Smarttix.com. For friends and readers, use the discount code CT20 for previews through the 11th, the following week, CT25. Don’t let this authentic look inside a female prison from the exciting English company, Open Clasp, pass you by.
Let the New Year’s partying continue with Charles Mee’s “The Glory of the World” at BAM. Here’s a review from the Humana premiere. It promises the same level of wonderful, wild energy as last year’s “Big Love.”
Another riotous play is the very welcome revival of Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” at Roundabout Theatre. Although I think I remember every hilarious moment of its 2001 production — I can’t wait to endure the pain of delirious laughter again.
Decidedly more serious, is “Skeleton Crew” at Atlantic, Dominique Morrisseau’s last in her Detroit trilogy. Her first, “Detroit 67”, which I saw at The Public, was memorable — as this promises to be.
I’ll also be trying the Labute New Play Festival at 59e59, since one-acts always remind me of the Edinburgh Festival!
For something decidedly different, I’m seeing “Museum of Memories” by the Norwegian company, NIE. Although the New Victory Theatre specializes in shows for children, this piece about memory is for serious, adult consideration.
Another import — this time a long forgotten Irish playwright, Hazel Ellis. Her “Women Without Men” will be performed in New York for the first time at The Mint. Her work was much praised for both wisdom and wit when seen in Dublin in 1938, but needed Jonathan Bank’s talentto rediscover her genius.
If you’re not already a subscriber to MCC, whose 2015-2016 has been terrific so far, please don’t waitto buy tickets to their next, “Smokefall.” Here’s the rave review from a previous Chicago production.
Finally — DO NOT MISS “Antigona” by Noche Flamenca, reviewed here. Perhaps the combination of a classic Greek tragedy and flamenco dance doesn’t sound unmissable — trust me, please! Go, now — only until the 23rd.
Now, to get back to the real work of 2016 — forget resolutions to clean out closets and go back to the gym — more important: see good plays!
Hope to celebrate all this talent with you soon.
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.