Dear theatre friends,
By far, the most exciting play arriving this month is “A Little Life”, adapted from the novel by Hanya Yanagihara, directed by Ivo van Hove, at BAM. This Guardian review describes the four hour production as not for the “faint-hearted”– nor was the brilliant, yet grueling book. Not to be missed by any serious theatre goer! A short run– so hurry.
Another transfer, more laudatory reviews— these for “Gabriel Bryne’s virtuoso, one man performance in “Walking With Ghosts” . Friends have said watching Byrne hold the audience in the palm of his hand for two hours is a delight!
Coming to Classic Stage is the Terrence McNally acclaimed musical adaptation of “A Man of No Importance”. Although I missed the Lincoln Center production twenty years ago, I went back to revisit this sensitive story in the 1994 film, starring an extraordinary Albert Finney, available on Prime Video.
For new writing, do try Sarah Ruhl’s latest, “Becky Nurse of Salem” at Lincoln Center. Directed by the talented Rebecca Taichman (“Indecent”), and starring the ever-wonderful Dierdre O’Connell– this looks to be one worth your time.
Also new, “Evanston Salt Costs Climbing” by Will Arbery– brought by The New Group. Since his “Heroes of the Last Turning,” I’ve been eagerly awaiting Will’s next. This will be directed by Danya Taymor.
Looking ahead, beginning November 1st, “The Rat Trap” had been revivified by Mint Theatre Company. It was Noel Coward’s first play, written when he was just 18.
I know, I know, often artists need time to mature, but when it was again seen in 2006 in London, it was very well received. More than a curiosity, it was recognized as a forerunner of his later, haunting work.
I hope to hear from you, and sit next to you 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.