Dear theatre friends,
This month there are several plays to put in your calendar, prior to busy Thanksgiving preparations:
The description of “Spain” by Jen Silverman at 2nd Stage is mouthwatering! As directed byTyne Rafaeli, it concerns filmmakers in 1936, during the Spanish Civil War– financed by the KGB. It begins on the 8th.
Another exciting premise — the fur trade of the 1600s to the stock trades of today, is explored in “Manahatta” by Mary Kathryn Nagle. It begins the 16th at The Public, and is directed by Obie Award-winner, Laurie Woolery.
Ensemble Studio Theatre is a company which has produced smart work for decades. I’m rushing to see “Redwood” before it closes November 12th. Brittany K. Allen’s comedic play concerns a family which uncovers uncomfortable genealogical information. I look forward to seeing a play with a cast of seven– especially on such a small stage!
Please hurry to see an early John Patrick Shanley play, “Danny and the Deep Blue sea,” being revived at the Lucille Lortel Theatre– many dates are already sold out. It stars Aubrey Plaza and Christopher Abbott in a two hander which has been described as a theatrical prizefight!
You have but two chances to see “Green and Blue,” an Award-winning play from Belfast’s Kabosh Theatre Company, at the Irish Arts Center. It will be performed only on November 15th and 16th. It presents both sides of the Irish border conflict from the perspective of two police officers in 1994. This is a rare chance to see an innovative Northern Irish company– so run!
Lastly, for an uplifting evening, get tickets for “Buena Vista Social Club” at The Atlantic. With music from the Grammy Award- winning album of the same name and a music team led by David Yasbek (“The Band’s Visit”), this promises to be a festive way to end the year– it continues until December 31st. Even I, who rarely attends musicals, will be dancing in the aisle!
I’m not through for 2023, however! I’ll be back next month with more plays worth your time.
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.