Dear theatre friends,
Holidays are over and the Winter/Spring season has begun in earnest. Here’s a list of plays which appeal to me this month:
The Public is presenting a new work, “The Ally”,by Tony Award winner, Itamar Moses (“The Band’s Visit”). It’s directed by Lila Neugebauer and confronts the conflicting agendas found in academia during these fraught times.
The world premiere play, “The Apiary”, by Kate Douglas will be coming from Second Stage at the Tony Kiser Theatre. It’s about an bee-centric experiment which could be world changing.
MTC brings another world premiere– this from Oscar Winner, John Patrick Shanley, “Brooklyn Laundry”. If it’s half as good as “Moonstruck”, we’ll all be delighted! This time, it concerns a laundry worker, not a baker, and his interactions with three sisters and their laundry.
From Roundabout’s ambitious Program of New Works comes “Jonah” by Rachel Bonds. This boy meets girl drama with a twist is directed by Danya Taymor.
St. Ann’s is presenting an adaptation of the wonderful Danish film “The Hunt” starring the equally wonderful Tobias Menzies. If you recall another Thomas Vinterberg stage adaptation, “Festen”, you may want to see this. Rupert Goold again directs, originally staged at the Almeida in London. Here’s The Guardian review.
Another British import is “The Effect” by Lucy Prebble at The Shed. If the title sounds familiar, you may have seen it when it received a New York Times Critics Pick in 2016. After reading the unanimously positive London reviews, you may decide it deserves to be seen again. This time directed by Jamie Lloyd.
In closing, this new work by two excellent companies, 600 Highwaymen and Talkling Band, is coming to the Perelman Center for just two weeks. “The Following Evening” is a portrait of two New York artists; a collaboration by theatre companies comprised of theatremakers a generation apart. What a marvelous premise!
Hope to see you in the theatre 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.