Carol Tambor publishes a monthly newsletter, which announces worthy shows coming to New York, along with occasional information about London theatre.
These recommendations highlight plays which may not be on your radar, often from new writers or new companies. Whenever possible, there are links to previous productions and reviews, to give background to her choices. These are made with no commercial interest, as a service to both audiences and the productions.
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Previous Speaking of Theatre Newsletters
Plays Worth Your Time | January 30, 2024 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… Read More
Plays Worth Your Time | December 13, 2023 Dear theatre friends, Since theatre companies have wound up the autumn season and the holidays are soon upon us, there's not much new to recommend this month. Fortunately, there have been some extentions and revivals of good work you might be able to fit in. "Appropriate" by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, starring Sarah Paulson, is a Second Stage… Read More
Plays Worth Your Time | November 3, 2023 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… Read More
Plays Worth Your Time | September 29, 2023 Dear theatre friends, Before I get to the outstanding plays in store for October, I need to pay homage to "The Great Gambon". Sadly, Sir Michael Gambon has died at 82-- far too young, although his career spanned six decades. I was fortunate to have seen him in "A View From the Bridge" in the… Read More
Early Fall Preview | September 2, 2023 Dear theatre friends, The theatre scene is reawakening and there are plays you need to plan for-- immediately! Several are thanks to two Irish greats-- Brian Friel and Sean O'Casey. "DruidO'Casey: Sean O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy" will be coming to the Skirball Theatre from Dublin for a very short run, October 4th-14th. This is guaranteed to be… Read More
Just for July | July 3, 2023 Dear Theatre Friends, Now that Summer is fully upon us, the option to elude heat and humidity in the theatre is exciting, indeed. A new play, the equivalent of a beach read, is "The Cottage," a farce in the manner of Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde. Here's a fine review from a previous production. It's summed up as a… Read More
Just for June | June 1, 2023 Theatre Friends, Last minute alert! Please link immediately, until June 3rd, to see "Ghosts" live from its recent Abbey Theatre, Dublin run. Written and directed by the brilliant Mark O'Rowe ("Howie the Rookie"), it was well reviewed recently. You'll have two weeks to see the play, but the stream must be ticketed quickly-- don't miss this! Another stream to… Read More
Magic in May | May 1, 2023 Dear Theatre Friends, People talk about the magic of theatre. This month, we have the chance to see the theatre of magic! From The Atlantic comes "A Simulacrum" by Lucas Hnath and Steve Cuiffo. You surely know Lucas Hnath's name from his most recent works on Broadway-- "A Doll's House, Part 2" and "Dana H." I first… Read More
Arriving in April | April 4, 2023 Dear Theatre Friends, I know most aren't reading to find out about Broadway plays, but this month there are three that appeal to me and, I think, worth your time and money. First, is one I've seen and I agree with the Olivier judges-- Jodie Comer is incandescent in "Prima Facie." Jodie also won a Bafta Award… Read More
More for March | February 24, 2023 Dear theatre friends, I'm sending this out early, so you don't miss "Conversations After Sex," by Mark O'Halloran, which only runs until March 11th. It received the Irish Times' Theatre Award for "Best New Play" of 2022 Do make it to the magnificent new Irish Arts Center, perhaps after reading this rave "Irish Times review." Another last minute… Read More