One annual festival I greedily anticipate is Brits off-Broadway at 59e59 Theatre — I can guarantee these, having seen and loved them in Edinburgh: “A Gambler’s Guide to Dying,” written and performed by Gary McNair; both “Angel” and “Echoes” by Henry Naylor; “Iphigenia in Splott” by Gary Owen; “My Eyes Went Dark” by Matthew Wilkinson.
Also part of the Brits-off-Broadway program, I’ll be seeing: “The Roundabout,” a little known comedy by J.B. Priestley; “Rotterdam” by Jon Brittain; “Invincible” by Torben Betts, which transferred from Off-West End to the St. James Theatre — to great acclaim; “Underground” by Isla Van Tricht.
More for Anglophiles — do see A.A. Milne’s “The Lucky One” at Mint Theater Company. The eternal theme of warring brothers will undoubtedly connect with a NY audience, although almost a hundred years after it was written.
I’d be loath to include yet another from the U.K., except “Derren Brown: Secret” comes from a performer called “completely astounding” in countless reviews, this by Dominic Cavendish.
You may want to consider “Gently Down the Stream” at the Public, by the wonderful Martin Sherman (who’s “Bent” continues to resonate for me) and starring Harvey Fierstein — I’m not going to miss it.
My list might seem a little slim this month, because I’ll be in Edinburgh where “Isaac’s Eye” by Lucas Hnath will be performed as part of their fabulous Science Festival — my first involvement with a play going from the U.S. to the U.K. If you do want to come to the April 7th opening — just email.
While in Britain, you might like to get to London for “Key Change,” last year’s winner of my Award, which will be returning to BAC for a longer run.
Please inform any U.K. based friends of these two unmissable shows!
Happy Spring — hope to see you at a play very 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.