Here’s a gift I can guarantee : “Counting Sheep” — for those who like political, immersive, terrific theatre and music. It was a wildly successful, sold out hit of the Edinburgh Fringe and we’re fortunate this Canadian/Ukrainian production is finally here.
Coming with excellent reviews from London, is Lucy Kirkwood’s “The Children” now at MTC. Run to see the original cast, including the mesmerizing Francesca Annis.
I’m not going to miss “Mankind” at Playwrights Horizons, written and directed by Robert O’Hara — who wrote the smart and funny “Bootycandy,” reviewed here.
We have another chance to see “John Lithgow: Stories by Heart,” a Christmas present from Roundabout. I missed it when it was so well received at Lincoln Center almost ten years ago, and won’t fail to see him re-create his magic.
We’ll have to wait until just after Christmas (December 26th) for “Hindle Wakes” from the Mint Theater Company, by Stanley Houghton. He was much admired in 1912 for his lighthearted handling of serious issues. You can read this excellent review of a 2012 London production, which concludes the world hasn’t changed much!
Do get tickets for “Fire and Air” by Tony Award winning, prolific Terence McNally at Classic Stage. It’s a world premiere promising an inside look at the legendary Ballet Russes.
Lastly, planning ahead — look who’s coming to Broadway: perhaps your last chance to see Glenda Jackson, along with Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill, in one of my favorite Albee plays, “Three Tall Women.” Don’t wait — buy these now; a fine Christmas gift to yourself, indeed!
Only until December 10th, you have an opportunity to view “Key Change” with this link
Not only did “Key Change” win my Award in Edinburgh in 2015 and then receive amazing reviews in New York — it was invited to be performed in Parliament and its creator, Catrina McHugh, was given an MBE ( a high honor from the Queen) for giving voice to disadvantaged women through theatre. Please watch, share, and enjoy — I chose the play for its great artistic achievement — it is thrillingly beautiful.
Enjoy this holiday season-I hope to see you at 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.