Dear theatre friends,
Yes, it’s Mother’s Day! If you’re not planning to dress for the occasion, I have a good alternative– “Love, Loss,and What I Wore,” by the eternally exuberant (although sadly departed) Nora Ephron and her sister, Delia. It comes to us from the 92nd Street “Y” and requires a donation of a mere $10.
“National Theatre Live” has announced their next four free productions. Beginning Thursday, you can see the huge hit, “Barber Shop Chronicles.” The following Thursdays you will want to view “A Streetcar Named Desire,” with perfectly cast Gillian Anderson; “This House” by the Olivier Award-winning (“Ink”), James Graham; June 4th starts the Donmar Warehouse production of “Coriolanus” with current heart throb, Tom Hiddleston. Please put these down in RED!
For those who enjoy British physical comedy, BroadwayHD is offering episodes, every Tuesday, from “The Play That Goes Wrong.” Decide for yourself whether this slapstick, long running hit is for you after reading this London review. Of course, prior to subscribing, please browse the site to find other shows you’d enjoy.
A bit less fun, although entitled “Fun Home,” is this remarkable musical production, from Victory Gardens, Chicago. It begins online May 12th– this Tuesday. I’m always resistant to seeing musicals, but Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir is not any musical– and I ran to see after reading this New York Times’ review from the original Circle In the Square show.
Does anyone need to see another “A Doll’s House?” I think you will, after reading this Guardian review of Lyric Hammersmith’s adaptation by Tanika Gupta. She has very smartly transposed Ibsen’s classic to colonial Calcutta, 1879. Mark your calendars– one day only, May 20th.
Another to mark in RED– looking ahead to May 23rd, one night only, is Labyrinth’s outrageously funny, “Our Lady of 121st Street,” by my favorite playwright of the streets, Stephen Adly Guirgis.
This 2018 New York Times’ review of the Signature Theatre’s revival, will give you insight into Stephen’s profound humor and humanity.
That’s all for now– as I receive news I’ll pass it along. But don’t completely fill your calendars yet– more shows are continuing to find their way to our screens.
Aren’t we fortunate to be living during this plague and not Sophocles’?
Again, if you discover other theatre-related news– please get in touch: Carol@BestofEdinburgh.org.
And, need I reiterate? I’d like to continue to write because so many have expressed their enjoyment of reading– but I must have content!
Please send other theatre related information, or do try to recall a story you’d like me to post.
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.