Dear theatre friends,
Yes, the Fall “season” has now arrived. Inundated by so many companies’ announcements, I almost missed a play beginning this afternoon.
One of the finest tiny London theatres, Jermyn Street, is kicking off with an archival video of Esther Freud’s “Stitchers.” Sinead Cusack stars in this purportedly true tale of a woman who teaches embroidery to prisoners– her performance was highlighted in this excellent review. Read it and perhaps, buy a “ticket.” Performance only until September 12th.
The pandemic-created Play-Per-View has been putting on rehearsed readings and continues this Saturday, the 12th, with “Seneca Falls” by Jean Ann Douglas. It’s described as “an anachronistic triptych through 72 years of women’s suffrage in America.” It will be live-streamed at 7pm, with tickets beginning at $5.
Another newly created resource is TPETV– its inaugural play is “Elephant’s Graveyard.” This tragic tale of a circus elephant, reviewed here, is written by George Brant, the multi-Award winning writer of the terrific “Grounded,” among other memorable work.
From the seriously inventive company, Pig Iron, comes “Zero Cost House” by the acclaimed contemporary Japanese writer, Toshiki Okada. In NY Magazine, Helen Shaw called the play “deeply moral” and “haunting.” It runs September 18th-25th.
You may have forgotten about the annual NY Fashion Week– I must confess, I did! However, if you’re interested in the subject, here’s a pair of plays by Richard Alleman, entitled “Fashion Victims,” which sound like great fun. The first is “Bag Lady”— enjoy!
I was reminded that Broadway HD has added to their roster of over 300 plays. New for September are some like “Charlie,” which you may have missed— or never heard of! Since these days you may have a bit more time, take a look and see if this service is worth a small monthly cost
A slight departure from the theatre– please look at Rembrandt’s iconic “Nightwatch,” then view this joyful Dutch video (skip the ad!) on Youtube. I guarantee you’ll find hope, and a wide grin, from the wild creativity of this international phenomenon known as a “flashmob.” Then, go back– study the painting again and rejoice in the video once more!
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’? Or, are you overwhelmed by choice?
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.