A tale of family and betrayal...and spam
Performances continue through November 26 at the HERE Arts Center for the world premiere of Among the Dead by Hansol Jung. In the new dark comedy, presented by award-winning Asian American theatre group Ma-Yi Theater Company, three separate time periods collide in a small hotel room in Korea.
One man, 15 instruments
Gideon Irving has developed his musical solo show, My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going To Die, Eventually, over the course of 500 performances in living rooms around the world, and has been touring from one town to the next for the past five years, performing and sleeping in the homes of strangers. The Off-Broadway premiere, direct from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, opens November 17 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, where it is running through December 11. It features song and storytelling, as well as the use of 15 different instruments, including the banjo, bouzouki, waterphone, shruti box, mbira, whirly tube, and scacciapensieri.
Love of a different kind
Head to the Theatre Row’s Lion Theatre November 18-December 4 for Mike Vogel’s new comedy, Senior Moment, about a widower who moves into a senior home and discovers not just a second, but third chance at romantic love. Will he be able to choose? Vogel is a playwright and columnist for Newsday and AM New York.
Vogue—Strike a pose
Street Children, by Pia Scala-Zankel, brings to life the vibrant and important experiences of the transgender and queer community of the lower Hudson Piers in New York City during the 1980s. The cast is made up of transgender, queer, and gender fluid actors. Performances will run November 30-December 17 at the New Ohio Theatre.
A Parody of Classic Hollywood
Todd Michael’s The Big Uncut Flick is billed as “a loving parody of Hollywood films.” The show takes place in 1953, and throws back to a fictional top-rated midday show The Big Uncut Flick, with Mr. & Mrs. Matinee, where the 1934 crime drama Say Your Prayers, Ya Mug, comes to life onstage. Michael stars as Arlene Lewis, with direction by Synge Maher. Performances will run December 1-17 at Theatre Row’s Studio Theatre.
A world-premiere sensory experience from a Wooster Group vet
Anna Kohler, longtime associate member of The Wooster Group, brings her new interdisciplinary performance work, Mytho? Lure of Wildness, to Abrons Arts Center for a limited run December 9-22. The show, directed by Caleb Hammond, examines the inner workings of the creative mind, specifically, the relationship between muse and creator, subject and object, model and artist. The work combines live performance, video, aromas, and intimate, three-dimensional sound in order to create Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)—an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation of the skin to induce relaxation.
Dance, theatre, glitter, and sisterhood
The Hearth, a new theatre company dedicated to telling the stories of female-identifying artists, will stage its inaugural production Off-Broadway: the New York premiere of Beth Hyland’s For Annie, about a group of adolescent young women trying to deal with the murder of their friend. The play weaves Greek chorus, pop music, dance, and “a lot of glitter“ to explore grief, guilt, and sisterhood. Performances will run December 9-January 15, 2017, at the Lucid Body House.
Lord Buckley is alive and well
Jake Broder channels comedic icon Lord Buckley in His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley at 59E59 Theaters. Broder, backed by a jazz trio and joined by actor Michael Lanahan, transports audiences back to a mix of 1950’s comedy, be-bop, and cabaret. Performances will run December 6-January 1.