Concluding Sept. 14
Piece of My Heart (Off-Broadway at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center). Piece of My Heart, a new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns, stars Zak Resnick as Bert Berns with Leslie Kritzer, Linda Hart, Joseph Siravo, Bryan Fenkart, Tony Award nominee de'Adre Aziza, Derrick Baskin and Teal Wicks. Piece of My Heart, according to press notes, "tells his remarkable story, once dubbed by Rolling Stone 'one of the great untold stories of rock and roll,' through his hit songs, which include 'Twist and Shout,' 'Tell Him,' 'I Want Candy,' 'Hang On Sloopy,' 'Cry, Baby' and many more." Visit PieceOfMyHeartMusical.com.
And I And Silence (Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre). And I And Silence, Naomi Wallace's drama about a friendship formed in prison, includes Trae Harris, Rachel Nicks, Emily Skeggs and Samantha Soule. "Two imprisoned teenagers, one black, one white, form a perilous bond," press notes state. "As the young women serve time, they forge a plan for survival. When the outside world proves even more dangerous than the jail itself, their private world becomes an untenable practice ground for their new lives. And I and Silence explores the fierce dreams of youth and the brutal reality of adulthood in 1950's America." Visit SignatureTheatre.org.
The Good and the True (Off-Broadway at the DR2 Theatre). The American premiere of the Czech stage drama The Good and the True stars British actress Hannah D. Scott as Hana Pravda and Saul Reichlin as Holocaust survivor Milos Dobry. The play, according to press notes, "intertwines the true testimonies of two extraordinary people — Czech athlete Milos Dobry and actress Hana Pravda. They both spent their working lives building suspense, knocking crowds into submission and drawing gasps and acclaim from spectators — but this pales in significance compared to their earlier lives enduring the indignities of incarceration and survival at the hands of occupied Czechoslovakia in the 1930s." Visit GoodAndTruePlay.com.