Concluding Oct. 12
Bauer (Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters). Lauren Gunderson's Bauer is directed by Bill English and features Sherman Howard, Susi Damilano and Stacy Ross. According to press notes, "World-renowned artist Rudolf Bauer was so driven to create, he sketched on scraps in a Nazi prison. Yet he eventually stopped painting forever when a feud erupted amongst himself, his patron and benefactor Solomon Guggenheim, and Bauer's lifetime love, Baroness Hilla Rebay — one of Guggenheim's most trusted curators. The Guggenheim Museum, originally built to house Bauer's works, opened without a single Bauer exhibited. Commissioned by San Francisco Playhouse, Bauer is a compelling and controversial imagined face-off between Bauer and the two women he loved most as they each confront the passions of his life and art." Visit 59E59.org.
Uncle Vanya (Off-Broadway at The Pearl Theatre Company). Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya is helmed by Pearl artistic director Hal Brooks and features Pearl Rachel Botchan as Yelena, Robin Leslie Brown as Marina, Bradford Cover as Astrov, Dominic Cuskern as Professor Serebriakov, Brad Heberlee as Waffles, Chris Mixon as Vanya, Carol Schultz as Mrs. Vointsky, Joie Bauer as Workman and Michelle Beck as Sonya. Here's how the production is billed: "Chekhov's slyly comic and quietly powerful classic invites us into a world of agony, ecstasy, and absurdity. When the arrival of a worldly professor and his bewitching wife shatters the peace of Vanya and Sonya's country estate, a series of flirtations, disappointments, confessions, and revelations follow as this motley crew demand their moment in the sun — but never seem to know what to do when they get it." Visit PearlTheatre.org.
Almost Home (Off-Broadway at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row). Joe Lisi, James McCaffrey, Jonny Orsini, Brenda Pressley and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba star in the world premiere of Walter Anderson's debut play Almost Home, which is directed by Michael Parva. Here's how the play is billed: "In the turbulent sixties, a young Marine returns home to the Bronx, shaken but hopeful for the future. Met by a mother fighting to keep the family going and a father down on his luck, Johnny finds himself caught between his parents’ dreams for his future and a police captain with plans of his own. Walter Anderson’s compelling new drama about the wars fought at home asks: whose dreams must be sacrificed to protect the ones we love?" Visit DirectorsCompany.org.
Concluding Oct. 16 Rock Bottom (Off-Broadway at the Public Theater). Rock Bottom, the acclaimed evening from downtown darling Bridget Everett, opened the Public Theater's season at its Astor Place home. Created by Everett along with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, as well as Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Matt Ray, Rock Bottom also features Cole Escola, Celisse Henderson and Chelsea Packard. According to the Public, "Rock Bottom is the story of what happens when you’re too passionate to give up, and too big to fail. In it, Everett barrels through life tip-toeing toward disaster, wine bottle by wine bottle and man by man. However, instead of succumbing to a chardonnay-induced stupor, Everett embraces a series of revelations that lead her and her voice of an angel to redemption. It features new original songs written with Shaiman, Wittman, Ray and Horovitz, as well as familiar favorites heard in Everett’s monthly sold-out showcase with her band The Tender Moments at Joe's Pub." Visit PublicTheater.org.