LAST CHANCE: What's Closing This Week

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Here's Playbill.com's weekly "Last Chance" reminder to catch Broadway, Off-Broadway and world-premiere productions before they take a final bow.

Bradley Cooper
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Concluding Feb. 20

Rock Bottom (Off-Broadway at Joe's Pub). Rock Bottom, the acclaimed evening from downtown darling Bridget Everett, is created by Everett along with Hairspray Tony Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Matt Ray. 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.

Concluding Feb. 21

The Elephant Man (Broadway at the Booth Theatre). The Broadway revival of The Elephant Man stars four-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper alongside Oscar nominee Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. Here's how the production is billed: "The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) whose severe disfigurement made him a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, he discovers that beneath this shocking exterior lies a brilliant mind and an unshakable faith. Soon all of Victorian high society becomes fascinated by Merrick, especially the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson). But with his new life comes new complexity… and as Merrick's condition grows more severe, a 'normal' life begins to seem all but impossible." Visit ElephantManBroadway.com.

Concluding Feb. 22 A Delicate Balance (Broadway at the John Golden Theatre). The Broadway revival of A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama, stars Glenn Close and John Lithgow under the direction of Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon. Here's how the production is billed: "In A Delicate Balance, Agnes (Glenn Close) and Tobias (John Lithgow), a long-married couple, must maintain their equilibrium as over the course of a weekend they welcome home their 36-year-old daughter (Martha Plimpton) after the collapse of her fourth marriage, and give shelter to their best friends (Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins), all the while tolerating Agnes' alcoholic sister Claire (Lindsay Duncan)." Visit ADelicateBalanceBroadway.com.

You Can't Take It With You (Broadway at the Longacre Theatre). The critically acclaimed revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's You Can’t Take It With You is directed by six-time Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Scott Ellis and stars Tony winner James Earl Jones. The cast also includes Anna Chlumsky, Elizabeth Ashley, Annaleigh Ashford, Johanna Day, Julie Halston, Byron Jennings, Patrick Kerr, Fran Kranz, Kristine Nielsen, Reg Rogers, Richard Thomas, Will Brill, Nick Corley, Crystal A. Dickinson, Austin Durant, Marc Damon Johnson, Karl Kenzler and Joe Tapper. "Family can do crazy things to people. And the Sycamore family is a little crazy to begin with," according to press notes. "James Earl Jones heads the wackiest household to ever hit Broadway in Kaufman and Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic You Can't Take It With You. He plays wily Grandpa Vanderhof, leader of a happily eccentric gang of snake collectors, cunning revolutionaries, ballet dancers and skyrocket makers. But when the youngest daughter brings her fiancé and his buttoned-up parents over for dinner, that’s when the real fireworks start to fly." Visit YouCantTakeItWithYouBroadway.com.

The Woodsman (Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters). The return engagement of The Woodsman to 59E59 Theaters is directed by James Ortiz and Claire Karpen, with associate direction by Devin Dunne Cannon. The Woodsman features music by Edward W. Hardy and lyrics by Jennifer Loring. The cast of nine includes Ben Bass, Will Gallacher, Alex J. Gould, Amanda Lederer, Lauren Nordvig, James Ortiz, Eliza Simpson, Meghan St. Thomas and Sophia Zukoski, who are accompanied by composer-violinist Edward W. Hardy. The Woodsman, according to press notes, "is the untold story of Oz's Tin Woodsman, the woman he loved, and the witch that would stop at nothing to keep them apart. A lonely woodsman from the Land of Oz must embark on a harrowing journey to protect the love of his life from her evil guardian, the Wicked Witch of the East. Through puppetry, movement, and song, Strangemen & Co. presents a hauntingly beautiful and ultimately heartbreaking twist on the forgotten writings of L. Frank Baum." Visit TheWoodsmanPlay.com.

Wiesenthal (Off-Broadway at Theatre Row's Acorn). Tony Award winner Daryl Roth and Karyl Lynn Burns present the New York premiere of Wiesenthal, the award-winning play written by and starring Tom Dugan. Directed by Jenny Sullivan, here's how the work is billed: "Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Wiesenthal is the inspiring true story of Simon Wiesenthal. Sometimes referred to as 'the Jewish James Bond,' Wiesenthal escaped death at the hands of Hitler's S.S., lost 89 family members, and devoted more than six decades to bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. Part memoir and part spy thriller, Dugan's play introduces us to Wiesenthal on the day before his retirement as he welcomes his final group of Americans to his office in The Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna." Visit WiesenthalThePlay.com.

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