Concluding May 31 Forever (Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop). Forever, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith that explores family and heritage, is created and performed by Orlandersmith and directed by Neel Keller. Forever is "an uplifting semi-autobiographical exploration of the family we are born into and the family we choose. Forever draws from Orlandersmith's own pilgrimage to the famed Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris — the final resting place of legendary artists such as Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison," press notes state. "At the graveside of these timeless artists, Orlandersmith finds unexpected grace in a gripping tale of the legacy a daughter inherits from her mother." Visit NYTW.org.
Shut Up Sit Down & Eat (Off-Broadway at The Snapple Theater Center). The comedy Shut Up Sit Down & Eat is directed by Eve Brandstein and written by and starring four comedians: Tina Giorgi ("Comics Unleashed"), Joe Moffa ("Blue Bloods"), Chris Monty ("Mall Cop: Blart 2") and Eric Tartaglione ("Last Comic Standing"). According to press notes, "Shut Up Sit Down & Eat is the hilarious journey of emotional dysfunction - Italian Style! When a therapist fails to arrive on time for a group therapy session, four impatient Italian Americans decide to take their issues into their own hands." Visit ShutUpSitDownAndEat.com.