Both Lucy Prebble’s The Effect and the New York Theatre Workshop production of Anaïs Mitchell's folk opera, Hadestown, have announced extensions Off-Broadway.
The Effect, which won the 2012 U.K. Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, officially opened Off-Broadway March 20 to favorable reviews. The new work, helmed by David Cromer, began previews March 2 at the Barrow Street Theatre and is a collaboration between National Theatre of Great Britain’s North American wing, Barrow Street and Jean Doumanian Productions. Performances will now run through September 4; read reviews here.
The play follows the relationship between psychology student Connie and “charming drifter” Tristan, both volunteers in a clinical trial. The cast features Kati Brazda (Our Town), Susannah Flood ( Tribes, Love and Information), George Demas, Carter Hudson (The Substance of Fire) and Steve Key (August: Osage County.)
First Look at The Effect at the Barrow Street Theatre
NYTW's Hadestown, which is set to begin performances May 6, has also announced an extension. With the initial month of performances sold out, Mitchell's folk opera will now play additional performances through July 3. Inspired by traditions of classic American folk music and New Orleans jazz, Hadestown follows Orpheus’ mythical quest to overcome Hades and win over his one true love, Eurydice. Featuring direction by Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), the production will officially open May 23.