By Michael Gioia
13 Jun 2012
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Concluding June 17
Venus in Fur (Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre). Venus in Fur, under the direction of Walter Bobbie, is David Ives' two-character play about the relationship between a hungry actress and a controlling writer-director. Nina Arianda, who won a 2012 Tony Award for her performance, plays Vanda with Emmy Award nominee Hugh Dancy as Thomas, a demanding theatre artist who has written a play based on the erotic novel "Venus in Fur." Vanda is a gifted actress who wants the lead role. Her audition is billed as "an electrifying game of cat and mouse blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex." Visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
Don't Dress For Dinner (Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre). Roundabout's revival of Marc Camoletti's 1960-set sex farce Don't Dress For Dinner — a sort of sequel to Boeing-Boeing, featuring the same randy male characters, Robert and Bernard — stars Ben Daniels, Patricia Kalember, David Aron Damane, Adam James, Oscar nominee Jennifer Tilly and Tony nominee Spencer Kayden under John Tillinger's direction. The comedy, adapted by Robin Hawdon, "focuses on middle-aged people trapped in a country house outside of Paris. A French chef named Suzette (Kayden) is mistaken for a lover. The plot thickens, like warm Bernaise sauce, after that. The people within the play are led (mostly) by their sex drives." Visit RoundaboutTheatre.org.
|photo by Ross Costigan|
Title and Deed (Off-Broadway at The Pershing Square Signature Center / Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre). Will Eno's Title and Deed, a new solo play about a mysterious traveler, stars Conor Lovett. Here's how the play is billed: "A nameless traveler from a far off place searches for connection and solace in an unknown country in this funny and sad meditation on mortality, loneliness, innocence, home, family, love, funerals, words, and the world." Visit SignatureTheatre.org.
February House (Off-Broadway at the Public Theater/Martinson Hall). February House, the new musical by Gabriel Kahane and Seth Bockley that centers around the bohemian residents of the Brooklyn Heights address of 7 Middagh Street, is directed by Davis McCallum. "Bringing together some of the greatest and most colorful minds of a generation, including W.H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Benjamin Britten, and Gypsy Rose Lee, George Davis tries to create his own utopia in a small house in Brooklyn Heights in the 1940s," according to press notes. "The artists discover new ideas exploding at every turn as they find love, friendship and their own artistic voices in a time of war." Visit PublicTheater.org.
The Bad Guys (Off-Broadway at the McGinn Cazale Theatre). Alena Smith's The Bad Guys, about five pals from childhood who reunite one summer, features Michael Braun, Roe Hartrampf, James McMenamin, Tobias Segal and Raviv Ullman. According to Second Stage, "Five childhood buddies reunite on a late-summer afternoon for some beer, grilling and weed, but deep within their friendship lurk ghosts that rock the patio beneath them. Bitingly comic and ruthlessly recognizable, this is the story of a generation at war with itself over what it means to 'man up.'" Visit 2ST.com.
My Children! My Africa! (Off-Broadway at The Pershing Square Signature Center / Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre). Signature Theatre Company's new production of Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa! is directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. "In a classroom in a small Eastern Cape Karoo town in South Africa in 1984, Mr. M, an idealistic teacher, seeks to provide a future for his gifted student Thami by forming a debate team with Isabel, a spirited student from the local white school," according to Signature. "But outside the classroom Mr. M's hopes for Thami are challenged by their generational divide and increasing political unrest." Visit SignatureTheatre.org.