THE WEEK AHEAD, Oct. 20-26: The Performers, With Henry Winkler, Begins; Mike Daisey Returns to The Public

By Blake Ross
20 Oct 2012

Henry Winkler
photo by Matt Hoyle

Tuesday, October 23
PREVIEWS→ Henry Winkler stars as a Ron Jeremy(!)-type in a new comedy by David West Read called The Performers (yes, that kind of performer). Winkler's character, Chuck Wood, meets up with newbies in the biz (Cheyenne Jackson and Ari Graynor) and a pair of wide-eyed out-of-towners (Alicia Silverstone and Daniel Breaker) during the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas. For the record, I giggled typing this entire listing, so it's a "see it" in my book! Officially opens Nov. 14. (Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St, btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount preview tickets.)

Wednesday, October 24
GO→ Prior to her turn as Fantine in the Les Misérables film, Anne Hathaway will make her cabaret debut in Perfectly Marvelous. Tony winner Ted Sperling directs the one-night-only concert that will feature the Academy Award nominee singing, with some surprise guests, songs from the Kander and Ebb classic Cabaret. (Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St., info/tickets.)

Thursday, October 25
PREVIEWS→ Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce star in Christopher Durang's ode to Chekhov, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Nicholas Martin. The comedy parodies Chekhov's epic dramas (The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Three Sisters, etc.), mashes them up, and sets them in present-day Pennsylvania. Officially opens Nov. 12. (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 W. 65th St., btwn. Broadway & Amsterdam, info/tickets.)

OPENING→ Karen Allen stars in the premiere of Norwegian scribe Jon Fosse's A Summer Day. The drama involves the reuniting of old friends in two different time periods and the many things thrown in their paths — affairs, time passing and loss. (Through Nov. 25, Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St., off Bleecker St. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Friday, October 26
PREVIEWS→ The latest play featuring Eve Ensler's righteous combination of art and activism, Emotional Creature, makes its New York premiere Off-Broadway. Directed by Jo Bonney, Ensler's newest series of monologues and vignettes spans the globe to take a peek into the issues girls face in disparate cultures. The young ensemble of six comprises Ashley Bryant, Molly Carden, Emily S. Grosland, Joaquina Kalukango, Sade Namei and Olivia Oguma. Officially opens Nov. 12. (Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd Street, btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Click here for Playbill club discount preview tickets.)

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

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