OFF-BROADWAY SPRING PREVIEW: Passion, Terrence McNally, The Last Five Years, Jesse Eisenberg, Neil LaBute, Edie Falco

By Robert Simonson
29 Dec 2012

Judy Kuhn
Judy Kuhn

Everyone in the theatre gets excited by new work. Fresh dramatic ink, after all, is the lifeblood of the theatre. And we're going to get plenty of that this coming winter and spring Off-Broadway, with new titles by the likes of John Guare, Regina Taylor, Terrence McNally, Craig Lucas, Annie Baker, Tanya Barfield and Amy Herzog.

But some of the most intriguing projects of the upcoming months in New York come in the form of revivals — both plays that are seldom seen, and familiar titles given an unfamiliar twist.

Like Santa's bag of toys, the Off-Broadway season is bottomless. This telling of coming attractions is in no way intended to be comprehensive, exhaustive or complete. Dates and personnel are subject to change.

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Stephen Sondheim productions are not rare in New York, but they usually land on Broadway, and are almost never undertaken by Off-Broadway nonprofits. Classic Stage Company breaks with that tradition by presenting a new production of Sondheim and James Lapine's tale of anguished, unquestioning love, Passion. Seasoned Sondheim interpreter John Doyle directs. Melissa Errico, Judy Kuhn and Ryan Silverman comprise the romantic triangle in this story about an ugly, broken woman who pursues a handsome soldier who is already in love with another woman. Previews begin Feb. 7. CSC will also mount a new production of Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle, with Christopher Lloyd in the cast, beginning May 2.

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