By Michael Gioia
09 Jan 2013
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Concluding Jan. 13
Golden Age (Off-Broadway at New York City Center – Stage I). Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Terrence McNally's backstage-set operatic play Golden Age stars Emmy Award nominee Lee Pace as late-in-life composer Vincenzo Bellini. According to MTC, "Its opening night of Vincenzo Bellini's new opera I Puritani in Paris, and the Italian composer is determined to win the adulation of not only his audience, but his colleagues and rivals as well. When the curtain falls, will a thunderous ovation cement his prominence? Or has Bellini unwittingly composed his own swan song? Blending 21st-century language with the timeless beauty of 19th-century bel canto opera, Terrence McNally's new play portrays the final act of an artist whose desire for greatness has eclipsed all else." Visit GoldenAgePlay.com.
The Great God Pan (Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons). The world-premiere run of Amy Herzog's critically acclaimed drama The Great God Pan features Becky Ann Baker, Peter Friedman, Sarah Goldberg, Keith Nobbs, Jeremy Strong, Joyce Van Patten and Erin Wilhelmi. Here's how PH bills the 80-minute play: "Jamie's (Strong) life in Brooklyn seems just fine: a beautiful girlfriend (Goldberg), a budding journalism career, and parents (Ms. Baker and Mr. Friedman) who live just far enough away. But when a possible childhood trauma comes to light, lives are thrown into a tailspin. Unsettling and deeply compassionate, The Great God Pan tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is unloosed into the world." Visit PlaywrightsHorizons.org.