By Michael Gioia
31 Jan 2013
Concluding Feb. 2
Spirits of Exit Eleven (Off-Broadway at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row). Michael Puzzo's Spirits of Exit Eleven, the dark comedy set at a New Jersey strip club, features Nicole Balsam, Michael Carlsen, Shane Patrick Kearns, Stephen Payne and Deborah Rayne. The work, according to producer Justin Reinsilber, "tells the darkly comic tale of a ragtag crew of outcasts struggling to keep their dignity and their livelihood afloat at a rundown New Jersey strip club/pizza parlor on Halloween." Visit SpiritsOfExitEleven.com.
Concluding Feb. 3
Bare (Off-Broadway at New World Stages). Bare, the coming-of-age rock musical set in a co-ed Catholic boarding school, stars Taylor Trensch and Jason Hite as the show's respective undercover lovers, Peter and Jason. Here's how the musical is billed: "When your true love is your deepest secret. When your heart is so full that your head clouds. When you've let your self-image be a group project. How much do you share — and with who? Bare is an exhilarating new rock musical that follows a group of teens trying to navigate the tightrope to adulthood over the minefield of high school. Along with their teachers, they will wrestle with issues of identity, sexuality, religion and love. Both deeply moving and heartwarmingly humorous, Bare is for anyone who's ever felt locked out trying to fit in." Visit BareMusicalNYC.com.
Fiorello! (Off-Broadway at New York City Center). The Encores! production of Fiorello!, the award-winning Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick musical, launched the City Center Encores! series in 1994. The 2013 cast features Erin Dilly, Danny Rutigliano and Kate Baldwin, among others. The musical, according to press notes, "tells the story of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's rise from an immigrant’s son to the feisty congressman whose guts and determination to fight corruption brought down the crooked Tammany Hall political machine." Visit NYCityCenter.org.