By Michael Gioia
20 Feb 2013
Concluding Feb. 24
Picnic (Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre). Picnic, William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of small-town folk yearning for what's beyond, features Reed Birney as Howard Bevans, Maggie Grace as Madge Owens, Elizabeth Marvel as Rosemary Sydney, Sebastian Stan as Hal Carter, Mare Winningham as Flo Owens and Ellen Burstyn as Helen Potts. "Sensual, passionate and delightfully funny," Picnic, according to the Roundabout Theatre Company, is a "timeless American classic about the line between restraint and desire. It’s a balmy Labor Day in the American Heartland, and a group of women are preparing for a picnic... but they'll have to lay a lot on the line before they can lay out the checkered cloths. When a handsome young drifter named Hal (Stan) arrives, his combination of uncouth manners and titillating charm sends the women reeling, especially the beautiful Madge (Grace). When Hal is forced out of town, Madge must decide whether their fleeting encounter is worth changing the course of her life." Visit RoundaboutTheatre.org.
All the Rage (Off-Broadway at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater). Written and performed by Martin Moran, his solo play All the Rage is directed by Seth Barrish. Here's how it's billed: "What happens when a mild-mannered Manhattanite shows up at his father's Las Vegas funeral and ends up in a fight with his fuming stepmother? Or when he suddenly finds himself in a room translating the details of an asylum seeker's torture? In All the Rage, his new solo work, Martin Moran takes us on a quest from West of the Rockies to South of Johannesburg, unearthing the unexpected connections and human hilarities that arise as he attempts to resolve an ancient riddle: how is it that in one moment we might reach out in compassion and in the next…kill?" Visit AllTheRagePlay.com.