By Michael Gioia
17 Apr 2013
|Photo by Nathan Johnson|
Concluding April 19
Passion (Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company). Passion, the dark, Italian-set musical rumination on the light and dark nature of love — and the idea of unconditional love — features a libretto by James Lapine and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. John Doyle directs the production, which stars Melissa Errico (Clara), Judy Kuhn (Fosca) and Ryan Silverman (Giorgio). Visit ClassicStage.org.
Concluding April 21
Good With People (Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theater B). Good With People by David Harrower is directed by George Perrin and stars Blythe Duff and Andrew Scott-Ramsay. Here's how it's described: "This haunting two-hander from one of Scotland's greatest writers, starring Blythe Duff and Andrew Scott-Ramsay, traces the path of personal and political destruction in Helensburgh, Scotland. Evan returns to Helensburgh, home to Britain's nuclear defense program and once a thriving holiday resort. And place he's been trying to avoid. Haunted by his past and afraid of his future, he finds Helen working at the Seaview Hotel. Linked by a single event from their past, will their meeting trigger an explosion?" Visit BritsOffBroadway.com.
Bullet Catch (Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theater C). Bullet Catch is written and performed by Rob Drummond under the direction of David Overend. Here's how it's billed: "The sold out, smash hit of the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe celebrates Scotland Week with its U.S. premiere at Brits Off Broadway. The high risk Bullet Catch has claimed many lives since its conception in 1613. Performer (and magician) Rob Drummond plays modern-day marvel William Wonder in this gripping, edge-of-your-seat theatre featuring magic, mind reading, levitation and the most notorious finale in show business." Visit BritsOffBroadway.com.
Hit the Wall (Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre). The Off-Broadway production of Ike Holter's Hit the Wall, which imagines the events of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, features Rania Salem Manganaro, Arturo Soria, Nick Bailey, Jessica Dickey, Ben Diskant, Nathan Lee Graham, Matthew Greer, Gregory Haney, Sean Allan Krill, Ray Rizzo, Carolyn Michelle Smith and Indigo Street. Here's how it's billed: "It's the early hours of June 28, 1969 when a routine police raid on The Stonewall Inn, a popular underground gay bar in Greenwich Village, sparks a full-scale riot. Violent protests and street demonstrations continued for the next several days in what became known as The Stonewall Riots, thrusting a group of unlikely revolutionaries onto the frontlines of history and igniting one of the most influential social and political movements of the 20th Century. Hit the Wall focuses on that wild and enigmatic first night of the riots, placing the audience just on the periphery of the conflict. With an imaginative and theatrical blend of history and mythology, Hit the Wall shines a contemporary light on the legacy of Stonewall." Visit BarrowStreetTheatre.com.