By Michael Gioia
15 May 2013
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Concluding May 18
The Last Five Years (Off-Broadway at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre). Second Stage Theatre's new production of Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown's musical The Last Five Years stars Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe as a couple who falls in and out of love over the course of five years. According to Second Stage, the musical "tells the emotionally powerful story of two twenty-something New Yorkers who dive head first into a marriage fueled by the optimism that comes with finding 'the one.' But in a city where professional and personal passions collide and only the strongest relationships survive, navigating the waters of love and matrimony can sometimes prove too much. Funny, honest and intimate, with an exuberantly romantic score, The Last Five Years takes a bold look at one young couple's hope that love endures the test of time." Visit 2ST.com.
The Memory Show (Off-Broadway at The Duke on 42nd Street). Transport Group's New York premiere of the new musical The Memory Show co-stars Broadway's Catherine Cox and Leslie Kritzer. The Memory Show, which has book and lyrics by Sara Cooper and music by Zach Redler, is described as such: "Showing up is half the battle...and then there's the other half. When a daughter comes home to care for her aging mother, memory is only one land mine in the new musical The Memory Show. Conflicting versions of the past collide in this honest and darkly funny portrait of a mother, a daughter, and their inescapable relationship." Visit TransportGroup.org.
Orphans (Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre). Lyle Kessler's three-person drama Orphans stars Alec Baldwin, Ben Foster and Tom Sturridge. In the play, according to press notes, "two orphaned brothers are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat (Foster), the eldest, supports his damaged younger sibling Phillip (Sturridge) by petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip. One night he kidnaps a rich older man, Harold (Baldwin), who turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for." Visit OrphansOnBroadway.com.
The Girl I Left Behind Me (Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theater C). In the one-woman show The Girl I Left Behind Me, part of the Brits Off-Broadway festival, Jessica Walker and director Neil Bartlett "create a tribute to the artistry and glamour of the often outrageous cross-dressing women of the British music hall and American variety stages, taking a provocatively contemporary look at what it means when a woman wears the trousers - on stage." Visit BritsOffBroadway.com.
I'm A Stranger Here Myself (Off-Broadway at the York Theatre Company). I’m a Stranger Here Myself is written and performed by Mark Nadler. In the piece, award-winning entertainer Nadler, according to press notes, "explores the depths of the European expatriate experience. Using songs by German and French artists - Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender, Lotte Lenya and Marlene Dietrich (to name a few) - who through their music express the declarations of identity, the resistance in the face of terror and the hopes for survival. Nadler examines the lives of these artists as well as those of ordinary German citizens caught up in one of the most intriguing periods of the Twentieth Century.… Nadler's multilingual performances of songs that speak of yearning for deliverance are especially pungent in their evocation of European Jews and homosexuals, the luckiest of whom found refuge in America." Visit YorkTheatre.org.