By Michael Gioia
23 Oct 2013
Concluding Oct. 26
Natural Affection (Off-Broadway at TACT/The Actors Company Theatre). TACT/The Actors Company Theatre's production of William Inge's Natural Affection includes TACT company members Alec Beard, Eve Bianco and Victoria Mack as well as guest artists Tobi Aremu, Chris Bert, Kathryn Erbe and John Pankow. "In Natural Affection, a troubled young man, who, abandoned early in life by his single mother (Erbe), returns from reform school to find her now living with a lover," press notes state. "As the tension between them mounts, their fight for forgiveness and connection gives way to desperation, setting this insecure family on a collision course of reckless, heartbreaking and almost inevitable violence." Visit TACTNYC.org.
The Film Society (Off-Broadway at the Clurman Theatre). Euan Morton and Roberta Maxwell co-star in the Keen Company revival of Jon Robin Baitz's The Film Society. According to the Keen Company, "Set in a South African school for boys in 1970, The Film Society chronicles the struggle of a young teacher to keep politics out of his extracurricular film club. After the school becomes embroiled in an Apartheid controversy, he must decide whether to support his activist colleague or side with the headmaster who can make or break his career. This is a powerful and witty tale of one man's responsibility in the face of historical change." Visit KeenCompany.org.
Arguendo (Off-Broadway at The Public Theater). The world premiere of Elevator Repair Service's Arguendo, which loosely dramatizes the Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre – challenging a ban on public nudity – features Maggie Hoffman, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Susie Sokol and Ben Williams. After a critically praised, extended run of Gatz at the Public, ERS returns with what is billed as "a playful riff on the 1991 Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre. In this provocative case, a group of exotic dancers, citing the First Amendment, challenged a ban on public nudity. ERS stages the oral argument of the case verbatim with their signature theatricality, wit and physical precision. The production design features a breathtaking swirl of animated text projections by celebrated visual artist, Ben Rubin who designed The Public's Shakespeare Machine." Visit PublicTheater.org.
Unbroken Circle (Off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre). James Wesley's family drama stars the playwright and his daughter, Juli, alongside Marianne Tatum, Stacey Bone-Gleason, Lori Hammel, Suzanna Hay and Jennifer Simard. Set in 1970 Galveston, TX, "a family is brought together for the first time in years on the day of its patriarch's funeral. As the day turns into night, the man's impact on his family unfolds in unexpected and surprising ways. Unbroken Circle is at turns hilarious and disturbing and explores how abuse and family secrets affect every person in each generation differently." Visit UnbrokenCircleThePlay.com.