By Michael Gioia
27 Nov 2013
Concluding Dec. 1
The Winslow Boy (Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre). The Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Terence Rattigan's classic drama about family loyalty, The Winslow Boy stars Tony Award winner Roger Rees and Academy Award nominee Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Here's how it's billed: "A moving exploration of family devotion, The Winslow Boy beautifully illustrates the costs of unconditional love and the rewards that make the effort priceless. When Ronnie Winslow is expelled from school for stealing, it has a resounding effect on the entire family. His father Arthur must pool his resources to hire a lawyer for the boy’s defense. His brother Dickie begrudgingly drops out of college and gets a banking job to help with the legal costs. And the fallout from this unexpected predicament puts his sister Catherine's engagement in jeopardy. Though they are determined to defend Ronnie, will the family’s sacrifices be enough to clear his reputation and the Winslow name?" Visit RoundaboutTheatre.org.
Grasses of a Thousand Colors (Off-Broadway at The Public Theater). The Public Theater and Theatre for a New Audience's co-production of Wallace Shawn's Grasses of a Thousand Colors features Shawn, Julie Hagerty, Emily Cass McDonnell, Kristina Mueller and Jennifer Tilly. Here's how the Public bills the piece: "Shawn's most outlandish work to date, Grasses of a Thousand Colors, is a disturbing and anomalously beautiful play that explores the role of human beings in nature and the role of nature in human beings, sexuality being as Shawn says, 'nature's most obvious footprint in the human soul.' The play's central character is a doctor who believes he has solved world hunger when he figures out how to rejigger the metabolisms of animals to tolerate eating their own kind. This has unexpected consequences. The play tells a story about the doctor, his wife, and his lovers, that is also a story about human beings and animals and the planet we live on." Visit PublicTheater.org.