By Michael Gioia
27 Mar 2014
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Concluding March 29
Middle Of The Night (Off-Broadway at the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row). Tony and Drama Desk nominee Jonathan Hadary stars in the Keen Company's presentation of Middle Of The Night, which also features Todd Bartels, Tony nominee Amelia Campbell, Alyssa May Gold, Nicole Lowrance, Denise Lute and Melissa Miller. Here's how the production is billed: "When an older Jewish widower and a young gentile bride of another man meet and fall in love, their relationship throws their disapproving families into a tizzy." Visit KeenCompany.org.
Concluding March 30
Hand to God (Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre). The MCC Theater production of Robert Askins' irreverent puppet comedy Hand to God, about a possessed Christian-ministry puppet, stars Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr, Marc Kudisch, Michael Oberholtzer and Sarah Stiles. According to MCC Theater, "In Hand to God, the good children of Cypress, Texas are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man's puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected. In this hilarious and lightning-paced comedy, a foul-mouthed sock puppet named Tyrone soon teaches those around him that the urges that can drive a person to give in to their darkest desires fit like a glove." Visit MCCTheater.org.
The Open House (Off-Broadway at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center). Will Eno's The Open House features Hannah Bos, Michael Countryman, Peter Friedman, Danny McCarthy and Carolyn McCormick. "People have been born into families since people started getting born at all," press notes state. "Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time, too. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, 'Can things really change?' People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn't been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop." Visit SignatureTheatre.org.
The Tribute Artist (Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters). The world premiere of playwright-actor Charles Busch's new comedy The Tribute Artist is directed by Carl Andress. Busch and longtime stage collaborator Julie Halston co-star in the comedy, which also features Mary Bacon, Cynthia Harris, Keira Keeley and Jonathan Walker. According to Primary Stages, "This new comedy features Mr. Busch himself as an out-of-work female impersonator who, when his elderly landlady dies in her sleep, takes on her identity in order to hang on to her valuable Greenwich Village townhouse. This 'perfect' plan goes awry and leads to a wild path of twists and reversals plotted by an eccentric rogues gallery of outrageous schemers. Expect Busch's signature blend of quick-witted banter and gender-bending hijinks in this new play." Visit PrimaryStages.org.
Bikeman: A 9/11 Play (Off-Broadway at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center). Bikeman: A 9/11 Play, a new play by Thomas F. Flynn based on his book "Bikeman," is directed by Michael Bush and features Robert Cuccioli. Bikeman, according to press notes, "is a recounting of one man's experience of that unforgettable day and chronicles the morning of September 11, 2001 through the eyes of a veteran journalist reporting live from the shadows of the Twin Towers.Tom, an award-winning writer and producer for The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, was outside his Greenwich Village home when the first plane flew directly over his head. Tom immediately called into the news desk to tell them he was headed downtown. He jumped on his bicycle and began his ride to the towers. His harrowing story recounts his transition from reporter to participant as he battles for survival at the fall of the south tower, ultimately coming to terms with the events of the day." Visit Bikeman911.com.