By Michael Gioia
03 Apr 2014
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Concluding April 6
Love and Information (Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop). Caryl Churchill's Love and Information is directed by James Macdonald. The play marks Churchill's seventh American premiere at New York Theatre Workshop. The cast features Phillip James Brannon, Randy Danson, Susannah Flood, Noah Galvin, Jennifer Ikeda, Karen Kandel, Irene Sofia Lucio, Nate Miller, Kellie Overbey, Adante Power, John Procaccino, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Tony nominee Maria Tucci, James Waterston and Zoë Winters. The production is described as "a theatrical kaleidoscope exploring more than a hundred characters as they try to make sense of what they find out." Visit NYTW.org.
Transport (Off-Broadway at the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage of the Irish Repertory Theatre). The Irish Repertory Theatre's world premiere of Transport features a book by Australian author Thomas Keneally and music and lyrics by Larry Kirwan. The cast includes Mark Coffin, Patrick Cummings, Terry Donnelly, Sean Gormley, Jessica Grové, Pearl Rhein, Emily Skeggs and Edward Watts. Here's how the work is billed: "Sprung from the pen of world-renowned author Thomas Keneally, Transport derives from the true story recalled by the grandmother of his wife, Judy, who journeyed in chains from Cork to Sydney, Australia in 1846. Transport tells the story of the impoverished Irish women and young girls (the so- called 'undesirables') who were deported on The Whisper, a prison ship, to the Australian penal colonies. Transport's characters include members of the ship's crew, an exiled Irish priest, and four of the unfortunate female prisoners. With both an authentic score – with echoes of traditional Irish and Australian tunes – and a contemporary resonance, Transport transcends time, place and character with a hauntingly moving immediacy intertwined with the indomitable Irish spirit and a shared and abiding humanity." Visit IrishRep.org.
The Most Happy Fella (Off-Broadway at New York City Center). The New York City Center Encores! production of Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella is headed by Tony winner Laura Benanti as Rosabella, Cheyenne Jackson as Joe and Tony winner Shuler Hensley as Tony with Heidi Blickenstaff as Cleo, Brian Cali as Ciccio, Bradley Dean as Guiseppe, Zachary James as Pasquale, Jay Armstrong Johnson as Herman, Jessica Molaskey as Marie and Kevin Vortmann as Doctor. Loesser's ambitious and romantic musical, according to press notes, "tells the heart-stopping story of a love triangle between an aging Napa Valley farmer (Hensley), a young waitress (Benanti) and a handsome, restless ranch hand (Jackson)." Visit NYCityCenter.org.
Kung Fu (Off-Broadway at the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center). The world premiere of David Henry Hwang's Kung Fu stars Cole Horibe as Bruce Lee with Phoebe Strole as Lee's wife, Linda. The cast also features Emmanuel Brown, Clifton Duncan, Bradley Fong, Francis Jue, Peter Kim, Ari Loeb, Reed Luplau, Kristen Faith Oei, Jon Rua and Christopher Vo. Here's how the production is billed: "An exhilarating portrait of international icon Bruce Lee's journey from troubled Hong Kong youth to martial arts legend, Kung Fu blends dance, Chinese opera, martial arts and drama into a bold new theatrical form. This world premiere production follows Lee in America as he struggles to prove himself as a fighter, a husband, a father, and a man." Visit SignatureTheatre.org.