LAST CHANCE: Blithe Spirit, Les Éphémères and Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe
14 Jul 2009
An acclaimed French company closes the window on the passing of time, while a flamboyant preacher gives his final sermon and an enchanting ghost fades into the English countryside.
Here's Playbill.com's weekly "Last Chance" reminder to catch Broadway and Off-Broadway productions before they close.
Concluding July 19
Blithe Spirit (On Broadway at the Shubert Theatre). Stage legend Angela Lansbury earned her fifth Tony Award for her portrayal of dotty psychic Madame Arcati, who is enlisted by Charles Condomine (Rupert Everett in his Broadway debut) to conjure the ghost of his first wife, Elvira (portrayed by two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole) in the Noël Coward favorite. For tickets visit Telecharge.
Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe (Off-Broadway at the Clurman Theater). Tony Award nominee André De Shields stars in the Classical Theatre of Harlem production about a silver-tongued preacher in Renaissance Harlem, inspired by Molière's classic Tartuffe. For tickets visit Ticketcentral.
Les Éphémères (Lincoln Center Festival at the Park Avenue Armory). France's acclaimed Le Théâtre du Soleil, under the direction of Ariane Mnouchkine, present the arresting two-part work that depicts the ordinary moments of human connection, many of which go unnoticed, that thread our lives. Visit LincolnCenter.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.