Concluding July 13
The Cradle Will Rock (Off-Broadway at NY City Center). Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock, the inaugural show of New York City Center's new Encores! Off-Center series, includes Danny Burstein, Eisa Davis, Raúl Esparza, Peter Friedman, Judy Kuhn, Martin Moran, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Anika Noni Rose, Henry Stram, Aidan Gemme, David Margulies, Michael Park, Robert Petkoff and Matthew Saldivar. The Cradle Will Rock, with music, lyrics and book by Blitzstein, is described as "a powerful political satire and an extraordinary piece of theater history. Set against the backdrop of a steel strike and peopled with fat-cat capitalists, brutal policemen, heroic union organizers, and a warm-hearted prostitute, Blitzstein's 1937 battle hymn to the proletariat feels remarkably fresh." Visit NYCityCenter.org.
Concluding July 14
Macbeth (Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre). Alan Cumming's one-man adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth is directed by John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg. According to producers, " Macbeth is set in a clinical room deep within a dark psychiatric unit. Cumming is the lone patient, reliving the infamous story and inhabiting each role himself. Closed circuit television cameras watch the patient's every move as the walls of the psychiatric ward come to life in a visually stunning multi-media theatrical experience of Shakespeare's notorious tale of desire, ambition and the supernatural." Visit MacbethOnBroadway.com.
A Kid Like Jake (Off-Broadway at the Claire Tow Theater). Carla Gugino and Peter Grosz star in the LCT3 production of Daniel Pearle's Laurents/Hatcher Award-winning play A Kid Like Jake, about a young boy with a passion for Cinderella and playing dress up. According to LCT3, A Kid Like Jake is "the story of a husband and wife trying to do right by their son. Alex (Gugino) and her husband, Greg (Grosz), want only the best for their precocious four year old, Jake. When they apply to New York City private schools, part of what makes Jake special – his passion for Cinderella and dress-up – starts to cause concern." Visit LCT.org. The Silver Cord (Off-Broadway at the Theatre at St. Clement's). The Peccadillo Theater Company's revival of Sidney Howard's 1926 play The Silver Cord features Wilson Bridges, Dale Carman, Caroline Kaplan, Thomas Matthew Kelley and Victoria Mack. The Silver Cord, one of the most successful entries of the 1926-27 Broadway season, "centers on a domineering matriarch who is pathologically close to her two adult sons," according to press notes. Visit ThePeccadillo.com.