PLAYBILL PICKS: Anticipation! Playbill Contributors Share Titles They're Eager to See in Fall 2012

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11 Sep 2012

Amy Morton and Tracy Letts in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Photo by Michael Brosilow

DAVID GEWIRTZMAN, Playbill Special Projects

Helen & Edgar (Theatre 80). As anyone who saw East 10th Street Off-Broadway can attest, Edgar Oliver is a mesmerizing storyteller who has led a very, very strange life. This time around, Oliver is going to talk about his peculiar experience growing up in Savannah, which fans of The Moth might know a bit about from his story "Apron Strings of Savannah." Should be a great listen.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Broadway). Two words: Chita Rivera. Nine more: Jim Norton, Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, Jessie Mueller.

The Old Man and the Old Moon (Off-Broadway). Been looking forward to this since it was hinted at during the curtain call of The Nightmare Story back in January. Based on my previous PigPen Theatre Co. experiences (the other being The Mountain Song), I'm expecting a quirky mix of indy/folk music, shadow puppetry and marvelously inventive and theatrical storytelling.

Sorry (Off-Broadway). For the third year in a row, Richard Nelson's Apple family gathers in Rhinebeck for a meal that promises to be moving, political and oh so current. Like its predecessors, That Hopey Changey Thing and Sweet and Sad, the play opens on the same night it is set — in this case, Election Night 2012.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Broadway). Yes, we just had a revival seven years ago, but reports from Chicago and DC say this is a fresh new interpretation of the play. And really, it's Edward Albee on Broadway acted by Amy Morton and Tracy Letts. What is there to complain about?


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