PLAYBILL PICKS: The Top Theatre Stories of 2012; "Smash," "Les Miz," Theatre Renovations, Rebecca and More
23 Dec 2012
LAND BOOM: We may still be in the thick of a lingering recession, but don't tell the New York nonprofits that. They spent most of 2012 opening swell-looking, lavishly appointed, new stomping grounds. The Atlantic Theater Company unveiled its $8.3 renovation of its landmarked mainstage Chelsea home. Lincoln Center Theater joined New York's three-venue club with the opening of its latest space, the rooftop aerie christened the Claire Tow Theater. The Public Theater took the tarp off the newly renovated space on Lafayette Street in the East Village, complete with new bar and welcoming outdoor stoop. None, however, beat, for roominess and grandeur, of the Signature Theatre Company's sprawling new Pershing Square Signature Center on West 42nd Street in Manhattan, which officially opened on Jan. 31 with a ribbon-cutting (read the Playbill walk-through feature). Three new theatres, plenty of rehearsal and office space, a book store, a spacious lobby, and a design by Frank Gehry. The feature equally touted by all four groups? Get a load of those new bathrooms!
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.