PLAYBILL PICKS: The Top Theatre Stories of 2012; "Smash," "Les Miz," Theatre Renovations, Rebecca and More
23 Dec 2012
A view of 45th Street after the hurricane
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
SANDY SHUTDOWN: Broadway again showed its resiliency in the face of adversity. Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York and New Jersey Oct. 29, knocking out power in much of the city, and flooding a variety of neighborhoods. Cleanup continues in beleaguered, hurting neighborhoods like Breezy Point, Queens, and Red Hook, Brooklyn. But Broadway turned off its lights for only two days before getting up and going again. (It helped that Broadway venues did not lose power.) The Off-Broadway story, as is often the case in such catastrophes, was much grimmer. Below 38th Street, where power was out for four days, theatre companies and productions remained dormant, losing money with every passing sunset. Several shows delayed their openings. No major damage to venues was reported. The storm created personal hardship for many in the city and in the Northeast, and claimed the lives of hundreds on its path from the tropics to New England. Here's how New York City theatre people faced the storm that week.
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.