WE GOT A LOT OF CHRISTMAS: One could get a holiday cheer overdose hanging around Times Squares these days. Limited-run, Christmas-themed musicals have become a regular sight on New York in recent seasons. But this year we may have reached the saturation point. Elf and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas returned. They were joined by the new regional favorite A Christmas Story, The Musical, based on the popular film of the same name. And, though not strictly a holiday show, Annie, now in revival at the Palace, does take place entirely during the Christmas season. Result: For perhaps the first time in history, department stores weren't New York's biggest employer of Santa impersonators. Have you read the Playbill Picks feature about the theatre's greatest Christmas scenes?
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.