LAST CHANCE: What's Closing This Week
By Michael Gioia
Here's Playbill.com's weekly "Last Chance" reminder to catch Broadway, Off-Broadway and world-premiere productions before they take a final bow.
Concluding June 9
Botallack O'Clock (Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theater C). Botallack O'Clock, part of the Brits Off-Broadway Festival, features Dan Frost and Rhys King. Here's how it's billed: "For the last two years of his life, Roger Hilton took permanently to his bed, where he continued to work, painting over the side of his bed on sheets of paper laid on the floor. A small downstairs room in his cottage became his bedroom, living space and studio, where Hilton would work through the night with only his thoughts, his imaginings and a temperamental radio for company." Visit BritsOffBroadway.com.
Old Hats (Off-Broadway at the Pershing Square Signature Center). Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre Company's world premiere of Old Hats, the praised new clowning revue-with-music by Bill Irwin and David Shiner — who also perform the piece — is directed by Tina Landau. According to Signature, "2003-04 Playwright-in-Residence Bill Irwin reunites with fellow clown David Shiner for a new work combining their inimitable magic, slapstick, and hilarity. Using music, technology, and movement, plus other tricks up their sleeves, Irwin and Shiner create another wild and remarkable outing of theatre for a new generation of audiences. Signature is proud to present this dynamic duo's first collaboration since the smash Broadway hit Fool Moon." Visit SignatureTheatre.org.
I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Off-Broadway at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's). Off-Broadway's York Theatre Company's return engagement of I’m a Stranger Here Myself, written and performed by Mark Nadler, features Franca Vercelloni on accordion and Jessica Wright on violin. David Schweizer directs. In I'm a Stranger Here Myself, award-winning entertainer Nadler, according to press notes, "explores the depths of the European expatriate experience. Using songs by German and French artists - Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender, Lotte Lenya and Marlene Dietrich (to name a few) - who through their music express the declarations of identity, the resistance in the face of terror and the hopes for survival. Nadler examines the lives of these artists as well as those of ordinary German citizens caught up in one of the most intriguing periods of the Twentieth Century.… Nadler’s multilingual performances of songs that speak of yearning for deliverance are especially pungent in their evocation of European Jews and homosexuals, the luckiest of whom found refuge in America." Visit YorkTheatre.org.
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