THE WEEK AHEAD, Aug. 24-30: Broadway Says Goodbye to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Romeo and Juliet Begins

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24 Aug 2013

Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom
Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Broadway says, "Wherefore art thou, Orlando?" and sends off Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike… the epic American Century Cycle of August Wilson is presented and recorded… and Audra McDonald goes Back Home, again. August comes to a close this WEEK AHEAD! Make it count!

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Saturday, August 24
PREVIEWS→  Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad star as those famous star cross'd lovers in Broadway's newest Romeo and Juliet. David Leveaux directs the modern day-set production of the famous Shakespearean tragedy that pits an African-American Capulet family, led by Chuck Cooper and Roslyn Ruff, against the white Montague household, headed by Michael Rudko and Tracy Sallows. Officially opens Sept. 19. (Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Sunday, August 25
LAST CHANCE→ Christopher Durang's 2013 Tony-winning Best Play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike ends its multi-extended engagement on Broadway. Julie White joined original cast members David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen as a trio of siblings in the hilarious farce that gets its wacky premise from Chekhov plays. (Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St. btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Monday, August 26
LISTEN→ Phylicia Rashad, Leslie Uggams, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Kenny Leon and more celebrate the work of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson with a series of dramatic readings, which will be recorded for preservation for the NYPR archives. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the first of Wilson’s ten-play American Century Cycle, will take place on Aug. 26 and is directed by longtime Wilson interpreter Ruben Santiago-Hudson. (Readings through Sept. 28, 7 PM, The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St., btwn. 6th Ave. & Varick St. Info/tickets.)



Tuesday, August 27
GO→ Tony winner Andrea Martin returns to the high-flying role of Berthe in the Tony-winning revival of Pippin. Four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh fills in for Martin as the title character's wise and kooky granny through Aug. 25. (Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Wednesday, August 28
PREVIEWS→ Oscar winner Ethan Coen's first full-length play, Women or Nothing, about a lesbian couple desperate for a child, world premieres at the Atlantic Theater Company in a production staged by David Cromer. Officially opens Sept. 16. (Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, August 29
GO (LA)→ Ron Cephas Jones stars as the eponymous Prometheus in the Getty's outdoor production of the Greek drama Prometheus Bound. The inventive staging finds Jones suspended from a 23-foot, five-ton wheel meant to represent the mountain that Prometheus is banished to after being punished by Zeus for stealing fire from Mount Olympus. (The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, CA. Info/tickets.)

Friday, August 30
WATCH→ Audra McDonald's Go Back Home re-airs on PBS with an extended look at the concert that was filmed for the Live from Lincoln Center Series earlier this year. The five-time Tony winner promises songs from her new CD, also entitled "Go Back Home," as well as a range of Broadway tunes from the likes of Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, Michael John LaChiusa and Rodgers and Hammerstein. (10 PM, PBS, check local listings. Info.)

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

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