The WEEK AHEAD: June 18-24

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: June 18-24
Cure your post-Tony doldrums with this exciting WEEK AHEAD!

Tom Stoppard stops time traveling on Broadway… a phone conversation, three years in the making, finally makes sense... Broadway bares more than its soul… and Hannibal Lecter plus jazz hands.

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Saturday, June 18
Cotter SmithGO?In 2008, Michael Weller's  Fifty Words, starring Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Marvel, became a hit for MCC Theatre Off-Broadway. The drama, about an embattled couple in Brooklyn, ended in a desperate phone call. Three years later, we finally get to hear what was happening on the other end of that call with Weller’s new play Side Effects. This time, Joely Richardson and Cotter Smith play the couple at the center of the crisis. Directed by David Auburn. (Through July 3, Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., btwn. Bleecker & Hudson, Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Sunday June 19
Arcadia-Playbill-02-11BEFORE IT CLOSES?Tom Stoppard’s time-warping comedy Arcadia — about a stately pastoral English home and the eccentrics (and a turtle) who inhabit it — closes on Broadway. This newest revival of Stoppard’s Tony-nominated play is directed by David Leveaux and earned Billy Crudup (who starred in the original Broadway version in 1995) a 2011 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor. (Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Playbill cover for The People in the PictureStudio 54BEFORE IT CLOSES?Two-time Tony Award winner (and 2011 Tony nominee for Best Actress in a Musical) Donna Murphy stars in The People in the Picture, a story of a Yiddish film star’s youth in war-torn Poland and her life since those troubled times. People features music by Artie Butler and Mike Stoller (Smokey Joe’s Café) with a book and additional lyrics that pack an emotional punch by “Beaches” writer Iris Rainer Dart. (Studio 54, 254 West 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

BEFORE IT CLOSES? Down The Road – playwright Dale Whisman's story of a Korean War Veteran looking for his family – ends its run at the Arclight Theatre this week. An award-winning indie film, it was adapted for the stage by Wihsman and Director Juan Reinoso. (Arclight Theater, 152 W. 71st St., $25, info/tickets, Closes June 26) 

Broadway Bares performersGO? Broadway’s naughtiest night of the year, BC/EFA’s Broadway Bares, returns for its 21st season of baring it all for a great cause. This year's Bares will feature appearances and performances by Beth Leavel, Patina Miller, Judith Light, Rory O'Malley, Jim Parsons, David Hyde Pierce, Roger Rees, Christopher Sieber and the NY Post's Michael Riedel. (Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd St., btwn. 8th Ave. & Broadway, info/tickets)

Monday, June 20
Gabriel Ebert and Mary Louise WilsonOPENING? Amy Herzog debuts a new play as a part of Lincoln Center Theater’s emerging-artists program, LCT3. The play is 4000 Miles and it focuses on a feisty grandmother (played by Tony winner Mary Louise Wilson) who just happens to be a devout Communist. Her young grandson seeks solace in her West Village apartment after his friend tragically dies in a bike accident and his girlfriend leaves him. (The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W. 42nd St. btwn. 7th & 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Tuesday, June 21
Kathy BatesLISTEN? Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown teams up with playwright Marsha Norman for a musicalized adaptation of E.B. White’s The Trumpet of the Swan. The album premieres Tuesday thanks to PS Classics and features an all-star cast of actors, musicians and artists interpreting the work. Listen for John Lithgow, Kathy Bates, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Mandy Moore, James Naughton, Martin Short and trumpeter Christopher Venditt. (Info/order)

Wednesday, June 22
Ben RappaportOPENING? Sure, the title makes you want to gag, but perhaps you’ll learn a thing or two about family in Michael Mitnick's Sex Lives of Our Parents, which centers on the soon-to-be-wed Virginia who receives a visit from the ghost of her deceased mother just before she takes the big plunge into domestic bliss. Starring Lisa Emery and Ben Rappaport, from the hit NBC show “Outsourced.” (McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway at 76th St., info/tickets)

Thursday, June 23
OPENING? Harvard University’s “Secret Court” of the 1920s is explored in Tony Speciale’s drama Unnatural Acts. This real-life story of the Court's history of persecuting campus homosexuals was first uncovered by a student journalist in 2002. (Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., off 3rd Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)

Friday, June 24
PREVIEWS? Did you know that Hannibal Lecter, the flesh-eating, psychopathic psychiatrist with a penchant for liver and Chianti, loves to sing and dance?! Well, at least in Silence! The Musical he does. Silence! — a parody of the famous film franchise starring Anthony Hopkins — features a book by Tony nominee Hunter Bell (of [title of show] ) and music by Jon and Al Kaplan. (Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Place, btwn 1st & 2nd Ave., $38, info/tickets. Officially opens June 30.)

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