The WEEK AHEAD: June 4-10

Inside Track   The WEEK AHEAD: June 4-10
Enjoy this politically charged WEEK AHEAD!

Sarah Ruhl imagines Passion and Reagan… Carnage’s final playground-politics debate…Fisher Stevens, Valerie Plame and RFK Jr. explore Guantanamo…and Bush on trial for war crimes?

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Friday, June 4
Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway GO? The fabulous sister-act that is Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway take to the stage at NYC’s Town Hall for BOOM!, a show featuring songs from the ’60s and ’70s made popular by Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and The Beatles. (8pm, Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, between Broadway and Avenue of the Americas, $45-$50, info/tickets)

GO & EAT? Good music and good eats…what could be better? The NY Philharmonic hosts four post-concert suppers featuring menus created by some of the best chefs in the city: Alain Ducasse, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Lidia Bastianich and Daniel Boulud. (10pm, Arpeggio Food and Wine, Avery Fisher Hall Lobby, $150, only available to attendees of the evening’s concert, info)

Saturday, June 5

CLOSING? Sarah Ruhl’s on a roll this year. Her play In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play was nominated for both a Tony and a Pulitzer, and her Passion Play got a big (and critically acclaimed) overhaul courtesy of the Epic Theater Ensemble. The production takes a look at three passion plays set in different eras: Queen Elizabeth’s England, Nazi Germany and Reagan’s America. (Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn 11217, $22.50 - $42.50, info/tickets)

Sunday, June 6
Christopher WalkenCLOSING? From the gory mind of Martin McDonagh and using the genius comic skills of Tony-nominated actor Christopher Walken comes A Behanding in Spokane. Telling you the plot wouldn’t matter much (let’s just say there’s a suitcase full of hands). It’s mostly all about Walken’s incredible performance. (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th St., btwn Broadway and 8th Aves., info)

CLOSING? Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning comedy, God of Carnage, explores a drama- (and puke-) filled evening with two couples that meet after their kids get into a fight. Currently starring original cast member Jeff Daniels (in the part James Gandolfini originated on Broadway), Dylan Baker, Lucy Liu and Janet McTeer. (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. btwn Broadway and 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets)


GO? Famed director/chorographer Jerry Mitchell had the sense of mind to know that sex sells. So he, along with the great folks over at BC/EFA, decided to put some cute guys n’ gals (emphasis on the guys) in tiny costumes (mostly of the assless variety) and a whole lot body paint and make them strut their toned tails to raise some money for BC/EFA. Thus began Broadway Bares. Twenty years later, the guys are still shakin’ their money makers. Mitchell himself will take one last strip down memory lane this weekend for Broadway Bares: Classic, a prelude to this year’s very big show coming at the end of the month. (9pm and 11pm, Splash, 50 W. 17th St., $20, info/tickets or call 212-620-7310, ext. 268)

Monday, June 7
James Spader and Matt DillonGO? Actor Fisher Stevens directs an all-star, multi-media performance in Blueprint for Accountability, exploring different stories of Guantanamo Bay detainees a year after President Obama sought to close the controversial Cuban-based prison. Archival footage from Guantanamo will screen while performers James Spader, Liev Schreiber, Juliana Margulies, Mariska Hargitay and Matt Dillon read from an array of testimonies. Ex-CIA Officer Valerie Plame Wilson, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and others will host a panel following the performance. (7:30pm, The Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South, $25-$55, info/tickets)
Patti LuPone's Northport High School yearbook photo

WATCH? Native Long Islander Patti LuPone (which makes us practically related, right?) will be featured on “Hometown Huntington,” a PBS special about the town of Huntington, New York. LuPone is featured alongside another well-known Huntingtonian, Ralph Macchio. (8pm EST on WLIW21)


Tuesday, June 8
Alec Baldwin
GO? Alec Baldwin stars as Dr. Martin Dysart in Peter Shaffer’s Equus. Shaffer has re-written parts of the script for this performance directed by Tony/Oscar/Emmy winner Tony Walton. (Through July 3, John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937, $30-$50, info/tickets)


Wednesday, June 9
Jesse L. MartinGO (FREE)? This year’s Shakespeare in the Park series kicks off with The Winter’s Tale, directed by Michael Greif and stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Bill Heck, Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin, and others. It will play in rep starting June 12 with The Merchant of Venice, directed by Daniel Sullivan and starring Al Pacino. (Delacorte Theater, Mid-Park at 80th Street at the Southwest corner of the Great Lawn, info on how to get tickets)

 Elaine Paige

WATCH? Also appearing on PBS this week is fellow stage-diva Elaine Paige in a concert entitled “Elaine Paige: Celebrating a Life on Stage." (June 9 at 8pm EST on WNET in NYC)


Thursday, June 10
imagesOPENING? When We Go Upon The Sea imagines what would have happened to former President George W. Bush had he been charged with international war crimes. (59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 50th St., btwn Park and Madison Aves., $35, info/tickets)

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