July 2019

Plays to see 2019


The heat of Summer is upon us, therefore cool theatres and cool plays are much in need.

We're fortunate to welcome the wonderful PTP/NYC to Atlantic Stage Two once again-- this year, with a double bill worth your time: Tom Stoppard's "Dogg's Hamlet/ Cahoots Macbeth" and "Havel: The Passion of Thought." Not only will these be thought provoking, but inexpensive, as well-- click here for the discount.

I hope you've already gotten tickets for "The Rolling Stone" at Lincoln Center. Chris Urch's play concerning homophobia in Uganda received uniformly excellent reviews when it played in London-- here's one from Time Out.

You might want to see "Moscow, Moscow..." at MCC. Halley Feiffer has reimagined, and reportedly profanely updated, Chekhov's "Three Sisters," as described in this review. Perhaps a welcome break from our own kvetching!

Another welcome break from reality is surely "Love, Noel: Songs and Letters of Noel Coward" at The Irish Rep, with KT Sullivan and Steve Ross, directed by Charlotte Moore (founder of this venerable NY institution.) Perhaps technically cabaret, not a play-- but perfect entertainment for a summer's eve, nonetheless.

For those unfortunate few who won't be joining me at the world's largest arts festival, 59e59 will be producing "East to Edinburgh." As with the festival itself, you need read the description of each new work and decide for yourself. Several sound enticing, such as "Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky."

Also at 59e59 will be another annual delight, the "Summer Shorts" festival. This year, two programs of one-acts include highly celebrated playwrights Nick Payne ("Constellations") and Neil LaBute ("Reasons to be Pretty".) Do go and enjoy!

Since I'll be in Scotland looking for new works and new artists to encourage to our shores, please let me know what's on stage here and what's coming-- I look forward to hearing from my readers.

Best wishes for a happy, theatre-filled Summer!

Sincerely,


Carol

Speaking of Theatre Speaking of Theater is a monthly newsletter written by Carol Tambor. Her only objective is to connect New York audiences with excellent Off-Broadway productions, with no commercial interest in any of the shows she recommends.

Carol Tambor Carol Tambor is a portrait artist and long-time lover of theater. To see her paintings, please click here. She established the Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation in 2004 and began publishing this newsletter in 2009.

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