All New for February
Please don't wait to get tickets for "Please Continue" at Ensemble Studio Theatre, because it will have a very short run. It's an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supported work about the infamous Milgrim experiment -- fascinating, even when just a staged reading last year.
Another with the endorsement of Alfred P. Sloan, is "Boy" by Anna Ziegler ("Photograph 51") at Keen Company. If you haven't yet bought tickets to this world premiere, use code TRFRIENDfor discounts.
A work which sounds promising is multi-Award winning Emily Schwend's, "Utility," from the Amoralists at Rattlestick, concerning a woman attempting to keep her world together while losing herself in the process.
I can heartily recommend, "Red Speedo" at New York Theatre Workshop. Lucas Hnath's previous, far-ranging work include last year's "The Christians," "Public Reading About the Death of Walt Disney," and my personal favorite, "Isaac's Eye." These dealt with wavering religious faith; an American uber- icon; Isaac Newton's quest for knowledge, respectively. His latest is about the pressures in the life of an Olympic swimmer -- I can't wait!
Ready for something different? Get tickets for "Sleep," based on by Haruki Murakami's haunting short story -- a work in progress about a housewife's continuing insomnia at The Japan Society, produced by Ripe Time and The Play Company -- very limited performances.
For lighter fare, I'm going to try "The Wildness" by indie-pop band Sky-Pony, a collaboration between The Play Company ("Generations") and Ars Nova ( "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812"), two companies whose adventurous, groundbreaking work is worth checking out.
Back to drama -- "The Wedge Horse" at Fault Line Theatre, by emerging playwright, Nick Gandiello is described as exploring themes of grief, vengeance and forgiveness -- my kind of entertainment!
Don't miss "The Royale"by Marco Ramirez and directed by the seemingly omnipresent Rachel Chavkin, at Lincoln Center. The play has already been a hit in London -- here's the review.
Lastly,Lucy Prebble's "The Effect" will be coming to Barrow Street shortly. DO NOT MISS this rapturously reviewed " Best New Play" ( UK's Critics Circle) -- now directed by the fabulous David Cromer in a new American production.
Do get these tickets -- I'll see you there!