Arriving in April
I've just read the obituary for legendary French actress Stephane Audran, who appeared in the 1989 film "Babette's Feast," and it reminded me to see the new stage adaptation at St. Clement's Church. It's already been reviewed in the NY Times, for those of you who prefer to know more.
I'll also be seeing "The Edge of Our Bodies" at 59 e 59 by Pulitzer Prize finalist, Adam Rapp. This coming of age story was very well-reviewed during its Chicago run.
"Transfers," a world premiere at MCC sounds promising -- it's written by Lucy Thurber, who's had an impressive number of plays already produced.
Speaking of an impressive body of work, do see Caryl Churchill's play, "Light Shining in Buckinghamshire" at New York Theatre Workshop. Although written 40 years ago, and set in the 1600s -- it seems especially timely today, as mentioned in this Guardian review. It's directed by another star, three-time Obie Award winner, Rachel Chavkin.
If you've never seen Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke," run to Classic Stage Company. This is their first staging of a play by Williams -- and it's guaranteed to heat up even the coolest Spring night!
I can't wait to get to Playwrights Horizons for Claire Barron's "Dance Nation," the Susan Smith Blackburn Award winner for 2017. She's been on my radar since her mysteriously memorable " You Got Older."
Now for some repeat recommendations of plays I think unmissable:
"Yerma" at the Armory with Billie Piper, who won the Olivier for Best Actress in this role. Only until April 21st.
"Travesties" by none-other-than Tom Stoppard, starring Tom Hollander. It received countless five starred reviews for this production, when it ran in London.
Anything touched by David Ives deserves your time -- do see "Metromaniacs" by Red Bull for another of his wild adaptations of an 18th Century French farce.
Lastly, being an Anglophile, I can't recommend 59 e 59's "Brits Off Broadway" program highly enough. I'll be seeing the ever-entertaining Alan Ayckbourn's "Brief History of Women," among several others.
As ever, I look forward to seeing you at the theatre -- please say hello!