Speaking of theatre...

December 2018

Farewell to 2018

It's December already and the perennially popular holiday shows abound. In order not to appear a total Scrooge, I'm going to see "All is Calm" at Sheen Center about the astounding, spontaneous, frontline truce which occurred on Christmas Eve, 1914.

For more sentiment (not all bad!) in another language, Yiddish -- I'll be seeing "Fiddler On the Roof" at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Too many people I trust have told me this is not to be missed -- now in its final extension, only until the 30th.

I'll also be seeing "The Slave Play" by Jeremy O. Harris. It's a multi-award-winning drama at New York Theatre Workshop, which threatens to tear apart the historical record!

I've seen and can guarantee Heidi Schreck's "What the Constitution Means to Me," also from New York Theatre Workshop, now in a transfer to the Greenwich Theatre. Only until the end of the month -- run!

For an antidote to sentimentality, do get tickets now to the "Under the Radar" Festival to begin the New Yearwith international creativity -- these tickets go fast.

Do try to snag a ticket for "Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me up" at Claire Tow by Academy Award-nominated ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") writer, Lucy Alibar. It's a ridiculously short run -- good luck!

I'll be seeing "Blue Ridge" at the Atlantic by well- received playwright, Abby Rosebrock. It stars the ever-wondrous Marin Ireland -- need I say more?

If you enjoyed Lynn Nottage's "Sweat", perhaps you'll want to see her latest, "Fabulation" at the Signature. I'm looking forward to it!

In closing, may I urge you to support your favorite non-profit theatre companies? Ticket prices of $20, $30, even $60, don't cover the cost of these productions. Please reflect on the amount of enjoyment you receive for your money. These companies cannot survive without donations -- and our lives are enriched immeasurably!

Best wishes for the holidays. I do hope to say hello at the theatre!



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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