Hooray! A Play For May
Two of my favorite festivals coincide this month: Ensemble Studio Theatre's venerable Marathon of One-Act Plays and 59e59's Brits Off-Broadway.
This season, EST is producing three Marathon programs-- I'll be seeing all in search of the newest playwrights, directors and actors. It's the best smorgasbord of talent this side of the Atlantic (Edinburgh, on the other!)
Brits off-Broadway is already underway at 59e59. "Posting Letters To The Moon" promises to be a most romantic, nostalgic evening for any of you who can remember Celia Johnson (who could forget "Brief Encounter"?); "Handbagged" by Moira Bufini is the real winner here-- buy tickets now for its June run. It was a huge hit in London!
I do hope you can get a ticket to "Passage" by multi-Award winning playwright, Christopher Chen. Here's a review of his 2016 play, "Caught", which was brilliantly convoluted and unforgettable.
I'll be seeing "Something Clean", part of Roundabout's Underground series, with the wonderful Kathryn Erbe, in this three-hander about keeping a family together in the wake of a sex crime.
Do try "Nomad Motel" at Atlantic Theatre Stage Two by Carla Ching, another new female voice on our horizon.
Did you see Christopher Shinn's "Dying City" in 2007? I missed it, although it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, so I'll be seeing the new 2nd Stage production. Here's a review from the earlier production.
Last of the Irish Rep's Sean O'Casey trilogy, is "The Plough and The Stars", reputedly his most complex play. Since I've never seen it, I won't miss this opportunity, directed by The Irish Rep's founder, Charlotte Moore.
Although I wrote about James Grahams's "Ink" several months ago, I'm again urging you to grab tickets now that it has arrived-- yes, it's that special! You'll remember the extraordinary staging and Bertie Carvel's mesmerizing performance as Rupert Murdoch, long after the curtain comes down.
Many more next month-- this month deserves some outdoor entertainments, too. Hope to see you-- if not in the park, then in the theatre!