Speaking of theatre...

October 2016

Small is Beautiful

I can't recall the last time I've seen such a wealth of dramatic work at small NY theatres. You may already have read the extraordinary reviews for "The Underground Railroad Game" at Ars Nova; "A Taste of Honey" at Pearl Theatre Company; "Nat Turner in Jerusalem" at New York Theatre Workshop; "Where Did We Sit on the Bus" at Ensemble Studio Theatre.

These, however, might not yet be on your radar: "Communion," by one of Canada's finest playwrights, Daniel MacIvor, at Urban Stages. You may enjoy reading this review of a Toronto production.

"Ultimate Beauty Bible" by Caroline V. McGraw, is coming to the new Ohio Theatre this month. This is the latest from the marvelous company, Pg. 73, who have produced work from a roster of notable, new playwrights.

"Miles For Mary," created by the Drama Desk Award nominated theatre company, The Mad Ones, at the Bushwick Starr, sounds like great fun.

"Homos, Or Everyone in America," a new play by Jordan Seavey, will be coming to Labyrinth with a fine ensemble cast, including the terrific Michael Urie.

The Claire Tow Theatre at Lincoln Center, will be presenting "The Harvest" by Samuel D. Hunter, author of multi-prize winning "The Whale."

The larger off-Broadway houses also promise a rich Fall season, such as Second Stage's "Notes From the Field," by the inimitable Anna Deavere Smith; "Dead Poets Society" by Tony Schulman from his own screenplay, at Classic Stage Company; "Sell, Buy, Date" by Sarah Jones ("Bridge and Tunnel") at Manhattan Theatre Club; the season at 59e59, where several plays look enticing -- including "Terms of Endearment" with Molly Ringwald.

Now, since you've saved so much on off Broadway tickets -- blow it all on the Donmar Theatre production of "Les Liasons Dangereuses" with the towering Janet McTeer, at The Booth.

And, go into debt for "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812." There's no doubt that this gem, which I've begged everyone to see since its humble beginning at Ars Nova four years ago, will be even more sensational on a larger canvas, directed by the magician-director, Rachel Chavkin.

Have a great time 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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