Autumn in New York and London Notes
This November, there are gems coming to New York. Among them, are "Two by Friel" byBrian Friel, the wondrous author of "Translations ," "Dancing at Lugnasa" and many more memorable plays. Please go to Irish Rep for tickets.
Have you alreadygotten seats for "To Kill a Mockingbird?" Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's iconic novel is directed by the brilliant Bartlett Sher at the Shubert. It promises to be a huge hit -- now in previews.
If early Chinese immigrant history to the US interests you,do see "The Chinese Lady" by Lloyd Suhfrom Ma-Yi Theatre. It was previously performed at Barrington Stage, to terrific reviews.
More Asian-American theatre is on at The Public, where "Wild Goose Dreams" by Hansol Jung is playing , co-produced by La Jolla Theatre, after a successful run there.
Described as a masterful memoir is "The Tricky Part" by Michael Moran coming from Barrow Group. Perhaps you, too, may have missed this Obie Award winning piece, even after reading Brantley's 2004 review.
Another solo show which promises to be worth seeing is "Natural Shocks" by Lauren Gunderson at WP Theater . I'm not familiar with Ms. Gunderson's work, but she's reputed to be the most produced playwright in America!
I just came back from a theatre filled trip to London -- and, yet again, the scene there is just as varied ours: some good, some not so.
The stand outs for me were "The Inheritance," recently moved to the West End; "Wise Children," the much awaited first piece from Emma Rice's new theatre company; "The Height of the Storm" by Florian Heller with the unforgettable Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce.
Among those I anticipated highly, were some of my least favorite: "The Very, Very, Very Dark Matter"by Martin McDonagh; "The Wild Duck" adapted (wildly) from Ibsen. If you already have tickets please take a chance -- especially since both got four-star reviews, as well as two.
Taking chances is what the theatre is about -- both making it and buying tickets. This ephemeral art form couldn't exist with the audience -- so please, do take lots of chances, along with me.
See you at the theatre!