Early Spring 2018
If you found the New York Times' Spring Preview section replete with retreads and child-friendly productions, fear not -- there are a few quite worthy of your attention:
"Old Stock" at 59 e 59 exploded in Edinburgh last summer -- here's The Scotsman's review. Thissaga of Jewish refugees coming to Canada a century ago is infused with magical klezmer music and folk songs -- do try it!
"Mlima's Tale" brings together the talents of two time Pulitzer writer Lynn Nottage and director Jo Bonney at the Public Theater describing the journey of an African elephant and the worldwide, notorious ivory trade.
Run to the Irish Rep to savor "Three Small Irish Masterpieces," one-acts by Wm. Butler Yeats, Lady Augusta Gregory, and J.M. Synge -- all resurrected after more than a century.
While at the Irish Rep site, you may want to buy tickets for "The Seafarer," by Conor McPherson -- a classic! I wonder if Matthew Broderick can convince as a hard-drinking narrator of ghostly tales.
The Ensemble Studio Theatre's new playwright track record has been excellent, so I'm going to try Abby Rosebrock's "Dido of Idaho" -- Obie Award-winning Youngblood's latest production.
For a touch of nostalgia, please see "Later Life" by the renowned, recently departed A. R. Gurney at Keen. This production marks the 25th anniversary of its much proclaimed premiere.
If you missed Billy Crudup in "Harry Clarke" -- don't let him slip through your fingers again. This dark, erotic story, in the very best Patricia Highsmith tradition, is mesmerizingly told. Now returning to Minetta Lane in the same chilling Leigh Silverman-directed production.
I've left plenty of time for you to celebrate Spring's arrival. I'll be doing that -- where else? Inthe theatre! Hope to see you there.