Speaking of theatre...

March 2017

Many for March

Another great month for New York theatre -- both new writing and classic.

I'm excited that this seriously funny British play about immigration is finally coming here. "Angry Young Man," written by Ben Woolf,will be at Urban Stages, with some minor tweaking of the U.K. version to reflect these particularly fraught times.

Another import, which I also caught in Edinburgh, is "Villa" by Guillermo Calderon coming to The Wild Project, newly translated. I'm anticipating this will be as powerful and memorable as the previous production.

I'll be seeing the New York premiere of "Nibbler" by Ken Urban produced by The Amoralists at Rattlestick. Given the fine work I've seen by all three, I have exceedingly high hopes for this.

"Sundown, Yellow Moon" by Rachel Bonds will be coming to WP Theater as a co- production of Ars Nova and Women's Project. I hear tell this is really a play with songs, NOT a musical -- sounds delightful!

A brand new, science-themed play commissioned by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, "Spill," written and directed by Leigh Fondakowski ( of "Laramie Project" fame), will be coming to Ensemble Studio Theatre. This mainstage feature of their "First Light Festival" promises to shed light on the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster through multiple interviews.

I'm looking forward to "The Moors" by Jen Silverman presented by The Playwright's Realm, which brought us "The Wolves" last year. I also read this NY Times review of the world premiere at Yale Rep, which whet my appetite -- and now, maybe yours!

Another play about gun violence was not of immediate interest, however "On the Exhale" stars theexceptional Marin Ireland. I couldn't miss her performance -- so I quickly bought tickets.

This Roundabout Underground production has also already received a highly respectful NY Times review.

Now, for a welcome revival:"The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" by Stephen Adly Guirgis is coming to LaMama. Do try to see this 2005 work by a favorite playwright, now directed by Estelle Parsons, for a too short run. Here's information about the play, as well as tickets.

Two in rep:"Picnic" and "Come Back, Little Sheba" by William Inge, produced by The Transport Company at the Judson Gym. I trust this Obie-Award winning company ("The Dark at the Top of the Stairs") will revivify these classic works by an iconic author.

And finally, a new look at Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" by Kate Hamill, directed by Bedlam's marvelous Eric Tucker ("Sense and Sensibility") at Pearl Theatre Company. I look forward to being immersed in a world where good manners matter, perhaps too much!

As before, I hope to meet you at the theatre. Enjoy!



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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