Speaking of theatre...

March 2016

New to NY - Plays with Provenance

With so many plays coming to New York, I try to minimize my risk and make choices by searching for information from prior productions -- several look promising this month.

I so regretted missing "The Father," named Best Play of the Year by The Guardian, when it played in London -- but I'll be seeing it at Manhattan Theatre Clubin just a few weeks.

Look at this review of Aaron Loeb's "Ideation," and get over to 59e59to see for yourself if morally ambiguous corporate culture is your thing.

I read about the catastrophic closing of a Chicago school, the subject of "Exit Strategy," before buying seats to Primary Stage'snew production.

If you missed the marvelous Julian Sands in "A Celebration of Harold Pinter," do read about it in the NY Times. I can attest that you can sit back and relax while watching this intimate, seemingly effortless performance at Irish Rep.

Several years ago in Edinburgh, I caught "The Hospital," which came from Norway. Lucky for us, it will be at The Abron's Playhouse -- but only for a very few performances this month. Use the code "Edinburgh" for a discount to this extraordinarily beautiful piece of physical theatre.

I'm not going to miss "Ironbound" after reading this review from its Washington production. It will be at Rattlestick, again directed by the very talented Daniella Topol, whose "When January Feels Like Summer" at Ensemble Studio Theatre, was memorable.

Ok, sometimes you're intrigued by a world premiere, but want to follow a playwright or company, whose work has previously appealed. I was very impressed with Clare Barron's "You Got Older" at HERE in 2014, and I'm now anticipating the Bushwick Starr's production of her latest, "I'll Never Love Again."

Looking ahead, don't wait -- run to buy tickets for "Judas Kiss" by David Hare. Don't even stop to read this review! It will be at BAM at Broadway prices, possibly due to Rupert Everett reprising his role as Oscar Wilde -- it's not to be missed!

Having just returned from London, I can recommend these there: "Hangmen," "The Mother," "The Encounter," "Escaped Alone," "The Meeting." Needless to say, there are several I didn't love. With brand new work, you take your chances -- you win some...

Have fun at the theatre -- hope to see you there!



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.

The Best of Edinburgh The Best of Edinburgh is an award given at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is the largest arts festival in the world. The winner of the Award receives a 4 week, all-expense paid run in New York.