Speaking of theatre...

February 2017

New Year, New Plays


I know 2017 will be fine if we can concentrate on the wealth of great theatre coming to New York -- and forget about everything else!

I can attest to the exceptional quality of these, because I've already seen them:

Four at BAM: "887," by Robert Lepage; "Escaped Alone" by Caryl Churchill; "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" by Martin McDonagh; "A Man of Good Hope" by Isango Ensemble. These were all enormous hits in Europe -- if you buy all four you can save 30%, too!

Mint Theater Company is presenting the delightfully entertaining "Yours Unfaithfully" by Miles Malleson. Although almost a century old, the play's moral morass is as muddy as ever.

If you missed "Antigona" by Noche Flamenco last year -- you have another opportunity to experience this imaginative reworking of Antigone -- RUN!

New for me is "Holden" by Anisa George at New Ohio, which was well reviewed in the New York Times, when it was part of their Ice Factory Festival.

Neil Labute/Marco Calvani/Marta Buchaca are writersas well as directors. I'm going to La Mama for AdA: Author Directing Author, to see this collaboration, their third.

I'll also be trying "Orange Julius" by Basil Kreimendahl at Rattlestick. Basil's bio is impressive, and Rattlestick has been presenting very fine work, indeed.

I've got a yen to see "Yen" (sorry about that!), an Award winning play by UK writer, Anna Jordan at MCC.

I'll be heading out to The Bushwick Starr for "[Porto]" by Kate Benson. Her "A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes," also directed by Lee Sunday Evans, won an Obie Award -- and not just for the greatest title!

A bit more classic is "The Liar," an update by David Ives at where else? -- Classic Stage Company. I can't wait to see what my idol, Ives, will do to Corneille -- he could be the funniest playwright I know!

Looking ahead to February, please find time for the latest Best of Edinburgh Award-winning play, "Life According to Saki," by Katherine Rundell.

If you don't know Saki, an iconic British short story writer who influenced Oscar Wilde, Roald Dahl, A.A. Milne -- you will be enchanted to discover the man, as well as his stories. The original British cast of six will transport you to the banks of the Somme during World War One, where Saki wovetales for his men, so they could escape their misery.

Discounted Tickets are available for readers -- go to "Tickets," using the code CTTF.

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Of course, if you can attend the Benefit Performance and Party on February 12th, 3pm -- you will meet the brilliant writer, cast and crew while supporting the transfer of extraordinary work from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, tax deductible, of course! Interested? Email me.

See you at the theatre!

Sincerely,


Carol

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.