Speaking of theatre...

April 2015

Serious Theatre -- And Not


We are indeed fortunate that so much work is coming shortly to New York from around the world -- fair warning, mostly dark.

If urgent, political theatre is your thing, please see Belarus Free Theatre's "Trash Cuisine" at La Mama -- they deserve our support. I saw it in Edinburgh, and very much agree with this Guardian review. You may want to look ahead to La Mama's Earth season, bringing international productions about important issues.

Again on the serious side, I'm going to try "Martyrs Street" by Misha Shulman, a former commander in the Israeli army, at Theatre for a New City. Perhaps a play can help explain the issues between Israelis and Palestinians, or at least give a different perspective -- I'm hopeful.

Also of interest is "The Belle of Belfast," an Irish Rep production about the aftermath of the "troubles" set in 1985. Here's a review from the L.A. production.

As I mentioned before -- don't miss the visually stunning "Nirbhaya" at Culture Project by Yael Farber (writer and director of the outstanding, "Mies Julie"), concerning the rape and murder which resulted in massive protests in India, also depicted in the documentary "India's Daughter." That, too, is well worth your time; you can find it on cable or YouTube -- since it's not been banned here, as it was in India.

Some serious, some less so, make up the annual Brits off Broadway Festival at 59e59. It's always a pleasure to welcome U.K. productions to the arid theatre district of the Eastside.

Now, for local and somewhat lighter fare -- do try "Small Mouth Sounds" at Ars Nova, by Bess Wohl, directed by Rachel Chavkin. Here's the New York Times' review. Silence is golden -- but, in the theatre? Here, it's heavenly!

More dramatic promises to be "Buzzer," by Tracey Scott Wilson, at the Public. Read the review from its Chicago production, then run out to get tickets.

Still absolutely hilarious, "Hand to God" is now at the Booth Theatre. For discounts -- while still in previews. Here's the NY Times' reviewfrom its previous off Broadway run -- it hasn't lost any of its madness on the big stage.

Lastly, from someone who ordinarily doesn't like musicals --please see "The King and I" at Lincoln Center. Guaranteed to bring back memories of spectacular theatre. And, if Mr. Watanabe isn't another Yul Brynner, you won't much care -- you won't be able to take your eyes off Kelli O'Hara!

I hope I left you some spare time to frolic in the much awaited Springtime -- although, I'll be more likely to 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.

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