New Off Broadway Openings - July 11, 2011-July 17, 2011July 11, 2011 - by City Guide News Desk
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The Accidental Pervert - Andrew Goffman takes his audience on a hilarious and self-deprecating journey into a world of video vixens, X-Rated fantasies, and REALLY dirty movies with no redeeming value whatsoever. He found the tapes at 11 years-of-age. The addiction controlled him until he was 26...The Year He Met His Wife!
Brownsville Bred - The spirited tale of a young Nuyorican girl growing up in the 1980s in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in NYC. Elaine Del Valle leads the audience on a hilarious and harrowing journey through poverty, crime and drug addiction, emerging through hope, family and a good dose of salsa.
From The Front Porch: An Evening With David Mixner - From his chair on a countryside 'Front Porch' set, David offers a fascinating personal and historical portrait of America throughout several of its most turbulent periods including the anti-war demonstrations of the 60's, the sexual revolution of the 70's, the dark days of the AIDS crisis in the 80's, and the showdown of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the 90's. The chapters of Front Porch is interwoven with special music by Josh Zuckerman and Holly Holcomb to highlight the narrative content.
Jonas - The world premiere of a new one-act monologue written and performed by Obie Award-winner David Greenspan. A darkly funny and mercurial exploration of doppelgangers past and present and lives real and imagined. Join us in this thrilling and haunting journey of identity. (Performed as a double feature with The Patsy.)
Oh, Coward! - Part of the Summer 2011 Musicals in Mufti , this second show in the series is a revue of material from the Noel Coward library that premiered in 1972. The show intersperses some of Coward's best songs with writings and anecdotes from his life. Witty, melodic and as dry as a glass of great champagne, Sir Noel's work is unparalleled in its sophisticated style and ability to entertain theatre lovers of all ages.
The Parting Glass - Dermot Bolger's universal story of friendship, family and fatherhood is an hilarious, uplifting show set on the night Thierry Henry's left hand dashed Ireland's World Cup dreams. It is about the return of a man to the land of his youth, to witness the Celtic Tiger turn to ashes, to say goodbye to his past and find hope in his future.
The Patsy - This new adaptation, performed by Obie Award winner David Greenspan, resurrects this Cinderella story of a girl who is a little less beautiful and a little less loved and her fractious, gossipy family. Filled with familial intrigue, marital sparring, lovers in pursuit, country club scandals and labors of the heart. (Performed as a double feature with Jonas.)
Rent - Returning to NYC after its groundbreaking 12-year Broadway run, this Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical set in NYC's East Village is a modern take on the classic Puccini opera, La Boheme. It tells the unforgettable story of a group of young artists learning to survive, falling in love, finding their voices and living for today.
The Shoemaker - Set in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, this compelling drama starring Danny Aiello focuses on an Italian-Jewish shoemaker on a devastating day that has become a turning point in U.S. history. As each hour passes, he confronts yet another part of his past, present and future.
The Silver Tassie - Set against a backdrop of the Home Rule crisis and the founding of the Irish Free State, playwright Seán O’Casey’s work is a pitiless rendering of youth frayed by war, by turns faithful to the stark realism of traditional Irish theater, by turns an exploration of the expressionistic possibilities of the stage. Two teenaged footballing heroes are plucked from the tenements of Dublin and lobbed into the Great War battlefields of France in this sweeping play, brought to rare life by one of Ireland’s Galway’s Druid Theatre Company.
A Strange and Separate People - An Upper West Side young Orthodox couple, Jay and Phyllis, have managed to find a precarious equilibrium in their complicated personal and religious lives. However, that delicate balance is severely tested when Stuart, a doctor who is handsome, cocky, strangely charismatic gay man who is newly Orthodox, invades their lives. These are three intelligent, opinionated people who have a deep love of their religion AND an enormous love of learning and questioning even authority points of view. At times these separate loves ferociously clash in a contemporary story of betrayal and new beginnings.