This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: July 5th-July 11th
The Awakening - For half her life Ayla has lived as an outsider, blaming herself for a tragic accident at sea. She can't shake the effects of her trauma, until she starts working at a clinic, intimately connecting with the people who frequent it. Her story unfolds through a satirical take on what it means to grow up.
Falling for Eve - This steamy new musical by Joe DiPietro (Memphis) offers a second look at the world's first love story. Creation is going perfectly. Eve, curious about what lies beyond the Garden of Eden, and obsessed with the notion that something is forbidden, bites the infamous apple. Then Adam doesn't. How exactly they'll get together to create the human race is anybody's guess. Falling for Eve is a fresh and unconventional retelling of the most famous romance of all time, filled with unexpected twists and turns as Eve and Adam realize that "paradise" may not be a place after all.
Freud's Last Session - Mark St. Germain’s new play centers on Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites a young, rising academic star, C.S. Lewis, to his home in London. Expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, Lewis soon realizes his host has a much more significant agenda. On the day England enters WWII, the two clash on the existence of God, love, sex and the meaning of life - only two weeks before Freud chooses to take his own.
Musashi - Part of Lincoln Center Festival 2010, Musashi, a noh-inspired play that depicts a ruthless hunt for revenge circa 1600 between two samurai, is brought to light through intense drama and riotous comedy, featuring Japanese superstar Tatsuya Fujiwara. Playwright Hisashi Inoue begins the saga with a showdown between Musashi and Kojiro, after which Kojiro is fatally defeated. The legend historically ends here, but Inoue continues to develop the plot. In this production, with its lush evocation of the countryside, the pair unexpectedly meets again six years later at a Zen temple, and agrees to a rematch.
The Demons - Part of Lincoln Center Festival 2010. Master director Peter Stein brings his adaptation of Dostoyevsky's epic and prescient novel The Demons, also known as The Possesed, to life in a warehouse on Governors Island, only ten minutes from lower Manhattan by ferry but, in feeling, a world apart. Step into 19th century Russia as Stein explores Dostoyevsky's prophetic vision in the tumultuous years leading up to the revolution. The sedate liberalism of the fathers is kindled into fire by the radically anarchist sons, while the demons of the title, in Stein's own words, "represent nothing but the diseases and madnesses of a young generation that had lost its faith in religion, and had become a victim of ideology." Performed in Italian with English supertitles. The production is 12 hours long, including four intermissions of twenty minutes each, and two hour-long breaks for lunch and dinner (which are included in the price of the ticket).
The Quantum Eye: Magic Deceptions - Sam Eaton's spectacle The Quantum Eye -- Magic Deceptions is an amazing evening of intimate magic and mind-reading brought into the 21st century as he performs the impossible.
The Screwtape Letters - A provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s novel about spiritual warfare from a demon's point of view, this critically acclaimed play follows the clever scheming a high level demon employs to entice a human toward damnation. An inverted moral universe set in an office in hell where God is called the “Enemy” and the devil is referred to as “Our Father below.” The stakes are high as human souls are the demon's primary source of food.
Unnatural Acts: Harvard's Secret Court of 1920 - In this theatrical retelling of a true story, Harvard University has set up a secret court to determine what is taking place in Perkins Hall, room 28. Behind these doors, eleven young men will discover themselves, their sexuality, and an implacable intolerance that will forever alter their lives.
Viagara Falls - Charley and Moe are widowers, war buddies and life-long pals. For his 77th birthday, rather than sitting around listening to old records, Charley decides that he and Moe need one more crack at sowing some wild oats. Moe is wary, but with the help of one loopy lady of the evening and some black market blue pills, Charley and Moe are in for the birthday party of their lives.
We the People: America Rocks! - Rock out with America's original "boy band" -- The Founding Fathers! Join George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin as they trade in their powdered wigs for power chords to help an ambitious teen. On a quest to win her school election, Dawn cares more about padding her college applications than making her school a better place. With the help of these Fab Four, she discovers that "We the People" have the power to raise a patriotic ruckus and make a difference!
With Glee - A new, old-fashioned musical comedy about five wayward, eccentric, isolated, awkward, sweet, naive, nerdy teenage boys who are sent away to a boarding school in Maine. As they revel in the trials of their freshman year--striving for acceptance, friendship, and normalcy--we are reminded that every life must be lived to its fullest, every song sung with glee.