This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: June 7th-June 13th
alice...Alice...ALICE! - This version addresses themes of growing up in an age where there are no "real" children, an age where gated communities, protective parents and fear of the unknown have created deep fears of "safe" settings. It is also a magical journey of story telling and adventure where extraordinary settings and creative costumes permeate their minds on both conscious and unconscious levels.
Bachelorette - On the eve of her wedding, Becky has arranged the perfect bachelorette celebration --but after two party crashers, one manipulative maid of honor, and a bathtub of booze, things don't go according to plan. This world premiere play is a brutally comic look at friendship and betrayal on the way to the altar.
Colin Quinn: Long Story Short - In this one-man send-up directed by Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Quinn channels comedic personalities of nations past, offering satirical takes on the attitudes, appetites and habits that toppled powerful empires. Charting a comical course from the excess of ancient Rome to WalMart/Costco/BestBuy, he proves that the forces undermining the American empire are as old as time.
Freed - In 1824, on the edge of the frontier, a college pr3esident, his wife, and a former slave explore the limits of their freedom. Based on the true story of John Newton Templeton, the first African-American to attend college in the Midwest.
Little Doc - Set in 1970's Brooklyn, in the living room of a one-bedroom apartment under the "el" and above a tiny neighborhood bar, the play centers on four childhood friends who find themselves in a life-threatening situation that challenges the validity of the virtues they've adopted from a sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll culture.
The Merchant of Venice - For the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park 2010, The Merchant of Venice will be performed in repertory with The Winter’s Tale for eight continuous weeks. Directed by Daniel Sullivan with Gerry Bamman, Francois Battiste, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Bill Heck, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Byron Jennings, Heather Lind, Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin, Nyambi Nyambi, Al Pacino, Lily Rabe, Matthew Rauch, Richard Topol and Max Wright.
Modotti - The story of photographer, silent film actress and ultimately activist and communist subversive, Tina Modotti, who tore through the male dominated political forums almost as fast as she tore through her lovers. Modotti fled to Mexico lured by the revolution and artistic excitement. Accompanied by her lover, where she took on the challenge of a culture undergoing rapid change. Relishing in her new found freedom, her contemporaries were muralist, Diego Rivera, and Cuban revolutionary, Julio Mella.
Nunsense - Dan Goggin's musical comedy follows the riotous escapades of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken who realize that one of their own, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned to death 52 fellow nuns in the convent while the quintet was off playing Bingo.
When We Go Upon The Sea - This new play by Lee Blessing imagines George W. Bush the night before he’s to go on trial for international war crimes at The Hague.
The Winter’s Tale - For the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park 2010, The Winter’s Tale will be performed in repertory with The Merchant of Venice for eight continuous weeks. Directed by Michael Greif with Gerry Bamman, Francois Battiste, Linda Emond, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Bill Heck, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Byron Jennings, Heather Lind, Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin, Nyambi Nyambi, Matthew Rauch, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Richard Topol and Max Wright.