This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: May 3rd-May 9th

May 3, 2010 - by CG News Desk

Graceland - Part of Lincoln Center Theater’s (LCT3) new program initiative devoted to producing the work of new artists and developing new audiences. Written by Ellen Fairey this comedic drama follows two estranged siblings reunited when they try to make sense of their father’s recent suicide.

Langston in Harlem - Set in the African-American cultural capital of Harlem from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights movement, Langston in Harlem tells the story of Langston Hughes' journey into manhood and his emergence as one of the most beloved and forward thinking artists of our time.  In this new musical, Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Swing, dance and spoken-word that sings, jumps, stomps and shouts.

Le Cirque Feerique (The Fairy Circus) - Company XIV re-imagines favorite childhood fairy tales as only Austin McCormick and his exquisite dance troupe can.  This Baroque confection for all ages offers a magical menagerie of opera, dance, theatre and opulent design.

The Metal Children - A timely drama about a New York writer (Billy Crudup), and his explosive encounter with a small American town that he travels to in order to defend one of his young adult novels, which has been banned by the local school board. The controversy ignites heated emotions over religious beliefs and censorship.

My Big Gay Italian Wedding - Planning a wedding can be hell... or a hell of a lot of fun!  Two handsome grooms, one overbearing Italian mother, a jealous ex-boyfriend, the wedding planner from Hell, and an assortment of kooky family and friends all gather for this new comedy starring Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl.

My Sinatra, A Musical About Obsession - Cary Hoffman turns his highly-rated PBS Special and concert show into a musical play about his obsession with Frank Sinatra and the effect it had on him as a Long Island teenager growing up after losing two fathers and moving in with his three studio musician uncles - who played on some of Sinatra's classic records.

Oliver Parker! - In this jet black comedy, Oliver is 17 and Jasper is 60. They are best friends. Oliver wants to get laid, and Jasper wants to help. Jasper wants to drink himself to death, and Oliver wants to save him. And they share a secret that could ruin them both... it hasn't already. Starring John Larroquette as Jasper.
PaGAGnini - Mozart, Chopin, Pachebel -- and even U2 -- take on a new tenor when Armenian virtuoso Ara Malikian and a wacky trio of gifted artists make musical mockery in PaGAGnini. With hilarious twists on symphonic treasures and modern tunes, this wordless concert is a splendid marriage of music and comedy capable of entertaining even the most erudite spectators.

This Wide Night - In Chloe Moss's heartfelt and witty portrait of two lost souls trying to find their way in an unforgiving world, a prison sentence isn't over once you leave jail. Having just begun to rebuild a life on the outside, Marie (Alison Pill) is confronted with her past when former cellmate Lorraine (Edie Falco) shows up unannounced on her doorstep. The two outcasts, once so close on the inside, struggle to navigate a friendship beyond the prison walls - which may threaten their prospects to start over.

The Truth: A Tragedy - In this intriguing new work, writer/composer/performer Cynthia Hopkins transforms Soho Rep into a cabinet of curiosities as she weaves real and fictional narrative into a living museum of oddities and artifacts from one man's life nearing its end. Using song, dance, and text Hopkins leads us into an engrossing multi-faceted world--a tragedy that is funny and an epic in minature--that asks questions about modern tragedy.

White Woman Street - Set in Ohio in 1916, White Woman Street tells of five outlaws led by Irish expatriate, Trooper O'Hara, who converge on the town of White Woman Street. Haunted by dark memories of a long ago visit, O'Hara leads his rag-tag gang into the brothel, wherein he must face his demons. Against a poetic narrative of Irish and American history, Sebastian Barry weaves a searing tale that evokes a time of change and personal displacement.

White's Lies - Joe White's got it all: looks, charm, career and a killer smile that that helps to land him a different girl every night. But when his mother tells him her days are numbered – and that her only wish is for a grandchild --  he finds himself caught up in a twisted, fast-paced farce involving an ex-girlfriend, her 20-something daughter and his enabling business partner. Starring Betty Buckley, Peter Scolari and Tuc Watkins.


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