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Theatre and Dance in New York City This Week - December 3-December 10

December 3, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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Theatre and Dance in New York City This Week
From Broadway to Off Broadway to Off Off Broadway, with neighborhood theatre performances also in the mix, if it's happening on stage in New York you'll find it in City Guide's calendar. That includes dance, with contemporary performances at places like The Joyce Theater joined by classics like the New York City Ballet.

MIGRATIONS: The QC Faculty Dance Concert - Goldstein Theatre - Kupferberg Center for the Arts
December 03, 2017 - Queens

The annual Fall Faculty Dance Concert features world premiere choreographic works by the internationally renowned faculty members of the dance program at Queens College. The works are performed by the talented students of the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance. This year's program embraces diverse forms of dance including Modern, Contemporary and African, and showcases the work of Guanglei Hui, Richard Move, Carolyn Webb and Edisa Weeks. The concert is directed by Richard Move, with lighting design by Jeffrey Greenberg and costume design by Whitney Locher.

The State Ballet Theatre Of Russia Presents Sleeping Beauty - Kupferberg Center for the Arts
December 03, 2017 - Queens

he State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs the enchanting story of wishes that really do come true. Set to the music of P. Tchaikovsky and inspired by the timeless fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty is one of the most magical and hopeful of the storybook ballets. Follow the beloved story of Princess Aurora from her ill-fated curse to sleep until the kiss of Prince Charming awakes her to happily ever after.

Giada Valenti – Love Under the Christmas Tree - Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
Through December 03, 2017 - New York

UNFOLDING combines the traditions of quiltmaking with the free spirit of abstract painting, and shows that there are unexpected ways of addressing the spiritual in art.

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - Queens Theatre
December 03, 2017 - Corona

ArtsPower's enchanting musical, based on E.L. Konigsburg's Newbery Medal-winning classic, follows Claudia Kincaid and her brother Jamie up the stone steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and right into the middle of an adventure sure to captivate audiences of all ages.

Pluto Is Missing! a Not-So-Planetary Musical - The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 03, 2017 - New York City

It's the year 2006 and big news has just hit the Milky Way: Pluto has been reclassified! From planet down to... dwarf planet? Or even just an asteroid?! Oh, brother. What's a celestial body to do? It'll take some interstellar friends (and a few down here on Earth) to figure it out. "Pluto Is Missing!" is a new musical for all ages (and planetoids) By Chris Mann & Emily Duncan.

FKJ - Brooklyn Steel
December 03, 2017 - Brooklyn

Dixon Place Hosts the Drop 2017 - Dixon Place
December 03, 2017 - New York

EPIC Motion Dance Company presents THE DROP 2017: a dance showcase featuring local and regional talent from the New York and New Jersey area, with the goal of fostering strong relationships within the dance community. With THE DROP 2017 in its third iteration, EPIC Motion strives to live out the mission of bringing energy and passion to inspire collaborative motion onstage. Join us as we celebrate what this community has to offer and help celebrate EPIC Motion's 10th year anniversary.

Mathilde- Film Screening and Q&A with Director Alexey Uchitel - Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Through December 03, 2017 - Tribeca

Sumptuously shot with careful attention to detail, this period drama "Mathilde" by Russian director Alexei Uchitel, recounts a scandalous story of the well-documented love affair between Imperial Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II (Eidinger)—as a still unmarried crown prince—and Mathilda-Marie Feliksovna Kschessinskaya (Olszanska), a beautiful young prima ballerina of the world-renowned St. Petersburg's Mariinski Theater. On the brink of the Russian revolution, the danseuse Mathilda Kschessinskaya danced her way not only into the heart of theater audiences, but also into the heart of the future Russian Tsar. Even before the scheduled release date in October 2017, powerful love story "Mathilde" and Mr. Uchitel found themselves at the center of violent controversy when the conservative Russian Orthodox Christian community rejected as offensive the film's sensuous portrayal of the young tsar, who was canonized as an Orthodox saint in 2000.

COLORS OF CHRISTMAS: PEABO BRYSON, MARILYN MCCOO & BILLY DAVIS JR, RUBEN STUDDARD, JODY WATLEY - The Theatre at Westbury
December 03, 2017 - Westbury

So many people in different lands and at different times contributed to the Christmas we enjoy today and although there are many meanings of Christmas, 'The Colors of Christmas' celebrates the season's music in one spectacular celebration. We invite you to join us for a night of Christmas - A Celebration of Holiday Spirit - We invite you to be part of this exciting tour, to join family and friends experience the harmony and joy of the Christmas season and bring the message of Good Will and Peace on Earth. Performed in the Full Round. Everyone needs a ticket regardless of Age. Interested in VIP Membership and Premium Seating for our events? For information please call 516-247-5211 Members get the best seats!

Oedipus El Rey - The Public Theater
Through December 03, 2017 - New York,

Set in South Central LA, OEDIPUS EL REY is an electrifying new take on the Greek tragedy, written by acclaimed playwright Luis Alfaro (Electricidad, Straight as a Line). Oedipus is reimagined as a troubled Latino whose dreams of controlling his own destiny soar above the barbed wire of the prison where he's spent his life. But in a place where everyone is trapped—by desperation or fate, history or violence—no one man can change his story alone. Love, family and belief collide in this chilling, incredibly powerful new play that asks: what's fate, and what's just the system?

Office Hour - The Public Theater
Through December 03, 2017 - New York

Playwright Julia Cho (Durango, The Language Archive) returns to the Public with a taut new drama about a teacher and student desperate to change the narrative of who they are and how their story ends. Gina was warned that one of her students would be a problem. Eighteen years old and strikingly odd, Dennis writes violently obscene work clearly intended to unsettle those around him. Determined to know whether he's a real threat, Gina compels Dennis to attend her office hours. But as the clock ticks down, Gina realizes that "good" versus "bad" is nothing more than a convenient illusion, and that the isolated young student in her office has learned one thing above all else: that for the powerless, the ability to terrify others is powerful indeed. Neel Keller (The Nether, Forever) directs this inventive, penetrating new drama about a single day that could end in tragedy or hope -- and the endless possibilities in between.

Dance Adelphi: Encounters at Adelphi University from November 29 – December 3 - Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
Through December 03, 2017 - Garden City

The Adelphi University Department of Dance brings the fall edition of its biannual dance showcase back to the Performing Arts Center (PAC) featuring student dancers and choreography from faculty. Dance Adelphi: Encounters will run from November 29 to December 3 in the Olmsted Theatre in the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, New York. Department of Dance alum Jessie Ryan returns to Adelphi to create Encounters, a piece that will have its world premiere as part of Dance Adelphi. Of Encounters, Jessie says, “If we distill our lives into the most potent moments, the extract remains as our interactions with one another. First impressions, a-ha moments of relational growth. We don’t get to choose, we don’t decide. We paint our lovers as romantic superlatives, but what happens when their human reality becomes known to us? We meet our most real selves in the midst of our connections.” Jessie Ryan received her BFA from Adelphi in 2009 and received an MFA in Dance and Digital Technology from University of California, Irvine. Her work has been performed at HATCHed Presenting Series, Ridotto Opera Company, Spoke the Hub Winter Follies and Laguna Dan... (read more)

The Nutcracker & The Mouse King - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through December 03, 2017 - Manhattan

Scampering Mice, whirling snowflakes, and a magical dream dazzle the young girl, Marie, in the story of the Nutcracker. This presentation is choreographed for children and performed by the students of The Ballet Club.

The Dance Magazine Awards 2017 - The Ailey Citigroup Theater
December 04, 2017 - New York

The 60th annual Dance Magazine Awards is the most prestigious awards event in dance and will make the Harkness Foundation for Dance the beneficiary of ticket proceeds. The Harkness Foundation for Dance, a leading donor to dance, will designate the proceeds to a newly created award to assist choreographers in their first decade of professional work.

Rise Up! a Concert for the Holidays - Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
December 04, 2017 - New York

Michael McElroy and the BROADWAY INSPIRATIONAL VOICES present: RISE UP! A Concert for the Holidays SOLD OUT BIV presents "Rise Up!" – a concert for the holidays! This concert features a wide range of holiday selections from their Grammy™-nominated work, "Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas", as well as 2016's, "Great Joy II: Around the World". The music of this concert varies in style from Traditional to Spirituals to Gospel with other styles offered in between. Prepare to be entertained, inspired, and encouraged by the musicality, sound, and passion of BIV! Proceeds from this concert will benefit and help fund BIV's outreach programs. Tickets are $45/$75 VIP seats are $100 A 501c3 non-profit, the members of Broadway Inspirational not only combine their voices to make great music, they contribute their efforts to support a range of programs that provide HOPE and INSPIRATION to help TRANSFORM the lives of children and teens in need. Whether it's pairing composers like STING and Marc Shaiman with the pediatric cancer patients and their families at Ronald McDonald House, bringing an interactive music curriculum to schools without one, or mentoring homeless youth at New York'... (read more)

Broadway Close Up: a Good Thing Going – the Stephen Sondheim & Harold Prince Collaboration - Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Concert Hall
December 04, 2017 - Upper West Side

Featuring Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Liz Callaway (original cast of Merrily We Roll Along), Tony nominee Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!), Lewis Cleale (The Book of Mormon), Laura Darrell, Leslie Kritzer, Kevin Massey (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) and Daniel McGrew. With Noah Racey, Director; David Loud, Music Director; and Joseph Thalken, piano. Music Director David Loud (original cast of Merrily We Roll Along) traces the rise and fall of a musical theater partnership that created some of the most memorable musicals of all time. Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince inspired each other's best work as they broke new ground with their musicals: Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along. Together, they tell the story of one of the greatest chapters in American musical history.

Zara Aina's 5th Annual Big Ol' Fancy Pants Benefit! - Joe's Pub
December 04, 2017 - New York

Join Lucas Caleb Rooney, Bryce Pinkham and a bounty of Broadway's best to raise the roof and ring in the holidays with Zara Aina's 5th Annual Big Ol' Fancy Pants Benefit! Zara Aina confronts the lack of educational opportunities facing children in developing countries by providing a child-centered learning model using theatrical storytelling and performance to enable at-risk children to recognize their potential. Through our artist development initiatives, teacher trainings, and youth workshops, we work with our partners to create sustainable programs that empower and change lives.

Waitress, Chicago, Anastasia - The Shops at Columbus Circle
December 04, 2017 - New York,

Kick off the holiday season with Broadway Under the Stars! Enjoy free performances from Broadway's most popular shows every Monday starting November 13th! The five week series concludes December 11th on the ground floor.

Moving Men - Dixon Place
December 05, 2017 - New York City

A series of new choreography that features all male dancers. Curated by Doug Post.

GERSHWIN LIVE: BLISS TRAP - Dixon Place
December 05, 2017 - New York City

Bliss Trap is a glimpse of new and in-process choreography for the subtle body, performed for both physical and ephemeral audiences. Created anonymously, Bliss Trap exists within an identity-void. Viewers are invited to enter the spaciousness of not knowing. Special guests will include dancer Cori Kresge. Gershwin Live is an evolving 21st century salon. Artists with fearless & distinctive voices present theater, dance, film, cabaret, ghost stories, music & uncategorizable hybrids. Curated by Michael Wiener & Neke Carson.

My Anxiety: a Work in Progress ~Plus~ Psyche - Dixon Place
December 06, 2017 - New York City

I'm like a living comic book. I create drawings as receptacles for my anxiety; I get anxious that people won't get it, so I have to perform with the drawings to make sure my anxiety is properly represented. It's an endless cycle. And you get to watch it happen. William Doan has created solo performance projects at a variety of venues across the U.S., and abroad. His current work includes a new play, Drifting, which received a workshop at Dixon Place Theatre in New York, March 2015, and three graphic narratives in the Annals of Internal Medicine/Graphic Medicine. Doan shared the earliest work from his Anxiety Project in the Dixon Place Lounge in November of 2016, titled A Brief Anatomy of My Anxiety.

Metropolitan Opera: Le Nozze Di Figaro - New York City Theatre
December 06, 2017 - New York

Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro returns to the Met, in a brilliant production by Richard Eyre. Set over the course of one madcap day, we re-join the characters of Figaro, Rosina and Count Almivira from The Barber of Seville, and the servants that have to outwit their increasingly outrageous behaviour. Among the performers are Sonya Yoncheva, Nadine Sierra, Isabel Leonard, Luca Pisaroni, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Ildar Abdrazakov. t's a complicated plot, so we have decided to break it down as much as possible without giving too much away! We catch up with our heroes Figaro and Susannah, who are at last to be married. However they haven't counted on the arrival of several nefarious characters, including the Count, Marcellina and Dr Bartolo, each determined to break up the happy couple and have them for themselves. However, even more trouble arrives in the shape of the handsome teenager Cherubino, who is also determined to have Susannah - but he also declares his love to all the women in the house. Meanwhile, the Count and Figaro engage in a dangerous yet hilarious war of pranks, including disguises and marriage contracts. Marcellina, Dr Bartolo's former housekeeper discovers a secret abo... (read more)

Patron Lounge: Bach Collegium Japan - Alice Tully Hall
December 06, 2017 - New York

Known for "performances of unmatched excellence" (Gramophone), the Bach Collegium Japan and its celebrated music director, Masaaki Suzuki, bring their signature crispness and purity to a beloved Bach masterpiece. For this festive holiday performance, the period-instrument orchestra and choir highlight the polyphonic wonder of Bach's rich, imaginative cantatas written to celebrate Jesus's birth.

Kronos Quartet & Soo Yeon Lyuh - 92nd Street Y
December 06, 2017 - New York

Open Session: Dancing for everyone! Open dancing with instruction of more advanced repertoire. Wednesdays, Ongoing, 8:15 pm-12:45 am, $14 at door. Taught by Ruth Goodman. Call the Israeli Folk Dance Hotline at 212.415.5737 for information and schedule updates

An Evening with Tim Tebow - Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
December 07, 2017 - New York

Sheen Center Members receive $50 off the tickets! For questions about tickets, please call the box office at 212-295-2812 VIP Ticket Package & Dinner with Tim Tebow available. Please contact Laura Moore Brown, Director of Development: lauramoorebrown@sheencenter.org Tim Tebow is a two-time national champion, first round NFL draft pick, and Heisman trophy winner. Tebow recently signed with the New York Mets and is attempting to join an elite class of athletes that have succeeded at the highest level in two professional sports. He also currently serves as a college football analyst for the SEC Network. Prior to joining the SEC Network, Tebow played three years in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and New England Patriots. In 2011, Tebow was the first quarterback featured in ESPN's Year of the Quarterback series. He later released Through My Eyes, which was named the #1 sports book of 2011 and the bestselling religion book of 2011. In 2016, Tim also released, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms. Tebow also contributes to a variety of ESPN platforms including SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and the network's Heisman Trophy coverage. He is... (read more)

Bryn Cohn + Artists and Artists and Fleas present DANCE EXTRAORDINARY - Artists & Fleas
December 07, 2017 - New York City

Bryn Cohn + Artists (BC+A) and Artists & Fleas present DANCE EXTRAORDINARY at Artists & Fleas, 568 Broadway, NYC, on Thursday December 7, 2017 at 7pm. Tickets are $35 ($12 for Artists) and are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3117647. For one night only, join BC + A and Artists & Fleas for a unique site - specific collaboration featuring dance, art + fashion like you've never seen before! We invite you to take part in this EXTRAORDINARYevening of creative partnership and community that will benefit BC + A's first repertory show The Art of Loss, premiering February 16 - 18, 2018 at The 14th Street Y and upcoming touring initiatives. DANCE EXTRAORDINARY will include immersive movement installations and live performances from BC + A, a silent auction, music, dancing, cocktails and light fare, shopping + some surprises! Celebrate our 2017 success + support our ambitious goals for 2018! The Art of Loss isa collection of notable works from 2012-2017 that expose the rebellion, hope and despair that root in otherness. Renowned for their ferocious physicality, theatrical worlds and intimate performances, BC + A navigates an unforgettable cultural, emotional and k... (read more)

VISIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE: HEALING WORKS - Dixon Place
December 07, 2017 - New York City

Ranardo-Domeico Grays, artistic director and choreographer of VISIONS Contemporary Ballet and a three-year brain cancer survivor, is now creatively flourishing with a new ballet, "Through the Valley," inspired by his journey. In "Healing Works," the company's 10-year anniversary performance, Ranardo presents "Through the Valley" and two other inspirational contemporary ballet works." "Through the Valley" explores facing obstacles in one's fight for health and life. "Beautiful Madness," based on three poems written and read by Ranardo, reveals three sides of one person and will be performed by Rebekah Kennedy, returning original founding member. "Roots," rooted in prayer, is about self-growth.

Boys' Night: An All-Male Cirquelesque Revue! - The Slipper Room
December 07, 2017 - New York

"Boys' Night" is overjoyed to announce that we will be presenting our show at The Slipper Room every month! YES, that's right – every first Thursday of the month you get to see our handsome faces! The "boys" are BACK for another night of theatrical/burlesque/circus revelry! From dynamic aerial performers to the best of boylesque, "Boys' Night" is bringing the sexy for all types. The boys AND the girls will love this sensual, hilarious, fun-filled night out.

New York/Pacific Island Time - 92Y
December 08, 2017 - New York

H?l?wai, an organization dedicated to promoting the cultural values and future of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, presents a show-case of performing artists and culture bearers. The program features the vibrant, contemporary work of Pele Bausch, Laura Margulies, Kensaku Shinohara, Paz Tanjuaquio and Te Ao Mana. Guest curated by John-Mario Sevilla.

The Origin of Irrevery - Dixon Place
December 08, 2017 - New York City

Drawing from Jungian psychology, the vernacular of country music, Wagner's concept of Gesamtkuntswerk, and the imagery of Butoh, German Expressionism, and Bauhaus, The Origin of Irrevery is a staged explanation of a psychological odyssey. It centers around SHE, a frowning misfit in a world run by THEM. SHE is surrounded by THEM: smiling, normal, and growing increasingly more uncomfortable by HER inability to smile along as well. We meet HER at the end of a silent, personal war with THEM and witness HER subconscious on the brink of confrontation. This confrontation and the eventual construction and deconstruction of The Mask, a visage developed to impress THEM and conceal HER true nature, is guided by IRREVERY.

George Emilio Sanchez: BANG, BANG, GUN AMOK, 24 Hour Performance Filibuster - Abron Arts Center
December 08, 2017 - New York

Amid the contemporary political noise, the sounds of gun violence continue to ricochet throughout the U.S. Performance artist George Emilio Sanchez's BANG, BANG, GUN AMOK is a 24-hour "performance filibuster" attempting to incorporate all necessary means to expose the reality of gun violence embedded in American culture.

Fall Reading Series - Queens Theatre
December 09, 2017 - Corona

Sweet Texas Reckoning By Traci Godfrey Directed by Cailín Heffernan Ellie Woolcott, a Southern Baptist woman fearing old age, attempts to reunite her daughter, Kate, with her longtime paramour in order to salvage her remaining years with a semblance of dignity. When Kate shows up with an unexpected guest, Ellie is forced to confront many demons, as Kate and Ellie both struggle to forgive.

The World of Chinatown Theaters - Museum of Chinese in America
December 09, 2017 - New York

Please join us for an afternoon of music and drama. Nancy Rao, author of Chinatown Opera Theater in North America, a new book about the world of Chinatown theaters in New York and San Francisco and professor of music at Rutgers University, discusses the enormous complex story of these theaters. On the one hand, the elements outside of the theaters— impresarios competing for performers and audiences and business organizations facilitating the performances—and on the other hand, the world inside the theater, including Cantonese opera, stellar performers, legends and music.

Willie Colon And His Orchestra! - Lehman Center for the Performing arts
December 09, 2017 - Bronx

With over 50 years of experience as a composer, musician and singer – trombonist, The Son of the Bronx, WILLIE COLON returns to ‘La Casa De La Salsa’ to present a special concert celebration. A celebration with songs that adorns every moment of the holidays. Canto a Borinquen, La Murga Panameña, Traigo La Salsa, Arbolito are some of the timeless classics that will be performed in this great celebration. The acclaimed hits that salsa fanatics cannot miss Idilio, Gitana, Oh Que Sera, El Gran Varon, Sin Poderte Hablar and many more will be delighting everyone present.

Space Jesus + TRUTH, Shlump, Digital Ethos - Brooklyn Steel
December 09, 2017 - Brooklyn

Space Jesus is the mind-spawn of Brooklyn NY based electronic music producer Jasha Tull. Fueled by bass and inspired by the intangible, Space Jesus is consistently driven by the urge to create future-based music. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jasha's firm roots in Hip-Hop are apparent in most of his productions. With a focus on bass-line synthesis, hard hitting beats, and psychedelia, Jasha explores a range of genres and tempos with a consistently urban feel. Beginning in 2010 Jasha created an ever-evolving experience as Space Jesus. Less than a year later, he released his debut self titled 'Space Jesus EP', quickly developing a loyal fan-base throughout the Northeast. It wasn't until the 2012 release of 'PLANiTS' on San Francisco based MalLabel Music that his popularity spread to the West Coast. Soon after, Jasha began working with Rob Uslan, also known as Supersillyus, on a new psychedelic project named Schlang. Do Androids Dance called their debut EP 'Little Information Deposits' one of the best intelligent psychedelic bass records of 2013". Known for his energetic live performances, Space Jesus recently toured the West Coast on the Road To Sonic Bloom Tour with Janover, ... (read more)

New York/Pacific Island Time - 92Y
December 09, 2017 - New York

H?l?wai, an organization dedicated to promoting the cultural values and future of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, presents a show-case of performing artists and culture bearers. The program features the vibrant, contemporary work of Pele Bausch, Laura Margulies, Kensaku Shinohara, Paz Tanjuaquio and Te Ao Mana. Guest curated by John-Mario Sevilla.

Dixon Place Hosts Gitanjali: a Dance Offering - Dixon Place
December 09, 2017 - New York

A Bharatanatyam performance Honoring the Bharatanatyam dance tradition and the teachers that passed it on. Featuring students of Malini Srinivasan and guest artist Umesh Venkatesan

BACK HOME - Dixon Place
December 09, 2017 - New York City

A trip that lasted longer than planned. A family that's starting to pull back. An endless love that proved to be finite. Back Home is a song cycle about love lost, identity, emigration and adulthood.

SCUM - Dixon Place
December 09, 2017 - New York City

This mash-up of performance styles (from worlds as disparate as cabaret, vaudeville, burlesque and haunted houses) centers around two female figures: Valerie Solanas and Carolyn Sapp. Valerie shot Andy Warhol and wrote the SCUM Manifesto, which calls for the extermination of all men. Carolyn was Miss America in 1992 and is now a mom/stuntwoman in Hawaii. They've both written rambling pieces of text that give their particular ideas on how to be a woman, and neither of them can quite get it right.

Vado Diomande & Kotchegna Dance Company Interactive Arts Workshop - Flushing Town Hall
December 09, 2017 - Flushing, Queens

Participants will follow master dancer Vado Diomande as he calls out the rhythm that accompanies the movement. Live drumming is introduced, and the workshop culminates with participants invited to do "solo" steps – improvised movements – to show their appreciation to the drummers and the rhythms that have inspired the dance.

American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker – A Tradition Since 1964 - SOPAC
December 09, 2017 - South Orange

American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky's magnificent score, stunning new sets (new first act scenery!), thrilling choreography and a cast of more than 100. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years (1964), American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running productions of its kind in the nation. Directed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, American Repertory Ballet's professional company will be joined by select students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. Join us for the perfect holiday treat for your entire family!

The Women Who Compose for Broadway- A Musical Entertainment - The Triad Theatre
December 09, 2017 - New York

The Women Who Compose for Broadway Debuts at The Triad Theatre (NYC, NY). "The Women Who Compose for Broadway – A Musical Entertainment" featuring the music of Nell Benjamin, Nancy Ford, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, Brenda Russell, Lucy Simon, Kay Swift, Jeanine Tesori, and more, will perform for one special performance December 9, 2017, 4pm at the Triad Theatre. Over the course of the last century little recognition has been given to the women who compose Broadway scores. There are strikingly fewer female musical theatre composers due to the barriers they have faced. Marjorie Hayes, creator of the event, was inspired by their stories and decided to shine a light on these ground-breaking women who have made their mark on the Broadway stage. By using only these women’s songs, with a bit of historical context, the show celebrates the depth, breadth, and wit of their heart-stopping music. The musical evening features Broadway and regional favorites, Brandi Chavonne Massey (Wicked, The Lion King, The Color Purple, Jekyll and Hyde, Caroline or Change), Rachel Zatcoff (The Phantom of the Opera), Peter Kendall Clark (New York City Opera), Marc delaCruz (If/Then), Marjorie... (read more)

Chen Dance Center's "newsteps" - Chen Dance Center
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

Chen Dance Center presents "newsteps," its semi-annual emerging choreographers' series which, since 1994, has presented hundreds of dancers and dancemakers creating new work. Selected through an open audition, the December choreographers are Jenny Boissiere, Keith Comley, Nikki Theroux, Shannon Yu, Esme Boyce, and a collaboration of Alexandra Lockhart, Chelsea Hecht & Emily McDaniel. Each receives a stipend, free rehearsal space, and three public performances a the Chen Dance Center.

Fresh Tracks : Auditioned Works - New York Live Arts
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

Member pre-sale starts on July 10th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 10th. Live Arts' legendary Fresh Tracks performance and residency program continues its 53-year commitment to bringing new voices to the forefront. The program provides five emerging artists with a 59-hour studio residency, a professionally produced shared evening bill in the New York Live Arts Theater, commission fee, one-on-one dialogue sessions with the program's Artistic Advisor, professional development workshops led by renowned professionals from the field and exclusive access to Live Arts' Marketing, Production and Programming staff. Through Fresh Tracks, New York Live Arts provides a singular opportunity for new artistic voices to gain professional development, experience and recognition.

A Christmas Carol - Queens Theatre
Through December 09, 2017 - Corona

The Tradition Continues Titan Theatre Company's award winning take on Dickens' timeless tale returns to Queens Theatre this December. This moving and musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol has been lauded as "a Dickens delight!, " "gorgeous" and a "joyous rendition!" Whether you're taking in the story of Scrooge for the rst time or you are continuing the tradition, don't miss your chance to come face to face with the "holiday spirit".

Bodystories: Teresa Fellion Dance Presents The World Premiere Of Rose Walk Green Ice - Danspace Project
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance is premiering rose walk green ice at Danspace Project, located at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery. rose walk green ice culminates a trilogy that began with HOME and Agawam. HOME draws upon ritualistic process to elucidate the search for home via encounters, communication, and understanding of oneself and others. With Agawam, BodyStories considers the roles that family and memory play in the formation of identity. HOME and Agawam explore the emotionally charged journey that is the search for self-actualization and identity. rose walk green ice ingests and processes the ideas, themes, inspirations, and images in the previous works in an intimate, immersive way with its audiences. This evening also includes special guest artists, the Chicago-based Winifred Haun & Dancers, performing Trashed, a collaboration between Winifred Haun and Australian Circus Artist Emma Serjeant. Choreographed by Teresa Fellion in collaboration with the performers: Maria Gardner, Amanda Krische, Kimberly Murry, Kelsey Rondeau, Elizabeth Shew, Jessica Stroh, and Ashley Zimmerman; Rehearsal Director: Charly Wenzel; Original Music composed and performed live by John Yan... (read more)

Suddenly - BAM Fisher
Through December 09, 2017 - Fort Greene

The Cameri Theatre of Tel-Aviv Based on stories by Etgar Keret Directed by Zvi Sahar, PuppetCinema Part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival Amid the sun-glinted spires of a forsaken Gotham, a storyteller gets the ultimate assignment. In this gritty puppet cinema epic adapted from Tel Aviv-based writer Etgar Keret's darkly funny short story collection Suddenly, A Knock on the Door, Israeli director Zvi Sahar and PuppetCinema (Salt of the Earth, 2014 Next Wave) employ cameras, puppets, and object theater to immerse audiences in a dystopian world where competing narratives lend calm to the chaos. Mountains of rusted metals and ruins form the disenchanted landscape in which a writer must create, no matter the cost, ultimately finding freedom in the depths of his fiction. Adapted by Zvi Sahar and Oded Littman Dramaturgy by Oded Littman Set and costume design by Aya Zaiger Music by Gai Sherf Lighting design by Ofer Laufer ON SALE DATES SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE Mon Jun 05 BAM members Mon Jun 19 General public SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE Mon Jul 24 BAM members Mon Aug 07 General public PERFORMANCES Wed, Dec 6 at 7:30pm Thu, Dec 7 at 7:30pm Fri, Dec 8 at 7:30p... (read more)

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko: Séancers [World Premiere] - Abron Arts Center
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko's Séancers collapses lyrical poetry, psychic movement forms and strategies of discursive performance to investigate concepts of black magic, resurrection and paranormal activity. Interrogating issues related to American history and terrorism, Séancers journeys into the surreal and fantastical states of the Black imagination to traverse the "fatal" axis of abstraction, illegibility and gender multiplicity.

Hanjo - Japan Society
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

ased on a 14th-century noh play with the same title, Hanjo, by provocative Japanese author Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), is a timeless tale of love, loneliness and betrayal. New York's beloved SITI Company unveils Mishima's story as a bilingual triptych in which the actors rotate through each character role. The production weaves noh theater's elegance, expressiveness and economy, together with techniques of contemporary theater, to shed light on identity, gender, language, and ultimately the art of acting. Performed in English and Japanese. Director: Leon Ingulsrud Cast: Akiko Aizawa, Gian-Murray Gianino, Stephen Duff Webber, Christian Frederickson (viola) Scenic/Lighting Designer: Brian H Scott Costume Designer: Mariko Ohigashi Sound Designer/Original Composition: Christian Frederickson Production Stage Manager: Ellen Mezzera

Writers at Barnard: Saskia Hamilton and Hisham Matar - Barnard College
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

Written to open the Field Day Theatre Company in Derry, Northern Ireland, Translations critically explores how a colonial empire rewrites the physical, social, and cultural landscape in the language of power, simultaneously erasing the history of the people subjected to its rule. Sharon Fogarty, director, and Hana Worthen, dramaturg, whose last production at Barnard was Faust 2.0, collaborate on this modern historical parable of the brutality of rule.

Dear Edvard - National Sawdust
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

Dear Edvard is a new music-theatre piece about the life and loves of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944). Art history biopic, love story, psychological exploration and family drama, Munch is set in the same hospital room at Dr. Jacobsen's Clinic for Nervous Disorders and Alcoholism, where the artist committed himself in 1908. His young nurse, now elderly, confesses her long ago passion for her famous patient, and transports us back to the beginnings of psychoanalysis, sexual liberation, and the birth of modern art. Through her eyes we meet the various women in Munch's life, and a picture emerges of the social and emotional upheavals that would affect and form the iconic artist, as well as reflecting the anxiety, self-awareness and pursuit of meaning and inner-peace that have come to define our own lives today.

Broadway Matinee! Full Cabaret Show - don't tell mama
December 10, 2017 - New York

Select Sundays at noon! Featuring a three course meal prix fixe for just $35, including appetizer, entree, dessert, and coffee or tea. Also $14.95 unlimited mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys. 11/12 11/26 12/10 12/17

Gary Austin's - the Classroom - The Pit Underground
December 10, 2017 - New York City

Gary Austin, the founder of the Groundlings, created this form called The Classroom. What's that? Think, the Learning Annex, with a twist. Created instantly on the spot with its roots in improvisational theatre, watch The Classroom break all the rules in this one of a kind show. The Featuring Cast of Gary Austin's The Classroom is Irene Carroll, Lulu French, Mark Hudson, Katie Lazarus, Catherine Santino, Mike Sause, Stephen Thornton, Scotty Watson, and Jared Wilder.

A Christmas Carol - Queens Theatre
December 10, 2017 - Corona

The Tradition Continues Titan Theatre Company's award winning take on Dickens' timeless tale returns to Queens Theatre this December. This moving and musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol has been lauded as "a Dickens delight!, " "gorgeous" and a "joyous rendition!" Whether you're taking in the story of Scrooge for the rst time or you are continuing the tradition, don't miss your chance to come face to face with the "holiday spirit".

Pluto Is Missing! a Not-So-Planetary Musical - The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 10, 2017 - New York City

It's the year 2006 and big news has just hit the Milky Way: Pluto has been reclassified! From planet down to... dwarf planet? Or even just an asteroid?! Oh, brother. What's a celestial body to do? It'll take some interstellar friends (and a few down here on Earth) to figure it out. "Pluto Is Missing!" is a new musical for all ages (and planetoids) By Chris Mann & Emily Duncan.

New York/Pacific Island Time - 92Y
December 10, 2017 - New York

H?l?wai, an organization dedicated to promoting the cultural values and future of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, presents a show-case of performing artists and culture bearers. The program features the vibrant, contemporary work of Pele Bausch, Laura Margulies, Kensaku Shinohara, Paz Tanjuaquio and Te Ao Mana. Guest curated by John-Mario Sevilla.

Dixon Place Hosts Shakti – the Female Principle of Divine Energy - Dixon Place
December 10, 2017 - New York

Across the globe, crime against women is on the rise, but the awareness of which is very low. In some parts of the world, women are neither sufficiently educated in defending themselves against such atrocities nor do they have opportunities to take up employment to support themselves. To observe World Human Rights Day, Shibaranjani presents an awareness program – SHAKTI. The program includes a documentary film about Shibaranjani's Project SHAKTI, and other social efforts in India, with women who have been victims of sex trafficking, abuse and violence, and how Shibaranjani has been instrumental in developing their talents. Eminent artists from India and across the USA will perform on the theme. Featuring – Guru Dipanwita Roy, Aparupa Chatterjee, Irina Akulenko, Mouli Pal, Kaustavi Sarkar, Rachel Barker, and disciples ABOUT SHIBARANJANI Shibaranjani is an Indian classical dance organization founded in 1984 by Guru Dipanwita Roy, an eminent Odissi exponent and a disciple of the great Guru Padmavibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra. Based in India & USA, Shibaranjani promotes the diverse cultural heritage of India through various events, including performances, lecture-demonstr... (read more)

SHAKTI – THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE OF DIVINE ENERGY - Dixon Place
December 10, 2017 - New York City

Across the globe, crime against women is on the rise, but the awareness of which is very low. In some parts of the world, women are neither sufficiently educated in defending themselves against such atrocities nor do they have opportunities to take up employment to support themselves. To observe World Human Rights Day, Shibaranjani presents an awareness program – SHAKTI. The program includes a documentary film about Shibaranjani's Project SHAKTI, and other social efforts in India, with women who have been victims of sex trafficking, abuse and violence, and how Shibaranjani has been instrumental in developing their talents. Eminent artists from India and across the USA will perform on the theme. Featuring – Guru Dipanwita Roy, Aparupa Chatterjee, Irina Akulenko, Mouli Pal, Kaustavi Sarkar, Rachel Barker, and disciples

A Deal - Urban Stages
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

, Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director, will kick-off its 34th season with the World Premiere of Zhu Yi’s A DEAL, directed by John Giampietro. This limited engagement at Urban Stages (259 West 30th Street), begins performances on November 15, opens on Monday, November 20 and will run through December 10, 2017. Tickets for are $35 ($25 during previews; $50 on opening and $15 student rush) and may be purchased via OvationTix at www.urbanstages.org or by phone at 1.866.811.4111. Like many new upper-middle-class Chinese families, Mr. and Mrs. Li are proud to give their only daughter a life they could only dream of (an Ivy League degree in art and an apartment in Manhattan), until they realize she’s turning into a dangerous stranger. A DEAL is a dark comedy that features a Chinese family’s home buying journey in New York in winter 2015, a time of increased real estate property ownership by overseas Chinese and a sharp decline in the value of the RMB against the US dollar. It reveals the ideological conflicts between the East and the West in contemporary society by tracking a little stream of the global cash flow.

Illyria - The Public Theater
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

The New York Times has called Tony Award-winning playwright and director Richard Nelson's plays "a triumph of civic theater." This season, the writer-director of the acclaimed Apple Family Plays and last season's The Gabriels returns to 425 Lafayette to reveal a forgotten chapter of The Public Theater's own history. It is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom; a four-lane highway is planned for the heart of Washington Square; Carnegie Hall is designated for demolition; entire neighborhoods on the West Side are leveled to make room for a new "palace of art." And a young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds, and anger from the city's powerful elite as they continue their free Shakespeare productions in Central Park. From the creator of the most celebrated family plays of the last decade comes a drama about a different kind of family – one held together by the simple and incredibly complicated belief that the theater, and the city, belong to all of us.

A MY NAME IS... by Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup - TheaterLab
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

Choreographer Stefanie Nelson presents the NYC premiere of her work A MY NAME IS…, an exploration of memory and forgetting inspired by the choreographer’s personal encounter with a family member’s dementia. Employing a cast of four dancers and a multidisciplinary team of international collaborators, the work focuses on the phenomenon of gravity (both physical and metaphoric) as well as repetition and disappearance. Nelson builds a gestural vocabulary for the piece the same way as one’s language skills develop and disintegrate over time and uses it to reflect upon memory and forgetting, aging and loss. The special advisor for the project is David Shenk, a bestselling author of The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic. Developed in residency in Italy, the work features stop-motion video by Elisa D'Amico (Italy), original music by composers Sahand Rahbar (Iran/Canada) and Jonah Kreitner (US), with set and light design by Solomon Weisbard (US). Thursday, December 7, 8pm (special Benefit Gala performance) Friday, December 8, 8pm Saturday, December 9, 3pm and 8pm Sunday, December 10, 3pm

Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi - Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
Through December 10, 2017 - Upper East Side

Isaac Mizrahi narrates Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic as Brad Lubman conducts Ensemble Signal and a cast performs choreography by John Heginbotham, bringing the 30-minute story to life for the young and young at heart. For children 5 and up. Enter via the ramp at 88th St and 5th Ave.

La MaMa Exhibit: A Poster History of La MaMa's Downtown Community - Astor Place
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club is excited to announce 'A Poster History of La MaMa's Downtown Community' -- an upcoming exhibit that explores the history of the off-off-Broadway theatre movement through a selection of original posters from La MaMa's Archives. This exhibit documents the history of downtown theater, the changing aesthetic vernaculars of theatrical posters, and the transformation of print technologies over the past 55 years. It includes posters from every decade since La MaMa's founding in 1961, including the hand­-painted boards that announced La MaMa's inaugural season (1961­-1962) and the digital print created for the theater's 50th anniversary in 2011. Many of these materials are featured in Cindy Rosenthal's forthcoming book, Ellen Stewart Presents: Fifty Years of La Mama Experimental Theatre (University of Michigan Press, 2017). In conjunction with the exhibit, La MaMa will host a series of public programs, all of which are free and open to the public.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Peter & the Wolf - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Rotunda
Through December 10, 2017 - New York City

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic Peter & the Wolf, "a new holiday tradition," said The New York Times. Isaac Mizrahi directs, designs, and narrates Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classicas Brad Lubmanconducts Ensemble Signaland a cast performschoreography by John Heginbotham, bringing the 30-minutestory to life for the young and young at heart. Performances: Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 and 4pm; and Friday, December 8 at 6:30pm. For children 5 and up. Enter via the ramp at 88th Street and Fifth Avenue. "Isaac Mizrahi...(is) a natural story teller with musical instincts and vivacious wit." -The New York Times ABOUT PETER & THE WOLF In 1936, Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned to write a light-hearted piece for children that would introduce the instruments and sounds of the orchestra. He was given a libretto, but he didn't like it, so he came up with a new story. The music was completed in a week. Peter & the Wolf was the result, and it is a work still loved by children and adults. The story tells how Peter, against his grandfather's will, opens the park gate, ventures into the big green meadow, and ult... (read more)

Home - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Through December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

PHYSICAL THEATER By Geoff Sobelle Part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival Physical theater artist Geoff Sobelle (The Object Lesson, 2014 Next Wave) leads an ensemble of dancers and designers in a feat of impossible carpentry: raising a house onstage and making a home within it. Residents tumble through kitchens, beds, and baths in a spontaneous choreography of everyday life, as they move in, move out, clean up, burn down, sweep under, paint over, fence off, and move on. At once an enchanting experiment in collectivity and an affecting meditation on dwelling, HOME takes stock of all the stubborn forces that make a house a home. Scenic design by Steven Dufala Directed by Lee Sunday Evans Original music by Elvis Perkins Lighting design by Christopher Kuhl Sound design by Brandon Wolcott Costume design by Karen Young Illusion design by Steve Cuiffo Dramaturgy by Stefanie Sobelle Choreography by David Neumann Commissioned by BAM, New Zealand Festival, and Edinburgh International Festival. ON SALE DATES SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE Mon Jun 05 BAM members Mon Jun 19 General public SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE Mon Jul 24 BAM members Mon Aug 07 General public ... (read more)

Bread & Puppet's Domestic Insurrection Circus and Honey Let's Go Home Opera - Theater for the New City
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

Bread & Puppet showtimes at Theater for the New City (155 1st Ave NY NY) Tickets $18 Adult, $13 Student/Senior/Child Our Domestic Insurrection Circus fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/535913376742853/ 12/7 8pm 12/8 8pm 12/9 3pm & 8pm 12/10 3pm The Honey Let's Go Home Opera fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1577338685648094/ 12/14 8pm 12/15 8pm 12/16 3pm & 8pm 12/17 8pm [New York, NY] Bread and Puppet Theater returns to NYC this December 7-17 with two new shows, Our Domestic Insurrection Circus and The Honey Let's Go Home Opera. Directed by founder Peter Schumann, the shows hope to inspire the general public to create possibilitarian alternatives to our current political order. “Domestic insurrection is called for when the organs of public information are owned and manipulated by the same interests that own and manipulate the self-destructive economy”, says Schumann. “Domestic insurrection is the urgent response of citizens and residents to prevent imminent catastrophy.” The Domestic Insurrection Circus is 2017’s iteration of the large-scale political puppet circuses that Bread & Puppet has mounted each year since 1970. With brigh... (read more)

Dances Patrelle presents The Yorkville Nutcracker 2017 - The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

Dances Patrelle presents The Yorkville Nutcracker December 7-10, 2017 Dances Patrelle presents The Yorkville Nutcracker from December 7-10, 2017 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, E. 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, NYC. Performances: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm; Saturday at 2pm; and Sunday at 12pm and 5pm. Tickets are $65 (extended family, group, student and senior discounts available) and are available at www.dancespatrelle.org, by phone at 212-772-4448, or in person at The Kaye Playhouse Box Office.   This year marks the 22nd anniversary of The Yorkville Nutcracker, set in 1895, which includes lavish sets and costumes and takes the audience on a tour through Olde New York's most beloved landmarks, including a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace in the New York Botanical Garden, and skating in Central Park. The Yorkville Nutcracker provides an opportunity for young dancers to dance alongside professional artists. This year, Abi Stafford of New York City Ballet will be the Sugar Plum Fairy with Cavalier Stephen Hanna (former principal dancer, New York City Ballet), and Maximillien Baud and Therese Wendler will perfor... (read more)

A Goddessey - The Flea Theater
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

LAVA is a feminist acrobatic dance company. A Goddessey is a re-telling of the traditional “hero’s journey” as a feminist survival story using dance and acrobatics to narrate a quest for equality and empowerment. Featuring Choreography and Performance by LAVA: Efe Alibo, Hilary Melcher Chapman, Molly Chanoff, Lex Garnett, Sarah Dey Hirshan, Sarah East Johnson, and Lollo Romanski Conceived and Directed by Sarah East Johnson Original Music by DJ Tikka Masala Lighting Design by Alison May Costume Design by Claudia Brown Additional Music by Lee Free and Toshi Reagon

ONEOFUS: Jack & the Beanstalk [World Premiere] - Abron Arts Center
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

This holiday season is the time to experience a radical, joyful, uproarious family spectacle promoting equality in all forms. Written by disabled actor and writer Mat Fraser and directed by feminist art star Julie Atlas Muz, Jack & the Beanstalk brings tap-dancing animals, pie fights, cross-dressing characters and the most glittery of sets to the Lower East Side. This riotous all-ages morality tale brings together the whole family, taking part in the 300-year-old theatrical tradition of the panto. Now more than ever, New York City needs family theater that is inherently irreverent and lightly political—with good eventually triumphing over evil. Get ready to cheer the heroes, boo the villains and look out behind you!

ONEOFUS: Jack & the Beanstalk [World Premiere] - Abron Arts Center
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

This holiday season is the time to experience a radical, joyful, uproarious family spectacle promoting equality in all forms. Written by disabled actor and writer Mat Fraser and directed by feminist art star Julie Atlas Muz, Jack & the Beanstalk brings tap-dancing animals, pie fights, cross-dressing characters and the most glittery of sets to the Lower East Side. This riotous all-ages morality tale brings together the whole family, taking part in the 300-year-old theatrical tradition of the panto. Now more than ever, New York City needs family theater that is inherently irreverent and lightly political—with good eventually triumphing over evil. Get ready to cheer the heroes, boo the villains and look out behind you!

Tiny Beautiful Things - The Public Theater
Through December 11, 2017 - New York,

Following its critically-acclaimed and sold-out run last season, the uplifting and richly funny TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS returns to The Public's larger Newman Theater with Academy Award-nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) reprising the role of Sugar. Based on the best-selling book by author Cheryl Strayed (Wild), the play TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS was praised by The New York Times as "an ideal catharsis" and "handkerchief-soaking meditation on pain, loss, hope & forgiveness." Thousands of people wrote letters asking for advice from an anonymous online columnist named Sugar, who drew from her own life experiences to answer in a candid, often brutally honest exchange. It was later revealed that Sugar was Cheryl Strayed. Vardalos adapts the book, weaving together the real letters to explore the monstrous beauty, unfathomable dark and glimmering light which are at the heart of being human.

Next Stop: A Comedy of Misconnections - Broadway Comedy Club
Through December 14, 2017 - New York

NEXT STOP, an original comedy with live music about cultural misconnections and crossed boundaries. Hazan, a young "startup-ist", comes to New York to pitch his various business ideas. He meets Maya, a half-American trying to make it as a stage actress. We follow their respective pursuits in love and work in a city they think they know and a culture they think they understand. NEXT STOP stars Noga Milstein and Ben Perry who transition seamlessly between the roles of Maya and Hazan as well as a slew of other New Yorkers. Directed by acclaimed actress Mili Avital, NEXT STOP features a book by Noga Milstein and Avital, music by Yoni Bloch, lyrics by Barak Feldman, with additional music by Omri Angheland Ann Streichman. NEXT STOP is currently in performances at the Broadway Comedy Club (318 W 53rd Street) in the heart of Midtown NYC. An intimate cabaret setting, audience members are able to enjoy drinks and food from the bar at every performance.

The Brooklyn Nutcracker - Irondale Center
Through December 16, 2017 - Brooklyn

A re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience. The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn. Starting from the point of view of old Dutch Brooklyn and leading to the iconic Flatbush Avenue, the production is fresh and full of virtuosity—in essence, a moving Christmas card to the borough Brooklyn Ballet calls home. Performances run December 7-9, 11, & 13-16.

The Bench, A Homeless Love Story - The Cherry Lane Theatre
Through December 17, 2017 - NEW YORK

Based on true stories, The Bench, set in urban decay and rubble, explores the emotional heartbreak of five homeless characters and the catastrophic hysteria surrounding AIDs in the 1980’s. The sparse set is accented with hand-drawn imagery, from Daphne Arthur’s graphic novel adaptation of the play, and audio design is by world re-known composer and multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh. It’s a unique and fresh solo theatre piece wherein one actor plays five characters, written in dialogue form, not traditional ‘monologue black out, monologue black out’ traditional solo theatre form. NO Performances on November 5 and December 3 ADDED performance: Tuesday, December 5 at 7pm The show runs 65 minutes, no intermission.

Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? - Workshop Theater
Through December 17, 2017 - New York

STARTING 5 PRODUCTIONS presents Terrence McNally’s WHERE HAS TOMMY FLOWERS GONE?, directed by Laura Braza. Constructed as a series of vignettes, skits and brief incidents, the play portrays the life and attitude of one Tommy Flowers—irrepressible cut-up, determined freeloader and disenchanted rebel against society. In the course of his adventures he befriends a destitute old actor, acquires an oversized sheep dog (his best friend) and finds love with a beautiful music student (whom he meets in the ladies' room at Bloomingdale's). But as Tommy moves from scene to scene, his bright red shopping bag at the ready for pilfering, and his agile wit poised to hoodwink everyone in sight, we also glimpse the root causes of his alienation—his ailing, complaining mother back home; an unhappily married brother; a former girlfriend who has settled for a suffocating domesticity; and a venturing forth that has brought more rejection than acceptance. In the end, betrayed yet again, but still buoyantly defiant, Tommy devises his final rip-off—a bomb to blow him, and at least some small portion of a world he cannot accept, into oblivion. An Off-Broadway success, selected by Time Magazine as ... (read more)

AMP - HERE
Through December 19, 2017 - New York

Goode Productions (with Associate Producer Meredith Packer) will present the World Premiere of AMP, a solo horror piece written and performed by Jody Christopherson, directed by Isaac Byrne (The Other Mozart; In Vestments) at HERE (145 Avenue of the Americas, entrance on Dominick Street, one block south of Spring Street), December 5-19 with performances Tuesday, December 5 at 8:30pm, Wednesday, December 6 at 8:30pm, Thursday, December 7 at 8:30pm, Friday, December 8 at 8:30pm, Saturday, December 9 at 8:30pm, Sunday, December 10 at 4pm, Wednesday, December 13 at 8:30pm, Friday, December 15 at 8:30pm, Saturday, December 16 at 4pm, Sunday, December 17 at 4pm, and Tuesday, December 19 at 8:30pm. Tickets ($35) are available in advance at www.here.org or by calling 212-352-3101. AMP will run in rep with the World Premiere of Greencard Wedding. Both productions are part of SubletSeries@HERE: a curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support. AMP is a multi-media solo horror piece about scientist Luigi Galvani's discovery of animal electricity in 1790 and how it informed the creation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as well ... (read more)

Kanata - Park Avenue Armory
Through December 19, 2017 - NEW YORK

"Known as the alchemist of modern imagistic theatre, Robert Lepage is one of the most challenging and chimeric directors of our time." — The Guardian (UK) "The precision of the actors' technique [was] awe-inspiring…[it] helps open your senses to the complicated beauty of life's texture." — The New York Times on Le Théâtre du Soleil Versatile in every form of theater craft, Robert Lepage is equally talented as a director, playwright, and actor with a creative and original approach that has shaken the dogma of classical stage direction to its foundations. He melds his creative vision with the legendary theater ensemble Le Théâtre du Soleil, marking the first time that its founder Ariane Mnouchkine has invited an outside director to work with her troupe, for an epic new work commissioned by the Armory that explores the treatment of the indigenous people of Canada. This monumental theater piece takes audiences on a moving journey through unexpected and sometimes somber episodes of Canadian history from the beginning of the 19th century to modern times as told through an artistic lens. The large-scale trilogy examines the Huron tribe and their interactions with famed Shakes... (read more)

Hold These Truths - Sheen Center
Through December 20, 2017 - New York

Hang A Tale Theater Company (Producers Kim Martin-Cotten, Michael Arden Larson, and Jesse Liebman) will present a special engagement of Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths, a solo play inspired by the life of Gordon Hirabayashi, directed by Lisa Rothe (Science Fair: An Opera with Experiments at HERE), at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street), December 3-20 with performances on Mon 12/4, Wed 12/6, Thu 12/7, Fri 12/8, Tue 12/12, Wed 12/13, Thu 12/14, Fri 12/15, Mon 12/18, Tue 12/19, and Wed 12/20 at 7:30pm; Sun 12/3, Sat 12/9, and Sat 12/16 at 2pm & 7:30pm; Sun 12/10 and Sun 12/17 at 2pm. Tickets (20 seats at $29; 50 seats at $49; 10 seats at $59) are available for advance purchase at https://sheencenter.org/shows/holdthesetruths/ or by calling (212) 925-2812. The performance will run approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission. During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constituti... (read more)

Greencard Wedding - HERE
Through December 20, 2017 - New York

Goode Productions (with Associate Producer Meredith Packer) will present the World Premiere of Greencard Wedding, an indie rock musical written by Jody Christopherson co-directed by Morgan Zipf-Meister at HERE (145 Avenue of the Americas, entrance on Dominick Street, one block south of Spring Street), November 29 -December 20 with performances Wednesday, November 29 at 8:30pm, Thursday, November 30 at 8:30pm, Friday, December 1 at 8:30pm, Saturday, December 2 at 8:30pm, Sunday, December 3 at 4pm, Saturday, December 9 at 4pm, Tuesday, December 12 at 8:30pm, Thursday, December 14 at 8:30pm, Saturday, December 16 at 8:30pm, and Wednesday, December 20 at 8:30pm. Tickets ($35) are available in advance at www.here.org or by calling 212-352-3101. Greencard Wedding will run in rep with the World Premiere of Jody Christopherson’s AMP, directed by Isaac Byrne. Both productions are a part of SubletSeries@HERE: a curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support. Brooklyn 2012, where you can be whatever you want. . . until your visa expires. Inspired by a true, bittersweet love story of one band's artistic triumph via technology... (read more)

Room in India - Park Avenue Armory
Through December 20, 2017 - Upper East Side

What is the role of theater and art in a world dominated by terrorism and hostility? This is the central question at the heart of A Room in India ("Une chambre en Inde"), the latest epic by the matriarch of exploratory French theater Ariane Mnouchkine and her company Théâtre du Soleil. After astonishing Armory audiences with their two-part work exploring the end of the world LES ÉPHÉMÈRES in 2009, this visionary collective returns for the North American premiere of this landmark new work, following the adventures of a touring French theater company stranded in India without a director while the world around them falls into disarray. Performed by the 35 multinational actors in the company, this tour-de-force transcends Eastern and Western drama and features a special performance of Terukkuttu—a traditional form of theater practiced in South India. The production is an expansive affair, touching on pressing issues that societies around the globe are currently facing, from terrorism and religious extremism to climate change and gender equality. The end result is a manifesto of the power of theater to heal a community, as well as an exploration of how to talk about the chaos of a wo... (read more)

Elf the Musical - The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Through December 22, 2017 - Midtown

ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, who crawls into Santa's bag of gifts as a child and is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. Buddy grows up thinking he's an elf, but between his lousy toy-making abilities and enormous size, he begins to realize he's not like the others. With Santa's blessing, Buddy sets off on a whirlwind journey through New York City to find his birth father and learn about his past. With mayhem, mischief, and laughs-a-plenty, this fresh and funny holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Glass Guignol: The Brother and Sister Play - Mabou Mines Theater
Through December 23, 2017 - New York

Lee Breuer's "Glass Guignol" is scheduled to open the Mabou Mines Theater in the 122

Diaspora The Play - The Gym at Judson
Through December 23, 2017 - new york

"Diaspora" tells the story of a contemporary Birthright trip visiting Masada, a Roman-era fortress and tourist attraction in the desert of Israel. While examining their identities and relationships to Israel and Jewishness, the trip share the stage with a retelling of the infamous events that took place on Masada, almost two thousand years ago. As the two dramas mix and interact, staying on Masada grows more and more contentious and dangerous. A no-holds-barred, fresh, contemporary look at American Jewish youth, how they see themselves, and their relation to an ever-changing world.

Describe the Night - Linda Gross Theater
Through December 24, 2017 - Chelsea

In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk. Set in Russia over the course of 90 years, this thrilling and epic new play by Rajiv Joseph (Atlantic's Guards at the Taj, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth and conspiracy theories. "Joseph writes sly, funny dialogue laced with jolts of lyricism. He has a distinctive voice with mordant humor and adventurous tonal range!" – The Hollywood Reporter

The Sorceress - Museum of Jewish Heritage
Through December 25, 2017 - Battery Park City

By Avrom Goldfaden Directed by Motl Didner Music Direction by Zalmen Mlotek the Sorceress Will Be Presented as an Enhanced Reading as Part of Our Yiddish Theatre Restoration Project. Audiences Will Have the Exclusive Opportunity to See This Production on Stage with Costumes, Lights, and Projections for the First Time in over 80 Years. This 1879 Operetta by the “Father of Yiddish Theater” Was the First Yiddish Theater Piece Produced in America by Boris Thomashevsky—at the Age of 14. a Fairy-Tale-Like Story of an Innocent Young Heroine, Her Wicked Stepmother, Dashing Fiancé, an Itinerant Peddler, and a Local Witch Is Set to a Delightful Musical Score Full of Memorable Tunes. Yiddish with English and Russian Supertitles. National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage Has Been Working to Restore Lost Operettas for Its Own Productions, Opera Companies Around the World, and Posterity. the Restored Score of Di Kishefmakherin (The Sorceress) Includes Partial Arrangements Found in the Yivo Vilna Collection, Which Was Rescued from Destruction by the Famed Paper Brigade During the Nazi Occupation. the Orchestrations Date Back to 1916.

Sleep No More - McKittrick Hotel
Through December 30, 2017 - New York

"ONE OF THE MOST ENTERTAINING AND INVOLVING WORKS OF THEATER YOU'RE LIKELY TO SEE! IF YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF ADVENTURE, THIS IS THEATER YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS." "GRADE: A." "WICKEDLY WONDERFUL. A UNIQUE EVENING THAT ENGAGES ALL THE SENSES. A BRILLIANT PRODUCTION! TRANSFORMATIVE. AN UNUSUALLY ENLIGHTENING EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT."

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® - New York City Ballet
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Dreams come to life when Tschaikovsky's iconic melodies begin to play. As the clock chimes midnight, a brave young girl turns the tide in a battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice, and a blizzard of ballerinas reveal a wonderful world of confection. This holiday season, be swept away by the magic of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker ®, performed by the world-renowned New York City Ballet. The New York Times says, "Balanchine's classic production felt like coming home."

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Takes The Stage At New York City Center For Holiday Season - New York City Center
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the New York City Center stage November 29 – December 31, 2017 for its annual season that has become a joyous holiday tradition. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s extraordinary dancers will move audiences with the world premieres of Ailey dancer Jamar Roberts’ Members Don’t Get Weary and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Victoria. The season features new productions including Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s Shelter – for its 25th Ailey anniversary – and Talley Beatty’s Stack-Up, in celebration of his centennial. Other highlights include special live music performances of Revelations; an evening Celebrating the Men of Ailey; special programs of All Ailey, All Jazz, and All New; the Family Matinee Series with a post-performance Q&A with Ailey dancers, and a Season Finale on New Year’s Eve. Tickets starting at $29 are on sale at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix® at (212) 581-1212, or online at www.alvinailey.org or www.nycitycenter.org. Discounted tickets are available for Ailey Super Fans who purchase tickets for more than... (read more)

Annie - Paper Mill Playhouse
Through December 31, 2017 - Millburn

Leapin' Lizards! Your Favorite Redhead is Coming Home for the Holidays! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals just in time for the winter holidays! Annie is a worldwide phenomenon and winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The score features some of the greatest musical theater hits ever written, from the unforgettable "It's the Hard-Knock Life" and "Easy Street" to the anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts in her escape from an orphanage to the wondrous world of 1930s New York City. Along the way, she even befriends President Roosevelt and finds a home and family in the billionaire Oliver Warbucks for herself and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Annie is the perfect musical for the entire family!

THE DEAD, 1904 - The American Irish Historical Society
Through January 07, 2018 - New York

Kompot - Museum of Jewish Heritage
Through January 07, 2018 - Battery Park City

Kompot Is a Series of Interactive Get-Togethers for Russian-Jewish Families Including Music Performances, Hands-On Experiential Workshops, Storytelling and Theatre Performances for Families with Children Ages 2-8. Children Learn New Art Techniques, Create Original Works, and Enjoy Quality Family Time in This Exciting Installment of Our Signature Kompot Series. This Kompot Will Be Lead by the Incredible Masha Budnitsky, Who Is a Specialist in Early Childhood Development and Adventures! She Will Take Everyone on an Exciting Creative Ride Along with Some Musical Accompaniment from the Very Wild Sunny Side Social Club. *Kompot Is Made Possible with the Generous Support of Pj Library of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in Partnership with Genesis Philanthropy Group

Twelfth Night - Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center
Through May 27, 2018 - Brooklyn

By William Shakespeare Directed by Maria Aitken May 10-27, 2018 "If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On!" This Beloved Comedy Is an Engaging Mixture of Mischief, Unrequited Love and Gender Confusion—All Interwoven with Music and Some of Shakespeare's Most Beautiful Language. Shipwrecked in the Alluring Country of Illyria, Twins Viola and Sebastian Each Believe the Other Dead and Embark on Parallel Adventures of Mistaken Identity and Self-Discovery. Tony Nominee Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps) Directs This Co-Production of the Alumni of the Acting Company and Delaware's Resident Ensemble Players (Rep).

Haruki Murakami's Sleep - BAM Fisher
Through December 02, 2020 - Fort Greene

THEATER Adapted by Naomi Iizuka Directed and devised by Rachel Dickstein and Ripe Time Part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival "This is my 17th straight day without sleep." A Japanese housewife's mundane existence of chores and grocery shopping explodes when a haunting dream leads her to cast sleep aside, releasing her into a world of danger and the thrill of the unknown. Based on the 1994 short story by the beloved Japanese author Haruki Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle), this hypnotic physical theater piece by Brooklyn-based, Obie Award-winning company Ripe Time follows one woman beyond the bounds of society. Led by a powerhouse female creative team—including director Rachel Dickstein and playwright Naomi Iizuka—and featuring an original score performed live by NewBorn Trio, this playful and eerie journey takes audiences through a wakeful realm where bodies float, ghosts lurk, and daylight rules no longer apply.

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through December 31, 2020 -

DEAR EVAN HANSEN MUSICAL PRODUCTION REVIEW Dear Evan Hansen has surpassed Josh Groban as Broadway’s biggest new hit. With $1.1 million in its pockets, this musical is creating a huge buzz that is drawing ardent fans across the board. Its average ticket price of $141 remains one of the highest box office rates in its niche. This amazing hit was originally in book form and the creativity of Steven Levenson led to its seamless transition to a wave-making high school musical. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the musicals for Dear Evan Hansen. It is on track to be one of the most successful pieces of musical theater ever to originate in Washington. The plot is centered on the peculiar problem of communicating in a time where technology has made it easier to reach out to people. Evan Hansen is a friendless high school student who achieves Internet fame due to a misunderstanding he perpetuates in regards to his supposed closeness to another troubled classmate who committed suicide. The twists in the story line help to accentuate the challenges that the younger generation face in today’s world. The gripping effects of the story and the raw show of emotions make this story one of the ... (read more)

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