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Theatre and Dance in New York City This Week - January 13-January 20

January 13, 2019 - 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.

Theatre Event called "The Tragedy of the Election of the Citrus King" - Hudson Guild Theater
January 13, 2019 - New York

My short play (15 minutes), "The Tragedy of the Election of the Citrus King" will be performed as part of the New York Winterfest of New Plays. It's not a pure tragedy, nor a comedy. It's a true dialogue, written in Elizabethan-style English. A Citizen expresses fear and frustration at the election and a Trumpist steps up to express his side. Whether that appeals to you or makes you squirm, it is a device to encourage everybody in the audience to simply listen. We want the audience to come away with a sense of hope. It's up for 3 nights at the Hudson Guild Theatre (441 West 26th Street between 9th and 10th Aves.). Here's a link to the festival: Tickets can be purchased at the link below (the ticket includes all plays in that evening).

Malpaso Dance Company - The Joyce Theater
Through January 13, 2019 - New York

Malpaso Dance Company comes back to The Joyce with its dazzling, classically trained dancers in Tabula Rasa, a hard-driving work by choreographer Ohad Naharin, who recently traveled to Cuba to restage this rarely performed dance. Additional works from the company's growing repertory—which includes pieces by internationally recognized choreographers and promising Cuban talent—will round out the program.

Salsa (Open Level) - 92nd Street Y
January 14, 2019 - New York

Salsa dancing, with its high-energy music, is one of the most popular forms of social dancing in the world. Characterized by passion and sensuality, salsa dancing is a fusion of Latin American and Caribbean dance styles. This class combines the Beginner dance steps with new and exciting patterns that teach you how all of those moves and concepts might be pooled into one dynamic and exciting social dance! Classes are ongoing. Start dancing today with class cards. Class cards can be purchased for all classes even after they have started or are closed.

Call Me Madam - Museum of the City of New York
January 14, 2019 - New York

Broadway has long been political, even before Hamilton made headlines. Inspired by City Center's production of Call Me Madam, a political satire that follows a brassy ambassador for the fictional European nation of Lichtenberg, Garrett Eisler, critic and professor at The New School, sits down with Casey Hushion, director of Call Me Madam at City Center and John Weidman, musical theater librettist and writer, to talk about about how musicals, a seemingly innocuous genre, can be political. Featuring live performance! This is the first event in our series, Encores! Behind the Curtain @ MCNY. To view all the programs in the series, click here. Performances of Call Me Madam will be taking place at City Center from February 6-10, 2019. For more information, click here. About the Speakers: Casey Hushion is currently the associate director of The Prom, the resident director of Mean Girls, and the director of City Center's Call Me Madam. Other Broadway credits as associate/assistant director include Disney's Aladdin, Elf (2012, 2010), In The Heights (Broadway/National Tour), The Drowsy Chaperone (Broadway/National Tour/West End), To Be or Not To Be (Manhattan Theatre Club), and G... (read more)

Mikhail Bulgakov's Master and Margarita, or, The Devil Comes to Moscow - Pushkin Hall
Through January 19, 2019 - New York

This winter, acclaimed Russian director Aleksey Burago and The Russian Arts Theater and Studio is pleased to present an encore run of Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, Or, The Devil Comes to Moscow, a stage adaptation by Jean-Claude Van Itallie based on the cult masterpiece The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Written in secrecy during the darkest period of Stalin's reign, this cult masterpiece is part love story, part phantasmagoria, and part biting satire. On a hot spring day, the Devil pays a visit to Moscow. His retinue includes a naked witch, a fanged assassin, a vodka swigging black cat, and a slew of other dazzling characters who soon wreak havoc among the cultural elite. But the Devil's mission quickly becomes entangled with the fate of the Master - a tortured writer who has turned his back on his former life and taken refuge inside a lunatic asylum - and his lover, Margarita, who decides to sell her soul to save him.

Compañía Irene Rodríguez - The Joyce Theater
Through January 20, 2019 - New York

Praised as "intense" and "exacting" by The New York Times, with a vivacious ensemble that "has succeeded in positioning itself among the best of the Spanish genre in Cuba" (Granma, Cuba), Irene Rodriguez follows up her wildly successful 2016 Joyce debut with an exhilarating program of short works, Mas Que Flamenco.

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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