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Theatre and Dance in New York City This Week - November 19-November 26

November 19, 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.

The Sarasota Ballet: Classical and New Voices - Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
November 19, 2017 - Upper East Side

American Ballet Theatre principal dancer and choreographer Marcelo Gomes, invited by director Iain Webb and executive director Joseph Volpe, recently performed with The Sarasota Ballet in Sir Frederick Ashton's rarely seen The Two Pigeons. After working with Gomes, Webb commissioned a new choreographic work from him. Exploring classical and new voices, Gomes performs highlights from The Two Pigeons and company dancers perform excerpts from the new commission prior to the premiere in Sarasota. With Webb, Gomes shares insight into his creative process during the development of this new work.

Gustafer Yellowgold - Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
November 19, 2017 - New York

Described by The New York Times as "Dr.Seuss Meets 'Yellow Submarine'," Grammy® nominated artist, Morgan Taylor will perform his one-of-a-kind, music and animation show to a hometown New York audience. Fresh from his appearance at WILCO's revered Solid Sound festival, Taylor will be featuring material from his new album "Brighter Side" alongside classic fan favorites. Taylor's funny and touching multimedia presentation about a little guy from the Sun who landed in the Minnesota woods has loads of adult crossover appeal, making Gustafer Yellowgold's show a truly all-ages experience.

Olate Dogs: America's Got Talent Season 7 Winners - St. George Theatre
November 19, 2017 - Staten Island

The Olate Dogs are the winning participants from Season 7 of America's Got Talent. Led by father Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate, the Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced act filled with doggie friendly and amazing pet tricks. The all-new LIVE theatrical show includes the infamous jumping rope, twirling spinning and fun-loving Olate Dogs made famous on America's Got Talent… but there's much more. With a doggy fashion show, a classic comedic routine by Richard Olate, music by Nicholas Olate and amazing cycling and juggling by his wife, the Olate Dogs show is fun for kids of all ages. While on tour, they spend much of their time supporting dog rescues and animal shelters, bringing awareness to the need for families to rescue and adopt stray dogs and pets. Ever since father and son took their 10 flipping, twirling dogs from the center ring of a circus to the stage where they won the TV competition America's Got Talent, people have been packing their performances and watching their films. The Olate Dogs use slides and jump ropes good as any playground expert. They fall into a conga line in perfect sync and perform flawless back flips. Richard Olate, son Nicholas... (read more)

Big Mouth: Pan-Asian Dance Festival - 92Y
November 19, 2017 - New York

Companies from China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan featuring Puluem Youn's monumental Woman on the Road, perform. Guest curated by Sin Ae Park. Friday 8 pm: Youn Puluem Project Group (Korea) – Woman on the Road and Memories of Sense_Space (premier) BK Dance Project (Korea) – Big Mouth Saturday 8 pm: Abarukas (Japan) – The Master (excerpt) JJbro (Korea) – Great man Chieh Hsiung (Taiwan) – Under the dining table Youn Puluem Project Group (Korea) – Woman on the Road Sunday 3 pm: JJ bro (Korea) – Great man Cross Move (Taiwan + China) – Cross move BK Dance Project (Korea) – Big Mouth Abarukas (Japan) – The Master (excerpt)

WILLIAMSBURG SALSA ORCHESTRA - Brooklyn Bowl
November 19, 2017 - Brooklyn

Brigadoon - New York City Center
Through November 19, 2017 - New York

Before My Fair Lady and Camelot there was Brigadoon, Lerner & Loewe's transcendent romantic fantasy about the past, the present, and what it means to (almost) be in love. The classic 1947 musical follows Tommy Albright (Steven Pasquale), a jaded New Yorker who stumbles into an idyllic Scottish town that only appears for one day every century. Tommy quickly becomes smitten with the headstrong Fiona MacLaren (Kelli O'Hara) and makes an enemy of the rebellious Harry Beaton (Robert Fairchild), bringing about a chain of events that could spell doom for the entire town. City Center is delighted to bring Brigadoon out of the Highland mists for its 70th anniversary, in a concert production directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. The November 15 performance of Brigadoon will be City Center's annual Gala, honoring City Center Board co-chair and Broadway producer Stacey Mindich. The Gala performance will be followed by dinner at The Plaza. For tables and ticket details, patrons should call 212.763.1205 or see the "Nov 15 Gala" tab above. Funds raised at all six performances of Brigadoon will allow City Center to make the performing arts accessible to the widest possible au... (read more)

Marjani Forté & Works : Memoirs of a… Unicorn - New York Live Arts
Through November 19, 2017 - New York

Member pre-sale starts on July 10th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 10. World Premiere Presented Off-site with The Collapsable Hole 155 Bank St New York, NY 10014 Marjani Forté-Saunders teams up with media designer Meena Murugesan, sound designer Everett Saunders, set designer Mimi Lien, lighting designer Tuce Yasak, and her own father as set builder, for a dynamic evening of storytelling that weaves historic and personal narratives into an embodied tale of fragmented loss, metaphysical warrior-ship, and abiding love. Memoirs of a… Unicorn will be presented at Collapsable Hole

Freight: the Five Incarnations of Abel Greene - Castillo Theater
Through November 19, 2017 - New York

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will present the Off-Broadway debut of "FREIGHT: the five incarnations of Abel Green" by Howard L. Craft, directed by Joseph Megel, starring J. Alphonse Nicholson, at Castillo Theater, 543 West 42nd Street. The play depicts an African American "Everyman" who exists in five dimensions of America's modern era. In each incarnation--as minstrel, cult leader, FBI informant, struggling actor and fallen mortgage broker--he is trapped between the American Dream and the American Nightmare. We witness the trials of a simple man trying to make decisions that will allow him to survive in what the great African-American poet Claude McKay called "this cultured hell that tests my youth." The piece was initially developed by Craft, Megel and Nicholson at StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was presented Off-off Broadway by StreetSigns/New Dog Productions at HERE in July and August, 2015, where it received glowing reviews and was a New York Times Critic's Pick. Woodie King's New Federal Theatre is now presenting the piece to share it with a wider audience,... (read more)

Meet the Otters - The Billie Holiday Theatre
Through November 19, 2017 - Brooklyn

Meet our family of otters – our very own swimming superstars! Watch the otters playing, foraging, feeding, swimming and grooming. You'll even be able to watch them sleeping in their specially designed holt, although this species of otter is more active during the day than some of the 13 other species found worldwide. Asian short-clawed otters are the smallest otters in the world and live well together in family groups, unlike most other otters which tend to be solitary. They often play games which helps their young to develop hunting skills. Otters are a good indication of clean water and healthy wetland habitats. As they are usually at the top of the food chain, if there are problems with wetlands the otter population declines. The UK's native European otter is a conservation success story. Fifty years ago the rivers of the UK suffered from pollution by organo-chlorine pesticides and as a result otters had disappeared from almost all of the country.

Blood - National Black Theater
Through November 19, 2017 - New York

written by Nambi E. Kelley directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke Blood by Nambi E. Kelley follows a dying Scipio as his estranged son visits, taking audiences on a journey spanning time and blood memory, as Scipio questions his existence as a Black revolutionary, a father, a man. Blood is directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke and runs November 15 to 19. ?

Jack Goes Boating - Paradise Factory
Through November 19, 2017 - New York

"In love you either sink or swim..." To continue our season's “The Empathy Initiative”, The Seeing Place presents Bob Glaudini’s touching and warmhearted play JACK GOES BOATING. Laced with cooking classes, swimming lessons, and a smorgasbord of illegal drugs, Jack Goes Boating is a story of date panic, marital meltdown, betrayal, and the prevailing grace of the human spirit.  Written by Bob Glaudini, this revival marks the 10th Anniversary of the play’s premiere, originally produced/directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at LAByrinth Theater. In Jack Goes Boating, Jack is a shy and awkward man who drives a limo and lives an unassuming life. His friend and co-worker, Clyde, and his wife Lucy, feel sorry for Jack and set him up on a blind date with Connie. Connie shares Jack's shyness and awkwardness, but through each other they seem to be able to find solace within themselves. Trouble might be brewing in paradise though, as Clyde and Lucy’s marriage stumbles just as Jack and Connie’s relationship grows. When the play premiered it received lavish praise, including Variety (“Witty and knowing and all heart”) and the NY Times (“An immensely likable play [that] exudes a wry compassion... (read more)

Lady Macbeth and Her Lover - The Director's Company
Through November 19, 2017 - New York

"LADY MACBETH AND HER LOVER", a new play by acclaimed playwright Richard Vetere ("One Shot One Kill"), and directed by Michelle Bossy runs from November 1st through November 19th at the The Directors Studio at The Directors Company (311 West 43rd Street -Suite 409). "LADY MACBETH AND HER LOVER" tells the tale of three women, whose lives are intertwined when two of them make a suicide pact, and one dies, while the other goes on to live a successful life. When the daughter of the dead woman connects with the survivor, she demands that she be her literary mentor. Inspired by the lives of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton and Elizabeth Bishop, "LADY MACBETH AND HER LOVER" is a psychological thriller that challenges and feeds the soul. The production stars Christy Escobar and Maja Wampuscyz and is directed by Michelle Bossy. Tickets are $25 and are now on sale online at www.smarttix.com or by phone at 212-868-4444.

2017 Martha Hill Awards Gala - Manhattan Penthouse
November 20, 2017 - New York

The Martha Hill Dance Fund is pleased to announce the 2017 Martha Hill Awards Gala, hosted by Martin Wechsler. The event will honor dance historian and archivist Norton Owen and dance educator Alice Teirstein with Lifetime Achievement Awards; and present Mid-Career Awards to choreographer Robert Garland and dance activist Denise Roberts Hurlin.

National Theatre Live: Follies - NYU Skirball
November 20, 2017 - New York

Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. New York, 1971. There's a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it's directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors). Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards, Sondheim's previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

Exiled in Africa - Lucky Jack's
November 20, 2017 - New York

The International Human Rights Art Festival presents "Exiled in Africa," featuring the poetry and work of exiled Zimbabwean poet, activist and magazine editor Mbizo Chirasha, as well as an introduction to ASODECOM, a grassroots community support organization in Burundi, particularly in the provinces of Ngozi, Bujumbura, Karusi and Kayanza. We will be speaking with both Mr. Chirasha and representatives of ASODECOM over the Internet during the evening. As Mr. Chirasha said in his note to the International Human Rights Art Festival: "I ran out of my country, my country of my birth on the 4th of February 2017 into Zambia and then South African, then Swaziland, then Lesotho and then to where I AM NOW. I became one other victim among other victims targeted by the overzealous, shameless, dictatorial Mugabe Regime." The evening will begin with a short video that Mr. Mbizo sent concerning his current situation, and then a reading about Mr. Mbizo's history and his poetry, by actor Jeorge Watson. After this introduction to his work, we are planning to speak with Mr. Chirasha via Internet hook-up, from his current location of exile. Apart from many other activities as a committed Zimbabwea... (read more)

Home for the Holidays, Red Roses Green Gold, Miss Saigon - The Shops at Columbus Circle
November 20, 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.

Building a Real Boy - Dixon Place
November 20, 2017 - New York City

Building a Real Boy is a multimedia theatrical telling of the life and work of computer activist Aaron Swartz who died tragically at the age of 26 while facing forty years in prison for downloading academic journals to share with the public. This show is devised from Aaron Swartz's writing, blog and journal entries, interviews with colleagues and friends. Building a Real Boy has been created collaboratively by a team of performers, directors, writers and designers and sheds light on critical issues surrounding freedom of information, and internet privacy, in addition to the power of youth in fighting oppressive political systems.

Pits! the Unauthorized Holes Musical - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
November 21, 2017 - New York

PITS: The Unauthorized Holes Musical is an original show that pays hilarious tribute to Louis Sachar's brilliant story while simultaneously celebrating the weirdness, passion, imagination, and innovation of our creative team. We've assembled an amazing cast of triple-threat superstars to create the musical we've all dreamt of since middle school.

Fast Forward - Dixon Place
November 21, 2017 - New York City

Choreographers working in all dance forms workshop 25 – 35 min pieces on a shared bill curated around the theme 'Challenges' with VISIONS Contemporary Ballet & Anthony Alterio

Your Love, Our Musical - Caveat
November 22, 2017 - New York

Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman bring their award-winning musical improv show Your Love, Our Musical back to Caveat this fall! Here's how it works: Rebecca and Evan interview a real couple from the audience and then turn their love story into a fully improvised musical. The New York Times says, "The premise sounds nearly impossible, but the execution is reliably brilliant," and Time Out New York adds, "4 Stars. From the moment Vigil and Kaufman burst onto the stage ... you know you're in good hands."

Kronos Quartet & Soo Yeon Lyuh - 92nd Street Y
November 22, 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

My Shot: Portraits from Hamilton - United Photo Industries
Through November 22, 2017 - Brooklyn

I'm young, scrappy and hungry and I'm not throwing away my shot!" — Alexander Hamilton, The Musical HAMILTON is a cast of revolutionaries. Night after night, this band of young rebels raise their voices to the darkness in an inspiring uprising of song and spirit. They are at once our history and our future, inciting rebellion and leading the way to change. Like the revolutionaries who embraced Alexander Hamilton's vision for a new America, the remarkable actors in these photographs embraced Lin-Manuel Miranda's vision for a new American musical. In doing so, they upended expectations and made us see things differently. I captured their portraits using antique cameras and lenses. To bring a richness and timeless beauty to these images, I chose to print them in classic silver gelatin, still the gold standard for black and white printing. All in an effort to echo, in a small way, what 'Hamilton the Musical' so brilliantly achieves in enlivening our own history in a way that makes it so relevant and present for us today. This is a time when history is being made in ways that our forefathers could never have imagined. It celebrates and reverberates this history eight times ... (read more)

Oscar D’León - Lehman Center for the Performing arts
November 25, 2017 - Bronx

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its spectacular 37th Season as it celebrates THE RETURN of Salsa Superstar Oscar D’León. Oscar D’León “EL GIGANTE DE LA SALSA” is back after two years to perform at La Casa de La Salsa Lehman Center with his unique swing, vibrant, and contagious on stage presence that will keep the crowd on its feet for hours. A skill at improvisation is combined with a highly textured vocal tone by Venezuela-born Oscar D’León. A top-ranked performer in his homeland and throughout the world. A joy for entertaining has been a constant thread throughout D’León’s career. Influenced by Cuban musicians including Beny Moré and la Sonora Mantacera and by New York-based Latin performers including Eddie Palmieri and Willie Colón he taught himself to play bass by listening and playing along to records. The red velvet curtains will rise for Oscar on Saturday, November 25, 2017, for a special and memorable night of his energetic hits: Lloraras, Mi Bajo y Yo, Detalles, Yo Quisiera, Sientate Ahi, Hechicera, Taboga, Calculadora and many more of his greatest hits that will make this an electrifying night to remember. This exclusive concert is anticipated to be a s... (read more)

Bazazz! A Sequined Variety - Don't Tell Mama NYC
November 25, 2017 - New York

-- Rick Skye, who won the 2017 MAC Award for “Best Impersonation,” opened Don’t Tell Mama’s new monthly variety show Bazaaz! A Sequined Variety last month to a sold-out audience and the media is buzzing. In New York magazine said, “There's a new sequined variety show in town that is a must see!” The show features Skye’s heralded impersonation as Liza Minnelli singing in his own voice and showcases award-winning impersonations, guest performers and Skye’s Kit Kat Boyz. Bazaaz! A Sequined Variety will next play on Saturday, November 25th at 8:00PM. Liz Smith said, “Save your Saturday nights every month, from now on. Why? Because down at New York’s famous Don’t Tell Mama cabaret, Rick Skye is the host with the most at Bazazz! A Sequined Variety. Skye’s impersonation of Minnelli is sensitive, boisterous and moving although ’impersonation’ is too banal a word for his affectionate, on-target work.” Skye is well-known in London and New York for having written and performed in a series of outrageously comic, award-winning shows including The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka, which earned him a Bistro Award, A Slice O’Minnelli and The War of the Mama Roses. His show Its Madame with an... (read more)

Trans* Voices Cabaret - The Duplex Cabaret Theatre
November 25, 2017 - New York

Join a cast of super-talented musical theater performers (who just happened to be transgender*!) from NYC, Boston, & Chicago for a night of frivolity and show stopping music that is bound to have you singing along and getting extra punches on your ally card! Trans* Voices Cabaret stars transmen, transwomen, and non-binary performers with credits at iconic venues like The Public Theater, Steppenwolf, Carnegie Hall, 54 Below, Joe's Pub & more that will knock your socks off and make you cheer not just for musical theater, but for trans visibility as well. Director Donnie Cianciotto (Sam in "Southern Comfort" at The Public Theater) says, "As more film & theater companies produce work with trans* and gender non-conforming characters, it's more important than ever to have those roles cast authentically. Too often we hear casting directors say that they just couldn't find any trans talent and Trans* Voices Cabaret is our chance to stand up and say, well, here we are!" Come celebrate the diversity of our amazing community, enjoy mind-blowing performance, and get your drink on with Trans* Voices Cabaret!

Wbab Presents the Machine - The Theatre at Westbury
November 25, 2017 - Westbury

This Performance Will Be Played in the Half Round. the Stage Will Not Rotate. This Performance Will Be Played to Sections B,C,D,E,F and G, Sections B and G Are Side Possible Obstructed View. No Seat in the Theatre Is More Than Sixty Feet from the Stage. 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!.

Romantic Trapezoid - Theatre Row’s Lion Theatre
Through November 25, 2017 - NEW YORK

Victor L. Cahn’s Romantic Trapezoid will get its world premiere directed by Alberto Bonilla at Theatre Row’s Lion Theatre. The show will begin performances on November 4, and open on November 8, running through November 25, 2017 at Theatre Row’s Lion Theatre (410 West 42 Street). Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. Melissa figures she has everything: a thriving career, a devoted partner (who never overstays his welcome), and the freedom to enjoy whatever and whomever else she wants. But when an unexpected visitor brings equally unexpected news, Melissa’s rollicking life turns into comic confusion, replete with surprising twists and a tantalizing resolution. Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday-Saturday at 8PM; Sunday Matinee at 3PM Running Time is 80 minutes.

Gary Austin's - the Classroom - The Pit Underground
November 26, 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 Very Electric Christmas - Queens Theatre
November 26, 2017 - Corona

Presented by Lightwire Theater In this wonderful story, Santa's helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird names Max and his family head South for the winter. Poor Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, and he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins when he encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and an evil Rat King. This delightful holiday production will make children wide-eyed with delight.

Broadway Matinee! Full Cabaret Show - don't tell mama
November 26, 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

Uncommon Sense - Sheen Center
Through November 26, 2017 - New York

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture is proud to present the New York premiere of Tectonic Theater Project's production of Uncommon Sense, a new play about living on the autism spectrum. Written by Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris and directed by Andy Paris under the artistic direction of Tectonic's founder, Moisés Kaufman. Uncommon Sense runs for five weeks only from October 25 to November 26. Inspired by true stories of people living on the autism spectrum, Uncommon Sense is a new play that delves into the mysteries of the brain. This multimedia play weaves together the four personal journeys of Dan, Jess, Moose, and Lali — as well as their families and friends — as it reveals our universal challenges with "difference," our desire to connect, and the lengths to which we go for the people we love. Uncommon Sense embraces all audiences, from those finally seeing their experiences reflected on the stage, to those peering into the autism world for the very first time. The shows November 11 at 2pm and November 19 at 3pm will be Relaxed Performances, intended to attract and accommodate individuals who may not be able to comply with traditional theater etiquette. At these per... (read more)

The Illustrious Blacks: Hyperbolic! - Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
Through November 30, 2017 - New York

Once upon a time in a galaxy not far away, there lived two kings. Each was the ruler of his own deliciously glorious planet. The first king, Manchildblack, was well known throughout the cosmos for his ethereal vocals, celestial sonics and earthy musical messages. The other king, Monstah Black, was a star in the solar system for his gravity defying performances, gender bending fashions and spacey disposition. One magical night, an inexplicable ultra-magnetic pull forced the two planets to collide. A technicolored explosion occurred, turning night into day, with a feast of aural and visual delights. It was then that the universe was changed forever. Manchildblack and Monstah Black united and became The Illustrious Blacks! The acclaimed duo fuse music, dance, theater & fashion as the main ingredients to expand minds, shake bootys and encourage all to be bold, be brave and be you! #LiveTheHypeLife

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing - Atlantic Theatre for Kids
Through November 30, 2017 - New York

Three young sisters are left in a forest by their woodcutter father and forced to find their own way in the world. From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made — one sister walks one way to find purpose, one the other to find adventure, and the third stays right where she is to create a home. Years later, having circumnavigated the globe and fought vikings, crossed oceans, tamed wilds, and achieved greatness, the three sisters meet again, as women. A moving and irresistibly charming modern-day fable for the whole family, recommended for ages 6 and up. "Atlantic for Kids – the family arm of the famed Atlantic Theater Company – consistently mounts some of the best children's shows in town!" – Mommy Poppins

Oedipus El Rey - The Public Theater
Through November 30, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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!

IAC Commissions: David Bolger/CoisCeim Dance Theatre - Irish Arts Center
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Uncle Ray is a new duet by David Bolger that reimagines the life and work of Ray Bolger, who was best known for his role as The Scarecrow in the MGM film The Wizard of Oz, and one of the greatest dancers of his generation.

IAC Commissions: United Fall/Emma Martin - Irish Arts Center
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Emma Martin, the creator of Dancehall, Tundra, and Dogs, and most recently the acclaimed choreographic sequence in Enda Walsh's Arlington, conceives a new work, Girl Song, a visceral and sometimes absurdist ode to the extraordinary details of an ordinary existence, in a fierce and multi-layered dance-theatre creation.

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

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).

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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