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Upcoming Shows at off-Broadway's Theatre Row

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As we welcome in the New Year, we take a quick look at what's coming up at Theatre Row on 42nd Street. With a total of 5 theatre spaces, the venue offers one of off-Broadway's most eclectic programmes, catering to a diverse range of theatrical tastes. Here are three shows arriving shortly at Theatre Row's Acorn, Clurman and Lion Theatres:

C.S. Lewis OnstageJonah and OttoIncident at Hidden Temple


With a 199 seat capacity, the largest space at Theatre Row will welcome Max McLean to its stage next month. Fellowship for Performing Arts, Inc. presents C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert, which officially opens on 2 March 2017, following previews from 8 February, and plays a limited engagement through to 2 April 2017.

Synopsis: "C.S. Lewis' journey from skeptic to the most influential Christian intellectual of the 20th Century. Max McLean brings to life one of the most engaging personalities of our age and takes audiences on C.S. Lewis' fascinating theatrical journey from atheism to Christianity. Adapted exclusively from Lewis' writings, McLean inhabits Lewis from the death of his mother, his estranged relationship with his father and the experiences that led him from vigorous debunker to the most vibrant and influential Christian intellectual of the 20th Century."

This one-man show is adapted for the stage and directed by McLean himself, with co-direction by Ken Denison. The creative team features scenic design by Kelly James Tighe, costume design by Michael Bevins, lighting design by Geoffrey D. Fishburn, original music and sound design by John Gromada, and voice coaching by Claudia Hill.


Lost Tribe Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films presents Jonah and Otto, written by Robert Holman and directed by Geraldine Hughes.

Synopsis: "In 2003, Jonah is 26, Otto, 62 two men different in every way. But not everything is what it seems when their lives collide one summer's night in a mysterious walled garden on the south coast of England. As their stories of love and loss unravel in front of us and memories of the past unturned come to light, on parting, neither can be the same again. Jonah and Otto is a deeply humane, funny and ultimately haunting exploration of what it is to be alive."

Previews begin on 1 February 2017, before an official opening on 8 February and a limited engagement through to 25 February 2017.

The cast of Jonah and Otto includes Sean Gormley and Rupert Simonian.

The creative team also features scenic design by Ann Beyersdorfer, costume design by Katie Sue Nicklos, lighting design by Kate Bashore, and sound design by Ian Wehrle.


Pan Asian Repertory Theatre returns to Theatre Row this month with Incident at Hidden Temple, written by Damon Chua and directed by Kaipo Schwab.

Performed in English, the production begins previews on 21 January 2017, before an official opening on 26 January and a limited engagement through to 12 February 2017.

Synopsis: "China 1943: A new mystery with the American Flying Tigers, a budding romance, an unsolved murder - 3 Chinese women cross paths in a secret quest."

The cast of Incident at Hidden Temple includes James Henry Doan, Rosanne Ma, Nick Ryan, Ying Ying Li, Tim Liu, Jonathan Miles and Briana Sakamoto.

The creative team features scenic design by Sheryl Liu, costume design by Hahnji Jang, lighting design by Pamela Kupper, sound design by Ian Wehrle, and stage combat choreography by Michael G. Chin.


Newsical The MusicalThe Marvelous WonderettesNaked Boys Singing!

The 99-seat venue continues its crowd-pleasing repetoire of Newsical The Musical, The Marvellous Wonderettes and Naked Boys Singing!, which alternate in the space and are all booking through to early July 2017.


Max von EssenYours Unfaithfully
Max von Essen

Currently playing in this 99-seat venue is the Mint Theater Company's world premiere production of Miles Malleson 1933 "un-romantic" comedy Yours Unfaithfully, directed by Jonathan Bank, which began previews on 27 December 2016 and will officially open on 26 January, playing a limited engagement through to 18 February 2017.

Although published back in 1933, the play was never produced.

Synopsis: "Yours Unfaithfully is an insightful, intelligent and exceptionally intimate peek behind the closed doors of an open marriage. Stephen and Anne, blissfully happy for eight years, are committed to living up to their ideals. When Stephen, a writer who isn't writing, begins to sink into a funk of unproductive moodiness, Anne encourages him to seek out a fresh spark. Can their marriage survive uncompromising generosity, sacrifice and love?"

The cast of Yours Unfaithfully includes (in alphabetical order) Todd Cerveris, Mikaela Izquierdo, Elisabeth Gray, John Hutton and Tony nominee Max von Essen.

Theatre Row also hosts a smaller 55-seat venue known as the STUDIO THEATRE to house smaller scale productions.

- by Tom Millward

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