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  • Christian Strange, Sadie Scott, Ruby Frankel, Zane Pais & Juliana Canfield in Sunday

    Unfortunately, Jack Thorne's Sunday, which has been commissioned by the Atlantic Theater Company and is currently playing the Linda Gross Theater, is high-jacked by its most obnoxious character, Milo (Zane Pais), and never recovers. A group of just college graduates gather for a monthly book group that narrator Alice (Ruby Frankel) describes as having "started as a post-ironic joke and continued as a post-ironic joke that we were post-ironic about being post-ironic." It devolves into an alcohol...

  • Adina Verson, Aadya Bedi & Purva Bedi in Wives

    Wives, by Jaclyn Backhaus, is both a serious and over-the-top crackling, comically directed (by Margot Bordelon) tour through history beginning in 16th century France with Catherine de' Medici, a dead husband and his live lover; jumping to Idaho in 1961 with a girl's night out with Hemingway's wives and a fish; leaping to the magic of Rajasthan, India in the 1920s under British rule and the power of everyone being a wife; and firmly landing in the present at Oxbridge University at a newly formed...

    Playwrights Horizons
  • Lois Robbins in L.O.V.E.R.

    Validation is a part of our every day, connecting us to our phones, our email, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat. We are linked to everyone we know and don't know, sharing who we are, or who we pretend we are, with the perfect picture of us and family, all smiles and joy, a depiction of our perfect life. We do this to feel validated, understood, and in a sense loved.L.O.V.E.R., currently running at Pershing Square Signature Center, is a production that validates a real life with its...

  • Kim Fischer, Susannah Flood, Samantha Mathis & Brad Heberlee in Make Believe

    As we grow up, do we lose our ability to make believe? Or do we merely get better at the nuances of pretending and master the skill of mirroring the way we believe ourselves to fit in the world?In Bess Wohl's Make Believe, now playing at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theater, the Conlee children face two tragedies, the departure of their mother under unknown circumstances and the death of a family member 32 years later, reuniting them.We get to see what has become of these children, how their quirks...

    Tony Kiser Theater
  • Andrew Polec and the Company of Bat Out of Hell: The Musical

    To determine if you will enjoy Bat Out of Hell, Jim Steinman's explosive musical that's blowing up the New York City Center stage for the next month, take this simple test. Does the simile, "We're glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife" give you A) goosebumps, or B) nausea? For a certain generation, that sweltering image, and the song that encompasses it ("Paradise by the Dashboard Light"), was the ultimate adolescent aspirational anthem, a jokey double-dare of sex and commitment aimed at...

    New York City Center
  • Jonathan Cake, Biko Eisen-Martin & Teagle F. Bougere in Coriolanus

    What kind of mothering raises the best servant to the people? Is it conditional or unconditional? This year's Public Theater presentation of Shakespeare in the Park delivers an examination of mothering for political success in Coriolanus at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, directed by Daniel Sullivan.Caius Martius (Jonathan Cake) is a mama's boy to mother Voluminia (Kate Burton). Sullivan has him so tied to the apron strings that Cake rarely touches his own wife, Virgilia (Nneka Okafor),...

  • Kaitlyn Black in #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment

    You simply can't go wrong choosing #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment for an entertaining night out at the theater. It's laugh-out-loud funny, it is absolutely like nothing you've ever seen before, and if you don't walk out of the theater gobsmacked by some of the statistics you've heard, well, I don't know how, but you managed to fall asleep while everyone else was laughing.Wait, what? Statistics you say? Why yes, statistics. #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment was created by Robyn Lynne Norris after...

  • Marsha Mason, Lauren O'Leary & Brenda Meaney in Little Gem

    In Little Gem at the Irish Repertory Theatre, three generations of the Neville family - grandmother, mother and daughter - stand on the the cusp of change. In a series of monologues delivered directly to the audience, each shares her unique perspective. They are three sides of one coin, who spin one tale of shared grief and hope.We meet the youngest Neville first. Amber (Lauren O'Leary) bursts with nervous energy and a line of fast talk that at times leaves one breathless. O'Leary endows Amber...

    Irish Repertory Theatre
  • Alex Hernandez & Sabina Zúñiga Varela in Mojada

    Once again, Luis Alfaro's genius is showcased in his ability to turn ancient Greek tragedy into compelling and timely modern theater with his latest offering at The Public Theater, Mojada. In this case, Euripides' Medea is the jumping off point for Alfaro as he morphs the Greek sorceress into a young Mexican wife and mother who crosses the border illegally with her husband, son and nurse. Mojada is a stunning glimpse into the circumstances of existence for those who choose the hell that is both...

    Public Theater
  • Kate del Castillo in the way she spoke

    It is is snowing in Juárez? It never snows in Juárez. Something is terribly wrong.Women are disappearing from the streets of Juárez. Some have never been found. Others have been discovered in ditches and behind dumpsters. The fallout from drug trafficking and gang battles has been a descent into lawlessness that has left the women of Mexico uniquely vulnerable to an extraordinary level of violence. Women's bodies are literally the battlefield across which gang wars are raging. In Audible's the...

    Minetta Lane Theatre