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The ever sharp Stockard Channing plays a 1960s radical turned art historian in the Off Broadway debut of a 2009 play by England's Alexi Kaye Campbell; Hugh Dancy (Venus in Fur) costars in a dual role as her two adult sons, who resent being excluded from her life and recent memoir. Daniel Aukin directs for the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Young Scottish magician Scott Silven drops by the McKittrick Hotel for dinner, whiskey and light hocus-pocus in this elegant variation on dinner theater, which returns this fall after a sold-out run in 2017. Audience members are seated around a large table in what used to be the Heath restaurant, upstairs in the complex that also houses Sleep No More and Gallow Green. The story Silvan threads through his show is on the hokey side, and the magic is largely standard-issue mentalism. (There’s a lot of guessing what people have drawn on pads.) But it’s an enjoyable diversion overall; the intimate candlelit atmosphere, welcoming spirit and delicious food and drinks do the trick.
After many years, the sassy and clever puppet musical doesn’t show its age. Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s deft Sesame Street–esque novelty tunes about porn and racism still earn their laughs. Avenue Q remains a sly and winning piece of metamusical tomfoolery. Running time: 2hrs 15mins. One intermission.
Angelica Page, who played Sylvia Plath in 2007's Edge, now stars as poet, recluse and dash enthusiast Emily Dickinson in bioplay by James Melo. Ensemble for the Romantic Century's production, directed by Donald T. Saunders, also features live chamber music, as is the company's wont: pianist Max Barros, soprano Kristina Bachrach and a string quartet.
Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen) stars as a teenager who pops a pill to be popular in this sci-fi high school musical by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, based on a 2004 novel by Ned Vizzini. The cast album from the show's 2015 premiere in New Jersey has become an online sensation; now's your chance to see the show live. Stephen Brackett directs a cast that includes much of the 2015 cast as well as longtime Iconis associates Jason Tam and Jason SweetTooth Williams.
Daniel Alexander Jones (Duat) inhabits his longtime alter ego, Jomama Jones—or does she inhabit him?—in a high-concept musical evening that reflects on a shattered mirror of black history. Jomama is a paradigm of R&B-diva grandeur circa 1982, with impeccable posture and elocution that bespeak an old-school black-star dignity. Although the original "Afromystical" songs don’t always rise to the occasion, it’s a pleasure to bask in Jones’s sequined, oracular presence, especially when Jones allows us to see the pain and labor behind the all-but-impervious diva’s self-fashioning.
In this site-specific, interactive show, Paranormal History Productions stages a seance to revisit a crime that scandalized New York in the mid–19th century: the violent murder of dentist Harvey Burdell, allegedly at the hands of a young widow Emma Cunningham. Harold Heno and Elise Gainer direct a script by Gainer. The small audience meets before the show at the southwest corner of Astor Place and Lafayette Streets before moving to a mystery location in nearby Colonnade Row. (The $120 ticket includes a postshow walking tour of related sites of interest.)
Three deadpan blue-skinned men with extraterrestrial imaginations carry this tourist fave, a show as smart as it is ridiculous. They drum on open tubs of paint, creating splashes of color; they consume Twinkies and Cap'n Crunch; they engulf the audience in a roiling sea of toilet paper. For sheer weird, exuberant fun, it's hard to top this long-running treat. (Note: The playing schedule varies from week to week, with as many as four performances on some days and none on others.)
Mint Theater continues its commitment to underexposed plays by women with a revival of this early drama by Lillian Hellman (The Little Foxes), which ran for just a week on Broadway in 1936. The story concerns a factory-owning family upheaved by labor troubles in their Ohio town. J.R. Sullivan directs.
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