Lynn Nottage's heartbreaking 2003 drama, about a Black seamstress in turn-of-the-20th-century New York and her pen-pal suitor in Panama, gets expanded into a chamber opera with music by Ricky Ian Gordon and a libretto by Nottage herself. Lincoln Center Theater resident director Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) directs, and Dianne McIntyre choreographs; the central role of Esther is played by classical soprano Kearstin Piper Brown (or Chabrelle Williams at the Wednesday and Saturday matinees).
If all goes according to plan, many new Broadway shows will open this spring. But as theater continues to cautiously return from its long pandemic intermission, a lot of the most exciting new work continues to be found in the smaller Off Broadway venues. Along with returning productions like Sleep No More and the Wooster Group's The Mother, the 2022 spring Off Broadway season includes dozens of very promising new productions, including several that have been waiting two years to take the stage. We've sorted through them to select 30 that seem especially interesting. Here, in chronological order, is our 2022 Off Broadway spring preview.
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