Top five Off and Off-Off shows
What to see beyond Broadway this fall.
Wed Sep 2 2009
Circle Mirror Transformation playwright Annie Baker
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Circle Mirror Transformation
Take five lonely weirdos in rural Vermont, put them in the world’s worst acting class and see what happens. That’s basically the premise of Annie Baker’s smart, sad, funny and totally unpredictable new comedy, the theatrical equivalent of mumblecore. Playwrights Horizons (212-279-4200, playwrightshorizons.org). Previews start Sept 24; opens Oct 13.
Lovers of Euro-style imagistic theater, take heart: Robert Lepage is back. Montreal’s master of breathtaking multimedia stage pictures rolls out an eight-hour epic about the human voice that traverses continents and generations. BAM Harvey Theater (718-636-4100 bam.org). Oct 3--11.
The Starry Messenger
Kenneth Lonergan, where have you been? The brilliant writer of Lobby Hero and This Is Our Youth (not to mention the indie film gem You Can Count on Me) has left us hanging for years. Now the New Group produces his seriocomic character study of a Hayden Planetarium worker (Matthew Broderick) trying to map the constellations of his life. New Group @ Theatre Row (212-279-4200 thenewgroup.org). Previews start Oct 24; opens Nov 16.
The Lily’s Revenge
Glamtastic drag icon Taylor Mac, five directors and a 40-plus ensemble spin a tale about a flower on a quest to become a man. This is where Noh meets anti-same-sex marriage rights. HERE Arts Center (212-352-3101, here.org). Oct 29--Nov 22.
Crime or Emergency
Sure, budgets are teensy Off-Off Broadway, but that’s not why Sibyl Kempson and Mike Iveson boiled down their 11-person play into “a rapturous, desperate and harried duet.” With the impish Iveson banging keyboard and manic waif Kempson tearing through multiple personalities, we see a method in their downsized madness. P.S. 122 (866-811-4111, ps122.org). Dec 4--20.
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