The Suitcase Under the Bed, at the Beckett at Theatre Row extended through September 30th 23rd, refers to the place where Mint Artistic Director, Jonathan Bank found the treasures on this bill of four one-act plays. Thanks to his exacting curation, the program has a cohesion of theme and sensibility.
It opens with Strange Birth, a charming love story, with the very charming Ellen Adair playing the housemaid Sara Meade, the object of Bill The Post’s (Aidan Redmond) affection. The other three plays–In The Cellar of My Friend and Holiday House, and finishing with The King of Spain’s Daughter— are all in fact love stories as well. Some are wry, some are winsome, all eccentric to a degree particular in a Teresa Deevy play.
The cast of seven (in addition to Adair and Redmond, Gina Costigan, Sarah Nicole Deaver, Cynthia Mace, Colin Ryan, and A.J. Shively– each in a variety of roles) deliver their diverse characterizations superbly. There are lovely musical interludes as well as Entr’acte poems to mark the transitions from one play to the next. The scenic designs by Vicki R. Davis serve each setting with small but well detailed changes.
Each story is carefully defined and delineated with care under Jonathan Bank’s splendid direction.
Through November 22nd at The Kraine Theater: The world premiere production from the team that brought us Bedbugs!!!of Paul Leschen and Fred Sauter, The Astronaut Love Show isa cosmic-centric tale of three love stories with a 1970s inspired-score. Andy Peterson is the music director and John De Los Santos directs, The Astronaut Love Show stars Amber Martin as Leslie Starvak, Mark Rinzel as Arvin Meissner, Samantha Stoltzfus as June Bernice McNealy, Nick DeMatteo in multiple roles, Injoy Fountain in multiple roles, and Ross McCorkell as Astronaut Bobby Olofsson, the cannibalized Berndt Brockhaus and Mormon missionary Kip Swanson.
Another earth-defying production is That Physics Show, an evening of scientific magic, created and performed by professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo at The Playroom Theater through January 2, 2016.
That Physics Showdemonstrates awesome feats of physics, from sound waves, density, fluid motion and momentum on to light waves and temperature. It’s not magic! It’s science.
Learn more at www.ThatPhysicsShow.com.
After a sold out run, That Physics Show, the production has moved to the 180-seat Elektra Theaterfor an open-ended engagement. Previews begin on Friday, February 26th and the Opening Night is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th. For more information, please visit www.ThatPhysicsShow.com.
December 1st at BRIC House, theater goes audio Playing on Air, a public radio show featuring recordings of select contemporary short American plays, returns to BRIC House for a third season of performances. Nine short plays by notable American playwrights (three per evening) will be (or have been) recorded live at BRIC House, downtown Brooklyn on October 20, 27 and December 7 at 7:30pm.
The live performances feature, among others, Willy Holtzman, Warren Leight and David Auburn, (December 1). Each play is followed by an interview with its playwright, director and cast. The evenings are moderated by Claudia Catania, Playing on Air’sfounder and producer.
Performers for the series have included Bobby Cannavale, Chris Cooper, Hope Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, John Leguizamo, Jane Krakowski, Audra McDonald, Debra Monk, Rosie Perez, Jerry Stiller, to name just a few. Over the years and its 17 recorded “sessions,” Playing on Air has produced plays by Lynn Nottage, Beth Henley, Christopher Durang, David Lindsay-Abaire and David Ives, to name a few of the playwrights represented.
On December 7th, the program will include The Wonderful Thanksgiving Violet by Max Baker, directed by Carrie Preston; 2 Dads by David Auburn, again featuring Bobby Cannavale along with Tony Shalhoub, directed by Claudia Weill, and The Press Conference by Jessica Dickey, directed by Judith Ivey and featuring Paul Thureen, Will Dagger, and Jay O. Sanders.
In related Bobby Cannavale news:
December 11-13, at The 52nd Street Project’s Five Angels Theater, Bobby Cannavale joins Edie Falco, Frank Wood and other accomplished actors to perform in Larger Than Life: The Supersized Plays, the Project’s Fall 2015 Playmaking show of plays written by kids.
The 52nd Street Project makes a difference in the lives of countless Hell’s Kitchen (Clinton) kids by pairing them with theater professionals who mentor them through the creation of original theater. Larger Than Life features the works of ten-year olds new to theater. The novice playwrights present their work to the public for the first time in this celebration of The 52nd Street Project.The kids writing the one-acts are Lauren Amador-Cruz, Lily Kuzminski, Ayman Musa, Bryanna Ohene Kari-Kari, Leonel Perez, Derek Rey, Selena Sanchez, Gage Simmons and Beyonce Thomas.
Through December 20th at Theatre Row’s Lion Theatre, Our Friends The Enemy is an inspiring story of the Christmas Truce on The Western Front in 1914. Not even a World War could undermine the morale of soldiers who wanted to celebrate a season of peace. Private James Boyce tells a very different kind of Christmas story, of how, on a frigid Christmas Eve of World War I, some British and German soldiers stopped their fighting and emerged from their trenches to spend Christmas together. They sang songs, exchanged gifts and even played a friendly game of soccer.