There is a long and storied tradition that links stage presentation with hyper-theatricality. The Noh theater of Japan is part of such a history. Masks, themes that involve predestined events, plots both complicated and ritualized are all part of the theatrical environment created in this genre of theater.
In 1955, the controversial author Yukio Mishima wrote Hanjo, based on a 14th Century Noh play by Motohiko Zeami. The SITI Company (co-founded by Anne Bogart) production of Hanjo, is presented in Japanese and English at the Japan Society on December 7th-9th as part of the NOH-NOW series.
Mishima’s Hanjo, directed by SITI’s co-artistic director, Leon Ingulsrud, is stripped of the extravagant presentation and modernized. In some ways, this simplified staging actually heightens the stylized other-worldliness of the play. Hanjo is a tale in which love leads a young woman deeper and deeper into insanity.
For tickets, and additional information, you may go online or visit the Japan Society at 333 East 47th Street.
As always, and as our standard preface for these listings, there’s a lot to do and see. New York City theater can keep a body very busy.
Listings for October-November and maybe even December 2017
How time flies? Is it almost the end of this year? Could Halloween be just a week away?
Women’s Project gave this a go in 2016, and it is being reprised at the Westside Theatre.
The cast in Stuffed, playing through February 18th, has changed, except for creator and star, Lisa Lampanelli, and under the same director, Jackson Gray, but it is still a very relateable comedy. You or someone you know has been on and off the diet wagon for a long time. Everyone of us has a relationship to food– love it or loathe it. Can this lead to funny circumstances? With Lisa Lampanelli giving voice to the issues, you bet it can.
Meanwhile, currently at Women’s Project Theatre, What We’re Up Against, a new dark comedy by Theresa Rebeck, playing from October 28th to November 26th, is directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, and features Skylar Astin, Marg Helgenberger, Jim Parrack, Krysta Rodriguez, and Damian Young.
John Patrick Shanley writes wry comedies based in realism with surreal twists. Examples include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, as well as Moonstruck, in which Cosmo’s moon overwhelmes the landscape and Cher’s Loretta tells Nicolas Cage’s Ronny Cammareri
that he’s a wolf who chewed off his own hand. His latest, The Portuguese Kid, at MTC at City Center Stage I through December 3rd, stars Jason Alexander as a lawyer beleaguered by family and clients.
Listings are only represent some of the presentations on NYC stages
Matthew Bourne has a new ballet, his first in many years, which is spending five days on the City Center mainstage, from October 26th through November 5th. There’s a rotating cast for The Red Shoes, and a suggestion that children over the age of 8 would enjoy it.
Speaking of the kiddies, take them to Symphony Space on the weekend with Just Kidding, a series of programs dedicated to events for children. This weekend, there is a Halloween fun day planned for Saturday, October 28th at 11am with Joanie Leeds who will lead the musical costume party. Check out the full schedule at the Just Kidding website.
On Saturday, November 4th, the Symphony Space program offers a new way to teach your little ones new languages. Future Hits, a Chicago rock group, brings their irrestible mix of song with learning to the Just Kidding series. One show only at 11a.m.
Zoe Kazan, actress, playwright, has written a new dystopian play, After the Blast, which is at LCT3 in the Claire Tow Theater through November 19th.
Tired of the dystopian world view? Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, about a girls’ soccer squad, is coming to L.C.’s Newhouse Theater beginning November 1st. The team are highly competitive but there is no end-world scenario here. The Wolves had its well-received premiere with Playwrights Realm last year.
John Leguizamo gives us lessons in Latin History for Morons, another Broadway transfer from the Public, to Studio 54 through February 4, 2018. (You may recall that Hamilton went this route….) Leguizamo was inspired by the ignorance of Latino history in his son’s school to create this primer. More information on Latin History for Morons can be found at its official webpage.
SOHO REP 2013-14 SEASON TO INCLUDE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF DAVID ADJMI’S MARIE ANTOINETTE AND WORLD PREMIERE OF BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS’ AN OCTOROON
Directed by Rebecca Taichman and Sarah Benson, Respectively,Shows are Among the Most Ambitious Soho Rep Has Ever Produced
SOHO REP 2013-14 PROGRAMMING
Soho Rep, with John Adrian Selzer, presents Marie Antoinette (New York Premiere) by David Adjmi Directed by Rebecca Taichman
October 9 – extended to November 24 Opening: October 20 Performance Schedule: Tues—Sun at 7:30p, Saturday at 3p
In association with American Repertory Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre
Soho Rep, In association with John Adrian Selzer, presents An Octoroon (World Premiere) by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Directed by Sarah Benson April – May, 2014 Soho Rep. (46 Walker Street, Manhattan) Tickets: Through Nov 3: $35 General / $50 Premium; Nov 5–17: $55 General / $75 Premium; Nov 19—24: $55 General / $80 Premium; $20 Student Rush; $30 General Rush; $0.99 Sunday, October 13, 27 sohorep.org; 212.352.3101
“Bleeding Love”, free staged readings of “a post-apocalyptic new musical comedy”, book byJason Schafer, music by Arthur Lafrentz Bacon, lyrics by Harris Doran, directed by Michael Bush, presented by Amas Musical Theatre as part of the Amas Musical Theatre Lab Series, on Tuesday, October 15th at 3pm and 7pm and Wednesday, October 16th at 1:00pm, at The Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street.
Legendary avant-garde performers Mink Stole and Penny Arcade are set to star in the first New York revival in 38 years of Tennessee Williams’s tender black comedy “The Mutilated.” Directed by Cosmin Chivu, the prodcution runs Nov 1-24 at the New Ohio Theater has extended to December 1.
This is the first production in 38 years of the play, which will now continue it’s run through December 1st in response to popular interest.
Penny Arcade, Male, Mink Stole in The Mutilated by Tennessee Williams, Photo by Cosmin Chivu
The Public Theater Extends the world premiere musical ‘Fun Home” to Sunday, November 17th.
Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Based on the Alison Bechdel Book
Directed by Sam Gold. Single tickets, starting at $81.50, can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555,
www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at Astor Place at 425 Lafayette Street.
Canal Park Playhouse offers theater off the beaten path. Yes, it is geographically all the way on the far end of Canal over by the Hudson River.
Canal Park Playhouse is also an unusual venue because of its quaint landmarked setting in an 1828 canal house.
Most importantly for theater lovers, though, is the mix of surprising programming to be found at this lovely little theater.
For instance, weekends from April 21st to May 13th, “Drew the Dramatic Fool” (Drew Richardson)
brings his comedic sadsack “bumbling” to the Matinee/Brunch series. On Friday evenings from April 20th to May 11th, Drew gives slapstick a distinct edge in a show called “Help! Help! I Know This Title Is Too Long, But Somebody’s Trying To Kill Me.”
The recently launched “Play readings in the back room” are hosted by playwrights Joe Roland and Emily Devoti. Beginning on June 20th and running through July 15th from Wednesday through Saturday, come hear Frank McGuiness’s “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me.”