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Marvin's Tip Sheet

"Marvin’s Tip Sheet" is a bi-monthly publication about current productions in the New York City area. It is compiled by Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Performance, Comparative Literature, and Middle Eastern Studies.

September 15, 2017


Second Stage Theatre is presenting a revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Sept. 26th through Nov. 19th. Tix $78 to $119. 305 West 43rd St. Tel. 212-246-4422
The Players Theatre is offering a musical version of Frankenstein at the THML Theatre Company Sept. 29th through Dec. 12th.  Tix $42 to $62. On Oct 1st, tix discounted to $34 to $50 with code “showtix”. 115 MacDougal St. Tel. 866-811-4111.
Brian Friel’s The Home Place is being presented by the Irish Repertory Theatre Sept. 27th through Nov. 19th. Tix $50 to $70.  $20 off all preview performances from 9/27 to 10/7 with code “PREVIEW”, and $10 off all performances with code “EARLY” until 10/7.  132 West 22nd St. Tel. 212-727-2737.
Plays about tennis are not that common, but Roundabout, in partnership with the US Tennis Association, is presenting a drama of the US Open, The Last Match, Sept. 28th through December 24th. Tix $79. 111 West 46th Street. Tel. 212-719-1300
Desperate Measures, at the York Theatre Sept. 19th through Oct. 15th is a new country and Western musical loosely based on Measure for Measure and set in the 1890s American West. Tix $67.50.  619 Lexington Ave.  Tel. 212-935-5802.
Baryshnikov Arts Center’s new season begins Sept. 21st with two performances only of choreographer Dorothee Munyaneza from Rwanda with her piece Unwanted, dealing with rape as an instrument of war. Tix $25. 450 West 37th St. Tel. 866-811-4111.
Romance of the Western Chamber, a modern musical version of a beloved Chinese classic by Rubenstein and Lee is being presented at the TADA! Youth Theater through Oct. 1st (in English). Tix $27. 15 West 28th Street. Tel 212-252-1619.
Blank Out, a major new chamber opera with 3D film by Dutch director Michel van der Aa, will have its North American premiere at the Park Avenue Armory Sept. 21st to 17th. Tix $40 to $90. 643 Park Avenue. Tel. 212-249-5518.
George Kelly’s 1924 The Show-Off, a classic of the American comic stage, is being revived Sept. 21st through Oct. 21st by the Peccadillo Theater Company at St. Clements. Tix $49, reduced to $25 with code “PTC”. 423 West 46th St. Tel. 866-811-4111.
A major performance exploration of nudity and body politics is being offered by Mette Ingvartsen’s 7 Pleasures at the Skirball Center Sept. 29th and 30th. Tix $40. 588 LaGuardia Place. Tel. 212-992-8484.
The next offering at the Signature Theatre will be Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Jesus Hopped the A Train, presented Oct. 3rd through Nov. 12th. Tix $30. 480 West 42nd St.  Tel. 212-244-7529.
A new rap work, Syncing Ink, by Nsangou Njikam, will be presented at the Flea Theater Sept. 25th to Oct. 29th. Tix $15 to $55. 20 Thomas St. Tel 866-811-4111.
La MaMa kicks off its 56th season with a tribute to the legendary Spiderwoman Theatre on Sept. 19th. Tix $35 with $20 for the after-party. 74A East 4th St. Tel. 212-352-3101
The Death of the Moon, the new solo musical by Arnold Cohn, offers discount tix at $30 with code “DOTMBS30”. Through Oct. 8th at the Theater Center, 210 West 50th St. Tel 212-921-7862.
The Brooklyn based Caborca theatre is presenting a stage adaptation of Roberto BolaƱo’s Distant Star, dealing with the fascist uprising in Chile in 1973 now through Oct. 1st at the Abrons Art Center. Tix $25. 466 Grand Street. Tel 212-352-3101.
Mind on Heaven, a hybrid performance about memory and embodiment that is part documentary, part conjuring, and part performance art will be offered for FREE by the Axis Theatre Company through Sept. 24th.  Make reservations at  1 Sheridan Square. 212-807-9300.