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Marvin's Tip Sheet

April  29, 2014

A real treat for those interested in 19th century American entertainment is promised by America-in-Play, which is offering May 3rd-18th A Time-Traveler’s Trip to Niagra, inspired by William Dunlap’s 1828 comedy, A Trip to Niagra.  At the Hudson Guild Theatre.  Tix $18, $12 for students.  441 West 26 Street.  Tel. 800-838-3006.
A most unusual theatre experience is being produced May 9th-17th by Collapsable Giraffe and 3-Legged Dog.  This is Jim Findlay’s Dream of the Red Chamber, a ”performance for a sleeping audience ” based on Cao Xueqin’s 18th century novel.  The endurance piece begins at 5 pm on May 9th, and 13th-16th and lasts until midnight, and on May 10th and 17th lasts until 6 a.m. the next morning.  Audiences are encouraged to drift in and out of sleep while watching, and to arrive, depart and return as they please.  The performance is free.   The venue is the historical Brill Building in Times Square, 16-19 Broadway. 
The Wooster Group, returning to the genre they pioneered in th 1981 Hula, is offering May 17th thru June 15th an evening of Shaker hymns, anthems and marches, Early Shaker Spirituals.  Tix $25.  The Performing Garage, 33 Wooster Street.  Tel. 800-838-3006.
May 1st to 4th the Noor Theatre will present a four-night event, The Myth Project, featuring three new plays inspired by Middle Eastern mythology.  2-3 shows each evening.  Three show passes $45.   Individual shows $18.  4th Street Theatre, 83 East 4th St.  Brown Paper Tickets.
Tom Stoppard’s Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth will be presented ten times only at the Wild project beginning May 2nd. Tix $25.   195 East Third St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.
A new work on the final days of Edgar Allen Poe, Red-eye to Havre de Grace is being presented at the New York theatre Workshop with discount tix if ordered before May 1st.  $25 for tix thru April 27th, $45 thru May 4th and $60 thru June 1st. Use code REBOXE.  Regular price $75.  79 East 4th St.  Tel. 212-460-5475.
The Vineyard Theatre is premiering a new play by Nicky Silver, Too Much Sun, thru June 22nd.  Tix $80, reduced to $63 with discount code TMSBBOX.  108 East 15 St.  Tel. 212-353-0303.
Among the interesting works upcoming at the Abrons arts center are a new 90 minute opera on the Wright brothers, Brother, Brother (May 2nd-4th) (Tix $20 or $15 for students) and The People L.E.S, an outdoor spectacle by Big Art Group May 9th-10th (free).  466 Grand Street.  Tel. 212-352-3101.
The Frog and Peach Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s King John thru May 11th.  Tix $17, reduced to $12 for seniors with discount code ELINOR or to students with code HUBERT.  West End Theater, 263 West 86th St.  Tel. 212-858-4444.
David Rudkin’s The Love Song of Alfred J. Hitchcock will be offered at 59E59 theatres May 1st-25th.  Tix $70, reduced to $40 on Sunday evenings.  Tel. 212-753-5959.
The American premiere of Holy Land, by Mohamed Kacimi, one of Algeria’s leading playwrights, is being presented at HERE thru May 10th.  145 6th Avenue.  Tix $18, but pay what you can April 30th and May 10th.  145  6th avenue.  Tel. 212-647-0202.
The New York Neo-Futurists are offering volume 2 of their inspired comedy The Complete and condensed Stage Direction of Eugene O’Neill thru May 11th. Tix $20 and $25.  At Theatre for the New City, 155 First Ave.  Tel. 212-868-4444.
In The Box, a Foundry Theatre production playing thru May 11th at Irondale in Brooklyn, Marcus Gardley offers a satirical fable on policing and prisons, following the iconic father and son prisoners Deadlust and Icarus across the generations.  Tix $30.  86 S. Oxford St.  Tel. 212-777-1444.
The August Strindberg Repertory is presenting To Damascus Part I thru May 11th at the Gene Frankel theatre.  Tix $18, students $12. Half price discount with code RETU9. 24 Bond Street.  Tel. 212-868-4444.  The company will also present an AEA showcase of Fred Crecca’s The Deadly Dance, an adaptation of Strindberg’s Dance of Death on April 23th, 30th and May 7th. 
William Inge’s rarely produced 1959 A Loss of Roses will be presented by La Femme Theatre and Peccadillo  at St. Clements May 8th thru June 7th.  Tix $20. 423 West 46 St.  Tel. 212-352-3101.
The Wooster Group 1977 Rumstick Road has been reconstructed on video by Elizabeth LeCompte and Ken Kobland and will be shown May 1st-7th at Anthology Film Archives.  Tix $10.  32 Second Ave.  Tix at Brown paper Bag Tickets. 
The Civilians are presenting a continent-hopping musical thriller on the climate crisis, The Great Immensity, at the Public, thru May 1st.  Tix $20. 425 Lafayette Street.  Tel. 212-279-4000.
Up next in the Encores! Series at City Center, Irma la Douce, May 7th-11th.  Mezz. center sides and balcony center $48 (reg. $60) with code THMENC3.  131 West 55 St.  Tel. 212-581-1212.
The Few, a new play by Davis McCallum (The Whale, Water by the spoonful) is playing at the Rattlestick thru June 8th.  Preview tix thru May 8th, $25 with code TCFew25.  Otherwise $55, students $10.  224 Waverly Place.  Tel. 866-811-4111.
Now in previews at the Roundabout is Just Jim Dale, an evening or reminiscences and turns by this legendary performer.  Thru June 29th at the Laura Pels Theatre.  Tix $79 111 West 46 Street.   Tel. 212-719-1300.
Two Yiddish cultural sponsored by CUNY and Folksbiene: A free staged reading April 24th of the 1944 Miracle in the Warsaw Ghetto by H. Levick.  Baruch Performing arts Center, 44 Lexington Ave.  Reservations required.  Tel. 646-312-5073.  Then on May 4th, Ghetto Tango, songs and music from the underground ghettos of Nazi-occupied Europe.  Tix $20.  36 Battery Place.  Tel. 646-437-4202.
Inventing Mary Martin. The “revue of a lifetime,”  is playing at the York Theatre thru May 18th.  Tix $67.50. 619 Lexington Ave.   Tel. 866-811-4111.
The City of Conversation, a new play by Anthony Giardina about gossip and intrigue in 1979 Washington, starring Jan Maxwell as a Georgetown doyenne, is now in previews, opening May 5th and running thru June 22nd.  Tix $77-$87.  150 West 65 St.  Tel. 212-239-6200.
Discount tix to the new version of Forbidden Broadway, $35 and $39,50 (regularly $79) with code FBBBX320.  Davenport Theatre, 354 West 45.  Tel. 212-947-8844.
Discount tix for McNally’s Mothers and Sons on Broadway for $37 to $99 with code MSTNBA2.  Golden Theatre, 252 West 45 St.  Tel. 212-947-8844.
Here Lies Love has returned to the Public, running thru May 14th.  A limited number of $40 day of performance rush tix are available on Tuesdays and Wednesday at 6:00pm.  Otherwise $139 (a rip-off in my opinion).  425 Lafayette.  Tel. 212-967-7555.