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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.

Prof. Carlson’s Tip Sheet

January 1, 2020 

Irondale follows up its memorable Galileo last season with a revival of another Brecht classic, The good Soul of Setzuan  January 29th - February 22nd.  Tix $35, students $25.  85 South Oxford St.  Brooklyn.  Tel. 866-811-4111.
Prototype, an annual festival of contemporary opera-theatre is running through January 19th at HERE.  Six different chamber opera and dance pieces are offered with tix from $35 to $75.  For details go to the Prototype website.  145 6th Ave.  Tel. 647-0251, ext. 1.
A collection of short Chekhov/Tolstoi Love Stories will be offered at the Mint theatre January 23rd - March 14th.  Tix $35-$65.  410 West 42 St.  Tel. 239-6300. 
Enda Walsh’s new rock musical Sing Street is playing at NYTW thru January 26th.  Tix $125.  79 East 4th St. Tel. 460-5475.
Scott Organ’s 17 Minutes, dealing with a Sheriff Deputy’s reaction to a school shooting, is being presented by the Barrow Group thru February 15th.  Preview tix (thru January 20th) $35, then $25-$45.  312 West 36 St, 3rd floor.  Tel. 760-2962.
The Labor of Life, by Hanoch Levin, Israel’s leading modern dramatist, will be performed in Yiddish (with English supertitles) January 17th - Jaunary 26th at the Feldman Studio.  Tix. $25.  315 West 39 St.  Tel. 1-800-838-3006.
The Origin Theatre company is presenting a festival of contemporary socially engaged Irish drama through February 3.  Eva O’Connor’s Maz and Bricks, on contemporary political protests, runs through February 2nd.  Tix $25-$38.50. 59 East 59 St.  Another sociopolitical study. by Seanie Sugrue, the 8th, runs thru January 18th at the Secret Theatre, 4402 23 St, Long Island City.  Tix $20.  Gina Nua’s Appropriate deals with matrimony in Ireland today and runs at the NY Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Ave. #3, Long Island City January 27th - February 3rd.  Tix $26.  Michell Mahon’s The Scourge, dealing with Alzheimer’s, runs January 22nd - February 2nd at Irish Rep. 132 West 22 St.  Tix $50.  Tel. 279-2400.
The Dublin Gate Theatre brings Yael Farber’s Hamlet to St. Ann’s Warehouse February 1st - March 8th.  Tix $75-$86.  45 Water St.  Brooklyn.  Tel 718-254-8779.
Discount tix available for drag legend Charles Busch’s new creation, The Confession of Lily Dare, running at Primary Stages thru March 5th.  Performances thru January 28th $45-$55, and for rest of run $55-$65 with code LILYCENTRAL (must purchase before Jan. 29).  38 Commerce St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.
WP Theatre is opening a provocative new social parable, Where We Stand January 31st - March 1th.  Tix. $39 and $59.  2162 Broadway at 76.  Tel. 765-1706.
Matthew Bourne’s international success, Swan Lake, will be presented at the City Center January 30th - February 9th.  Tix. $35-$150.  130 West 56 St.  tel.  581-1212.
Laura Linney presents the solo show My Name is Lucy Barton, from the novel by Elizabeth Stout at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre thru February 29th.  Tix $89-$179. 261 West 47 St.  Tel. 757-9117.
Patrick Timsit’s solo performance of Albert Cohen’s Book of My Mother, in French with English supertitles, will be presented at Alliance Francaise January 29th - January 30th.  Tix $35, students $25. 55 East 59 St.  Tel. 355-6100.
An all new Forbidden Broadway plays at the York Theatre January 15th - February 9th.  Tix $67.50-$72.50 discounted to $49 January 11th - January 19th with code Forbidden49 and to $55 for remainder of run with code Forbidden50.  Student tix $20, under 35 $25.  619 Lexington Ave. Tel. 935-5820.
Plasticity, a multimedia exploration of the collective unconscious and the latest neuroscience is playing at the Greenwich House Theater January 17th - February 17th.  Tix. $40, discounted to $30 with code plastic30. 27 Barrow St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.
How to Load a Musket, based on interviews with Revolutionary and Civil War reenactors, plays at 59 East 59 thru January  25th  Tix $25.  Tel. 646-892-7999.
Or, An Astronaut Play, follows four young would-be astronauts.  At the Tank thru January 26th.  Tix. $20-$30.   Also at The Tank, Devices of Torture, concerning the life and work for four dominatrices in New York, thru January 25th.  Tix $20-$30.   312 West 36 St, 1st floor.   Tel.  563-6269.
Marcella Murray and David Neumann use live video, dance and performance in a talk show format to discuss race, space and time in Distance Smaller than these are not Confirmed at the Abrons Arts Center January 15th - January 25th.  Tix $21.  466 Grand St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.
Red Bull’s revelation reading series presents Thomas Middleton’s dark 1657 social satire Women Beware Women.  Tix.  $47. 121 Chistopher St. Tel. 352-3101.
Packrat is a multimedia puppet production inspired by the classic novel Watership Down.  At Dixon Place January 31st - February 14th. Tix $19 in advance, $22 at door.  161A Chrystie St.  Tel. 219-0736.
Also at the Abrons, the second annual Chinese Lunar new Year Celebration—Year of the Metal Rat on January 18th at 4:220 with live performance, DJ sets and more.  Free with RSVP at the theatre website.
Project Shaw 2020 presents a staged reading of Major Barbara on January 20th at Symphony Space.  Tix $40.  2537 Broadway at 95th.  Tel 864-5400.
Border People, a solo show by Dan Hoyle based on interviews with all sorts of crossers of our Northern and Southern borders, plays at ART/New York Space January 25th - February 23rd.  Tix $30.  502 West 53 St.  Tel. 866-8114111.
New stage adaptations of the classic Gothic novels Dracula and Frankenstin alternate at CSC January 16th - March 8th.  Discount tix $56 thru February 15th, then $66 with code GOTHICTM. 
Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s Celebration will receive a York Legacy staged reading January 27th.  Tix. $50.  York Theatre, 619 Lexington.  Tel. 935-5820.
A new musical, Darling Grenadine, makes its debut at Roundabout underground January 16th - March 15th.  All seats $30.   111 West 46 St.  Tel. 719-1300.
A variety of late January performances at LaMama.  The intimate immersive group Beton Ltd presents their fifth creation, Ich kann nicht anders January 16th - January19th. Tix $25, students $20.  From Warsaw Poland comes the camp autobiography Cezary Goes to War also January 16th - January 19th. Tix $26, students $21.  Lilac Co. returns January 17th - January 19th with their September success Magic Agency Chapter 4: Brot-Tox.  Tix $20, students $15.  Famed puppetmaker Theodora Skipitares presents a multi-disciplinary spectacle, The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker January 23rd - February 2nd.  Tix $25, students $20.   66 East 4th St.  Tel. 352-3101.
Rick Miller’s Boom is a solo performance documenting the music, culture and politics that shaped the Baby Boomers (1945-1969). Thru February 23rd.  Tix $55-$70. 59 East 59.  Tel. 646-892-7999.
The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers present a Concert performance January 24th - February 2th at the Theatre for the New City.  Tix $15.  155 First Ave.  Tell 800-838-3006.
Blackfriars and Storm Theatre offer the premiere of a new coming home drama, Sister Calling My Name by Buzz McLaughlin January 24th - February 16th at the Sheen Center.  Tix $35 (discounted to $25 if ordered before Jan. 24 with code EARL25).  Also at the Center, TheaterWorks USA’s Warriors Don’t Cry  about a teen social activist, plays Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.  Tix. $12.50 to $20. 18 Bleecker St.  Tel. 825-2812.
Bloodshot, a pulp-inspired psychocaper, plays at Target Margin Jan 23 thru Feb. 1.  Tix $25.  232 532 St.  Brooklyn.  Tel. 866-811-4111.