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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

October 15, 2019

The Tenth Annual White Lights Festival takes place at Lincoln Center October 19th through November 24th with a number of major events.  A Japanese bunraku group will present the classic Love Suicides at Sonezaki October 19th-22nd.  Tix $55-$100. Australia’s circus/dance/theatre company Circa will offer En Masse October 23rd-25th. Tix $25-$65. Richard III by the Druid Theater will be presented November 7th-23rd. Tix $35-$60. 70 Lincoln Center Plaza. Tel. 212-721-6500.
 
The 2019 NY International Fringe Festival will be spread out across all five boroughs in accord with its BYOB (Bring Your Own Venue) orientation this year. To check out the dozens of shows, listed by genre, go to the Fringe website: www.frngenyc.org. Just to list one important example: The Metropolitan Playhouse will host five productions in the festival in late October.  The first sends detectives Nick and Nora into the world of Chekov in the mashup The Thin Man in the Cherry Orchard, October 17th-20th.  Tix $15-$20. Other attractions include: You’ll Never Eat Lunch in this Town Again, based on the memoir of film producer Julia Phillips, October 23rd-27th.  Tix $18. K-Theater, an exposé of the Korean entertainment industry. October 25th-27th. Tix $15-$20. Pie Lessons, combining dessert with political scene. Free pie included. October 25th-27th. Tix $15-$25. Mistresses, an all-female cast introduces us to the real and alleged mistresses of the presidents. October 26th. Tix $30. 220 East 4th Street. Tel. 212-995-8410.
 
The Public is presenting an updated revival of Tony Kushner’s 1985 A Bright Room Called Day, October 29th through December 8th. Tix $65-$150. 425 Lafayette Street. Tel. 212-967-7555.
 
Power Strip by Sylvia Khoury, about a young Syrian refugee in Greece plays, at Lincoln Center, October 16th through November 17th.  Tix $30. 150 West 65 Street. Tel. 212-239-6200.
 
An immersive production of Miller’s The Crucible will be presented at the Connelly Theater November 8th through December 29th. Tix $59-$115. The more you pay the more immersed you get. 220 East 4th Street. Tel. 646-343-1584.
 
Kathleen Chalfant will represent Emily Dickinson's posthumous editor, Mabel Loomis Todd, in the one-woman piece, A Woman of the World, October 24th through November 17th at 59East59 Theatres. Tix $35. Tel. 646-892-7999.
 
MCC is offering a new musical, The Wrong Man, by Ross Golan, October 15th through November 17th. Tix $56-$132 (some onstage at $86). 511 West 52nd Street.  Tel. 646-506-9393.
 
The Scandinavian American Theatre Company begins its season with a reading of Kinder K, a Norwegian play about gene technology, October 19th at 3:00 p.m. Tix $10. Scandinavia House. 58 Park Avenue. Tel. 212-779-3587.
 
The Brick’s Bad Theatre Festival plays are not really bad in an artistic sense, but quirky and off- beat. There are 19 of them, from 5 to 20 minutes long and deal with everything from Frankenstein’s marriage problems, to curling and rezoning. For complete listing visit the Brick Theater website. October 16th-19th. Tix $20. 579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn. Tel.  866-811-4111.
 
In Apres le Deluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues, Scott Thomson updates material from The Kids, which is being shown at Soho Rep from October 21st to November 3rd.  Tix $45. 15 Vandam Street. Tel. 800-901-7173.
 
Linda Vista, Tracy Letts’ new play, produced by Steppenwolf, will be at Second Stage through November 10th.  Tix $59-$70 with discount code LVTMAN1. $30 tix for those 30 and under. 305 West 43rd Street. Tel. 212-541-4516.
 
Andy Bragen’s Notes on My Mother’s Decline is being presented by Play Company in Next Door at NYTW through October 27th. Tix $35, students $15 with code STU15. 70 East 4th Street. Tel. 460-5475.
 
SoHo Playhouse is presenting Henry Naylor’s Games, the untold story of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, through November 24th.  Tix $35-$65. 15 Vandam Street. Tel. 212-691-1555.
 
Deb Margolin’s Imagining Medoff is being revived at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row, October 17th through November 9th. Tix $52.25. 410 West 42nd Street. Tel. 212-279-4200.
 
The Second Woman is a 24-hour performance at BAM beginning 5 p.m. October 18th. In it, an actress performs the same scene 100 times opposite 100 different men—actors and non-actors.  Come and go as you wish. Tix $25 (grant re-entry). 30 Lafayette Avenue. Tel. 718-636-4100.
 
Commemorating the 400th anniversary of African slavery in the U.S., Unheard Voices is a monologue play dealing with those buried in Manhattan’s African Burial Ground. At the Sheen Center 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., October 15th and 16th. Tix $30. 18 Bleecker Street. Tel. 212-925-2812
 
Donald Cainer’s ever-evolving collection of musical stories, Jewish Chronicles, will be offered at the Soho Playhouse, October 17th through November 9th. Tix $39. 15 Vandam Street. Tel. 212-691-1555.
 
Fear, a new psychological thriller about the disappearance of a little girl, plays at the Lucille Lortel, October 19th-30th. Tix $35 with code FEARMANIA. 121 Christopher Street. Tel. 866-811-4111.
 
Loch na hEala, a contemporary Irish deconstruction of Swan Lake, will be presented at the BAM Harvey, October 15th-20th. Tix $35-$75. 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Tel. 718-636-4100.
 
Primary Stages begins its season with Clarence Coo’s On That Day in Amsterdam, dealing with the bonding of a Middle Eastern refugee with an American backpacker, October 29th through December 18th. Tix $82-$102. 38 Commerce Street. Tel. 866-811-4111.
 
The Day, a multi-genre exploration of the journey of life, involving music and dance, conceived by Lucina Childs, plays at the Joyce Theatre, October 22nd-27th. Tix &71-$101. 175 Eighth Avenue. Tel. 212-242-0800.
 
When It Happens to You, a drama about the aftereffects of a sexual assault, is playing at the Sheen Center through November 10th. Tix reduced to $50 and $60 with code TCENT. 18 Bleecker Street. Tel. 212-352-3101.
 
Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol is playing at the Irish Rep through November 10th. Tix $50 to $70, discounted to $40-$56 with code DUBLINCAROL20. 132 West 22nd Street. Tel. 212-277-2737.
 
Anna Deavere Smith's modern classic, Fires in the Mirror, performed by Benjamin Washington, will be offered at Signature, October 22nd through November 24th. Tix $35. 480 West 42nd Street. Tel. 212-244-7529.
 
Broadbend, Arkansas, a new musical by the Transport Group tracing three generations of an African-American family in the late 20th century, is playing at the Duke Theatre, October 25th through November 23rd. 229 West 42nd Street. Tel. 646-223-3010.
 
Wicked City Blues, a film noir murder-mystery musical, winner of the Ten Best Plays in Utah in 2018, is playing at the Actors Temple Theatre through October 29th. Tix $39-$59.50. 339 West 47th Street. Tel. 347-746-1773.
 
Return to the Forbidden Planet, combining sci-fi film, The Tempest, and rock and roll classic, will be given as a Red Bull benefit one night only, October 21st at Symphony Space. Tix $49-$300. Broadway at 95th Street. Tel. 212-352-3101.
 
Ars Nova presents Dr. Ride’s American Beach House, dealing with lesbian reactions to Dr. Sally Ride’s 1983 space flight, October 21st through November 23rd. Tix $35, reduced to $20 the first week with  code SPACE, then to $25 with code NASA. 27 Barrow Street. 511 West 54th Street. Tel. 212-352-3101.