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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.


May 14, 2018


A.R. Gurney’s charmingly metatheatrical The Fourth Wall is being revived by TBTB May 26th thru June 23rd at the Gural Theatre.  Preview tix (before June 6th) $29 with code 4WIH1, $39 after opening with code 4WIH2.  502 West 53rd St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.


The popular West musical version of Measure for Measure, Desperate Measures is re-opening at New World Stages May 30th and running into September.  Tix discounted to $49 and $59 with code DPBWYS418.  340 West 50th St.  Tel. 212-947-8844.


New Ohio is offering a solo piece, Saved Again and By Him drawn from the autobiography of a woman who lived among the Sioux Indians during 1862 Dakota uprising in Minnesota.  May 23rd thru June 2nd.  Tix. $20 with code 1 TIME.  154 Christopher St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.


In preparation for an opening in London’s West End, Anna Deavere Smith will give three performances only of her school to prison piece, Notes from the Field at the Schimmel Center June 1st and 2nd.  Tix $39-$69, but 20% off with discount code TMAIA 20.  3 Spruce St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.


Time’s Journey Through a Room, the newest work by Japanese dramatist Toshiki Okada, will be presented thru June 10th at A.R.T.  Tix $35. 502 West 53rd St.  Tel.  866-811-4111.


Sachiyo Takahashi’s Sheep #1, based on Saint-Exupery and performed in Microscopic Live Cinema Theatre with small manipulated characters will be presented at The Tank, thru May 20th (dramaturg Peter Eckersall).  Tix $20.  312 West 36th. Tel. 212-563-6269.


Previews begin May 30th for Little Rock, the story of the black protest of the Little Rock Nine.  Tix. $48-$79 with code LRSMART.  At the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St.  Tel 212-925-2812.


Sixteen new one-acts will be presented in the Riant Theatre’s 31st annual Strawberry Festival May 16th thru May 27th.  Tix $25. For complete listing go to the Riant Theatre website. 244 West 54th St.  12th floor.  Tel. 646-623-3488.


Penny Arcade’s retrospective of 80s and 90s material, Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! Will be presented performance Space 122 May 17th, 18th and 19th.  Tix $25, students $20.  150 First Ave. Tel 212-477-5829.


Theodora Skipitares combines Lora and police violence in her pop-up There’s Blood at the Wedding at La mama May 17th thru June 3rd.  Tix $24, $20 for students and seniors.  66 East 4th St.  Tel.  212-352-3101.


Hanoch Levin’s classic The Labor of Life will be presented for the first time in Yiddish by the New Yiddish Rep May 23rd-27th at the 14th Street Y.  Tix $25.  344 East 14th St.  Tel. 646-395-4210.


Target Margin Theatre continues its exploration of the 1001 Nights with a Sindbad Lab, a performance festival running from May 31st thru June 22nd dismantling and rebuilding the Sindbad tales from that classic work.  Four different experimental, devised, and multimedia performances and installations.  For details consult the TM website.  $20 to each production or $60 for a pass to all four.  232 52nd St., Brooklyn.  Tel. 866-811-4111.


A free program of short plays on caregiving written and performed by PSC-CUNY members involved with caregiving, will be presents at the Elebash Recital Hall of the CUNY Graduate Center May 22nd at 7:00.  365 Fifth Ave.  Tel. 212-817-2005.

The Ensemble for the Romantic Century brings its combined music and theatre performance approach to Tchaikovsky in None But the Lonely Heart May 17th thru June 17th.  Tix $70.  Pershing Square Theatre, 480 West 42nd St.  Tel. 212-279-4200.