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Marvin's Tip Sheet

May 1, 2016



May Day is the normal end of my tip sheets for the season.  I am soon off to Berlin for the annual Theatertreffen and by the time I return the season will be essentially over, except of course for the increasingly attractive summer festivals. Enjoy them, and the summer, and I will resume the tip sheets in September.

 Ibsen’s epic Peer Gynt will be offered by CSC May 11th thru June 26th.  Tix $75.  136 East 13th St.  Tel. 212-677-4210.

The final production of NYTW this season is Hadestown, a folk opera based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, running May 6th thru June 12th. Tix $89. 79 East 4th St.  Tel. 212-460-5475.

The Young Vic multimedia production of A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Benedict Andrews, is being offered at Saint Ann’s thru June 4th.  Tix $66. 45 Water Street, Brooklyn, Tel. 718-254-8779.

FREE productions of three new one-acts by Charles L. Mee called The Immortals: Matisse’s Self Portrait, Picasso’s Masterpiece, and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in May in Brooklyn.  May 11, Matisse’s Self Portrait and Picasso’s Masterpiece; May 21 and 22, Matisse’s Self Portrait plus Van Gogh’s Sunflowers; May 25 and 26, Picasso’s Masterpiece and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.  All free by reservation at http://bravenewworldrep.org.  At Glasshouse Lib in Williamsburg, 246 Union Ave., Brooklyn.

Discount tix available for the new musical by Jonathan Brielle, Himself and Nora, about James Joyce and Nora Barnacle,  $49 May 14th - June 12th and $59 June 14th to Sept. 1st with code SMTNORA.  Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane. Tel. 800-745-3000.

Cherchez la Femme, a new musical extravaganza set in NYC and the Caribbean in the 1980s, will be presented at La Mama May 20th thru June 5th. Tix. $35, students $30.  66 East 4th St.  Tel.  646-430-5374.

How can one resist the MCC show with the title A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City?  The author is Halley Feiffer and the show promises “some of the world’s most inappropriate jokes” in this clearly inappropriate location.  Discount tix $35 to $55 with code FUNNYTC. Performance begin May 19th.  Lucille Lortel Theatre, 12 Christopher St. Tel. 212-352-3101.

The Voyage Theatre Company is presenting Strindberg’s 1907 chamber play The Pelican May 5th thru May 14th at the Fourth Street Theatre.  Tix $18, students $12.   83 East 4th St.  http://voyagetheatercompany.org/current-season/.

Next up in the Red Bull Revelation Readings series is an Iranian version of Hamlet, in a dual-language production in English and Farsi.  Presented May 1st at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.  Tix $42.  121 Christoher Street.  Tel. 866-811-4111.

Giovanni Pacini’s long-lost opera Malvina di Scozia will receive its US premiere in two concert performances b Vertical Play Repertory May 11th and 13th.  Tix $35.  Christ and Saint Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69 St.  Tel. 800-838-3006.

David Hare’s 1998 Oscar Wilde play, The Judas Kiss, will receive its U.S. premiere  May 11th thru June 12th at BAM.  Tix $30 to $100.  30 Lafayette  Ave.  Tel. 718-636-4100.

Turn Me Loose, based on the career of Dick Gregory, will be presented at the Westside Theatre May 3rd thru July 3rd.  Tix. $49 and $55 with discount code TMLSMT49.  407 West 43 Street.  Tel. 212-947-8844.

Radiotheatre will present an Edgar Allan Poe festival, with reading of 16 of his most famous tales, presented by candlelight in the 160 year old St. John’s Sanctuary in Greenwich Village with orchestra and sound effects.  The first program, May 19th - 22nd consists of Ligeia, The Sphinx, Hop Frog, and The Fall of the House of Usher, and three subsequent programs carry the project thru to June 11th.  For a complete listing see www.radiotheatrenyc.com .   Tix $20.  81 Christopher St.  Tel. 212-868-4444.

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present the G & S Battle of the Sexes, Princess Ida May 21st and 22nd at the Skirball Center.  Tix $25-$95.  566 LaGuardia Place.  Tel. 212-998-4941.

Adam Rapp’s critically acclaimed Wolf in the River has returned to the Flea Theatre, where it will be performed thru May 15th.  Tix. $38.  41 White St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.

New Ohio and their neighbors IRT have developed a set of interwoven tales exploring the human body.  Body: Anatomies of Being will be presented thru May 21st. Tix $15 with code OPEN15. 154 Christopher St.  Tel. 212-675-6446.

Scandinavia House is presenting its final free reading from the contemporary Scandinavian theatre May 2nd.  This will be Patriarch, about a father of a family who returns to Finland after giving up a retirement in France. Written by Finnish author Juha Jokela.  58 Park Avenue. The Scandinavian American Theatre Company will be presenting a new play from Norway, Then Silence, at the Lion on Theatre Row in June.

The May offering of Project Shaw, presenting monthly Monday readings of Shaw’s works will be Caesar and Cleopatra, presented May 23rd at Symphony Space. Tix $35.  Broadway at 95 St. Tel. 212-864-5400.

Soho Rep’s timely Rap Guide to Climate Chaos runs thru June 12th. Tix $39 discounted to $23.50 with code CHAOS.  And at the same theatre, the Ragtag Theatre Company, that brought you The Commedia Rapunzel in the 2015 Fringe, returns with another commedia-inflected modernized fairy tale, The Commedia Cinderella, offered thru July 16th.  Tix $25 and $39, discounted 40% with code CIND.  15 Vandam St.  Tel. 212-691-1555.