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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.

February 15, 2018


The new Performance Space New York is celebrating the opening of their new house with a FREE Avant-Garde-Arama on Sunday, February 18th, featuring many of the great East Village artists who have performed in this building, including Carmelita Tropicana, Holly Hughes, John Kelly, John Zorn, Penny Arcade and many, many more.  First come first served.  Performances and open house 6 pm-9pm, dance party 9pm-1 am.  150 First Avenue. Tel. 212-477-5829.


A new play by David Rabe, featuring F. Murray Abraham, Good for Otto, set in a mental health center, is being offered by The New Group, February 29th through April 1st.  Tix $85-$125.  480 West 42nd St.  Tel. 212-279-4200.


A Letter to Harvey Milk: The Musical will be presented on Theatre Row, February 21st through May 13th.  Tix $79, reduced with discount code TRHMTM35 to $35 up to March 5th, $49 after.  410 West 42nd St.  Tel. 212-947-8444.


Chekhov’s Platanov is being presented by Blessed Unrest and the New Ohio, February 17th through March 18th.  Tix $25, discounted (before February 26th) to $18 with code WORM.  Also, note the National Ubu Roi bake-off, celebrated at the New Ohio and across the nation on February 19th.  Paula Vogel has called for an international program of improvised theatre commenting on our current national crisis.  Free, but reservations recommended.  154 Christopher Street.  Tel. 866-811-4111.


Three Wise Guys, a new comedy based on the stories of Damon Runyon, will be offered at the Beckett Theatre, February 28th through April 14th.  Tix $65 discounted to $33.25 through March 10th with code TRWGXP, and to $49.25 after March 13th with code TRWGTC.  410 West 42nd St.  Tel. 212-947-8844.


A new venue, North of History, combining art museum and performance space is opening literally “north” of the Museum of Natural History, at 445 Columbus Ave and 81st St.  The inaugural production is Emily Mann’s Having Our Say, the story of the Delany Sisters over 100 years,  February 16th through March 5th.  Tix. $18, $12 for students and seniors.  Tel. 646-200-5089.


A classic A.R. Gurney work, the 1993 romantic comedy Later Life, is being revived by the Keen Company, February 27th through April 14th.  Tix $65, discounted to $40 for previews (up to March 18th) and $50 after that with code TRKEEN.  Clurman Theatre, 410 West 42nd St.  Tel. 212-947-8844.


Two new explorations of the international immigrant experience now playing.  At New York Theatre Workshop, Hammaad Chaudry’s An Ordinary Muslim, through March 11th. Tix. $49.  79 East 4th St.  Tel. 212-460-5475.  Martyna Martjok’s Queens at Lincoln Center through March 25th. Tix $30.  150 West 65th St.  Tel. 212-239-6200.


High Noon, an ensemble creation on Western themes by the Axis Company is running through March 24th.  Tix $30, students $20, artists $15. 1 Sheridan Square. Tel. 212-352-3101.


This is the Color Described by the Time, a trip into the imagined unconscious of Gertrude Stein, being offered by New Georges through March 3rd.  Tix $24 till February 24th and $35 after.   At the new Flea, 20 Thomas St.  Tel.  646-336-8077.


Time Stands Still, a new play by David Margulies, is playing at the 13 Street Repertory Company through February 24th.  Tix $25.  50 West 13th St.  Tel. 630-632-1459.


Eve Ensler’s new performance, In the Body of the World, runs through March 25th at the City Center.  Tix $90, discounted to $50-$59 with code F&FTBO.  131 West 55th St.  Tel. 212-681-1212.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream continues its run at the Frog and Peach Theatre through February 25th. Tix $26.95.  At the Sheen Center, 18th Bleecker St.  Tel. 212-925-2812.


All during February, LaMama is presenting a Solo Performance Festival, Series of One, offering a wide variety of storytelling and personal narratives.  Tix $20, $15 for students and seniors.  For complete listing, see the LaMama website. 74A East 4th St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.


Pollock, at the Abrons Arts Center, February 15th-25th, explores the private life of the great painter.  Tix $20.  466 Grand St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.


Theatremania offers discount tix to Joshua Harmon’s new play, Admissions, dealing with college admissions, a subject dear to all our hearts. Tix $82-$92 all discounted to $69 with code ADTM18.  Lincoln Center, 150 West 65th St.  Tel. 212-947-8844.


The Life Jacket Theatre Company is presenting a docudrama composed of interviews and found text, America is Hard to See, drawn from a rural community of sex offenders in Southern Florida.  Through February 24th. Tix $35-$45.  HERE, 145 6th Ave.  Tel. 212-352-3101.