Away from the glare of Times Square, plays are opening left and right to rave reviews right here in the Village. From cherished historic Off-Broadway houses like the Cherry Lane Theatre, to the newly renovated Public Theater, the spring theatre season is in full swing downtown!
Here's what to see and where:
Here Lies Love is described by the Public as "neither a period piece nor a biography, neither a play nor a traditional musical but an immersive theatrical event combining songs influenced by four decades of dance music, adrenaline-fueled choreography, and a remarkable 360-degree scenic and video environment." The narrative follows "Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos retracing her meteoric rise to power and subsequent descent into infamy and disgrace at the end of the People Power Revolution." Performs nightly April 2nd-May 19th at the Public Theater. Concept and lyrics by David Byrne, Music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, directed by Alex Timbers. Tickets range from $55-90.50.
The Revisionist has just extended its run over at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Written by Jesse Eisenberg and starring the playwright and Vanessa Redgrave, The Revisionist tells the story of David who "arrives in Poland with a crippling case of writer’s block and a desire to be left alone. His 75-year-old second cousin Maria welcomes him with a fervent need to connect with her distant American family. As their tenuous relationship develops, she reveals details about her complicated post-war past that test their ideas of what it means to be a family." The play is now running through April 27th; tickets are $85.
Stephen Sondheim's & James Lapine'sPassionalso just extended its popular run at Classic Stage Company. This revival of the 1994 Tony Award-winning musical is helmed by visionary director John Doyle and stars an all-star cast with a particularly notable performance by Judy Kuhn.Passion is playing now until April 19th. Tickets are hard to come by, but ideally can be found here.
Hit the Wall at Barrow Street Theatre follows the events surrounding the infamous Stonewall uprising of 1969. The fast-paced play is described by The Village Voice as "an explosive extravaganza!" This world premiere opened to rave reviews and is playing through July 7th. Tickets range from $35-$75.
Tina Packer's Women of Will at the Gym at Judson is part-lecture, part-Shakespeare love fest. The stars delve into the inner workings of Shakespeare's female chracters and explore the consistencies and differences in each. What sounds like a college course, proves to be a giddy and fast-paced evening of some of Wiliam Shakespeare's best work. Women of Willruns now through June 2nd, and tickets can be purchased here.
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