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The DramaBook shop re-opened, thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda and others. New location near Times Square, 266 W. 39th St. Lots of places to sit, read, have coffee. Lovely!

DECEMBER 2023

continuing through January 7 CHRISTIAN WALKER: THE  PROFANE AND THE POIGNANT revelatory exhibition of a gay Black American artist whose work chronicled queer life through a complex aesthetic lens. Leslie Lohman Museum of Art. 

continuing APPROPRIATE by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Directed by Lila Neugebauer. Pretty much anything by Jacobs-Jenkins is powerful and disorienting.  2nd Stage

through Dec 10  SNATCH ADAMS + TAINTY MCCRACKEN PRESENT IT'S THAT TIME OF THE MONTH. "a queer spectacle" co-pro Soho Rep and Bushwick Starr. Written by Becca Blackwell and Amanda Duarte, Directed by Jess Barbagallo. 

2-24 SLEEPING BEAUTY Julie Atlas Muz, Mat Fraser and Panto crew presented by Abrons.

4 BILL CHATS with Marc Bamuthi Joseph. NYLA  7pm. Bill T. and Bamuthi is a conversation worth hearing any day. 

4 FIRST MONDAYS READING SERIES: Steven Thrasher, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Penny Arcade. Performance Space/NY 150 First Ave.  7pm  Curated by Sarah Schulman

6-9 SMALL SONGS Brian Rogers, Artistic Director of The Chocolate Factory, presents his "multisensory listening environment centered around a custom designed and constructed hi fi speaker system and an array of LED light strips, surrounded by a series of intimate “salons” filled with sofas, carpets and comfortable chairs." A great group of collaborators, including Brian Rogers, Madeline Best, Claudia La Rocco

10-16 THE MARCH Big Dance Theater. Choreographed by Tendayi Kuumba, Annie-B Parson, Donna Uchizono. 3-part choreography presented in-the-round at the brand new PAC.  Perelman Performing Arts Center

12-17 BZZZ Caleb Teicher blends tap and beatboxing. Joyce Theater

2024

JANUARY

continuing through January 7 CHRISTIAN WALKER: THE  PROFANE AND THE POIGNANT revelatory exhibition of a gay Black American artist whose work chronicled queer life through a complex aesthetic lens. Leslie Lohman Museum of Art. 

5-21 UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL returns in multiple venues!  Lots of great sounding stuff, much of which I've never heard of. Which is the way it should be. But do check out Sister Sylvester's THE EAGLE AND THE TORTOISE. 

9-20 LIVE ARTERY a concentrated series of amazing stuff, mostly designed for presenters but you can go too if you act fast! Recommended: WEATHERING (see below) and FAMILY HAPPINESS (Juliana May).  NYLA and elsewhere. 

9-13 WEATHERING Fay Driscoll's feast of physicality returns to New York Live Arts. One of the most invigorating pieces I saw last year. Utterly unique and engrossing.

10-16 WORKS & PROCESS at The Guggenheim Museum presents UNDERGROUND UPTOWN DANCE FESTIVAL with commissioned street and social dances in the Frank Lloyd Wright designed theater at the Guggenheim. I'm particularly interested in January 14, with Lloyd Knight, Jack Ferver and Jeremy Jacob, as well as Company Stefanie Batten Bland.

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10-20 PIONEERS GO EAST COLLECTIVE OUT FRONT! FESTIVAL

LGBTQ Community Center and Abrons Arts Center

12-21 DEVISED THEATER WORKING GROUP STUDIO SUITES   5 new pieces by a cohort of artists. The list of alums from this program (started by Under the Radar in 2014) is very impressive. This year's cohort: Amara Janae Brady, Dahlak Brathwaite, Jaime Cepero, Clarissa Marie Ligon, Eli Nixon, and One Whale’s Tale the company of Ellpetha Tsivicos + Camilo Quiroz-Vázquez. Shiva Theater at The Public Theater.

17-Feb 18 PUBLIC OBSCENITIES  written/directed by Shayok Misha Chowdhury. First presented by Soho Rep. Deep dive into the complexities of a family and communication. So fascinating with brilliant performances. Now at Theatre for a New Audience!

23-28 SOL INVICTUS Compagnie Hervé KOUBI "a production of breaking, martial arts, capoeira, and acrobatic feats." Composer Mikael Karlsson, with excerpts by Steve Reich and Maxime Bodson. The Joyce  joyce.org

25-Feb 4 ARISTOTLE THINKS AGAIN. Directed/choreographed by Dan Safer (Witness Relocation)with original text from Chuck Mee, music composed by Julia Kent, set designed by Sara Brown, lighting by Jay Ryan, costumes by Alicia Austin, and sound design by Attilio Rigotti, and performed, co-created, and co-choreographed by maura nguyen donohue, John Maria Gutierrez, Valois Mickens, Kim Savarino and Guest Artist Marcus McGregor. Great Jones Repertory at La Mama

26- March 24. OH, MARY!  a new play by and featuring Cole Escola. As Mary Todd Lincoln! Directed by Sam Pinkleton. Featuring, in addition to Cole, James Scully, Conrad Ricamora, Bianca Leigh, Tony Macht, Hannah Solow, Peter Smith.  Lucille Lortel Theatre. 

FEBRUARY

cont. through 11   ARISTOTLE THINKS AGAIN. Directed/choreographed by Dan Safer (Witness Relocation)with original text from Chuck Mee, music composed by Julia Kent, set designed by Sara Brown, lighting by Jay Ryan, costumes by Alicia Austin, and sound design by Attilio Rigotti, and performed, co-created, and co-choreographed by maura nguyen donohue, John Maria Gutierrez, Valois Mickens, Kim Savarino and Guest Artist Marcus McGregor. Great Jones Repertory at La Mama

cont through March 24. OH, MARY!  a new play by and featuring Cole Escola. As Mary Todd Lincoln! Directed by Sam Pinkleton. Featuring, in addition to Cole, James Scully, Conrad Ricamora, Bianca Leigh, Tony Macht, Hannah Solow, Peter Smith.  Lucille Lortel Theatre. 

cont. through 25 PUBLIC OBSCENITIES  written/directed by Shayok Misha Chowdhury. First presented by Soho Rep. Deep dive into the complexities of a family and communication. Fascinating with brilliant performances. Discount code: SOHO now at Theatre for a New Audience!

(cont. through March 23)  JOB by Max Wolf Friedlich. Directed by Michael Herwitz and featuring Peter Friedman and Sydney Lemmon.  Connelly Theater. The reviews are great. Connelly tends to do very tight and focused work.

 

1-18 THE FOLLOWING EVENING a collaboration between The Talking Band (Ellen Maddow, Paul Zimet, two married theatre artists in their 70/80's) and 600 Highwaymen (Abigail Browde/Michael Silverstone, two married theatre artists in their early 40's) at the PAC/Perelman

Good piece about it in NY Times

1-March 9 SPIRITUS/VIRGIL'S DANCE a new solo from Dael Orlandersmith, directed by Neel Keller. Rattlestick Theater.  Dael is a beautiful writer/performer with a riveting focus and intensity. "SpiritusTM" for 20% discount. 

3-24 BETWEEN TWO KNEES The 1491s. Intertribal sketch comedy. Directed by Eric Ting in co-pro with Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Yale Rep.  PAC/Perelman Performing Arts Center

5 FIRST MONDAYS Reading. Sarah Schulman's monthly event. Vivian Gornick, Saeed Jones, Radhika Sainath. works-in-progress. PSNY 7pm Free!

5-10 BARK OF MILLIONS Lyrics and Direction by TAYLOR MAC. Music and musical direction by Matt Ray. Costumes by Machine Dazzle. The incredible team of Taylor, Matt and Machine is back with a new (only) 4-hour extravaganza. At BAM Harvey. Co-directed by Nigel Smith. Co-directed/choreography by Faye Driscoll. Expect the best kind of excess.

6-March 9 ON SET WITH THEDA BARA The utterly unique (and 6x Obie winner!) David Greenspan in a show written by Joey Merlo and directed by Jack Serio.  The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn "In this hallucination of a one-person show, a genderqueer teen who goes missing and their gay detective father come face-to-face with the supernatural and consciousness-devouring Theda Bara, the real-life vamp and silent film star of the 1910s...part gothic coming-of-age story and part campy melodrama about identity consumption and the horror of not knowing who you are."  David's performance is symphonic in range and musicality, and the staging (sit at the table!) is perfect.  Discount tickets Tuesday/Wednesday

17-March 17 REMEMBER THIS TRICK Target Margin Theater in "an exploration of antisemitism, stories of Jewish survival, conspiracy theories, and the trickster spirit that will save us all"  Directed by David Herskovits at The Doxsee, 232 52nd St. Brooklyn    

20-March 16 THIS IS NOT A TIME OF PEACE a play by the fantastically talented Deb Margolin. Directed by Jerry Heymann and featuring Charlotte Cohn, Roger Hendricks Simon, Simon Feil, Ken King, Frank Licato, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Hollis. "the play centers on the relationship between a father and daughter as they try not to spin out in the aftermath of the Red Scare." Presented by New Light Theater Project at Theatre Row. 

23-March 10 EXISTENTIALISM The Talking Band members Paul Zimet and Ellen Maddow, created and directed by Anne Bogart w/ Paul and Ellen playing (I think) Jean Paul Sartre and Simone De Bouvier. LaMaMa

MARCH

(cont. through March 23)  JOB by Max Wolf Friedlich. Directed by Michael Herwitz and featuring Peter Friedman and Sydney Lemmon.  Connelly Theater. The reviews are great. Connelly tends to do very tight and focused work.

(cont. through March 9)  ON SET WITH THEDA BARA The  utterly unique (and 6x Obie winner!) David Greenspan in a solo show written by Joey Merlo and directed by Jack Serio.  The Brick​, 579 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn "In this hallucination of a one-person show, a genderqueer teen who goes missing and their gay detective father come face-to-face with the supernatural and consciousness-devouring Theda Bara, the real-life vamp and silent film star of the 1910s...part gothic coming-of-age story and part campy melodrama about identity consumption and the horror of not knowing who you are." David's performance is symphonic in range and musicality, and the staging (sit at the table!) is perfect. Discount tickets Tuesday/Wednesday

cont. through 24. OH, MARY!  a new play by and featuring Cole Escola. As Mary Todd Lincoln! Directed by Sam Pinkleton. Featuring, in addition to Cole, James Scully, Conrad Ricamora, Bianca Leigh, Tony Macht, Hannah Solow, Peter Smith.  Lucille Lortel Theatre. 

cont. through 16   THIS IS NOT A TIME OF PEACE a play by the fantastically talented Deb Margolin. Directed by Jerry Heymann and featuring Charlotte Cohn, Roger Hendricks Simon, Simon Feil, Ken King, Frank Licato, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Hollis. "the play centers on the relationship between a father and daughter as they try not to spin out in the aftermath of the Red Scare." Presented by New Light Theater Project at Theatre Row. 

(cont. through 10) EXISTENTIALISM The Talking Band members Paul Zimet and Ellen Maddow, created and directed by Anne Bogart w/ Paul and Ellen playing (I think) Jean Paul Sartre and Simone De Bouvier. LaMaMa

(cont. through 9)  SPIRITUS/VIRGIL'S DANCE a new solo from Dael Orlandersmith, directed by Neel Keller. Rattlestick Theater​.  Dael is a beautiful writer/performer with a riveting focus and intensity. "SpiritusTM" for 20% discount. 

(cont. through 17) REMEMBER THIS TRICK Target Margin Theater in "an exploration of antisemitism, stories of Jewish survival, conspiracy theories, and the trickster spirit that will save us all"  Directed by David Herskovits at The Doxsee, 232 52nd St. Brooklyn    

2-23 ILLINOISE Sufjian Steven's classic pop work staged by Jackie Sibbles Drurie and Justin Peck. We saw it at Bard last year and it is one of the most joyous and captivating live pieces I've experienced in a while. The music beautifully brings forth Sufjian's original. Park Avenue Armory

7-10  UNSTILL LIFE co-created by Rinde Eckert, Risa Jaroslow, Margaret Jenkins, Jon Kinzel, Vicky Schick. Legendary dancer/choreographer/musicians from NYC and SF get together.  Arts on Site, 12 St. Mark's Pl. Manhattan

15-24 MARIUPOL PHOTOGRAPHY: EXHIBITION AND PERFORMANCE at Howl! Happening, 6 E. 1st. St.  "Yara Arts Group  presents a multi-media event that includes a photography exhibition by Pulitzer Prize winners Evgeniy Maloletka and Mstyslav Chernov, as well as a performance, Mariupol: Diaries of War and the Tree of Life, that fuses documentary material, poetry, song, dance, and puppetry to tell the story of this city in Eastern Ukraine.  Performances at 6pm Fri-Sun

19-APRIL 22  BATHHOUSE.PPTX by Jesús Valles.  2023 Yale Drama Series Prize.  Directed by Chay Yew with set by You-Shin Chen.  The Flea. "follows Presenter, a gay latiné high school student, who is thrust into the landscapes of queer intimacy, colonialism, and communal spaces for pleasure. Somewhere between lecture, re-enactment, and cruising ground lies a meditation on queer longing, queer grief, and all our queer worlds that will come to pass, that will come to be."

28-April 28 SALLY & TOM new work by Suzan-Lori Parks. Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III. In Association with The Guthrie Theater Public Theater

APRIL

cont. through 22  BATHHOUSE.PPTX by Jesús Valles.  2023 Yale Drama Series Prize.  Directed by Chay Yew with set by You-Shin Chen.  The Flea. "follows Presenter, a gay latiné high school student, who is thrust into the landscapes of queer intimacy, colonialism, and communal spaces for pleasure. Somewhere between lecture, re-enactment, and cruising ground lies a meditation on queer longing, queer grief, and all our queer worlds that will come to pass, that will come to be."

cont through 28  SALLY & TOM new work by Suzan-Lori Parks. Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III In Association with The Guthrie Theater Public Theater

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