Today’s Theatre Talk

 

American Buffalo, written by David Mamet and directed by Neil Pepe, will officially open at the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 W 50th Street) on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, exactly one year after it was  originally scheduled to open.

Performances for American Buffalo will begin the week of March 22, 2021 on Broadway.  Further details including confirmed casting will be announced in the coming months.

Three small time hustlers want a bigger cut of the American dream. David Mamet’s classic about loyalty and greed returns to Broadway more explosive and pointed than ever, exposing a timely American truth: crime and business are two sides of the same coin, under the direction of Neil Pepe (Tony-winning Artistic Director of Atlantic Theater Company).

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Steppenwolf’s production of The Minutes by Tracy Letts, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, will return to Broadway, opening exactly one year after its original opening date of Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street). The Minutes was a limited engagement and was originally scheduled to close Sunday, July 26.

Performances for The Minutes will begin the week of March 1, 2021 on Broadway, and officially open on Monday, March 15, 2021! Further details including confirmed casting will be announced in the coming months.

The Minutes, the record-breaking hit production from Steppenwolf Theatre Company, takes a hard look at the inner workings of a city council meeting and the hypocrisy, greed and ambition that bubble to the surface when a newcomer to the small town of Big Cherry starts to ask the wrong questions. Why is someone on the council mysteriously missing? What happened to all those bicycles? Is there skullduggery afoot with the city’s finances? What’s the deal with the available parking space? What the F is going on with the Lincoln Smackdown? And why are the minutes from the last meeting being kept secret? “Nothing in this explosive 90-minute play is as it seems…A real-life heart-in-the-mouth experience,” declares the Chicago Tribune. Part “Parks & Recreation,” part “Twilight Zone,” this powerful, resonant, and funny portrayal of democracy in action proves that everything you know can change—it’s just a matter of minutes. After all, the smallest towns keep the biggest secrets. www.theminutesbroadway.com

The True

The New Group Off Stage proudly presents a Reunion Reading Series featuring original casts of iconic plays from the company’s first 25 years.  As we plan for the future, we are taking this moment to reflect back.  Each reading, broadcast live, will benefit The New Group and other local initiatives and organizations.

This benefit Reunion Reading Series kicks off Thursday, July 16 at 7:00pm with Sharr White’s The True followed by Jesse Eisenberg’s The Spoils on Thursday, July 30 at 7:00pm.  Tickets to the online readings are available at $10 for the first 100 tickets and $25 for all remaining tickets at TheNewGroup.org.  Additional online Reunion Readings to be announced in the coming weeks.

Each Reunion Reading is paired with a local initiative that is working to support New Yorkers.  For The True, 10% of the proceeds will benefit Girl Be Heard and for The Spoils 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Immigrant Freelance Artists for Theatre Fund.

The True stars Edie Falco as Dorothea “Polly” Noonan, the blunt, profane, decades-long defender of Albany’s Democratic Party machine.  When it comes to Polly, politics is only personal, especially now that her hero, “mayor for life” Erastus Corning II (Michael McKean), is battling for party control while at the same time fighting the fiercest primary challenge of his life.  The True is an intimate portrait of the bounds of love, loyalty, and female power in the male-dominated world of 1977 patronage politics.  Written by Sharr White and featuring the original 2018 cast including Austin Cauldwell (Intimacy), Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”), Glenn Fitzgerald (Othello),Michael McKean (The Little Foxes), John Pankow (Kiss Me Kate), Peter Scolari (Hairspray), Tracy Shayne (Chicago).  The True enjoyed a critically acclaimed world premiere directed by Scott Elliott as part of The New Group’s 2018-2019 Season.

In The Spoils, nobody likes Ben (Jesse Eisenberg).  Ben doesn’t even like Ben.  He’s been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents’ money, and bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate Kalyan (Kunal Nayyar), an earnest Nepalese immigrant.  When Ben discovers that his grade school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back.  The Spoils is a deeply personal and probing comedy written by Jesse Eisenberg, directed by Scott Elliott and featuring the original 2015 cast including Erin Darke (Still Alice), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”), Annapurna Sriram (The Happiest Song Plays Last), and Michael Zegen (“Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”). The Spoils enjoyed a world premiere as part of The New Group’s 2014-2015 Season, and a hit production at Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End in 2016, both directed by Scott Elliott.  Learn more at GirlBeHeard.org

*The eighth annual “Night of A Thousand Judys”  the Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center written and hosted by Justin Sayre – will be presented as a streaming online event on Tuesday, July 14 at 8:00 PM Eastern. Performers will include Lena Hall (Tony winner for Hedwig), Natalie Douglas (12x MAC Winner), Eva Noblezada (Hadestown), Nathan Lee Graham (Zoolander, “LA to Vegas”), Adam Pascal (Rent), Beth Malone (Fun Home), Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), George Salazar (Be More Chill), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), T. Oliver Reid (Hadestown), Jessica Vosk (Wicked), Spencer Day (#1 Billboard artist), Bright Light Bright Light (Elton John, Cher), with others to be added. The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest agency dedicated to helping LGBTQ homeless youth. Watch the concert at donate to the cause at ThousandJudys.com.

Called “a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert” by The Wall Street Journal“Night of a Thousand Judys” will honor the iconic Judy Garland with tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. The virtual event is written and hosted by Justin Sayre, featuring Tracy Stark as music director. “Night of a Thousand Judys” is produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen, with Dan Fortune serving as executive producer.

 

 

 

 

 

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