Endgame-Irish Rep; BroadwayBelts for PFF-Sony Hall; Christy Altomare-Bucks Co. Playhouse; Leo Reich-Greenwich House Theater; The Swallow-Repertorio Espanol; Who Murdered Love-TNC; Summer 1976 – MTC

Christy Altomare

Broadway’s sweetheart and Yardley, PA native, Christy Altomare will return to Bucks County Playhouse next month with a new solo concert. Altomare sold out two performances with her solo concert debut at the Playhouse in 2022. She will appear for one night only on Saturday, February 18 at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale now at www.buckscountyplayhouse.org or by contacting the box office at 215.862.2121.

Hot. Young. Cool. Fresh. Ripped. Hilarious. Groundbreaking. Avant-garde. These are just some of the words that Leo demanded we include – Premiere of Leo Reich: Literally Who Cares?!, direct from sold-out, critically acclaimed runs at Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre in London. Directed by Adam Brace (Alex Edelman’s Just for Us, Liz Kingsman’s One Woman Show), featuring music composed by Tony Award winner Toby Marlow (Six), and  lighting design by Daniel Carter-Brennan (Liz Kingsman’s One Woman Show), the production plays a strictly limited engagement from February 15 – March 11, 2023, at Greenwich House Theater (27 Barrow Street, NYC). At long last, this self-diagnosed, important young mind is ready to share some of his notoriously perfect opinions with the community at large. Faced with the swirling uncertainty of our collective future, Leo will ask the big questions – such as, “Am I hot?”, “Is this helping?”, and “No offense guys but literally what is going on?”

Broadway celebrities will perform their favorite show tunes at the 13th Annual Broadway Belts for PFF!, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s premier gala, hosted by Julie Halston on Monday, March 6, at Sony Hall honoring Robert Creighton. The extraordinary evening of stellar performances, including Julie Benko and Kate Baldwin,  also features a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, and after-party to benefit individuals living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF). In-person and virtual tickets are available at broadwaybeltsforpff.org.

Repertorio Español, one of NYC’s most celebrated Latinx theatre companies, will premiere The Swallow, written by award-winning playwright Guillem Clua. The play will be directed by Ismanuel Rodríguez and stars Zulema Clares and Rafael Sánchez. The production started previews on January 20th and will premiere on January 27th on the iconic (Gramercy Arts Theatre) stage. Inspired by the attack in a gay nightclub in Orlando where 49 people were killed, The Swallow is a highly emotional work exploring how loss can simultaneously separate and unite people. The production reflects on how so many lives continue to be stolen by attacks on the LGBTQ+ community in this country and how we need to heal together despite our differences. www.Repertorio.org

A pinnacle of Beckett’s characteristic raw minimalism, Endgame is a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death. “Nothing is funnier than unhappiness” invokes Nell, which summarizes the tragicomic nature of this timeless play.
The play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1957 in French as Fin de Partie. The first English language production took place at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York in 1958. Irish Rep first presented an acclaimed production of Endgame, directed by Charlotte Moore, in 2005. Endgame – Feb. 3 thru March 12 – with Bill Irwin, John Douglas Thompson and features set design by Charlie Corcoran (The Butcher Boy), costume design by Orla Long (The Butcher Boy), lighting design by Michael Gottlieb (A Touch of the Poet), sound design by M. Florian Staab (The Butcher Boy), and properties by Deirdre Brennan (The Dead, 1904). Jeff Davolt (Autumn Royal) serves as Production Stage Manager with Giselle Raphaela as Assistant Stage Manager. www.IrishRep.org

Louisa Bradshaw as The Countess Analise, John David West as Sleepy Sam Speed, William Broderick as Surrealist artist André Ranton. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.

Theater for the New City (TNC) – “Who Murdered Love?” – a Dadaist musical comedy by Lissa Moira (book & lyrics) and Richard West (score) that is set in 1924 New York City and in a Paris dreamscape.  Performances are February 2 to 19 at TNC, 155 First Ave., Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM.  The running time is 2:00 plus intermission. www.theaterforthenewcity.net

Four-time Emmy Award® winner & Academy Award® nominee Laura Linney (My Name Is Lucy Barton, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes) and Tony Award® nominee Jessica Hecht (The Assembled Parties) return to Broadway in a new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and fellow MTC alum David Auburn (ProofThe Columnist). This deeply moving, insightful piece is about connection, memories, and the small moments that can change the course of our lives. April 4 thru May 28 2023. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, West 47 Street. www.ManhattanTheaterClub.com