TODAY’S THEATER TALK

The “Spotlight on Plays” series continues with David Mamet’s RACE onThursday, October 29 at 8PM EST/ 5PM PST.  The cast stars Ed O’Neill, 2020 Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier recreating his Tony-nominated performance, Alicia Stith, and Richard Thomas also recreating his role from the 2009 Broadway production.  Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad directs.

 David Mamet’s provocative play RACE concerns three lawyers defending a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman. The “Spotlight on Plays” events are livestreamedat 8PM EST/5PM PST.  RACE will be available until Monday, November 2.  Tickets for all events are on sale now and sold exclusively on TodayTix. Ticket buyers can access the events through the TodayTix app or todaytix.com at a “Pay What You Can” rate starting at $5.  Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Actor’s Fund.

 The fall series will continue with David Mamet’s BOSTON MARRIAGE (November 12), a new adaptation of UNCLE VANYA (November 19), a reunion with the original Broadway cast of Donald Margulies’ TIME STANDS STILL (December 3) and Robert’s O’Hara’s BARBECUE (December 10).

A Livestream Performance of Ronald Guttman in
The Fall by Albert Camus,
Adapted by Alexis Lloyd,
Directed by Didier Flamand. A Recording of the Livestream Is Available Now, Until 11:59pm on October 28th – Then It Disappears! This is a Free Event. In Alexis Lloyd’s solo theatrical adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning French author Albert Camus’s The Fall, New York-based, Belgian-born actor Ronald Guttman takes on the role of anguished, exiled Parisian lawyer Jean-Baptiste Clamence, transporting his audience to the last circle of Hell: Amsterdam’s red-light district, circa 1956. go to https://vimeo.com/fiaf/2020thefall.

Stage Access, a new streaming service dedicated to the performing arts, has announced its “Opening Night” on October 26. The week-long opening night celebration features multiple world premieres including 92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists Preludes Series: George Gershwin: Bidin’ My Time on October 26 at 7 PM EST, a London Symphony Orchestra performance on October 29 at 8 PM EST, and a Stage Access original production of a Yo-Yo Ma performance on November 1 at 8 PM EST.

What The World Needs Now: An Evening of Music and Inspiration with Mat and Savanna Shaw, a live virtual concert, directed by Sierra Boggess, will play on Saturday, November 28th at 8:00PM EST. Tickets prices, starting at $35, can be purchased by visiting www.MatAndSavannaMusic.com.

Mat and Savanna’s first album “Picture This” was released on October 23rd and debuted at #1 on the iTunes charts and #3 on Amazon. A production of the Streaming Company.

With every major Nutcracker production in America cancelled due to the pandemic, BalletCollective and the Wethersfield Estate are pleased to announce The Nutcracker at Wethersfield (NutcrackerAtWethersfield.com), choreographed and directed by Troy Schumacher, this holiday season, December 4 – 23, at the glorious Wethersfield Estate in Amenia, NY (a two hour drive north of Times Square). This watershed production will provide a guided immersive experience in a historical site. It will keep this beloved holiday tradition alive in a re-imagined, safety-compliant way that is unlike any other production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. The Nutcracker at Wethersfield is the first full-length ballet to be presented during the pandemic in the United States.

The Nutcracker at Wethersfield will feature a roster of internationally acclaimed dancers, currently furloughed from the New York City Ballet, including: Sara Mearns, Tyler Angle, Ashley Laracey, and Taylor Stanley, among others.  www.NutcrackerAtWethersfield.com

Broadway On Demand, the theater-focused streaming platform, announces that new episodes of the popular interview series, “The Hook, with Andy Einhorn” about the inner workings of successful musical theater composition, are now available on Broadway Access Pro, the new subscription service dedicated to individuals who want to learn more from Broadway’s most celebrated creatives. Hosted by acclaimed musical director, Andy Einhorn, new episodes of “The Hook” feature Broadway favorites, including Tony Award® winners Lynn Ahrens + Stephen FlahertyTroy Anthony & Benjamin VelezDavid Foster & Annmarie Milazzo, Pulitzer Prize® winner Michael R. Jackson, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tom Kitt, Tony Award winner Anaïs Mitchell, Tony Award nominees Irene Sankoff + David Hein, Tony Award nominee Matthew Sklar, Tony Award winner Stephen Schwartz, Tony Award winners Marc Shaiman + Scott Wittman, Tony Award nominee Frank Wildhorn, and Tony Award winner David Yazbek. “The Hook, with Andy Einhorn” gives viewers a seat at the piano as established theatre composers and lyricists reveal the stories behind some of their most memorable and famous songs.  Ever wonder about that catchy combination of melody, lyrics and rhythm that stays in your head long after a song is over? That’s the hook. Curious about how a composer came up with a famous melody? And why a lyricist chose a particular word or rhyme?  Or how a certain song made it into a show? Join esteemed Broadway musical director and host, Andy Einhorn, to find out. Subscribe at BroadwayOnDemand.com.

Across the Pond – Dear Evan Hansen took home three Oliviers, … including best new musical for its production at the Noël Coward Theater and best actor in a musical for Sam Tutt – – & Juliet … also won three awards, as did Emiliaat the Vaudeville Theater. Leopoldstadt,Tom Stoppard’s play … won for best new play.

Ben Daniels will star in The Normal Heart at London’s National Theatre in 2021 beginning in February 2021 as part of the Olivier in-the-round season. Dominic Cooke will direct.

Readings: Jordan Bridges, Jenn ambatese and Tobias Segal will star in a Veteran’s Day benefit reading of Howard Emanuel’s Sundogs, directed by Heather Arnson. Sundogs will premiere on November 8 at 7:30 PM EST, with a video-on-demand link available for purchase November 9-11. Proceeds will go to Stop Soldier Suicide and The WDA, a not-for-profit theater company that will be developing outreach to the veteran’s community.

City Sidewalks Are the Stage for Off-Broadway Performances Popping Up – A program the city is running called Off Broadway in the Boros is bringing performances throughout the city and keeping crowds small by not announcing where they might pop-up next. Check your borough’s events.

In Memorium: Edith O’Hara, who started the 13th Street Repertory Company in Greenwich Village in 1972, died on Oct. 16 at the age of 103, at her home, the apartment above the theatre. The theatre was a place for Off-Off Broadway where edgy and unusual productions were the norm and Ms. O’Hara diligently made sure it continued for many decades. Her daughter is Tony Award winner Jill O’Hara.

Share