It’s been a calamitous week off-Broadway. In the New Group production of Russian Transport, a loud, inconsequential play full of cussing and yelling at the Acorn Theater on West 42nd Street, a family of mewling, whining Russian immigrants in a cluttered two-story house in Coney Island are struggling to keep their car service business going.
DOWNTOWN IS THE NEW UPTOWN
As much as a hipster-celebrity collective of playwrights there can be, there Rattlestick Theater is. Downtown favorites like Annie Baker and Adam Rapp (who’s currently working on a musical with the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O) have had plays produced there. It’s never really been a place for celebrities to get their theater rocks off, however, until now.
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Is there any hope for New York theater anymore? Spider-Man can’t keep his balance, and now the Village, and the city, has lost one of its oldest Off-Broadway theaters.
The Times reports that the Cherry Lane Theater, founded in 1924, is closing for good. Once home to Odets, O’Neill, Beckett and Shepard, it Read More
Adding Machine, the little Off-Broadway show that could about a man who lost his job to a machine, will close its curtains at the Minetta Lane Theatre on July 20. The play began previews Feb. 8 and officially opened Feb. 25.
Producer Scott Morfee said in a statement, "Adding Machine is a labor of Read More
New York’s city council announced that "Live Theatre Week," in which Off Broadway shows will offer a buy-one-get-one-ticket-for-free deal, will be held Jan. 21-27. In a statement, League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers president George Forbes said, "We are honored that the City Council is recognizing the importance of Live Theatre in New York Read More
Get out your anti-war paint. The Godlight Theatre Company is bringing the staged adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five or: The Children’s Crusade is coming to Off-Broadway. Previews will start on Jan. 11 at 59E59 Theaters and run until Feb. 17.
According to Godlight, "Kurt Vonnegut’s absurdist classic, adapted by Read More
Speaking of Ethan Coen, the world premiere of his three short plays, Almost an Evening, will open on Jan. 22 at The Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage 2. Previews will being Jan. 9, according to the Associated Press.
Tickets are for sale here.
The cast will include F. Murray Abraham (who won an Read More
Roundabout Underground’s critically acclaimed musical Speech & Debate has been extended from Dec. 16 to Dec. 30, according to Variety. We interviewed star Jason Fuchs this week for the Culture Czar.
You won’t be seeing Ethan Hawke onstage for a while, but that’s not because he’s burned out on theater after those nine-hour marathon perfs of "The Coast of Utopia." Opening Off Broadway Nov. 7, the ever-expanding multihyphenate’s next stage project will be the New Group’s upcoming "Things We Want," with Read More