Marvin's Tip Sheet
"Marvin’s Tip Sheet" is a bi-monthly publication about current productions in the New York City area. It is compiled by Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Performance, Comparative Literature, and Middle Eastern Studies.
As May draws to a close we come to the end of another academic year, another theatre season and another edition of the tip sheet. I wish everyone a pleasant and profitable summer (which I hope includes theatre, tip sheet or no) and I will be back with regular reports in September.
Everett Quinton directs Theater Breaking Through Barriers in the first NYC revival of Charles Ludlam’s The Artificial Jungle May 27th thru July 1st. Tix $52.25, discounted to $37.25 with code TRTMANIA1. Clurman Theatre, 410 West 42nd St. Tel. 212-947-8844.
Theatre for a New Audience will be presenting Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure June 17th thru July 16th. Tix available mid-May. 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn. Tel. 212-229-2819.
Two interesting repertoire offerings are now available at the Theater for a New City. L’Atelier Theatre is presenting three Ionesco works: Rhinoceros, Jeu de Massacre, and Tueur sans Gages. B&R productions is offering two works by George Tabori, Mein Kampf and Jubilee. Both repertories run thru May 21st. Tix $18, students $15. 155 First Ave. Tel. 212-868-4444.
The Vakhtangov Academic Theatre of Russia will present Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the City Center June 15th thru 18th. Tix $46.75-$127.50 with discount code CHERRYTM15. 131 West 55th St. Tel. 212-581-1212.
Abram Hill’s On Striver’s Row, a 1940 satire of Harlem society, will be presented by the Metropolitan Playhouse May 19th thru June 18th. Tix $21. 220 East 4th St. Tel. 800-838-3006.
On Monday, May 22nd and Tuesday, May 23rd the Segal Center at the CUNY Graduate Center is presenting a reading series of classic plays by Black playwrights: Wine in the Wilderness by Alice Childress on Monday at 4:30, What the Wine-Sellers Buy by Ron Milner at 6:30, The Forbidden City by Bill Gunn on Tuesday at 4:30, and The Brothers by Kathleen Collins at 6:30. All FREE. First come, first served. 365 Fifth Ave. Tel. 212-817-1860.
Discount tix available for the Cherry Lane production of Horton Foote’s The Traveling Lady, playing June 7th thru July 16th. Regular price $65 discounted to $39 for June 7th thru June 21st previews and to $49 for the rest of the run with code TTLTM1. 38 Commerce St. Tel. 866-811-4111.
The Boy Who Danced on Air, a modern musical love story set in rural Afghanistan, will be offered May 15th thru June 11th by the Abingdon Theatre Company. Tix $67. 312 West 36th St. Tel. 866-811-4111.
Pluto (no longer a play), which is a play about a play that no longer exists and a meditation on extinction, is running at the Brick thru June 3rd. Tix $20. 549 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn. Tel. 866-811-4111.
A one-man presentation of Synge’s The Ayran Islands will be presented by the leading Irish actor Brendan Conroy at the Irish Rep June 15th thru July 23rd. Tix $50 discounted to $40 with code EARLY and to $30 for preview performances (June 15th thru June 19th) with code PREVIEW. Discounts must be ordered before official opening June 20th. 132 West 22nd St. Tel. 212-727-2737.
A new staging adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 will begin previews May 18th and open June 22nd at the Hudson Theatre. Tix $49-$79 with discount code 1984TMANIA. 139 West 44th Street. Tel. 855-801-5876.
Peccadillo Theatre is reviving its Drama Desk Award winning 2010 solo performance, Zero Hour, presenting the life story of Zero Mostel June 2nd thru July 9th. Tix $24 to Peccadillo patrons. Otherwise $49. St. Clement’s Church, 423 West 46th St. Tel. 866-811-4111.
A. A. Milne’s 1922 comedy-drama, The Lucky One, is being revived by the Mint Theatre thru June 25th. Discount tix $48.75 with code TRLUCK48. The Beckett Theatre, 410 West 42nd St. Tel. 212-947-8844.