The Amoralists, that outlandishly unconventional troupe that regularly appears with unusual and eyebrow-raising theatrical fare dedicated to "plumbing the depths of the social, political, spiritual and sexual characteristics of human nature," has done it again.
What if Cinderella attended the wrong ball? What if Cinderella were a 4-year-old boy named Jake whose parents desperately want him to get into an elite private school? These are among the questions raised by the new play A Kid Like Jake.
Few things are scarier than having a friend insist you come to their relative/best friend/ co-worker's play/rock band/reading/art show. But it's not every day they say, "Come to my brother's opera." It's even rarer when that experience is actually fun.
This play, is indeed cinematic in scope. 450 years later, the modestly equipped Lantern Theater and director Charles McMahon solve any issues of scale, with kinetic and fully engaged stagecraft. Theirs is nothing less than an intimate epic.
The Mark of Zorro at the New Victory Theater has its own brand of memorable theater. Scottish company Visible Fictions has turned the classic swashbuckling adventure into a fun lesson for children about justice and heroism.
I can support brutal honesty. I cannot support gleeful cruelty. Inventive? Sure. Over the top? Too much for a generally sober-sided publication. Piercing arrows in critics' quivers? Yes. Thermonuclear weapons? No.
The ghosts that haunt August Wilson's great play The Piano Lesson have hovered in the American psyche for centuries now, and as an admirable new staging at the Pershing Square Signature Center makes clear, neither time nor sorcery can ever completely exorcize them.
Why American-born playwright J.T. Rogers' plays are repeatedly produced first in England rather than this side of the Atlantic is somewhat beside the point, but here comes another one, his best to date and a must-see, especially for news-analysis junkies.
I would not normally recommend seeing three plays in the span of eleven hours. But I would contend that this epic approach is the ideal way to experience the stories, characters and the striking commonalities in theme that bind these three works together.