Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about Slave Play, Linda Vista, The Wrong Man @ MCC, Nothing Gold Can Stay @ A.R.T./New York, When It Happens To You @ The Sheen Center, Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz @ Paper Mill, and Glass Menagerie @ Wild Project
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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at MTI, Masterworks Broadway, Broadway Select and many other places.
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MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at FollowSpotPhoto.com.
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MP + JM: Slave Play @ Golden Theatre, 252 West 45th Street, through January 19, 2020
— This Week on Broadway for December 9, 2018: Network, Cher (Peter and Michael review Slave Play @ New York Theatre Workshop)
Slave Play is written by Jeremy O. Harris and the production is directed by Robert O’Hara.
Slave Play stars Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Joaquina Kalukango, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, and Paul Alexander Nolan. The cast is being understudied by Eboni Flowers, Thomas Keegan, Jakeem Dante Powell, and Elizabeth Stahlmann.
The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation — in the breeze, in the cotton fields…and in the crack of the whip. It’s an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House. Jim trembles as Kaneisha handles melons in the cottage, Alana perspires in time with the plucking of Phillip’s fiddle in the boudoir, while Dustin cowers at the heel of Gary’s big, black boot in the barn. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems.
The creative team for the production includes Tony Award® winner Clint Ramos (scenic design), four-time Drama Desk Award nominee Dede Ayite (costume design), Drama Desk Award nominee Jiyoun Chang (lighting design), three-time Drama Desk Award nominee Lindsay Jones (sound design and original music), Amauta Marston-Firmino (dramaturg), Byron Easley (movement), Drama Desk Award winner Claire Warden (intimacy and fight director), Doug Nevin (production counsel), and Taylor Williams (casting director).
PF: Linda Vista @ the Hayes Theater, 240 West 44th Street, through November 10, 2019
LINDA VISTA by Tracy Letts. Directed by Dexter Bullard, LINDA VISTA stars Ian Barford, Sally Murphy, Caroline Neff, Chantal Thuy, Jim True-Frost, Cora Vander Broek and Troy West at Second Stage’s Broadway home, The Hayes Theater.
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) returns to Second Stage (Mary Page Marlowe, Man from Nebraska) with a brutally comedic look at Wheeler, a 50-year-old divorcee in the throes of a mid-life spiral. Just out of his ex-wife’s garage and into a place of his own, Wheeler starts on a path toward self-discovery — navigating blind dates, old friends, and new love. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be.
PF: The Wrong Man @ MCC, The Newman Mills Theater, 511 West 52nd Street, through November 17, 2019
MCC Theater (Bob LuPone, Bernie Telsey, Will Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director)
The Wrong Man stars three-time Tony Award® nominee and Grammy Award® nominee Joshua Henry, Ciara Renée, and Ryan Vasquez. They are joined by “American Idol” finalist Anoop Desai, Tilly Evans-Krueger (“RENT: Live”), Malik Kitchen (Hamilton, Chicago), Libby Lloyd, Amber Pickens (Cirque du Soleil Paramour), Kyle Robinson (An American in Paris), Debbie Christine Tjong (Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future), and Julius Williams.
The cast is joined onstage by music director Taylor Peckham on keyboard, Dillon Kondor and Vin Landolfi on guitar, Alex Eckhardt on bass, and Jamie Eblen on drums.
The production marks the reunion of Hamilton’s Tony Award®-winning and two-time Emmy® Award-winning director Thomas Kail and Emmy®, three-time Tony®, four-time Grammy® Award-winning orchestrator Alex Lacamoire. The production will also feature choreography by two-time Emmy Award®-winning choreographer Travis Wall.
The creative team for The Wrong Man includes scenic design by Tony Award® winner Rachel Hauck, costume design by Jennifer Moeller and Kristin Isola, lighting design by Betsy Adams, sound design by Tony Award® winner Nevin Steinberg, hair and make-up design by Tommy Kurzman, music direction by Taylor Peckham, and casting by Telsey + Company. The Production Stage Manager is Jason Pacella.
MP: Nothing Gold Can Stay @ Partial Comfort Productions @ ARTNY
The Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at The A.R.T./New York Theatres is located at 502 West 53rd Street (off 10th Avenue)
NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY
By Chad Beckim
Directed by Shelley Butler
October 1 – 26,
PF: When It Happens To You @ The Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street, through
When It Happens to You
Produced by The StoryPlant and EclayRossie Productions
October 3 – November 10, 2019
PF + MP: Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz @ Paper Mill
PF: Glass Menagerie @ Wild Project
Directors Austin Pendleton and Peter Bloch reteam to helm a chilling new version of Tennessee Williams’ masterwork at the Wild Project, ushering in the Halloween season.
CNN Equality Town Hall Cold Open – SNL
At CNN’s Equality Town Hall 2020 candidates Cory Booker (Chris Redd), Pete Buttigieg (Colin Jost), Elizabeth Warren (Kate McKinnon), Julian Castro (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Joe Biden (Woody Harrelson) discuss LGBTQ issues.
Michael’s Music Moment:
Ross Golan – The Wrong Man
Ross Golan – When Evil Men Go On The Run