This Week on Broadway for November 6, 2022: A Raisin in the Sun


Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about A Raisin in the Sun, Parade @ City Center, Topdog / Underdog, You Will Get Sick @ Roundabout Theatre Company, Straight Line Crazy @ The Shed, Hedda Gabler @ Irondale Center, Everything’s Fine, performed by Douglas McGrath

Francois Battiste and Tonya Pinkins in The Public Theater revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara, opening on October 19. Photo credit: Joan Marcus

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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His new book,
The Book of Broadway Musical Debates, Disputes, and Disagreements is now available and can be purchased where ever finer books are sold. Peter also has columns at Masterworks BroadwayBroadway Select, Encore Monthly, and many other places.

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MP + PF: A Raisin in the Sun @ Public Theater‘s Newman Theater, through November 20, 2022

MP: Parade @ City Center

PF: Topdog / Underdog @ John Golden Theatre, through January 15, 2023

MP: You Will Get Sick @ Roundabout Theatre Company, through December 11, 2022

PF: Straight Line Crazy @ The Shed, through December 18, 2022

PF: Hedda Gabler @ Irondale Center in Brooklyn, through November 20, 2022

BEDLAM continues our 10th anniversary season with two classic plays performed in repertory: nine actors will take on William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, adapted by Jon Robin Baitz, playing from October 5 through November 20, 2022 at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn, New York.

PF: Everything’s Fine, performed by Douglas McGrath and directed by John Lithgow, @ the DR2 Theatre

Everything’s Fine, written and performed by Academy Award-nominated writer, actor, and director Douglas McGrath, and directed by two-time Tony Award and six-time Emmy Award winner John Lithgow for awards consideration.

Everything’s Fine recounts McGrath’s life as a 14-year-old in Midland, Texas – the town most famous for the disappearance below ground, and the recovery above ground, of “Baby Jessica.” McGrath shares remembrances of the courtship of his one-eyed father and his mother, who worked at Harper’s Bazaar for Diana Vreeland and became pals with Andy Warhol, and most intriguingly, an eighth-grade teacher who would change his life in the most unexpected way.

Douglas McGrath, Playwright, Filmmaker and Actor, Is Dead at 64
His one-man Off Broadway show, “Everything’s Fine,” directed by John Lithgow, had opened just weeks ago.

Matt Tamanini interviews Douglas McGrath last month:

Special Episode: Douglas McGrath on the horrors, loneliness, forgiveness in ‘Everything’s Fine’

Aaron Carter, Singer and Onetime Teenage Sensation, Dies at 34
Mr. Carter, who released his first album at age 9 and “Aaron’s Party” at age 12, was the younger brother of Nick Carter, a member of the Backstreet Boys.


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