Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Current Productions for the week of February 6, 2012

Fresh from its Pulitzer Prize nomination, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is the comedic look into the world of professional wrestling but told through a thoughtful examination of race relations, geopolitics, and personal introspection.

Winner of 3 Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. It is about one woman's struggle with manic depression and the toll it takes on her family. Next to Normal's surging score is intense, emotional and ultimately hopeful of how the family comes to terms with their past and faces their future. 

Brooklyn Boy Staring Avi Hoffman
at Para​de Productions Presents Until Feb 12
Brooklyn Boy follows the career of Eric Weiss, a writer whose novel hits the bestseller list the same time his life begins to unravel.   His wife is out the door, his father is in the hospital and his childhood friend thinks he has sold himself to the devil.  A funny and emotionally rich look at family, friends and fame.

In a quiet cafe a cell phone rings.  And rings.  The stranger at the next table has had enough.  She confronts the owner of the cell phone, but, well … he’s dead.  She begins to answer his calls and suddenly finds herself enmeshed in his life and family.  Unfortunately, the dead guy has quite  a number of shady loose ends.

at New Theatre Until Feb 19
In this witty new play, what begins as a scheduling "headache" arranging for the funeral of fraternal twins Peter and Christina Winter's recently deceased mother evolves into an all-out blood feud between the siblings and their mother's mysterious, young live-in assistant.

at The Kravis Center Until Feb 19
Still reeling from her divorce, Linda is rescued by her three friends who have come to turn her despair into a weekend of hilarity. Using popular songs with clever new lyrics, the ladies sing and dance their way through the wildest divorce party ever.

at The Main Street Players Until Feb 26
Living Out tells the story of the complicated relationship between a Salvadoran nanny and the Anglo lawyer she works for. Both women are smart, hard-working mothers, and want better lives for their children. But what are the differences wrought by race, class and Ana's illegal status. The play is both outrageously funny and ultimately tragic.

Barney Cashman is middle‐aged, overweight, and married. He wants to join the sexual revolution to have one last fling. Knowing that his mother's apartment is empty on certain days he lures three different women there and attempts to seduce the,. He bungles every attempt.  He utterly and hilariously fails at seduction. In desperation he asks up the only other woman he can think of: his wife.

The God Of Carnage
at The Red Barn Theatre Until March 10
Two couples meet to discuss an altercation on the playground between their eleven year-old sons in a civilized manner.  Civilized manners soon give way to a rumble in the living room as both sets of parents become more and more childish.  Boys will be boys, but the adults are apparently much, much worse.


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