Monday, February 20, 2012

Current Productions for the week of February 20, 2012

Living Out by Lisa Loomer
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.

Red by John Logan
at The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Until Feb 26
This thrilling new American play and winner of the 2010 Tony Award, Red, is a provocative portrait of Abstract expressionist, Mark Rothko, as he works feverishly in his studio on the Bowery to complete the biggest commission in the history of modern art, his assistant Ken brashly questions Rothko's theories of art and his acceding to work on such a commercial project.

Barney Cashman is middleaged, 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 Pitman Painters by Lee Hall
at Palm Beach Dramaworks Until Mar 11
In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine.

Beau Jest by James Sherman 
at The Tamarac Theatre of Performing Arts Until Mar 11
Sarah is a nice Jewish girl with a problem: her parents don’t know she is dating a WASP executive named Chris Kringle. She tells them she is dating a Jewish doctor and they insist on meeting him. She plans a dinner party and employs an escort service to send her a Jewish date to be Dr. Steinberg. Instead, they send Bob Schroeder, an aspiring actor who is extremely convincing in the role and Sarah's parents are enraptured. Soon, even Sarah falls for Bob. 

Working by Stephen Schwartz
at The Caldwell Theatre Company Presents Until April 1
Based on the best-selling book of interviews with American workers by Studs Terkel, Working explores the American workday from the Monday morning blues to a working person's pride in having "something to point to."  Music by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Lin Manuel-Miranda (In the Heights), and Grammy award winner James Taylor.


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