Highlights from Fall 2016

Soho Rep. presents

Jomama Jones in

DUAT

 

October 11 - November 6, 2016
WORLD PREMIERE

FIVE STARS! ...a luxury of theatrical overabundance... we are stunned by the talents before us!
— Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

By Daniel Alexander Jones
Directed by Will Davis
With new music by Samora Pinderhughes, Bobby Halvorson, and Jomama Jones

In the darkest hour of the night, surrender your heart to call the light.

Two halves of a soul hunt through a hall of records.
A librarian breaks the seal of a mysterious archive.
A teacher and her class prepare the pageant to end all pageants.

Duat conjures a spell of disintegration, transformation and regeneration through an incandescent performance in three parts. A little bit vaudeville, a little bit rock and soul.

Featuring Jacques Colimon, Tenzin Gund-Morrow, Toussaint Jeanlouis, Daniel Alexander Jones, Jomama Jones, Stacey Karen Robinson, Kaneza Schaal and more

Photo by Julieta Cervantes

Photo by Julieta Cervantes

Highlights from Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

Matt Walters, Matt Roper, Noah Diamond, and Seth Shelden are Zeppo, Chico, Groucho, and Harpo. Photo by Mark X. Hopkins

Matt Walters, Matt Roper, Noah Diamond, and Seth Shelden are Zeppo, Chico, Groucho, and Harpo. Photo by Mark X. Hopkins

[D]elightful... an approximation of the original that is utterly convincing, and darned entertaining as well!
— The New York Times, CRITICS PICK!
The new Brothers execute the scene with uncanny perfection... [A]part from still being extremely funny, it has the edge of randomness, the pure absurdity, that made the Marx Brothers seem, on that opening night as ever after, so modern.
— Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
[A] gang of chorines, clowns and pit players has raised the antic, anarchic spirit of the Marx Brothers in a splendidly daffy revival of I’LL SAY SHE IS... Nostalgic yet fresh, any whiff of mothball about the material is wafted away on gales of laughter.
— David Cote, Time Out New York

I'LL SAY SHE IS

The Lost Marx Brothers Musical

May 28 - July 3, 2016

Original book and lyrics by Will B. Johnstone

Adapted and expanded by Noah Diamond
Music by Tom Johnstone
Musical direction by Sabrina Chap
Choreography by Shea Sullivan
Directed by Amanda Sisk

In 1924, I'll Say She Is established the Marx Brothers as the darlings of the New York smart set and the preeminent jesters of the Jazz Age. But unlike their other Broadway hits, it was never filmed or revived. It was lost to history, until writer, performer, and Groucho Marxist Noah Diamond researched, restored, and adapted the work for its historic return to the stage. It was a smash hit of the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. In 2016, I'll Say She Is comes to the Connelly Theater for its first fully-realized production since the original closed ninety years ago.


Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents

A CARDBOARD & DUCT TAPE SPECTACULAR

WORLD PREMIERE
May 5 - 8, 2016

It’s fantastic. There are certain things that make New York City so incredibly special. And this is one of them.
— The New York Times

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents a return to the basics in its latest production, A Cardboard and Duct Tape Spectacular. Bindlestiff’s cast of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, sideshow marvels, musicians, and vaudevillians tackle the challenge of arriving at a theater to present a show... but finding their trunks have been delivered empty. The solution to this dilemma proves as simple as Cardboard and Duct Tape—like a child playing with the box that once contained a fancy toy, Bindlestiff’s cast finds delight and shares the joy with the audience. Stripping away the ultra-mediated modern experience of entertainment, Bindlestiff celebrates a DIY tradition made with the raw elements of passion, play, and circus skill.


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The Tank presents

The Offending Gesture

by Mac Wellman

Directed by Meghan Finn
Original Music composed by Alaina Ferris

WORLD PREMIERE
Part of The Tank's Flint & Tinder series
January 5 - 24, 2016

The Offending Gesture is a hilarious and poetic indictment of American foreign policy in Iraq, told through the true story of Hitler and his dog, Blondie. Acclaimed playwright Wellman takes as his subject a political incident that occurred in 1941 just before Germany invaded the Soviet Union, when Tor Borg, a Finnish businessman infamously taught his own dog Jackie to do the Nazi Party Salute in response to the command, “Heil Hitler."

Produced by The Tank in association with 3-Legged Dog.

THE OFFENDING GESTURE at the Connelly Theater... is particularly enjoyable... Meghan Finn, the director, has gotten the most out of this one, aided by haunting music composed by Alaina Ferris.
— Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times (CRITICS' PICK)
Seasoned Wellman watchers will luxuriate in the coded language games and philosophical puzzles in Meghan Finn’s very funny and well-acted production; newcomers should be dazzled.
— David Cote, Time Out NY (CRITICS'S PICK)

A SHOW FOR CHRISTMAS

Written & Performed by Daniel Kitson

NEW YORK PREMIERE
December 8 - 18, 2015

Daniel says:

Last year, I wrote and performed a Christmas Show called – quite brilliantly – A Show For Christmas. I didn’t know what it was going to be when I agreed to do it but I ended up really liking how it turned out and having only booked a five night run at the Battersea Arts Centre in the now defunct Grand Hall, I was always keen to do it again this year and So, as you may have guessed by now, I am bringing it to New York this Christmas.
 
The show itself is a pretty simple storytelling affair that is, if you’ll forgive me for saying so, rather lovely and deals, amongst other things, with the traditional seasonal concerns of loneliness, a brief scuffle in a newsagents, mobile phones, magic, the past and a long journey in a mid sized motorhome.
 
I mean. It's long been my vibe to charmingly undersell things, as you doubtless know, but I reread it last week to see if I needed to change anything and I actually REALLY enjoyed it.
 
I think it's really good.
 
So. There you go.

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[Daniel Kitson is a] monologuist extraordinaire—unconditionally enraged and engaging.
— The New York Times

 
 

2016 Lucille Lortel Award Winner: Outstanding Musical

Some of the most lovely and inventive music you can hear on a New York stage right now… How refreshing to meet a musical that has too much on its mind, rather than too little. FUTURITY can only help advance an art form that often seems unable to imagine itself a new future.
— Charles Isherwood, New York Times

Soho Rep. & Ars Nova present

FUTURITY

NEW YORK PREMIERE
October 6 - November 22, 2015

Music by César Alvarez with The Lisps
Lyrics & Book by César Alvarez
Directed by Sarah Benson

in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays

Two people try to imagine their way out of impossible circumstances in FUTURITY – an avant-Americana musical by indie band The Lisps. Julian is a Civil War soldier dreaming of a technological utopia. Ada is a mathematical genius thousands of miles away. Together, they’re going to invent a machine to end one of the darkest periods in our history. An electrifying concert-story featuring an army of musicians.

Highlights from 2014 - 15

Photo: David Greenspan. Credit: Aaron Epstein

Photo: David Greenspan. Credit: Aaron Epstein

Target Margin Theater presents

COMPOSITION…MASTER-PIECES…IDENTITY

May 25 - June 28, 2015

A new work conceived and performed by Obie Award-winner and TMT Associated Artist David Greenspan, Composition...Master-Pieces...Identity brings to life two “lectures” and a “play” by Gertrude Stein.

[A] fascinating new exploration of this singular writer’s work… listening to Mr. Greenspan read Stein’s words gives them a buoyancy and, yes, lucidity that lets them dance happily inside your head.
— The New York Times

Stein lab: When you see this remember me

May 27 - June 27, 2015

Target Margin Theater’s season-long exploration of all things Stein culminates at the Connelly Theater with The TMT Stein Lab. Artists include Jessica BraterJohn Del GaudioJesse FreedmanSarah LurieHandan OzbilginNatalie RobinNoah Scalin and Patrick Scheid.


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Lypsinka, the greatest chanteuse who never sung a note... brilliantly assesses the toll taken on women by their facades... That has always been the strength — and the high art — of this performer, and it is on virtuoso display.
— Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Tweed TheaterWorks presents

Lypsinka: the trilogy

November 5, 2014 - January 3, 2015

Is it a drag show? No. It is above and beyond: part Dalí, part Cocteau. It is the most remarkable thing—yes, thing—I have ever seen.
— Morrisey

Lypsinka! The Boxed Set

Directed by Kevin Malony

Not seen in New York since 2001, this full-length 'traditional Lypsinka' concert show is the award-winning revue of Lyp's greatest bits that has toured the world, flabbergasting audiences from Los Angeles to Sydney to Glasgow. Using a soundtrack created from films, musicals, and concert recordings, the supreme archivist of irony showcases the modern woman's challenge of being over-blessed with femininity and celebrity.

The Passion of the Crawford

Directed by Kevin Malony

The Lyp's tour de force embodiment of towering screen queen Joan Crawford—featuring a re-enactment of Crawford's onstage interview from 1973—is a fantasia of fame and insecurity, grandness and identity. Last presented in New York in 2005, this tribute to Hollywood and ego crisis has since been mounted from San Francisco to Sarasota. Featuring Scott Wittman and Steve Cuiffo as the Interviewer.

Show Trash

Directed by Barry Kleinbort

An autobiographical multi-media pastiche, starring Epperson - unmasked and in street clothes - tinkling the ivories and spinning yarns of Mississippi, Manhattan, and Hollywood. Now making its New York City theatrical premiere, the anecdotal SHOW TRASH reveals the man behind the madness.