Highlights from Fall 2018

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New York Theatre Workshop presents

MANDY PATINKIN IN CONCERT: DIARIES 2018


By Mandy Patinkin
with Adam Ben-David on piano

October 10th - 28th

Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries 2018 is a marriage of some of Mandy’s favorite Broadway and classic American tunes, along with selections from his newest recordings, Mandy Patinkin Diary January 2018 and Mandy Patinkin Diary April/May 2018 (Nonesuch).
 
“Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that's exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of popular song. From Randy Newman to Stephen Sondheim, from Rufus Wainwright to Harry Chapin, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a musical journey you'll never forget.


Geraldine Hughes, in association with Firefly Theater & Films, presents

BELFAST BLUES


Written & Performed by Geraldine Hughes
Directed by Carole Kane

October 22nd & 23rd

One wee girl’s story about family, war, Jesus, and Hollywood, Geraldine Hughes’ (McGonnagall in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway)' one-woman show is a tapestry of true stories told from Hughes’ perspective as a little girl coming of age in the war-torn Belfast of the 1980s. After award-winning runs in Los Angeles, West Belfast, Belfast, Chicago, Off-West End London, and Off-Broadway, the Belfast Blues plays the Connelly for two shows only.

Outstanding
— LA Times
A bravura performance
— London Morning Star
Takes your breath away
— Chicago Sun-Times
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Highlights from Fall 2017 - Summer 2018

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Ars Nova, piece by piece productions & Z Space present

THE LUCKY ONES

A world premiere new musical

Book by The Bengsons & Sarah Gancher
Music & Lyrics by The Bengsons
Choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
Directed by Anne Kauffman

March 19 - April 28, 2018

Indie-music duo The Bengsons spin a memory-tale of teenaged passion, ideals lived to the limits, family shattered and faith lost — all in hope of finding a way home again. Through soulful electro-folk songs, this driving, semi-autobiographical story grabs joy and grief with the same hand and holds them tightly, in a radical affirmation of being alive.

See the next world premiere musical commissioned and developed by “one of the most adventurous off-broadway companies” (NY Times) Ars Nova (KPOP, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), and created by the team behind the “luminous” (NY Times) Hundred Days: musical duo The Bengsons, Sarah Gancher, Emmy-nominee Sonya Tayeh, and Obie Award-winning Anne Kaufman.

★★★★ The lucky ones, the show suggests, are those who, born into damage, can still “open up.” Abigail Bengson, with her extraordinarily expressive musical and authorial voice, does so magnificently.
— Time Out New York

LUCILLE LORTEL NOMINATIONS:

Outstanding Choreographer – Sonya Tayeh
Outstanding Actor in a Musical – Damon Daunno
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Maryann Plunkett
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Myra Lucretia Tayl
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Adina Verson

DRAMA DESK NOMINATIONS:
Outstanding Featured Actor – Damon Daunno
Outstanding Music – The Bengsons
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical – Amit Chandrashaker

Highlights from Fall 2016 - Summer 2017

Sinking Ship Productions presents

A HUNGER ARTIST


Based on the story by Franz Kafka

Created by:
    Performer Jonathan Levin
    Playwright Josh Luxenberg
    Director Joshua William Gelb

June 1 - 27, 2017 & January 10 - 16, 2018

“Are you still starving? When are you going to stop…?”

A man sits alone in a cage, starving himself for your entertainment. Sinking Ship Productions’ acclaimed, visually-striking adaptation of the Franz Kafka short story uses physical theater, Victorian miniatures, puppetry, and a set of simple props to support a powerhouse solo performance.

Once cheered by thousands, the Hunger Artist is now forgotten by everyone except his one-time manager. What begins as a simple nostalgic story transforms into a startlingly inventive, darkly comic trip into the nature of memory, art, performance, and spectatorship, as told by the only person who remembers an artist whose act was simply... to hunger.

Winner of Summerhall's Lustrum Award for Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe, and nominated for two Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Solo Performance, and Outstanding Puppet Design).

 
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OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Jonathan Levin

OUTSTANDING PUPPET DESIGN
Charlie Kanev, Sarah Nolen, Jonathan Levin

★★★★★ A bravura display of theatrical skill... the best, most complete work I’ve seen this year. If I had a sixth star, it would get one.
— Fringe Guru (Edinburgh)
★★★★ CRITICS PICK! Surprisingly lovable... full of jokes and sudden sympathy... The artist starves but we leave sated.
— Time Out New York
Directed by Joshua William Gelb from an elegant script by Josh Luxenberg, this visually arresting ‘Hunger Artist’ leads with enchantment... [Jonathan Levin] holds the audience in the palm of his hand.”
— The New York Times

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The Tank presents

STREEPSHOW!


By Jay Stull
Directed by Andrew Neisler

June 1 - June 24
As part of the Save & Print series

This is the true story of nine characters, once played by Meryl Streep, picked to live in a house, and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being, oh I don't know, direct and start getting, well, breathy. The characters in STREEPSHOW! have no knowledge of the actress Meryl Streep and think of themselves as real people with uncannily similar, tragic biographies. But when the winner of STREEPSHOW! is promised the opportunity to rewrite her tragedy, it's every Streep for her exquisitely poised self. This is theater in reality TV drag, actors in Meryl drag, and America's pop music canon in cabaret drag.


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.