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Marvin's Tip Sheet


Marvin's Tip Sheet

August 30, 2015

Welcome all to another theatrical season and another edition of Prof. Carlson’s tip sheets.  As most readers will know, I prepare these tip sheets approximately twice a month during the season and include in them admittedly idiosyncratic Items that may get little publicity elsewhere or, if they do, present some special feature I think is worth noting.  Preference is given to interesting experimental work, revivals of classic or period works and foreign play.  Large commercial ventures are usually not covered except when I hear of a special ticket bargain.  Let the good times roll.

The inimitable Everett Quinton plays a demented Florida artist in a camp comedy thriller, Drop Dead Perfect, playing at St. Clements thru Oct. 11th.  Tix $39 with code DDP39, 423 West 46 St.   Tel. 845-786-2873.

BAM will be presenting a major new version of Antigone from Europe, directed by the major Flemish director Ivo van Hove, who will be the European director of the year in New York this season.  Sept. 24th-Oct. 4th.  Tix start at $30.  30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn.  Tel. 718-636-4100. Van Hove’s A View from the Bridge, a major success in London, begins a Broadway run Nov. 12th, with preview from Oct. 21st.  Box office opens Sept. 8th.  Discount tix at $69 and $87 with code VBMAIL720.  149 West 45 Street (Lyceum). Tel. 212-947-8844.  The New York Theatre Workshop, which introduced van Hove to New York and has regularly produced his work for more than a decade, will also offer a new van Hove this season, Lazarus, by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, inspired by the novel, The Man Who Fell to Earth.  This will be in November/December and tix are now available on for members.  

Horizon Theatre presents an unusual and important evening of five German expressionist dramas from 1911-1922 in their program Culture Shock, running Sept. 4th thru Sept. 21st.  The program includes Kafka’s only play, and works by Stramm, Toller, Behn, and Schreyer.  At the Access Theatre, 384 Broadway in TriBeCa.  Tel 646-781-9067.

Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players’ Isolde begins previews at the Theatre for a New Audience Sept. 6th and runs until Sept. 27th.  Tix $35 for the first week with code NYCP35 and $20 anytime for students with code NEWDEAL.  Otherwise $55-$85.  262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn (near BAM), Tix at here [click.<]

The Lion Theatre presents a surrealistic comedy, In Bed with Roy Cohn,  about the dying moments of the notorious Roy Cohn, when he is visited by the major figures of his eventful life. Thru Oct. 3rd. Tix $39.  410 West 42 St. Tel. 212-947-8844.

The Acting Company is presenting Desire, an evening of six plays by Beth Henley, Rebecca Gilman, Elizabeth Egloff, David Grimm, Marcus Gardley and John Guare based on short stories by Tennessee Williams Sept. 2nd-Oct. 11th.  Tix $70.  59 East 59 Theatres.  Tel. 212-279-4200.

Thomas Bradshaw returns to the Flea Theatre with his new work, Fulfillment, Sept. 4th-Oct. 19th.  Tix $35-$75.  41 White Street.  Tel. 866-811-4111.

Maybe this will be the season of In Bed plays.  You can also see the Freudian meditation, In Bed with Hamlet, at the Rattlestick Theatre thru Oct. 25th.  Tix. Thru Sept. 9th $25, after Sept. 9th $35.  Student tix $5.  224 Waverly Place.  Tel. 866-811-4111.

The first show of the Primary Stages season is Informed Consent, by emerging playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer.  It is a fascinating study about the controversial world of bioethics and the use of human subjects. Tix $70.  At the Duke on 42 St.  229 West 42.  Tel. 646-223-3010.

Metropolitan Playhouse, an invaluable showcase for early twentieth century American drama, opens its season with the first revival of Arthur Richman’s 1921 Broadway hit comedy, The Awful Truth.  Sept. 29th thru Oct. 18th.  Tix $25, students $20.  220 East 4th St/.  Tel. 800-838-3006.

Another major theatre devoted to revivals from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century is the Mint Theatre, which is now playing The New Morality, a charming British comedy from the 1920s by Harold Chapin.  Thru Oct. 11th.  Tix discounted to $49.50 with the code MINT49.  311 West 43 St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.

The summer hit at the Irish Rep, Conor McPherson’s The Weir, has been extended thru Sept. 6th. Tix $71.  At the DR2 Theatre,  103 West 15 St.  Tel. 212-727-2717.

A new musical, based on the classic novel, Daddy Long Legs, opens at the Davenport Theatre Sept. 10th with discount tix at $49 available from 

The opening production of the Pearl season will be a five-person Midsummer Night’s Dream from this summer’s Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.  Sept. 8th-Oct. 31st.  Tix $65.  555 West 42 St.  Tel. 212-563-9261.

Roundabout Theatre Company is launching its fall season Sept. 17th with a revival of Harold Pinter’s Old Times.  Tix $67 to $137.  American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42 St. Tel. 212-719-1300.
The Manhattan Theatre Club is opening its season with the Broadway Premiere of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love Sept. 15th-Dec. 6th.  Telechare discounts start at $49.  261 West 47 St. 

Opera performer Arthur Woodley is appearing in his first dramatic role in Henry Miller’s Shout! As part of the Theatre for a New City 2015 “Dream Up” Festival, Sept. 12-20.  Tix $20.  155 First Avenue. Tel. 212-868-4444.