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Marvin's Tip Sheet

"Marvin’s Tip Sheet" is a bi-monthly publication about current productions in the New York City area. It is compiled by Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Performance, Comparative Literature, and Middle Eastern Studies.

Prof. Carlson’s Tip Sheet

February 15, 2020 


Theater for the New City marks black history month with two new shows.  Melanie Maria Goodreaux's The White Blacks, depicts a family that tries to "pass" in contemporary New Orleans.  February 27th - March 15th.  Tix $18, students $15.  Donal E. Lacy's one-man Colorstruck is a constantly changing commentary on current racial politics.  February 27th - March 15th   Tix. $20.  155 First Ave.  Tel 1-800-838-3006.
Another work on the black experience, with unusual and effective audience participation, is Where We Stand, a community meeting solo show at WP theater.  Now thru March 1st.  Tix. $39-$59.  2162 Broadway at 76 St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.
In honor of both Black History Month and Women's History Month a group of noted black female arts, speakers, and scholars share their personal stories in In Love and Struggle at the Minetta Lane Theatre February 28th – February 29th and March 1.  Tix. 25.  18 Minetta Lane. 
Ma-Yi Theater's sold-out Bushwick Starr, Suicide Forest, will be revived at A.R.T.  February 25th - March 15th.  502 West 53 St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.  Tix $30-$50 previews (February) then $50-$75. 
HERE RAW's festival of Resident Artists, presents seven shows for seven days February 23rd - March 1st.  Festival pass only $15.  See HERE website for dates and descriptions.  145 sixth Ave. 
Hanoch Levin's The Whore from Ohio will be presented by the New Yiddish Rep. at Theater for the New City February 19th – February 23rd.  Tix. $25 or pay what you can February 19th and February 23rd.   155 West 10th St. Tel. 800-838-3006.
Coal Country, dealing with a coal mining disaster, will be presented at the Public Feb. 18-March 29.  Tix $65-$95.  Tel. 967-7555.
Next up at City Center's Encores! series is Jerry Herman's Mack & Mabel, February 19th – February 23rd.  Tix $35-$150.  131 West 55 St.  Tel. 581-1212.
The noted newscaster, Dan Rather, presented his autobiographical Stories of a Lifetime at the Minetta Lane Theatre February 18th and February 19th.  Tix. $46-$56 ($10 off with code DRA10).  18 Minetta Lane.  Tel. 800-745-3000.
Vomitorium, a "tragicomic reflection on the history of metatheatre from religious ritual to livestreaming," a performance/video installation will be offered by the Kitchen February 22nd - March 22nd.  Wednesday - Friday 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday – Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m./Admission free.  Queenslab, 1611 Cody Ave., Ridgewood, NY.
MSM is presenting a revival of Andrew Lippa's musical The Wild Party February 21st – February 23rd.  Tix $15, students $10.  91 Claremont Ave.  Tel. 749-2802.
She Persisted, The Musical, a feminist musical for kids based on Chelsea Clinton's book, plays at the Atlantic (morning shows, Saturday and Sunday only) February 22nd - March 22nd.  Tix. $21.50 adults, $16.50 kids.  336 West 20 St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.
Sondheim on Sondheim is being revived by Theater 2020 in Brooklyn Heights February 20th - March 14th.  Tix $40 ($30 students).  180 Remsen St.  Tel 1-800-838-3006
A double bill of Strindberg's Isle of the Dead and The Pelican will be presented at Theatre for the New City thru February 22nd.  Tix.  $18. $15 student.  $5 discount with code PELICAN5.  155 First Ave.  Tel. 254-1109.
All the Natalie Portmans, a new coming-of-gay-age comedy, plays at MCC thru March 15.  Tix$37.  511 West 52 St.  Tel. 727-7722.
Taylor Mac's new production, The Fre, will be performed at the Flea February 28th - April 12th.  Tix $25-$35 to March 14th, then $40 to $50.  Open seating, partially in a ball pit.  20 Thomas Street.  Tel.  226-0051.
Stephen Lloyd Helpers' epic A Sign of the Times will be offered at Theatre 511 February 17th - April 4th. Tix $51. 511 West 54 St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.
Next up at NYTW, Celine Song's Endlings February 20th - March 29th.  Tix $35-$75.  79 East 4th St.  Tel 460-5475.
The Sabbath Girl, a romantic comedy, play at 59 East 59 thru March 8.  Tix $38.50.  $5 off with code LOVETC.  Tel. 646-892-7999.  Also opening February 18th and running until March 15th at the same theatre, Mr. Toole, depicting the final days of the author John Kennedy Toole.  Tix $25.
The Players Short Plays Festival presents five new short plays this weekend and each of the next two, ending March 1st.  The theme is the ever-popular SEX.  Tix $20.  115 MacDougal St.  Tel 866-811-4111