Thursday, January 19, 2017

What To See In 2017: Part Four

A few days ago, I posted my thoughts on several of the new Broadway shows that are set to open in the next few months. Here is Part Four in my ongoing series. Now unlike my previous posts which featured a mix of plays and musicals, this one is focused on three of the new plays, plus one that is returning to Broadway for the first time since it's original production. Enjoy.

A Doll’s House, Part 2A Doll's House Part 2
First Preview: April 1
Opens: April 27

What's that you say? A sequel to one of the theatre's greatest plays? It can't be true right? After all A Doll's House premiered back in December 1879. That's over a hundred and thirty-seven years for you mathematicians out there. A Dolls' House Part 2, which is a continuation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House, is written by Lucan Hnath, and stars Emmy winner and Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf, and Academy Award winner Chris Cooper. The show, which is being directed by Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home, The Glass Menagerie), also stars Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans), and two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad (Ruined, Stick Fly). Quite the cast don't you think?

The Play That Goes WrongThe Play That Goes Wrong
First Preview: March 9
Opens: April 2

A new play from across the pond? Oh and it's a comedy too. Winner of the 2015 Oliver Award for Best Comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong, is described as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off. Now that sounds like my kind of comedy. Not only that, but the original company of the London production are reprising their roles for Broadway. It just keeps getting better and better theatre fans.

First Preview: April 4
Opens: April 18

IndecentHard to believe that it's taken forty years for Paula Vogel to make her Broadway debut. Well thankfully we won't have to wait much longer theatre fans. Indecent, which is inspired by the play God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch’s, is described as a play with music. The show, which premiered back in 1923, featured the first ever same sex kiss between two young girls. Not surprisingly, this caused quite a bit of controversy, as well as jeopardizing the careers of the shows author, and it's actor's.

Six Degrees Of Separation
First Preview: April 5
Opens: April 25

Six Degrees of SeparationNow of all the shows set to open this season, this is the one that I am the most excited about. How could I not? Not only is it one of my favorite plays. but it is starring Emmy winner Allison Janney, and Tony winner John Benjamin Hickey as New York socialites Ouisa and Fran Kittredge. The show, which is scheduled to run thru July 16, is one show you don't want to miss this season.

So there you have it theatre fans. Quite the season don't you think? Which ones will fail, and which ones will succeed? We will soon find out. Until next time theatre fans.

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