Love and luck, death and disease, real estate and unreal states are some of the themes of the week on U.S. stages.
History, both real and reimagined, inspires several offerings this week; many of the rest hone in on intimacy, both authentic and fictive.
Historical figures are one theme this week—there are plays about W.E.B. DuBois, Lewis Carroll and Mae West—as is a pronounced emphasis on revivals, both of classics and of significant plays of more recent vintage.
This week’s characters onstage include kings, princes, heiresses and saints, as well as composers, actors, explorers—and some everyday folks.
From the fanciful to the profound, and all points in between—including the fanciful and profound, i.e., Gertrude Stein—this week onstage boasts as wide a range of authors, genres and theatre sizes as we’ve seen in a long while.
Bookended by two very different puppet shows (and two Lewis Black productions), this week’s theatrical offerings range from the raw to the urbane, the frothy to the gritty, the poetic to the prosaic.
2015 kicks off with (mostly) affairs of the heart, both strange and intimate, on canvases big and small, in tones both light and dark.
A few holiday leftovers linger, but the New Year ushers in both sobering drama and fairy-tale whimsy, musical excursions and comic dances with death.
Stages are crowded with Christmas shows, both familiar and strange, along with some outlying fairy tales, sketch comedy and Johnny Cash.
Alongside Scrooge and the Cratchits you’ll find Crumpet, Ralphie and George Bailey, as well as some fun alternative-holiday offerings and some intriguing counter-programming.