Crowd pleasers rub shoulders with outright provocations this week, with a wide enough range of warm holiday programming, and stark counter-programming, to keep any theatregoer on their toes.
Alongside the expected onslaught of holiday fare, both traditional and alternative, come a few other dark, wintry visitors—witches, beasts, tyrants, serial killers and Cruella Deville.
As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s not just holiday fare lighting up the nation’s stages but a notably large helping of Shakespeare, musicals, and provocative drama.
Amid the usual early trickle of holiday shows both strange and familiar are more intense fare: plays tackling meaty historical themes, some sweeping musicals, and piercing, intimate dramas.
A contrasting pair of Heddas, the specter of death, and battles of faith and religious identity spark some of this week’s notable offerings across America.
Political and cultural conflicts, plus a dash of camp (two vintage Charles Busch revivals!), ignite this week’s offerings on stages across America.
Animals and angels, scientists and seers, extraordinary and ordinary folks jostle for attention in this week’s sampling of U.S. stage offerings.
Music, murder, trickery and grief are some of the themes in play this week across America, from the Greeks to the geeks, from the cocktail hour to the boxing ring.
Halloween is weeks away, but things are already getting a little ugly this October, whether the bloodletting is graphic or the damage is internal. Even the kids’ shows this week are about a bat, a Gorgon and a big bad wolf. Be careful out there.
A female Prospero, heartland jitters, retro culture clashes, and a whale of a tale highlight this week onstage across America.