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.
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.