June 18, 2011 - July 17, 2011
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, by Paula Vogel
A wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel.
Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize. "Ms. Vogel has written a lovely, harrowing guide to the crippling persistence of one woman's memories." —NY Times. "… "With subtle humor and teasing erotic encounters, Vogel addresses the dangerous intersections of teenage temptation. She also paints a richly poetic and picturesque landscape…The play is a potent and convincing comment on a taboo subject, and its impact sneaks up on its audience." —Variety. "…HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE turns out to be a most compelling ride." —BackStage.
July 23, 2011 - August 21, 2011
HALF AND HALF, by James Sherman
A beautifully constructed new comedy which explores marriages past and present in two related one-act plays. In the first act, set at a breakfast in 1970, the breadwinner husband reads the newspaper and the homemaker wife fries the eggs. In act two, at breakfast 35 years later, the career-minded wife reads the paper and the stay-at-home husband cooks the frittata. With his unique comic insight, Sherman looks at how husbands and wives accept and reject their roles, how their roles have changed and, how their roles just might be changing back. From the author of the smash-hit "Beau Jest."
August 27, 2011 - October 2, 2011
THREE VIEWINGS, by Jeffrey Hatcher
Rich characters, surprising twists, and a wacky comic tone connect three tales set in a small town funeral parlor. Funny, genuine, and surprisingly touching -- audiences are sure laugh out loud at playwright Jeffrey Hatcher's comic ingenuity.
"THREE VIEWINGS is essential viewing..." -- NY Magazine
"...beautifully spun tales that have cumulative impact -- and surprise payoffs... one of the season's indisputable triumphs." -- Variety
October 6, 2011 - November 13, 2011
THE FOREIGNER, by Larry Shue
Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. An inspired comic romp, THE FOREIGNER enjoyed a sold-out premiere in Milwaukee before moving on to a long run Off-Broadway. Based on what the NY Post describes as a "devilishly clever idea," the play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English.
"I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another." —The New Yorker. "…a constant invitation to relax and laugh at the foolishness of life…" —Village Voice. "Shue's comedy is positively antic, yet pleasantly seasoned with a few dashes of sentimentality…He has raided comedy's storehouse…" —Bergen Record.
November 17, 2011 - December 31, 2011
RECKLESS, by Craig Lucas
At home on Christmas Eve, Rachel is informed by her guilty husband that he has hired a hitman to kill her, and she must flee for her life!!
This richly inventive dark comedy marked the arrival of an exceptionally imaginative and resourceful young playwright. Filled with crazy characters and events "…Mr. Lucas has given us a bittersweet Christmas fable for our time. It's a Wonderful Life as it might be reimagined for contemporary America …RECKLESS…has a simple emotional pull akin to that of a Crosby ballad... it yanks us through every conceivable comic absurdist hoop, fracturing narrative, language and characterization on the way to its rending destination." —NY Times.
January 5, 2012 - February 12, 2012
ALL MY SONS, by Arthur Miller
The great Arthur Miller's classic play about guilt, responsibility, and the relationship between fathers and sons in the aftermath of World War II. All My Sons asks: What do you believe in—and how do you go on believing—when the world changes, and the ones who gave you those beliefs have let you down? Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, this masterpiece launched Arthur Miller's career and crowned him one of America's most successful playwrights.
February 16, 2012 - March 18, 2012
SHIRLEY VALENTINE, by Willy Russell
Back by popular demand, Carlisle Ellis stars in Willy Russell's tour-de-force is an ordinary middle class English housewife. As she prepares chips and egg for dinner, she ruminates on her life and tells the wall about her husband, her children, her past, and an invitation from a girlfriend to join her on holiday in Greece.
"Absolutely smashing."-The New York Post
"A joyful, captivating piece of theatre."-The New York Daily News
"A thrilling, cheer raising piece of theatre."- The Financial Times
March 22, 2012 - April 22, 2012
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, by Ariel Dorfman
Winner of the Sir Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play of the London Season 1992. Winner of 5 Dora Awards 1996. Tony award winning Glenn Close, Richard Dreyfuss and Gene Hackman starred on Broadway in this suspenseful mystery. A white knuckle thriller -- and a rivetting intellectual and emotional tug of war.
"Searing." Christian Science Monitor.
"Magnificent.... One of those rare plays which ... seem to grasp the pulse of the century." London Financial Times.
"A terrifying moral thriller which combines brilliant theatricality with clear thought and fierce compassion." London Sunday Times.
"Suspenseful, rivetting ... [and] movingly personal." N.Y. Times.
April 26, 2012 - June 3, 2012
THE COCKTAIL HOUR, by A.R. Gurney
From the author of SYLVIA, comes this winner of the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play. A long-runming New York success, this witty, perceptive play blends humor with moments of affecting poignancy. "THE COCKTAIL HOUR is as funny and moving as The Dining Room…it could be the best play he has done so far." —The New Yorker. "It makes for a deliciously funny and also occasionally touching evening, as Gurney's family sit around raking over old coals and settling old scores with a quite new and beguiling freshness." —NY Post. "The lines in the play crackle and pop with an electricity all their own." —Drama-Logue. "…when I watch Gurney at his best, as he is here, I laugh through the tears." —NY Daily News.
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