Monday, July 2, 2012

Theater: New Shows (July 3-9)

Despite the national holiday, more shows make their debut this cycle than did in June's final week. The show to see is probably DruidMurphy, which rides into town on a wave of anticipation. But I'm a sucker, so I can't wait to see Alan Cumming's one-man Macbeth. It sounds silly, and likely will be, but it's also singular and potentially revelatory.

where: Lynch Theater at Lincoln Center
first night: Thursday, July 5
A nine-hour epic trilogy of violent, ugly Irish theater. Notes about the playwright, Tom Murphy, possess the sort of blushing enthusiasm that imply he'd been forgotten for a few decades; he definitely isn't well-known on this side of the Atlantic. But LC Festival-goers enjoy a long, hard sit since it's almost invariably rewarded with a phenomenal experience.

where: Theater Row
first night: Saturday, July 7
Cole Porter's the main draw to this musical production, which revises and adapts the non-Porter book. A sophisticated English gal tromps around the world, trying her damnedest to lose her virginity.

where: Rose Theater at Lincoln Center
first night: Thursday, July 5
Alan Cumming plays the thane, his wife, and every other role in this one-man version of Shakespeare's tightest tragedy. I've never seen him perform Shakespeare (live, anyway―he was fine in Taymor's Titus), but I hesitate to call this show a gimmick. He's definitely got enough vitality to hypnotize an audience into buying it.

where: Atlantic Stage 2
first night: Tuesday, July 3
As usual, the annual summer double-bill from the Potomac Theater Project shows a great program but likely will disappoint with stagey productions. Still, I'll risk it to see Serious Money, a vicious look at insider trading from radical leftie/genius playwright Caryl Churchill. And who wouldn't feel tempted by Neal Bell's essential adaptation of Frankenstein?

Last chance!
Anything Goes
where: Sondheim Theater

The Columnist
where: Friedman Theater

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
where: Rodgers Theater

where: The Wild Project

A Thick Description of Harry Smith (Volume I)
where: The Culture Project at 45 Bleecker

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