Monday, July 30, 2012

Theater: New Shows (July 31-August 6)

A family tree helps you keep the rivalries straight
in Richard III (photo: Joan Marcus)

The final month of summertime, when the schedule is easy. Of special note for this Shakespeare fan is a Richard III. Ron Cephas Jones stole an '04 production of R3 with his mesmerizing recitation of Clarence's dream, so he's earned the crown this time around. His resonant voice and gaunt physique should make for an interesting Richard Crookback.

where: Longacre Theater
first night: Thursday, Aug. 2
Iron Mike takes to the Broadway stage for an evening of autobiography. Undisputed: Tyson, one of the most punishing fighters of the 20C, was convicted for rape. In prison, he converted to Islam. I'd love to hear his perspective on the latter two truths. But frankly, I don't know what to expect from him.

where: 59E59
first night: Wednesday, Aug. 1
A young actress, having recorded her grandmother's memories of theater in her day, spins and remixes the tapes from a control booth onstage. Backing the project is Hand2Mouth, an experimental troupe out of Seattle that comes with a solid reputation across the nation.

where: The Public Theater
first night: Monday, Aug. 6
Who doesn't enjoy the murderous bustle of this history play? This one's inexpensive & pocket-sized, with a small cast & none of the ornament that clogs most contemporary Shakespeare. Incidentally, this production has toured local community centers, homeless shelters, and prisons all summer long.

Last chance!
where: Al Hirschfeld Theater

where: Studio 54

where: Shubert Theater

where: Claire Tow Theater

The Material World
where: Dixon Place

Triassic Parq The Musical
where: Soho Playhouse

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