Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Theater: New Shows (Aug. 21-27)

Broadway's Chaplin competes with
YouTube videos of the real deal

Let's shine the spotlight on Detroit by Lisa D'Amour. The comedy nearly visited Broadway in '11 as well as just missing the Pulitzer. A strong cast (John Cullum, Amy Ryan, and, um, David Schwimmer) and smart director (Anne Kauffman) mount the show, which bowed to acclaim at Steppenwolf in Fall '10. Subject is another jaundiced look at the 'burbs, and comparisons to Clybourne Park will be inevitable. So will Detroit's themes be lost on an urbane audience like NYC's or will it be a good fit for Bloomberg's Manhattan? 

where: Playwrights Horizons
first night: Friday, Aug. 24

And here's the rest of this week's debuts:

where: Barrymore Theater
first night: Tuesday, Aug. 21
A musical about silent cinema's greatest legend sounds like a contradiction in terms. The show rests entirely on Rob McClure's flexible cane. He's got to sing and dance but also clown well. If he can, this show'll be a delight, whether the music works or not. But FYI, an earlier draft of this show, then called Limelight, got limp reviews at La Jolla in '10.

where: Roundabout at Laura Pels Theater
first night: Friday, Aug. 24
Jake Gyllenhaal makes his America stage debut―back in '02, he played London in This Is Our Youth to respectful reviews. Here he lends his wattage to a new play by a young Brit, taking the role of a drifter-uncle who acts as catalyst for a family in crisis.

where: Theater Row
first night: Thursday, Aug. 23
For Arthur Miller completists, a revival of an early '90s drama by a small OOB troupe. The depressive playwright brings his dour game: themes involve lost dreams, arguments about capitalist striving, and committing wives to mental asylums.

Last chance!
Fringe NYC 2012
where: all over town

Sister Act
where: Broadway Theater

Two Rooms
where: Theater Row

Uncle Vanya
where: Soho Rep

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