PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Aug. 10-16: Soul Doctor Opens, Rattlestick Presents The Hilltown Plays and Spider-Man Suffers Injuries

By Robert Simonson
16 Aug 2013

A five-play cycle featuring the work of Lucy Thurber, the collection of works tells the story of a woman who works her way into a new life from a childhood of poverty, alcoholism and abuse. Each play examines a pivotal stage of the character's life, spanning from a childhood in a poor mill town in Western Massachusettes through adulthood as a successful author. They investigate, say press material, "where we come from" — a recurring theme in Thurber's work.

The five plays are Scarcity, Ashville, Where We're Born, Killers and Other Family and Stay. Some of the dramas have seen life on the New York stage before; three (Where We're Born, Killers and Other Family and Stay) were staged at Rattlestick. To stage a five-play cycle, Rattlestick needs five stages. Those theatres, all clustered in the West Village, included Cherry Lane's main stage and studio space, the New Ohio Theatre, the Axis Theatre and, of course, Rattlestick.

The quintet of plays run through Sept. 28. 

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The Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is having a rough August. It was halted Aug. 15 after a cast member was injured during a performance of the elaborate musical. The actor was taken to the hospital where he is receiving medical attention. The FDNY reported that the actor was taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition.

Last week, the Aug. 6 performance was cancelled due to technical difficulties.