OFF-BROADWAY SPRING PREVIEW: Passion, Terrence McNally, The Last Five Years, Jesse Eisenberg, Neil LaBute, Edie Falco

By Robert Simonson
29 Dec 2012

David Byrne

Annie Baker, of Circle Mirror Transformation and the recent talked-about adaptation of Uncle Vanya at Soho Rep, has The Flick, a Playwrights Horizons premiere about three underpaid employees in a run-down movie theatre in central Massachusetts. Sam Gold directs.

Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater, which has been providing numerous young, unknown scribes with opportunities, offers Luck of the Irish, the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's play about an upwardly mobile African-American couple that pays a struggling Irish family to "ghost-buy" a house for them in 1950s Boston. (Shades of Clyborne Park?) Previews begin Jan. 28. And Edie Falco adorns the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of The Madrid, a Liz Flahive play about a woman who decides to walk away from her life, leaving her daughter to pick up the pieces.

A pair of interesting musical projects will grace the stages of the Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons. The former will host Here Lies Love, the world premiere of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's musical about Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos, starting April 2. And the latter will be the home from May 18 of Far From Heaven, a tuneful version of the Todd Haynes film by Richard Greenberg, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie. If it were up to me, I'd say those two project might want to switch titles.

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