THE WEEK AHEAD, Jan. 5-11: Broadway Bids Adieu to War Horse, Grace, Chaplin, Elf and Dead Accounts

By Blake Ross
05 Jan 2013

Laurie Metcalf in The Other Place.
photo by Joan Marcus

Tuesday, January 8
OPENING→ When Quiara Alegría Hudes' Water By the Spoonful took home the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, theatre watchers were stunned because the new play had only been seen by a handful of people in a low-profile production at Hartford Stage in 2011. New York audiences and the theatre world at large will finally get to see the acclaimed play, about an Iraqi war vet's return home, in a larger scale production at Second Stage. (Second Stage Theatre, 305 W. 43rd St., at 8th Ave., click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

GO (TOUR)→ Get on the bus! The disco-pop musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert kicks off a national tour in Minneapolis! The sparkly play about three drag queens and their jaunt through the Australian desert features disco classics like "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive" and "Say a Little Prayer." The 17-city tour follows its premiere engagement with stops in Cleveland and St. Louis this month. (Orpheum Theatre through Jan. 13, click here for a full schedule of tour dates/tickets.)

Wednesday, January 9
GO→ The Public Theater presents its annual Under the Radar Festival Jan. 9-20 at the theatre's newly-renovated Lafayette Street home. Expect new works from playwrights and theatre troupes from around the globe. Highlights include a new work from the renowned theatre company Elevator Repair Service (Gatz); A 20th Century Abridged Concert of Popular Music by downtown theatre artist Taylor Mac; and a new take on Hamlet presented by Iran's Leev Theater Group. (Through Jan. 20, Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., info/tickets.)

Thursday, January 10
OPENING→ Laurie Metcalf returns to her critically acclaimed, Obie-winning performance in Sharr White's The Other Place, now on Broadway in a Manhattan Theatre Club production. The Joe Mantello-directed play centers on Juliana Smithton (Metcalf), a tough-as-nails doctor who has dedicated her career to developing a dementia-fighting drug only to find herself in the middle of a health crisis. With her declining health comes an implosion of her personal life, including a divorce from her longtime husband (Daniel Stern) and an estrangement from her daughter (played by Metcalf's real-life daughter, Zoe Perry). (Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Friday, January 11
PREVIEWS→ America Ferrera stars in the world-premiere of Laura Mark's Bethany, produced by Off-Broadway's Women's Project Theater. The "Ugly Betty" star will take a decidedly darker turn as a desperate, financially strapped denizen of a town virtually wiped out by the housing market collapse. Officially opens Jan. 20. (New York City Center Stage II, 131 W. 55th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., info/tickets.)

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

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