PLAYBILL PICKS: Spring Fever! Playbill Contributors Share Titles They're Eager to See in Spring 2013

By Playbill Staff
17 Jan 2013

David Larsen in Hands on a Hardbody.
Photo by Kevin Berne

KENNETH JONES, Managing Editor

Rigoletto (Metropolitan Opera). Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) resets the Verdi opera in 1960s Las Vegas with his favorite Broadway designers, including the visionary Tony winner Christine Jones. Ain't that a kick in the head?

Belleville (New York Theatre Workshop, Off-Broadway). Amy Herzog's delicate way with a drama in 4000 Miles and The Great God Pan returns Off-Broadway with a new play about a young married American couple that moves from the Midwest to Paris. Anne Kauffman directs.

The Flick (Playwrights Horizons, Off-Broadway). The tiny hurts and hopes of the people in Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation (directed by Sam Gold) moved and intrigued me so much that I can't wait to see her new play about ushers in a Massachusetts movie house. Gold, also the director of Baker's Uncle Vanya adaptation in 2012, directs.

Old Hats (Signature Theatre, Off-Broadway). Fool Moon clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner reunite for an original piece using music, technology and movement. Anything that challenges the well-made, well-ordered world of American plays makes me happy. Send in the clowns.

Hands On a Hardbody (Broadway). The new musical by Doug Wright, Amanda Green and Phish pop star Trey Anastasio gives voice to underdogs seeking to win a pickup truck in an endurance contest. Sounds like a cultural pulse-taking whose time has come. Keith Carradine, Hunter Foster and Mary Gordon Murray are among stars. Neil Pepe directs.

The Assembled Parties (Broadway). Richard Greenberg's new play about tensions in a New York City family over a couple of decades is sure to include fireworks. Judith Light and Jessica Hecht are among stars in director Lynne Meadow's production for Manhattan Theatre Club.