LAST CHANCE: What's Closing This Week
By Michael Gioia
Here's Playbill.com's weekly "Last Chance" reminder to catch Broadway, Off-Broadway and world-premiere productions before they take a final bow.
Concluding March 30
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre). The revival of Tennessee Williams' 1955 family drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof stars Tony Award winner Scarlett Johansson as Maggie opposite Benjamin Walker as Brick. Tony Award winner Rob Ashford directs a cast that also includes Ciaran Hinds and Debra Monk. According to producers, "Big Daddy Pollitt, the richest cotton planter in the Mississippi Delta, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. He is distressed by the rocky relationship between his beloved son Brick, an aging football hero who has turned to drink, and his beautiful and feisty wife Maggie. As the hot summer evening unfolds, the veneer of Southern gentility slips away as unpleasant truths emerge and greed, lies and suppressed sexuality reach a boiling point." Visit CatOnAHotTinRoofBroadway.com.
Really Really (Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theater). The MCC Theater staging of Paul Downs Colaizzo's Really Really stars Matt Lauria, Zosia Mamet and Evan Jonigkeit under the direction of David Cromer. Really Really, according to MCC, "begins in the hazy aftermath of a wild party when 'the morning after' appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a close circle of friends. But when morning-after gossip about privileged Davis (Lauria) and ambitious Leigh (Mamet) turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive." Visit MCCTheater.org.
The Old Boy (Off-Broadway at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row). The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company's newly revised version of A.R. Gurney's 1991 play, The Old Boy, features Tom Riis Farrell, Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Cary Donaldson, Chris Dwan, Laura Esterman and Peter Rini. The Old Boy, according to Keen Company notes, is "the story of a successful politician who returns to his elite prep school to dedicate a building to his best friend, only to discover he may have been responsible for his death." Visit PublicTheater.org.
Concluding March 31
The Lying Lesson (Off-Broadway at the Linda Gross Theater). Mickey Sumner and Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Carol Kane star in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony nominee Craig Lucas' "comic thriller," The Lying Lesson, about a fictional encounter between late-career movie star Bette Davis and a stranger, at Atlantic Theater Company. Here's how ATC bills the play, directed by Pam MacKinnon: "In a remote seaside village in Maine, legendary film star Bette Davis (Carol Kane) shows up to buy the home of an elderly couple. When she encounters a young local woman (Mickey Sumner) who appears never to have heard of her, 'Ruth' stakes a claim on her distant past, and plays a relentless game of cat and mouse with her new 'assistant.' In this hilarious and unsettling comic thriller, Craig Lucas twists and turns the audience around essential questions about memory, identity and truth-telling." Visit AtlanticTheater.org.
The Vandal (Off-Broadway at the Flea Theater). The world premiere of Hamish Linklater's The Vandal, a new dark comedy, returned for a week-long engagement with its three-actor cast, Deirdre O'Connell, Zach Grenier and Noah Robbins. Here's how the play is characterized: "Set in Kingston, New York, The Vandal is a startling, funny and dark new play about a woman and a boy who meet at a bus stop on a cold night and the stories they tell to keep each other warm." Visit TheFlea.org.
Neva (Off-Broadway at the Public Theater). The Public Theater's English-language premiere of Neva, written and directed by Guillermo Calderón, features Bianca Amato (Olga Knipper), Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Masha) and Luke Robertson (Aleko). "In a gorgeously crafted reflection on life, art and the revolutionary impulse, Chilean writer-director Guillermo Calderón's Neva," according to the Public, "tells the story of Anton Chekhov's widow, the actress Olga Knipper, who arrives in a cold and dimly lit theater in St. Petersburg in the winter of 1905 to rehearse The Cherry Orchard. As she and two other actors await the rest of the cast, they huddle together, act out scenes from their lives and muse on their art form and on love — while, unseen, striking workers are being gunned down in the streets by the Tsarist regime during what will be known as bloody Sunday." Visit PublicTheater.org.
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