THE WEEK AHEAD, May 11-17: Jekyll & Hyde Closes; Reasons to Be Happy and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Begin
By Blake Ross
May 11, 2013
Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Richard Foreman un-retires from theatre… Philip Seymour Hoffman tries out directing… Neil LaBute has four Reasons to be Happy (Jenna Fischer, Josh Hamilton, Leslie Bibb and Fred Weller)… and Tolstoy gets a Sleep No More-esque makeover in the meatpacking district. Broadway won’t see a new show till July, but Off-Broadway is up and swinging with new shows this WEEK AHEAD!
Saturday, May 11
GO→ Avant guard theatre master Richard Foreman emerges from his self-imposed stage retirement to debut his first new play in years, Old Fashioned Prostitutes (A True Romance). Foreman directs and designs the “enigmatic fairytale” that follows a Southerner (Rocco Sisto) and two coquettish Parisian party girls (Alenka Kraigher and Stephanie Hayes). (Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Info/tickets.)
Sunday, May 12
LAST CHANCE→ The Broadway revival of Jekyll & Hyde will shutter less than a month after opening. This Jeff Calhoun-helmed version of Frank Wildhorn’s well-known rock musical stars Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis as the titular Dr. Henry Jekyll and his evil alter ego, Edward Hyde. Pop singer Deborah Cox and Wicked alumnus Teal Wicks play the women fighting for the good doctor’s affections while trying to stay clear of Hyde’s dastardly ulterior motives. (Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway, btwn. 45th & 46th Streets. Info/tickets.)
Monday, May 13
GO→ Ari Graynor, Aya Cash, Tracee Chimo, Rachel Brosnahan and Tony nominees Lisa Kron and Celia Keenan-Bolger star in a one-night-only reading of Pulitzer Prize winner Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Others, about a reunion of a group of old college friends. The reading, which marks the 35th anniversary of the play, Wasserstein’s first, will serve as a benefit for TDF Open Doors, a mentoring program the late playwright co-founded with stage manager Roy Harris. (8 PM, Marymount Manhattan College, 221 E. 71st St., btwn. 2nd & 3rd Aves., $60-$100. Info/tickets.)
Tuesday, May 14
GO→Oscar winner and three-time Tony nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman takes a break from acting and looks toward directing with the world premiere of A Family for All Occasions. Hoffman brings Bob Glaudini’s story of the aging Howard, his problematic kids and suffering wife to the LAByrinth stage where he formerly served as co-artistic director. (Through May 26, Bank Street Theater, 155 Bank St., off Washington. Info/tickets.)
Wednesday, May 15
PREVIEWS→Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew star as seasoned friends reunited after a lifetime of experiences in the world premiere of Jenny Schwartz’s Somewhere Fun. Director Anne Kauffman reunites with Schwartz following 2008’s critically acclaimed God’s Ear, which also debuted at the Vineyard. Officially opens June 4. (Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St., btwn. Union Square East and Irving Place. Info/tickets.)
Thursday, May 16
PREVIEWS→ Jenna Fischer (“The Office”), Josh Hamilton, Leslie Bibb and Fred Weller star in the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s Reasons to Be Happy. LaBute also directs the play that revisits the complicated characters from his Tony-nominated play, 2009’s reasons to be pretty. Officially opens June 11. (Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., btwn. Hudson and Bleecker St. Info/tickets.)
GO→ Two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole lends her lilting soprano to an evening of jazz. Accompanying Ebersole on standards from the likes of Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Johnny Mercer and George Gershwin is 27-year-old jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein (and his trio). (4 PM, 92nd Street Y, 92nd St. and Lexington Ave., from $15. Info/tickets.)
OPENING→ Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electro-pop opera take on Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” enjoyed a critically acclaimed sold-out run at Ars Nova late last year. It returns to New York in a new, immersive production and is housed in a temporary new venue called Kazino — which doubles as a bar and Russian restaurant. (Kazino, corner of W. 13th St. and Washington St. Info/tickets.)
Friday, May 17
CLICK→ “Smash” star Debra Messing and Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike star David Hyde Pierce host the 79th Annual Drama League Awards at the Marriot Marquis in Times Square. Check Playbill.com for the winners.
Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.
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