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 May 25
Love Therapy (Off-Broadway at the DR2 Theatre). Wendy Beckett's new play, Love Therapy, features David Bishins, Christopher Burns, two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser, Margot White and Janet Zarish under the direction of Evan Bergman. Love Therapy is described as a "play about a young therapist who finds herself out of her depth when intimacy, attraction and passion collide with the healing process." Visit Telecharge.com.
Concluding May 26
A Family for All Occasions (Off-Broadway at the Bank Street Theater). LAByrinth Theater Company's production of Bob Glaudini's A Family for All Occasions, which is directed by former Labyrinth co-artistic director Philip Seymour Hoffman, features Jeffrey DeMunn, William Jackson Harper, Justine Lupe, Labyrinth Company member Deirdre O'Connell and Charlie Saxton. "Howard could use some decent conversation," according to press notes. "At the outset of his retirement, when he'd rather be enjoying the simple things in life, he's stuck dealing with his disconcerting, promiscuous daughter, his computer-obsessed, reclusive son, and his vastly overtired second wife. It's only when his daughter's latest suitor drops by after a hazy night that a family on edge is delivered to its inevitable, unforeseen fate." Visit LABTheater.org.
The Call (Off-Broadway at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater). Tanya Barfield's foreign-adoption drama The Call, a world-premiere co-production by Playwrights Horizons and Primary Stages, features Kelly AuCoin, Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler, Obie Award winner Eisa Davis, Crystal A. Dickinson and Obie and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Russell G. Jones. Here's how the Manhattan not-for-profits bill the play: "When Annie (Butler) and Peter (AuCoin) decide to adopt, they come to set their sights on a child from Africa. But when the reality of this choice sinks in, it opens a well of uncertainty that speaks to their very identity as White Americans. Politically-charged and tack-sharp, The Call is a startling portrait of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home." Visit PlaywrightsHorizons.org or PrimaryStages.org.
Women of Will (Off-Broadway at The Gym at Judson). Nigel Gore co-stars in the New York premiere of Tina Packer's Women of Will. "If Shakespeare had 'bonus content,' this would be it," according to notes. "Women of Will explores the Bard's characters, focusing on the 'women of will,' from Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing to Viola in Twelfth Night and everyone in between, giving a unique and exciting perspective on some of the most well-known classics in the English language. A true tour-de-force performance, Women of Will, is the masterful summation of Shakespeare & Company founding artistic director Tina Packer's 40-plus years spent investigating all things Shakespeare; it is an engrossing exploration of the Bard's art and psyche as seen through the eyes of his female characters, and portrayed by two of Shakespeare’s greatest modern interpreters – Ms. Packer and Nigel Gore." Visit Women-Of-Will.com.
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