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 June 14
The Diorama (Off-Broadway at The Lion Theatre). Jennifer Brown Stone and David S. Stone's new romantic comedy The Diorama features Alberto Bonilla, Hunter Canning, Bob Greenberg, Victoria Mack and Susan Louise O'Connor. "The Diorama is a new offbeat romantic comedy about love, igloos and the fine line between artistry and insanity," press notes state. "When her artist sister Cecily invades her NYC apartment, Wall Street lawyer Janey gets more than she bargained for when Cecily begins constructing a life size igloo. While the two sisters seek a sense of belonging — either in a relationship or a safe place to call home — they are haunted by the tragedies of the past. Along the way they teach each other about life, love and happiness." Visit DioramaThePlay.com.
Concluding June 15
A Raisin in the Sun (Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre). The 2014 Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun took home three 2014 Tony Awards, including the Tony for Best Revival of a Play. Denzel Washington stars as Walter Lee Younger opposite film, television and stage actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson, who received a 2014 Tony nomination, as Lena Younger. Here's how producer Scott Rudin bills the work: "Set on Chicago's South Side, A Raisin in the Sun revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee (Washington), his wife Ruth (Sophie Okonedo), his sister Beneatha (Anika Noni Rose), his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama (Jackson). When her deceased husband's money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama." Visit RaisinBroadway.com.
Act One (Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater). Act One, the new stage production based on the memoir of Broadway playwright, director and lyricist Moss Hart, stars Santino Fontana, Tony Shalhoub and Andrea Martin and is adapted and directed by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine. Here's how LCT bills the work: "Act One, James Lapine's new play from the classic autobiography by Moss Hart, deemed one of the finest books about 20th-century American theatre, eloquently chronicles the playwright/director’s impoverished childhood and his determined struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in the theatre. A path which led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman and their first great success, Once In A Lifetime." Visit LCT.org.
American Hero (Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre's McGinn/Cazale Theatre). The New York premiere of American Hero, written by Bess Wohl and directed by Leigh Silverman, features Ari Graynor, Daoud Heidami, Jerry O'Connell and Erin Wilhelmi. Here's how American Hero is billed: "At a toasted subs franchise in the local mall, three up and coming 'sandwich artists' — a teenager, a single mom, and a downsized refugee from corporate banking — are perfecting the mustard to cheese ratio according to the company manual. But when their shot at the American dream is interrupted by a series of strange events, they become unlikely allies in a post-recession world. American Hero is a supersized dark comedy about life, liberty and the pursuit of sandwiches." Visit 2ST.com.
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