A Thirst for Art

In Milwaukee, spring was always seen as the end of theater companies’ seasons. In New York, it’s a time when companies are producing their more daring and risque pieces. I’m absolutely thrilled to see some of these shows in the coming weeks:

The Village Bike, MCC Theater

May 22 – June 28, Lucille Lortel Theatre

Photo courtesy of MCC Theater.

MCC Theater’s description: Becky is pregnant—and friskier than ever. But she can’t seem to get the attention of her husband, who is preoccupied with preparing for the baby’s months-away arrival. So Becky takes matters into her own hands and sets out on an adventure that starts with the purchase of a used bike from a man in town and takes her further than she ever expected she’d go.

Not only does this play sound like it’s going to be a wild ride, but it’s going to be made even better by the recent casting of indie darling, Greta Gerwig.While this is to be her New York stage debut, I can’t think of anything but how fantastic she’s going to be in the role of Becky. Can’t wait for this one! Single tickets available April 22 – find tickets here.

Photo courtesy of MCC Theater.
Photo courtesy of MCC Theater.

Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra, Playwrights Horizons

Now – May 11, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Photo courtesy of Playwrights Horizons.

Playwrights Horizons description: Carla agrees to marry Reggie on one condition: to break down any walls between them, they’ll reenact their individual sexual histories with one another, good and bad, for better or worse.  Years later, these stories bring unexpected hope to their household, now forced to confront those barriers a second time.  Kirk Lynn’s tough-love comedy navigates the boundaries of intimacy, finding startling empathy in the story of a father hell-bent on saving his family.

With a name like that, how could you not be intrigued? I haven’t seen as many shows at Playwrights as I would like to, so I’m looking forward to this production. Find tickets here.

Cabaret, Roundabout Theatre Company

Now – August 31, Studio 54

Photo courtesy of Roundabout Theatre Company.
Photo courtesy of Roundabout Theatre Company.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s description: Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Club, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through these dangerous times?

This revival of a revived production doesn’t necessarily need more publicity than it’s already getting, but I couldn’t not include in this list. I saw the third preview, and it was absolute perfection. I’m already recommending it to others who haven’t already seen the original production, and then some. Alan Cumming is beaUtiful. The singing is beaUtiful. And the ending is (hauntingly) beaUtiful! Find tickets here.

The Library, The Public Theater

Now – April 27, Newman Theater

Photo courtesy of The Public Theater.

The Public Theater’s description: After Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. Steven Soderbergh returns to the stage with this bold and chilling world premiere that asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us.

Chloë Grace Moretz makes her stage debut in this story about a school shooting – eerily familiar in the age of today’s gun violence. In addition to Ms. Moretz’s role, Steven Soderbergh directs. Find tickets here.

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If you’re in New York and have the time, be sure to see these shows. I can’t think of any better way to spend a spring evening than at the theater!