FALL 2014 OFF-BROADWAY PREVIEW: Into the Woods and Allegro Return Alongside New Works from Neil LaBute, Suzan-Lori Parks, Billy Porter and Heidi Schreck
By Robert Simonson
“Nearly as impressive an undertaking is composer Michael Friedman and playwright Itamar Moses’ attempt to musicalize Jonathan Letham’s dense Brooklyn-based novel The Fortress of Solitude. The quasi-magical, coming of age story, which is set in the gritty 1970s and centered on the unlikely friendship between two kids, one white and one African-American, stars Kyle Beltran and Adam Chanler-Berat in the lead roles. Previews begin at the Public Oct. 1.
Take an Emily Mann adaptation of an Ingmar Bergman movie and put it in the hands of Dutch director Ivo Van Hove and you have a made-in-avant-garde-heaven recipe for theatre. New York Theatre Workshop will present Scenes From a Marriage beginning Sept. 3. Tina Benko, Dallas Roberts and Roslyn Ruff star in the piece, which was first seen in London last year.”
“If you’ve ever attended the musical Kinky Boots and wondered how the star, Billy Porter, came to be Billy Porter, a new play at Primary Stages has the answer. While I Yet Live, written by Porter, is an autobiographical drama about coming of age in Pittsburgh amongst a collection of strong-willed women. Previews begin Sept. 23.”
“Also back after a long absence is David Rabe’s Vietnam-era drama Sticks and Bones, which won a Tony Award back in 1973. Scott Elliot will direct The New Group’s new rendition, which features Richard Chamberlain, Holly Hunter, and Bill Pullman in the torrid tale of a blind war vet who returns home. Previews begin Oct. 21.”
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