THEATER

One Play Hits, Another Misses as Off-Broadway Opens

With the deluge of new Broadway shows opening this season, it’s easy to miss what’s happening on the outskirts of the Great White Way. Off-Broadway has featured some of the best theatrical productions to hit New York, including this season’s Blood from a Stone, The Whipping Man and Three Sisters. Two of the most recent Off-Broadway pieces to open are The Other Place and Marie and Bruce, though only one is really worth checking out. ... Read More...
La Bête Music Box Theatre Synopsis: A fast-paced contemporary comedy in the classic style of Moliere, satirizing the modern stage and the state of the arts. Show Advisory: None Genre: Comedy Cast List: David Hyde Pierce Mark Rylance Joanna Lumley Stephen Ouimette Lisa Joyce Greta Lee Robert Lonsdale Michael Milligan Liza Sadovy Sally Wingert Deanne Lorette Steve Routman Production Credits: Matthew Warchus (Direction) Mark Thompson (Set and Costume Design) Hugh Vanstone (Lighting Design) Simon Baker (Sound Design) Claire van Kampen (Music) Other Credits: Written by: David Hirson

Last Chance for Broadway Gems, ‘La Bête’ ‘Pitmen Painters’

In a season filled with big holiday musicals and star-studded fare, some of Broadway’s most interesting plays end up on the back burner when it comes to theatergoers opening their wallets. Before the year’s end, spend some time with the quality plays sure to leave their mark on your social consciousness. Be sure to catch The Pitmen Painters, which is only playing through December 12th. The absorbing play is based on the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations. After the Painters’ inspiring story, head over to La Bete, which comes to a close on January 9th. La Bete focuses on a high-minded classical dramatist who loves only the theater, and a low-brow street clown who loves only himself. When a fickle princess decides she's grown weary of the royal theater troupe, a battle ensues between the two men. David Hyde Pierce and Mark Rylance make La Bete a must-see. ... Read More...