Good news for New Yorkers: the lovely production of There Will Come Soft Rains I praised a few weeks ago has indeed been extended, thanks to the FringeNYC Encore Series. There will be five additional performances between the 4th and 10th of September. You, dear audience, should certainly be at one of them.
And, heck, while I’m updating you, I might as well put together a list of SFnal shows that are currently on the stage in New York (though I’ve seen very few of these, so I might be guessing about the speculative element). Please leave a comment if there are any shows I missed, if you’d like to organize a tor.com field trip, or you want to let us know what’s going on in your city.
- Chuck and Ginger: Thawed for Your Pleasure: “At the height of their careers Chuck and Ginger, entertainers extraordinaire, were frozen in the Lucky Stiff Cigarette Time Capsule.... Unexpectedly, the Lucky Stiff Cigarettes Time Capsule went bankrupt in 2008, and our beloved Chuck and Ginger were unceremoniously thawed and left on the streets of New York, with only their song book, their snappy wit and a case of gin.” Until 10/12/08.
- The Complete Performer: “Magic! Mindreading! Improv! Escape Artistry! Audience Awards! In 30 minutes!!? Plus a half time show! One person!!? Well, one person plus one mascot! The ride of your life from a creator of Letterman’s wackiest stunts!” Unil 9/14/08.
- Devilish: “In an infernal supper club, a story of seduction and damnation unfolds when the devil takes the form of a burlesque dancer to bargain for the eternal souls of the entire audience.” An adaptation of Faust by the (most excellent) Pinchbottom burlesque troupe. 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, and 9/24.
- Edgar Allan Poe’s Masque of the Red Death: “Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group brings Poe’s infamous tales of terror and intriguge to life in the Theatre District’s Explosive New Stage Spectacular.” The staging apparently also includes “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Bells.” Until 9/28/08.
- King of Shadows: “A world premiere by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa [centering] around Nihar, a 15-year-old homeless runaway selling sex to survive, who claims he’s being pursued by supernatural demons.” Until 9/28/08.
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “This 90-minute version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream stops for no one and leaves no one behind.” Until 10/4/08.
- Nanabozho: “Drawn from Winnebago creation tales that describe how elements of the natural world emerged out of chaos and achieved their present form. Our unlikely hero is Nanabozho, the trickster hare, whose fearless, sometimes dimwitted impulses have unpredictable results.” Until 9/14/08.
- A Number: Caryl Churchill’s excellent play about cloning, in a new production by The Clockwork Theatre. “A father is suddenly faced with the startling results of his decision to clone a child thirty years earlier. It is unexpectedly revealed that this experiment resulted in ‘a number’ of sons, three of whom now confront him with the consequences of his actions. With unexpected turns, stunning developments and a dramatic examination of the issues of nature vs. nurture, A Number is both an emotionally compelling and intellectually provocative drama.” Until 9/26/08.
- Pinkalicious: “Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe—a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.” Appropriate for children 3-12. Until 9/21/08.
- The Tempest: “Tony Award-winning actor Mandy Patinkin assumes the role of Prospero, master of an enchanted isle where shipwrecks, fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance abound. CSC Artistic Director Brian Kulick helms this redemptive tale that is the capstone of Shakespeare’s theatrical legacy.” Until 10/12/08.
- There Will Come Soft Rains: “Modern myths of creation and destruction. Competing inventors, brilliant machines, dreams of the past and nightmares of the future. Stories by Ray Bradbury and others are told with bunraku and shadow puppetry, lightbulbs and water, actors and an upright bass.” Until 9/10/08.
- The Lion King: “A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney’s much-loved film transports you to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colors, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba, and his epic journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.”
- The Little Mermaid: “In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father—the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice. Based on the beloved film.”
- Mary Poppins: “Based on P.I. Travers’ cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS, currently one of London’s biggest sensations, features the Sherman brothers’ original Academy Award-winning songs.”
- Phantom of the Opera: “Now the longest-running show in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera is based on the novel by Gaston Leroux.”
- The Quantum Eye: “An amazing evening of intimate magic and mind-reading brought into the 21st century.Join [Sam Eaton] every Saturday at The Snapple Theater Center, the only Off-Broadway theater right on Broadway.”
- Spamalot: “Broadway’s most hilarious hit comedy. The record breaking show, written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez and directed by Tony winner Mike Nichols, tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail.”
- Wicked: “The untold story of the Witches of Oz, based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire.”
- Xanadu: “The mind-blowing, magically hilarious, musical love story about a Greek muse who descends from Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, CA in 1980 to inspire a struggling artist, build the first roller disco and save the world...all while roller skating!”
- Young Frankenstein: “The classic Mel Brooks movie is alive... and it’s Broadway’s award-winning monster hit! This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to create a monster...but not without scary and hilarious complications.”