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In American Hero, an Iraq war hero's perfect life starts to unravel when a fellow veteran seeking justice shows up threatening to expose a hidden past. This raw, gritty drama shines a light on how America honors its veterans as well as on the corrupting effect of awards and commendations. Questioning what it means to be a hero, American Hero joins American Son and a yet-to-be titled new work by the same author to create a trilogy of plays exploring American injustice. American Hero is the recipient of the Steinberg Award Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association.
Laughter and intrigue are "elementary, my dear Watson" in Ken Ludwig's (Lend Me a Tenor) acclaimed adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1902 classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered and renowned sleuth Sherlock Holmes, along with his trusted sidekick Dr. Watson, must work feverishly to crack the curse before it dooms the newest heir. Join the investigation as these intrepid detectives follow leads, unravel clues, and zigzag with the story until the shockingly funny conclusion. All is not what it seems. Will you know whodunit?
Thornton Wilder won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for the classic American plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and one for his novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey. This quiet masterpiece — a dazzling rumination on the nature of love — has been adapted for the stage and stars a singular figure in American theater: writer and actor David Greenspan, winner of five Obie Awards.
Fearless Productions presents Cocktail Hour Confessions, written by Jared Kelner and directed by Lynn Polan.
Cocktail Hour Confessions, a 90-minute, one-act drama that unfolds during the cocktail hour of an interracial couple's wedding, explores the themes of prejudice, family secrets, and the purpose of asparagus.
The Comedy of (Jersey) Errors takes Shakespeare's farcical fun to the Jersey shore! While The Comedy of Errors may be The Bard's shortest play, this version is filled to excess with with madcap characters, unexpected adventures, and everything we know and love about the Garden State's beaches. Meet us at the boardwalk to follow the foibles of two long-lost sets of twins who, unbeknownst to the other half, cross paths with near miss after near miss. Only Jersey's sun and sand can promise this many antics until the play's many mistaken identities culminate in an uncanny family reunion.
Brian Friel's memory play about five unmarried sisters on the west coast of Ireland in 1936 won the 1992 Tony Award for best new play. Director Jessica Stone returns to Two River Theater for this production, where she previously helmed A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Absurd Person Singular.
Two married couples have been best friends for years. In their Connecticut home, Karen and Gabe, international food writers, are giving a dinner for Beth and Tom, which he doesn't attend. It emerges from the heartbroken Beth that he has left her for another woman. Gabe and Karen are almost as crushed, having expected "to grow old and fat together, the four of us."
In Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a masked figure has been spotted: the Puerto Rican superhero El Coquí Espectacular. In reality, it is out-of-work comic book artist Alex, who has been secretly dressing up as his favorite creation. As Alex learns that fighting crime is harder than it looks, his older brother Joe wants Alex to join him at his advertising agency and help sell sugary soda to Latino consumers. Can El Coquí defeat his own self-doubt and be a hero for his neighborhood?
A Good Farmer takes place in upstate New York and focuses on two women: Bonnie, who owns a farm with her husband; and Carla, a recent immigrant from Mexico who works the farm along with members of her family.
Ripped from today's headlines, this is the story of a farming community and its struggles with issues of immigration, loyalty, family, survival, and compassion.
The playwright Sharyn Rothstein has artfully managed to reveal the humanity behind some of today's contentious political issues.
Golden Globe-winning actor and playwright Regina Taylor (I'll Fly Away) won the 2000 American Theatre Critics / Steinberg New Play Award for Oo-bla-dee when it premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The play — a shimmering portrait of a female bebop band of African-American musicians traveling the country after World War Two — has its first major revival with new music by multi-Obie-winning jazz composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man). Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jitney) directs.
At once a razor-sharp comedy and a sincere tribute to democracy, The Outsider is a timely and hilarious take on modern American politics. Ned Newley doesn't even want to be governor. He's terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive chief of staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But a political guru named Arthur Vance sees things a little differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for…the worst candidate to ever run for office.
A couple of small-town Irishmen hope to hit it big when hired as extras for an epic American movie filming in their scenic County Kerry village. Nominated for three Tony Awards and the winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, this show features two actors portraying a cast of 15 colorful characters. Stones in His Pockets, which pits harsh reality against fairy-tale Hollywood endings, is about the haves and have-nots.
The Tony Award-winning playwright who brought audiences Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang returns to McCarter Theatre Center with his newest play and latest cast of eccentric characters. Timely and outrageous, this black comedy exposes the mayhem of contemporary family life in a time of alternative facts, nonstop news, and social media saturation.