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Plays & Players with Underbite Theatre Company presents All the Dead Biddles by Shelli Pentimall Bookler
When you lose a child, what else do you lose? A dark comedy in the realm of Sam Shepard and Martin McDonagh, exploring how far over the edge that loss can take us, and how close we come to pushing someone else over. Opening January 11, 2018, in the Skinner Studio.
Ken Ludwig's acclaimed adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1902 classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles, is full of intrigue and...huge laughs. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one, and the renowned sleuth Sherlock Holmes, along with his trusted sidekick, Dr. Watson, must work feverishly to crack the curse before it dooms the newest heir. Five talented actors playing 40 quirky characters follow leads, unravel clues, hit dead-ends, and zigzag with the story until the shockingly funny conclusion.
Created and performed by Happenstance Theater
Six clowns walk the precipice at the end of the world, lighting up the darkness along the way like firecrackers. BrouHaHa, an existential escapade that follows this troupe of eccentrics, was inspired by images of refugees, cinematic treasures like La Strada and The Seventh Seal, and the dark comedy of Samuel Beckett. BrouHaHa: a state of social agitation when a minor incident gets out of control. Typically, it is marked by controversy and fuss that can seem, afterwards, irrational.
A fascinating mystery: Why did German physicist Werner Heisenberg visit his old mentor and Danish counterpart Niels Bohr in 1941 while their countries were at war? Was he looking for clues to atomic secrets, asking for absolution, or searching for something unknowable? As the characters wrestle with their memories and motives, what becomes clear is the ultimate uncertainty of why we do what we do. Perhaps the greatest play ever written about science, Michael Frayn's riveting drama puts us in the heart of the greatest moral dilemma of the 20th century.
EXTENDED THROUGH FEBRUARY 18
Created by Christopher Shorr Performed by the Touchstone Ensemble
What's the proper way to run your very own dictatorial regime? Where do you start and where do you go? Should you consider experimental techniques or go with the tried-and-true methods? Perhaps you or a loved one have dictatorial ambitions of your own, or perhaps you just want to recognize the signs when you see them. Either way, this "how-to" for the tradition of tyrannical despotism is for you. Told through biting satire and witty music by Ensemble member Christopher Shorr. No experience with repressive regimes necessary.
Nora and Torvald are living their dream life with the brightest of futures. And then a long-buried secret rises to the surface, and Nora must choose between outward perfection and inner truth. Still shockingly relevant, this revolutionary classic will be brought to life in the intimacy of the Arcadia Stage.
Created and performed by the 2017-18 Touchstone Apprentice Class
Join us for a one-of-a-kind peek into the creative process of original theater-making. Experience solo and ensemble-based works in progress, created by our 2017-18 apprentice corps, with the guidance of the Touchstone family. Always fresh, sometimes provocative, never ordinary.
Winner of over 20 Best Play awards in 2016, including the Tony Award!
After a restless night, Erik Blake has brought his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's new apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the crumbling pre-war duplex, mysterious things go bump in the night, and family tensions reach a boiling point. The angst, anguish, and amity of the American middle class are first coaxed — then shoved — into the light in this sidesplitting, hopeful, and heartbreaking play.
Herb, a Hollywood screenwriter (played by Tony Braithwaite), is surprised when his forgotten teenage daughter reappears.
Stephen Sondheim's romantic music and lyrics, coupled with the artful book by Hugh Wheeler, sweeps us away to a weekend in the Swedish countryside. Actress Desiree Armfeldt, her family, her lovers, and their families learn when to "Send in the Clowns."
Brace yourself for comic chaos with Noises Off, the rip-roaring play within a play. The opening night performance of the farce Nothing On is just hours away, and as the actors stumble through their final dress rehearsal, things couldn't be going any worse. With lines being forgotten, love triangles unraveling, and sardines flying everywhere, it's complete pandemonium...and we haven't even reached intermission! Can the cast members pull their act together on the stage even if they can't behind the scenes?
By Lolita Chakrabarti
In the early 1800s, a black American Shakespearean actor finds he is not welcome on the London stage, but triumphs in Europe.
In this lyrical, romantic tale, two teens fall in love too quickly and too deeply; the well-known story seems always fresh and new as the star-crossed lovers fly heedlessly toward tragedy.
Plays & Players with Bright Metal Theatre presents Sabbatical by the ensemble
With six benches, two pianos, and a lot of Tupperware, a small congregation will discover the limits of forgiveness. Opening January 10, 2018 on the mainstage at P&P.
This hard-hitting Broadway smash will keep viewers on the edge of their seats! Friends since kindergarten, Chicago cops Joey and Denny are like brothers. Intensely loyal, they want to do right by the force, their family, and each other. Joey is a loner with a bit of a drinking problem. Denny is a family man passed over for promotion one time too many. Their relationship is put on the line after they respond to a domestic disturbance that takes a turn for the worse. Each man's harrowing version of the truth becomes a fight for his own survival.
The Sum of Us, written by David Stevens is about a widower and his gay son. The play is about wanting love but being afraid to look for it, about finding love and being afraid to go for it, and about having love and not being able to hold onto it. It's a play from the heart that tickles the funny bone in many delicious ways.
Sarah and James work together as war correspondents — she's a photographer; he's a writer. When a car bomb injures Sarah, she comes home to recuperate in the loft they share. It's soon clear that she is eager to return to the action, while he's relieved to be away from the terror and bloodshed. Faced with the prospect of leading a normal life, can Sarah confront her addiction to chaos and war? From Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, this Broadway hit play is a witty, intelligent look at ordinary life through the lens of war.
Did that handsome young man murder his elderly benefactress? Only his German war bride knows for sure. As any Agatha Christie fan knows, things are not always what they seem.