By Jared Chausow
By Katie Toth
By Elizabeth Flock
By Albert Samaha
By Anna Merlan
By Jon Campbell
By Jon Campbell
By Albert Samaha
From concubine to Dowager EmpressPan Asian Rep's new production looks back at Tzu-Hsi as she rises to power in fin de siècle Beijing. Tradition clashes with modernity, that ol' bugbear, in Ruth Wolff's play, directed by Tisa Cheng.
A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG
March 14-June 15
American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street, 212-719-1300
The fabulous Eddie Izzard displays his serious-actor side in this Broadway revival of Peter Nichols's play about two parents' struggle over their mute, handicapped child.
March 18-April 20
Lucille Lortel Theater, 121 Christopher Street, 212-239-6200
Bartlett Sher, who mounted Cymbeline for Theatre for a New Audience last season and the Obie-winning Waste in 2000, returns to TFNA to helm Christopher Hampton's translation of the Molière classic.
Good vibrations: Heiner Goebbels's Hashirigaki
photo: Mario del Curto
BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, 718-636-4100
Gertrude Stein meets Brian Wilson in Heiner Goebbels's postmodern Kabuki. The German director melds The Making of Americans with Pet Soundsa curious combo to be sure, but with sound design by a man named Willi Bopp, it's gotta be pleasing to the ear.
PEOPLE ARE WRONG!
P.S.122, 150 First Avenue, 212-477-5829
David Herskovits directs this Loser's Lounge production, about a cult-leading landscape artist. The evening is described as a cautionary tale about wedding planners, music festivals, acid, alien visitation, and the sixth dimension. Simon Russell Beale not listed in the cast.
March 20-April 13
HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue, 212-627-0202
In Deke Weaver and Michael Farkas's dark, vaudevillian play, two orphaned brothers cut a swath through a New York haunted by Saturn (the old-school god, not the faux-rootsy but generally agreeable GM division).
LAST OF THE SUNS
April 18-May 11
Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, 212-971-4863
The Ma-Yi Theater Company, recipient of an Obie grant last season, presents the New York premiere of Alice Tuan's 1995 play. The satirical piece combines Chinese folklore and American consumerism, in a production directed by Chay Yew.
April 23-June 29
The Atlantic Theater, 336 West 20th Street, 212-645-8015
Some gentleman named Woody Allen has set pen to paper or finger to key and mustered up a couple of one-acts, Riverside Drive and Old Saybrook, about which we know nothing, since Mr. Allen ain't saying. Such crypticness is not likely to deter ticket buyers.
NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND
P.S.122, 150 First Avenue, 212-475-5288
No connection to Dostoyevsky, claims writer Eric Bogosian. "I just steal titles I like." Bogosian's one-man piece does have a connection to another writer, though: Jonathan Ames, who'll be performing this monologue about an urban recluse "sinking into madness." (Why always "sinking" into madness? Why not "dismounting" or "schussing"?)
I AM MY OWN WIFE
May 2-June 8
Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street, 212-279-4200
Doug Wright's newest is a one-man piece inspired by an East German transvestite named Charlotte von Mahlsdorff, who lived through almost 100 years of European history and survived both Nazi and Communist regimes.
May 6-June 29
Signature Theater, 555 West 42nd Street, 212-244-7529
The Signature concludes its Lanford Wilson season with the New York premiere of Rain Dance. In 1945 Los Alamos, four nuclear scientists struggle with their responsibility for the atom bomb as the project approaches its "successful" conclusion. First produced at Jeff Daniels's impressive Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Michigan, a town otherwise notable as the home of Jiffy Mix and actor Bill Coelius.
May 12-June 7
Soho Rep, 46 Walker Street, 212-206-1515
Maria Irene Fornes premieres a play she wrote in 1968. Staged by Soho Rep's Daniel Aukin, who won an Obie last year for his direction of Melissa James Gibson's [sic], Molly's Dream concerns a waitress in an isolated saloon and the dreams engendered by her encounter with a passing stranger.
May 17-June 7
HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue, 212-647-0202
Described as a surreal, Orwellian fairy tale, Patricia Eakins's play takes place in a post-apocalypse wasteland (though apparently it has nothing to do with New York Rangers hockey).