In 1967, Surgeon General William Stewart announced, “It’s time to close the book on infectious disease.” That book still remains open, but in the futuristic world that closes Adam Rapp’s new play cycle, The Hallway Trilogy, sickness has indeed been exterminated, except in an East Side tenement museum in which cash-strapped volunteers are infected with antiquated illnesses to delight the public. Each of Rapp’s new plays take place in that same tenement. The first, set in 1953 concerns an actress; the second, situated in the present, follows a squabbling couple; and the third, which occurs 50 years hence, is the museum piece. Directors Rapp, Daniel Aukin, Trip Cullman, and a cast of downtown luminaries offer these infectious evenings.
Sundays, 1 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 4 & 8 p.m.; Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m. Starts: Feb. 6. Continues through March 27, 2011