New York Theatre Highlights

Sarah Ruhl’s new piece, For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, opens the season at Playwrights Horizons, running thru Oct. 1.  Tix $59 and $79.  416 West 42 St.  Tel. 279-4200.

Ellen Burstyn appears as Jacques in the CSC production of As You Like It, running from Sept. 13 thru Oct. 22.  Tix $60

Simon Stephens’ Olivier award-winning On the Shore of the Wide World, just began its New York premiere at the Atlantic Theater and will run there thru October 8.  Tix $66.50 tp $86.60. plus a few at the back of the house for $25.  Linda Gross Theatre, 336 West 20th St.  Tel. 691-5919.

Not actually a performance, but I must note the opening of the highly performative installation, The Oscar Wilde Temple, created by Peter McFough and David McDermot at the Church of the village, Sept. 11 thru Dec. 1.  Open Tuesday-Saturday noon until 7:00.  Admission free.  The Temple, in Victorian art nouveau style, honors Wilde and memorializes his persecution by his society.  201 West 13 St.

One of the ongoing puzzles in my theatre going is trying to figure out what the Brooklyn Academy means by calling its Fall Offerings the “Next Weave” Festival.  The festival does often present major works and artists, but the majority of them, at least in the theatre, really represent the last Wave or even the Wave before that.  A good case in point is Pina Bausch, certainly one of the great choreographers of the last century, but now dead more than seven years and unlikely to produce much new work. Nevertheless the so-called Next Wave opens with two of her works, Café Muller and Rite of Spring.  Both are great works, but one was created in 1975 the other in 1978.  When they were given their American premiere (at BAM) in 1984, they could certainly be called Next Wave, but that was more than 30 years ago.  Maybe BAM should switch its season title from Next Wave to Golden Oldies or something of the sort.  That aside, the dances are still great.  They will be presented at BAM Sept. 14 thru 24.  Tix $35 -$115.  30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.  Tel. 718-636-4100.

Two hundred New Yorkers will join a group of professional actors to present a musical version of As You Like It at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park Sept. 1-5.  Free tix distributed at the Public Theater and at the Delacorte. Reserved seats available for $75.

The Gospel according to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord  places those three historical characters, each of whom wrote his own version of the gospels, in a limbo where each tries to convince the others of the superiority of his version.  At Primary Stages Sept. 19 thru Oct. 22.  Tix  $72.  Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.

So you thought Edward Albee had gone pretty far in the area of sexual attraction with Who is Sylvia, but what about a protagonist not in love with a goat but with a Dairy Queen sign?   Intrigued?  Then check out Nick Robideau” Inanimate at the Flea thru Sept. 24.  Tix $15-$35.  20 Thomas St.  Tel. 866-811-4111.

Or, for those more comfortable with beastiality, the Irish company Fiasamble offers Charolais, a solo performance in which Noni Stapleton plays both a farmwife and a singing cow who are rivals for an Irish farmer’s affections.  At the 50 East 50th Theaters Aug. 29 thru Sept. 24.  Tix $25.00.  Tel 279-4200.

A new play by Max Posner, whose absurdist Judy was a hit at Playwright’s Horizons last year, returns there with The Treasurer, opening Sept. 6. Tix $49 and $69, the latter discounted to $59 for performance Sept. 6024 if purchased by Sept. 4 with code TREPH2.  416 West 42.  Tel. 279-4200.

The Play Company is presenting an immersive theatre production about everyday life in a Syrian refugee camp in a variety of locations in private residences throughout the city Sept. 9 thru Oct. 19.  This is Oh My Sweet Land by Haifa author/director.  Tix $45.  Consult Play Company website for general locations, but specific performance sites will be emailed to you after you purchase tickets.  Tel. 866-811-4111.

Monica Bill Barnes & Company, who present non-narrative higly physical performance will offer the aptly named One night Only (Running as Long as We Can) at the WP Theatre Sept. 9 through Oct. 8.  Tix $39 and $59. Broadway at 76 St.  Tel. 352-3101.

Where Angels Fear to Tread, the novel by E.MM. Forster has been turned into a musical, being presented by the THML Theatre Company Sept, 7 thru Oct. 1. Tix $37 and $47, discounted to $30 to $38 with code showtix.  Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St.  Tel. 866-811-4111

Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, performed in Yiddish with English supertitles, will be presented by the New Yiddish Rep Sept. 7 thru Oct. 8 at the Castillo Theatre.  Tix $45.  543 West 42 Street.  Tel. 941-5800.

Lili Marlene, a new musical based on the story of the Weimar-era cabaret singer, is being present at St, Luke’s Theatre every Tuesday thru Oct. 10.  Tix. $39.50 and $59.50. 308 West 46 St.  Tel. 239-6200.

A new work from Denmark, The Baroness: Isak Dinesen’s Final Affair, will preview at the Clurman on Theatre Row Sept. 2-5. And then runs Sept. 6-24.  Preview tix $24.25, regular 54.00.  420  West 42 St.  239-6200.

Mississippi Mud Productions is offering an updated Chekhov, #Seagull69, set during that turbulent year in Los Angeles.  Sept. 7-17 at Theater 54.  Tix students $25, $25 in advance, $30 at door.  Tel 1-800-838-3006

The Ensemble for the Romantic Century, which mixes theatre, narrative, and musical concert,  is presenting Van Gogh’s Ear, devoted to the painter’s troubled life, thru Sept. 10.  Tix $75-$140, reduced to $45-$84 with code VGESTLUKES.  At the Signature Center, 480 West 42 Street.  Tel. 279-4200.

The Chocolate Factory Theatre and the invisible Dog Art Center have created a trilogy of pieces  exploring the process of reception through the use of an improvised sound score and stage machinery, without actors.  The trilogy is performed at three different locations: Stage is given at the Abrons Arts Center, 466n Grand Street, Set. 14-23 Cast is given  at the Chocolate Factory in Long Island City, 5-49 49th ave. Sept. 12-23, and Author, a participatory video installation, is at the Invisible Dog Arts Center. 51 Bergen St., Brooklyjn Sept. 7-1717. The last is free, but a package to the other two is $30.  Tel. 866-811-4111.

This is Not a Theatre Company, which is not a theatre company, but creates immersive, site-specific experiences, has been for the past two years offering Ferry Play, where for $2.00 one may with an set of headphones and an mp3 file, take a trip on the Staten Island Ferry and convert it into a personal podplay.  Now a similar set of three  app plays have been created for NY subway riders, for $3.00 each.  One is for a section of the 7 line, others for the N and L.  More information and downloading available on the Company’s website

Shanghai Theatre Highlights

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The Marvin Carlson Theatre Center, Shanghai Theatre Academy

The Marvin Carlson Theatre Center was officially opened on the Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) campus in 2015; its mission dedicated to developing academic connections between the Chinese and American academic communities through the exchange of students and faculty, the offering of courses, and other activities.

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About Marvin Carlson

Marvin Carlson is the Sidney E. Cohn Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens, the ATHE Career Achievement Award, the ASTR Distinguished Scholarship Award, the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and the Calloway Prize.  He is the founding editor of the journals Western European Stages (now European Stages), and Arab Stages; and the author of over two hundred and fifty scholarly articles in the areas of theatre history, theatre theory and dramatic literature. He is the director of the Marvin Carlson Theatre Center at the Shanghai Theatre Academy.  Among his books are The Theatre of the French Revolution (1966), Goethe and the Weimar Theatre (1978), Theories of the Theatre (1984), Places of Performance (1989), Performance: A Critical Introduction (1996), The Haunted Stage (2001), Speaking in Tongues (2006), Theatre is More Beautiful than War (2009), The Theatres of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia (with Khalid Amine, 2012) and Hamlet’s Shattered Mirror (2016).  His work has been translated into fifteen languages.

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