New York Theatre Highlights


November 4, 2018


A particularly engaging annual NY festival is the Fringe Encore Series at the Soho, featuring productions from top fringe festivals around the worlds.  15 varied productions from Beowulf to an immersive Hamlet.  From Nov. 6 thru Dec. 16.  Complete shows and calendar at the Soho website. Most shows $$39.    3 show package $59.  15 Vandam St.  Tel. 681-1555.


The Irish Rep is offering two one-act by Brian Friel,: Lovers:Winners and The Yalta Game Nov. 7 thru Dec. 23.  Tix $50.  132 West 22 St.  Tel 727-2737.


The Metropolitan Playhouse normally presents American dramas from the late 19th and early 20th century, but its next offering come from the mid-1950s, Robert Ardrey’s Shadow of Heroes, a tragic drama about the failed Hungarian revolution of that era.  Nov. 9-Dec. 9.  Tix. $20 thru Nov. 14, then $30.  Students $25. 220 East 4th St.  Tel. 800-838-3006.


A seasonal special is All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 at the Sheen Center Nov. 9 thru Dec. 30.  Tix $51-$91.  20% discount with code TMANIAAEB.  18 Bleecker Street.  Tel 925-2812.


The story of Afong May, America’s first female Chinese immigrant, is told in The Chinese Lady on Theatre Row,  Nov. 7-18.  Tix. $42.25. 410 West 42 St.  Tel. 239-6200.


A one-man show about the actor/comedian Freddie Prinze, Prinze is playing at the Sheen Center thru Nov. 18. M Tix $37.  18 Bleeker St.  Tel. 925-2812


Previews begin tonight for a new American play, Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade at St. Clement’s thru. Dec. 9. Tix $35 previews, then $39 (re. $55 and $65) with code KNDYMANIA.  423 West 46 St.  Tel. 844-811-4111.


A new musical about America’s first women soldiers, The Hello Girls,  will be presented by the Prospect Theater Company Nov. 13-Dec. 22. Tix $25 Nov. 13 and 14; $35 Nov. 15 and 16, then $70 ($49 for 59 East 59 members).  50 East 50 St.  Tel.  279-4200.


The Niceties, a new play dealing with tensions between a black student and white professor, both women, will be presented by MTC thru Nov. 18. Tix $35.  131West 55 St.  Tel. 581-1212.



The Noor Theatre, specializing in theatre of the middle East, presents a workshop production of Ismail Khalidi’s Dear Are My People Nov. 4-11.  Tix  $35.  Fourth St.  79 East 4th St. Tel. 460-5475.


Marymount Manhattan is presenting Blues for Mister Charlie Nov. 14-18.  Tix. $15.  Theresa Lang Theatre, 221 East 71 St. Tel. 517-0400.


Lured, based on real accounts of LGBTQ persecution in modern-day Russia, will be presented at Theater for a New City Nov. 8-25.  Tix $15 with discount code LURED15.  155 First Ave.  Tel. 868-4444.


For their sixth season, Premieres presents Inner Voices,  three one-act solo musicals, thru Nov. 17..Tix $49. Discounted to $29 with code TG29Iv18.  312 West 36 St. Tel. 866-811-4111.


A new dance/theatre piece based on the novel by Roland Topor, The Tenant, will be presented at the Joyce Nov. 6-11.. Tix. $26-&81.  175 Eighth Ave.  Tel. 242-0800.


This is Not a theatre Company presents Gain! On Thursdays and Fridays Nov. 1-16, set in an actual gym and following four young men through an evening in the weight room.  Tix $25.  15 West 39 St.  Tel. 917-882-8532.


Falling Out, a meditation on water, heartbreak, and healing using Butoh, flex dance, and puppet techniques, will be presented at BAM Nov. 7-10.  Tix  $30-$70.  30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, Tel. 718-636-4100.


A combination of dinner theatre, immersive theatre and Shakespeare is offered by Shake and Bake, thru Jan. 5, in which the actors perform the play while creating and serving to the 50 guests an eight course tasting menu with wine.  Tix $150, discounted to $125 with code M25. 94 Gansevoort St.  Tel. 866-811-4111,


Discount tis available for the one-man evocation of a range of New York characters, Aasif Mandvi’s Sakina’s Restaurant at the Minetta Lane thru Nob. 11.  Tix $69 with code TCENT1. (reg. $89-$99).  Tel. 800-982-2787.


Noor’s first full-length play commission, a music drama, Dead Are My People, will be presented at the Fourth Street Theatre Nov. 4-11.  Tix. $39. 79 East 4th St.  Tel. 460-5475.

Shanghai Theatre Highlights

Shanghai Peking Opera excellent young actors series performance.Visit Grave, Xuce Run Around City, Dragon Play With Phoenix.Beat Jiaozan, Banquet, Wenzhao Pass.10/13/ 2018,2:00pm.RMB120/100/80.Performing by Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company.Shanghai Meipai Grand Stage Theatre. No.800 Guoshun East Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai.


Gao Bowen Saying Flowers.10/13/2018-10/14/2018, 7:30pm.Performing by Shanghai Pingtan Troupe. RMB /160/150/160/150.Changjiang Theatre. No.21 Huanghe Road, Shanghai.


Peking Opera Phoenix Returning Nest.10/13/ 2018/matinee /13:30.Performing by Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company.RMB /280/280 public benefit /180/100/50 yuan(The original price of 280 public welfare tickets was only 160 yuan).Zhou Xinfang Theatre Space, No1198,Tianyaoqiao Road, Shanghai.

And Then There Were None,10/24/2018—10/25/2018, 7:30pm. Performed by Shanghai Drama Art Center. RMB 50/180/280/380. Chinese Grand Theatre. NO 704. Niuzhuang Road, Shanghai.

Electra, 11/13/2018—11/14/2018, 7:30pm. Performed by Shanghai Drama Art Center. RMB 80/180/280/380/580. Shanghai Meiqi Grand Theatre. NO 68. Jiangning Road, Shanghai.

Konzerthausorchester Berlin Shanghai Concert, 10/31/2018, 7:30pm. Performed by Konzerthausorchester Berlin Concert Group. RMB. 280/480/680/880/1080/1280. Shanghai Eastern Art Center. NO425 Dingxiang Road,Shanghai.






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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