One of the reasons IÂ moved to NYC many years ago was simply one word: THEATER.Â I get a rush after a good show.Â I thrive on good play writing, good acting, quality sets and direction.Â I have memberships to many theaters in NYC so that I don’t miss out.Â It’s a big of an addiction, but a healthy one.Â There is nothing like a buzz I get after seeing a good performance.Â I’m very crafty – I don’t ever pay full-price for a play.Â Read after each entry about how I manage to see a play on a budget, mainly through memberships.
I just looked at my calendar and realized what a busy theater season I’m about to have.Â After the typical theater drought that summer brings every year is behind us, the fall schedule is full of offerings by some of my favorite, as well as burgeoning, playwrights.Â Â Â Here are some of the plays I’m just a little, if not very, excited about seeing this fall:
First up on my schedule, the world premiere of “Bottom of the World,” written by Lucy Thurber, at the Atlantic Theater, playing September 3rd-October 3rd.Â It’s about a woman who is heartbroken over the sudden death of her sister, and she delves into her final novel to deal with her grief and somehow move on. As the lines blur between the fictional world and her own reality, she attempts to make sense of life and death.Â Also on the Atlantic Theater 2010-2011 schedule: David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theater,” “The Collection and a Kind of Alaska,” two plays by Harold Pinter, Ethan Cohen’s “F
our Pickups” which is a co-production of the innovative St. Anne’s Warehouse, “10×25,” “Miss Nelson is Missing,” “The New York Idea” adapted by David Auburn.Â I’m also excited about “Revolting Rhymes,” a musical based on rhymes by Ronald Dahl.Â I’m seeing all these great shows for just $35 each as a member.
Next on my fall theater schedule in October: “Middletown” at the Vineyard Theatre fromPulitzer Prize-finalist Will Eno, a new play, exploring the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge (Linus Roache) and new arrival Mary Swanson (Heather Burns), the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and compelling ways. Â Also on the Vineyard’s 2010-2011 schedule: “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” “And Now This is Happening” and one more play yet to be announced.Â I got the “check out” membership for $60 which includes admission to all 3 plays.
I’m particularly excited about the two plays that Lincoln Center Theater is offering this fall: “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” and “A Free Man of Color.”Â “Women on the Verge” is a musical based on Pedro
Almodovar’s brilliant film. Â It’s directed by “South Pacific’s” Bartlett Sher and has a fab cast which includes Sherie Rene Scott, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Patti Lupone.Â Previews begin on October 5th and I can’t wait!Â John Guare’s ” A Free Man of Color” features acting dymano Jeffrey Wright and is directed by the great George C. Wolfe.Â It takes place in 1801 New Orleans, before class and racial lines were drawn.Â Â Other plays this season include “The Coward” by Nick Jones, “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz, ” When I Come to Die” by Nathan Louis,Â “War Horse” by Michael Morpurgo and “A Minister’s Wife” by Austin Pendleton.Â I’ve been a member of Lincoln Center for years and pay around $50 per show.Â I’m not sure if the memberships are open to the public, but you can call and find out.
My busy fall schedule continues over at the Public Theater with “In the Wake” by Lisa Kron.Â The play’s description: Itâ€™s Thanksgiving of 2000 and the presidential election still has not been decided. Ellen insists that her friends and family donâ€™t understand how bad the situation really is. But no one — not her loving partner, Danny, nor the passionate Amy, nor the brutally pragmatic and world-weary Judy — can make Ellen see the blind spot at the center of her own politics and emotional life. The rest of the Public’s line-up is listed here.Â I’ve also been a fan and member of the Public for years.Â My current membership costs $55 each and our tickets are $40 per each performance.
Other plays on my agenda this fall include: “Three Sisters” with Maggie Gyllenhall and Peter Sarsgaard (they are brilliant together!) and “Orlando” written by Virginia Wolf/adapted bySara Ruhl at Classic Stages;Â Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” with Cherry Jones, my favorite female stage actress, at the Roundabout Theater; Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” at the NY Theatre Workshop; and Edward Albee’s “Me, Myself & I” at the Playwrights Horizons.
With a little luck, I’ll get tickets to see Al Pacino in “The Merchant of Venice” and maybe get to take my son to see Julie Taymor’s “Spider Man” on Broadway.Â I’m taking my daughter to see “Wicked” next week.Â She’s 7-1/2 and I think she’s ready to take on a great Broadway musical with her theater-fanatic of a mother.
Theater obsessed? Me? Maybe.