Arts & Leisure
March Theater Roundup
(Photo: Hoi Polloi)
This March we've got heavy-hitters like Shakespeare, Ibsen and Albee, as well as some brand new experimental works, "Performance Architecture," and a lecture series.
A Doll's House
Through March 16 // BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn
After two sold-out runs in London's West End, A Doll's House comes across the pond to BAM and every review we've read thus far makes it clear that The Young Vic's production of Henrik Ibsen's classic is the play to see this season. Directed by Carrie Cracknell and starring Hattie Morahan as the critically lauded heroine, A Doll's House is a brilliant study of suffocating marital conventions. Grab your tickets while you still can!
March 6 – 15 // The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg
A traveling air-conditioner salesman crashes into an isolated Vermont convent full of alcoholic nuns. Need we say more? Written by R.N. Healey Directed by Shannon Sindelar.
Hoi Polloi: Republic
March 7 – 22 // JACK, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave, Clinton Hill
The OBIE Award-winning company Hoi Polloi brings us their updated and mutated take on Plato's Republic. Directed by Alec Duffy, starring Jess Barbagallo, Lori Parquet and Jason Quarles, written by Noah Mease, Hoi Polloi "creates a dream-like theatrical experience that tackles the massive moral questions raised by Socrates, against a shifting backdrop of characters and settings."
The Death of Bessie Smith
Through March 9 // Interfaith Medical Center, 1545 Atlantic Avenue, Bed-Stuy
The New Brooklyn Theater's production of Edward Albee's The Death of Bessie Smith is back by popular demand after a sold-out run earlier this year. The site-specific presentation is designed to raise awareness of the Interfaith Medical Center's current danger of closing, and to provoke conversation health, race and class . The Wall Street Journal called the show "perhaps the city's most dramatic blend of theater and health policy in nearly 30 years". You can show your support by seeing one of the performances or by donating online a newbrooklyntheater.com/support.
March 14 – May 4 // Theatre for a New Audience, 262 Ashland Place, Fort Greene
Celebrated classic English actor Michael Pennington teams up with emerging American director Arin Arbus for this production of Lear. While Theatre for A New Audience has been faithfully bringing Shakespeare to New Yorkers for the past three decades, their recently constructed Fort Greene performance space is brand new and state of the art.
March 22 – April 5 // The Bushwick Starr, 207 Starr Street, Bushwick
In this episodic performance installation Daniel Fish and Andrew Dinwiddie discuss the subject of death using twenty-six of Shelly Kagan's Yale College philosophy lectures combined with recent obituaries and death notices. With lecture titles like "Arguments for the Existence of the Soul" and "Dying Alone; The Badness of Death, Part I" it's bound to be a morbidly interesting combination of theater, performance art and lectures.