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Off Broadway Openings and Previews for September

Off Broadway Openings and Previews for September

Felix Starro is a famous faith healer in the Philippines whose clients included celebrities and big politicians. After falling on hard times, Felix decides to go to San Francisco with his young grandson to set-up shop for ailing Filipinos in the Bay Area- to earn just enough money to go home and retire comfortably. Unbeknownst to Felix, his grandson Junior has plans of his own to leave his grandfather and take his chances as an undocumented immigrant. Now Felix Starro is a new musical opening today at Theatre Five @ Theatre Row.

Tech Support at 59E59 Theater A opens September 4th. Life has become too complicated for technophobe and antique book seller, Pamela Stark. Pam’s world is soon turned upside down when, instead of providing assistance with her printer, the tech support guy, “Chip,” offers her choices for different centuries. In each era, this reluctant time-traveler saves lives as she is hurled from decade to decade. Pam’s emotional and witty journey finally ends with one last rescue—her own.

In Dust Alice thinks, life isn’t worth living. So she kills herself. But she’s stuck. A fly on the wall. Forced to watch the aftermath of her suicide and its ripple effect on her family and friends, Alice quickly learns that death changes people. And discovers that death isn’t the change she hoped for. Written and starring Milly Thomas. Opening September 4th Next Door at NYTW/Fourth Street Theatre.

Kathleen Chalfant stars in Novenas for a Lost Hospital, a communal experience to remember, honor, re-imagine and celebrate St Vincent’s Hospital. Inspired by the caretakers and patients of St. Vincent’s Hospital, and guided by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, this unique event takes a 60-person audience on a journey from an enclosed garden to Rattlestick’s intimate West Village theater to the NYC AIDS Memorial Park. Opening September 5th at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/St. John’s in the Village.

In American Moor, an indomitable African-American actor auditioning for the role of Othello must respond to the dictates of a younger, white director who presumes to better understand Shakespeare’s iconic black character. What could possibly go wrong? This fraught audition turns into an exploration of Shakespeare, race, and America (not necessarily in that order). Fueled by humor and passion, American Moor paints an essential portrait of an American theater unaware of its failures, and of the culture that supports it. Opening September 8th at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

Also opening September 8th is L.O.V.E.R. at The Pershing Square Signature Center/Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre. Everyone remembers their first kiss…and second…and maybe their fifth? This bold comedy reveals the truths about life, love, and…sex. L.O.V.E.R. portrays one woman’s confessions of what goes on behind closed doors – and between the sheets. Playwright Lois Robbins stars and is directed by Karen Carpenter.

Only Yesterday. This intimate play brings to life a little-known night when John and Paul were becoming the most famous men on earth. After months of performing for arenas of fans, John and Paul find themselves stranded in a cheap motel room in Key West. They do what many young men do when they’re bored—get drunk and have some laughs. But as their talk turns serious, they bond over the revelation of childhood events and find inspiration for the music that changed our lives. Relive the era of the Beatles at 59E59 Theater B starting September 7th with an opening of September 12th.

In Certain Woman Of An Age this one-woman show starring Margaret Trudeau opens up – with refreshing candor – about her extraordinary life and her encounters with some of the most important icons of our time. It’s a gripping portrait of motherhood, marriage, life-altering tragedy and personal triumph. Certain Woman of an Age is a funny, honest examination of one of the world’s most fascinating figures. At the Minetta Lane Theatre
opening September 12th.

Martin Moran should have more rage about the crime he experienced as a boy, shouldn’t he!? Where is it!? Haunted by this question, Martin sets out on a quest that leads him around the globe—working as a translator for an African asylum-seeker, who was subjected to torture; encountering his stepmother in Colorado; getting lost in South Africa; and uncovering truths at the Cradle of Human Kind. With equal parts honesty and entertainment, All The Rage attempts to solve an ancient human riddle: How is it that one moment we might reach out in compassion and the next…kill? Starting September 13th at The Barrow Group Mainstage, with a September 16th opening.

From the brawny castles of 16th Century France, to the rugged plains of 1960s Idaho, to the strapping fortresses of 1920s India, all hail the remarkable stories of Great Men! — and their whiny, witchy, vapid, vengeful, jealous wives. In Wives time-hop into comedy as Jaclyn Backhaus pushes past patriarchal cliché to reach an ecstatic breakthrough, untethering stories and history — and language itself — from the visions made by men. Opening September 16th at Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

It’s been five long years since Forbidden Broadway wound up its most recent New York run. But Tony Award-Winning parodist Gerard Alessandrini is back, with a hilarious, all-new, up-to-the-minute edition—Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation. The show comically and musically eviscerates Hadestown, Moulin Rouge, Tootsie, Beetlejuice, this season’s Oklahoma! revival, The Ferryman, the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof, The Cher Show, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, What the Constitution Means to Me, and the new generation of Broadway stars including Ben Platt, Santino Fontana, Billy Porter, Alex Brightman and exciting returns by Bette Midler, Andre de Shields, Bernadette Peters, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and several surprises. Opening September 18th at The Triad.

Michael Tucker’s new play Fern Hill stars Mark Linn-Baker, Mark Blum, Jill Eikenberry, John Glover, Jodi Long, and Ellen Parker at 59E59 Theater A. Three couples in their golden years, thick as thieves, are gathered at Sunny and Jer’s farmhouse to celebrate milestone birthdays that span three decades. The foundation of their long friendship is honesty and support – as well as a commitment to the enjoyment of food, wine and laughter. They’re so close that Sunny suggests that they all move in together—to live and work and assist one another as they grow older. Their companionship is put to the test, however, when a marital betrayal is discovered. The bonds of loyalty and truth are explored in this mature comedy. First preview September 10th, with a September 19th opening.

In an electrifying musical narrative, Tom Morello will share his moving personal story that reveals the making of a committed activist and one of the elite guitar virtuosos of our time in Tom Morello At The Minetta Lane: Words And Music. Opening September 19th.

It’s 1948 when Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty first visits the infamous Nazi Herbert Kappler in the Italian prison where Kappler is serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity. During World War II, the men were adversaries; Kappler was the head of the Gestapo in German-occupied Rome, and Monsignor O’Flaherty was using the cover of Vatican neutrality to shelter and arrange for the escape of thousands of Allied servicemen and Jewish civilians. Kappler placed a bounty on O’Flaherty’s head, but O’Flaherty evaded capture, earning the nickname “The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican.” When these two men meet after the war, profound questions of responsibility and redemption rattle the cages. You can catch Kingfishers Catch Fire at the Irish Repertory Studio Theatre, starting September 11 and opening September 22nd.

By the playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) comes a new play. There is a moment when you want to look ahead to the future, but the past is eating you whole. In Sunday, friends gather for a book group, anxious to prove their intellectual worth, but that anxiety gets the better of any actual discussion as emotional truths come pouring out. At the Atlantic Theater Company/Linda Gross Theater, starting September 4th, opening September 23rd.

In George Bernard Shaw’s epic comedy Caesar & Cleopatra, two of history’s most notoriously clever and sexually charged characters meet and change each other and the world around them. Julius Caesar conquers Egypt and becomes mentor to the young Cleopatra, who is determined to become the queen of legend we all know. Starring Jeff Applegate, Brenda Braxton, Rajesh Bose, Robert Cuccioli, Dan Dominques, Jonathan Hadley, and Teresa Avia Lim. Beginning September 3rd at Theatre One @ Theatre Row with a September 24th opening.

A gang of teenage girls gathers in an abandoned treehouse to summon the ghost of Pablo Escobar. Are they messing with the actual spirit of the infamous cartel kingpin? Or are they really just messing with each other? A rollercoaster ride through the danger and damage of girlhood – the teenage wasteland has never been so much twisted fun in Our Dear Dead Drug Lord. McGinn/Cazale Theatre starting September 11th and opening September 24th.

At the The Duke on 42nd Street the moms at Mommy-Baby Meetup are used to competing — whoever’s the most devoted to her family, has the best-behaved child, and the most satisfied husband wins. But as the chaos of the outside world encroaches on their turf, passive-aggression falls by the wayside, and each mom will have to decide just how much she loves her child. Mothers starts September 13th with a September 25th opening.

Why theatre? What is it for? What is it about? Why? takes these questions, and many others, on a journey that is both dramatic and joyful. The piece allows us to discover that we are not alone in asking these questions and that many great theatre practitioners have been inspired by the exploration of these questions. Playwrights and Directors Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne are involved with a cast consisting of Hayley Carmichael, Kathryn Hunter, and Marcello Magni. Previews begin September 21st with a September 26th opening.

At the age of 64, legendary athlete Diana Nyad inspired the world when she walked onto the shores of Key West after “crossing the Mt. Everest of the earth’s oceans,” becoming the first person in history to make the 111-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without the assistance of a shark cage. In her riveting new play The Swimmer, Nyad shares the heartbreaking setbacks, brushes with death and the victories that kept her going, plunging the audience into the depths of her extraordinary journey. Opening September 26th at the Minetta Lane Theatre

The Green Room takes us to a college theatre green room where a group of friends dream of being … NOT on Broadway … but Off-Broadway! John, Cliff, Anna and Divonne live out complicated lives in their college theatre department. At times, hilarious and heartwarming, but always enlightening and even alarming, this concept musical gives an account of the struggles in finding their place in this 21st Century world. Beginning September 25th at The American Theatre of Actors’ Sargent Theatre with a September 27th opening.

With a minimal set, Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in kimono, kneeling on a cushion, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertaining the audience with a comic monologue followed by a traditional story. At New World Stages Stage II starting September 19th and opening September 28th.

The year is 1929, the month is June. It’s the season when all the Americans invade Paris–and all the Parisians leave town. Fifty Million Frenchman is a classic boy-meets-girl musical set in the city of love introduced the world to such memorable Cole Porter favorites as “You Do Something to Me,” “You’ve Got That Thing,” and “The Tale of the Oyster.” You can catch this charming show at York Theatre at Saint Peter’s starting September 28 with a September 29th opening.

John Plunkett is haunted by memories of a shameful past and shattered life in Dublin Carol at the Irish Repertory Theatre. On Christmas Eve, an unexpected visit from his estranged daughter, Mary, forces John to confront his demons and grapple with his chance at redemption. Beginning September 20th with a October 1st opening. Ciarán O’Reilly directs.

In The New Englanders can you ever really live the life you envisioned? In a mixed race family, a teenaged daughter and her dads are each trying to find happiness. Eisa wants to be the next Lauryn Hill and is struggling to break free of her sleepy New England town where she feels hopelessly trapped. Her fathers are each being pulled in different directions of their own, one trying to re-connect with an old love, the other clinging to the path he always believed would be their future. Starting September 17th at the Manhattan Theatre Club – Stage II, with an October 2nd opening.

Zach is a medieval scholar and devotee of LARP (Live Action Role Playing); Laura ghost-writes romance novels. They meet at the crossroads of the competing realities they create and live in. Round Table is a comedy about pretending to be what you already are. The fun begins September 27th at 59E59 Theater C with a October 6th opening.

In the musical I have been waiting for Joshua Henry, Ciara Renée, Ryan Vasquez, Anoop Desai, Tilly Evans-Krueger, Malik Kitchen, Libby Lloyd, Amber Pickens, Kyle Robinson, Debbie Christine Tjong, and Julius Williams star in The Wrong Man at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space/Newman Mills Theater. Book, music, and lyrics by Ross Golan, directed by Thomas Kail. The wrong man meets the wrong woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. Set in Reno, Nevada, The Wrong Man is the story of Duran, a man just scraping by who is framed for a murder he didn’t commit, told through poetic lyrics and haunting melodies. First preview September 18th, with a October 7th opening.

Jeb Kreager, Julia McDermott, Michele Pawk, Zoë Winters, and John Zdrojeski star in Heros Of The Fourth Turning at Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater. It’s nearing midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party. They’ve returned home to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But as their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, it becomes less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a chilly night in the middle of America, Will Arbery’s haunting play offers grace and disarming clarity, speaking to the heart of a country at war with itself. First preview September 13th, opening
October 7th.

Soft Power is an exploration of America’s current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China’s point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. Soft Power is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all – why do we love democracy? And should we? Book and Lyrics by David Henry Hwang with Music, and Additional Lyrics: Jeanine Tesori, directed by Leigh Silverman at The Public Theater/Newman Theater beginning September 24th with a October 15th opening.

Jeb Brown, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Taylor Iman Jones, Lacretta, Megan Lawrence, Ryan McCartan, Will Meyers, Wonu Ogunfowora, David Rossmer, Alysha Umphress, and Kaleb Wells star in the new musical Scotland, PA at the Roundabout Theatre Company – Laura Pels Theatre. This deliciously dark musical comedy, based on the cult film (and the bard’s Macbeth), springs to life in a sleepy Pennsylvania town (population 1,203—and dropping), where a burger-joint manager and his wife cook up a plan to super-size their lives. As their ambitions grow and the bodies fall, the couple finds out just how far they’ll go for a taste of the oh-so-tempting American dream.Music and lyrics by Adam Gwon, with Lonny Price directing. First previews September 14th with a October 15th opening.

Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard, Christian Borle, Tom Alan Robbins, Kingsley Leggs, Ari Groover, Salome Smith, and Joy Woods star in the revival of Little Shop Of Horrors at Westside Theatre Upstairs. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s hit musical will be directed by Michael Mayer
starting September 17th and opening October 17th.

Off Broadway

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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