Friday, January 30, 2015

Coming Up! Theater in February 2015

Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura), 1638-39
Painted by Artemisia 
Gentileschi

You had such a good time reading about upcoming shows in January that you clamored for more information for February! Well, we’re happy to oblige and let you know about the scintillating choices around the Sound on area stages. In fact, there is so much locally written material this month, we could dub February Locally Written Theater Month.

First to open is a locally written play, Natural, at Annex Theatre, 2/3-18/15 but on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Writer Marcus Gorman crafts a play about six Seattleites who unravel messy, urban lives of retail hell, online erotica and crises of sexual identity. Art and Theo met in French class and seem to be very happy together. But while Theo sorts through his relationship with a persistent coworker, and his best friend Chloe tries to reconcile her on- and off-line reputations, Art finds himself unexpectedly drawn to worldly bartender Samantha. Alliances shift, friendships are tested, and mistakes are made.

Carousel is the next musical at The 5th Avenue Theatre, from 2/5/15-3/1/15 (a co-production of the 5th and Spectrum Dance Theater). It’s a classic musical love story about a carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, who loves mill worker Julie Jordan. After his untimely death, Billy makes a deal with an angel and is allowed to return to earth for just one day for a chance to redeem his life and make peace with the wife and daughter he left behind. A terrific cast, headed by Laura Griffith, Brandon O’Neill and Billie Wildrick, promises a strong showing, along with some unique choreography from Spectrum Dance Theater. The musical is not without controversy, though, since Billy Bigelow is a rough-cast fellow who has such difficulty managing his feelings that he hits people, including women.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Three shows well worth checking out ("Mwindo" at Seattle Children’s, "The Secretaries" at Theater Schmeater, "4000 Miles" at ArtsWest)

Tracy Michelle Hughes fronts the cast of Mwindo (photo by Chris Bennion)

Yup, there is a LOT of theater happening right now. 2015 opened up a floodgate after the first of the year and your head might be spinning from trying to figure out what to see. At least, I’m hoping your head is spinning because that means you are a lover of theater, like me.

I, too, have been trying to get to as many shows as I can and indubitably failing to get to everything. But I can encourage you to go to three shows that will vary entirely, one production from another, and represent a huge range of subject matter and style.

Mwindo is a world premiere play from the keyboards of Cheryl West. She understands how to write for older children and is using an African fable/myth to demonstrate some complex ideas about revenge or forgiveness.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This Shakes play really "Measures" up!

Cindy Im as Isabella and Moses Yim as Claudio in Measure for Measure (Photo by John Ulman)
Measure for Measure
Seattle Shakespeare Company
Through February 1, 2015

This is already the best play of 2015 and while that doesn’t mean it couldn’t get knocked off its perch, it will likely take a while. While people proclaim Measure for Measure Shakespeare’s problem play and it is not nearly the funniest of his comedies, the current production at Seattle Shakespeare Company hits all the right buttons in the production and makes it as intelligible and justified as it might possibly be.

It also is a beautiful example of post-racial casting (if you will), or even intentional use of people of color in ways that augment a script. This is the kind of production many of us have been hoping for.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hands Up! What Will I Do?

Brandon Simmons reading a selection from Hands Up (photo by Malika Oyetimein)

On last Monday and this coming Monday, Valerie Curtis-Newton through her Hansberry Project is presenting HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights/6Testaments. She is a University of Washington theater faculty member (heading the graduate level program) and through their auspices is doing the reading at the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse (41st and University). 

I have not "done" anything specific in response to the murders of black men and boys recently, except to mourn inside myself, feel deeply despairing and completely unsure about what kind of personal connection I can make to these acts and the situation. I have felt uncertain about how much I know and really understand. I did not go to any marches. So far, I have sat on the sidelines.


I did do, Monday, what I could do as a theater lover: I could go to a reading. I could listen. I could absorb the understandings and emotions of the six pieces of writing that were provoked by the Michael Brown and Eric Garner murders. I could learn, I could absorb. 


Thursday, January 15, 2015

And the Winners are…. Seattle Theater Writers Announce the 2014 Winners of the Fourth Annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards


Joshua Carter, currently working the national musical tour of Once, wins Performance in a Musical as a Lead Actor (Male) for his work in Little Shop of Horrors, along with his co-lead, Jessica Skerritt. Bill Berry wins as well as director of the co-production of ACT Theatre and The 5th Avenue Theater (housed at ACT). 

ACT Theatre continues a year of great performances with a win for Excellence in Production of a Play for their presentation of Ayad Akhtar's play, The Invisible Hand. This puts them atop the leaderboard for companies with five wins (three shared with The 5th Avenue)!

Seattle Theater Writers critics’ circle is pleased to present the rest of winners’ slate of the 2014 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards, theater awards devoted to recognizing excellence across the economic spectrum of professional Seattle theaters.

A previously announced Special Award of Recognition for Excellence in Playwriting was given to Robert Schenkkan for his two LBJ histories.

The 2014 Gypsy Rose Lee Award Winners are:

Excellence in Production of a Play
(Larger Theater): The Invisible Hand - ACT Theatre
(Smaller Theater): A Small Fire - Sound Theatre Company

Excellence in Production of a Musical
In the Heights - Village Theatre

Excellence in Direction of a Play
(Larger Theater): Myra Platt - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Book-It Repertory Theatre)
(Smaller Theater): Julie Beckman - A Small Fire (Sound Theatre Company)

Excellence in Direction of a Musical
Bill Berry - Little Shop of Horrors (The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre co-production)

Excellence in Performance as a Lead Actor in a Play (Male)
(Larger Theater): Greg Lyle-Newton - The Normal Heart (Strawberry Theatre Workshop)
(Smaller Theater): Reginald Andre Jackson - The Mountaintop (ArtsWest)

Excellence in Performance as a Lead Actor in a Musical (Male)
Joshua Carter - Little Shop of Horrors (The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre co-production)

Excellence in Performance as a Lead Actor in a Play (Female)
(Larger Theater): Tracy Michelle Hughes - Pretty Fire (Taproot Theatre)
(Smaller Theater): Teri Lazzara - A Small Fire (Sound Theatre Company)

Excellence in Performance as a Lead Actor in a Musical (Female) 
Jessica Skerritt - Little Shop of Horrors (The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre co-production)

Excellence in Performance as a Supporting Actor in a Play (Male) - any non-lead
(Larger Theater): Timothy McCuen Piggee - Angels in America (Intiman Theatre)
(Smaller Theater): Ray Tagavilla - A Small Fire (Sound Theatre Company)

Excellence in Performance of a Supporting Actor in a Musical (Male) - any non-lead 
Dane Stokinger - Monty Python's Spamalot (The 5th Avenue Theatre)

Excellence in Performance as a Supporting Actor in a Play (Female) - any non-lead
(Larger Theater): Betsy Schwartz - Tails of Wasps (New Century Theatre Company)
(Smaller Theater): Evelyn DeHais - Chaos Theory (Annex Theatre)

Excellence in Performance as a Supporting Actor in a Musical (Female) - any non-lead
Taryn Darr - A Chorus Line (The 5th Avenue Theatre)

Excellence in Performance as an Ensemble
(Larger Theater): Tails of Wasps (New Century Theatre Company: Sylvie Davidson, Brenda Joyner, Hannah Mootz, Betsy Schwartz, Paul Morgan Stetler) 
(Smaller Theater): Gidion's Knot (Seattle Public Theater: Heather Hawkins, Rebecca Olson)

Excellence in Set Design
(Larger Theater): Carey Wong - The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Seattle Childrens' Theatre)
(Smaller Theater): Robin Macartney - Girl You Know It's True (The Stay Up Late Show/Theatre Off Jackson co-production)

Excellence in Costume Design
(Larger Theater): Christine Meyers - Twelfth Night (Seattle Shakespeare Company)
(Smaller Theater): Cami Funk - Balconies (Annex Theatre)

Excellence in Lighting Design
(Larger Theater): Andrew D. Smith - The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Seattle Childrens' Theatre)
(Smaller Theater): Marnie Cummings - Returning to Albert Joseph (Satori Group)

Excellence in Sound Design
(Larger Theater): Brendan Patrick Hogan - The Invisible Hand (ACT Theatre)
(Smaller Theater): Josh Blaisdel - The Lisbon Traviata (Theatre22)
Excellence in Musical Direction
RJ Tancioco - In the Heights (Village Theatre)

Excellence in Choreography or Movement
Daniel Cruz - In the Heights (Village Theatre)

Excellence in Local Playwriting
Stephanie Timm - Tails of Wasps (New Century Theatre Company)

Excellence in Local Composing
Mark Siano and Opal Peachey - Seattle Vice (Marxiano Productions)

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/SeattleTheaterWriters. The Notes section shows the evolution of the awards.

Friday, January 09, 2015

And the 2014 Gypsy Rose Lee Award nominees are...

Naomi Morgan, Iris Elton (Gypsy nominee), Jennifer Paz, Tanesha Ross (seated) 
in In the Heights at Village Theatre (photography by Mark Kitaoka)

The theater critics circle in Seattle, the Seattle Theater Writers, has gotten together for the fourth year to present a slate of nominees for the annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards. The 2014 calendar year is the basis for eligibility and was a busy, productive year of theater.

Named after the iconic stage star, Gypsy Rose Lee, who was born in Seattle, the award categories are divided into Large Budget and Small Budget and some individual categories where such a divide isn’t productive. There are 32 categories total.

Our nominations include 57 productions from 32 different producing companies. That’s an enormous acknowledgement of the vibrancy of our theatrical community. Winners will be announced January 15, 2015.

In addition to the 32 categories named below, a Special Award of Recognition to Mr. Robert Schenkkan for Excellence in Playwriting will be given,  named for his exceptional history of Lyndon Baines Johnson in his two plays, All the Way and The Great Society, presented at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

The 2014 Gypsy Rose Lee Award Nominations are (in alpha order):

Excellence in Production of a Play
(Large Budget): Tails of Wasps - New Century Theatre Company
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Book-It Repertory Theatre
The Boy at the Edge of Everything - Seattle Children's Theatre
The Invisible Hand - ACT Theatre
The Normal Heart - Strawberry Theatre Workshop

(Small Budget): A Small Fire - Sound Theatre Company
Blood Countess - Annex Theatre
Gidion's Knot - Seattle Public Theater
Seascape - Theater Schmeater
The Lisbon Traviata - Theatre22

Excellence in Production of a Musical
A Little Night Music - SecondStory Repertory
In the Heights - Village Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors - The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre co-production
Mary Poppins - Village Theatre
Monty Python's Spamalot - The 5th Avenue Theatre

Excellence in Direction of a Play
(Large Budget): Sheila Daniels - The Normal Heart (Strawberry Theatre Workshop)
Darragh Kennan - Tails of Wasps (New Century Theatre Company)
John Langs - Bethany (ACT Theatre)
Allen Nause - The Invisible Hand (ACT Theatre)
Myra Platt - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Book-It Repertory Theatre)

(Small Budget): Julie Beckman - A Small Fire (Sound Theatre Company)
Shana Bestock - Gidion's Knot (Seattle Public Theater)
Valerie Curtis-Newton - The Mountaintop (ArtsWest)
Alicia Mendez - The Pillowman (SecondStory Repertory)
Bobbin Ramsey - Attempts on Her Life (The Horse in Motion)

Excellence in Direction of a Musical
Eric Ankrim - In the Heights (Village Theatre)
Bill Berry - Little Shop of Horrors (The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre co-production)
Brandon Ivie - A Christmas Story (The 5th Avenue Theatre)
Josh Rhodes - Monty Python's Spamalot (The 5th Avenue Theatre)
Steve Tomkins - Funny Girl (Village Theatre)

Excellence in Performance in a Play as a Lead Actor (Male)
(Large Budget): Elijah Alexander - The Invisible Hand (ACT Theatre)
Frank Boyd - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Book-It Repertory Theatre)
William Hall Jr. - A Lesson From Aloes (Thalia's Umbrella)
Greg Lyle-Newton - The Normal Heart (Strawberry Theatre Workshop)
Connor Toms - The Invisible Hand (ACT Theatre)

(Small Budget): Gordon Carpenter - A Small Fire (Sound Theatre Company)
Daniel Christensen - The Lisbon Traviata (Theatre22)
Matthew Gilbert - The Elephant Man (STAGEright Theatre)
Reginald Andre Jackson - The Mountaintop (ArtsWest)
Will Rose - Don Quixote and Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle (ese Teatro)

Excellence in Performance in a Musical as a Lead Actor (Male)
Greg McCormick Allen - Mary Poppins (Village Theatre)
LeRoy Bell - Passing Strange (Sidecountry Theatre)
Joshua Carter - Little Shop of Horrors (The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre co-production)
Ryan McCabe -La Cage aux Folles (SecondStory Repertory)
Wade McCollum - Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Balagan Theatre)

Excellence in Performance in a Play as a Lead Actor (Female) 
(Large Budget): Emily Chisholm - Bethany (ACT Theatre)
Helen Harvester - Diana of Dobsons (Taproot Theatre)
Tracy Michelle Hughes - Pretty Fire (Taproot Theatre)
Pamela Reed - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Seattle Repertory Theatre)
Gillian Williams - Venus in Fur (Seattle Repertory Theatre)

(Small Budget): Mary Ewald - Hamlet (New City Theater)
Peggy Gannon - Blood Relations (Sound Theatre Company)
brianne a. hill - The Mountaintop (ArtsWest)
Teri Lazzara - A Small Fire (Sound Theatre Company)
Terri Weagant - Blood Countess (Annex Theatre)

Excellence in Performance in a Musical as a Lead Actor (Female)
 Sarah Rose Davis - Funny Girl (Village Theatre)
Cayman Ilika - Mary Poppins (Village Theatre)
Jennifer Littlefield - A Little Night Music (SecondStory Repertory)
Jessica Skerritt - Little Shop of Horrors (The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre co-production)
Valerie Vigoda - Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Balagan Theatre)

Excellence in Performance of a Play as a Supporting Actor (Male) - any non-lead 
(Large Budget): Peter Crook - The Normal Heart (Strawberry Theatre Workshop)
Quinn Franzen - The Importance of Being Earnest (Seattle Shakespeare Company)
Todd Jefferson Moore - Royal Blood (Onward Ho Productions)
Timothy McCuen Piggee - Angels in America (Intiman Theatre)
Michael Winters - All the Way/The Great Society (Seattle Repertory Theatre)

(Small Budget): Andrew Lee Creech - Girl You Know It's True (The Stay Up Late Show/Theatre Off Jackson co-production)
Eric Mulholland - The Lisbon Traviata (Theatre22)
Carter Rodriquez - Uncle Vanya (Akropolis Performance Lab)
Ray Tagavilla - A Small Fire (Sound Theatre Company)
James Weidman - Blood Countess (Annex Theatre)

Excellence in Performance of a Musical as a Supporting Actor (Male)
Matt Giles - A New Brain (STAGEright Theatre)
Justin Huertas - In the Heights (Village Theatre)
David Anthony Lewis - Little Shop of Horrors (The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre co-production)
John Scott - Funny Girl (Village Theatre)
Dane Stokinger - Monty Python's Spamalot (The 5th Avenue Theatre)

Excellence in Performance of a Play as a Supporting Actor (Female)
(Large Budget): Sylvie Davidson - Tails of Wasps (New Century Theatre Company)
Amy Hill - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Seattle Repertory Theatre)
Amy Love - Royal Blood (Onward Ho Productions)
Betsy Schwartz - Tails of Wasps (New Century Theatre Company)
Amy Thone - The Normal Heart (Strawberry Theatre Workshop)

(Small Budget): Lisa Branham - Attack of the Killer Murder … of Death! (Theater Schmeater)
Alyson Scadron Branner - Arcadia (Seattle Public Theatre)
Evelyn Dehais - Chaos Theory (Annex Theatre)
Caitlin Frances - Blood Relations (Sound Theatre Company)
Tracy Leigh - American Wee-Pie (Seattle Public Theatre)

Excellence in Performance of a Musical as a Supporting Actor (Female) 
- any non-lead
Taryn Darr - A Chorus Line (The 5th Avenue Theatre)
Iris Elton - In the Heights (Village Theatre)
Laura Griffith - Monty Python's Spamalot (The 5th Avenue Theatre)
Megan Chenovick - Jerry Springer the Opera (Balagan Theatre)
Shermona Mitchell - A New Brain (STAGEright Theatre)

Excellence in Performance as an Ensemble
(Large Budget): A Lesson From Aloes - Thalia's Umbrella (William Hall, Jr., Terry Edward Moore, Pam Nolte)
Art Dog - Seattle Children's Theatre (Allen Galli, Auston James, Khanh Doan, Kate Jaeger)
Tails of Wasps - New Century Theatre Company (Sylvie Davidson, Brenda Joyner, Hannah Mootz, Betsy Schwartz, Paul Morgan Stetler)
The Invisible Hand - ACT Theatre (Elijah Alexander, Erwin Galan, William Ontiveros, Connor Toms)
The Normal Heart - Strawberry Theatre Workshop (Stephen Black, Rob Burgess, Peter Crook, Brian Culbertson, Joseph Cummings, Simon Hamlin, Greg Lyle-Newton, Andrew Russell, Amy Thone)

(Small Budget): A Small Fire - Sound Theatre Company (Gordon Carpenter, Sara Coates, Teri Lazzara, Ray Tagavilla)
Attack of the Killer Murder … of Death! - Theater Schmeater (Ashley Bagwell, Alyssa Bostwick, Lisa Branham, Nik Doner, Alyssa Keene, J.D. Lloyd, Corey McDaniel, Tim Moore, Allie Pratt, Lisa Viertel, Lantz Wagner)
Gidion's Knot - Seattle Public Theater (Heather Hawkins, Rebecca Olson)
Horse Girls - Annex Theatre (Erin Bednarz, Rachel Brow, Elizabeth Grant, Kasey Harrison, Anastasia Higham, Pilar O'Connell, Sascha Streckel)
Seascape - Theater Schmeater (Paul Custodio, Lori Lee Haener, Josh Ryder, Katherine Woolverton)

Excellence in Set Design
(Large Budget): Scott Bradley - A Great Wilderness (Seattle Repertory Theatre)
Andrea Bryn Bush - Twelfth Night (Seattle Shakespeare Company)
Matthew Smucker - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Seattle Repertory Theatre)
Carey Wong - The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Seattle Children's Theatre)
Jennifer Zeyl - Royal Blood (Onward Ho Productions)

(Small Budget): Robin Macartney - Girl You Know It's True (The Stay Up Late Show/Theatre Off Jackson co-production)
Robin Macartney - Balconies (Annex Theatre)
Cate McCrea - Returning to Albert Joseph (Satori Group)
Montana Tippett - A Small Fire (Sound Theatre Company)
Burton Yuen - The Mountaintop (ArtsWest)

Excellence in Costume Design
(Large Budget): Anastasia Armes - Royal Blood (Onward Ho Productions)
Sarah Burch Gordon - Diana of Dobsons (Taproot Theatre)
Christine Meyers - Twelfth Night (Seattle Shakespeare Company)
Pete Rush - Truth Like the Sun (Book-It Repertory Theatre)
Cynthia Savage - Mary Poppins (Village Theatre)

(Small Budget): Julia Evanovich - Attack of the Killer Murder...Of Death! (Theater Schmeater)
Candace Frank - American Wee-Pie (Seattle Public Theater)
Cami Funk - Balconies (Annex Theatre)
Desiree Jones - The Hunchback of Seville (Washington Ensemble Theatre)
Scarlett O'Hairdye - Girl You Know It's True (The Stay Up Late Show/Theatre Off Jackson co-production)

Excellence in Lighting Design
(Large Budget): Brian Bembridge - Mary's Wedding (New Century Theatre Company)
Kristeen Willis Crosser - The Invisible Hand (ACT Theatre)
L.B. Morse - A Great Wilderness (Seattle Repertory Theatre)
Alexander V. Nichols - Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Balagan Theatre)
Andrew D. Smith - The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Seattle Children's Theatre)

(Small Budget): Mark Chenovick and Jen Klos - The Pillowman (SecondStory Repertory)
Marnie Cummings - Returning to Albert Joseph (Satori Group)
Dani Norberg - The Mountaintop (ArtsWest)
Gwyn Skone - Blood Countess (Annex Theatre)
Sara Torres - Marisol (The Collision Project)

Excellence in Sound Design
(Large Budget): Obadiah Eaves - A Great Wilderness (Seattle Repertory Theatre)
Brendan Patrick Hogan - The Invisible Hand (ACT Theatre)
Matt Starritt - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Book-It Repertory Theatre)
Nathan Wade - Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus (Book-It Repertory Theatre)
Robertson Witmer and Kevin Heard - Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Balagan Theatre)

(Small Budget): Al Angel - Attack of the Killer Murder… of Death! (Theater Schmeater)
Josh Blaisdel - The Lisbon Traviata (Theatre22)
Mark Chenovick and Jen Klos - A Little Night Music (SecondStory Repertory)
Evan Mosher - Returning to Albert Joseph (Satori Group)
James Schreck - Attempts on Her Life (The Horse in Motion)

Excellence in Musical Direction
Paul Linnes - A Little Night Music (SecondStory Repertory)
Ryan O'Connell - Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Balagan Theatre)
RJ Tancioco - In the Heights (Village Theatre)
RJ Tancioco - Little Shop of Horrors (The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre co-production)
Tim Symons and Bruce Monroe - Funny Girl (Village Theatre) 

Excellence in Choreography or Movement
Bill Berry - Little Shop of Horrors (The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre co-production)
Kristin Holland Bohr - Funny Girl (Village Theatre)
Diana Cardiff - Girl You Know Its True (The Stay Up Late Show/Theatre Off Jackson co-production)
Daniel Cruz - In the Heights (Village Theatre)

Excellence in Local Playwriting
Kelleen Conway Blanchard - Blood Countess (Annex Theatre)
Samuel D. Hunter - A Great Wilderness (Seattle Repertory Theatre)
Wayne Rawley - Attack of the Killer Murder … of Death! (Theater Schmeater)
Jeff Schwager - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Book-It Repertory Theatre)
Stephanie Timm - Tails of Wasps (New Century Theatre Company)

Excellence in Local Composing
Obadiah Eaves - A Great Wilderness (Seattle Repertory Theatre)
Zhenya Lavy - Uncle Vanya (Akropolis Performance Lab)
Mark Siano and Opal Peachey - Seattle Vice (Marxiano Productions)
The theater writers participating in this year’s award process were Jose Amador (www.seattlestar.net), Candace Brown (goodlifenw.blogspot.com), (me) Miryam Gordon (Seattle Gay News and miryamstheatermusings.blogspot.com), David-Edward Hughes (www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/seattle), Rosemary Jones (www.examiner.com/theater-in-seattle/rosemary-jones), Alice Kaderlan (blog.seattlepi.com/feetfirst), Dusty Somers (blogcritics.org/author/Dusty-Somers), and Michael Strangeways (www.seattlegayscene.com/).


For more information, go to www.facebook.com/SeattleTheaterWriters. The Notes section shows the evolution of the awards.

Friday, January 02, 2015

2015 Theater Starts Now


(published in Seattle Gay News)


2015 is here and the theater scene is heating back up after the normal segue into Christmas programming that often helps their bottom lines. You may not have heard of some of these companies, but if you’re intrigued, maybe you’ll taste a new theater in your resolution to try new things this year. Here are productions in the month of January in opening date order!

A new company, Civic Rep, is presenting a new interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, January 2-25, 2015 at New City Theater. The production aims to emphasize the alcoholism and women’s issues that may not have informed other productions. Information at: civicrep.brownpapertickets.com.