A Quick Broadway & Off-Broadway Update

December 18, 2009 § Leave a comment

This time I’m starting with an Off-Broadway offering (another fine reason not to forget Brooklyn) to take advantage of, one which The New York Times TicketWatch recommends as a must see before the production ends on January 3, 2010:

Brief Encounter – Emma Rice’s production of Brief Encounter has garnered absolutely rave reviews by Ben Brantley of The NewYork Times, Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News, and Elisabeth Vincentellit of the New York Post, who had this to say: “Though it shares its title and plotline with David Lean‘s 1945 weepie, this ‘Brief Encounter’ in Brooklyn transcends its source. … In addition to re-creating scenes from the movie, director Emma Rice also incorporates elements from the Noel Coward play it was based on, ‘Still Life,’ as well as several Coward songs. They’re performed live by the actors, whose versatility is stupefying: They croon, dance, juggle various characters, play instruments and move the sets around. One of them even swings joyously from a chandelier.”  The production is staged at another Brooklyn gem, St. Ann’s Warehouse.  To buy tickets, visit stannswarehouse.org. Tickets are $62.  Do hurry, they’re going fast.

** A quick update … A Brief Encounter has been extended through January 17th.

On to Broadway:

Race – David Mamet’s new play starring James Spader, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, and Richard Thomas has garnered impressive reviews.  And now discounts are available through The New York Times TicketWatch.  Orchestra and Front Mezzanine seats: $79.50; Mezzanine seats: $59.50.  Visit BroadwayOffers.com and use code: RATIX1217.   Note: Race has been extended to June 13, 2010.

God of Carnage – With a great new cast  – Christine Lahti, Annie Potts, Jimmy Smits, and Ken Stott – this Tony Award-winning play is “raucous fun” according to The Hollywood Reporter.  I would have to agree.  Now there are some great deals available through TicketWatch.  Friday and Saturday Evenings, and Saturday Matinees – Orchestra/Front Mezzanine: $73.50.  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Evenings, and Sunday Matinees – Orchestra/Front Mezzanine: $66.50.  Wednesday Matinees – Orchestra/Front Mezzanine: $59.50.  All Performances – Rear Mezzanine: $46.50.  Visit BroadwayOffers.com and use code: GCNYT1215.

Billy Elliot – According to The New York Times TicketWatch “Winter Ticket Alert” great seats are available for Billy Elliot now through March.  And they’ve increased the number of performances with 5 shows every weekend beginning January 8, 2010.  So, if you’ve been waiting to see this amazing musical, or if you’ve not been able to get tickets, go for it.  It is truly one of the most uplifting theater experiences you’re likely to have.  For tickets, visit Telecharge.com.

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