This time of year, established theater troupes are getting to the tail end of their season. That leaves a chance for smaller productions to shine, and there are tons of shows open right now. Gothamist has rounded up a few interesting options from the eclectic selection out there:
Brits off Broadway, at 59E59 Theaters, features an array of new shows from the UK. It started last week and runs until July 3, so you have lots of time to catch something. Right now it’s “Deco Diva,” a one-woman show about artist Tamara de Lempicka, and Edinburgh Fringe Fest hit “When the Bulbul Stopped Singing,” based on the diaries of a Palestinian writer chronicling life during the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Deco Diva” shows Tues.-Sat. at 8:30, Sat. at 2:30, and Sun. at 3:30 and 7:30.
“When the Bulbul Stopped Singing” shows Tues.-Sat. at 8:15, Sat. at 2:15, and Sun. at 3:15 and 7:15. (both at 59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St, 212-753-5959), $35
Two adaptations from rather unusual sources are playing:
“Finnegans Wake”, whose cast of ten performs scenes all set in a pub and “distilled from” the tough-to-crack James Joyce novel; and “Faust in Love”, the second installation of Target Margin’s avant-garde take on Goethe’s masterpiece. Gothamist hears that David Greenberg makes a wonderful Devil. Or horrible. Whatever.
“Finnegans Wake” shows Thurs.-Sat. at 8 and Sun. at 4 (Medicine Show Theater, 549 W. 52nd St., 212-868-4444) $15
“Faust in Love” shows Mon. at 7, Wed.-Sat. at 8 and Sat. at 4 (Ohio Theater, 66 Wooster St., 212-358-3657) $20
“Not Yet Diagnosed (Nervous) 1918” might not be as fun as Irishmen howling in a pub or dashing young Germans selling their souls, but the Axis Group’s show about the first appearance of post-traumatic stress syndrome, after World War I, sounds haunting and provocative. You can go howl in a pub afterward.
Shows Thurs.-Sat. at 8 (Axis Theatre, 1 Sheridan Square, 212-352-3101) $20
Maybe darker still is the Sophie’s Choice-esque Outdoing the Joneses”. Piles of debt forcing people to choose between children and home – that wouldn’t happen, right? Well, maybe if it were a brownstone in the Village…
Shows Thurs.-Sat. at 8 (Creative Artists Laboratory, 303 W. 42nd St., 3rd Fl., 212-316-0400) $15