Let’s go downtown…

I realized recently that I rarely ever go downtown anymore.  Sadly, unless I have solid plans to do something downtown, I usually stay above 42nd Street.  It’s so weird considering I used to spend most of my time below 14th Street.  But this weekend I am changing that!  Now that I am caught up, for the most part, with my Broadway shows, it’s high-time I catch up on the off-Broadway spread.  

I’m seeing Next Fall on Saturday night, but besides that I’m going to [try to] see The Metal Children (@ The Vineyard Theatre), The Common Air (@ the Bleecker Street Theatre), Zero Hour (@ the DR2 Theatre), and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (@ The Public Theatre), which was just extended for the third time.  I’m not sure which to try to see first!  The Metal Children and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson are definitely topping the list though.

I also want to take a stroll through The Strand.  I was hoping to pick up a copy of Emily Giffin’s new book, Heart of the Matter, but I just called and they’re out of it.  Sigh.  

And if you didn’t hear, it’s finally been announced that Christina Ricci is taking over Alicia Silverstone’s role in the transfer of Time Stands Still.  I’m pretty excited for that.  

Leslie Jordan performed a monologue (told a story, rather) at todays 24th Annual Easter Bonnet presentation and I have to admit that I have fallen completely in love with him.  I am purchasing tickets to see My Trip Down the Pink Carpet soon, but I thought I’d share this discount code with you first.  Use the code HPR51 to get tickets for just $35 dollars through May 1st.  For more information about the show, theatre location, and how to purchase tickets click here.  

Drama League Nominees Include Addams Family, American Idiot, Enron, Next Fall, Night Music and More (via Playbill)

Congrats to John Gallagher Jr. and Tony Vincent, as well as the production of American Idiot for their nods!

Drama League Nominees Include Addams Family, American Idiot, Enron, Next Fall, Night Music and More (via Playbill)

Last Sunday I saw Sam Shepard’s newest play, Ages of the Moon, at the Atlantic Theater Company.  I’ve been a huge fan of Mr. Shepard’s work since I was a freshmen in college and studied his play Buried Child in one of my classes (and I later studied it for a second time during my sophomore year).  I’ve seen numerous works of his and met him once when our paths crossed ways at The Public Theatre in 2006 (needless to say, I was speechless).  

One thing that’s pretty safe to assume when I go see a new (or a revival) play that he’s written, I’m certain I’ll have no idea what it’s about.  Ages of the Moon was no exception to this rule.  I know it sounds mind-boggling to like such a writer, but I do!

Ages of the Moon starred Stephen Rea and Sean McGinley, both of whom are extremely gifted actors and did not disappoint.  

The show was best summarized by a Twitterer who Atlantic Theater Company re-tweeted recently: “Hilarious, brilliant! Aging, friendship, and loss crossed with wine, women, and song.”

Rea and McGinley were two long-time best friends, one of whom had just lost his wife, so the other comes to spend the night and long meandering conversations ensue.  It’s ridiculous, thoughtful, funny, and, at times, sad.  Like both of its stars, the script did not disappoint and Mr. Shepard has yet to either.  

(photo via playbill)

Billy Crudup to Star in Adam Rapp’s Metal Children World Premiere Off-Broadway

I’m very excited for this play, not only because Adam Rapp wrote it, but because it’s an interesting play.  I read a copy of one an earlier draft and I wasn’t bored once.  For more information, click here.

Billy Crudup to Star in Adam Rapp’s Metal Children World Premiere Off-Broadway