Below is a day-to-day selection of theater openings scheduled for March organized by opening date*, with only one Broadway show (“Plaza Suite”) at the end of the month – a sparser March. than in pre-pandemic years. Billy Porter’s adaptation of “The Life”, a new play by Dominique Morisseau, the return of “The Chinese Lady”, “Coal Country” and “Help” (the last two had been cut short by the pandemic) are particularly interesting. . and two intriguing new works of interactive digital theatre.
We have to consider this schedule tentative, certainly with in-person theater offerings, because while the havoc wrought by the Omicron variant has lessened in New York, and all theaters require proof of vaccinations and the wearing of masks (and some now require proof of recalls and negative COVID tests), the pandemic is ongoing and unpredictable.
1st of March
Five disparate monologues written by Asian American playwrights featuring characters (and actors) over 60 years old. (My opinion.)
Lloyd Suh’s piece is inspired by the true story of the first Chinese woman to set foot in America, in 1834, which has been displayed in a museum. (My review of the 2018 production of Ma-Yi at Theater Row with the same cast of two members, Shannon Tyo and Daniel Isaac)
Eugene O’Neill’s posthumous play about a drunkard struggling in a ramshackle tavern outside Boston who fancies himself a European war hero born in an Irish castle. (My review of the Irish representative’s digital theatrical production of the play in 2020, with about half the cast identical.)
This Space Between Us (Keen Company at Theater Row)
In this play by Peter Gil-Sheridan, no one understands why Jamie wants to leave his cushy law firm to work for a non-profit organization. Her best friend is confused, her boyfriend is worried, and her conservative Cuban-American family is sure they know what’s best.
A return of the musical (which the pandemic cut short) by
Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen (The Exonerated) provide first-person accounts of survivors and their family members following the 2010 West Virginia mine explosion. With music by Steve Earle.
City of Glass (The Reservoir)
A rock requiem with the Brontë siblings
Tiananmen Requiem (Players Theater)
Written by a Chinese national who feels compelled to remain anonymous, the play tells the love story of a gay People’s Liberation Army soldier and a student protester against the backdrop of the Square massacre. Tiananmen in 1989.
Molière celebrates 400 years (FIAF Florence Gould Hall)
A selection of staged excerpts from “The Misanthrope,” “Women’s school“, and “Tartuffe», translated into English by Richard Wilbur
Hart Island (Judson’s Gymnasium)
A multimedia theatrical meditation on New York’s pottery field and the humans connected to it, living and dead. First preview on March 8
Little Blue Girl (New World Stages)
The life of singer Nina Simone
Life (Downtown New York)
For Encores! Concert series, Billy Porter adapts and directs this 1997 Tony Award-nominated musical, with music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Will Rogers Follies, etc.), “to bring out the gritty, dangerous and thrilling decadence of the years 1980 in New York and an authenticity to the life of sex workers With a choreography by Camille A. Brown
the 17th of March
Inspired by the classic Sidney Lumet film, 12 angry menEmmy-winning writer/director William Electric Black (aka Ian Ellis James) becomes the 12 jurors
MicroTheatre New York (Teatro Mer at Clemente)
A series of short productions over the three-day weekend, including the premiere of “César Chávez and the Migrants (The Story of César Chávez)”, a 15-minute puppet play that celebrates the life and legacy of the Mexican-American labor activist.
Digital Theatre: a hypertext fiction game that takes you on an interactive journey through a strange, near-future landscape in search of your best friend
Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine examines the nature of white male privilege with Roslyn Ruff (“Fairview”) as the woman recounting Rankine’s real-life conversations with white people that take place in transitional spaces like airports. closed by the pandemic in March 2020.
Digital theatre: live broadcast of 12 performances. The interactive online event is created with a community of Amazon “microworkers” whose tasks are repetitive, boring, infuriating and sometimes disruptive. In this 30-minute online meeting, broadcast from MITU580audiences will enter the Builders Marketplace, train with real micro-workers and compete for paid jobs, connecting with the invisible online workforce that shapes our daily virtual lives.
In this play by Dominique Morisseau (Skeleton Crew), Sara, an enslaved rebel-turned-Union spy, and Sandra, a tenured professor at a modern private university, have parallel experiences of institutional racism, despite living apart from each other. a century apart. Previews begin March 8.
Closing: June 12
Written by Neil Simon
Directed by John Benjamin Hickey
With: Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker
In this first revival of Simon’s 1968 comedy, Broderick and Parker (married in real life) star as three couples in three one-act plays that all take place in the same Plaza Hotel suite.
* Opening night is usually not the same as the first performance on Broadway and often Off-Broadway. There is usually a preview period, where the creative team tries out the show in front of an audience, and opening night is when the critics appear. (Off-Off Broadway shows often don’t have an official opening night; they’re just getting started.) I organize this schedule by opening night (when one exists), rather than by first preview, as an act of resistance against the effort of producers and publicists to make theater reviews irrelevant. Check out my essay: Broadway Opening Night. What this means. How it changed. 7 facts to dispel confusion and crystallize outrage.