‘CYRANO DE BERGERAC’ There is no shortage of variations in Edmond Rostand’s 19th-century play “Cyrano de Bergerac,” in which the brilliant but big-nosed Cyrano writes beautiful love poems in which he is handsome but – say, less brilliant – Comrade Christian has gone out on his own to impress Roxane, a woman Cyrano loves. Next up is Jamie Lloyd Company’s “Cyrano de Bergerac,” adapted by Martin Crimp and directed by Lloyd, coming to Brooklyn after a critically-acclaimed film in London. It’s a sleek, modern version, with Cyrano using rap and words as his means of seduction. Playing Cyrano is James McAvoy, who often seems to change his background – his voice and mannerisms, his energy, his entire presence – for a role. MAYA PHILLIPS
Preview starts on April 5; opens April 14 at the Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music.
‘CASE OF GOD’S EXISTENCE’ Samuel D. Hunter built a rich land out of fertile soil: the landscape of his youth Idaho. His deceptively quiet plays (“Lewiston / Clarkston,” “A Bright New Boise,” “Greater Clements”) explore trust, lust, sex, and loss, in appropriate dialogue. matches the rhythm of normal speech. The MacArthur Foundation acknowledged his ability to create “dramas that explore human capacity for empathy and confront the socially isolated aspects of contemporary life across the United States. ” This new play, directed by David Cromer, is again set in Idaho – and is perhaps the most intimate play he has written. It has only two characters, men who work to understand what the world does and don’t owe them. Although Hunter generally prefers the characters to what he calls the “lost end of American life,” he has promised that the new play is very hopeful. ALEXIS SOLOSKI
Preview starts on April 12; premieres May 2 at the Signature Theatre, Manhattan.
‘WISH YOU ARE HERE’ The shift in postponing and scheduling now gives us two near-simultaneous opportunities to explore Sanaz Toossi’s world, a first-generation Iranian-American playwright from Orange County, California. “Wish You Were Here” is about five young women in Karaj, a suburb of Tehran. (Actress Marjan Neshat appeared in both shows.) They were about 20 years old when the play started, in 1978, and we stayed with them until 1991 when they learned not only friendship, but a sense of family and belonging. A revolution is underway, then war with Iraq; Life-changing decisions must be made. Toossi reunites with Gaye Taylor Upchurch, who directed last year’s audio version from the Williamsburg and Audible Theater Festivals. ELISABETH VINCENTELLI
Preview starts on April 13; premieres May 2 at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan.
‘WEDDING BAND’ Alice Childress is a force to be reckoned with in the cinema, even if she’s not always up to date. After all, she would have been the first Black female playwright on Broadway if she hadn’t refused to compromise in her work. First it was her play “Trouble in Mind,” which finally premiered on Broadway last fall. How fortunate we were to have her follow us to “Trouble,” “Wedding Band,” a rarely produced play about the interracial relationship in the South during World War I. Awoye Timpo directed this film, only the second play in New York, with modern racial politics – including the Black Lives Matter movement – at issue in mind. MAYA PHILLIPS
Preview starts on April 23; opens May 1 at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Theater for New Audiences, Brooklyn.
‘BED’ Sorry, “Urinetown,” you’re not the only musical about certain bodily functions anymore. Subtitled “The Story of Atonement, Courage, and Pee” by Sarah Silverman 2010 Memoir frank, vulnerable and, of course, brutally funny. It’s very likely that these good qualities will emerge in this musical adaptation, as Silverman himself wrote the book with playwright Joshua Harmon (“Prayer for the French Republic”), as well as the lyrics. , with composer. Adam Schlesinger. The show is sure to be bittersweet: Schlesinger, who was known for his scores for the Broadway play “Cry-Baby” and the soap opera “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” has died of complications. of coronavirus in April 2020, around the time “The Bedwetter” was originally scheduled to premiere. ELISABETH VINCENTELLI
Preview starts on April 30; opens May 23 at the Linda Gross Theater, Atlantic Theater Company.
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