Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 11/14/2007

Below is's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 11/13/2007. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit's Event Calendar.

A Shayna Maidel - 11/14/2007

Rep Stage. Through November 14. $15-$25. Wed - Thurs at 7:30PM, Fri - Sat at 8PM, Sat - Sun at 2:30PM. 410-772-4900

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine - 11/14/2007

Q Building Theatre at CCBC - Catonsville. Through November 18. or 410-780-6369

Charles Cochran @ Metropolitan Room - 11/14/2007

CHARLES COCHRAN: "A Song That Keeps Saying, Remember" at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, on Wednesdays, November 14th, 21st, 28th, & December 5th at 7:30 PM. The veteran singer/pianist returns to NYC to tell tales of his long career and sing songs from the Great American Songbook. There is a $20 Cover and a 2 Drink Min. Reservations: (212) 206-0440.

Trumpery - 11/14/2007

Atlantic Theater Company is proud to announce the second production of its 2007-2008 season, the world premiere production of Peter Parnell's play Trumpery, directed by David Esbjornson.

Trumpery will begin previews Wednesday, November 14 for an official opening on Wednesday, December 5 and a limited engagement through Sunday, December 30, 2007 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street).

Trumpery features Bianca Amato, Michael Countryman, Michael Cristofer, Timothy Deenihan, Manoel Felciano, Neal Huff, Peter Maloney, Jack Tartaglia, Paris Rose Yates.

"It is 1858. Charles Darwin (Michael Cristofer) struggles to finish The Origin of Species, and give the world his theory of natural selection, while coping with family illness and his own loss of faith. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, an unknown explorer named Wallace (Manoel Felciano) is about to come up with the exact same theory. Both vibrantly comic and deeply moving, Trumpery examines what it means to live in a Darwinian universe from the point of view of the man who discovered the idea," explain press notes.

Trumpery will play Tuesday through Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 2PM & 8PM and Sundays at 3PM.

Atlantic Theater Company Main Stage at the Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues). Tickets for main stage productions are $55 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (

Wicked - Germany - 11/15/2007

"Wicked" continues to go international, with upcoming productions planned for Japan and Germany.

The blockbuster musical will open at Tokyo's Dentsu Shiki Theatre on June 17th, while "Wicked — Die Hexen Von Oz," will open on November 15th at the Palladium Theatre in Stuttgart, Germany.

The productions join a previously announced staging that will be presented in Australia. Wicked currently runs on Broadway, in London, Chicago, Los Angeles and on national tour.

The Seafarer - 11/15/2007

The National Theatre's production of The Seafarer by Conor McPherson makes its Broadway transfer beginning Tuesday, October 30 for a Thursday, November 15 opening at the Booth Theatre. The American premiere, directed by McPherson, will star Ciarán Hinds, Conleth Hill, David Morse, Richie Coster, and Jim Norton.

"It's Christmas Eve and Sharky (Morse) has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, aging brother (Norton) who's recently gone blind," describes press notes, "Old drinking buddies Ivan (Hill) and Nicky (Coster) are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. But with the arrival of a stranger (Hinds) from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher. In fact, Sharky may be playing for his very soul."

Previews for The Seafarer begin Tuesday, October 30; opening night is Thursday, November 15. Tickets ($96.50 - $76.50), on-sale soon, are available via Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or


* October 30 – November 17: Monday – Saturdays at 8PM with Saturday matinees at 2PM. * November 19 –November 25: Tuesday & Wednesday at 8PM; Friday & Saturday at 8PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 2PM; Sunday at 3PM. * From November 27 onward: Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM. Matinees on Wednesday & Saturday at 2PM; Sunday at 3PM.

Don't Quit Your Night Job - 11/15/2007

Don't Quit Your Night Job, the critically acclaimed monthly comedy benefit featuring a revolving cast of Broadway and Off-Broadway's brightest stars performing without a net, proudly returns to The Zipper Factory (336 West 37th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues) on Thursday, November 15 at 11:30PM. Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to benefit Wendy Wasserstein's Open Doors Initiative (TDF).

Don't Quit Your Night Job, an evening of improv, music, original sketch comedy and backstage anecdotes

Don't Quit Your Night Job are $20.00 and are now available by calling Ovation Tix at 212-352-3101, or online at

For pre-show dinner reservations at The Zipper Factory Tavern, please call 212-695-4600. View the menu online at

The Lion in Winter - 11/16/2007

November 16 - December 16 Spotlighters Theatre 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 or 410-752-1225 $18 Adults/$15 Students, Seniors and BTA members

Doris To Darlene - 11/16/2007

Directed by Obie Award winner Les Waters (the recent hit Eurydice at Second Stage, Big Love at BAM) in his Playwrights Horizons debut, Doris To Darlene, A Cautionary Valentine will begin previews on Friday, November 16 with an official opening on Tuesday, December 11 at 7PM. Performances will continue through Sunday, December 23 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street).

The cast will feature award-winning jazz vocalist De'Adre Aziza, David Chandler, Michael Crane, Laura Heisler, Tom Nelis and Tobias Segal.

"Doris To Darlene, A Cautionary Valentine begins in the candy-colored 1960s, when a biracial schoolgirl named Doris (Aziza) is molded into pop star Darlene by a whiz-kid record producer (Crane) who culls a top-ten hit out of Richard Wagner's Liebestod. Rewind to the candy-colored 1860s, where Wagner (Chandler) is writing the melody that will become Darlene's hit song. Fast-forward to the not-so-candy-colored present, where a teenager (Segal) obsesses over Darlene's music – and his music teacher (Nelis). Three dissonant decades merge into an unlikely harmony in this time-jumping pop fairy tale about the dreams and disasters behind one transcendent song," explain press notes.

The performance schedule for Doris To Darlene, A Cautionary Valentine will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Tickets are $65 and will go on sale to the general public starting Wednesday, October 17. Tickets may be purchased online via, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Ave).

The Crowd You're In With - 11/17/2007

Magic Theatre, the premiere home for new plays, announces its 2007-08 Season of six world premiere productions. Opening September 2007 and running through June 2008, the season brings together Magic Theatre veterans and Bay Area newcomers with a compelling mix of theatrical storytelling.

Subscriptions and pass memberships are available for Magic Theatre's 2007-2008 Season. Six-play subscriptions range from $120 to $240 with flexible six-ticket passes from $144 to $264. Under-30 theatregoers can take advantage of the 3/30<30 membership and see three plays for only $30. All subscriptions are on sale now at and 415-441-8822.

Magic Theatre's 2007-08 Season presents:

The Crowd You're In With A World Premiere Play by Rebecca Gilman directed by Associate Artist Amy Glazer November 10 – December 9, 2007 Opening: November 17 at 8PM

A backyard barbeque is the perfect place to tackle the big questions: Is the chicken done? Does the band need a new tune? Is it the right time to have a baby? Gilman's fresh and moving new play takes a close look at modern families, friendships, and whether sometimes two people in love just might be enough.

August Wilson Tribute @ Barnes & Noble - 11/17/2007

On Saturday, November 17, at 3:00pm, Barnes & Noble presents a tribute to August Wilson as part of its popular "Live at Lincoln" series. Actors Stephen Henderson, John Earl Jelks, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Michele Shay and Leslie Uggams will read excerpts from plays that they've performed on Broadway and beyond at this special event celebrating the life and works of the legendary playwright. Afterward, they will sign copies of his works including The August Wilson Century Cycle, his epic dramatization of the African-American experience. This special presentation will take place in the unique event space on the third floor of Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Triangle, on Broadway at 66th Street.

Actorcrafts! - 11/17/2007

New York's only fine art and craft fair featuring the work of theatre professionals Actorcrafts! will take place Saturday, November 17 from 10AM-6PM in the gymnasium of the Holy Cross School (332 W. 43rd Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues).

Broadway shows represented include The Color Purple, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King; with over 40 exhibitors displaying original jewelry, sculpture, paintings, photography, doggie tees, clothing, furniture, handmade cards, picture frames and much more!

Participating artists include Jennifer Barnhart (Avenue Q), Laura Schutter (Mary Poppins), Leslie Carrara, Abby Cadabby from "Sesame Street" and "Johnny and the Sprites," Kenita Miller (Xanadu), Ana Andricain (The Glorious Ones), Amanda Flynn (Wicked in LA), Alicia Edwards (Metropolitan Opera).

Bill Irwin Interviews Edward Albee - 11/17/2007

The Conversations at Riverspace series brings together two of the most respected members of the theater world – the actor with the playwright – when Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee is interviewed by Tony Award winner and McArther Fellow Bill Irwin on Saturday, November 17 at 8PM.

Tickets are $25 general; $15 students/senior and special $50 premium seating includes post show dessert reception with Bill Irwin attending. To order tickets visit or call the box office at 845-348-0741.

Riverspace is located at 119 Main Street, Nyack, NY, 10960

My Fair Lady - National Tour - 11/18/2007

Wouldn't It Be Lover-ly? November 6 - 18 Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine - 11/18/2007

Q Building Theatre at CCBC - Catonsville. Through November 18. or 410-780-6369

The Piano Teacher - 11/18/2007

Opening the Tony Award-winning Vineyard Theatre's 2007-08 Season will be the Off-Broadway premiere of The Piano Teacher, a new play by Julia Cho, author of Durango, with previews to begin October 30, prior to its official press opening November 18 at The Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street). Kate Whoriskey directs. Elizabeth Franz stars.

In The Piano Teacher, Franz portrays Mrs. K, a retired piano teacher who seeks out her former students, curious why they suddenly stopped taking lessons years before.

Performances of The Piano Teacher, run October 30 through December 9; Tuesdays at 7pm; Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8pm; with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are $55. For reservations, call The Vineyard box office at 212-353-0303 or log onto

Lucie Arnaz @ Birdland - 11/18/2007

Jim Caruso's Cast Party and will present Lucie Arnaz at Broadway at Birdland on Sunday November 18 and Monday November 19 at 7PM. The popular Sunday and Monday night concert series features top Broadway stars and theatre songwriters at the legendary Birdland (315 West 44th Street).

Lucie's new show, "She's Back…And This Time It's Personal!", will feature special guests Joe and Katharine D. Luckinbill who will perform with their Mom. Ron Abel, Lucie's longtime musical director and arranger, who just hosted his own sold out engagement at Birdland, will be at the piano. Lucie's show includes standards, country, jazz, a new ballad or two, self-penned tunes of romance and revenge, and a celebration her much-loved Latin heritage.

Tickets are $35 cover and $10 food and drink minimum for Lucie Arnaz' shows at Birdland. For reservations call Birdland at (212) 581-3080 or

Stories on 5 Stories - 11/19/2007

Playwrights Horizons has announced it will present the return of its unique benefit evening Stories on 5 Stories Monday, November 19. The event will feature new works by seven of the theater's alumni writers: Billy Aronson (Light Years), Keith Bunin (The Busy World Is Hushed, 10 Million Miles), Julia Cho (BFE; The Piano Teacher at the Vineyard this fall), Wendy MacLeod (Juvenilia, The Water Children), Kira Obolensky (Lobster Alice), Peter Parnell (An Imaginary Life, The Cider House Rules) and Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Adam Rapp (Essential Self- Defense, Red Light Winter). Celebrating the theater company at its home at 416 West 42nd Street, the event will benefit the company's annual programs and productions.

The theme of the fourth annual Stories on 5 Stories will be Dreamstate. "What keeps you up at night? Do you have an unrealized aspiration, wish or hope for yourself or our world?" At this year's event, the seven alumni artists will be partnering to address some of these questions through words and music.

Tickets are priced at $150 ("Dreamer" ticket - a single ticket to the shows and post-show reception) and $325 ("Visionary" ticket - a single ticket for the pre-event dinner, shows and post-show reception).

The event is strictly limited to 200 people, and it is anticipated that tickets will sell quickly. All net proceeds from the event will benefit the theater's 2007-2008 programs and productions.

Tickets for Stories on 5 Stories can be reserved online by visiting the Playwrights Horizons website or by calling 212-564-1235, extension 3156. For subscription and ticket information to all Playwrights Horizons productions, call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200, Noon to 8PM daily, or purchase subscriptions online at Playwrights Horizons' website at

Yellow Face - 11/19/2007

The Public Theater will conclude its fall season with the world premiere of David Henry Hwang's new play Yellow Face, directed by Leigh Silverman. A co-production with the Center Theatre Group, this backstage comedy begins previews on Monday, November 19 and will run through Sunday, December 23 with an official press opening on Monday, December 10 at 7 PM.

The cast of Yellow Face features Noah Bean, Francis Jue, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Kathryn Layng, Hoon Lee, Lucas Caleb Rooney, and Anthony Torn.

Yellow Face will begin previews on Monday, November 19 and run through Sunday, December 23 with an official press opening on Monday, December 10 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesdays at 7 PM; Wednesdays thru Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM; and Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM. There are no performances on Thursday, November 22 or Tuesday, December 11 and added Monday performances on November 19 and December 10 at 7 PM.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets are $50 with student tickets available in advance, at the box office only, for $25 (1 per ID). There are a limited number of Rush Tickets sold an hour before curtain at every performance available to the general public (Two per person, $20 each, cash only).

To purchase tickets, please call (212) 967-7555 or visit For general information, please call (212) 539-8500.

Broadway Unplugged - 11/19/2007

The fourth annual "Broadway Unplugged" – featuring Broadway stars performing without microphones – will be presented Monday, November 19 at 8PM at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street).

Created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel, the evening will feature tunes from the American musical theatre. There will be approximately twenty stars performing; those announced so far who will lend their unamplified voices to the 8 PM event include Sarah Uriarte Berry, Darius DeHaas, Max von Essen, Marc Kudisch, Aaron Lazar, Beth Leavel, Michael McElroy, Sarah Jane McMahon, William Michals, Paul Schoeffler, Emily Skinner and Martin Vidnovic. Additional stars will be announced shortly.

Tickets are $75, $50, or $25, are available through TicketMaster, 212-307-4100, or, or by visiting the Town Hall Box Office between noon and 6 PM (except Sundays) at 123 West 43rd Street, 212-840-2824. For more information and updates visit: or call 212-365-4345.

Project Shaw Widower's Houses - 11/19/2007

Project Shaw returns in November with George Bernard Shaw's first play, Widower's Houses on Monday November 19 at 7PM, produced and directed by David Staller.

"Written and set in 1892, Widower's Houses is a hilarious yet scathing look at the ethics of making money. When a young doctor learns that his future father-in-law has earned his wealth by renting slum housing to the poor, the doctor refuses the dowry that awaits him. But he must reconsider when he discovers alarming news about the source of his own income. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see George Bernard Shaw's first play - the one that launched his career as one of the wittiest and most widely produced writers of his generation," explain press notes.

Widower's Houses will feature Kieran Campion (Dr. Harry Trench), Barrett Foa (Cockane), Fritz Weaver (Sartorius), Kathy Brier (Blanche), Sarah Moon (Annie), Lenny Wolpe (Lickcheese) and Adam Feldman (Narrator). Jeremy McCarter will host.

Project Shaw performs at The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South. Tickets ($15) are available by calling 212-352-3101 or visit

Maxwell Caulfield Joins Chicago - 11/19/2007

Chicago welcomes stage and screen star Maxwell Caulfield to the role of Billy Flynn for a special two-week holiday engagement beginning Monday, November 19 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.)

August: Osage County - 11/20/2007

Tracy Letts' acclaimed play August: Osage County, previously a hit at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, will open at the Imperial Theatre on November 20th after beginning previews on October 30th.

"Clocking in at three hours and 20 minutes, Letts' drama follows a family reuniting in rural Oklahoma after the disappearance of their patriarch," states the article. The play, by the author of Bug and Killer Joe, features a cast of 13 as well as "a three-story house that fills the stage."

Joy Behar @ Zipper - 11/20/2007

The Zipper Factory is proud to present award-winning comedian, actress, author and talk-show host Joy Behar in "Bitchin' With Behar," a comedy workshop that will benefit God's Love We Deliver.

"Bitchin' With Behar" will be presented at The Zipper Factory (336 West 37th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues) on alternate Tuesdays this fall: October 9, October 23, November 6 and November 20. All show times are at 8PM.

Tickets, which are priced at $25 are available now by calling Ovation tickets at 212-352-3101; or online at

Jersey Boys - SF Holiday Engagement - 11/20/2007

Following an extended, 44-week, record-breaking run at San Francisco's Curran Theatre, Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, will return to delight Bay Area audiences for a special holiday encore engagement from November 20-December 30, 2007.

Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.

Tickets for Jersey Boys range in price from $30 to $99 and can be purchased online at, through Ticketmaster by calling (415) 512-7770, at, at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and the Curran Theatre Box Office (445 Geary between Taylor and Mason, Mon-Fri, Noon-6PM) or Orpheum Theatre Box Office (1192 Market at 8th St., Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM). For groups of 20 or more, call Group Sales at 415-551-2020. To learn more about Jersey Boys and other SHN shows, please visit

Performance schedule: Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8PM; Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM. Added performances Sunday evenings, November 25, December 2 and December 30 at 7:30PM. No Performance: Wednesday evening, November 21 at 8PM (matinee only) or Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving).

Rag and Bone - 11/20/2007

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater continues its 13th anniversary season with the New York premiere of Rag and Bone, a play by Noah Haidle (Mr. Marmalade, Kitty Kitty Kitty). Performances begin Tuesday, November 13, 2007. Opening night is Tuesday, November 20 at 7PM. The show will run through Sunday, December 16, 2007.

In Mr. Haidle's play, Jeff and George, mourning the death of their mother, struggle to make ends meet at the family ladder store, which George also utilizes as a front for the black market sale of human hearts. This heartfelt comedy, about the limits of feeling and the consequences of feeling little or too damn much, had its World Premiere at The Long Wharf Theater in 2005.

The cast of Rag and Bone includes Michael Chernus, Matthew Stadelmann, Kevin Jackson, Deidre O'Connell, Henry Stram, Audrey Lynn Weston and David Wohl.

Rag and Bone will have the following performance schedule: Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 5pm. Tickets are $40 and are available through SmartTix (212-868-4444) or Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place (off Seventh Avenue South – between West 11th & Perry Streets). Visit


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