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Casa Valentina - 2014 - Broadway

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From four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Newsies, La Cage aux Folles) comes CASA VALENTINA, his first play in almost thirty years and his first-ever collaboration with Manhattan Theatre Club. Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked) directs this funny, fascinating world premiere based on actual events.

Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men. Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men - white-collar professionals with families - to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when faced with the opportunity to become an official organization, these "self-made women" had to decide whether public recognition would help them gain a place in open society or spell their own personal disaster.

Infused with Fierstein's trademark wit, this moving, insightful and delightfully entertaining new work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.

CASA VALENTINA is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Schedule

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

(New York, NY)
261 W. 47th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For Casa Valentina


Theater Review: A Fascinating, Somewhat Musty Look at Transvestism in Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina - Vulture
But even within the new play's sampling of seven cross-dressers, the meaning of the act varies widely. For some it's a hobby, for some a sexual fetish, for some a substitute for the worse sin of gayness, and for some an expression of deep allegiance to the feminine side of their soul. For most, regardless, it's also a jumble...In any case, the way these motives come together, or don't, to advance the cause of liberation for "self-made women" is the subject of this fascinating if somewhat musty play...Luckily, Joe Mantello's disciplined direction pulls the script swiftly past its punch lines and sops up some of its sentimentality as well. The design and the cast (which also includes John Cullum, Larry Pine, Nick Westrate, and Lisa Emery) are up to the Manhattan Theatre Club's usual high standards. Still, none of these fine attributes can quite disguise the odor of over-ingratiation that clings to Casa Valentina like day-old Prince Matchabelli.

‘Casa Valentina’ Theater Review: Harvey Fierstein Lifts the Skirts of Hetero Crossdressers - The Wrap
In the Playbill, Fierstein tells us not to call his characters "drag queens" or "female impersonators." And that's not the end of his sermonizing...From "La Cage aux Folles" to "Kinky Boots," Fierstein has created some very sympathetic hero-victims. With "Casa Valentina," those victims are looking more pathetic than sympathetic. He's the master of the long, bigoted diatribe that helps make the audience feel superior but leaves the poor character who's the object of all this verbal abuse simply battered and abused. There's much more nuance in Joe Mantello's direction of his actors, although even he doesn't succeed in softening Fierstein's sledgehammer when, late in the play, a transvestite's daughter (Lisa Emery) arrives to tell off the owners of the Catskills resort.


 



 

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by BWW Special Coverage - June 29, 2014
Casa Valentina, the new play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, closes today, June 29, 2014, after having played 79 performances. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through Casa Valentina's beginnings on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - June 23, 2014
CASA VALENTINA, the critically acclaimed world premiere play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, begins the final week of its extended run Tuesday, June 24 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The production is presented by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer), by special arrangement with Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and The Shubert Organization.
by BWW News Desk - June 22, 2014
Back in May, the Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and The Shubert Organization, announced an extension for Casa Valentina, the world premiere play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. An additional two weeks were added to the critically acclaimed limited engagement, through Sunday, June 29th and no more extensions are planned.
by Matt Tamanini - June 6, 2014
Very few stars have had a career that rivals that of the remarkable Harvey Fierstein. A seven-time Tony-nominee, he has two acting wins (TORCH SONG TRILOGY and HAIRSPRAY), one for Best Play (TORCH SONG), and one for Best Book of a Musical (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES). He also has three other Best Book nominations (A CATERED AFFAIR, NEWSIES, and KINKY BOOTS). In addition to being a phenomenal writer and actor, Harvey is also one of Broadway's most outspoken activists for the arts and equality, making him Broadway's Unofficial Mayor!
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 1, 2014
Today we continue our Tonys coverage with Harvey Fierstein, a nominee for Best Play for Casa Valentina, who chats about how he originally got involved in the New York theatre scene, the joy of working with Joe Mantello, and more. Check out what he had to say below!
by Walter McBride - May 19, 2014
Below you can check out photos of Reed Birney, nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Casa Valentina, in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In the Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride!
by Walter McBride - May 16, 2014
Below you can check out photos of Harvey Fierstein, nominated for Best Play for Casa Valentina, in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In the Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 15, 2014
Today we continue our Tonys coverage with Reed Birney, a nominee for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Casa Valentina, who chats about why the show is 'the perfect acting experiences,' how he worked his way up from being Mr. Off-Broadway and more. Check out what he had to say below!
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014
Harvey Fierstein's new Broadway play CASA VALENTINA may be heading to the big screen.
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014
Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and The Shubert Organization, has announced an extension for CASA VALENTINA, the hit world premiere play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. An additional two weeks have been added to the critically acclaimed limited engagement, with tickets now on sale through Sunday, June 29 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).
by Michael Dale - April 25, 2014
Harvey Fierstein's first non-musical play on Broadway in 27 years gives a history lesson on cross-dressing straight men.
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 24, 2014
Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Casa Valentina, the play by four-time Tony Award winnerHarvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello just opened last night, April 23, 2014 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there for the opening night after party, where he got to chat with the whole gang about the new play. Check out what they had to say after the curtain went down below!
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 24, 2014
Broadway's biggest stars flocked to th Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) last night to celebrate the opening of the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of Casa Valentina, the play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on the red carpet to chat with the guests, and below, you can check out interviews with Sierra Boggess, Alan Menken, Valerie Harper, Judith Light and more!
by Jennifer Broski - April 24, 2014
Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Casa Valentina, the play by four-time Tony Award winnerHarvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello just opened last night, April 23, 2014 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Check out photos from the star-studded theatre arrivals below!
by Jennifer Broski - April 24, 2014
Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Casa Valentina, the play by four-time Tony Award winnerHarvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello just opened last night, April 23, 2014 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for all of the opening night festivities and you can check out photos from the curtain call and after party below!