The Very Best of NYC Theater

Godspell, Clowns Full-Tilt, Dark Sisters, Guts

The much anticipated revival of the legendary rock musical Godspell opens at Circle in the Square Theatre Nov 7. This modern-day song-and-dance recreation of the Gospel of St. Matthew starts with John the Baptist calling a disparate group of young New Yorkers to follow and learn from Jesus. They form a roving acting troupe that enacts the parables through song,  dance, comedy and mime, taking the audience on a journey through the ministry of Jesus.

La MaMa presents Clowns Ex Machina in the world premiere of Clowns Full-Tilt: A Musing on Aesthetics on Nov 4-20. In their newest show, Kendall Cornell and her troupe of eight female clowns match their humor against the two-dimensional, flattening themselves into famous paintings and squeezing themselves into characters from advertisements and TV. Through a series of short vignettes, songs and dances, they create a brew of great art and shallow cosmetics commercials exploring the chains of culture and the perversion of pure impulse.

Freshly Squeezed Creative Juices Theatre Company presents Guts, now playing at the 9th Space through Nov 20. The show revolves around Hellthy, a smart and savvy Israeli-American New Yorker who should have it all. When Hellthy moves back to Israel after an exhausting breakup, she is the center of attention for her overbearing parents and battles with a dangerous obsession to fit into a size 0 at any cost. Written and performed by Liat Ron, Guts is a multi-media fantasia that uses Middle Eastern dance and a shockingly honest comedic narrative to tell the story of womanhood, testing one’s internal strength, and making her way in two very different worlds.

Don’t miss the world premiere production of Dark Sisters at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, at John Jay College Nov 9-19. In a world where personal identity is forbidden, Dark Sisters follows one woman’s dangerous attempt to escape her life as a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a polygamous sect based in the Southwestern United States. Dark Sisters puts the women of the patriarchal FLDS sect front and center. The narrative draws inspiration from the flurry of media attention surrounding the two most famous raids on FLDS compounds (the 1953 raid at Short Creek, AZ, and the 2008 raid in Eldorado, TX) as well as from the stories of the more than 80 wives of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.

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