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'Funny Girl' postponed, 'Other Desert Cities' opens on Broadway: This Week on Stage

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Other Desert Cities
Joan Marcus

The current Broadway buzz isn’t so much about what’s happening next year (a David Mamet-penned prison drama starring Patti LuPone and Laurie Metcalf) as what’s not: Producers announced last night that the Lauren Ambrose-led revival of Funny Girl (scheduled to debut in early 2012) has been postponed indefinitely. The Matthew Broderick starrer Nice Work if You Can Get It is already set to take its space at New York’s Imperial Theatre.

But that’s enough rain on your parade. Our reviewers checked out three solid productions this week. Read the highlights below. 

Other Desert Cities: “Celebrate the arrival of a major new play,” says senior stage editor Thom Geier about Jon Robin Baitz’s “crackerjack” domestic drama (a transfer from off-Broadway). “[It] opens on Broadway with all of its mesmerizing brittleness intact,” he writes, giving the production an A. “And the players couldn’t be more perfect.”

Suicide, Incorporated: Andrew Hinderaker’s dark off-Broadway comedy about a company that writes suicide letters earns a B and my praise for having a “bold and twisty premise” and a “delicate performance of quiet anger” from supporting actor James McMenamin.

Milk Like Sugar: “It’s a bit of a drama, a bit of a comedy,” I write about Kirsten Greenidge’s fast-paced inner city-set teen pregnancy tale. “And a definite showcase for the playwright and her lead actress, Angela Lewis.” I grade the show a B+.

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