By Thom Geier
Updated May 05, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT
Joan Marcus

The theater world was fixated this week on Tuesday’s announcement of the Tony nominations, which should prove a box office boon for much-nominated shows like Once, Newsies, and Peter and the Starcatcher. Of course, the noms also prompted the same-day closing notice of two shows completely overlooked for awards consideration: Magic/Bird and the Teresa Rebeck comedy Seminar. (And vultures are circling other shows, like the new musical Leap of Faith, that received only a smattering of Tony love.)

Looking ahead to next season (and who isn’t?), producers announced a Nov. 18 premiere of Rebecca, a new musical based on the Daphne du Maurier novel that had been expected to open this spring. (It’ll be going in the Broadhurst Theatre, where another production all but snubbed by the Tonys — A Streetcar Named Desire — is expect to end its limited run in July.) And former Third Watch star and two-time Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale will return to Broadway next spring in a Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Clifford Odets’ 1949 Hollywood-set drama The Big Knife. Meanwhile, Off Broadway saw the opening of three new productions; here’s our take on them:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Despite the presence of “impossibly lithe” Bebe Neuwirth (pictured above), EW senior writer Adam Markovitz was disappointed by this often gonzo version of the Shakespearean comedy, “a haphazard mix of alternate readings that jumps at any chance to superficially tweak the bard’s tale.” EW grade: C+

Fat Camp: A New Musical Keith Staskiewicz had a mixed reaction to the “slight” new musical about teens at a summer weight-loss program. “A couple of ’80s-style summer-camp montages are especially enjoyable,” he writes, “but the story gets a little lost in all the hands-waving.” EW grade: B

An Early History of Fire Streamers playwright David Rabe’s first new play in more than a decade is a coming-of-age drama set in the Midwest in 1962. But Stephan Lee reports that it “delivers none of the heat and all of the tedium suggested in the title.” EW grade: C+

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