This Week on Stage: 'Godspell,' 'Priscilla' make their exit
It’s closing time for a host of Broadway favorites, some of which had long planned their exits and others of which will reluctantly face the music (well, not anymore). Venus in Fur, Other Desert Cities and Don’t Dress for Dinner welcomed their closings this past Sunday (June 17), while Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Godspell and Million Dollar Quartet will depart their theatres on Sunday, June 24. Barring business improvement, Jesus Christ Superstar will stop rocking on July 1 (alongside Linda Lavin’s The Lyons), while producers of Sister Act announced that Raven-Symoné and her cadre of nuns will finally hang up their habits on August 26.
But you know what they say: when the ghost of Ethel Merman closes a dud, she opens a winner (or something like that). New casts are forming for the upcoming Broadway season, which will include another revival of Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino and Bobby Canavale; The Other Place, a medical-marital drama led by Laurie Metcalf; and, though it only plays for six days this summer, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, the one-man show from boxing’s most infamous individual.
Unless you’re too busy tapping your high heels to our exclusive first listen from Cyndi Lauper’s upcoming musical Kinky Boots, take a hot second to peruse this week’s offering of Off Broadway reviews:
As You Like It — Lisa Schwarzbaum praised the “irresistible combination of charm and ingenuity” behind director Daniel Sullivan’s “delectable” new production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, which plays Central Park’s Delacorte Theater for its 50th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park. As she liked it, you may, too! (Grade: A)
3C — “Don’t go out of your way to welcome 3C to the neighborhood,” wrote Stephan Lee about David Adjmi’s contemporary retooling of ’70s sitcom Three’s Company. Young stars Hannah Cabell and Anna Chlumsky (Veep) are the show’s bright spots, but the “erratic” dialogue and “frenetic, coke-fueled” pace cause the production to overstay its welcome. (Grade: B–)
Slowgirl — Stage editor Thom Geier took in Anne Kaufman’s “finely directed” production of Greg Pierce’s new drama, starring Željko Ivanek and Sarah Steele. Geier lauded convincing performances by the duo in Pierce’s “sharp” new play, which “bodes well for the future of the [Lincoln Center Theater] program — and Off Broadway theater generally.” (Grade: A—)
Uncle Vanya — Melissa Rose Bernardo had plenty to say about the newest adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic Russian fable, which seats the audience mere inches away from the onstage action. Even with the proximity potential, Bernardo called the production “tragically dispassionate,” despite “just fine” performances from the cast, led by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon. (Grade: C+)