Editor’s Note: The 12th annual Coil Festival returns to Performance Space 122 (150 First Ave. at East Ninth Street) on Jan. 3. This year’s theatrical offerings in the multidisciplinary celebration include Real Magic (Jan. 5–8), a mashup of mind-reading and cabaret; Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (Jan. 11–14) combining text, rhythmic soundscape and intense physical choreography; and La Medea (Jan. 20–22), a musical re-imagining of Euripides’ tragedy into a dance-theater performance and Latin-flavored feature film;. Also on hand are Britt Hatzius’ New York premiere of Blind Cinema (Jan. 9–12) , in which a child describes a film to a blindfolded audience member; and a virtual-reality experience called Cvrtain (Jan. 3–15) that draws on the tools of gaming and immersive theater. For tickets and more information, visit ps122.org/coil-2017. —Edward Karam


Death in the Abstract

The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead
BY
SUZAN-LORI PARKS
DIRECTED BY
LILEANA BLAIN-CRUZ

Cast & Creative Team


WILLIAM DEMERITT

NIKE KADRI

PATRENA MURRAY

REYNALDO PINIELLA

JULIAN ROZZELL

ROSLYN RUFF

MIRIRAI SITHOLE

DAVID RYAN SMITH

DANIEL J. WATTS

JAMAR WILLIAMS

AMELIA WORKMAN
SCENIC DESIGN
RICCARDO HERNANDEZ
COSTUME DESIGN
MONTANA BLANCO
LIGHTING DESIGN
YI ZHAO
SOUND DESIGN
PALMER HEFFERAN
PROJECTION DESIGN
HANNAH WASILESKI
CHOREOGRAPHER
RAJA FEATHER KELLY
WIG DESIGN
COOKIE JORDAN
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
TERRI K. KOHLER

Signature Theatre, known for year-long retrospectives of the careers of living playwrights, is offering a sensory rich revival of The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA The Negro Book of the Dead by Suzan-Lori Parks. This 1990 work from the writer whose Topdog/Underdog won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002 exists at … Read more

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Oz: There’s an App for That!

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“There’s no place like home.” “Somewhere over the rainbow.” “I’ll get you my pretty…and your little dog, too!” Such iconic sound bites have infiltrated our collective consciousness, making The Wizard of Oz one of the most beloved feature films in cinematic history. The Builders Association—one of New York’s beloved downtown theater companies—brings to theatrical life the immense web of cultural references … Read more

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Destroying the Children

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This Day Forward continues playwright Nicky Silver’s meditation on parent-child relationships that he made a success of with The Lyons. His caustic new play focuses on the damage that parents can inflict on children—it’s a broad canvas of emotional (and sometimes physical) abuse, distilled into two acts set a generation apart. On his wedding night … Read more

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Moor Money, Moor Problems

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As one of Shakespeare’s most famed tragedies, Othello has seen quite a number of adaptations over the years. The artistic duo Q Brothers take their stab at adapting this timeless play with Othello: The Remix, which discards Shakespeare’s original iambic pentameter in favor of modern rhyme set to rap music. In the spirit of Hamilton and other sung-through and hip-hop-infused … Read more

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Top-Drawer, First-Rate Chums

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The musical Sweet Charity has good bloodlines—book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, original direction and choreography by Bob Fosse—yet the 1966 show has never occupied the top tier of musicals, such as My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof or Gypsy. It has hardly languished in obscurity—there … Read more

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A Capering Commedia

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There is much to laugh about in Theatre for a New Audience’s (TFANA) production of Carlo Goldoni’s raucously entertaining farce The Servant of Two Masters, and boy, do we laugh. Every formula for comedy is either turned on its head or played to its full predictive hilarity. And when the unpredictable moments happen—this archetype of commedia dell’arte requires … Read more

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