Editor’s Note: Beginning Sunday and running through Sept. 18, Theater for the New City (TNC) will present the seventh annual Dream Up Festival. The lineup includes plays, musicals, dance pieces, solo works and interdisciplinary works, including 14 world premieres. Performances will be at TNC, 155 First Ave.; tickets are $12-$15. For more information, visit www.dreamupfestival.org.—Edward Karam

 


Order in the House

Photo:   A Day By the Sea  By N.C. Hunter Directed By Austin Pendleton; presented by The Mint Theater Cast; Curzon Dobell; Julian Elfer; Katie Firth; Philip Goodwin; Sean Gormley; Polly McKie Kylie McVey; George Morfogen; ?Athan Sporek?; Jill Tanner Dress rehearsal photographed: Thursday, July 21, 2016; 4:30 PM at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row 410 West 42nd Street; NYC; Photograph: © 2016 Richard Termine  PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine

Are all plays that are lost and recovered theatrical treasures? At first, A Day by the Sea, the Mint Theater’s production of a neglected 1953 play by British dramatist N.C. Hunter, suggests the answer is no. However, under Austin Pendleton’s steady and gentle direction, we gradually see how effectively Hunter scratches the surface of social interactions to reveal … Read more

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Is It a Crime?

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Director Whitney Aronson’s approach to August Strindberg’s rarely produced Crimes and Crimes is to streamline and bring out the dark comedy that the play encompasses. Her adaptation of the Swedish playwright’s work has been updated to present-day New York City. She has taken the attitude that the realism and harsh events that occur in the … Read more

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A Family’s New Chapter

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An Ecuadorian father, Nelson (Anthony Ruiz), struggles to reconnect with his three adult children when his past catches up with him in Vanessa Verduga’s comedy Implications of Cohabitation. Verduga also plays the love child, Sara, who does not relate to her half-siblings, Kevin (Andres de Vengoechea) and Jenny (Connie Saltzman). Their father, Nelson, had an … Read more

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A Civic Jewel—and Free!

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There is something appropriate about offering Shakespeare for free in the parks of New York City. Like the great rivers and mountains of the earth or the stars and planetary system—which charge no admission for us to admire them—Shakespeare is a force of Nature that belongs to us all. Artistic Director Stephen Burdman has made it … Read more

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A Midsummer’s Nightmare

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Luckily for dramatist Elda Cusick, the director of her new play, Austin, A Summer Night’s Dream in Hell’s Kitchen, hired very good actors; they are the saving grace for a rambling and extremely shopworn script. It is truly unfortunate that Cusick’s muddled drama has wasted such talent. The playwright purports to tell the story of the … Read more

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(Un)Happy Family

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Tolstoy said: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The origins of unhappiness are certainly a unique combination for every family. For the one in Ann Adams’s Strange Country, directed by Jay Stull at the Access Theater, mental illness, lack of loyalty, and addiction are the sources that lead … Read more

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