Is there anything more exciting, frightening and utterly transformational than impending parenthood? Baby, the musical from acclaimed duo Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire, examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Three couples on a university campus deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of the universal experience of pregnancy and upcoming parenthood. There are the college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and the middle-aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college ... when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.
Theresa Rebeck, one of the country's most acclaimed and widely produced playwrights, returns to Actor's Express with her gripping new family drama, Downstairs. In Downstairs, Teddy is a bit lost and lives in his older sister Irene's unfinished basement to the vexation of her husband Gerry. As Irene and Teddy struggle with this less-than-ideal living arrangement, they quickly find themselves grappling with the burden of their family's troublesome history. While trying to mend the past, the pair unearths a foreboding danger threatening to break the perilously thin bonds holding them together.
Marietta's Theatre in the Square re-imagines O. Henry's holiday classic Gift of the Magi, setting the tale in Atlanta in the 1950s. This affecting adaptation centers around a local streetcar driver who's struggling to stay afloat during the Atlanta Transit strike. Christmas is around the corner, and the young man is determined to find a way to buy his wife the perfect gift, without realizing she's doing the same for him. Magi 2.0 tells the story of love, sacrifice and the blessings that we take for granted. Directed by Joel P.E. King and written by N. Emil Thomas, this award-winning take on the seasonal favorite has quickly become a beloved family tradition.
Ten-year-old Kai is given a magical crystal doorknob by his grandfather that enables him to travel through space and time to see future events in his life. The further along he goes, the less he feels like he's seeing into his future, but more that he is living life as most people do: all too quickly. Both poignantly sad and zany, Pulitzer Prize finalist Jordan Harrison expands on the notion that life is too short to miss any moment of it.
The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination.
It's 1932, and 20 year-old orphaned tobacco heir Smith Reynolds has returned from New York to his family's Winston-Salem estate with a surprise souvenir: a wife. The new Mrs. Reynolds is notorious Broadway star Libby Holman - a dozen years older than Smith. She arrives with a trunkload of gin and an acting coach who is quite possibly insane. Smith's guardian, Kate Reynolds, attempts to manage the scandal giving Libby a crash course in Southern decorum. A party is thrown to introduce the newlyweds to society, but it's flat-out ruined when the groom turns up dead. The guests are gathered to reconstruct the evening's events for a beleaguered County Solicitor, but they fail spectacularly, which shouldn't be a surprise. This Process Theatre Company production of Swell Party by Topher Payne is directed by Suehyla El-Attar.
Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz...but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships...until the world decides to call one "good," and the other one "wicked." With a thrilling score that includes the hits "Defying Gravity," "Popular" and "For Good," Wicked has been hailed by The New York Times as "the defining musical of the decade." Time Magazine cheers, "if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place." The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, Wicked-the untold true story of the Witches of Oz-transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you'll never forget.