1. ‘Sweet and Sad’ at Studio Theatre
“Studio Theatre’s The Apple Family Plays is a repertory worth seeing in its entirety. It is truly a unique piece of theatre.” Robert Michael Oliver
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Synopsis: ‘Sweet and Sad’ comes from a line of Walt Whitman verse. The play takes place on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 bombing. The Apple family is having dinner before going to an anniversary event. With ‘Sweet and Sad’ the story is not the thing. The characters and their struggles with life are.
2. ‘Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In a Play!’ at The Kennedy Center
“My daughter and I really enjoyed seeing some of our favorite books come to life on stage and even if you have no idea who Gerald and Piggie are, you will still adore this show. Gerald and Piggie are special characters with a friendship that translates to all types and ages.” April Forrer
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Synopsis: “Elephant Gerald is an elephant: lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is (what else!) a piggie: perky, smiley, full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends! And in We Are in a Play!, a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense–facing fundamental questions like, what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by a live band (Dr. Cat and the Bear-a-Tones) and nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. So get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of your favorite books. You’ll be doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long!”
3. ‘That Hopey Changey Thing’ at Studio Theatre
“The beauty of the Apple Family Plays lies in the intersection of the family’s historical fragments and the larger national history unfolding around them. In That Hopey Changey Thing the political discourse might at times sound stolen right off C-Span’s National Journal call-in show, which is both a testament to its authenticity and a time-saver if you are not inclined to spend hours listening to phone calls. It is the personalization of that discourse within each character’s narrative, however, that elevates it and the play beyond the everyday.” Robert Michael Oliver
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Synopsis: We are introduced to the Apple family. New York Democrats they have gathered together at the family home on election night, November 2010. Not a story as much as the character exploration of our current political anxieties and concerns. Fabulous ensemble of people authentically speaking.
4. ‘Into the Woods’ at Spotlighters
“One must make do with what you have and this Spotlighters production of Into the Woods proved once again that with some creativity, imagination and a talented cast and crew any fears of not pulling off a big, popular musical are unwarranted. This production is highly recommended.” Steve Charing
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Synopsis: The main characters are taken from famous folktales. According to one account: “An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch … who raps? They’re all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale.”
5. ‘If/Then’ at the National Theatre
“There is something about watching a show in its first production that makes it all the more special.If/Then is a show that is, as expected, not perfect yet, but it has the potential to be. If act one can be focused more, the show has a really good shot on Broadway. It already has a score and some knockout performances attached, so if all goes well, If/Then has a real good chance of being a prime candidate for Tony Award contention this season. We’ll see how it goes and I’m curious for the outcome.” Elliot Lanes
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Synopsis: As an official site says: “On the verge of turning 40, Elizabeth moves to New York City, the ultimate city of possibility, intent on a fresh start – new home, new friends, and hopes for a resurgent career. But even in her carefully planned new life, the smallest decision or most random occurrence will impact her world in ways she never dreamt possible.”