1. ‘Bare’ at Iron Crow Theatre.
“…it is definitely an entertaining evening of revelations and in-your-face talent within the intimate confines of Theatre Project.” – Timoth David Copney.
Synopsis: Bare, the worldwide coming-of-age rock musical phenomenon, and one the most significant pieces of contemporary queer musical theatre, follows a group of high school renegades at a Catholic co-ed boarding school as they wrestle with their sexuality, their religion, and ultimately their identity. With deep honesty, alarming cultural relevance, and a gritty, alt-rock-pop score reminiscent of RENT and Spring Awakening, Bare delivers one of the most powerful and gripping theatrical experiences of this generation — an introspective into the fragility of our “bare” humanity.
2. ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse.
‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is a wonderful sweet confection to make your Holiday Season a little brighter and merrier. So, whether you believe in Santa or not, you will believe in the spirit of the Holiday after this bit of downtown New York City visits Historic Main Street Laurel.” – Susan Brall.
Synopsis: By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy.
3. ‘Little Women’ at Strand Theater Company.
“Taken as a whole this ensemble is tightly woven uniformly excellent.” – Max Garner.
Synopsis: A new and dynamic stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story. The Civil War is in full swing, and the March sisters — Meg, the oldest, a romantic, the spirited and tomboyish Jo, sweet and loving Beth, and irascible, playful Amy — live in Concord, Massachusetts with their mother while their father is on the battlefield. Filled with adventure (both real and imagined), heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, the struggle of these little women to find their own voices mirrors the growing pains of a young America.
4. ‘A Seussified Christmas Carol’ at The Newtowne Players.
“From start to finish, this show is incredibly tongue in cheek and feels as though the characters understand that the audience is in on the joke too.” – Lindsey Pommerenck.
Synopsis: A whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with — if he ever had his way with the story…
5. ‘Christmas is Comin’ Uptown’ by Arena Players.
“Victoria V. Jackson’s costumes and Bruce Henderson’s musical direction add really lovely elements to this fun, heartwarming, family-friendly holiday show.” – Max Garner.
Synopsis: Scrooge is a Harlem slumlord about to foreclose an apartment house, a recreation center and a church when his late partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take him on their rounds. He comes upon his own grave after watching tiny Tim’s burial procession, and he’s reformed.