Category Archives: Off-Broadway

Happy New Year!

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

We hope this finds you well and staying warm (especially those on the East Coast who are dealing with our Cyclone Bomb of ice and snow)!

Today we are recommending January as a great time to go to the theatre. Everything is winding down from the holidays—and there are many empty seats for the wonderful shows and musicals now playing.

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year filled with lots of great theatre!
Philip and Marilyn

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Merry Christmas!

Dear Friends,
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
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It is such a wonderful time of the year. Last week, we shared the story of Dusty and Katie. It shows that the Theatre Development Fund—through theatre—can have a huge impact on everyone’s life. As you finish up your holiday shopping and—especially if you have a few more people on your list to shop for—do consider giving them a membership in the Theatre Development Fund. And while you’re getting one for them—get one for yourself! To become a member, click here!

Here are three great reasons to join:

  1. Tickets cost only $9-$47!  Save up to 70% on hundreds of theatre, dance and music shows daily.
  2. Buy tickets online in advance! Purchase discounted tickets days, and sometimes weeks, in advance right from the comfort of your computer.
  3. Give back! Your membership (along with every discounted ticket you buy) supports TDF’s many far-reaching arts education and theatre accessibility programs.

And if you’re thinking “I can’t join—I don’t’ work in the theatre industry” then we have GREAT! news for you: you don’t have to be! Here is the full list of those who are eligible:

  • Full-time students (high school or above)
  • Full-time teachers (primary or junior high school faculty, high school faculty, university or college faculty, teachers of drama/dance/music)
  • Recent graduates (26 years of age and under)
  • Full-time union members
  • Retirees (no longer working and at least 62 years of age or older)
  • Full-time government employees/civil servants
  • Full-time staff members of not-for-profit organizations
  • Full-time non-exempt employees (full-time hourly workers – 40 hours a week – who are eligible for overtime pay)
  • Full-time arts professionals
  • Members of the armed forces
  • Freelancers
  • Full-time clergy

Don’t miss out on the theatre—don’t miss out on joining TDF!

Happy holidays to you and yours!
Philip and Marilyn

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Playwrights Welcome

Dear Friends,

We received an email yesterday from Samuel French, with whom The Theatre Guild has worked for many years.  It was a reminder about Playwrights Welcome—a program with the Dramatist Guild and participating theatres to offer playwrights free tickets to shows.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Become a member of the Dramatist Guild (click here to learn more and become a member)
  2. Go to the Samuel French Playwrights Welcome website to find a participating theatre near you and their terms for the Playwrights tickets. For example in New York State, the following theatres are participants:
    • Atlantic Theater Company (New York, New York)
    • Axis Company (New York, NY)
    • Irish Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
    • Paul Robeson Theatre (Buffalo, NY)
    • The Pearl Theatre Company (New York, NY)
    • Queens Theatre (Queens, NY)
    • Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (New York, NY)
    • Road Less Traveled Productions (Buffalo, NY)
    • Roundabout Theatre Company (New York, NY)
    • Urban Stages (New York, NY)
    • Vineyard Theatre (New York, NY)
  3. Go to the Box Office of a participating theatre and ask if they have Playwright tickets.
  4. If so, present your Dramatist Guild card and your ID and go see a great show!

As we have written about the rising price of theatre tickets—especially on Broadway—we are so excited to learn about this opportunity for members of the Dramatist Guild to see shows for free!

And for those of you who plan to start their Thanksgiving Day travels early—please have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Best regards,
Philip and Marilyn

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More Off-Broadway

Dear Friends,

We wanted to share with you another comedy appearing Off-Broadway this fall.

It is School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, which is a story of teenage girls in Ghana.

It is “buoyant and biting comedy [that] explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.”  It is written by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Tony Awarding Winner Rebecca Taichman.

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School Girls will be playing November 02-December 10, 2017 at the MCC Theatre MCC (at The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014).  Click here to read more and purchase tickets.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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“Me” Off-Broadway

Dear Friends,

We have just returned from our wonderful vacation—it was so nice to spend some quality time with our daughter and granddaughters.

As the summer winds down and we’re gearing up for an exciting Fall season, we just wanted to take a moment to recommend an off-Broadway musical for you: Me The People.

The zingy songs aim at the misguided, hypocritical and tragically unfit people who rep us in Washington remind us how important satire is at a time of national upheaval. The rousing finale is nothing short of brilliant. It alone is worth the price of admission.”—The Huffington Post

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It is showing at the Triad Theatre on 72nd Street and they are currently selling tickets through October 01, 2017.  I know that we’ve said it before, but this is a show you definitely do not want to miss!

Click here to buy tickets or learn more!
Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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Me The People

Dear Friends,

We want to share an off-Broadway musical with you today called Me The People: The Trump America People.  It is currently showing at the Triad Theatre on West 72nd Street.

It is “just what the columnist ordered—an uproarious take on the craven, self-dealing Trump agenda intent on tearing down our government and building a stupid wall. The show delivers a topical, up-to-the minute mockumentary of red-white-and-orange America.”
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Sarah Downs from Front Row Center says that it is “a clever, satirical revue set to tunes from the Supremes to the Eagles to CeeLo Green. The talented quartet of Aisha Alia Dukes, Mitchel Kawash, Richard Spitaletta and Mia Weinberger sing with exuberance and commitment, doing hilarious impressions of everyone from Sigmund Freud to Jared Kushner to Hillary Clinton.”

Tickets are on sale through September 02, 2017—you definitely don’t want to miss this!  To learn more or buy tickets, click here.

Best regards,
Philp and Marilyn

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Jezebel on Tour

Dear Friends,

We are writing you today about our play, Me & Jezebel—which we have been touring for two years—starring Loretta Swit.

Me & Jezebel, an off-Broadway hit, is a hysterical real-life comedy written by Elizabeth Fuller about a time when Bette Davis came to Westport, CT for a two-day visit and stayed for well over a month!

“The Bette-Davis-in-her-70s look is just right: the too-perfect pageboy, the oversize glasses, the Chanel (or at least Chanel-like) suit and is great fun to watch in Elizabeth’s Fuller’s “Me and Jezebel,” adapted from her memoir”—New York Times

We are happy to report that Loretta has a few dates open in 2017 so if any theatre owners/managers reading this newsletter are interested in booking this wonderful comedy in your theatre, please call us!

212/873-0676

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President Trump: Theatre Muse?

Dear Friends,

We are thinking about the effect of the Trump election on our American theatre.

As we all know, the theatre is an important and powerful mechanism to react to current political environment.  As an example, we think a big reason Hamilton has resonated with so many people right now is the current political climate, and the unrest that parallels the unrest that Hamilton saw.  Furthermore—and even more directly—there have been a resurgence of WWII plays resurrected around New York City in the months leading up to this election.

These plays included a couple of versions of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by playwright Bertolt Brecht and The Drumf and the Rhinegold by Wagner.  You can read more about these in the New York Times (link to full article).

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There is no doubt that this is a great time for playwrights to be writing and theatres to be presenting even more plays about the political scene in a more dramatic fashion than newspapers (of course, newspapers are wonderful).

We have always thought of theatre and films as a great means of communicating about the political events of the era.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Me & Jezebel

Dear Friends,

We’re back and hope that you have had a wonderful end-of-summer!

We just wanted to share with you that our newest play, Me & Jezebel, will be playing September 16th and 17th at the Las Cruces Community Theatre Center in New Mexico.  It is starring two very talented actors, with whom we have been working for years:  Loretta Swit and Norman Duttweiler.

Me & Jezebel is a wonderfully funny story told by Elizabeth Fuller (played by Loretta) about the time Bette Davis (played by Norman) came to her Westport house to stay for a night or two and ended up staying a month!  If you are in the Las Cruces, NM area it is worth seeing!

Tickets and more about the play are on the Las Cruces Community Theatre website.

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Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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The Celestials of Broadway

Dear Friends,

We are writing to you today to urge you to go see Lunt and Fontanne: The Celestials of Broadway.

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It is playing at The New York International Fringe Festival 64E4 Mainstage: Venue #11 (64 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue & Bowery) for four more performances this month: Wednesday 8/17 at 7pm, Saturday 8/20 at 7pm, Tuesday 8/23 at 2:15pm, and Saturday 8/27 at 4:45pm.

In LUNT AND FONTANNE: THE CELESTIALS OF BROADWAY, Mark E. Lang’s new stage play about the Lunts, today’s audiences get a chance to meet Alfred and Lynn, explore their life on and off the stage, see them perform scenes from their favorite plays– including Shakespeare’s TAMING OF THE SHREW and Molnar’s THE GUARDSMAN; interact with famous friends such as Noel Coward and Laurence Olivier; and share their experiences on Broadway, in London during World War II and on tour.

Alfred and Lynn were very dear to us here at The Guild—they performed in our productions from 1920-1960, with 25 consecutive seasons from 1929-1949!  We are excited that real-life married couple Mark E. Lang and Alison Murphy are portraying these beloved theatre stars and throwing them back into the limelight where they belong.

Click here to purchase tickets or learn more about the play.

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Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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