1. “The Seedbed” at Irish Classical Theatre
“. . .intense and riveting.” – Cherie Messore
Synopsis: “The Seedbed” is a chilling family drama by the author of the hugely successful play The Cobbler. A middle aged couple welcomes their wayward 18 year old daughter home to celebrate their seventeenth wedding anniversary. Unbeknownst to her mother and stepfather, the daughter is accompanied by her new fiance, who seems like a shocking and disturbing choice for their daughter. The arrival of the couple becomes the catalyst for a succession of increasingly volatile confrontations that shake the family to its core and sends them hurtling towards the inevitable revelation of an unspeakable family secret.
2. “Les Bonnes” at La MaMa
“…L’Atelier Théâtre Productions’ contribution to New York theatre is irreplaceable, potent, and unrestrained.” – Elizabeth Glasure
Synopsis: Every night, the maids stage a fantasized revolution against their mistress Madame. Every night they fail miserably. But last night they have taken a step into reality. They have plotted against Monsieur and had the police lock him up. Family and class wars unfold.
This new production of “Les Bonnes”, the Maids by Jean Genet, in the original French, captures the grim substance of the sisters’ relationship while dissecting the brutal social powers at play. The ensemble’s rich world of physical symbolism and bursts of sound and song create a visceral experience, while elements of play and surprise catapult us into the here and now of Genet’s classic.
3. “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” at Road Less Traveled Theatre
“The success of this show is in the wild, never-ending energy of the actors and the truth they bring to these multidimensional characters. Add this to your must-see list for the spring theater season.” – Mary Best
Synopsis: Jackie is an addict—an addict in recovery with good intentions, revved-up hormones, and newfound freedom after serving time for his drug dealing past.But recovery takes more than good intentions, especially when the love of your life is a passionate, explosive addict-alcoholic, and your sponsor is a smooth talker with a Machiavellian worldview. When Jackie suspects his girlfriend of cheating, his hotheaded hormones put that freedom in jeopardy as he struggles with sobriety and self-destruction in this amped-up ride that is both hilariously profane and intriguingly profound.
4. “Omega Kids” at Access Theatre
“…crisp, fresh and enticing.” – Jacquelyn Claire
Synopsis: Michael and Michael have only known each other for a couple weeks and, alone for the first time on a rainy Saturday night in an empty apartment, they turn to the stories of the Omega Kids – a ragtag team of teenage superheroes – to fill the silence and test the limits of their new friendship. As fiction and reality start to blur, Omega Kids is a play about telling other people’s stories when we’re too afraid to tell our own.
5. “The Underpants” at American Repertory Theatre of Western New York
“. . .a pleasant production with a strong cast and good direction. . .” – Gail Golden
Synopsis: The renowned comic actor and author of Picasso at the Lapine Agile provides a wild satire adapted from the classic German play about Louise and Theo Markes, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise’s bloomers fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, he thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louise’s momentary display does not result in the feared scandal but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Markes’ home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both the foppish poet and the whiny hypochondriac.