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THE SEPTEMBER NUMBER

Fall is in the air (now and then), so it must be time for the latest Broadway preview. Lots of interesting stuff coming from London. Plus two late-summer Off Broadway shows, one about sex and the other about drugs and rock ’n’ roll.

A scene from “All My Sons”

AND THE BROADWAY FALL OPENINGS BEGIN!

Mary-Louise Parker (in photo) stars as a seriously ill teacher and author who asks a student for a particularly big favor in “The Sound Inside.” Also on the list: New plays arriving from London including “The Height of the Storm” and the new musical about Tina Turner. “Slave Play,” with its shocking premise, transferring from Off Broadway. Alanis Morisette’s “Jagged Little Pill” turned into a musical. And no new season is complete without a little Tennessee Williams; Marisa Tomei is starring in “The Rose Tattoo,” which was a big success in Williamstown. And there’s more, coming to Broadway’s theaters between now and the end of the year.

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3 WOMEN WITH SEX LIVES AT IRISH REP

Marsha Mason (far left in photo) is the star attraction in “Little Gem,” a tale of three generations of Irishwomen, wrapping up its short run at Irish Rep. The women’s concerns include pregnancy tests, one-night stands, self-stimulation, birth, death, aging and the complete pointlessness of clean living. But the women talk only to themselves (and us), not to one another.

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IN ‘BAT OUT OF HELL,’ AGE IS NOT JUST A NUMBER

Meat Loaf’s cult album turned musical has come to City Center, boosted by a plot set in the future (after the Chemical Wars) about a rich girl with overprotective parents. She’s turning 18 and falling for a hunky guy (played by Andrew Polec, in photo) who will never age. That could be a complication.

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SPEAKING OF AGE: MAY HE LIVE TO BE 109, AT LEAST!

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Yes, the Press Nights Glossary is a guide to theater terms. But that doesn’t mean we can’t “define” some actual people now and then. Some new additions this month, including Stephen Sondheim (in photo, in his extreme youth).

The Press Nights Glossary is also a good place to learn what things like these mean: Equity houses, black-box theaters, gypsy robes, limited runs, two-handers and the stalls.

UPDATED SEPT. 1, 2019

 

 

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THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE LINES

From current or recent productions.

 “You’d normally be lacing the cocoa with arsenic, not Viagra.”

– Kay (Marsha Mason), “Little Gem,” Irish Repertory Theater

“If this can happen, anything can happen.”

— Tom Sturridge (in photo), “Sea Wall,” Hudson Theater

“Two out of three ain’t bad.”

— Ensemble, “Bat Out of Hell: The Musical,” City Center _________________________

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