Same-sex casts are nothing new. As we know, it was the norm during Elizabethan times. But do I spy a contemporary trend?
Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, staged a superb all-male “Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum” earlier this season and plans to end it with an all-female “I Remember Mama.”
And speaking of Shakespeare, The Public Theater just announced its Central Park summer plans include an all-female “The Taming of the Shrew” featuring Cush Jumbo (don’t you just love that name!) and Janet McTeer, as Katherina and Petruchio, respectively (but you knew that, right?)
The Public Theater will contribute four plays to the Theater Close-Up Series, all part of The Apple Family Plays: Scenes from Life in the Country.
Starting tonight at 9, a new weekly series called Theater Close-Up spotlighting off-Broadway plays hosted by Sigourney Weaver begins on PBS Channel 13 and continues through Nov. 22.
People mostly think Broadway when they think NYC theater. More people will see each one of these scheduled productions in one night than probably saw them for their entire run — not that there’s anything wrong with that. Plenty of Broadway shows were incubated off-Broadway.
The theaters represented here are: The Public Theater, The Flea Theater, New York Theatre Workshop and Abingdon Theatre Company. Check local listings for times and air dates in your area.