Welcome Fall, Welcome November!

Though it may not feel like it today (global warming is among us), the season has definitely changed and my red parka has been released from the closet along with a bunch of comforters. As usual, Maria and I have been out on the town checking out great theatre and below are our November picks, plus a bonus from Hansol!

GOOD GRIEF @ Vineyard Theatre until Nov. 18

Returning to her hometown in the suburbs of Pennsylvania, this moving (emotionally and literally) meta-theatrical journey through Nkechi’s life in the wake of her childhood friend, MJ’s, death reveals the intricate web of memories that shape us to be who we are.

Cast:

Oberon K.A. Adjepong - Papa
Ngozi Anyanwu - Nkechi
Nnamdi Asomugha - Bro
Patrice Johnson Chevannes - NeNe
Hunter Parrish - JD
Ian Quinlan - MJ
Lisa Ramirez - MJ's Mom/Neighbor

Produced by Vineyard Theatre
Written by Ngozi Anyanwu
Directed by Awoye Timpo
Scenic Designer - Jason Ardizzone-West
Costume Designer - Andy Jean
Lighting Designer - Oona Curley
Sound Designer - Daniel Kluger
Fight Direction - Unkle Dave’s Fight-House
Props Master - Andrew Diaz
Dialect Coach - Charlotte Fleck
Production Stage Manager - Alyssa K. Howard
Assistant Stage Manager - Kelsy Durkin
Production Manager - Cynthia Cahill
Casting - Henry Russell Bergstein, CSA

EVE’S SONG @ The Public Theater until Dec. 9

Deborah and her two children, Lauren and Mark, are a proper and respectable black family—emphasis is put on order, cleanliness, and etiquette. However, cracks begin to reveal itself as Deborah has difficulty dealing with Lauren’s queerness, Mark’s strange verbal outbursts, and her own respectability politics at work. What are the costs of self-maintenance of black—particularly female—bodies in America?

Cast:

De’Adre Aziza -Deborah
Karl Green - Mark
Ashley D. Kelley - Upendo
Vernice Miller - Spirit Woman
Kadijah Raquel - Lauren
Rachel Watson-Jih - Spirit Woman
Tamara M. Williams - Spirit Woman

Produced by The Public Theater
Written by Patricia Ione Lloyd
Directed by Jo Bonney
Scenic Designer - Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Designer - Emilio Sosa
Lighting Designer - Lap Chi Chu
Sound Designer - Elisheba Ittoop
Projections Designer - Hana S. Kim
Hair & Wig Designer - J. Jared Janas
Movement Director - Stefanie Batten Bland
Production Stage Manager - Linda Marvel
Stage Manager - Genevieve Kersh


WILD GOOSE DREAMS @ The Public Theater until Dec. 16

“Minsung is a “goose father,” a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible?” - From official website.

Cast:

Dan Domingues -Chorus
Lulu Fall - Digital Nanhee/Chorus
Kendyl Ito - Heejin/Chorus
Francis Jue - Father
Peter Kim - Guk Minsung
Michelle Krusiec - YooNanhee
Jaygee Macapugay - Wife/Chorus
Joél Pérez - Digital Minsung/Chorus
Jamar Williams - Chorus
Katrina Yaukey - Chorus

Produced by The Public Theater and La Jolla Playhouse
Written by Hansol Jung
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Scenic Designer - Clint Ramos
Costume Designer - Linda Cho
Lighting Designer - Keith Parham
Sound Designer - Palmer Hefferan
Composer - Paul Castles
Korean Music Composer - Jongbin Jung
Music Supervisor - Charity Wicks
Movement Director - Yasmine Lee
Special Effects Designer - Lillis Meeh
Production Stage Manager - Melanie J. Lisby
Stage Manager - Janelle Caso

 

RE: ENDORSES THIS BONUS RECOMMENDATION FROM HANSOL:

THUNDERBODIES @ Soho Rep until Nov. 18

“It’s springtime in America. The war is finally over. Grotilde has completed her life’s work of losing the last 10 pounds, General Michail has proposed, and the President is up to his new tricks. So what if the weather is a little strange and the last soldier won’t come home?” - From official website.

Cast:

Juan Carlos Hernandez - General Michail Itterod
Matthew Jeffers - Boy
Mia Katigbak - President
Deirdre O’Connell - Grotilde
Monique St. Cyr - Girl

Produced by Soho Rep
Written by Kate Tarker
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
Scenic Designer - Matt Saunders
Costume Designer - Oana Botez
Lighting Designer - Yi Zhao
Sound Designer - Chad Raines
Props Designer - Ryan Courtney
Fight Choreographer - Thomas Schall
Production Stage Manager - Emely Zepeda
Assistant Stage Manager - Bonnie McHeffey