The Spring Arts Preview 

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Peter Brook is one of our Top 3 Royal Shakespeare Company alums (the other two being Professor X and Magneto, obvs), and so even if the idea of seeing 29 Shakespeare sonnets performed on stage doesn't exactly strike us as something we absolutely have to see, we will absolutely go see Love Is My Sin at the Duke on 42nd Street (March 25-April 17), in which Brook directs his wife Natasha Parry and frequent collaborator Bruce Myers through stage adaptations of said sonnets.

Partly an adaptation of Samuel R. Delany's dystopic Cold War sci-fi novel Dhalgren, but also an updating and augmenting with live video and dance, Jay Scheib's Bellona, Destroyer of Cities at the Kitchen (April 1-10) takes us to a bombed out city in ruins where architectures, bodies and psyches are constantly shifting, crumbling and reappearing.


Alan Rickman (you know, Severus Snape) brings his London production of David Greig's adaptation of August Strindberg's 1888 domestic tragedy Creditors to BAM (April 13-May 16) after a sold-out run at Donmar Warehouse. Rickman directs his godson Tom Burke in the lead alongside Anna Chancellor and Owen Teale.

Though it hasn't been produced in New York since 1928, the Mint Theater's revival of Dr. Knock, Or The Triumph of Medicine (April 14-May 30) couldn't come at a more appropriate time. French playwright Jules Romains's pastoral comedy concerns Doc Knock's efforts to set up a lucrative private practice in a rural area with all his modern gadgets from the city.

When August Wilson's Fences was first produced on Broadway in 1987, it earned him a Pulitzer and star James Earl Jones a Best Actor Tony, so Denzel Washington will have some big shoes to fill stepping into the role of Troy Maxson for this revival at the Cort Theater (performances begin April 14).

We were pretty disappointed when Sarah Ruhl's outstanding Vibrator Play closed shortly after its Broadway premiere in the winter, but we'll get our fill of her feminist comedy in Passion Play's New York premiere at the Irondale Center (April 27-May 30). Director Mark Wing-Davey will re-work his Yale Rep production of this time-skipping period piece that skips from 16th-century England to Nazi Germany and Reagan America.


One of our favorite spring traditions, the International Toy Theater Festival at St. Ann's Warehouse (May 30-June 13), always makes us wish that we had never stopped playing with action figures. Now in its ninth edition, the festival's major addition to the lineup is the Dutch group Hotel Modern, who will stage a WWII drama in which thousands of puppets move around a scale model of Auschwitz.


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