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Big Times
by WET
Walkerspace Theater
Both a tribute to, and an exploration of the beginnings of Vaudeville, this unique new Women’s Expressive Theater production mixes sexy dames, hilarious hijinks, song, and dance with a modern theatrical kick and a whole lot of heart. Directed by Leigh Silverman, it was written and performed by Mia Barron, Maggie Lacey and Danielle Skraastad.

Hecuba
by The Royal Shakespeare Company
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Renowned stage and film actress Vanessa Redgrave makes her BAM debut with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of Euripides’ timeless tale of war, vengeance and madness. In the aftermath of the Trojan War, Hecuba, the former Queen of Troy, has endured the unthinkable murders of her children and become a prisoner of the Greek army. Propelled by grief, she vows retribution and attains it in a startling act of revenge. Conceived on a grand scale in a new adaptation written by British poet Tony Harrison, this performance will mark Redgrave’s first with the Royal Shakespeare Company in over four decades.

My Sweetheart’s the Man in the Moon
by Don Nigro
14th Street Y Theater
Don Nigro’s excellent drama, directed by Amy Feinberg, explores the explosive and infamous love triangle between the “girl on the red velvet swing,” the one-and-only Evelyn Nesbit; the famous and ultimately doomed NYC architect Stanford White; and Henry K. Thaw of Pittsburgh that led to the “Crime of the Century.” Presented by the Hypothetical Theatre Company, in residence.

Trailerville
by John Dufresne
Blue Heron Theater
Directed by Wayne Maugans, John Dufresne’s Trailerville takes place on Labor Day weekend at a Mobile Home Park in Louisiana. Merdelle Harris’ husband of 41 years, Bobby, is rapidly deteriorating with Alzheimer’s. Merdelle is determined to care for and save him if she can. Her next-door neighbor Arlis Bryant lives with his daughter, her three children, and her beer-drinking, hot-tempered boyfriend. When the two fall in love, Arlis’ attentions are both a comfort and a torment to Merdelle.

Twelfth Night
by Aquila Theater Company
Baruch Performing Arts Center
Fresh off a White House performance as guests of the NEA, Aquila Theater Company present Shakespeare’s classic tale of mistaken identity, unrequited love, bereavement and the repressive threats of a puritanical zealot. With an eclectic mix of musical styles at play-harpsichord and lute meet drum ‘n bass this adaptation revisits Shakespeare’s Elizabethan comedy, evoking a fantastical world where true love cannot be repressed.

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