Summer Theater Rockin’ It

Happy Summer!  Here’s a quick snapshot of some favorites.

4000 MILES  By Amy Herzog, Directed by Daniel Aukin.  Lincoln Center Theater

Utterly heartwarming story of a reunion between a troubled 20 something and his aging grandmother in New York city. Makes all the right choices in direction and such disciplined, focused writing.  Two people healing each other through troubling times without anything imposed or contrived.

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STOREFRONT CHURCH, Written and Directed John Patrick Shanley.  The Atlantic Theater Company

Jonathan Caren Writes
Storefront Church

The 2nd in Shanley’s church and state trilogy.  About the intersection of faith and politics.  A beautiful and inspiring story of helping those who are struggling amidst the real estate fall out in America.

THE BAD GUYS, Written by Alena Smith, Directed by Hal Brooks.  Second Stage uptown

Alena Smith 2nd Stage Uptown Jonathan Caren Writes
2nd Stage Uptown
2nd Stage uptown, Jonathan Caren Writes
Team Kyle Frisina & Chris Birney

Complex and contemporary.  It’s an even-handed look at the double standards and judgements bestowed on men from all different classes.  And again, incredibly directed with a subtle but striking hand by Hal Brooks.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS  Written by Rick Elice, Directed by Roger Reese and Alex Timers

Peter & The Starcatchers, Jonathan Caren Writes
Peter & The Starcatchers

This is my feel-good, ensemble driven Broadway favorite.  There’s a lovability and kinetic energy to the ensemble cast that includes Teddy Bergman and my fellow Partial Comfort member Matt D’Amico.  Christian Borle has one of the most memorable comic performances I’ve experienced in a while as Hook.

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