Few Broadway Hits hit Broadway first. Even Cole Porter previewed his Broadway-bound hits in New Haven, where one of the brightest names on Broadway attended college at Yale before his name was spelled in bright lights off Times Square. It used to be that shows that opened Off-Broadway were relegated to stay off-Broadway and that still holds true today. However, times have changed. Theatre-goers that love the intimacy and excitement of stage productions flock to see what’s up and coming—and when they do, you can be assured that, when successful, they’ll be Broadway-bound. Off-Broadway is different from Broadway—and yet, some of the greatest plays ever written—such as O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, inevitably find their way back home, to even more intimate, smaller stages, where audiences always ever are held spellbound by the talents that appear behind the footlights.
Ato Blankson-Wood, Bill Camp, Jason Bowen, and Elizabeth Marvel as the Tyrone family. Set design by Clint Ramos. (© Joan Marcus)
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
Minetta Lane Theatre
18 Minetta Lane (between Bleecker and West 3rd Street)
Tickets for the Off-Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night are available during Fashion Week. Considered playwright Eugene O’Neill’s greatest canon—and one of the greatest plays every written—the drama unfolds as four members of the Tyrone family must face the consequences of their own failings as they struggle to deal with the deficiencies in their family. Tickets available on www.newyorktheatreguide.com Closes February 20, 2022
New York Theatre Workshop
79 East 4th Street
Alesha Harris’ On Sugarland is the story of a poor rural neighborhood made up of three mobile homes on a southern cul-de-sac. Each trailer is filled with decorative folk-art treasures and keepsakes gathered over decades that tell stories unto themselves. When twelve-year-old Sadie calls on her matriarchal ancestors to find the truth about her mother, she witnesses a daily ritual where the denizens of Sugarland rise each day to holler for the dead who perished in war in a ritual reclamation of timeless grief. This sweeping new work is a spirited meditation on remarkable people transcending difficult circumstances—and how, through communal healing, embrace life’s glory. Previews beginning February 3. Opening February 23. Closes March 13, 2022.
Image courtesy of “The Woman in Black”
THE WOMAN IN BLACK
The McKittrick Hotel
530 West 27th Street, New York
The Woman in Black tells the disturbing ghost story by Susan Hill of a young lawyer who stumbles upon a grave secret in a small town. Best Play Revival Award from the Off-Broadway Alliance and nominated for 3 Drama League Awards (Outstanding Play Revival and Distinguished Performance Award for the two actors, Ben Porter and David Acton, The Woman in Black in not for the feint-hearted. Closes March 13, 2022. Also showing at the McKitterick Hotel: SLEEP NO MORE.