Fall 2005 theater previews




The Long Christmas Ride Home (Next Theatre Company,
Chicago, Nov. 10–Dec. 11; Actor’s
Express and Synchronicity Performance Group, Atlanta,
Nov. 10–Dec. 17) Paula Vogel’s innovative
drama about the far-reaching consequences of the
dysfunction of family life.

After Dark (New Conservatory Theatre Center, San
Francisco) A couple come together during the most
stressful time of the year in this gay romantic comedy
for the holidays. (Nov. 18–Dec. 31)

Brundibár (Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
“It’s a testament to the creative power
of human beings, even in dark times, to turn ugliness into
music,” says Angels in America playwright Tony
Kushner about his musical fable set in the years
leading up to WWII. Kushner has written a new
libretto; artist Maurice Sendak designs sets and costumes.
(Nov. 11–Dec. 28)

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (Kirk Douglas
Theatre, Los Angeles) Out Pulitzer Prize–winner
Nilo Cruz adapts the magic realist short story by
Gabriel García Márquez about two children in a
small Caribbean town who discover an old man who falls
mysteriously from the sky. (Nov. 13–Dec. 18)


Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
(off-Broadway theater to be announced, New York City)
This unauthorized parody by out talent Bert V. Royal
imagines the Peanuts gang all grown-up. (December)

Lestat (Curran Theatre, San Francisco) Elton John and
Bernie Taupin team up for a new musical based on Anne
Rice’s celebrated vampire. Heading to Broadway
next spring. (December)

Well (Longacre Theatre, New York City) Lisa Kron
takes her autobiographical play about her relationship
with her mother to Broadway. (Begins in winter)

Bent (Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco) Martin
Sherman’s landmark drama about gay love in a
Nazi concentration camp. (Dec. 8–Jan. 7)

Beauty of the Father (Manhattan Theatre Club, New
York City) More from Nilo Cruz: A daughter goes to
Spain to reunite with her estranged father and
discovers she may have to share the love of her young
Moroccan suitor with him in this romantic drama.
(Begins Dec. 15)

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