Season 27, 2005-2006
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SEASON 27

2005-2006




A Soldier's Play

By Charles Fuller

Directed by Jo Bonney

With Teagle F. Bougere, Mike Colter, Taye Diggs, Nelsan Ellis, Joe Forbrich, Michael Genet, Royce Johnson, James McDaniel, Anthony Mackie, Dorian Missick, Steven Pasquale, Joaquín Pérez-Campbel

Scenic Design by Neil Patel
Costume Design by David Zinn
Lighting Design by David Weiner
Original Music and Sound Design by Fitz Patton
Production Stage Manager C. Randall White
Stage Manager Rachel J. Perlman

"A GREAT PLEASURE, AUTHENTIC AND EXCITING! MOVINGLY ACTED BY A TOP-OF-THE-LINE CAST! The magnetic Taye Diggs is a commanding center of attention. Anthony Mackie expertly gives sharp, chilling form to currents of rage. Mike Colter, the find of this production, turns in a fresh, lyrical performance. James McDaniel exudes the blistering heat of someone who feels imprisoned in his own skin. Nelsan Ellis, Michael Genet, Royce Johnson, Teagle F. Bougere and especially Dorian Missick turn their interrogation scenes into delicately and completely carved cameo portraits. A Soldier's Play finds the pain, friction and fire in the displacement of African-Americans in an Army that both needs them and doesn't really want them." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"CHARLES FULLER'S UNCOMPROMISING AND PAINFUL PULTZER PRIZE WINNER HAS BEEN BEAUTIFULLY REVIVED BY SECOND STAGE! Under Jo Bonney's direction, the cast is a tight ensemble, bringing out all the play's harshness." - Howard Kissel, The Daily News

"AN ELECTRIFYING REVIVAL! A FIRST-RATE CAST! Director Jo Bonney whips the action from baseball field to barracks to a tiny jail cell with split-second precision. Ms. Bonney and her accomplished cast turn their pain into the audience's hard-earned pleasure." - Eric Grode, The New York Sun

"A major, much-anticipated revival with a diligent and attractive cast!" - Linda Winer, Newsday

"A CRACKLING-GOOD WHODUNIT, EXPERTLY REVIVED WITH A STARRY CAST! A fast-paced production. The dialogue is courtroom crisp and the characters sharply etched." - Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

"A SATISFYING SLICE OF DRAMA that surely pleases as fully as it did 24 years ago!" - Jacques Le Sourd, The Journal News

Photos: (center) Taye Diggs; (bottom) Mike Colter, Michael Genet, Steven Pasquale and James McDaniel. (Photos: Joan Marcus)





The Little Dog Laughed

By Douglas Carter Beane

Directed by Scott Ellis

With Johnny Galecki, Neal Huff, Zoe Lister- Jones, Julie White

Scenic Design by Alan Moyer
Costume Design by Jeff Mahshie
Lighting Design by Don Holder
Original Music and Sound Design by Lewis Flinn
Production Stage Manager Linda Marvel
Stage Manager Heather Prince

"Lean, mean, brash, crass and about as deep as a shot glass, Diane the Hollywood agent is just the tonic New York theatergoers need in the gray depths of an urban winter. Played by Julie White in an irresistible adrenaline rush of a performance, Diane can be thought of as the wicked witch or the fairy godmother of The Little Dog Laughed, the tangy new fable of fame and its discontents by Douglas Carter Beane that opened last night at the Second Stage Theatre. Either way, she's certainly more of a pick-me-up than your average jukebox musical." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"SCATHING, SCABROUS AND HILARIOUS! Directed at appropriate high-speed velocity by Scott Ellis, it makes you laugh while it goes for the jugular." - Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

"DEFTLY ENTERTAINING! Douglas Carter Beane's new play strikes gold, elevating the glib one-liner to a caustic art form." - Sam Thielman, Newsday

"GOOD, NAUGHTY, LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUN!" - Jess Cagle, WCBS-TV/People Magazine

"WICKEDLY FUNNY! Julie White's brilliant performance will be counted among the season's brightest highlights!" - Michael Sommers, The Star- Ledger

"BEANE HAS WRITTEN JULIE WHITE A THEATRICAL DREAM COME TRUE! With a gift for ratcheting her physicality and emotions from 1 to 10 and back again, she has many superb comic moments. Director Scott Ellis coaxes the action into near-screwball tempo! " - Eric Grode, The New York Sun

"A FEROCIOUS, FUNNY TURN FROM JULIE WHITE! Scott Ellis' tight, stylishly pop-minimalist production is ideally timed to tap into the zeitgeist of same-sex politics in Hollywood." - David Rooney, Variety

Photos: (center) Johnny Galecki and Neal Huff; (bottom) Julie Whiten. (Photos: Joan Marcus)





Show People

By Paul Weitz

Directed by Peter Askin

With Ty Burrell, Judy Greer, Debra Monk, Lawrence Pressman

Scenic Design by Heidi Ettinger
Costumes by Jeff Mahshie
Lighting by Jeff Croiter
Original Music and Sound Design by Lewis Flinn
Production Stage Manager Rachel J. Perlman
Stage Manager Kit Ingui

"A REAL LAUGH-OUT-LOUD COMEDY! REQUIRED VIEWING! Guaranteed to make audiences laugh themselves silly!" - Jacques Le Sourd, The Journal News

"YOU'LL BE WIPING TEARS OF LAUGHTER FROM YOUR EYES! " - David F. Richardson, WOR Radio

"THE REAL DEAL - IT'S REALLY FUNNY!" - Roma Torre, NY1

"A JOYOUSLY FUNNY ROLLERCOASTER OF LAUGHS!" - Matt Windman, amNY

"HILARIOUSLY DROLL, SKILLFUL COMIC PERFORMANCES!" - Frank Scheck, New York Post

"SHOW PEOPLE DEFINITELY TANTALIZES! IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE A MORE ENGAGING CAST!" - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Photos: (center) Debra Monk, Lawrence Pressman. (bottom) Ty Burrell, Judy Greer. (Photos: Joan Marcus)





The Water's Edge

By Theresa Rebeck

Directed by Will Frears

With Kate Burton, Tony Goldwyn, Mamie Gummer, Austin Lysy, Katharine Powell

Scenic Design by Alexander Dodge
Costume Design by Georgia Junghyun Lee
Lighting Design by Frances Aronson
Sound Design by Vincent Olivieri
Original Music by Michael Friedman
Production Stage Manager Roy Harris
Stage Manager Shanna Spinello

"A STYLISHLY ACTED MIX OF CLASSICAL DARKNESS AND LATTER-DAY LEVITY! Kate Burton beautifully proves herself one of our most flexible and resourceful actresses. Tony Goldwyn is first-rate. Mamie Gummer, Austin Lysy and Katherine Powell make this essential viewing for those on the watch for fresh talent. Theresa Rebeck has a gift for lively dialogue teasingly layered in ambivalence." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"A SHOCKING HYBRID OF CONTEMPORARY DRAMA AND GREEK TRAGEDY! Mamie Gummer is dazzling - we dare you to take your eyes off her!" - Linda Winer, Newsday

"AN ABSORBING DOMESTIC DRAMA with smart, often dryly humorous dialogue. The remarkable Kate Burton commands attention." - David Rooney, Variety

"AN EXCEPTIONALLY SKILLED CAST! Kate Burton is particularly excellent. Austin Lysy is superb." - Alexis Greene, The Hollywood Reporter

"COMPELLING, BRILLIANT AND AFFECTING! IT MUST BE SEEN! There is no question that Theresa Rebeck is one of the strongest playwrights of her generation. The cast is first-rate!" - Gwen Orel, Back Stage

Photos: (ceneter) Tony Goldwyn, Kate Burton. (bottom) Austsin Lysy, Mamie Gummer, Tony Goldwyn. (Photos: Joan Marcus)


Getting Home

By Anton Dudley

Directed by David Schweizer

With Marcy Harriell, Brian Henderson, Manu Narayan

Scenic Design by Andrew Lieberman
Costume Design by Erin Chainani
Lighting Design by Aaron Black
Sound Design by Ryan Rummery
Production Stage Manager Rachel J. Perlman
Stage Manager Stephanie Atlan

"SURPRISING AND EFFECTIVE!" - The New York Times

"****FOUR STARS! The dramatis personae, all single and looking for love, sound straight out of "Sex and the City"— a neurotic young woman with self-esteem issues, an effervescent gay romantic, a damaged Indian-American entrepreneur, a skateboarding philosopher. There’s even a dashing, artistic and well-endowed Russian. But Anton Dudley’s sprightly new comedy is determined to dig a little deeper. Evoking archetypal fairy-tale roots (daring deeds, love potions, tricky transformations, mythical powers), Getting Home explores contemporary New Yorkers search for love with a refreshing sense of wonder."
"Tristan (Henderson) gets a free ride—and more—from a lovelorn cabbie (Narayan); a shy zookeeper (Harriell) finds her wish for romance come true, twice; a businessman with a lonely soul (Narayan) reclaims his long-lost love. Despite drawing on hoary tropes, Dudley’s script remains witty, unexpected and often magical: The characters tell their stories directly to the audience, flirting, confessing and scolding one another. Director David Schweizer keeps the pace lilting and lyrical, as befits the fast-talking and freethinking figures, and the cast brings zest and intelligence to their multiple roles. It’s like falling in love all over again."
- Time Out NY

"Second Stage Theatre goes out of its way to give good workshop in its annual summer series in its Uptown theatre. What's not to like?!" - Variety

"GETTING HOME IS WITTY, SHOCKINGLY BEAUTIFUL AT TIMES, AND DELIGHTFUL! Brian Henderson, Marcy Harriell, and Manu Narayan throw themselves with glee into the multitude of characters, delivering each quip and pop culture reference with hipster precision!" - The Village Voice

Photos: Manu Narayan, Marcy Harriell, Brian Henderson. (Photo: Carol Rosegg)



All This Intimacy

By Rajiv Joseph

Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

With Gretchen Egolf, Adam Green, Amy Landecker, Kate Nowlin, Krysten Ritter, Thomas Sadoski

Scenic Design by David Newell
Costume Design by Amy Clark
Lighting Design by Rie Ono
Sound Design by Bart Fasbender
Production Stage Manager Rachel J. Perlman
Stage Manager Stephanie Atlan

"**** FOUR STARS! It's the best show I've seen in months! It's one worth catching!" - Matt Windman, amNY

"HAS A CAN'T-LOOK-AWAY PULL!" - The New York Times

"RIFE WITH GENUINE FUN & PINPOINTS OF POIGNANCY!" - Broadway.com

"A VERY BRAVE TOUCH WITH CHARACTERS & THEMES!" - New York Sun

"VERY FINE WRITING!" - TheaterMania.com

Photo: Krysten Ritter, Thomas Sadoski. (Photo: Joan Marcus)