PLASTICITY

40something David Rosely lies comatose as his identical twin Grant and fiancée Kate find themselves in head-to-head combat over his right to live or die. If this sounds more like a Lifetime Original Movie than the year’s most spectacular one-man tour-de-force, think again. Solo-performance star Alex Lyras and his co-writing partner Robert McCaskill are back in Hollywood with their latest collaboration, the absolutely thrilling Plasticity, the very definition of must-see theater.
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13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI

Septuagenarian widow Virginia Carpolotti hums whenever she’s got reason to worry, and she’s got plenty of reason to whistle—and with Emmy-winner Penny Fuller playing her, audiences have plenty of reason to cheer—in the delightful, tuneful 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti, 70-minutes of one-woman musical theater showmanship at The Broad Stage.
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THE LION

One man, six guitars, fifteen songs, and Benjamin Scheuer’s extraordinary true-life tale add up to twenty-two reasons not to miss the Geffen Playhouse L.A. Premiere of the award-winning international sensation The Lion.
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BUYER & CELLAR

“Mem’ries” may light the corners of Broadway/TV star Jai Rodriguez’s mind, but they are neither “misty” nor “water-colored” in Jonathan Tolins’ deliciously dishy Buyer & Cellar, a revelatory showcase for Queer Eye “Culture Vulture” Rodriguez under Dimitri Toscas’ truly inspired direction.
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THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY

The Absolute Brightness Of Leonard Pelkey, James Lecesne’s hilarious, touching stage adaptation of his 2008 novel has arrived as a guest production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre only months after generating plenty of well-earned off-Broadway buzz for its author-performer.
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GHOST LIGHT

NOT RECOMMENDED

Deborah Puette is luminous, but the four vignettes that comprise Tommy Smith’s Ghost Light add up to a rather low-wattage half-hour solo show.
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SUBURBAN SHOWGIRL

Manhattanites will be in for a treat when Palmer Davis takes her self-penned, self-performed Suburban Showgirl to the New York United Solo Festival (on 42nd Street no less) this coming November.
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STANLEY ANN: THE UNLIKELY STORY OF BARACK OBAMA’S MOTHER

Ann Noble makes an indelible impression as the woman who gave birth to our country’s president in the World Premiere production of Mike Kindle’s one-woman bioplay Stanley Ann: The Unlikely Story Of Barack Obama’s Mother.
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