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THE OCTOBER NUMBER

The season’s first hit from London has arrived, and almost all of the characters onstage are alive. Off Broadway offers up a century-old comedy about self-confidence and power dressing (Cleopatra might as well be Cockney).

A scene from “All My Sons”

SOMEBODY HAS DIED, AND IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO

“The Height of the Storm,” starring Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce (in photo) is the latest London hit to open on Broadway. It’s also a master class in being an audience member with an open mind. Atkins and Pryce play a married French couple with a half-century of history, a roomy country house and two concerned adult daughters, dealing with a recent life-or-death development that is sure to change everything.

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FEW PEOPLE KNOW THAT CLEOPATRA TURNED INTO A COCKNEY FLOWER GIRL

New York hasn’t seen a full production of Shaw’s “Caesar & Cleopatra” in ages. Teresa Avia Lim (in photo) plays the very young queen of the Nile, learning from an older, more powerful man how to dress, speak and stand tall like a monarch. If these two sound a bit like Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, there’s a logical explanation.

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A MONTH OF MAJOR OPENING NIGHTS

The season is in full swing, with eight Broadway openings in October, from “The Great Society” (Brian Cox as LBJ) to “American Utopia” (David Byrne and his musicians dancing up a storm), with a Tennessee Williams revival in between. In the photo: Marisa Tomei as an Italian widow living in the American South in “The Rose Tattoo.” The Press Nights fall Broadway preview tells all.

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THE GLOSSARY KEEPS GROWING AND CHANGING, BUT WILL IT EVER BE SHAVIAN?

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That’s George Bernard Shaw above. He’s one of the newest additions to the Press Nights Glossary, our guide to theater places, people and terms. But what does he have to do with another new glossary edition (“Shavian”)?

The Press Nights Glossary is also a good place to learn about Ellen Stewart, Equity houses and limited runs.

UPDATED ON OCT. 11, 2019

 

 

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THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE LINES …

From current or recent New York productions.

 “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”

– Julius Caesar (Robert Cuccioli, in photo), “Caesar & Cleopatra,” Theater One, Theater Row

“Sometimes you think people are dead, but that’s not the case.”

— André (Jonathan Pryce), “The Height of the Storm,” Samuel J. Friedman Theater

Wife: “We’re lovers.” Husband: “Why yes, I thought it might be something like that. Something along those lines.”

—Emma (Zawe Ashton) and Robert (Tom Hiddleston), “Betrayal,” Bernard B. Jacobs Theater

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