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The Very Best of NYC Theater
by Mei Mei Chin
December 16, 2011
Tony and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon returns to Broadway in Margaret Edson’s play Wit at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Jan 5-Mar 11. Exquisitely written, affecting and often humorous, Wit follows Vivian Bearing, a brilliant and exacting poetry professor, as she undergoes experimental treatment for ovarian cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, Bearing has spent most of her life preferring scholarship to humanity. It's no accident that she is unmarried and without children, her parents are deceased, and she has no third-party person to contact. Throughout the play she reflects on her reactions to the cycle of the cancer, the treatments, and significant events in her life as she faces the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research.

Company XIV presents a return engagement of its family holiday smash Snow White to the 303 Bond Street Theatre, now through Jan 15. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm version of the beloved fairy tale, the show is a unique mash-up of classical texts, Baroque choreography, eclectic music, pop culture, opera, burlesque, ballet, gender bending, high fashion, theatrical staging and sumptuous design that has wowed audiences and critics alike. Taking a cue from theatre, dance and opera under the reign of Louis XIV, director/choreographer Austin McCormick creates a compelling 360-degree experience, fully immersing the audience in the performances and inviting them to be seduced and liberated.

The revival of the legendary rock musical Godspell continues with an open ended run at Circle in the Square Theatre. This modern-day song-and-dance recreation of the Gospel of St. Matthew starts with John the Baptist calling a disparate group of young New Yorkers from their workaday lives to follow Jesus.

Proving that a great show is always in fashion, Love, Loss, and What I Wore—with its starry rotating cast and compulsively entertaining subject matter—has become the toast of Off-Broadway. Now entering its second smash year at the Westside Theatre, this intimate production uses clothing and accessories, and the memories they trigger, to tell funny and poignant tales that form one of the most enduring theatergoing experiences in New York. Sonia Manzano (Maria from Sesame Street) and Loretta Swit (Hot Lips Houlihan on M*A*S*H) join December’s cast. Look out for the show’s first national tour in January.
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