True TheaterGoer-August 21, 2014: ‘Fall Seasons of Plays’: And Rate Your Shows and Win $100 Worth of Tickets

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TrueTheatergoer's John Hauge.
TrueTheatergoer’s John Hauge.

From John Hauge: “My brother Stephen and I created the TrueTheatergoer.com website in October 2011 to promote theater in Washington, DC and on Broadway John Hauge. By providing an enriching collection of information on current shows and composite audience reviews and ratings of these shows. Our hope is to further develop a community excited about theater and willing to write short comments of shows so others can benefit from their experiences.”

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TheaterThoughts: August 14, 2014

NO PLAYS ON BROADWAY

As of July 28, no play has run on Broadway. You can see 26 musicals, but no plays.

So far this season, which began on May 26, there have been only 342 performances of plays. For the first 12 weeks of this season (ending on August 17), 342 performances.

The fall portion of the 2014-15 season begins on August 18 with the first preview of This Is Our Youth and builds with three openings in September, five in October, two in November, and one in December.

But the number of performances of plays have slipped recently. In the 2010-11 season there were 2,607 performances; in the 2011-12 season, 2,680; and in the 2012-13 season, 2,677. Then last season there were only 2,037 performances, with only three shows having more than 104 performances (a quarter of a season.

With only 379 performances expected through September 28 — the first 18 weeks — it will take a strong drive to return to the level of 2010-13.

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TheaterThoughts:  August 21, 2014

The Fall season is almost upon us, so here are the plays opening on Broadway in September:

1) This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan shows two days in the lives of three lost souls in New York in 1982. With Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson. Previews 8/18, opens 9/11 at the Cort Theatre.

2) Love Letters by A. R. Gurney follows a friendship of 50 years between an artist and a politician. This revival, with a constantly changing cast of two, has previews starting 9/13 and opens 9/18 at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.

3) You Can’t Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman portrays humorous events of the eccentric Sycamore family. This Pulitzer Prize winner, with a large cast headed by James Earl Jones and Elizabeth Ashley, previews on 8/26 and opens on 9/28 at the Longacre Theatre.

4) The Country House by Donald Margulies examines the jealousies, romances and soul-searching of a gathering of artists. With Blythe Danner as the matriarch, this play previews on 9/9 and opens 10/2 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

5) It’s Only a Play by Terrence McNally follows a nervous playwright on his opening night spent with friends. With Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, this previews on 8/28 and opens on 10/9 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

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