The Unbearable Banishment: Coming this season: Testosterone. And lots of it.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Coming this season: Testosterone. And lots of it.

Those tough sons-of-bitches at the Atlantic Theater Company have outdone themselves this time. The 2009-10 season is a (mostly) testosterone-fueled program of plays by men who write about manly men. Mainly.

They kick off with two one-acts by David (you either love him or you hate him) Fucking Mamet; a farce called Keep Your Pantheon (Get it? It's a play on words.) and another comedy called School. Mamet was a founding member of the Atlantic, which is a damn lucky thing for them.

After that punch in the face, we have Ages of the Moon, the new comedy by cowboy roughneck Sam Shepard. It's a two-hander about men talking while they drink bourbon. It was a big hit at the Abbey Theater in Dublin where it premiered and will star Irish actors Sean McGinley and Stephen Rea, who originated the roles in Dublin. It's always a treat to see the original cast.

As though that weren't a big enough kick in the nuts, Irish ball buster Martin McDonagh follows with A Behanding in Spokane. This will open on Broadway (as opposed to the intimate Atlantic Theater on W. 20th St.) in the spring. It's McDonagh's first play set on U.S. soil. I saw The Pillowman on Broadway. He managed to write about violence against children in a darkly funny way. His stuff is like that.

The season closes with Gabriel by British playwright Moira Buffini. I'm not sure who she is.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm so envious

August 13, 2009 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger savannah said...

well, ok, but we have ron white for a show at our civil center, sugar! can y'all beat that? huh? yeah, just what i thought...

*weeping because i am so jealous*

August 13, 2009 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

oh my! new skin! looks good!

August 13, 2009 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

Unrelated to theatre, but related to what we were on about the other week, observe:


August 13, 2009 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Nurse: Does it sound like I'm bragging? I don't mean to. I'm from Ohio. We don't brag.

S: Who the hell is Ron White?

KIDDING! I know who he is. I'm just be a wise-ass Yankee.

E: Why thank you! It's almost there. Just a few more adjustments.

Jo: Best news I've read all day. Let the backlash begin!

August 13, 2009 at 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UB, can you go see this film and tell me what you think?

August 13, 2009 at 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

testosterone infestation on the new york stage? oh noes... the rightwingnuts are right! it truly IS the end of days...

August 13, 2009 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Sid said...

Love the new blog look. I don't really get what you mean when you say broadway season. Like plays only show for 6 months of the year and then NOTHING?

August 14, 2009 at 2:51 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Nurse: Yea, I heard all about that film and I'm not going anywhere near it. I'll have nightmares until October! Tell me; how is it that you're reading the New York Press? Do you read it regularly?

Daisy: The whole "theater is for sissys" thing really needs to be put to rest.

Sid: The "season" is considered September thru April. It's when plays are eligible for Tony Awards. But the is never a period when plays aren't being mounted. It's constant fun.

August 14, 2009 at 7:58 AM  

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