The Theater List
Wed, 02/20/2013

Mark Harelik’s “The Immigrant,” along with its sequel, “The Legacy, or What the Jews Believe,” will be presented in a free staged reading at the Clurman Theatre on West 42nd Street starring Kathleen Chalfant, Walter Charles and other Broadway actors.

The plays center around a Jewish family in rural Central Texas. The first play will be performed on Monday, Feb. 25 at 4; the second play will be performed on the same day at 7:30. Reservations may be made by calling (323) 252-8474 or by emailing info@americannationaltheatre.org.

A series of free performances by female Jewish comics, “Solo in the City — Jewish Women, Jewish Stars” features Sandra Bernhard, Jackie Hoffman, Tovah Feldshuh and Judy Gold. Co-presented with the Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College, the series will be presented throughout the month of March. For information and tickets, call (646) 312-5073 or visit www.barch.cuny.edu/bpac.

The JCC in Manhattan kicks off a new series of staged readings of Jewish themed musicals with “Luck,” based on a story by I.B. Singer about a contest between Mazel and Shlimazel to see whether Good Luck will prevail over Bad. Mark Waldrop wrote the book and lyrics, and the music is by Brad Ross. Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum, it will be performed on Monday, March 4 at 7 p.m. For tickets, $10, call the box office at (646) 505-5708.

Target Martin, directed by David Herskovits, continues its celebration of the Yiddish stage, which started last Fall and runs through next year, with Peretz Hirschbein’s, creepy, erotic “The (*) Inn,” usually entitled “The Haunted Inn.” The play, which was written in 1913 and later translated into English and performed on Broadway, was an early classic of the experimental Yiddish theater.  The play opens March 11 at the Abrons Art Center on the Lower East Side. For tickets, $25, call TheaterMania at (212) 352-3101 or visit www.abronsartcenter.org.

Richard Greenberg’s latest play, “The Assembled Parties,” about an Upper West Side Jewish family gathering in 1980 and then again in 2000, begins previews March 19 for an April 17 opening at Manhattan Theatre Club. Lynne Meadow directs a star-studded cast of Jessica Hecht, Judith Light, Jeremy Shamos, Mark Blum and Sam Robards. For tickets, $67-120, call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.

The always-lively Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater, directed by Vit Horejs, returns with “King Executioner,” based on a Polish novel by Tadeusz Nowak about a poor boy who joins the Resistance in the early days of WWII. Trumpeter Frank London of The Klezmatics provides the music. The play opens March 21 at the Theater for the New City in the East Village. For tickets, $10, call the box office at (212) 254-1109 or visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net.

The Folksbiene’s Yiddish vaudeville show, “You Don’t Have to Speak Yiddish to Enjoy the Truth,” returns this spring for five performances between April 3 and May 12 at the Metropolitan Room in Chelsea. A crop of young performers channels Molly Picon, Jenny Goldstein, Boris Thomashefsky and other stars of the Yiddish stage. For schedule and tickets ($25, plus a two drink minimum), call (212) 206-0440 or visit www.metropolitanroom.com.

Tevye lives again as a touring production of “Fiddler on the Roof” comes to the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts in Flatbush on Sunday, April 14 at 3. For tickets $36-45, call (718) 951-4500 or visit www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

The JCC in Manhattan continues its series of staged readings of new musicals with “The Story of Jo-Beth,” a musical retelling of Job set in the contemporary Midwest. A 17-year-old girl goes abruptly from local heroine to town pariah. Will she lose her faith? Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum, it will be performed on Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. For tickets, $10, call the box office at (646) 505-5708.