Kirk Theater (Theater Row)

Todays Date: 06/25/22
Last Update: 11/12/10 11:58:49 AM
Address: 410 W 42nd St
New York, NY   

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The Libertine  | Open: 11/08/10 Close: 11/20/10
 He was the most notorious rake of the Restoration Age. Meet the 2nd Earl of Rochester (the Libertine), a complex and fascinating man who reveled in debauchery and the arts. This provocative and witty play centers on the moment his cynicism is confounded when he falls in love with an actress and his hedonistic lifestyle catches up with him. 

 "This production offers you the chance to see as grand and interesting a night of theater as any currently being staged on Broadway"- Edge New York Critic.

 Cast Members:

Joseph W. Rodriguez*, Ross Bennett Hurwitz, Tom O’Keefe*, Harry Oram, Libby Arnold, Eric Doss*, Patricia Duran*, Claire Warden, Sarah Koestner*


May be inappropriate for 16 and under. (Language, Sexual references)
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre. 

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The Punishing Blow  | Open: 08/13/10 Close: 08/28/10
THE YORK SHAKESPEARE COMPANYis pleased to announce the New York Premiere of Randy Cohen’s THE PUNISHING BLOW, directed by Seth Duerr,who together will be conducting Q&A sessions after every Saturday and Sunday matinee. THE PUNISHING BLOW will play a three-week limited engagement at the Kirk Theater (410 West 42nd Street address).  Performances begin Friday, August 13 and continue thru Saturday, August 28. Opening Night is Friday, August 13 (8 p.m.).



Working in the classical Actor-Manager system, Seth Duerr directs and performs infour-time Emmy Award-winner and New York Times “Ethicist” Randy Cohen’s The Punishing Blow: An Illustrated Lecture Delivered by Order of the Orange County Criminal Court. Duerr directs and plays Leslie, an anti-Semitic college professor whose court-ordered public lecture is this play. Dark, yet humorous, Leslie’s lecture transcends its purpose and becomes a reflection on the nature of hate and of the professor himself. Following the performance, both Cohen and Duerr will hold a Q&A session on this provocative one-man show.


After being arrested for drunk driving followed by an anti-Semitic rant, college professor Leslie (Duerr) can avoid jail time if he enters rehab, attends anger management classes, and gives a lecture on a figure from a list of The 100 Most Influential Jews of All Time.  Rather than choose a more famous figure, such as Einstein or Moses, he picks Number 82: Daniel Mendoza, the 18th century British bare-knuckle boxing champion and father of “scientific boxing.”


In presenting the life and times of Mendoza, Leslie allows details about his personal life to creep into his monologue. The audience discovers, through quick and sardonic asides, what led him to this point, gaining insight to the professor’s tumultuous marriage, arrest, sentencing, and character.  The Punishing Blow is an exploration of anti-Semitism, boxing, marriage, and of a man’s own insecurity and bitterness.


 THE PUNISHING BLOWplays the following regular schedule through Sunday, August 28:

           Wednesdays at 8pm

Thursdays at 8pm

Fridays at 8pm

Saturdays at 2pm

Saturdays at 8pm

Sundays at 3pm


There is an added performance on Tuesday Aug 24, 2010 at 7pm


Ticketsare $18 and are now available online at or by calling 212-239-6200. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Row Box Office, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.  TDF vouchers accepted.


Running Time: 84 minutes, no intermission




Talkbacks with Randy Cohen and Seth Duerr every Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. In addition, they will join guest speakers at the following performances:

  • Wednesday, August 18: David Margolick, an American journalist who was a contributing editor at Condé Nast Portfolio. Before joining Portfolio, Margolick was a longtime contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where he wrote about culture, the media, and politics.


  • Wednesday, August 25: Binnie Klein, author ofBlows to the Head: How Boxing Changed My Mind.


  • Thursday, August 26: Paul Lukas, an ESPN contributor who obsesses over sleeve lengths, sock stripes, and other uniform minutiae in his Uni Watch column, and has been appearing on Page 2 since 2004.


  • Friday, August 27: David Rakoff, a Canadian-born writer based in New York City who is noted for his humorous, sometimes autobiographical non-fiction essays. Rakoff is an essayist, journalist and actor and is a regular contributor to Public Radio International's This American Life.
Order  | Open: 06/06/10 Close: 06/26/10
OBERON THEATRE ENSEMBLE is pleased to announce their Rep 2010, celebrating the company’s 14th Repertory Season. Oberon will be presenting OTHELLO by William Shakespeare, in conjunction with the world premiere of ORDER, by Christopher Stetson Boal (23 Knives, Crazy for the Dog), directed by Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton (Best Direction of a Play, The Little Foxes).
With Ryan Tramont, Gabe Bettio*, Mac Brydon*, Brad Fryman*, William Laney*, Amanda Plant*, James Edward Becton* and James Washington*.
ORDER is the darkly hysterical and ultimately tragic story of Thomas Blander, a former philosophy teacher determined to be mild and polite in a violent and greedy world, whose plan is upended when he's possessed by a creature claiming to be an ancient entity of power and hunger. The creature (real? imagined?) brings an entirely new philosophy to Blander - undeniable lust for power and insatiable appetite - that ultimately includes dining on his enemies - and his friends.
Othello  | Open: 06/03/10 Close: 06/24/10
OBERON THEATRE ENSEMBLE is pleased to announce their Rep 2010, celebrating the company’s 14th Repertory Season. Oberon will be presenting OTHELLO by William Shakespeare, directed by Lucille Lortel Award recipient, Cara Reichel.
With Daniel Morgan Shelley*, Stewart Walker*, Simon Feil*, Randy Howk, Jennifer Blood*, Jessica Angleskhan*, Matt W. Cody*, Jane Cortney*, Chris Seiler*, David Matthew Douglas*, Nate Faust, Lowell Byers, Whitney Kam Lee and Travis Allen.

The esteemed General Othello promotes Cassio instead of Iago fueling Iago’s jealousy. Iago, in turn, plans his revenge in incredibly malicious ways, causing suspicion amongst lovers and friends. The results are tragic as suspicion grows, trust is lost and Othello is compelled to take action against his lovely wife whom he believes to be unfaithful.

The music of Vivaldi and the rhythm of the djembe interweave with Shakespeare's elegant language in this tragic masterpiece. As characters dance through the Bard's most intricate and compelling plot, OTHELLO illuminates the fine line between the cerebral and the animal in all of us. This is a visceral telling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of Envy, Revenge and Damaged Love.
Bass for Picasso  | Open: 03/17/10 Close: 05/23/10
In BASS FOR PICASSO, amputee and food writer for the New York Times Francesca Danieli throws a dinner party for her friends recreating recipes (including the titular entrée) from the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook. The guest list includes Pilar, her multilingual art detective lover, who has spent time in Guantanamo for visa problems; Bricka Matson, a lesbian widow with a small child and Republican in-laws who are trying to gain custody; Joe, an OB/GYN whose lover is a geographically challenged crystal meth addict; and Kev, a playwright who has recently fallen off the wagon and written a soon-to-open
Off-Broadway play about all of them. It's an insanely funny, irreverent look at gay and lesbian life in the new millennium.

BASS FOR PICASSO stars Anita Hollander, an actress who lost her leg to cancer and is best known for her one-woman show, STILL STANDING, which has been performed at the White House, Off-Broadway, and throughout the United States. Ms. Hollander serves as East Coast National Chair of the AFTRA Performers with Disabilities committee. Her credits include Public Theater's revival of WOYZECK, directed by JoAnne Akalaitis, the world premiere of John Belluso's GRETTY GOOD TIME at Kennedy Center (Helen Hayes Award nomination), and TBTB's production of John Belluso's A NERVOUS SMILE, directed by Mr. Schambelan, performed at last year's International Festival of the Blind and Visually Impaired in Zagreb, Croatia.

Joining Ms. Hollander in the cast are Mary Archbold (Outstanding Actor, FringeNYC Excellence Award-winner for JAZZ HAND: TALES OF A ONE ARMED WOMAN); Felice Neals (Hourglass Group's FLIRTING WITH THE EDGE), Terry Small (TBTB's THE MIDDLE AGES), and Nicholas Viselli (TBTB's revival of A.R. Gurney's THE COCKTAIL HOUR).

Playwright Kate Moira Ryan -- author of 25 QUESTIONS FOR A JEWISH MOTHER, THE BEEBO BRINKER CHRONICLES, OTMA, CAVEDWELLER, and most recently MOMMY QUEEREST (IT'S JEWDY'S SHOW!) -- has crafted a funny, deeply touching look inside the life of five driven New Yorkers, including a woman whose disability is a part of her life, but does not
define it. That's the way it works for so many of the 54,000,000 Americans, nearly 20% of all U.S. citizens, who deal with a

G.b.s.  | Open: 03/20/10 Close: 04/10/10
In G.B.S., Rich and Sam meet up at the airport. They haven't seen each other in years and they have practically nothing in common. But their father is lying in a coma and the least they can do is find out why. This unique, beautifully crafted two-hander tells the story of two brothers trying to get to the hospital in one piece - a hilarious tale of suburban misadventure.

G.B.S received its Canadian premiere in Toronto where the Toronto Eye Weekly called it “smart, funny and moving” and the Toronto Sun called it “touching and hilarious.” The play subsequently received its European premiere at Theatre 503 in London. In their review of that production, The Stage noted that “Hall is clearly in firm control of his characters and presents a compelling and ultimately truthful account of how much remains un-spoken within the confines of a family.”  The Clockwork Theatre’s production will mark the U.S. Premiere of the play.




Written by Jason Hall, directed by Jay Rohloff.

Begins performances on March 20 – April 10, 2010 (opening Sunday, March 28)

Performance schedule:

Tuesdays at 7PM; Wednesday- Saturday at 8PM; Saturdays & Sundays at 2PM

The Kirk Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street.

Tickets are $25 (discounts available for students, seniors, and groups) and are now available online at or by calling 212.279.4200

Running Time: 80 minutes  (No Intermission)

Emily  | Open: 09/11/09 Close: 09/27/09
By the time she was 30, Emily Dickinson had so isolated herself from the world that she never left the house and rarely accepted visitors. Many have hypothesized why, suggesting madness, scorned love, or secret homosexuality. EMILY looks at the events and relationships in Dickinson’s life, and presents these as possible pieces to the puzzle. It offers Emily's poetic voice as a glimpse of her true self: her passionate spirituality, vigorous intellect, courageous sense of humor, and wounded heart.

Caligula  | Open: 12/04/08 Close: 12/30/08
"A zestful and fresh-sounding new translation!" - Paul Taylor, The Independent (UK)
"A new and lucid translation from David Greig" - (London)

This production of CALIGULA is set in an unspecified country during the 20th century, where the charismatic leader Caligula is given absolute freedom to challenge social convention in pursuit of personal obsession. Following the death of his beloved sister, Emperor Caligula deserts his people and honored position for three days and three nights. He returns with a single objective: to understand the meaning of life.

Scottish playwright David Greig's translation of CALIGULA had its world premiere to great acclaim at London's Donmar Warehouse, followed by subsequent worldwide productions, including noted stagings at the Dublin Theatre Festival and in Washington, D.C., and will have its New York premiere with this production by Horizon Theatre Rep. This past summer, Mr. Greig wrote the translation for Lincoln Center's well-received production of Euripides' THE BACCHAE, starring Alan Cumming.
Anchors  | Open: 02/07/08 Close: 02/23/08
Michael Goliad is stuck in his life, stuck on himself, and now he's stuck in the Navy! It's 1989 and wannabe artist Goliad joins the Armed Forces to pay for college. Soon he realizes he's not cut out for the Navy. As the United States revs up to the first Gulf War, he is shipped off to the Philippines, where he falls for a gorgeous Filipina, Grace. All he wants is to be his own man, but both the Navy and Grace have other ideas. Now Goliad must fight for love, life and the pursuit of manhood as he get haze gray and underway.

February 7 - 23, 2008
Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 3:00pm.
Saturday the 23rd there will be both a 3:00pm & 8:00pm performance

Starring: Bryan Close*, Helen Coxe*, Andrew Eisenman*, Laura Hall, Kyle Masteller, Banaue Miclat, Raushanah Simmons*, Renaldy Smith & Kristin Villanueva*

Stage Manager JAY KOEPKE Graphic Design JAY BALLESTEROS

Producer/Artistic Director PETER MARSH
Production Supervisor/Executive Director MIA VACULIK

The Great Conjurer  | Open: 10/20/06 Close: 11/04/06
Drawn loosely from Franz Kafka's art and life, THE GREAT CONJURER depicts the struggle of "K," a character forced to choose between a life that his parents wanted him to live -- career, marriage, security -- and the art that wanted to have life. Based in truth, THE GREAT CONJURER tweaks the facts to suit the art of fiction, creating a universal story about beauty, love and sacrifice in the pursuit of something great.

THE GREAT CONJURER is a multidisciplinary production incorporating live musicians playing a mix of music from klezmer to classical, as well as stylized movement, to help create the multiple levels of Kafka's real and imagined worlds.

Nami  | Open: 09/06/06 Close: 09/30/06
When Lil, a damaged agoraphobe, believes she has uncovered a plot to sell a child of Tsunami-ravaged Indonesia into sex slavery by her neighbors, her husband must confront what he perceives to be her declining mental health. Next door, Keesha grapples with her husband's addiction and the daily struggle for normalcy, further endangered by their new underaged tenant. When the women piece together the details of the transaction, they unite to save the child, their husbands and themselves from the coming storm.
A Woman in Progress: Canto de Oro, Cuento de Mujer  | Open: 10/20/05 Close: 10/22/05
Choreography by Roxane Carrasco
Interaction  | Open: 04/19/05 Close: 04/22/05
An original musical about isolated kids, obsessed with the internet, who experience the enjoyable rewards of interacting in person, while engaging in productive artistic collaboration.

INTERACTION involves a bunch of lonely kids who all live in the same high-rise building in Manhattan but spend so much time cooped up in their apartments on computers that none of them know one another. One inspired boy joins artistic forces with a gifted girl and helps these kids to get off the internet, interact in person, and ultimately become good friends - with the enthusiastic encouragement of some wacky wise old adults who performed on the Vaudeville stage years ago.

The kids learn that though it often seems emotionally easier to deal with people remotely in the virtual world of cyberspace (simply delete when arguments arise), the greater rewards of real-life friendship are worth the risks.

Musical Direction and Arrangement by Ion Ionescu
Choreography by Raluca Georgiana

No children under 4 will be admitted

Paradise  | Open: 03/03/05 Close: 03/26/05
A drama about two teenage girls (a Palestinian and an Israeli) trapped at the height of the Intifada that gripped the Middle East