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August/September Theater Listings

Robert Gonyo Aug 17

Fourteen Hundred and Sixty Sketches of Your Left Hand
Written and Produced by Duncan Pflaster
When Blanca invites Paul to her ranch in New Mexico for the summer, he thinks it’s for an artist’s retreat, but it’s also to help keep his gay bromantic college buddy Alonso, Blanca’s brother, on his medication. Tormented painters, sexual obsession and crossed boundaries combine for a scorching new play. Fourteen Hundred and Sixty is part of the Unfringed Festival playing at The Secret Theater Aug. 15–Sept. 1.

Limited run:
Thursday, Aug. 22, 8pm
Saturday, Aug. 24, 4pm
Friday, Aug. 30, 9pm
Sunday, Sept. 1, 7pm show, 9pm festival party and awards ceremony
The Secret Theatre
4402 23rd St., Long Island City
Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at door; secrettheatre.com

The Importance of Being Ernest Hemingway
Co-created by James Rutherford and Elliot B. Quick
Directed by James Rutherford
Literature’s most dazzling wit faces down its most red-blooded stoic in a trivial comedy about pain, lies, violence and vengeance. Set in Paris in 1926 with rugged Hemingway men in the roles of Jack and Algy, this mash-up of texts from Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway outs the gay romance in Wilde’s best-loved work; it collides with Hemingway’s impossible machismo, exposing both artists’ desperate search for an ideal masculinity.

Aug. 17, 18, 20, 22–25, 29–31; Sept. 1, 8pm
Access Theater
380 Broadway (corner of White St.)
Tickets: $15; M-34.org

The Awake
Written by Ken Urban
Directed by Adam Fitzgerald
In Ken Urban’s heart-stopping new play The Awake, dreams merge with reality as three strangers wake-up to find themselves at the mercy of a mysterious corporation — and realize they’re connected to each other in more ways than they could have imagined.

Aug. 22–Sept. 8
Tuesday–Thursday at 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday at 8:30pm; Sunday at 3:30pm.
59E59 Theaters
59 E. 59th St., between Madison and Park Aves.
Tickets: $18 ($12.60 for 59E59 members); call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or see 59e59.org.

Night Blooming Jasmine
Written by Israela Margalit
Directed by Artem Yatsunov
The desperate love story of a young Israeli war hero and a Palestinian woman is juxtaposed with the cultural clash between their families, the suspicion, prejudice and violence that permeates every corner of their lives. Thirteen years after its debut, the revised and updated Night Blooming Jasmine is timelier than ever.

Aug. 29–Sept. 15
Under St. Marks
94 St. Marks Place
Tickets: $18 ($15 students & seniors; $15 group rate); call Smarttix at 212-868-4444.

—Listings provided by Robert Gonyo and the Go See a Show! podcast, goseeashowpodcast.com. You can also download a PDF of Issue 189's full theater coverage here.