Production Credits. Buy tickets Time Out says. Kevin Isola (Maximillian Von Oster/ Brian Blaze) recently appeared in the Transport Group’s production of 'The Boys in the Band.' By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Hollywood bio-dram about the demeaning career options for black actresses going back to the 1930s smartly showcases scribe's comic gifts. She is the recipient of a 1998 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction. Block, Daniel Breaker, and Karen Olivo among them. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come. Block and Sanaa Lathan. The sturdiest moments of “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark,” which opened on Monday night at the Goodman Theatre, have the audience gazing up at the stage, eyes fixated on actress Tamberla Perry, and wondering, What movie have I seen her in? According to an Equity casting notice, Disney Theatrical is holding a developmental lab presentation for a revival of the Elton John/Tim Rice musical Aida in March 2020. Photos: Top: Stephanie J. Photograph: Courtesy Joan Marcus . She also starred in the televised documentary “In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams.” Her other Broadway credits include 'Rent' and 'Brooklyn.'. A luxurious old-fashioned movie palace curtain is part of Neil Patel’s fabulously stagey scenic design and the authentic costumes by ESosa look as if they were retrieved from a studio vault. The finale of “The Belle of New Orleans” is screened, footage of an over-the-top interview she did with talk-show host Brad Donovan (David Garrison) is performed live and a panel of pundits (played by Breaker, Gregory and a riotous Olivo) is convened to debate her legacy. Theatre District, baby! Daniel Breaker (Leroy Barksdale/ Herb Forrester) most recently appeared on Broadway as 'Donkey' in 'Shrek the Musical.' Theatre Theatre. In a new comedy from the Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright of 'Ruined,' Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930’s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. Second Stage Theatre has announced that Stephanie J. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is Nottage’s first play to be produced in New York since she won the Pulitzer Prize for 'Ruined' in 2009. The second act fast-forwards Vera’s story, exploring it from a variety of unexpected angles. It can be seen this upcoming season at The Geffen Playhouse and Goodman Theatre. Her other plays include the Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Ruined,' which is currently being produced in London’s West End; 'Intimate Apparel' (AT&T OnStage Award); 'A Walk Through Time' (a children’s musical); 'Mud, River, Stone' (finalist, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); 'Por’knockers,' 'Poof'! By the Way, Meet Vera Stark reviews - audience reviews for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. The oldest and first dedicated online New York theater guide, Read news on over 150 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, Follow us for the latest theater newsTwitter Facebook. But her subject matter isn’t always so dire and her style can be quite bouncy. 09, 2011, 06:24 PM | Last Updated: Sep. 03, 2019, 06:46 PM. Block, Daniel Breaker, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Kevin Isola and Karen Olivo will star in the world premiere comedy, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, the new play by Lynn Nottage, directed by Jo Bonney. BroadwayBox offers cheap Broadway tickets - up to 50%off Broadway ticket prices. Theater, Comedy. Joan Marcus By Terry Teachout. Sep 16, 2016 - Dramaturgy board for Meet Vera Stark. Nottage is attuned to the specific hardships of African American actors coveting fame throughout history, and her irony detector can’t help beeping as it surveys all the social progress that has been made. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning play It has been reported that The Nanny is being adapted into a Broadway musical. The 2011-12 Broadway season is unusually rich with shows by and about African-Americans, and the … His other Broadway credits include 'Passing Strange' (Tony Award nomination), 'Cymbeline' (LCT) and 'Well.' Block, left, and Sanaa Lathan. The subject of racism in the film industry might not seem like an ideal fit for a comedy with a screwball twist, but Nottage is too clever to preach and too much a fan of the cinematic era she’s writing about not to entertain. A sumptuous Second Stage premiere designed by Neil Patel, it matched gorgeous visuals with an astonishingly stacked cast: Sanaa Lathan, Stephanie J. Friendly warning! Block , Daniel Breaker , Kimberly Hebert Gregory , Kevin Isola and Karen Olivo will star in the world premiere comedy, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark , … Photo by JoanMarcus. 3 out of 5 stars. The comedy opens at Second Stage Theatre on 9 May 2011, following previews from 6 Apr, and playing through to 22 May 2011. According to Second Stage, "Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. We don’t just go to the movies to escape but to discover the possibilities of our identity. It was directed by Jo Bonney; the set design was by Neil Patel; the costume design was by … "Imitation of Life," perhaps? But she may still have a shot at getting cast in “The Belle of New Orleans,” having just met Leroy (Breaker), the charming, smooth-talking chauffeur of director Maximillian Von Oster (Kevin Isola, captivatingly eccentric), an émigré who has just discovered his social conscience. Credit: Joan Marcus. Karen Olivo (Anna Mae/ Afua Assata Ejobo), the 2009 Tony Award winner for her portrayal of 'Anita' in 'West Side Story,' also created the role of 'Vanessa' in the Tony Award-winning musical production of 'In the Heights' both on and off Broadway. Playwright Lynn Nottage’s relationship with Second Stage Theatre dates back to 1995, when the company commissioned and produced Nottage’s breakthrough work, 'Crumbs From The Table of Joy,' which has since had over 30 productions around the country. Other Broadway credits include originating the roles of 'Grace O’Malley' in 'The Pirate Queen' and 'Liza Minnelli' in 'The Boy from Oz' (opposite Hugh Jackman). That is because Nottage believes in shining lights into dark places – and everything could use a little light. Its concerns are not exactly dated. (Lathan, so believable as the competent, fresh-faced striver, is equally good as the has-been about to make a stumbling final exit.). Photo: Joan Marcus Lynn Nottage remains the only woman to … Theatre in Review: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Second Stage) Stephanie J. Gregory's other theatre credits include the first national tour of' The Lion King,' 'Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery' at Chicago Theatre Company (Joseph Jefferson Nomination), 'Amen Corner' at the Goodman Theatre, 'Nickel and Dimed' at the Steppenwolf Theatre, 'Waiting to be Invited' at the Victory Gardens Theater, and 'Julius Caesar' at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Kimberly Hebert Gregory (Lottie/ Carmen Levy-Green) recently starred in 'The Brother/Sister Plays' at The Public Theatre. Lynn Nottage’s new play, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, enjoyed an extended run Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre (Lily Award, Drama Desk Nomination). By David Sheward | May. But she’s also aware of how anyone in the public eye is forced to sell a part of his or her soul. Photo: Joan Marcus . What a contrast when the scene changes to Vera’s cramped, no-frills apartment, which she shares with two other aspiring actresses, Lottie (a hilariously sassy Kimberly Hébert Gregory), who’s not opposed to playing a slave as long as the role has lines, and Anna Mae (Olivo), a sexpot who tries passing for Brazilian while sleeping with industry movers and shakers. While you’re at it, meet Hattie McDaniel. Director Jo Bonney returns to Second Stage Theatre where she staged Eric Bogosian's 'subUrbia,' Charles Fuller's 'A Soldier's Play' and Lisa Loomer's 'Living Out.' I'm beginning to think that Lynn Nottage is some kind of multiple personality. "Gone With […] BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK • Second Stage Theatre I love New York. For those who don’t know Nottage’s wide range, you’ll have to take my word that the author of such diverse works as “Intimate Apparel,” “Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine” and “Crumbs From the Table of Joy” has a penchant for parody and a flair for farce. Jessica Frances Dukes and Heather Alicia Simms in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. By the way, meet Vera Stark / In her first new play since the critically acclaimed "Ruined, " Nottage tells the story of Vera Stark, an African-American maid and budding actress who has a tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold onto her career. Indeed, one of her strongest assets, as even “Ruined” found ample opportunity to flaunt, is her audacious humor. Prior to '9 to 5,' Stephanie starred as 'Elphaba' in the Broadway company of 'Wicked' and recorded her debut solo album, 'This Place I Know.' BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK was originally produced by Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) in New York City, opening on May 9, 2011. Life and art freely imitate each other in Nottage’s comedy, and the production, expertly directed by Jo Bonney with a crackling, versatile cast that includes Tony-winner Karen Olivo (“West Side Story”) and a charismatic Daniel Breaker (“Passing Strange”), enjoys blurring the boundaries between film and reality. 2:56 p.m. | Updated Elizabeth I. McCann said that Jo Bonney, who directed “By the Way, Vera Stark” off Broadway, was attached to a possible Broadway transfer. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. But what’s most impressive about “Vera Stark” is the way it incorporates bits and pieces from the cinematic past to make its points. Lynn Nottage’s new play, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, enjoyed an extended run Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre (Lily Award, Drama Desk Nomination).It can be seen this upcoming season at The Geffen Playhouse and Goodman Theatre. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Name: Second Stage Theatre: Address: 307 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036: Production Information Production Information. Through the lively exchanges of these women, Nottage lays out the possibilities of black actresses in the ’30s. Off-Broadway he starred in 'Passing Strange' (Public), Lynn Nottage’s 'Fabulation' (Playwrights Horizons) and 'Pericles' (Red Bull, Culture Project). The lampooning isn’t quite as crisp as it is in the first half, but the sight of Vera struggling to stay relevant in the early ’70s while battling alcoholism, money problems and her own disappointment is both comically rich and culturally haunting. Block (Gloria Mitchell) recently starred on Broadway in '9 to 5: The Musical' as 'Judy Bernly.' By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is a play that our late Producing Director Gil Cates had the opportunity to see while in New York the season before last. (Heideman Award), and 'Las Meninas' (AT&T OnStage Award). By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. When bigwigs drop by, however, Gloria performs the role of movie star, exchanging B-movie banter and trying (as best she can, poor dear) to keep the cracks in her glamorous facade from showing. Since this may be subject to exceptions, you can contact the ticket broker of your By The Way, Meet Vera Stark tickets to confirm. Photo: Joan Marcus. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is a seventy year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. May 9, 2011 | 7:00 pm. Nottage is also one of Second Stage Theatre’s Time Warner Commissioned Playwrights and participated in the company’s New Works Festival in 2008. Nottage is operating in a farcical mode, but underneath the lighthearted cleverness is a serious grappling with the representations that, for better or worse, define us. Jessica Frances Dukes and Jenni Barber in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. In By The Way, Meet Vera Stark now at The Pershing Square Signature Center she is revisiting a tale previously produced by Second Stage in 2011. “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” premiered at Second Stage, then directed by Jo Bonney and starring Sanaa Lathan. Sara Krulwich/The New York Times Daniel Breaker and Sanaa Lathan in the play “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” at Second Stage. First performance date: April 6, 2011: Opening date: May 9, 2011: Closing date: June 12, 2011: View Larger Images: Opening Night Credits Opening Night Credits. Vera herself would make a Diahann Carroll-like leading lady, except that she was born a few decades too early. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark will feature scenic design by Neil Patel, lighting design by David Weiner, costume design by ESosa and original music & sound design by John Gromada. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (“Intimate Apparel”, “Sweat” ) continues her residency at Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre with a first-rate revival of her 2011 play, “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark”, a smart satire that takes a piercing look at the damage done by early Hollywood representations of people of color, and the legacy that echoes forth today. Bottom: Lathan and Daniel Breaker. Lynn Nottage's new comedy By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is still in previews at Second Stage Theatre, but its Off-Broadway run is being extended by one week, now to May 29. Her latest play, “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” which opened Monday at Second Stage Theatre, finds Nottage indulging this more playful side of her sensibility. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is a 70-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star...desperately grasping to hold on to her career." Sanaa Lathan in Lynn Nottage's 'By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.' Vera Stark’s second act takes us ahead seven decades to a 2003 film symposium called “Rediscovering Vera Stark,” with moderator Herb Forrester (Carroll again) joined by in-your-face lesbian poet Afua Assata Ejobo (Dandridge) and Golden Age film buff Carmen Levy-Green (Gregory). I will confess to being a little obsessed with maid–turned–movie star Vera Stark, the fictional subject of Lynn Nottage’s 2011 play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, now being revived at off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre.. Again, she is fictional. Inspired by the scene-stealing African American actress Theresa Harris, who appeared in the 1933 movie “Baby Face” playing Barbara Stanwyck’s bosom companion, the piece spryly imagines the back story of such a groundbreaking performer in the zingy tempo of movies from that period. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club and Goodman Theatre (OBIE, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, … That's why I've been coming here for the last 6 or so years and I'm grateful for the ability to do it. Updated May 11, 2011 12:01 am ET New York . See more ideas about by the way., stark, vera. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at Second Stage January 18, 2011 Second Stage Theatre has announced that Stephanie J. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Particularly the area of Manhattan that falls within 7th and 9th Avenues between 40th and 54th, roughly. Stephanie J. When we first encounter Vera, she’s helping Gloria run lines for a part in the upcoming film “The Belle of New Orleans.” The two are in Gloria’s froufrou living room, where the diva, reclining on a divan, is free to let her hair down (in other words, pout like a baby, slurp gin and rely on Vera for everything). The original production of Lynn Nottage’s By The Way, Meet Vera Stark was a 2011 hit and, truthfully, it’s a tough act to follow. Theater review: 'By the Way, Meet Vera Stark' at Second Stage Theatre. His other New York theatre credits include 'Brooklyn Boy' (MTC, Broadway), 'Trust' (Play Company), 'The World Over' and 'The Water Children' (both for Playwrights Horizons), 'Twelfth Night,' 'Venus' and 'WASP and Other Plays' (NYSF/Public Theatre), 'Everett Beekin' (Lincoln Center) and 'The New Bozena' (Cherry Lane). The new production... By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at Second Stage. If the By The Way, Meet Vera Stark event is postponed, your By The Way, Meet Vera Stark tickets will be usable for the postponed event. From Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, at the Signature Theatre Company. From New York — Playwright Lynn Nottage is best known now for her harrowing Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Ruined,” a play about a group of Congolese brothel workers surviving the aftermath of horrific wartime violence. She also starred in the first national touring company of 'Wicked' as 'Elphaba' for which she won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress and the Carbonell Award for Best Actress in a Musical. 3 out of 5 stars. The giddiness of the romp isn’t easy to sustain, but her sneaky cultural critique is delivered with an ingenious wink. In this regard, she’s an equal opportunity satirist, sending up the performing seal in all of us. Other credits include Neil LaBute’s 'The Break of Noon' (MCC); Culture Clash’s 'American Night' (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Darci Picoult’s 'Lil’s 90th' (Long Wharf Theatre); Suzan-Lori Parks’ 'Father Comes Home from the War' (Public Theatre Lab); Naomi Wallace’s 'The Hard Weather Boating Party' (The Humana Festival) and 'Fever Chart' (Public Theatre Lab); Michael Weller’s 'Beast' (New York Theatre Workshop); Alan Ball's 'All that I Will Ever Be' (NYTW); Will Power's 'The Seven' (NYTW & La Jolla Playhouse) (Lortel Award, Best Musical); Neil LaBute's 'Fat Pig' (MCC & Geffen Playhouse); Some Girl(s) (MCC); Carol Churchill's Top Girls (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Christopher Shinn's 'On the Mountain' (Playwrights Horizons); Nilo Cruz's 'Anna in the Tropics' (Arena Stage), and much more.