Broadway.com is hitting the road to bring you the best in regional theater offerings from around the country, from a legendary dancer tackling Chekhov in Connecticut to the L.A. run of a rock musical set in a suicide-prevention crisis center. Read on below for details on these and three other red-hot productions in this week’s Countrywide Guide!
Baryshnikov Jumps On the Case
Dance legend (and Tony nominee) Mikhail Baryshnikov stars in the world premiere of Man in a Case, a movement-heavy stage adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s 1898 short story about a reclusive man who courts a carefree woman. Choreographed by Annie-B Parson, the Big Dance Theater production runs from February 21 through March 24 at Hartford Stage.
Hedda Heads to Washington
The Kennedy Center goes Nordic as host to the U.S. premiere of Norway’s National Theatre’s production of Hedda Gabler. Ibsen's enduring thriller will be presented at the Eisenhower Theater in Norwegian with English supertitles on February 26 and 27 as part of Nordic Cool 2013, a month-long festival celebrating arts from Scandanavian countries. Cool!
Crisis Averted in New Musical
A revised version of the Ovation Award-nominated rock musical Stay On the Line (originally titled 24 Hours) will make a splash in L.A. when it opens on February 22. The action takes place during a single day at a 24-hour crisis hotline center. Featuring a pop/rock score by Rob Hartmann, the tuner will amp up the volume at Theatre 68 in a production dedicated to the memory of Tyler Clementi.
Rev Up for a Road Trip
The world premiere of playwright Mike Lew’s Bike America at the Alliance Theatre is the culmination of Lew’s winning entry in the company’s National Graduate Playwriting Competition. After workshops in NYC and Washington, DC, the play—about a crew of cross-country bicyclists—has entered the last wheels of its premiere run, which ends February 24 on the Hertz Stage. Don’t forget your helmet!
Download Drama in the Windy City
Time is running out to score a ticket to the American premiere of Disconnect, a comic drama about a fortysomething named Avinash who works in a bustling Indian call center. Writer Anupama Chandrasekhar brought this culturally charged play to Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater, where you can see it through February 24, when it, well, disconnects.