Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include Neil Simon in Queens, Thornton Wilder in Brooklyn, Julian Schnabel, Richard Move, and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Monday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.
Learn about Augustus “Gus” Wagner’s early life as a merchant seaman and tattoo artist who traveled the world from 1898-1902, and his return to the United States as a professional tattooist and tattooed man.
Theatre for a New Audience presents director Arin Arbus’s new staging of Thornton Wilder’s tragicomic masterpiece, "The Skin of Our Teeth." Written just before America entered World War II, Wilder's play premiered in 1942 on Broadway, directed by Elia Kazan and winning Wilder his second Pulitzer for drama.
Inspired by the roses growing in the cemetery near Van Gogh’s grave in France, Julian Schnabel's "New Plate Paintings" celebrates the artist’s first solo show since his return to the gallery.
For a show truly rooted in New York, visit Queens Theatre for "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," a play written by Bronx native Neil Simon. The show highlights Barney Cashman, a middle-aged, overweight restaurant owner who, after 22 years of marriage, feels the desire to roam.
Richard Move's "XXYY" is a poetic and otherworldly dance-theater event exploring the multiplicities of the gender spectrum while deconstructing the conventional binaries of male and female.