The Citiblog

August 2, 2021, 6:50.06 pm ET


Photo: Rich Little

Pass Over: Broadway’s first “new” play in 18 months finally debuts when Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s award-winning drama takes its initial bow on August 4 at the August Wilson Theatre. The timely subject matter (racism), smartly crafted dialogue, and brilliant performances by Jon Michael Hill, Namir Smallwood and Gabriel Ebert all make this a major event. Don’t pass it up!

The Trial on the Potomac: Better late than never, right? Master impressionist Rich Little makes his long-awaited New York acting debut as, you may have guessed it, Richard Nixon in this new multi-character play at the Theatre at St. Clements (423 West 46th Street), starting on August 5. The provocative drama is designed to make audiences re-think what might have happened if Nixon had simply not resigned the presidency during the Watergate scandal.

Theatre for One: Talk about solo shows! This sensational, intimate and completely free theatrical experience, entitled “Here is Future,” brings together one actor and one audience member in a series of new 10-minute plays at Arts Brookfield at Manhattan West (Ninth Avenue between West 31st and West 33rd Streets) from August 5-22. One is not always the loneliest number!

Billy Stritch: One of America’s foremost pianist-vocalists, the charming Grammy Award nominee has been entertaining many of us virtually since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Now, he’s finally live on stage again for a three-night, five-show engagement at Birdland (315 West 44th Street), August 5-7, celebrating the release of his new album “Billy’s Place.”

Stranger Sings!: Satires might close on a Saturday night, but parody musicals tend to have healthy runs. So I’m betting that this send-up of Netflix’s popular fantasy series “Stranger Things” is likely to draw enthusiastic crowds during its month-long run, from August 5-September 5, at the Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street).