Summer on Stage: What's New in Theater

Friday, July 19, 2013

A court battle between Hasidic Jews and hipsters. A comedy superstar playing bluegrass music. A trip to Buenos Aires for a taste of tango. Those are just a few of the stories you'll find on New York stages this summer.

New York Daily News theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz says there are both new and classic productions on the musical front, like Broadway's Forever Tango. "It's a sampler of various forms of tango," Dziemianowicz says, where "a foot flick, an eyebrow arch, can inform and tell a story."

But there are also some headier choices on stage, like Texas writer Miki Bone's Division Avenue. It's about a 28-year-old man who's considering leaving his faith, while his Hasidic father sues the city over bike lanes encroaching on their Williamsburg neighborhood. "There's a lawsuit in the play based on a real lawsuit," says Dziemianowicz, and Bone "knew that that newsy part of the story would actually inform her story."

To hear the full interview with Dziemianowicz, click the audio above.

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