Today on Tex and the City: JP picks his favorite Fall happenings, while Chef prepares for a Nor’easter.
By the time of our ninth date, it was fairly obvious that Chef and I had radically different approaches to seasonal transitions. We met in late summer, and so by mid-September Chef was already breaking out hat, gloves, and down jackets for a stroll around Central Park to see the changing leaves.
“Aren’t you a little over dressed for a romantic walk?” I asked, wearing a light sweater and cute new scarf.
“Romantic? There’s nothing romantic about this weather. You never know when a snowstorm might hit.”
“I take it you’re not a fan of fall, then. That’s too bad, it’s my favorite season.”
“If you ask me, fall is just a harbinger of impending doom. Six months of Nor’easters and no sun.”
So dramatic. That’s my boy. Not that I lack a flare for the dramatic. I suppose my love of Fall is rooted in too many Woody Allen movies as a kid—they were like love letters to the Big Apple. And then When Harry Met Sally came along I was mesmerized by the image of Meg Ryan walking through Central Park while the golden leaves fell around her.
When I first moved to Alphabet City, I was overwhelmed by the energy with which New Yorkers attack the Fall season. It’s as if right after Labor Day, summering finally ends, and they are allowed to unleash every bit of pent up ambition in a flurry of activity that concludes before Thanksgiving. I always feel like if I don’t pay attention, and plan, then I’m going to miss something important—especially theatre offerings. I’ve learned to really sit down and study both New York and Time Out magazines’ Fall Previews, and then triangulate it with the New York Times Arts & Leisure Fall guide.
For those of you traveling to NYC this romantic fall, or those of you living here that need a little help, here’s what’s on my radar screen that Tex and the City will most likely be writing about this Fall.
That is, when I’m not strolling the city with Chef—I’ll be the one with the colorful scarf, he’ll be Nanook of the North.
Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Cherry Jones—one of the most powerful actresses of our time—stars as a brothel-owner in this George Bernard Shaw play about mother-daughter dynamics. The daughter will be played by Sally Hawkins, making her Broadway debut. www.roundabouttheatre.org
La Bete. Patsy from AbFab on Broadway in a revival of a famous flop? Count me in! Joanna Lumley stars with David Hyde Pierce and Mark Rylance (Tony award Boeing Boeing), directed by God of Carnage’s Matthew Warchus. www.labetetheplay.com
Without You. Anthony Rapp writes the book and lyrics based upon his book Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent. Hey, Alphabet City as a musical? I’m considering it. So it’s a must to check out this show part of the New York Musical Theater Festival that gave us hits like Next to Normal and my inspiring fave [title of show]. www.nymf.org
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Tickets already purchased, thank you very much, for this musical adaptation of the Almodovar movie. Come on, starring Patti Lupone, Laura Benanti, Sheri Rene Scott and Brian Stokes Mitchell?! There’s no decision here. www.lct.org
Driving Miss Daisy. Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones. Enough said. www.daisyonbroadway.com
The Pee-Wee Herman Show. Paul Reubens is back and as goofy as ever. And thank God, because he still influences my everyday dialogue. “Why don’t you marry it?” www.pewee.com/broadway
Elling. Although my love for this actor can’t get me to watch him in True Blood, Denis O’Hare will make me run screaming to the theater to see him paired with Brendan Fraser. They’re two men released from a mental institution living together. Add in the quirky fabulous Jennifer Coolidge, and I’m not sure how this can go wrong. www.ellingonbroadway.com
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Say what you will, but I live with a guy obsessed with super heroes. And I’m obsessed with director Julie Taymor. Let’s hope the most expensive production in Broadway history is either spectacularly terrific or outrageously tragic. I’d hate for them to have spent a fortune to crank out this year’s mediocrity (sorry, Addams Family). www.spidermanonbroadway.com
Other Desert Cities. A new work by writer Jon Robin Baitz—whom I used to read magazine articles about while in Texas and fantasize I would have his life one day. Story is about a novelist who returns home after six years and announces she’s working on a memoir about a controversial time in the family’s history. Hmm, sound familiar? www.lct.org
Out of Town Tryouts—Leap of Faith. It often takes one for me to travel to LA. But in case we need to escape an freak early snowfall, I’d consider a trip to Hollywood in October to see this musical. Stars one of my Broadway boyfriends Raúl Esparza and eye-brow-licious Brooke Shields. Based on the Steve Martin movie. www.centertheatregroup.org