The week’s other openings
Public Enemy; Nightmare Alley; [title of show]
H Street Playhouse, Washington, D.C.
Kenneth Branagh wrote this play about a young James Cagney impersonator in 1980s Belfast, said The Washington Post. The protagonist has a “potentially fascinating” habit of zoning out despite the strife surrounding him, but Barry McEvoy’s portrayal is guarded and opaque.
Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles
Jonathan Brielle’s new musical, based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 noir novel about the “seedy world” of traveling carnivals, receives a flamboyantly macabre premiere production, said the Orange County, Calif., Register. Despite the plot’s “occasional heavy-handedness,” Brielle’s songs “rattle the rafters.”
[title of show]
Le Petit Théâtre, New Orleans
[title of show] is Hunter Bell’s musical about “a couple of guys writing a musical about a couple of guys writing a musical about a couple of guys writing a musical,” said the New Orleans Times-Picayune. A “fun backstage romp,” it should remind theater lovers “why they enjoy musicals to begin with.”