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Public Enemy; Nightmare Alley; [title of show]

Public EnemyH Street Playhouse, Washington, D.C.(202) 544-0703Kenneth 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.

Nightmare AlleyGeffen Playhouse, Los Angeles(310) 208-5454Jonathan 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(504) 522-2081[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.”

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