Theater Talk: Michael Murphy takes over Shea's; JITNEY at Paul Robeson
Michael Murphy, formerly of the prestigious the Old Globe in San Diego picked up the reins this week from Tony Conte who left the organization in great financial shape and with three viable venues - Shea's PAC, the Smith theatre, and Shea's 710 Main. And, with tax concessions from Albany in place, more production companies are running their tech rehearsals in New York State, such as FINDING NEVERLAND, previewing at Shea's tonight and Saturday, then opening on October 9. Meanwhile, across town at 350 Masten Avenue, in the African American Cultural Center, August Wilson's play JITNEY, set in 1977 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, depicts gypsy-cab drivers who serve black neighborhoods, as they banter and run the dozens on each other. Jitney is the seventh in Wilson’s projected ten-play cycle (one for each decade) on the black experience in twentieth-century America. JITNEY brings together some great local talent to the Paul Robeson Theater through October 23.