Many downtown New York theaters back in business following Sandy

A view of the New York skyline looking south from 33rd Street as power returned to downtown.
(Peter Morgan / Associated Press)

With power restored to much of downtown New York over the weekend, many theaters south of Midtown were finally able to open their doors for business following several days of literal darkness.

Last week, theaters across the city were forced to close to the public because of power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. On Saturday, electricity started returning to lower Manhattan, and with it performances resumed at some of the city’s premier theater companies.

The Public Theater opened Saturday, with performances of the musical “Giant” and other productions. On Sunday, the theater offered free tickets to all performances. The company said via Twitter that discount tickets were available this week on its website using the promo code “SANDY.”

Classic Stage Company resumed performances of “Ivanov,” with Ethan Hawke, on Sunday afternoon. The company has extended the show’s run through Dec. 9. The Flea Theatre opened its doors Saturday, with productions including “Heresy,” by A.R. Gurney.


A production of the play “Falling” at the Minetta Lane Theatre resumed playing Saturday, while the play “Checkers” at the Vineyard Theatre resumed Sunday afternoon.

Broadway shows were able to get back on their feet sooner than downtown productions. As of this weekend, all Broadway shows had resumed running as scheduled.


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