THE BUS

James Lantz wrote this play, in which two small-town gay teen-age boys become embroiled in a tussle between a church and a gas station. John Simpkins directs. Previews begin Oct. 4. (59E59, at 59 E. 59th St. 212-279-4200.)

 

DREAMS OF FLYING DREAMS OF FALLING

Atlantic Theatre Company presents a new play by Adam Rapp, about the private lives of two wealthy Connecticut families. Neil Pepe directs. In previews. Opens Oct. 3. (Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St. 212-279-4200.)

 

THE LYONS

Mark Brokaw directs the world première of this play by Nicky Silver, starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, in which a group of family members learn about themselves when they gather around their dying patriarch. In previews. (Vineyard, 108 E. 15th St. 212-353-0303.)

 

MAN AND BOY

Frank Langella returns to Broadway in this drama by Terence Rattigan from 1963, on the centennial of the playwright’s birth. The story involves a finance broker in the Great Depression who reunites with his estranged son in order to save his company from going bankrupt. Maria Aitken directs, for Roundabout Theatre Company. In previews. (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St. 212-719-1300.)

 

MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD

Lisa Peterson directs stories about raising children, by playwrights including Leslie Ayvazian, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Lisa Loomer, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman, and Cheryl L. West. Presented by Primary Stages. In previews. Opens Oct. 4. (59E59, at 59 E. 59th St. 212-279-4200.)

 

THE MOUNTAINTOP

Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett star in a new play by Katori Hall, which imagines events on April 3, 1968, the night before the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. With original music composed by Branford Marsalis. Kenny Leon directs. In previews. (Jacobs, 242 W. 45th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

RELATIVELY SPEAKING

Three one-act comedies, by Ethan Coen (“Talking Cure”), Elaine May (“George Is Dead”), and Woody Allen (“Honeymoon Motel”), all directed by John Turturro. The cast includes Ari Graynor, Steve Guttenberg, Danny Hoch, Julie Kavner, Fred Melamed, and Marlo Thomas. In previews. (Brooks Atkinson, 256 W. 47th St. 877-250-2929.)

 

SONS OF THE PROPHET

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a dark comedy by Stephen Karam, about a Lebanese family in Pennsylvania. Joanna Gleason stars; Peter DuBois directs. In previews. (Laura Pels, 111 W. 46th St. 212-719-1300.)

 

THIRTYNOTHING

Dan Fishback wrote and performs in this one-man show, on the thirtieth anniversary of the first report of AIDS, in which he explores his identity as a homosexual while remembering gay artists and role models who died of AIDS. Stephen Brackett directs. Preview on Sept. 30. Opens Oct. 1. (Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St. 212-219-0736.)

 

THE THREEPENNY OPERA

Robert Wilson conceived and directs this Berliner Ensemble production of the Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill music-theatre work. In German, with English supertitles. Opens Oct. 4. (BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. 718-636-4100.)

 

WE LIVE HERE

Manhattan Theatre Club presents a play by the actress Zoe Kazan (making her début as a playwright), about a wedding where the bride’s sister’s date brings unexpected trouble. Sam Gold directs. In previews. (City Center Stage I, 131 W. 55th St. 212-581-1212.)

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