ALL-AMERICAN

LCT3 presents a new play by Julia Brownell, in which the daughter of a former N.F.L. star is pressured to become her high school’s quarterback. Rebecca Creskoff and C. J. Wilson star; Evan Cabnet directs. Previews begin Oct. 24. (The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W. 42nd St. 646-223-3010.)

 

ASUNCION

Jesse Eisenberg wrote and stars in this comedy, about two liberal roommates who have a chance to prove that they are not racists when a Filipino woman moves in with them. Kip Fagan directs, for the Rattlestick. In previews. (Cherry Lane, 38 Commerce St. 212-352-3101.)

 

THE ATMOSPHERE OF MEMORY

Labyrinth Theatre Company presents this play by David Bar Katz, about a playwright whose work explores the distinction between art and life. Ellen Burstyn, John Glover, and Max Casella star; Pam MacKinnon directs. In previews. (Bank Street Theatre, 155 Bank St. 212-513-1080.)

 

THE BLUE FLOWER

Second Stage presents a new musical written by Ruth Bauer and Jim Bauer, about four friends—three artists and a scientist—who explore passion and art during the First and Second World Wars. Will Pomerantz directs. In previews. (305 W. 43rd St. 212-246-4422.)

 

CHILDREN

Scott Alan Evans directs this play by A. R. Gurney, set in 1970, based on John Cheever’s short story “Goodbye, My Brother,” in which a family receives a visit from an estranged son. A TACT production. In previews. (Beckett, 410 W. 42nd St. 212-239-6200.)

 

CHINGLISH

David Henry Hwang’s new comedy is about an American trying to do business in a Chinese province. Gary Wilmes and Jennifer Lim star; Leigh Silverman directs. In previews. (Longacre, 220 W. 48th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

CRIES AND WHISPERS

Toneelgroep Amsterdam presents a stage version of the Ingmar Bergman film, written by Bergman and directed by Ivo van Hove. In Dutch, with English supertitles. Opens Oct. 25. (BAM’s Harvey Theatre, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn. 718-636-4100.)

 

GODSPELL

Daniel Goldstein directs the 1971 rock musical, conceived by John-Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Hunter Parrish stars. In previews. (Circle in the Square, 235 W. 50th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

HUGH JACKMAN, BACK ON BROADWAY

Jackman sings and dances his way through numbers that illustrate his life and career. Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs. Previews begin Oct. 25. (Broadhurst, 235 W. 44th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

KING LEAR

Sam Waterston plays the title role in the Shakespeare tragedy, directed by James Macdonald. Also starring Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin, Arian Moayed, Richard Topol, Michael McKean, and John Douglas Thompson. In previews. (Public, 425 Lafayette St. 212-967-7555.)

 

LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST

Karin Coonrod directs Shakespeare’s comedy, as part of Public Lab. In previews. (Public, 425 Lafayette St. 212-967-7555.)

 

MILK LIKE SUGAR

Playwrights Horizons, Women’s Project, and La Jolla Playhouse co-produced this play by Kirsten Greenidge, about an inner-city teen-age girl who has to decide whether to honor the pregnancy pact she made with her friends. Starring Tonya Pinkins, Angela Lewis, and Cherise Booth; Rebecca Taichman directs. In previews. (Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St. 212-279-4200.)

 

OTHER DESERT CITIES

Jon Robin Baitz wrote this comedic drama, in which a woman visits her parents’ Palm Springs home, where she unveils her plans to publish a memoir about her family’s turbulent history. Stockard Channing, Rachel Griffiths, Stacy Keach, Judith Light, and Thomas Sadoski star; Joe Mantello directs the Lincoln Center Theatre production. In previews. (Booth, 222 W. 45th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

QUEEN OF THE MIST

Transport Group presents the première of a musical by Michael John LaChiusa, directed by Jack Cummings III, based on the true story of the daredevil Anna Edson Taylor (Mary Testa), who was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. In previews. (Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson St. 866-811-4111.)

 

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, and Marlo Thomas. In previews. Opens Oct. 20. (Brooks Atkinson, 256 W. 47th St. 877-250-2929.)

 

SONS OF THE PROPHET

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a dark comedy by Stephen Karam, about the health-insurance woes of a Lebanese family in Pennsylvania. Joanna Gleason stars; Peter DuBois directs. In previews. Opens Oct. 20. (Laura Pels, 111 W. 46th St. 212-719-1300.)

 

SUICIDE, INCORPORATED

Jonathan Berry directs this Roundabout Underground production of a play by Andrew Hinderaker, which centers on a service that provides clients with suicide notes. In previews. (111 W. 46th St. 212-719-1300.)

 

UNITED SOLO

The annual solo-theatre festival presents dozens of productions, from drama and dance to improv and magic. Marilyn Pittman (“It’s All the Rage”), Jonah Bokaer (“Three Cases of Amnesia”), and Pedro Almodóvar (“Patty Diphusa”) are among the writers and performers. Opens Oct. 20. (Studio, 410 W. 42nd St. 212-239-6200.)

 

VENUS IN FUR

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