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. In previews. Opens Nov. 7. (The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W. 42nd St. 646-223-3010.)

 

BLOOD AND GIFTS

Bartlett Sher directs a new play by J. T. Rogers, about a C.I.A. agent who fights against the Soviets in Afghanistan during the war in the eighties. In previews. (Mitzi E. Newhouse, 150 W. 65th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

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.)

 

BONNIE & CLYDE

Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan star in a new musical based on the story of the famous bank-robbing couple. Jeff Calhoun directs, with music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black, and a book by Ivan Menchell. Previews begin Nov. 4. (Schoenfeld, 236 W. 45th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

BRITS OFF BROADWAY

The annual festival of British theatre kicks off with three solo plays: James Gaddas’s “Shadow Boxing,” about a prizefighter; “The Maddening Rain,” by Nicholas Pierpan, about a finance broker coping with the global recession; and “Bunny,” by Jack Thorne, about a young woman whose boyfriend was the victim of a random brutal attack. (59E59, at 59 E. 59th St. 212-279-4200.)

 

BURNING

The New Group presents the première of a play by Thomas Bradshaw, which intersects two stories—one set in the present, about a black painter who hides his race from a gallery owner in Germany, and the other set in the eighties, about a homeless teen who is taken in by two gay men. Scott Elliott directs. In previews. (Acorn, 410 W. 42nd St. 212-239-6200.)

 

A CHARITY CASE

Wendy Beckett wrote and directs this play, which examines a seventeen-year-old girl’s relationship with her biological and adoptive mothers. The cast includes Alison Fraser and Alysia Reiner. In previews. Opens Nov. 2. (Clurman, 410 W. 42nd St. 212-239-6200.)

 

DESDEMONA

Part of the White Light Festival, the New York première of a musical with text by Toni Morrison and music and vocals by Rokia Traoré, directed by Peter Sellars. Nov. 2-3. (Rose Theatre, 60th St. at Broadway. 212-721-6500.)

 

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. Opens Nov. 7. (Circle in the Square, 235 W. 50th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH: OUR VALUES IN QUESTION

Kirk Lynn wrote this piece, co-created by Melanie Joseph and presented by the Foundry Theatre, which explores the meaning of the word “value” in a variety of contexts. Previews begin Nov. 3. (St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water St., Brooklyn. 718-254-8779.)

 

HUGH JACKMAN, BACK ON BROADWAY

Jackman sings and dances his way through numbers that illustrate his life and career. Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs. In previews. (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. Opens Nov. 8. (Public, 425 Lafayette St. 212-967-7555.)

 

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. Opens Nov. 3. (Booth, 222 W. 45th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

PRIVATE LIVES

Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross star in Noël Coward’s 1930 comedy, about a divorced couple who rekindle their romance while they are both honeymooning in the South of France with new spouses. Richard Eyre directs. Previews begin Nov. 6. (Music Box, 239 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. Opens Nov. 6. (Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson St. 866-811-4111.)

 

SEMINAR

Sam Gold directs a new play by Theresa Rebeck, starring Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe, Jerry O’Connell, and Hamish Linklater, about a literary legend who holds a class for young writers. In previews. (Golden, 252 W. 45th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

SHE KILLS MONSTERS

This play, in which a girl learns about her deceased sister when she finds her Dungeons and Dragons diary, is a collaboration between Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company’s co-artistic directors, the playwright Qui Nguyen and the director Robert Ross Parker. Previews begin Nov. 4. (Flea, 41 White St. 212-352-3101.)

 

69S.

Phantom Limb created this multimedia production, which evokes Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 trans-Antarctic expedition. Directed by Sophie Hunter. Nov. 2-5. (BAM’s Harvey Theatre, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn. 718-636-4100.)

 

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. Opens Nov. 2. (111 W. 46th St. 212-719-1300.)

 

VENUS IN FUR

Nina Arianda reprises her performance in this play written by David Ives, directed by Walter Bobbie. Hugh Dancy also stars in the Manhattan Theatre Club production. In previews. Opens Nov. 8. (Samuel J. Friedman, 261 W. 47th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

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