A BETTER PLACE

The Duke on 42nd Street

Evan Bergman directs Wendy Beckett’s comedy, presented by the Directors Company, about a gay New York couple obsessed with their neighbors’ real estate. In previews. Opens May 15.

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CAL IN CAMO

Rattlestick

In William Francis Hoffman’s drama, directed by Colt Coeur’s Adrienne Campbell-Holt, a new mother’s ne’er-do-well brother comes to visit her and her husband. In previews.

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DAPHNE'S DIVE

Pershing Square Signature Center

Thomas Kail directs a play by Quiara Alegría Hudes, featuring Vanessa Aspillaga and Daphne Rubin-Vega, about the owner of a cheap bar in North Philly and her adopted daughter. In previews. Opens May 15.

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DO I HEAR A WALTZ?

City Center

“Encores!” stages the 1965 musical, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, in which a middle-class woman (Melissa Errico) saves up for a trip to Venice. May 11-15.

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A DOLL'S HOUSE

Polonsky Shakespeare Center

At Theatre for a New Audience, Arin Arbus directs John Douglas Thompson and Maggie Lacey in Thornton Wilder’s adaptation of the Ibsen drama, in repertory with Strindberg’s “The Father.” In previews.

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HADESTOWN

New York Theatre Workshop

Anaïs Mitchell’s folk opera, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin, is a retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. In previews.

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HIMSELF AND NORA

Minetta Lane Theatre

A new musical by Jonathan Brielle explores the romance between James Joyce and his wife and muse, Nora Barnacle. Directed by Michael Bush. Previews begin May 14.

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INDIAN SUMMER

Playwrights Horizons

In Gregory S. Moss’s comedy, directed by Carolyn Cantor, a city kid spends the summer at a Rhode Island beach town, where he meets a feisty local girl. Previews begin May 13.

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PEER GYNT

Classic Stage Company

Gabriel Ebert plays the Norwegian adventurer in the Ibsen drama, adapted and directed by John Doyle and featuring Becky Ann Baker and Dylan Baker. In previews.

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THE RUINS OF CIVILIZATION

City Center Stage II

In a new play by Penelope Skinner (“The Village Bike”), directed by Leah C. Gardiner for Manhattan Theatre Club, a married couple living in a ravaged future open their doors to a stranger.In previews.

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SHINING CITY

Irish Repertory

The Irish Rep returns to its renovated home with Conor McPherson’s drama, directed by Ciarán O’Reilly and starring Matthew Broderick as a widower who seeks counselling after he sees his wife’s ghost. Previews begin May 17.

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SIGNATURE PLAYS

Pershing Square Signature Center

Lila Neugebauer directs a trio of one-acts: Edward Albee’s “The Sandbox,” María Irene Fornés’s “Drowning,” and Adrienne Kennedy’s “Funnyhouse of a Negro.” In previews.

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SKELETON CREW

Atlantic Theatre Company

A return engagement of Dominique Morisseau’s play, part of her “Detroit” trilogy, in which the workers at an auto plant face the threat of foreclosure. Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs. Previews begin May 13.

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SPERMHOOD

Dixon Place

Mike Albo (“The Junket”) recounts his experiences trying to make a baby with a lesbian couple, in his new one-man show, directed by David Schweizer. Opens May 13.

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THE TOTAL BENT

Public

This new musical by Stew and Heidi Rodewald (“Passing Strange”), directed by Joanna Settle, follows a black musical prodigy in midcentury Alabama, whose father is a famous gospel healer. In previews.

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