Openings and Previews
Venue: Public Theatre
Elevator Repair Service created this piece, about the 1991 Supreme Court case Barnes vs. Glen Theatre, in which a group of dancers challenged a ban on nudity. John Collins directs. In previews.
Event: BIG FISH
Venue: Neil Simon Theatre
Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin, and Bobby Steggert star in this musical adaptation of the novel by Daniel Wallace, in which a man tries to determine whether the tall tales of his dying, estranged father are true.
Andrew Lippa wrote the music and lyrics, and John August, who wrote the screenplay for the 2003 film adaptation, wrote the book. Susan Stroman directs and choreographs. In previews.
Event: BRONX BOMBERS
Venue: The Duke on 42nd Street
Primary Stages presents the world première of a play conceived by Fran Kirmser and written and directed by Eric Simonson, about the history and legacy of the New York Yankees. The cast includes Francois Battiste as Reggie Jackson, Chris Henry Coffey as Joe DiMaggio, and Joe Pantoliano as
Yogi Berra. Previews begin Sept. 17.
New Worlds Theatre Project presents the English-language première of a play by Peretz Hirshbein from 1905, in which a father’s drinking problem has a great impact on his family. Paul Takacs directs. In previews.
Opens Sept. 12.
Event: Fetch Clay, Make Man
Venue: New York Theatre Workshop
New York Theatre Workshop presents a play by Will Power, directed by Des McAnuff, about the friendship between Muhammad Ali and the actor and comedian Stepin Fetchit in the sixties. Starring Ray Fisher, K. Todd Freeman, Anthony Gaskins, Richard Masur, and Nikki M. James. In previews. Opens Sept. 12.
Event: THE FILM SOCIETY
Venue: Clurman Theatre
Keen Company presents the 1988 play by Jon Robin Baitz (“Other Desert Cities”), set in a South African boys’ school in 1970, about a teacher attempting to keep politics out of his film club. Euan Morton and Roberta Maxwell star. Jonathan Silverstein directs. In previews.
Event: THE GLASS MENAGERIE
Venue: Booth Theatre
Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto, Brian J. Smith, and Celia Keenan-Bolger star in the American Repertory Theatre production of the Tennessee Williams play, directed by John Tiffany (“Once”). With original music by Nico Muhly and movement design by Steven Hoggett. In previews.
Event: I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW
Venue: 59E59 Theatres
Origin’s “1st Irish” festival includes this one-woman comedy by the comedian Sonya Kelly, who tells the story of a seven-year-old girl with terrible eyesight. Opens Sept. 11.
Venue: 59E59 Theatres
Ross Dungan wrote this play, about the ways in which humans find connections in everyday life. With guitar, harmonium, and glockenspiel performances by the cast. Dan Herd directs, as part of the “1st
Irish” festival. Opens Sept. 11.
Venue: Playwrights Horizons
Playwrights Horizons begins its season with the New York première of a play by Anne Washburn, a mash-up of “The Simpsons,” apocalyptic movies, and origin myths, with music by Michael Friedman. Steve Cosson directs. In previews. Opens Sept. 15.
Event: NATURAL AFFECTION
Venue: Beckett Theatre
TACT presents the 1963 play by William Inge, in which the son of a single mother returns home from reform school and comes up against her new boyfriend. Jenn Thompson directs. Previews begin Sept. 17.
Event: The Old Friends
Venue: Signature Theater Company
At the Signature Theatre, Betty Buckley, Veanne Cox, Hallie Foote, and Lois Smith star in the world première of a play by Horton Foote, about news that deeply affects two Texas farming families. Directed by Michael Wilson. In previews. Opens Sept. 12.
Event: Philip Goes Forth
Venue: Mint Theater
The Mint presents a comedy by George Kelly, from 1931, in which a young man abandons the family business for a life as a playwright. Jerry Ruiz directs. In previews.
Event: Romeo and Juliet
Venue: Richard Rodgers Theatre
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad star in the first Broadway production of the Shakespeare tragedy since 1977. David Leveaux directs. Also featuring Brent Carver, Jayne Houdyshell, Chuck Cooper, Christian Camargo, Justin Guarini, and Roslyn Ruff. In previews.
Event: WOMEN OR NOTHING
Venue: Atlantic Theatre Company
Atlantic Theatre Company begins its season with the world première of a new comedy by Ethan Coen, directed by David Cromer. Starring Robert Beitzel, Halley Feiffer, Susan Pourfar, and Deborah Rush. In previews. Opens Sept. 16.
Event: YOU NEVER CAN TELL
Venue: Pearl Theatre
The Pearl, in a co-production with the Gingold Theatrical Company, presents this rarely produced 1896 comedy by George Bernard Shaw, for its thirtieth-anniversary season, directed by David Staller. In previews. Opens Sept. 15.