Openings and Previews
Venue: Public Theatre
Elevator Repair Service created this piece, about the 1991 Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre, in which a group of erotic dancers challenged a ban on nudity. John Collins directs. In previews. Opens Sept. 24.
Event: Bad Jews
Venue: Laura Pels Theatre
Roundabout revives its hit from last year, by Joshua Harmon, about a showdown between the devout and secular grandchildren of a Holocaust survivor. Daniel Aukin directs. Starring Tracee Chimo, Philip Ettinger, Molly Ranson, and Michael Zegen. Previews begin Sept. 19.
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: The Blue Dragon
Venue: BAM—Harvey Theatre
Robert Lepage’s Canadian company Ex Machina returns to BAM with a story set in Shanghai, about a former painter whose midlife crisis moves him to have an affair. Written by Marie Michaud and Lepage, who also directs and stars. Sept. 18-21.
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. In previews.
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.
Venue: Florence Gould Hall
As part of the French Institute Alliance Française’s “Crossing the Line” festival, Nature Theatre of Oklahoma presents the next installments of its serial theatre piece, about the life of one ordinary woman. Sept. 20-21.
Venue: Kazino Times Square
Dave Malloy’s pop opera based on a section of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” moves to Times Square. Russian snacks, including pierogis, will be provided. Rachel Chavkin directs. Opens Sept. 24.
Event: Natural Affection
Venue: Beckett Theatre
TACT presents the 1963 play by William Inge, in which a young man returns home from reform school and comes up against his mother’s new boyfriend. Jenn Thompson directs. In previews.
Event: A Night with Janis Joplin
Venue: Lyceum Theatre
Mary Bridget Davies plays Joplin in this concert bio-musical, written and directed by Randy Johnson. Previews begin Sept. 20.
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. Opens Sept. 22.
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. In previews. Opens Sept. 19.
Event: The Winslow Boy
Venue: American Airlines Theatre
Michael Cumpsty, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Alessandro Nivola, and Roger Rees star in this 1946 drama by Terence Rattigan, in which a fourteen-year-old boy’s family endeavors to clear its name when he is accused of theft. Previews begin Sept. 20.