Openings and Previews

Event: Arguendo

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Event: Life and Times, Episodes 4.5 and 5

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.

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Event: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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