Openings and Previews, 2/23 PLAYDECK

The Audience


Helen Mirren stars in a play by Peter Morgan, about Queen Elizabeth II and her private meetings with twelve Prime Ministers in the course of sixty years. Stephen Daldry directs. Also starring Dylan Baker and Judith Ivey. In previews. 

Big Love

Pershing Square Signature Center

Charles Mee wrote this play, a remake of Aeschylus’ "The Danaids," in which fifty brides leave their grooms and repair to an Italian villa. Tina Landau directs the Signature Theatre Company production. In previews. Opens Feb. 23. 

Bright Half Life

City Center Stage II

Tanya Barfield wrote this play, about the long relationship of a lesbian couple. Leigh Silverman directs the Women's Project production. In previews. Opens Feb. 25. 



The Vineyard presents the world première of a musical directed by Michael Mayer, with music and lyrics by Peter Lerman, a book by Lerman and Mayer, and choreography by Steven Hoggett, in which a hardware-store clerk wants to be a superhero, and a superhero wishes she could live a normal life. In previews. Opens Feb. 25. 


New World Stages

Ronald Keaton wrote and performs this play, based on the life of Winston Churchill. Kurt Johns directs. Opens Feb. 18. 

Fish in the Dark


Larry David stars in this comedy, which he wrote, about a death in the family. Also starring Rita Wilson, Jayne Houdyshell, Ben Shenkman, Jake Cannavale, Lewis J. Stadler, and Rosie Perez. Anna D. Shapiro directs. In previews.

The Heidi Chronicles

Music Box

Elisabeth Moss, Jason Biggs, and Bryce Pinkham star in the Wendy Wasserstein play, about a young woman coming of age. Pam MacKinnon directs. Previews begin Feb. 23. 

The Insurgents

Bank Street Theatre

Lucy Thurber wrote this play, about a wanderer who returns to her small home town and begins to identify with rebels like Harriet Tubman and Timothy McVeigh. Jackson Gay directs the Labyrinth Theatre Company production. In previews. Opens Feb. 23. 

John & Jen


Keen Company presents a musical, with music by Andrew Lippa, lyrics by Tom Greenwald, and a book by Greenwald and Lippa, about a woman who becomes emotionally dependent on her son. Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan star. In previews. Opens Feb. 26. 

Josephine and I


Cush Jumbo wrote and stars in this one-woman show, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, in which Jumbo reflects on her life and the inspiration she has taken from Josephine Baker. Previews begin Feb. 27. 

The Liquid Plain

Pershing Square Signature Center

Signature Theatre Company presents the New York prèmiere of a play by Naomi Wallace, set in the late eighteenth century in Rhode Island, about two runaway slaves who seek freedom. Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. In previews.

The Mystery of Love & Sex

Mitzi E. Newhouse

Bathsheba Doran (“Kin”) wrote this play, about two childhood friends who begin a romance in college. Starring Diane Lane, Tony Shalhoub, Mamoudou Athie, Bernie Passeltiner, and Gayle Rankin. Sam Gold directs the Lincoln Center Theatre production. In previews. Opens March 2. 


Playwrights Horizons

Daniel Aukin directs the world première of a new play by Melissa James Gibson, about a woman (Carrie Coon) testing a female-arousal drug. Previews begin Feb. 20. 


Atlantic Theatre Company

Atlantic Theatre Company presents the world première of a play written and directed by Doug Wright, in which a famous Norwegian sculptor goes head-to-head with his subject, Henrik Ibsen. The cast includes Hamish Linklater and John Noble. Previews begin Feb. 25.

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