Openings and Previews

An Act of God

Studio 54

Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") stars in a play by David Javerbaum, in which God answers some of life's eternal questions. Joe Mantello directs. In previews.

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The Flick

Barrow Street Theatre

Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, set in a small-town movie theatre, returns for a downtown run. Sam Gold directs the original cast, Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Matthew Maher, and Aaron Clifton Moten. In previews.

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The Gondoliers

N.Y.U. Skirball Center

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, devoted purveyors of operatic parody and pastiche, present the last big hit of Gilbert and Sullivan’s partnership. The Venice setting adds a dash of Mediterranean flavor to the pair’s usual skewering of Victorian class distinctions and social mores. May 15-17.

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New and Traditional Noh

Japan Society

A double bill of "Holy Mother in Nagasaki," a new play, about a mysterious woman (possibly the Virgin Mary) who appears in the aftermath of the atomic bomb; and "Kiyotsune," a centuries-old Noh drama. In Japanese, with English supertitles. May 14-16.

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The Other Thing

McGinn/Cazale

Second Stage Uptown presents a play by Emily Schwend, directed by Lucie Tiberghien, in which a journalist follows a team of ghost hunters to a haunted barn in Virginia. In previews. Opens May 21.

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Permission

Lucille Lortel

Alex Timbers directs a comedy by Robert Askins (“Hand to God”) for MCC Theatre, in which a married couple (Justin Bartha and Elizabeth Reaser) take up Christian Domestic Discipline, a.k.a. "spanking for Jesus." Opens May 20.

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The Spoils

Pershing Square Signature Center

The New Group presents a play written by and starring Jesse Eisenberg, about an angry grad-school dropout who tries to destroy the impending marriage of his grade-school crush. Scott Elliott directs. In previews.

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Tuesdays at Tesco's

59E59

As part of the “Brits Off Broadway” festival, Simon Callow stars in a play by Emmanuel Darley, directed by Simon Stokes, about a transgender woman struggling to connect with her elderly father. Previews begin May 14. Opens May 19.

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The Way We Get By

Second Stage

Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski star in a new play by Neil LaBute, directed by Leigh Silverman, as a pair of wedding guests who spend the night together. In previews. Opens May 19.

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What I Did Last Summer

Pershing Square Signature Center

Jim Simpson directs A. R. Gurney’s play, about a woman who takes her teen-age son and daughter to spend the summer on Lake Erie during the Second World War. In previews. Opens May 17. 

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