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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 11/7 PLAYDECK ·

A Bronx Tale

Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks co-direct a musical adaptation of Chazz Palminteri’s semiautobiographical one-man show, set in his native borough in the sixties and featuring a doo-wop…

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Longacre

Midtown

In previews. Opens Oct. 30.

Coriolanus

Red Bull Theatre presents Shakespeare’s politically minded tragedy, directed by Michael Sexton and starring Dion Johnstone as the Roman general.

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Barrow Street Theatre

Downtown

In previews.

Dead Poets Society

Jason Sudeikis plays a nonconformist teacher at an all-boys school, in Tom Schulman’s adaptation of his screenplay for the 1989 film, directed by John Doyle.

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Classic Stage Company

Downtown

In previews. Opens Nov. 13.

The Death of the Last Black Man in…

Suzan-Lori Parks’s comedy, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, explores the archetypes of the African-American experience in absurdist vignettes.

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Pershing Square Signature Center

Midtown

Through Nov. 6.

Duat

SoHo Rep presents a new piece—part vaudeville, part gospel show—created by the performance artist Daniel Alexander Jones and featuring his soul-singing alter ego, Jomama Jones.

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Connelly

Downtown

In previews.

Falsettos

James Lapine directs a revival of the 1992 musical, with a score by William Finn, in which an unconventional family navigates gay life, AIDS, and bar mitzvahs in Koch-era Manhattan.…

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Walter Kerr

Midtown

In previews. Opens Nov. 6.

Finian’s Rainbow

Melissa Errico stars in the 1947 musical, about an Irish father and daughter who escape to the Jim Crow South after stealing a pot of gold from a leprechaun.

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Irish Repertory

Chelsea

In previews. Opens Oct. 20.

The Front Page

Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Holland Taylor, and Robert Morse star in Jack O’Brien’s revival of the 1928 comedy, about Chicago newspapermen…

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Broadhurst

Midtown

In previews. Opens Nov. 6.

Homos, or Everyone in America

Robin De Jesús and Michael Urie portray a couple whose life is complicated by a violent crime in Jordan Seavey’s play, directed by Mike Donahue for Labyrinth Theatre…

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Bank Street Theatre

Downtown

Opens Nov. 2.

Kingdom Come

In Jenny Rachel Weiner’s play, directed by Kip Fagan for Roundabout Underground, two women venture under false identities into the world of Internet dating.

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Black Box, Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Midtown

Nov. 3-6.

Kings of War

At the Next Wave Festival, Ivo van Hove (“The Crucible”) stages a mashup of Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” “Henry VI,” Parts 1, 2, and 3, and “Richard III,…

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BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House

Brooklyn

In previews. Opens Oct. 30.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Janet McTeer, Liev Schreiber, and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen star in Josie Rourke’s revival of the Christopher Hampton drama, depicting the seductive games of aristocrats in pre-Revolutionary France.

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Booth

Midtown

In previews. Opens Oct. 24.

A Life

In Adam Bock’s play, directed by Anne Kauffman, David Hyde Pierce plays a man who recovers from a breakup by looking for answers in astrological charts.

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Playwrights Horizons

Midtown

In previews. Opens Nov. 7.

“Master Harold” . . . and the Boys

Athol Fugard directs his 1982 drama, set in a tea shop in South Africa in 1950, where two black men and a white boy face the cruelties of apartheid.

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Pershing Square Signature Center

Midtown

In previews.

In previews. Opens Nov. 14.

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Josh Groban and Denée Benton star in Dave Malloy’s electro-pop adaptation of a section of “War and Peace.” Rachel Chavkin directs the immersive production, which originated at Ars Nova.…

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Imperial

Midtown

Opens Nov. 2.

Notes from the Field

Anna Deavere Smith’s new solo work, based on more than two hundred and fifty interviews, examines issues of education, inequality, and criminal justice.

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Second Stage

Midtown

In previews.

Othello: The Remix

The Q Brothers (“The Bomb-itty of Errors”) perform their five-person, eighty-minute hip-hop retelling of the Shakespeare tragedy.

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Westside

Midtown

In previews. Opens Nov. 15.

Party People

The Universes ensemble stages this piece about the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords, based on interviews with veterans…

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Public

Downtown

In previews. Opens Oct. 31.

Sagittarius Ponderosa

The National Asian American Theatre Company presents MJ Kaufman’s play, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, in which a transgender man returns home to central Oregon as his father’s…

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3LD Art & Technology Center

Downtown

In previews.

The Servant of Two Masters

Theatre for a New Audience presents the 1745 Carlo Goldoni comedy, directed by Christopher Bayes and featuring Steven Epp as Truffaldino, the double-dipping servant.

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Polonsky Shakespeare Center

Brooklyn

In previews. Opens Nov. 3.

Sweat

Kate Whoriskey directs a new play by Lynn Nottage, about a group of friends from an assembly line who find themselves at odds amid layoffs and pickets.

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Public

Downtown

In previews.

Sweet Charity

Sutton Foster stars as a dance-hall hostess in the New Group’s revival of the 1966 musical, by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Dorothy Fields. Leigh Silverman directs.

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Pershing Square Signature Center

Midtown

In previews.

Terms of Endearment

Molly Ringwald stars in Dan Gordon’s play, based on the Larry McMurtry novel and the 1983 film, which follows a mother and daughter coping with love and tragedy over…

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59E59

Midtown

In previews.

This Day Forward

Mark Brokaw directs a new play by Nicky Silver (“The Lyons”), in which a wife’s confession in a honeymoon suite has ramifications fifty years later.

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Vineyard

Downtown

Previews begin Nov. 4. Opens Nov. 8.

Women of a Certain Age

Richard Nelson’s three-part cycle “The Gabriels,” which charts the current political year in the life of a Rhinebeck family, concludes with a play opening on and set on Election…

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Public

Downtown

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 10/26 PLAYDECK ·

 

OPENINGS AND PREVIEWS

“MASTER HAROLD” . . . AND THE BOYS

Pershing Square Signature Center

Athol Fugard directs his 1982 drama, set in a tea shop in South Africa in 1950, where two black men and a white boy face the cruelties of apartheid. In previews.

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THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD

Pershing Square Signature Center

Suzan-Lori Parks’s comedy, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, explores the archetypes of the African-American experience in absurdist vignettes. In previews.

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DUAT

Connelly

SoHo Rep presents a new piece—part vaudeville, part gospel show—created by the performance artist Daniel Alexander Jones and featuring his soul-singing alter ego, Jomama Jones. In previews. Opens Oct. 25.

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THE FRONT PAGE

Broadhurst

Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Holland Taylor, and Robert Morse star in Jack O’Brien’s revival of the 1928 comedy, about Chicago newspapermen on the crime beat. In previews. Opens Oct. 20.

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HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA

Bank Street Theatre

Robin De Jesús and Michael Urie portray a couple whose life is complicated by a violent crime in Jordan Seavey’s play, directed by Mike Donahue for Labyrinth Theatre Company. In previews.

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KINGDOM COME

Black Box, Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

In Jenny Rachel Weiner’s play, directed by Kip Fagan for Roundabout Underground, two women venture under false identities into the world of Internet dating. In previews.

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LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

Booth

Janet McTeer, Liev Schreiber, and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen star in Josie Rourke’s revival of the Christopher Hampton drama, depicting the seductive games of aristocrats in pre-Revolutionary France. In previews. Opens Oct. 30.

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A LIFE

Playwrights Horizons

In Adam Bock’s play, directed by Anne Kauffman, David Hyde Pierce plays a man who recovers from a breakup by looking for answers in astrological charts. In previews. Opens Oct. 24.

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

Laura Pels

The Roundabout stages a new play by Mike Bartlett (“King Charles III”), in which a London couple (Amy Ryan and Richard Armitage) meet in the sixties and weather the next four decades together. Michael Mayer directs. Opens Oct. 19.

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OTHELLO: THE REMIX

Westside

The Q Brothers (“The Bomb-itty of Errors”) perform their five-person, eighty-minute hip-hop retelling of the Shakespeare tragedy. In previews.

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PLENTY

Public

In David Leveaux’s revival of the David Hare drama, last seen at the Public in 1982, Rachel Weisz plays a British secret agent adjusting to everyday life after working in Nazi-occupied France. In previews. Opens Oct. 20.

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SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA

3LD Art & Technology Center

The National Asian American Theatre Company stages MJ Kaufman’s play, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, in which a transgender man returns home to central Oregon as his father’s health fails. In previews. Opens Oct. 31.

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SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

City Center

Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford star in a special concert performance of the 1984 Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical, to benefit New York City Center. Oct. 24-26.

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SWEAT

Public

Kate Whoriskey directs a new play by Lynn Nottage, about a group of friends from an assembly line who find themselves at odds amid layoffs and pickets. In previews.

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TICK, TICK . . . BOOM!

Acorn

Keen Company revives this autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson (“Rent”), about a composer on the verge of turning thirty. Jonathan Silverstein directs. In previews. Opens Oct. 20.

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TWO CLASS ACTS

Flea

A. R. Gurney premières a pair of short plays: “Squash,” about a college professor grappling with a student’s provocative take on Plato, and “Ajax,” in which an actress turned teacher inhabits an ancient text. In previews. Opens Oct. 23.

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VIETGONE

City Center Stage I

Manhattan Theatre Club stages a play by Qui Nguyen, directed by May Adrales, about two Vietnam War refugees (based on the playwright’s parents) in a relocation camp in Arkansas. In previews. Opens Oct. 25.

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WILDERNESS

Abrons Arts Center

En Garde Arts presents a multimedia piece about the pressures of addiction, trauma, and sexual identity, based on interviews with young adults and accompanied by a folk score. Opens Oct. 26.

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 10/10 PLAYDECK ·

OPENINGS AND PREVIEWS

THE CHERRY ORCHARD

American Airlines Theatre

The Roundabout presents a new adaptation of the Chekhov play by Stephen Karam (“The Humans”), directed by Simon Godwin and starring Diane Lane, Tavi Gevinson, Joel Grey, Chuck Cooper, and John Glover. In previews. Opens Oct. 16.

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CHRIS GETHARD: CAREER SUICIDE

Lynn Redgrave

The comedian’s solo show, directed by Kimberly Senior, looks for humor in such weighty subjects as mental illness, suicide, and alcoholism. In previews. Opens Oct. 13.

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DUAT

Connelly

SoHo Rep presents a new piece—part vaudeville, part gospel show—created by the performance artist Daniel Alexander Jones and featuring his soul-singing alter ego, Jomama Jones. In previews.

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FIT FOR A QUEEN

3LD Art & Technology Center

The Classical Theatre of Harlem stages a new play by Betty Shamieh (“The Black Eyed”), inspired by the life of Hatshepsut, a woman who ruled as pharaoh in ancient Egypt. In previews. Opens Oct. 7.

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THE FRONT PAGE

Broadhurst

Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Holland Taylor, and Robert Morse star in Jack O’Brien’s revival of the 1928 comedy, about Chicago newspapermen on the crime beat. In previews.

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HEISENBERG

Samuel J. Friedman

Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt reprise their roles in Simon Stephens’s drama, about two strangers who cross paths at a London train station. Mark Brokaw directs the Manhattan Theatre Club production. In previews. Opens Oct. 13.

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HOLIDAY INN

Studio 54

A new musical from the Roundabout, featuring the songs of Irving Berlin and based on the classic 1942 film; Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu fill in, respectively, for Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. In previews. Opens Oct. 6.

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KINGDOM COME

Black Box, Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

In Jenny Rachel Weiner’s play, directed by Kip Fagan for Roundabout Underground, two women venture under false identities into the world of Internet dating. In previews.

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LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

Booth

Janet McTeer, Liev Schreiber, and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen star in Josie Rourke’s revival of the Christopher Hampton drama, depicting the seductive games of aristocrats in pre-Revolutionary France. In previews.

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A LIFE

Playwrights Horizons

In Adam Bock’s play, directed by Anne Kauffman, David Hyde Pierce plays a man who recovers from a breakup by looking for answers in astrological charts. In previews.

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OH, HELLO ON BROADWAY

Lyceum

An evening with Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, two Alan Alda-obsessed Upper West Side geezers played by the comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. Alex Timbers directs. In previews. Opens Oct. 10.

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ORWELL IN AMERICA

59E59

Joe Sutton’s play, directed by Peter Hackett, imagines George Orwell on a book tour for “Animal Farm,” for which his publisher has deployed a young woman to keep his political pronouncements in check. Opens Oct. 12.

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PLENTY

Public

In David Leveaux’s revival of the David Hare drama, last seen at the Public in 1982, Rachel Weisz plays a British secret agent adjusting to everyday life after working in Nazi-occupied France. In previews.

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PUBLIC ENEMY

Pearl

Hal Brooks directs David Harrower’s adaptation of Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People,” in which a doctor discovers that his town’s main tourist attraction is toxic. In previews. Opens Oct. 9.

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THE ROADS TO HOME

Cherry Lane

Primary Stages presents Horton Foote’s 1982 play about three women in Houston in the nineteen-twenties, directed by Michael Wilson and featuring the playwright’s daughter Hallie Foote. Opens Oct. 5.

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SELL / BUY / DATE

City Center Stage II

Sarah Jones (“Bridge & Tunnel”) performs a new multicharacter solo show exploring the commercial sex industry, directed by Carolyn Cantor for Manhattan Theatre Club. In previews. Opens Oct. 18.

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SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

Clurman

The Actors Company Theatre revives the eighteenth-century comedy by Oliver Goldsmith, in which a young lady poses as a barmaid to appeal to a shy suitor. Scott Alan Evans directs. In previews. Opens Oct. 16.

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STUFFED

McGinn/Cazale

The comedian Lisa Lampanelli wrote and stars in a play that braids together the stories of four women with food issues. Jackson Gay directs WP Theatre’s production. In previews. Opens Oct. 7.

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TICK, TICK . . . BOOM!

Acorn

Keen Company revives this autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson (“Rent”), about a composer on the verge of turning thirty. Jonathan Silverstein directs. In previews.

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TWO CLASS ACTS

Flea

A.R. Gurney premières a pair of short plays: “Squash,” about a college professor grappling with a student’s provocative take on Plato, and “Ajax,” in which an actress turned teacher inhabits an ancient text.In previews.

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VIETGONE

City Center Stage I

Manhattan Theatre Club stages a play by Qui Nguyen, directed by May Adrales, about two Vietnam War refugees (based on the playwright’s parents) in a relocation camp in Arkansas. In previews.

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS ·

 

OPENINGS AND PREVIEWS

THE CHERRY ORCHARD

American Airlines Theatre

The Roundabout stages a new adaptation of the Chekhov play by Stephen Karam (“The Humans”), directed by Simon Godwin and starring Diane Lane, Tavi Gevinson, Joel Grey, Chuck Cooper, and John Glover. In previews.

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THE ENCOUNTER

Golden

Simon McBurney conceived, directs, and performs this theatrical event, in which the audience members wear headphones as three-dimensional soundscapes re-create a 1969 journey into the Brazilian rain forest. In previews. Opens Sept. 29.

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THE FRONT PAGE

Broadhurst

Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Holland Taylor, and Robert Morse star in Jack O’Brien’s revival of the 1928 comedy, about Chicago newspapermen on the crime beat. In previews.

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HAMLET

Public

The Public’s Mobile Unit performs the Shakespeare tragedy, directed by Patricia McGregor and starring Chukwudi Iwuji, after a three-week tour of correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and community venues. In previews. Opens Sept. 22.

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HEISENBERG

Samuel J. Friedman

Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt reprise their roles in Simon Stephens’s drama, about two strangers who cross paths at a London train station. Mark Brokaw directs the Manhattan Theatre Club production. In previews.

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

Laura Pels

The Roundabout presents a play by Mike Bartlett (“King Charles III”), in which a London couple (Amy Ryan and Richard Armitage) meet in the sixties and weather the next four decades together. Michael Mayer directs. In previews.

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NAT TURNER IN JERUSALEM

New York Theatre Workshop

Nathan Alan Davis’s play, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, imagines the rebel slave (Phillip James Brannon) during his last night in jail, after the uprising he led in Virginia, in 1831. In previews. Opens Sept. 26.

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OH, HELLO ON BROADWAY

Lyceum

An evening with Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, two Alan Alda-obsessed Upper West Side geezers played by the comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. Alex Timbers directs. In previews.

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THE ROADS TO HOME

Cherry Lane

Primary Stages presents Horton Foote’s 1982 play about three women in Houston in the nineteen-twenties, directed by Michael Wilson and featuring the playwright’s daughter Hallie Foote. In previews.

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SELL / BUY / DATE

City Center Stage II

Sarah Jones (“Bridge & Tunnel”) performs a new multicharacter solo show exploring the commercial sex industry, directed by Carolyn Cantor for Manhattan Theatre Club. In previews.

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STUFFED

McGinn/Cazale

The comedian Lisa Lampanelli wrote and stars in a play that braids together the stories of four women with food issues. Jackson Gay directs WP Theatre’s production. In previews.

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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME

Ars Nova

Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard created and perform this satire, in which two middle-school teachers use games to teach uncomfortable lessons about American racial history. In previews. Opens Sept. 26.

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THE UNDERTAKING

BAM Fisher

At the Next Wave Festival, the Civilians perform this meditation on the afterlife, written and directed by Steve Cosson and drawn in part from interviews with hospice workers, shamans, and near-death survivors. Sept. 21-25.

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 9/12 PLAYDECK ·

 

Openings and Previews

All the Ways to Say I Love You

Lucille Lortel

In Neil LaBute’s latest play, directed by Leigh Silverman for MCC Theatre, Judith Light plays a high-school teacher who reveals her marital secrets to a former student. In previews.

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Aubergine

Playwrights Horizons

Kate Whoriskey directs a new play by Julia Cho (“The Language Archive”), which tells three parallel stories about people preparing a meal for someone else. In previews. Opens Sept. 12.

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Bears in Space

59E59

Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey on “Game of Thrones”) stars in Eoghan Quinn’s surreal puppet comedy, about two cosmonaut bears who are chased to the limits of the universe. In previews. Opens Sept. 11.

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Bridge Over Mud

BAM Fisher

At the Next Wave Festival, the Norwegian collective Verdensteatret stages this meditation on humankind amid encroaching technology, featuring video projections, motorized vehicles, and a vast grid set. Sept. 7-10.

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Holiday Inn

Studio 54

The Roundabout presents a new musical featuring the songs of Irving Berlin, based on the classic 1942 film; Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu fill in, respectively, for Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. In previews.

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Maestro

59E59

Hershey Felder wrote and stars in this one-man play with music, about the life and work of Leonard Bernstein. Joel Zwick directs. In previews. Opens Sept. 11.

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Nat Turner in Jerusalem

New York Theatre Workshop

Nathan Alan Davis’s play, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, imagines the rebel slave (Phillip James Brannon) during his last night in jail, after the uprising he led in Virginia, in 1831. In previews.

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What Did You Expect?

Public

Richard Nelson directs the second installment of his three-play cycle “The Gabriels,” which charts the current election year in the life of a family in Rhinebeck. In previews. Opens Sept. 16.

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The Wolves

The Duke on 42nd Street

Sarah DeLappe’s play, staged by the Playwrights Realm and directed by Lila Neugebauer, is set at the suburban practice sessions of a girls’ soccer team. In previews. Opens Sept. 11.

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 9/5 PLAYDECK ·

 

OPENINGS AND PREVIEWS

ALL THE WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU

Lucille Lortel

In Neil LaBute’s latest play, directed by Leigh Silverman for MCC Theatre, Judith Light plays a high-school teacher who reveals her marital secrets to a former student. In previews.

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AUBERGINE

Playwrights Horizons

Kate Whoriskey directs a new play by Julia Cho (“The Language Archive”), which tells three parallel stories about people preparing a meal for someone else. In previews. Opens Sept. 12.

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HOLIDAY INN

Studio 54

The Roundabout presents a new musical featuring the songs of Irving Berlin, based on the classic 1942 film; Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu fill in, respectively, for Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. In previews.

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MAESTRO

59E59

Hershey Felder wrote and stars in this one-man play with music, about the life and work of Leonard Bernstein. Joel Zwick directs. In previews. Opens Sept. 11.

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A TASTE OF HONEY

Pearl

Austin Pendleton directs Shelagh Delaney’s 1958 play (written when she was just eighteen), about a working-class woman in a hostile world. In previews.

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TWELFTH NIGHT

Delacorte

The Public’s Public Works program mounts a free musical adaptation of the comedy, featuring songs by Shaina Taub and a mixed cast of professionals (including Nikki M. James, as Viola) and community members. Sept. 2-5.

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THE WOLVES

The Duke on 42nd Street

Sarah DeLappe’s play, staged by the Playwrights Realm and directed by Lila Neugebauer, is set at the suburban practice sessions of a girls’ soccer team. In previews. Opens Sept. 11.

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, 8/29 ·

 

OPENINGS AND PREVIEWS

AUBERGINE

Playwrights Horizons

Kate Whoriskey directs a new play by Julia Cho (“The Language Archive”), which tells three parallel stories about people preparing a meal for someone else. In previews.

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A DAY BY THE SEA

Beckett

The Mint stages N. C. Hunter’s 1953 play, directed by Austin Pendleton, in which a Foreign Service employee has a midlife crisis during a seaside picnic in Dorset. In previews. Opens Aug. 25.

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THE LAYOVER

Second Stage

Trip Cullman directs a drama by Leslye Headland (“Bachelorette”), about two strangers who meet on a plane when their flight is delayed. In previews. Opens Aug. 25.

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MARIE AND ROSETTA

Atlantic Theatre Company

George Brant’s play with music, directed by Neil Pepe, traces the bond between the pioneering gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Kecia Lewis) and her protégée, Marie Knight (Rebecca Naomi Jones). In previews.

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THE TROJAN WOMEN

Flea

The Bats (the Flea’s resident company) perform Ellen McLaughlin’s new adaptation of the Euripides tragedy, in which the enslaved widows of Troy cope with the aftermath of war. In previews. Opens Sept. 1.

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THE WOLVES

The Duke on 42nd Street

Sarah DeLappe’s play, staged by the Playwrights Realm and directed by Lila Neugebauer, is set at the suburban practice sessions of a girls’ soccer team. In previews.

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ PLAY LISTINGS, 8/22 PLAYDECK ·

 

OPENINGS AND PREVIEWS

AUBERGINE

Playwrights Horizons

Kate Whoriskey directs a new play by Julia Cho (“The Language Archive”), which tells three parallel stories about people preparing a meal for someone else. In previews.

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CAUGHT

La Mama

The Play Company presents Christopher Chen’s multidisciplinary piece, directed by Lee Sunday Evans, about a man claiming to be a dissident Chinese artist. In previews. Opens Aug. 28.

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A DAY BY THE SEA

Beckett

The Mint stages N. C. Hunter’s 1953 play, directed by Austin Pendleton, in which a Foreign Service employee has a midlife crisis during a seaside picnic in Dorset. In previews. Opens Aug. 25.

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THE LAYOVER

Second Stage

Trip Cullman directs a drama by Leslye Headland (“Bachelorette”), about two strangers who meet on a plane when their flight is delayed. In previews. Opens Aug. 25.

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‘THE NEW YORKER’ THEATRE LISTINGS, AUGUST 8 & 15 PLAYDECK ·

  

OPENINGS AND PREVIEWS

THE LAYOVER

Second Stage

Trip Cullman directs a drama by Leslye Headland (“Bachelorette”), about two strangers who meet on a plane when their flight is delayed. Previews begin Aug. 9.

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THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

Various locations

The wide-ranging festival returns for its twentieth year, offering experiments, oddities, and absurdities (sample title: “The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher”). For the complete list of shows—some two hundred in all—visit fringenyc.org. Opens Aug. 12.

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FIVE OF THE BEST… THEATRE SHOWS THIS WEEK, 7/29 (UK) ·

 

(Lyn Gardner’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/29.)

1 The Destroyed Room

Taking its name from Jeff Wall’s famed photograph of a trashed bedroom, which appeared on the cover of a Sonic Youth album, this latest piece from Vanishing Point continues director Matthew Lenton’s obsession with how we watch. The show takes the form of a conversation between three comfortable white people and highlights the gulf between the realities of humanitarian disaster and our view of them from our armchairs. If that sounds a little dry, the show builds to a devastating climax.

Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu to 8 Aug

2 Faith Healer

Brian Friel’s exquisite 1979 play is a work of both brilliant simplicity and swirling complexity that explores human frailty, self-belief and the nature of creativity. Taking the form of four monologues told by three people – the first and last from the faith healer himself, the others from his wife Grace and his manager Teddy – it pioneered a style that influenced a new generation of Irish playwrights, most notably Conor McPherson.

Donmar Warehouse, WC2, to 20 Aug

3 Unreachable

It’s doubtful that there is a funnier show on the London stage than Anthony Neilson’s piece. Former Doctor Who Matt Smith plays Maxim, a film director so intent on capturing the perfect light that he will stall his own movie by any means possible, including bringing in unreliable actor Ivan (Jonjo O’Neill), otherwise known as “the brute”. O’Neill is hilarious, but behind the laughter is a piece that explores the creative process and the way our days are spent chasing the elusive light – or moment – that we believe will make sense of everything.

Jerwood Theatres at The Royal Court, SW1, to 6 Aug

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/jul/29/five-of-the-best-theatre-shows-this-week