Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close. Our reviews of open shows are at nytimes.com/reviews/theater.
Previews & Openings
‘ADRIENNE TRUSCOTT’S (STILL) ASKING FOR IT’ at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater (previews start on Sept. 20; opens on Oct. 3). Subtitled “A Stand-Up Rape About Comedy” (plus some more words that aren’t publishable), this update of the cabaret performer’s 2015 show approaches gendered violence and toxic masculinity with savage wit and a surprising number of brassieres. Bring your own rape whistle! Ellie Heyman directs.
‘DUBLIN CAROL’ at the Irish Repertory Theater (previews start on Sept. 20; opens on Oct. 1). Before Conor McPherson’s “Girl From the North Country” transfers to Broadway, audiences can catch the Irish Rep’s revival of this drama, which made its stateside debut at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2003. Set on Christmas Eve, the spare, talky play stars Jeffrey Bean as an undertaker’s assistant muddling through a hangover and an encounter with his estranged daughter (Sarah Street). Ciaran O’Reilly directs.
‘THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM’ at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater (in previews; opens on Sept. 24). Having already introduced New York to “The Mother” and “The Father,” the French playwright Florian Zeller brings another familial tempest to Broadway. Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins reprise the roles they played in London, those of a long married couple, one of whom might be dead. Jonathan Kent directs.
‘THE LIGHTNING THIEF’ at the Longacre Theater (previews start on Sept. 20; opens on Oct. 16). What do you do when you learn that you’re actually the son of a god? Apparently, you go to Broadway. Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki’s 2014 musical, based on Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson novels, about a kid who discovers he has a very fancy family tree, has moved uptown. Stephen Brackett directs.
‘MOTHERS’ at the Duke on 42nd Street (in previews; opens on Sept. 25). The mommy wars turn unusually violent in Anna Moench’s drama for the Playwrights Realm. The competition among moms (and one nanny and one dad) at a baby meet-up is already pretty brutal, but when disaster rolls in, sniping and backbiting give way to real danger. Robert Ross Parker directs.
‘OUR DEAR DEAD DRUG LORD’ at WP Theater (in previews; opens on Sept. 24). As slumber party games go, making Bloody Mary appear in the mirror is one thing; summoning the spirit of Pablo Escobar is next level. In Alexis Scheer’s new play, produced by WP Theater and Second Stage Theater, teenage girls try to invoke their favorite narco-terrorist. Whitney White directs.
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‘RUNBOYRUN’ AND ‘IN OLD AGE’ at New York Theater Workshop (in previews; opens on Sept. 23). Having previously presented “Sojourners” and “Her Portmanteau,” New York Theater Workshop presents two further plays in Mfoniso Udofia’s nine-part “The Ufot Cycle,” which follows a Nigerian couple across generations and time. Loretta Greco directs “Runboyrun”; Awoye Timpo directs “In Old Age.” Chiké Johnson and Patrice Johnson Chevannes star.
‘SOFT POWER’ at the Public Theater (previews start on Sept. 24; opens on Oct. 15). A metatheatrical exploration of politics and culture and a riff on “The King and I” as seen through a trick mirror, David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s musical of a sort arrives at the Public. It conjures a world in which a Chinese businessman meets Hillary Clinton at a campaign fund-raiser, an experience that inspires a hallucinatory blockbuster show. Leigh Silverman directs.
‘SUNDAY’ at the Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater (in previews; opens on Sept. 23). Having conquered the wizarding world in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and having grappled with a giant ape in “King Kong,” the playwright Jack Thorne joins a book group. In this new play, directed by Lee Sunday Evans, a group of friends meets to discuss fact and fiction.
‘THE SWIMMER’ at the Minetta Lane Theater (Sept. 26-28). The distance swimmer Diana Nyad plunges into the Minetta Lane in Audible’s latest theatrical collaboration. In her stage debut, directed by Jane Anderson, Nyad recounts her 111-mile swim, sans shark cage, from Cuba to Florida. Nyad’s coach and friend, Bonnie Stoll, also appears.
‘WHITE NOISE’ at the N.Y.U. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (Sept. 20-22). With his masterly deconstruction of “Oklahoma!” now serving chili and cornbread to Broadway audiences, the director Daniel Fish turns to another American classic: this novel by the postmodernist Don DeLillo. The actor Bruce McKenzie performs several of the book’s obsessive lists, with live accompaniment from the drummer Bobby Previte.
‘EUREKA DAY’ at Walkerspace (closes on Sept. 21). Colt Coeur’s production of Jonathan Spector’s infectious comedy about a vaccine debate at a private day school ends it run. Ben Brantley wrote that under Adrienne Campbell-Holt’s direction, the early scenes tend toward an easy satire, but the play as a whole “winds up engaging you on a much deeper, more compassionate level.”
‘MAKE BELIEVE’ at the Tony Kiser Theater at Second Stage Theater (closes on Sept. 22). Bess Wohl’s mysterious, moving play about four siblings, adrift as children and equally unsettled as adults, puts away childish things. Jesse Green described the two-act show, which stars Samantha Mathis, Susannah Flood and Brad Heberlee and is directed by Michael Greif, as “a rich and moving contemporary drama.”
‘SEA WALL/A LIFE’ at the Hudson Theater (closes on Sept. 29). Make sure you have handkerchiefs at the ready for the final performances of Simon Stephens and Nick Payne’s twinned one-acts about love and life, which star Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal. In an admiring review, Laura Collins-Hughes described these plays, directed by Carrie Cracknell, as “the most stripped-down storytelling on Broadway right now.”
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