13 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend

‘GOOD FOR OTTO’ at the Pershing Square Signature Center (previews start on Feb. 20; opens on March 8). Good for the New Group. In this new David Rabe play, a fine cast, including F. Murray Abraham, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Rhea Perlman and Mark Linn-Baker, has been assembled to play doctors and patients at a New England mental health center, a metaphor for a troubled United States.
212-279-4200, thenewgroup.org

‘IS GOD IS’ at Soho Rep (in previews; opens on Feb. 18). A revenge tragedy, a spaghetti western and an Afropunk drama, Aleshea Harris’s play, a winner of the Relentless Award for adventurous playwriting, follows two sisters tasked with a violent mission by their dying mother. Taibi Magar directs the epic, which inaugurates the newly renovated Soho Rep.
866-811-4111, sohorep.org

‘KINGS’ at the Public Theater (in previews; opens on Feb. 20). In Sarah Burgess’s contemporary comedy, Aya Cash and Gillian Jacobs are lobby heroines, rival Washington advocates with ties to Eisa Davis and Zach Grenier’s competing politicians. Directed by Thomas Kail, who also led Ms. Burgess’s “Dry Powder,” the play takes on power, principles and make-your-own-s’mores events.
212-967-7555, publictheater.org

‘JERRY SPRINGER — THE OPERA’ at the Pershing Square Signature Center (in previews; opens on Feb. 22). Can the worst show on television become a great musical Off Broadway? In this 2003 work from Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee, directed by John Rando for the New Group, Jerry (Terrence Mann) faces off against a star guest: the devil (Will Swenson). Fight, fight, fight!
212-279-4200, thenewgroup.org

‘RELEVANCE’ at the Lucille Lortel Theater (in previews; opens on Feb. 20). In JC Lee’s play of equal rights and unequal wrongs, an old-school feminist (the invaluable Jayne Houdyshell) responds to a younger rival (the talented Pascale Armand). Molly Camp and Richard Masur also star. Liesl Tommy directs the intersectional drama for MCC.
866-811-4111, mcctheater.org

‘A WALK WITH MR. HEIFETZ’ at the Cherry Lane Theater (in previews; opens on Feb. 20). Was the perfect violinist also a political influencer? James Inverne’s Primary Stages play imagines a conversation between Jascha Heifetz and the composer Yehuda Sharett in 1926, then traces its influence on the founding of the state of Israel two decades later. Yuval Boim, Adam Green and Erik Lochtefeld star.
866-811-4111, primarystages.org

Last Chance

‘THE HOMECOMING QUEEN’ at Atlantic Stage 2 (closes on Feb. 18). In Ngozi Anyanwu’s drama, directed by Awoye Timpo, a Pulitzer Prize finalist (Mfoniso Udofia) returns to her native Nigeria. Now her trip at the Atlantic comes to an end. As Jesse Green wrote, this play about separation and reunion “wrings all the pleasure possible out of its familiar tropes even as it revamps their meaning entirely.”
866-811-4111, atlantictheater.org

‘LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS’ at Studio 54 (closes on Feb. 25). John Leguizamo’s solo show, an attempt to educate himself and his son about their shared origins, holds its final classes. Jesse Green noted that while the show is a “long and often hilarious parade of injustice,” for the first time in his Broadway career, “Mr. Leguizamo is unable to make a convincing cartoon of himself.”
212-239-6200, LatinHistoryBroadway.com

‘MILES FOR MARY’ at Playwrights Horizons (closes on Feb. 25). The Mad Ones’ devised theater work, about a group of high school teachers in the late 1980s meeting to plan a fund-raiser, ends its telethon. Ben Brantley described this production, directed by Lila Neugebauer, as “a priceless portrait of accumulating anger in the workplace.”
212-279-4200, playwrightshorizons.org

‘UNTIL THE FLOOD’ at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (closes on Feb. 18). Dael Orlandersmith’s solo show, directed by Neel Keller, finishes its Rattlestick deluge. Ms. Orlandersmith assembled the play from interviews with citizens of Ferguson, Mo., the city where Michael Brown was shot, then created composite characters who speak to questions of race and power. Jesse Green described the piece as “an urgent moral inquest.”
866-811-4111, rattlestick.org

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