What’s New in NYC Theater

‘JUNK’ at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (in previews; opens on Nov. 2). Invest in this latest work from the playwright Ayad Akhtar (“Disgraced”), a writer who specializes in nuanced characters and fraught ethical situations. This drama, directed by Doug Hughes for Lincoln Center and starring Steven Pasquale, explores the high-stakes, low-equity world of 1980s finance.
212-239-6200, lct.org

‘KNIVES IN HENS’ at 59E59 Theaters (in previews; opens on Oct. 29). This 1995 play by David Harrower (“Blackbird”) is set in the Dark Ages. And these particular ages are darker than most. Paul Takacs directs the tale of a young woman (Robyn Kerr) tethered to a cruel husband who finds liberation through language.
212-279-4200, 59e59.org

‘METEOR SHOWER’ at the Booth Theater (previews start on Nov. 1; opens on Nov. 29). Stars — shooting and otherwise — will align for the Broadway run of this absurdist comedy from Steve Martin. Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Laura Benanti and Jeremy Shamos play two married couples united by an astronomical event and divided by almost everything else. Jerry Zaks directs.
212-239-6200, MeteorOnBroadway.com

‘RED ROSES, GREEN GOLD’ at the Minetta Lane Theater (in previews; opens on Oct. 29). Living deadheads can welcome this new musical, which draws on the music and lyrics of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. It remains to be seen if this trip, with a book by Michael Norman Mann and choreography and direction by Rachel Klein, will be long or strange. But it involves a swindler named Jackson Jones.
800-745-3000, redrosesgreengold.com

‘SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY’ at the Lucille Lortel Theater (previews start on Nov. 1; opens on Nov. 19). In Jocelyn Bioh’s comedy about beauty, difference and malice, the pupils at a Ghanaian girls school compete for their shot at beauty pageant fame. Under the Tony winner Rebecca Taichman’s direction, Zainab Jah and Myra Lucretia Taylor star in this MCC production.
866-811-4111, mcctheater.org

‘UNCOMMON SENSE’ at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (in previews; opens on Nov. 2). A play for the neurotypical and others, this new piece for Tectonic Theater Project is written by Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris and directed by Mr. Paris. It is inspired by the true stories of four people on the autism spectrum.
212-925-2812, sheencenter.org

‘WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST’ at the WP Theater (previews start on Oct. 28; opens on Nov. 8). In Theresa Rebeck’s play at the WP Theater, it’s 1992 and an architect, Eliza (Krysta Rodriguez), has just joined a new firm. Too bad her chauvinist colleagues can’t design themselves better working relationships. Adrienne Campbell-Holt directs this dark comedy of construction problems and unreconstructed attitudes.
866-811-4111, wptheater.org

‘THE WOLVES’ at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (previews start on Nov. 1; opens on Nov. 20). Sarah DeLappe’s prizewinning play about a high school soccer team returns to the field. When the show, directed by Lila Neugebauer, ran last year, Ben Brantley wrote that the “scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene.”
212-239-6200, lct.org

Last Chance

‘MARY JANE’ at New York Theater Workshop (closes on Oct. 29). Amy Herzog’s play about a single mother caring for her sick child ends its Off Broadway run. Jesse Green wrote that this production, directed by Anne Kauffman and starring Carrie Coon, is “the most profound and harrowing of Ms. Herzog’s many fine plays.”
212-460-5475, nytw.org

‘{MY LINGERIE PLAY}: INSTALLATION #9: THE CONCERT AND CALL TO ARMS!!!!!!!!! THE FINAL INSTALLATION’ at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (closes on Oct. 28). Diana Oh and an impressive selection of undies end their Off-Broadway run. Laura Collins-Hughes describes this blend of music and storytelling, co-directed by Orion Stephanie Johnstone, as “a glitter bomb of feminist and queer protest that feels just right for this cultural moment.”
866-811-4111, rattlestick.org

‘PRINCE OF BROADWAY’ at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater (closes on Oct. 29). This revue celebrating the storied career of the producer and director Harold Prince sets down its black-framed glasses. Ben Brantley likened this scattered show, which spans six decades and includes a bounty of showstoppers, to “hearing a rushed raconteur drop name after famous name.”
212-239-6200, manhattantheatreclub.com

‘THE TREASURER’ at Playwrights Horizons (closes on Nov. 5). Max Posner’s play about a grown son managing the finances of his ailing mother closes its purse strings. Ben Brantley admired how this “tender and unforgiving” play, directed by David Cromer, “adroitly balances the everyday and the extreme.”
212-279-4200, phnyc.org

‘WAR PAINT’ at the Nederlander Theater (closes on Nov. 5). Audiences will have a tougher time thinking pink when this musical about the beauty moguls Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein takes off its makeup. Ben Brantley described the show, which stars Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, as “a double portrait of unchanging women during changing times.”
877-250-2929, warpaintmusical.com

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