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September

Season of Shores (National tour through Nov. 19: Dallas, Palm Springs, Calif.; St. Louis, Nashville, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Stars Delta Burke and Leslie Jordan in Del Shores's acclaimed plays Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies in a city near you.

Kiss of the Spider Woman (New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco, through Sept. 17) Manuel Puig's drama of love and fantasy charts an unusual bond between two Latin American cell mates: a political activist and a gay window dresser.

Summer and Smoke (Hartford Stage, Hartford, Conn., through Oct. 1) The Tennessee Williams Marathon continues under Michael Wilson's direction.

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story (Bailiwick Arts Center, Chicago, through Oct. 8) A pocket musical by Stephen Dolginoff based on the sensational 1924 murder case.

Two Boys in Bed on a Cold Winter's Night (The Island Repertory Theatre Company, Cherry Grove, Fire Island, N.Y., through Sept. 17) David Drake directs a revival of James Edwin Parker's romantic drama about two gay men in New York who spend a life-changing evening together.

The Museum Play (Washington Ensemble Theatre, Seattle, Sept. 1-25) Jordan Harrison's elegiac and absurd look at the intersections of memory and desire, centering on mysterious goings-on in a natural history museum.

What the Butler Saw (Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco, Sept. 1-24) Joe Orton's bawdy sex farce.

Death in Venice (Zeum, San Francisco Sept. 7-24) Theatre Rhinoceros and the American Conservatory Theater present Giles Havergal and Robert David McDonald's stage adaptation of Thomas Mann's novella about an older man's yearnings for a golden youth.

Make Love (The Cutting Room, New York City, Sept. 8-10) Performance artist Karen Finley revives her provocative and poignant reverie on 9/11 and the divadom of Liza Minnelli.

Cabaret (Arena Stage, Washington, D.C., Sept. 8-Oct. 29) A new production of the celebrated Kander and Ebb musical.

It Goes Without Saying (Rattlestick Play-wrights Theater, New York City, Sept. 7-Oct. 8) Out gay performer and mime Bill Bowers weaves funny and heartbreaking stories from his life and career into an onstage joyride.

A Chorus Line (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New York City, previews Sept. 18, opens Oct. 5) The return of the landmark musical conceived by Michael Bennett, directed by the original co-choreographer, Bob Avian.

Doubt (Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, previews Sept. 22, runs Sept. 27-Oct. 29) John Patrick Shanley's thought-provoking drama, set in a Catholic school in the 1960s, stars the fabulous Cherry Jones as the nun who takes on a shady priest.

The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, previews Sept. 26, runs Oct. 11-Nov. 12) A 21st-century reimagining of the 1970s musical hit.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Acorn Theatre, New York City, previews Sept. 20, runs Oct. 12-Nov. 25) Cynthia Nixon in a new revival directed by Scott Elliott.

Amadeus (Denver Center Theatre Company, Denver, previews Sept. 28, runs Oct. 5-28) Timed to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. …