Magazine article The New Yorker

The Theatre

Magazine article The New Yorker

The Theatre

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The Theatre

Openings and Previews

"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. (Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St. 212-244-7529. In previews.)

The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World

Suzan-Lori Parks's comedy, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, explores the archetypes of the African-American experience in absurdist vignettes. (Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St. 212-244-7529. Previews begin Oct. 25.)


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. (Connelly, 220 E. 4th St. 212-352-3101. In previews. Opens Oct. 25.)

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 on the crime beat. (Broadhurst, 235 W. 44th St. 212-239-6200. In previews. Opens Oct. 20.)

Homos, or Everyone in America

Robin De Jesus 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. (Bank Street Theatre, 155 Bank St. 212-513-1080. Previews begin Oct. 20.)

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. (Black Box, Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 W. 46th St. 212-719-1300. In previews.)

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Janet McTeer, Liev Schreiber, and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen star in Josie Rourke's revival of the Christopher Hampton drama, depicting the seductive games of aristocrats in pre-Revolutionary France. (Booth, 222 W. 45th St. 212-239-6200. In previews.)

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. (Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St. 212-279-4200. In previews. Opens Oct. 24.)

Love, Love, Love

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. (Laura Pels, 111 W. 46th St. 212-719-1300. Opens Oct. 19.)

Othello: The Remix

The Q Brothers ("The Bomb-itty of Errors") perform their five-person, eighty-minute hip-hop retelling of the Shakespeare tragedy. (Westside, 407 W. 43rd St. 212-239-6200. Previews begin Oct. 25.)


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. (Public, 425 Lafayette St. 212-967-7555. In previews. Opens Oct. 20.)

Sagittarius Ponderosa

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. (3LD Art & Technology Center, 80 Greenwich St. Previews begin Oct. 24.)

Sunday in the Park with George

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. (City Center, 131 W. 55th St. 212-581-1212. Oct. 24-26.)


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. (Public, 425 Lafayette St. 212-967-7555. In previews.)

Tick, Tick . . . Boom!

Keen Company revives this autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson ("Rent"), about a composer on the verge of turning thirty. …

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