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
‘AIN’T NO MO’ at the Public Theater (in previews; opens on March 27). When Donald J. Trump was elected president, a lot of people talked about fleeing to Canada or elsewhere. Few made good on it. But Jordan E. Cooper’s play imagines a world where black Americans prepare to depart en masse. Stevie Walker-Webb directs a satire in which black lives mobilize.
‘HADESTOWN’ at the Walter Kerr Theater (previews start on March 22; opens on April 17). Directed by Rachel Chavkin, Anaïs Mitchell’s swooning folk opera, which retells the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, descends on Broadway. When the musical first ran Off Broadway, The Times wrote that Mitchell’s “lovely music and well-turned lyrics are tightly bound together.” Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada star.
‘JULIUS CAESAR’ at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center (in previews; opens on March 28). Shakespeare’s tragedy arrives Off Broadway at Theater for a New Audience. The director Shana Cooper approaches the play, which she first staged at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2017, as a resonant political thriller. Rocco Sisto is Caesar, and Brandon J. Dirden is Brutus.
‘THE LEHMAN TRILOGY’ at the Park Avenue Armory (previews start on March 22; opens on March 27). A staggering collapse, a theatrical resurgence. Written by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power and directed by Sam Mendes, this history of Lehman Brothers from its beginnings to its bankruptcy comes to New York. When he saw the three-man show in London, Ben Brantley praised “its exceptional concentration of narrative simplicity and depth, in which minimal resources seem to expand into unlimited riches.”
‘MARJANA AND THE FORTY THIEVES’ at the Doxsee (previews start on March 28; opens on April 1). Maybe you know a certain story with the name Ali Baba attached to it, but this Target Margin show, directed by David Herskovits, approaches “The One Thousand and One Nights” from another angle, focusing on a wily servant girl. The cast includes Caitlin Nasema Cassidy, Sophie Laruelle, Anthony Vaughn Merchant, Anish Roy and Isuri Wijesundara.
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‘MRS. MURRAY’S MENAGERIE’ at Greenwich House Theater (previews start on March 26; opens on April 8). The Mad Ones, creators of some of the richest and most carefully observed devised theater, make a show about making a show. This latest play centers on a 1970s children’s television program, with Phillip James Brannon, Brad Heberlee, Carmen M. Herlihy and January LaVoy joining Mad Ones regulars. Lila Neugebauer directs.
‘ANASTASIA’ at the Broadhurst Theater (closes on March 31). This Broadway musical, about a possible heir to the Russian throne, takes just a few more journeys into the past. With Christy Altomare in the starring role, a book by Terrence McNally and songs by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, this adaptation of two 20th Century Fox films “trembles nonstop with internal conflicts during its drawn-out two-and-a-half hours,” Ben Brantley wrote.
‘BOESMAN AND LENA’ at the Pershing Square Signature Center (closes on March 24). Athol Fugard’s apartheid-era drama, staged by the South African director Yaël Farber, treks toward its final performance. Jesse Green argues that the play, about a common-law couple in search of shelter, has metamorphosed into an existential drama, reshaped perhaps by Zainab Jah and Sahr Ngaujah’s “admirable, uncompromising performances.”
‘GLORIA’ at the Daryl Roth Theater (closes on March 31). Audiences have two more weeks to acknowledge the equality and full humanity of women as this biographical play centered on Gloria Steinem draws to a close Off Broadway. Directed by Diane Paulus and now starring Patricia Kalember, the show concludes with a talking circle, which on the night Jesse Green saw it, “took the raw materials of the play and turned them into thrilling community drama.”
‘HURRICANE DIANE’ at New York Theater Workshop (closes on March 24). Madeleine George’s untamed skewering of Euripides’s “The Bacchae,” reset in a suburban cul-de-sac, finishes its run. This tragicomedy about climate change and landscape architecture, directed by Leigh Silverman, stars the inimitable Becca Blackwell as a butch gardener. Jesse Green wrote that Dionysus’s nonbinary energy, as delivered by the nonbinary Blackwell, “unleashes something wild in the play.”
‘SEA WALL/A LIFE’ at the Public Theater (closes on March 31). The men in sweaters in these twinned one-acts will soon stop wrestling with existence. Tom Sturridge stars in Simon Stephen’s play, while Jake Gyllenhaal delivers Nick Payne’s monologue. Carrie Cracknell directs both. According to Jesse Green, “the performances give you plenty to ponder in showing how we now read life, with or without fate, as everyone’s tragedy.”
‘SUICIDE FOREST’ at the Bushwick Starr (closes on March 23). Kristine Haruna Lee’s absurdist drama wraps up in Brooklyn. Directed by Aya Ogawa, it intertwines the lives of a suicidal salaryman and an abused schoolgirl with Lee’s own family history. Laura Collins-Hughes wrote that, for Lee, “this play is an exorcism. But it is also an embrace.”
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