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 TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS’ at the Imperial Theater (in previews; opens on March 21). If you are too proud to beg for a ticket, now would be a good time to buy one for this jukebox musical honoring those R&B smoothies the Temptations. Directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, the team behind “Jersey Boys,” the show has a book by Dominique Morisseau (“Skeleton Crew”).
‘ANYTHING THAT GIVES OFF LIGHT’ at Joe’s Pub (in previews; opens on March 16). The Highlands of Scotland and the hills of Appalachia unexpectedly collide in this new work presented by the TEAM and the National Theater of Scotland, with music by the Bengsons. Directed by Rachel Chavkin, the play tracks an American woman, who finds herself alone on her second honeymoon in Scotland, and the two men she meets at a pub.
‘BURN THIS’ at the Hudson Theater (previews start on March 15; opens on April 16). Lanford Wilson’s incendiary 1987 drama returns to Broadway with a pair of highly flammable stars: Adam Driver and Keri Russell. After the sudden death of a young dancer, his brother (Driver) and his artistic soul mate (Russell) plummet into love. Michael Mayer directs; David Furr and Brandon Uranowitz co-star.
‘THE CRADLE WILL ROCK’ at Classic Stage Company (previews start on March 21; opens on April 3). Marc Blitzstein’s legendary, lefty Federal Theater Project musical, the first production of which was closed before it opened, returns to Classic Stage. The extravagantly talented Tony Yazbeck stars as the hero Larry Foreman. The show concerns a troubled steel industry, greedy businessmen and mass corruption. How could it resonate today?
‘HILLARY AND CLINTON’ at the Golden Theater (previews start on March 16; opens on April 18). Yes, that Hillary. And that Clinton. Mostly. In Lucas Hnath’s alternate-world political comedy, written in 2016 before the election, the pantsuited political candidate navigates the 2008 primaries. Under Joe Mantello’s direction, Laurie Metcalf, who won a Tony for her appearance in Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” stars alongside John Lithgow.
‘I MARRIED AN ANGEL’ at New York City Center (performances start on March 20). Encores! ministers this Rodgers and Hart show, in which a cranky Hungarian banker announces that a woman would have to be absolutely angelic to entice him into marriage. Then she appears. Sara Mearns, a New York City Ballet principal dancer, plays the angel; her husband, Joshua Bergasse, choreographs some new seraphic dances.
‘JULIUS CAESAR’ at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center (previews start on March 17; opens on March 28). Just after the Ides of March, 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.
‘JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK’ at the Irish Repertory Theater (in previews; opens on March 19). Following a nimble production of “The Shadow of a Gunman,” the Irish Repertory Theater returns to the Dublin slums with this tragicomedy, the second in a season devoted to Sean O’Casey. Maryann Plunkett stars as Juno, a wife and mother, struggling to hold her fracturing family close. Neil Pepe directs.
‘NANTUCKET SLEIGH RIDE’ at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater (in previews; opens on March 18). Though the title of John Guare’s latest play may sound like an especially racy entry in Urban Dictionary, it derives from a whaling crisis. This new drama centers on Mundie (John Larroquette), a stockbroker who wields few harpoons. He runs into trouble — and a giant lobster — on an outing to Nantucket.
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‘OKLAHOMA’ at Circle in the Square (previews start on March 19; opens on April 7). The wind is whistling more sultrily as the director Daniel Fish’s seductive deconstruction arrives on Broadway by way of St. Ann’s Warehouse. Starring Damon Daunno and Rebecca Naomi Jones, this production recalibrates the score for a bluegrass band and is mostly, Jesse Green wrote, “audacious in ways that feel dead-on and delightful.”
‘THE WHITE DEVIL’ at the Lucille Lortel Theater (previews start on March 19; opens on March 31). A Jacobean tragedy at its goriest and most amoral, this 1612 John Webster play is revived by Red Bull Theater. Louisa Proske directs this story about an adulterous woman tangled in a sanguineous web of lust, ambition and corruption. Lisa Birnbaum portrays the titular devil, with Daniel Oreskes as her lover and Robert Cuccioli as a future pope.
‘WHITE NOISE’ at the Public Theater (in previews; opens on March 20). A new Suzan-Lori Parks play is never just background noise. In this new four-character drama, fault lines open up in the relationships among college friends. Then the tremors really get going. Oskar Eustis directs the actors Daveed Diggs, Sheria Irving, Thomas Sadoski and Zoë Winters.
‘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.”
‘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.”
‘SUICIDE FOREST’ at the Bushwick Starr (closes on March 23). Kristine Haruna Lee’s absurdist drama wraps up at the Bushwick Starr. 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.”
‘TRUE WEST’ at the American Airlines Theater (closes on March 17). Sam Shepard’s tale of brotherly animus and noxious masculinity, produced by Roundabout Theater Company, stages its last showdown. James Macdonald’s revival, starring Ethan Hawke as a drifter, Paul Dano as a screenwriter and several houseplants as their innocent victims, moved Ben Brantley to write, “everyday sibling rivalry has seldom felt this ominous.”
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