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Theater: The Twenty

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12. The Little Foxes
The avant-garde director Ivo Van Hove and the intense Elizabeth Marvel (last together in 2004’s Hedda Gabler) reunite, to revive Lillian Hellman’s lacerating Southern family drama. New York Theatre Workshop;in previews Sept. 10, opening Sept. 21.

13. Angels in America
Tony Kushner’s two-part epic, directed by Michael Greif and starring Zachary Quinto, sold out and was extended for more than a month even before previews began.
Peter Norton Space; in previews Sept. 14 (part I) and Sept. 16 (part II), opening Oct. 28.

14. Me, Myself & I
Edward Albee’s 30th play applies his absurdist approach to questions of identity with this story of a mother who can’t tell her identical-twin sons apart.
Playwrights Horizons; in previews Aug. 24, opening Sept. 12.

15. Gatz
A guy finds a copy of The Great Gatsby in his office and spends six and a half hours reading aloud as his co-workers enact the novel, in a meta-commentary on what constitutes theater. Public Theater; in previews Sept. 26, opening Oct. 6.

16. The Great Game: Afghanistan
This assemblage of twelve short, pithy plays aims to capture more than 150 years of nuanced Afghan history.
NYU Skirball Center; in previews Dec. 1, opening Dec. 7.

17. In the Wake
Lisa Kron and Leigh Silverman, the pair behind 2006’s offbeat comedy Well, return with a work about the angst felt by a group of New Yorkers during the George W. Bush years.
Public Theater; in previews Oct. 19, opening November 1.

18. Wings
Arthur Kopit’s rarely staged 1978 play stars Jan Maxwell (robbed of a Tony this year!) as a daredevilish woman recovering from a stroke. John Doyle, of the superb Company and Sweeney Todd revivals, directs.
Second Stage Theatre; in previews Oct. 5, opening Oct. 24.

19. Persephone
Greek myths lend themselves beautifully to multimedia, and Bob McGrath’s production for the Ridge Theater uses music and visual projections to immerse viewers in the ancient tale. Julia Stiles, who started with the Ridge when she was 8, takes the title role.
BAM Harvey Theater; Oct. 26–30.

20. Metamorphosis
Nick Cave co-wrote the score for his Kafka adaptation in 2006, but this marks its first Stateside appearance. It’s bound to be a success: After all, New Yorkers have a special relationship with cockroaches.
BAM Harvey Theater Nov. 30–Dec. 5.


Plus

BROADWAY

Lombardi: Football’s greatest coach gets a bio-play, starring Dan Lauria. Circle in the Square, Sept. 23.
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway:Beatlemania! redux. Neil Simon Theatre, Oct. 19.

OFF BROADWAY

Orlando:
Sarah Ruhl adapts Virginia Woolf. Classic Stage Company, Sept. 8.
The Divine Sister: Charles Busch dons nun drag. SoHo Playhouse, Sept. 12.
Middletown: Will Eno (Thom Pain: based on nothing) puts small-town America under a microscope. Vineyard Theatre, Oct. 6.
Play Dead: A new thriller by Teller (the smaller chunk of Penn & Teller) and Todd Robbins. Players Theatre, Oct. 21.
The Break of Noon: David Duchovny in Neil LaBute’s latest. Lucille Lortel Theatre, Oct. 28.


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