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Five Shows Scott Brown Really Wants to See

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Another show we want to see: House/Divided at BAM. Click to page two for more.  

1. Grace
Playwright Craig Wright reunites with his Mistakes Were Made muse Michael Shannon, who’ll play gruff skeptic to Paul Rudd’s holy-roller entrepreneur. For those who found Mistakes a witty end-of-empire riff, this setup hints at greatness. Cort Theatre; previews Sept. 13, opening Oct. 4.

2. Sorry
Richard Nelson continues his Apple Family saga (That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad) with a play that won’t be finished until the night it opens: Election Day, November 6. Whatever the outcome, Nelson and his clan of upper-middle-class New Yorkers (all the neuroses, none of the cartoonishness) will be there to pierce our souls. Public Theater; previews Oct. 30, opening Nov. 6.

3. The Anarchist
David Mamet is a star magnet this season: Patti LuPone and the elusive Debra Winger face off in his new women’s-prison drama, which has Mametphiles and Mametphobes (and diva-ologists!) alike sharpening their grawlixes. Plus there’s the Pacino-Cannavale Glengarry Glen Ross revival (see Q&A at left). Golden Theatre; previews Nov. 13, opening Dec. 2.

4. Roman Tragedies
I go all Fifty Shades for Ivo van Hove (The Little Foxes, Streetcar), who’ll be turning the Howard Gilman Opera House into a Roman amphitheater for an immersive marathon of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus, knitted into one work. BAM; Nov. 16–18.

5. The Whale
I was a massive fan of Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise; now this exciting young playwright moves uptown with the story of a 600-pound man (the great Shuler Hensley) trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Playwrights Horizons; previews Oct. 12, opening Nov. 5.


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