By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
TO MY CHAGRIN
P.S.122, 150 FIRST AVENUE, 212.477.5288
Performer Peggy Shaw has three Obies and a mixed-race grandson. This piece is about the grandson.
October 5-December 15
P.S.122, 150 FIRST AVENUE, 212.477.5288
Spalding Gray's newest monologue recounts his travails after a severe car crash while on vacation in Ireland. (Having just visited and ridden its roads, I'm surprised anyone gets out of Ireland without a smashup.)
TWO NOBLE KINSMEN
October 7-November 9
THE JOSEPH PAPP PUBLIC THEATER, 425 LAFAYETTE STREET, 212.239.6200
This season's Shakespeare offering at the Public is the rarely produced Two Noble Kinsmen, co-written, it's said, with John Fletcher. Perhaps the show will stir interest in a New York Fletcher Festival.
October 9-November 2
THE BELT THEATER, 336 WEST 37TH STREET, 212.613.0033
Welcome to the metaphysics of the missingthe Civilians' latest weaves text and tune into a musical documentary about things that have been lost.
THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME
Opens October 9
THE VINEYARD THEATER, 108 EAST 15TH STREET, 212.353.0303
Mark Brokaw directs Paula Vogel's latest, which also features puppetry by Basil Twist. The family car spins out of control after Christmas dinner, "hurtling the three siblings into the future, where they confront the legacies of their childhood."
PRIVATE JOKES, PUBLIC PLACES
Opens October 10
THEATER AT THE CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE, 538 LAGUARDIA PLACE, 212.239.6200
Oren Safdie's architecture-themed play had a successful run at La MaMa last season, and now returns for an Off-Broadway stint promising a humorous look at the machinations and egos of the architecture world, and a critical examination of postmodern culture.
BAM HARVEY THEATER, 651 FULTON STREET, BROOKLYN, 718.636.4100
Anne Bogart mounts Charles L. Mee's theatrical celebration of the artist Robert Rauschenbergthough no Rauschenberg character actually appears in the play. This SITI Company production is described as "a series of vignettes inspired by Rauschenberg's life that could also be seen as live versions of his works." Next up: waynegretzkycanada.
October 14-November 9
PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS, 416 WEST 42ND STREET, 212.279.4200
Playwright Erin Cressida Wilson mates with composers and lyricists Mike Craver and Jack Herrick to produce a piece that's described as "an erotic chamber musical about a boy who hits puberty while living in a depression-era bordello." With Urinetown's John Cullum, in another genitalia-centered play.
THE VIOLET HOUR
Opens October 16
THE BILTMORE THEATRE, 261 WEST 47TH STREET, 212.239.6200
Richard Greenberg's latest is set in the New York publishing world of 1919. Its NYC premiere is also the debut of the renovated Biltmore Theatre, now under the aegis of the Manhattan Theatre Club. I'm half sad to see the building reopenedabandoned theaters have their own special beauty. Check out the derelict theaters of Detroit at forgottendetroit.com.
Previews October 24, opens November 9
AMERICAN AIRLINES THEATRE, 227 WEST 42ND STREET, 212.719.1300
THE HANGING MAN
BAM HARVEY THEATER, 651 FULTON STREET, 718.636.4100
The U.K.'s Improbable Theatre returns to NYC, with their own play about architecture. The Hanging Mantells the tale of "an architect who dreams of building a cathedral but ends up suspended between heaven and hell." Sorta like Bill Coelius.
Opens November 12
INTAR 53, 508 WEST 53RD STREET, 212.695.6134
Batista flees Cuba, Castro takes Havana, and the mistress of the mansion hightails it north to New York, leaving the house to the cook. Eduardo Machado's play, directed by Michael John Garces, looks at what happens when the mistress's daughter returns to Cuba to reclaim the home.
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
November 14-January 18
NEWHOUSE THEATER, LINCOLN CENTER, 151 WEST 65TH STREET, 212.239.6200
John Kani shared an Obie last season with Winston Ntshona for the revival of their apartheid-themed The Island. Kani's play Nothing but the Truth looks at the conflict between black South Africans who stayed to fight apartheid and the returning exiles. Kani also performs in the piece, which has the distinction of being Lincoln Center Theater's 100th production.
THE REGARD EVENING
December 3-January 25
THE SIGNATURE THEATER, 555 WEST 42ND STREET, 212.244.7529
Bill Irwin is this season's celebrated artist at the Signature. The Regard Evening is a revival of Irwin's The Regard of Flight, in which an everyman's worst nightmare comes true when he wakes up and finds himself onstage. The program will feature a sequel to the piece, set 20 years later.