Fall Guide: The Tricycle Theatre Invades With Its Epic History of Afghanistan

The Public Theater presents director Nicholas Kent's production of The Great Game

Performances begin September 26

Elevator Repair Service has been beating on, boats against the current, in hopes that the Fitzgerald estate might one day license their epic, nearly-eight-hour adaptation of The Great Gatsby to play in New York. Happily, that great day has arrived. In John Collins’s wondrous production, Nick, Tom, Daisy, Jay, and his many glorious shirts are conjured out of an ordinary office. The play includes every single word of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel of self-creation and self-deception. The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, publictheater.org

Hotel Savoy
Performances begin September 30

The Hotel Savoy has a very limited capacity. Want a suite? An en suite? A room with a view? You’re out of luck. In fact, this hotel has such a limited inventory that it caters to only a single guest. The Goethe-Institut and P.S.122 host this site-specific piece by Dominic Huber, into which only one spectator at a time can enter. The play, inspired by a Joseph Roth novella, centers on an enormous inn in a nameless city in the years after World War II. The Goethe-Institut, 1014 Fifth Avenue, ps122.org

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Performances begin October 2

It seems unbelievable that filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar has never created a musical. His movies are already so rhythmic, so harmonious. Apparently, Lincoln Center’s Bartlett Sher sensed their melodic potential, since he has helped transform Almodóvar’s 1988 film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, that carnival of candy-colored neurosis, into a tuner with a book by Jeffrey Lane and music by David Yazbek. Sherie Rene Scott and Patti LuPone will play the titular basket cases. Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th Street, lct.org

Three Women
Performances begin October 5

Not long before her suicide, Sylvia Plath treated BBC listeners to a less than cheerful radio play about the terrors of motherhood. Three women, none of them named, discuss troubled pregnancies and fraught childbirths. “I am the center of an atrocity,” says a woman in labor. Director Robert Shaw has adapted this maternity ward to the stage. It runs in repertory with Edward Anthony’s Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath, in which Esther Greenwood, that carefree flit from The Bell Jar, decides to write a poem. 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, 59e59.org

There Are No More Big Secrets
Performances begin November 3

Just a few hours from New York City, Delaware County offers many activities: hiking, boating, fishing, skiing, and an annual lumberjack festival. It’s also a pretty decent place to hide out from the Russian mob. In this new play by Obie Award–winning actress Heidi Schreck, high school teachers have their upstate idyll shattered by the arrival of an old friend, his dissident journalist wife, and their teenage daughter. Asylum-seeking never seemed so bucolic. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, rattlestick.org

Notes From Underground
Performances begin November 7

Those who found wading through 900 pages of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Demons rather a slog may be cheered to learn that Theatre for a New Audience has announced a stage version of one of the author’s much shorter works, adapted by Robert Woodruff and Bill Camp. The redoubtable Camp, under Woodruff’s direction, stars as the titular misanthrope, a man whose seemingly sole pleasure lies in denouncing the corruption that surrounds him. If only he’d lived in an era of op-ed pages. Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, tfana.org

The Red Shoes
Performances begin November 19

Jimmy Choos strain the arch awfully at vertiginous heights, and Manohlo Blahniks threaten to snap all but the sturdiest of ankles. Certain shoes, though, actually dance their wearer to death. The Red Shoes, a “menacing cabaret” from England’s Kneehigh Theatre, based on a Hans Christian Andersen short story, concerns a young girl and some very deadly footwear. St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water Street, stannswarehouse.org

Performances begin November 30

Cockroaches teem in New York City, but few approach the size or literary significance of the one that Gregor Samsa becomes in Franz Kafka’s entomological novella. That particular Czech insect arrives at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, via a co-production by Iceland’s Vesturport Theater and England’s Lyric Hammermsith. Macabre rocker Nick Cave supplies the play with creepy-crawly songs. Let’s hope this show has legs. Six of ’em. BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, bam.org

Three Pianos
Performances begin December 7

If you thought that an evening spent in contemplation of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise might be a rather somber event, you clearly haven’t had enough to drink. This show can help. New York Theatre Workshop hosts a new production of this Obie-winning piece by Hoi Polloi, in which three bibulous composers attempt to pay tribute to their favorite song cycle—while consuming copious amounts of red wine, which they’re kind enough to share with the audience. Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy take us to their lieder. New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th Street, nytw.org

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