'The Caretaker'
Performances begin May 3

Harold Pinter is not generally known for the hilarity of his oeuvre, but in 1960 he wrote: "As far as I am concerned, The Caretaker IS funny, up to a point. Beyond that point, it ceases to be funny, and it is because of that point that I wrote it." If anyone can locate that narrow strip of humor, it is likely Jonathan Pryce, a nuanced actor with a talent for absurdity. He'll star in a revival of this drama about two brothers and the tramp (Pryce) who comes to sojourn in their West London home. BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, bam.org

'Rapture Blister Burn'
Performances begin May 11

First-wave feminism succeeded to second, second to third. But Gina Gionfriddo's new play shows that four women (and one man) are still high and dry. Catherine is an academic superstar home to care for her aging mother. Her former roommate, Gwen, is a stay-at-home mother with an indolent husband and a battered babysitter. Together, they try to negotiate love, marriage, sex, children, work, and autonomy—with worryingly little success. Peter DuBois directs the girl trouble. Playwrights Horizon, 416 West 42nd Street, playwrightshorizons.org

'Medieval Play'
Performances begin May 15

The Papal Schism of 1378! What, that doesn't strike you as surefire comedic material? Then you, apparently, have little in common with playwright Kenneth Lonergan. Fulfilling his commission for the Signature Theatre, Lonergan writes and directs this comedy, which features two perfect, gentle French knights in a "new and meandering comedy with no contemporary parallels." Expect Lonergan to light on a droll portrait of the Dark Ages, though likely with better hygiene and less livestock. The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, signaturetheatre.org

'Love Goes to Press'
Performances begin May 26

If people remember Martha Gellhorn at all, they recall her as Ernest Hemingway's third wife. But Gellhorn was immensely accomplished in her own right—as a war correspondent, travel writer, and novelist. The Mint Theater reminds us of yet another of her vocations: playwright. In 1946, she and fellow journalist Virginia Cowles scripted this three-act comedy in which war plays only a supporting role in the real conflict—a battle of the sexes. Mint Theater Company, 311 West 43rd Street, minttheater.org

'Democracy'
Performances begin May 31

Have primaries, super PACs, and endless debates got you down? Do you feel that as a person—rather than a corporation—you're powerless to influence the election process? Then the Brick wants your vote. In this innovative festival, audiences will involve themselves from the onset, voting on which shows should appear. After triumphing in primary elections, candidate plays will appear through the end of June, when they vie for the Brick presidency. The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, bricktheater.com

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