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Off-Broadway Fall Calendar

September 8, 2013

YellowBrix

STOP. RESET: A long-established African-American book publisher must face the challenge of the e-book age, in the play by Regina Taylor. Opens today. Signature Theatre Company, 480 W. 42nd St. 212- 244-7529 or signaturetheatre.org

ALL THE FACES OF THE MOON: Monologist Mike Daisey will tell a different 90-minute story each evening for 29 nights, with each tale relating to New York. In previews; opens Wednesday. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. 212-967-7555 or publictheater.org

THE OLD FRIENDS: In Horton Foote's play, conflicts arise between two old Texas farming families. In previews; opens Thursday. Signature Theatre Company, 480 W. 42nd St. 212-244-7529 or signaturetheatre.org

FETCH CLAY, MAKE MEN: Based on a true story, Will Power's play charts the friendship that developed between young heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay and veteran Hollywood actor Stepin Fetchit. In previews; opens Thursday. New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. Fourth St. 212-279-4200 or ticketcentral.com

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY: Anne Washburn's dark comedy speculates on what elements of our culture will still be around in 100 years. In previews; opens next Sunday. Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St. 212-279-4200 or ticketcentral.com

YOU NEVER CAN TELL: Revival of George Bernard Shaw's comedy. In previews; opens next Sunday. Pearl Theatre Company, 555 W. 42nd St. 212-563-9261 or pearltheatre.org

PHILIP GOES FORTH: Revival of George Kelly's 1931 comedy about a young man who spurns the family business to pursue a playwriting career. In previews; opens Sept. 16. Mint Theater Company, 311 W. 43rd St. 866-811-4111 or minttheater.org

WOMEN OR NOTHING: Filmmaker Ethan Coen's first full-length play is about two women desperate to have a child. In previews; opens Sept. 16. Atlantic Theater Company, 336 W. 20th St. 212-279-4200 or ticketcentral.com

ARGUENDO: Elevator Repair Service ("Gatz") presents a theater work with a text consisting of the verbatim oral argument before the Supreme Court in a 1991 case involving public nudity. Previews begin Tuesday; opens Sept. 24. Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. 212-967- 7555 or publictheater.org

THE FILM SOCIETY: Revival of Jon Robin Baitz's early play about an apartheid controversy in a South African school in 1970. With Euan Morton. Previews begin Tuesday; opens Oct. 1. Keen Company production at the Clurman Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St. 212-239-6200 or telecharge.com

BAD JEWS: Revival of Joshua Harmon's comedy about what it means to be a good (or bad) Jew. Previews begin Sept. 19; opens Oct. 3. Roundabout Theatre Company production at the Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St. 212-719-1300 or roundabouttheatre.org

LADY DAY: A play about Billie Holiday, with the songs she made famous. Dee Dee Bridgewater stars in Stephen Stahl's drama. Previews begin Sept. 19; opens Oct. 3. Little Shubert Theatre, 422 W. 42nd St. 212-239-6200 or telecharge.com

SARAH FLOOD IN SALEM MASS: The play by Adiano Shaplin offers a new perspective on the run-up to the Salem witch trials. Previews begin Sept. 24; opens Oct. 6. The Flea Theatre, 41 White St. 212- 226-2407 or theflea.org

BRONX BOMBERS: A history of the New York Yankees, by Eric Simonson, whose previous sports plays were "Lombardi" and "Magic/ Bird." Previews begin Sept. 17; opens Oct. 8. Primary Stages production at the Duke Theater, 229 W. 42nd St. 646-223-3010 or dukeon42.org

THE SEAGULL: Trudie Styler (Sting's wife) stars in a revival of Chekhov's play, re-set in Ireland. Previews begin Oct. 3; opens Oct. 13. Culture Project production at the Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St. 866-811-4111 or ovationtix.com

THE MODEL APARTMENT: Revival of Donald Margulies' play about two elderly Holocaust survivors facing the demons of their past. Previews begin Sept. 24; opens Oct. 15. Primary Stages production at 59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St. 212-279-4200 or ticketcentral.com.

ROMEO AND JULIET: Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") will play Juliet in Shakespeare's romantic tragedy. The cast also includes William Hurt and T.R. Knight. Previews begin Sept. 27; opens Oct. 16. Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St. 212-352-3101 or ovationtix.com

JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK: J. Smith-Cameron stars in a revival of Sean O'Casey's play, set in Dublin during the Irish Civil War. Previews begin Oct. 9; opens Oct. 20. Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St. 212-727-2737 or irishrep.org

LUCE: A teacher makes a damaging discovery about a standout high school student, in the play by JC Lee. Previews begin Oct. 5; opens Oct. 21. Lincoln Center Theater production at the Claire Tow Theater, 150 W. 65th St. 212-239-6200 or telecharge.com

FUN HOME: A musical, based on Alison Bechdel's graphic autobiographical novel. With Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn. Previews begin Sept. 30; opens Oct. 22. Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. 212-967-7555 or publictheater.org

THE LANDING: David Hyde Pierce stars in a new musical, with music by John Kander ("Chicago," "Cabaret"), that consists of three related stories. Previews begin Oct. 3; opens Oct. 23. Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St. 212-279-4200 or ticketcentral.com

GRASSES OF A THOUSAND COLORS: Wallace Shawn's play is concerned with, among other things, sex and ecological disaster. Shawn co- stars with Julie Hagerty and Jennifer Tilly. Previews begin Oct. 8; opens Oct. 28. Theatre for a New Audience and Public Theater co- production at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. 212-967-7555 or publictheater.org

GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN: The Foundry Theatre's adaptation of Brecht's play about what it means to be a good person in a cruel world. Previews begin Oct. 18; opens Oct. 29. Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. 212-967-7555 or publictheater.org

ONE NIGHT ... : Drama by Charles Fuller ("A Soldier's Play") that centers on sexual abuse of women in the military. Previews begin Oct. 17; opens Oct. 30. Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and Cherry Lane Theatre co-production at the Cherry Lane, 38 Commerce St. 212- 352-3101 or cherrylanetheatre.org

DOMESTICATED: Laurie Metcalf and Jeff Goldblum head the cast of the new play by Bruce Norris ("Clybourne Park"), about a couple whose marriage is affected by their involvement in a scandal. Previews begin Oct. 10; opens Nov. 4. Presented by Lincoln Center Theater at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 W. 65th St. 212-239- 6200 or telecharge.com

HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AND THEN KILL THEM: Halley Feiffer's play is about three troubled girls who learn to lean on one another. Previews begin Oct. 23; opens Nov. 7. Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, 224 Waverly Place. 212-868-4444 or smarttix.com

THE JACKSONIAN: The new play by Beth Henley ("Crimes of the Heart") concerns racism in Jackson, Miss., in the 1960s. The cast includes Ed Harris, Glenne Headley and Bill Pullman. Previews begin Oct. 25; opens Nov. 7. New Group production at the Acorn Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St. 212-244-3380 or thenewgroup.org

THE PATRON SAINT OF SEA MONSTERS: A comedy, by Marlane Meyer, about the tricky path to true romance. Previews begin Oct. 18; opens Nov. 12. Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St. 212-279-4200 or ticketcentral.com

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE: A musical based on the film about a family's tumultuous journey to a pre-teen beauty pageant. With Will Chase and Stephanie J. Block. Previews begin Oct. 15; opens in mid- November. Second Stage Theatre, 305 W. 43rd St. 212-246-4422 or 2ST.com

SMALL ENGINE REPAIR: John Pollono's play concerns three longtime buddies who hang out at one of the trio's repair shop. Previews begin Oct. 30; opening TBA. MCC Theater production at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St. 212-279-4200 or ticketcentral.com

TAKING CARE OF BABY: A family drama by Dennis Kelly, who wrote the book for the musical "Matilda." Previews begin Nov. 5; opens Nov. 19. Manhattan Theatre Club production at the New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St. 212-581-1212 or citytix.com

THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA: Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner costar in a first play by actress Amanda Peet. It's about the relationship of a once-rich woman (Danner), who's stripped of her lavish lifestyle as a result of the exposure of her husband's Wall Street scam, and her daughter (Parker). Previews begin Oct. 22; opens Nov. 21. Presented by the Manhattan Theatre Club at the New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St. 212-581-1212 or citytix.com

REGULAR SINGING: The fourth and last play in Richard Nelson's series about the Apple family, in which the openings have all been on the days in which the action takes place. This one occurs on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The first three plays will also be presented, in repertory. Previews begin Oct. 22; "Regular Singing" opens Nov. 22. Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. 212-967-7555 or publictheater.org

HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED: Ruben Santiago-Hudson portrays playwright August Wilson in a solo show about Wilson's life. Previews begin in November; opens Nov. 24. Signature Theatre Company, 480 W. 42nd St. 212-244-7529 or signaturetheatre.org

TOO MUCH, TOO MUCH, TOO MANY: New comedy-drama by Meghan Kennedy. Previews begin Oct. 25; opens Nov. 30. Roundabout Theatre Company production at the Black Box Theatre, 111 W. 46th St. 212-719-1300 or roundabouttheatre.org

SUNSET BABY: Dominique Morisseau's play is about a former black revolutionary who decides to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Previews begin Nov. 6; opening TBA. Labyrinth Theater Company production at the Bank Street Theater, 155 Bank St. 212-513-1080 or labtheater.org

WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? Musician and actor Kyle Riabko gives a "new generation" sound to the songs of Burt Bacharach. Previews begin Nov. 19; opens Dec. 5. New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St. 212- 279-4200 or ticketcentral.com

CHERI: An interdisciplinary work by Martha Clarke, which uses theater, music and dance to tell the story of the relationship between an older woman and a young man. Based on the 1920 novella by Colette. Previews begin in November; opens Dec. 8. Signature Theatre Company, 480 W. 42nd St. 212-244-7529 or signaturetheatre.org

AND AWAY WE GO: Terrence McNally's play is a journey through theater history, beginning in ancient Athens. Previews begin Nov. 12; opening TBA. Pearl Theatre Company, 555 W. 42nd St. 212-563- 9261 or pearltheatre.org

THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE: A time-jumping tribute, by Madeleine George, to the dependable among us -- machines as well as people. Previews begin Nov. 17; opens Dec. 9. Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St. 212-279-4200 or ticketcentral.com

-- Robert Feldberg

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