Top 9 New NYC Plays To Catch (Opening Fall 2011)

By Alexandra Ley

1. Follies

A must-see for Broadway savants.

This revived Sondheim classic with a star-studded cast transferred from the Kennedy Center over the summer. Musical theatre enthusiasts are flocking to the Marquis Theater to recover the glory days of Broadway’s folly dancers and the stories of the performers who were there. (Currently running)

2. The Mountaintop
This London import by Katori Hall features a two-person cast of Samuel L. Jackson as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Angela Basset as Camae, his hotel maid in Memphis, TN on the eve of his assassination. (Previews began September 22, opening October 13)

3. Relatively Speaking: Three One-Act Plays
Three one-act plays by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen, and Elaine May will produce three times as many laughs with an ensemble cast of film and theatre actors. (Previews began September 20, opening October 20)


4. Seminar
Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe, and Hamis Linklater star in this new drama about young writers who experience everything from sex to literary inspiration in a writing seminar taught by an internationally-celebrated novelist. (Previews begin October 27, opening November 20)

5. Asuncion
Academy Award-nominated Jesse Eisenberg (from The Social Network) will act in his own play about three college roommates of different backgrounds and interests who strive to show off how open-minded and politically-correct they can be. (Previews begin October 12, opening October 27)

6. The Select

Surprisingly, he’s kind of cute… 
Broadway must have a thing for the 
unconventionally attractive.

Last year, Elevator Repair Service made waves with it’s “read-aloud/dinner-theatre” version of The Great Gatsby, and now they’re back with a new adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, a semi-autobiographical account of a post-World War I expatriate and his acquaintances as they travel around Europe. (Currently running)

7. We Live Here
Zoe Kazan, daughter of internationally-known director and playwright Elia Kazan, has written a family drama starring Betty Gilpin, Oscar Isaac, and Jeremy Shamos being produced by Manhattan Theatre Club. (Previews begin September 22, opening October 12)

Samuel L. Jackson as MLK Jr. hell yes.

8. King Lear
The Public Theater typically produces Shakespeare’s plays in Central Park during the summer, but is gearing up to produce one of his greatest tragedies indoors as part of a season-long trilogy with Sam Waterston in the title role. (Opening October 18)

9. Venus in Fur
Classic Stage Company’s 2010 Off-Broadway production of the David Ives comedy about an actress and her audition panelist will move to Broadway this fall with a cast consisting of Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy. (Previews begin October 13, opening November 8)

Alexandra Ley is a junior at Barnard College and Contributing Editor, Copy Editor, and Co-Arts Editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing blog. She wants to see all these plays.


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