(Closes Aug. 12) (1 hr 30 mins, no intermission) A one-night stand with a third man turns into something more for a married gay couple in an open relationship in S. Asher Gelman’s play. Nudity. For audiences 18+. The Loft at The Davenport Theatre, 354 W. 45th St., 2nd fl., btw Eighth & Ninth aves., 212.239.6200.
(2 hrs 15 mins) People and puppets live together on a fictitious New York City block in this uproarious Tony Awardwinning musical for adults. New World Stages, Stage 3, 340 W. 50th St., btw Eighth & Ninth aves., 212.239.6200.
BE MORE CHILL
(Previews began July 26, opens Aug. 9, closes Sept. 23) The new coming- of-agein-the- digital-age musical is the story of an average high school kid from New Jersey who, though he longs to be popular, also wants to remain true to himself. The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St., btw Ninth & 10th aves., 212.279.4200.
(Closes Aug. 19) (1 hr 35 mins, no intermission) In adapting
Bizet’s opera “Carmen” for the American musical stage, Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics) moved the action from Spain to the American South during World War II and wrote new lyrics for Bizet’s music. Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., btw Third & Fourth aves., 866.811.4111.
COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES
(Previews begin Aug. 16, opens Sept. 12, closes Sept. 23) In Jen Silverman’s comedy, five women named Betty go on a journey of self- discovery. The New York premiere stars Dana Delany, Lea DeLaria, Adina Verson, Ana Villafañe and Chaunté Wayans. MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., btw Bleecker & Hudson sts., 212.352.3101.
DAYS TO COME
(Previews begin Aug. 2, opens Aug. 26, closes Sept. 30) (2 hrs 20 mins) The Mint Theater Company revives Lillian Hellman’s 1936 play about a labor dispute at a family- owned factory in a Midwestern town. Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., btw Ninth & 10th aves., 212.239.6200.
(2 hrs 10 mins) A wily sheriff, an authoritarian governor, an eccentric priest, a saloon girl gone good, a nun gone bad and a young man in trouble with the law: This madcap musical comedy, inspired by Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” is set in the 1890’s Wild West. New World Stages, Stage 4, 340 W. 50th St., btw Eighth & Ninth aves., 212.279.6200.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
(July 4-Aug. 26) The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) presents the American premiere of the Yiddish language adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical based on stories by Sholem Aleichem about milkman
Tevye, his family and their traditional community in pre-revolutionary Russia. Edmund J. Safra Theatre at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., at 1st Pl., 866.811.4111.
FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY
(2 hrs 10 mins) The gang’s all here in the unauthorized musical parody of the hit TV sitcom about twentysomethings living and loving in 1990s NYC. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., btw Eighth & Ninth aves., 212.239.6200.
IN & OF ITSELF
(Closes Aug. 19) (1 hr 15 mins, no intermission) Magic meets storytelling in this paradoxical theater piece, written and performed by Derek DelGaudio, directed by Frank Oz and produced by Neil Patrick Harris. Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 E. 15th St., at Union Sq. E., 800.745.3000.
(2 hrs 30 mins) The behindthe-scenes story of pop sensations, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, includes the group’s greatest hits, such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” New World Stages, Stage 1, 340 W. 50th St., btw Eighth & Ninth aves., 212.239.6200.
(Closes Sept. 8) (2 hrs) Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj’s play tells the story of the Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend the formerly segregated Little Rock Central High School three years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ruled that segregating students based on race was unconstitutional. Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, 18 Bleecker St., at Elizabeth St., 212.925.2812.
MARY PAGE MARLOWE
(Closes Aug. 12) An ordinary woman lives an extraordinary life in Tracy Letts’ new play, starring Tatiana Maslany. Tony
Kiser Theatre at Second Stage, 305 W. 43rd St., btw Eighth & Ninth aves., 212.246.4422.
MIKE BIRBIGLIA: THE NEW ONE
(Previews began July 18, opens Aug. 2, closes Aug. 26) Comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia returns with a new solo show, which he has written and performs. Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St., btw Morton & Barrow sts., 866.811.4111.
MY LIFE ON A DIET
(Closes Aug. 19) (1 hr 30 mins, no intermission) Actress/comedian/author Renée Taylor’s one-woman show recounts her ongoing struggle to achieve the perfect figure. Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 W. 46th St., btw Ninth & 10th aves., 212.239.6200.
NEVERLAND: PETER RETURNS
( Thru Aug. 26) (45 mins) Based on J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” tales, Adam Kilgore’s children’s play features handcrafted marionette puppets and an original score. Recommended for children ages 3-9. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, enter the park at W. 81st St. & Central Park W., 212.988.9093.
ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
(Closes Aug. 12) (2 hrs) A young woman with extrasensory powers goes to a psychiatrist to cure her smoking habit in the 1965 musical comedy with music by Burton Lane and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St., btw Sixth & Seventh aves., 212.727.2737.
(Closes Aug. 19) (1 hr 45 mins, no intermission) A liberal, Harvard Law School grad clerks with conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the New York premiere of John Strand’s
play. 59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St., btw Park & Madison aves., 212.279.4200.
(1 hr 45 mins, no intermission) Any similarity to a fictional school for gifted-in-a- certain-way children (think: Hogwarts) is strictly intentional as Wayne, an average boy from New Mexico, and his mates (known as Puffs) study to be wizards. New World Stages, Stage 5, 340 W. 50th St., btw Eighth & Ninth aves., 212.239.6200.
THE SAINTLINESS OF MARGERY KEMPE
(Closes Aug. 26) (2 hrs 15 mins) English mystic Margery Kempe was a woman ahead of her time, the 14th century. John Wulp’s new play is a comedic look at a woman’s quest to live life (and achieve saintliness) on her own terms in a society dominated by men. The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W. 42nd St., btw Seventh & Eighth aves., 646.223.3010.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Presented outdoors and under the stars for free in Central Park, The Public Theater’s summer season of Shakespeare concludes with a musical adaptation of the comedy, “Twelfth Night,” July
17-Aug. 19. Tu-Su 8 pm. Free tickets are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the performance and by random mobile lottery on the TodayTix app, also on the day of the performance. Delacorte Theater in Central Park, entrance at Central Park West & W. 81st St., 212.539.8500.
(Closes Aug. 26) (2 hrs 15 mins) Playwright Joshua Harmon takes on today’s youth-andbeauty culture in his latest. Jodi, a divorcée played by Idina Menzel, is caught off guard when her ex-husband becomes engaged to a much younger woman and her gay fashion- designer father
is otherwise engaged in an affair with a 20-year- old former adult film star. Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., btw Sixth & Seventh aves., 212.719.1300.
SLEEP NO MORE
(up to 3 hrs) In this immersive, interactive theater piece, mask-wearing audiences wander at will and at their own pace through a 100,000-square-foot environment—an abandoned 1930s luxury hotel— eavesdropping on scenes and characters that conjure up Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” The McKittrick Hotel, 530 W. 27th St., btw 10th & 11th aves., 866.811.4111.
SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE
(1 hr 30 mins, no intermission) The revival of the long-running revue is a tribute to the staying power of the songs written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. A cast of nine perform more than 30 Leiber and Stoller classics, from “Hound Dog” to “On Broadway.” Stage 42, 422 W. 42nd St., btw Ninth & 10th aves., 212.239.6200.
(1 hr 40 mins) In a dazzling percussive performance, the eight-member cast conjures rhythm out of brooms, dustbins, hubcaps and more. Orpheum Theatre, 126 Second Ave., at E. 8th St., 800.982.2787.
(Closes Aug. 26) (2 hrs 45 mins) The Tooting Arts Club revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical creates a working pieshop environment in which bloodthirsty barber Sweeney Todd can wreak vengeance and Mrs. Lovett, his partner in crime, can bake “the worst pies in London.” Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St., at Seventh Ave. So., 866.811.4111.
THAT PHYSICS SHOW
(1 hr 30 mins) Physics makes the world go ’round, and instructor David Maiullo finds the fun and magic in the science in his family-friendly, one-man show. Included are segments on momentum, energy, temperature and more. The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th St., 8th fl., btw Sixth & Seventh aves., 866.811.4111.
THIS AIN’T NO DISCO
(Closes Aug. 12) In 1979, Studio 54 and the Mudd Club ruled the city’s nightlife. The new musical by the co-authors of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Jersey Boys” goes behind the velvet ropes. Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St., btw Eighth & Ninth aves., 866.811.4111.
(1 hr 15 mins, no intermission) Based on the 1993 novel by Irvine Welsh and Danny Boyle’s Oscar-nominated 1996 film, Harry Gibson’s immersive stage adaptation (the audience is part of the show, which is set in a crack house) recounts in graphic detail the heroin scene in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the late-1980s. “Trainspotting” contains nudity, strong language, violence, drug use and scenes of a sexual nature, and is for audiences 16+. Roy Arias Stages, 777 Eighth Ave,, btw W. 47th & W. 48th sts.
VITALY: AN EVENING OF WONDERS
(Closes Sept. 30) (2 hrs) Magician Vitaly Beckman makes his New York City performing debut. Among his illusions are paintings that come to life, still photographs that turn into mini-movies and bare broken tree branches that visibly sprout new green leaves. Westside
Theatre Upstairs, 407 W. 43rd St., btw Ninth & 10th aves., 212.239.6200.