With Labor Day behind us, summer is officially over (we’ll miss you, frosé!). Don’t worry, New Yorkers, fall has its merits. Chief among them is the return of fresh (and tanned) talent to stages and performance spaces across the city. With so much incredible theater happening, how do you choose? We asked our theater and performance experts to share the productions they’re most excited to see themselves. Get in touch with our experience advisers for tickets to any of these expert-approved shows.
David Cote, Theater Expert
One of the most seasoned voices in the NYC theater scene, Cote is a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle and his works has appeared in the pages of The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York.
As You Like It, September 13–October 22
The magnificent and steely Ellen Burstyn returns to the stage in an intimate production of Shakespeare’s pastoral classic about bad poetry, unrequited love, cross-dressing princesses, and the “seven ages of man.” Classic Stage Company’s own John Doyle directs a Jazz Age setting, with original music by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), for this production. The cast includes such New York City stage vets as Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Hannah Cabell, André De Shields, and Bob Stillman.
The Last Match, September 28–December 24
Tennis fans may perk up at this offering from the Roundabout Theatre Company. Anna Ziegler’s new play is set at the semifinals of the U.S. Open, where two greats are facing off in the match of their lives. Tim Porter, the aging all-American favorite, wants to prove to the world, his wife, and himself that he’s still a champion. Hotheaded rising star Sergei Sergeyev struggles to believe he truly deserves to beat his lifelong hero. Gaye Taylor Upchurch directs a production we’re guessing will have some fairly percussive sound design.
When Pigs Fly, begins October 6
I remember hearing about this campy cult hit when it played off-Broadway in 1996–98. Somehow I missed my chance to see it, but now it’s back! Howard Crabtree’s show is a musical revue in two acts. The music is by Dick Gallagher and lyrics are by coconceiver, sketch writer, and director Mark Waldrop. The result is an over-the-top grab bag of gags, visual jokes, and dance numbers. With fabulous wigs.
Molly Surno, Performance Art Expert
The Brooklyn-based installation artist has performed in a number of NYC’s most prestigious venues, including MoMA PS1, Pioneer Works, and BAM.
An Evening With David Sedaris, November 21 and 22
David Sedaris. Need I say more?! The genius humor writer consistently delivers astute and poignant observations about his life’s journey. For two nights only, BAM will host a reading of his most recently published work, a collection of his diaries called Theft by Finding: Diaries.
Ross Tipograph, Theater Expert
Along with appearing inside the pages of The Fader and Time Out New York, this vibrant culture guru created the one-of-a-kind immersive theatrical experience 8Players.
The Itch, through September 16
This new drama is experienced through theater, film, and original music. The mediums collide as the audience is taken on a journey with of a set of twins who are dealing with addiction and self-sacrifice. The lead characters eventually confront their ghosts—literally.
Four, September 22 and 24
Four is a highly atmospheric adventure, played out in front of a recumbent audience. That’s right, you’ll be lying down for the entirety of the show; you can bring your own comfortable mat or borrow one from the theater. And you don’t have to worry about falling asleep—this audiovisual experience for sci-fi fans tells the story of no less than the big bang. The only performers are the technicians manipulating the light, sound, and video around you.
Café Play, October 4–November 15
During this site-specific comedy about life in New York, audience members are invited to “eavesdrop” on the conversations of those who stop by the Cornelia Street Café while they’re seated. Witness the secret lives of the rich, the sad, the desperate, and the concerned. Attend the breakfast performance and included in your ticket is a coffee and pastry; each lunch performance includes salad; and the late-night performance comes with a glass of wine.