What’s New in NYC Theater


‘THE PRESENT’ at the Barrymore Theater (opens on Jan. 8). Awash in vodka, a new version of Anton Chekhov’s first full-length play splashes onto Broadway. A comic and tragic meditation on life’s disappointments and consolations, it has been modernized and adapted by the playwright Andrew Upton. Under John Crowley’s direction, this Sydney Theater Company production stars Cate Blanchett stars as an unmoored widow, with Richard Roxburgh as a dissolute comrade.
212-239-6200, thepresentbroadway.com

‘TELL HECTOR I MISS HIM’ at Atlantic Stage 2 (previews start on Jan. 11; opens on Jan. 23). The playwright Paola Lázaro offers a new take on Old San Juan in this drama for the Atlantic Theater that goes beyond the tourist attractions and souvenir shops. Under David Mendizábal’s direction, the dynamic cast includes Selenis Leyva and Dascha Polanco, both of “Orange Is the New Black.”
866-411-8111, atlantictheater.org

‘YEN’ at the Lucille Lortel Theater (previews start on Jan. 12; opens on Jan. 31). MCC unleashes Anna Jordan’s play about two teenage siblings who are neglected by their mother and neglect their dog (named Taliban, “because he’s vicious”) in turn. Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”) and Justice Smith (“The Get Down”) star as the uncared-for brothers. Trip Cullman directs.
866-811-4111, mcctheater.org


Last Chance

‘CAREER SUICIDE’ at the Lynn Redgrave Theater (closes on Jan. 8). Chris Gethard, a comic and writer who confesses he’s been depressive since he was a preteen, confronts with a bruising and sometime hilarious frankness his longstanding urge to pull the plug on himself in this dark if often outrageously funny solo show. (Charles Isherwood)
866-811-4111, careersuicideshow.com

‘THE COLOR PURPLE’ at Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (closes on Jan. 8). A makeover made in heaven. The director John Doyle has slimmed down and toned up a show that seemed leaden and garish in its original Broadway incarnation. This musical version of Alice Walker’s celebrated novel about black women finding their voices — which features Jennifer Holliday and, in a star-making performance, Cynthia Erivo — is a triumph of elemental, emotional storytelling. (Ben Brantley)
212-239-6200, colorpurple.com

‘THE ENCOUNTER’ at the John Golden Theater (closes on January 8). Simon McBurney’s astonishing one-man show — about an American photojournalist lost in the Amazon rain forest — retunes, rearranges and reproportions your senses, while taking you places you never expected to visit. Put on the earphones attached to your seat and brace yourself to travel far. (Brantley)
212-239-6200, theencounterbroadway.com

‘FALSETTOS’ at the Walter Kerr Theater (closes on Jan. 8). There is scarcely a moment in this revival of William Finn and James Lapine’s moving, funny and remarkably prescient 1992 musical about an unorthodox family that does not approach, or even achieve, perfection. Mr. Lapine once again directs — as if with a fresh pair of eyes — and the cast, led by Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block (all better than ever), is absolutely impeccable. Run, don’t walk; a must-see … insert your own clichéd hyperbole here. (Isherwood)
800-982-2787, lct.org

‘THE HUMANS’ at the Schoenfeld Theater (closes on Jan. 15). Stephen Karam’s extraordinary comedy-drama — the finest of the season — managed its transfer to Broadway with its prized virtues intact: a superlative cast; direction from Joe Mantello that deftly navigates its shifts in tone; and, of course, Mr. Karam’s delicate but trenchant writing, depicting with great humor and empathy a middle-class family on the edge of the abyss. (Isherwood)
212-239-6200, telecharge.com

‘SWEET CHARITY’ at the Pershing Square Signature Center (closes on Jan. 8). Sutton Foster gives an archetype-shattering performance in the title role of this willfully wan, small-scale revival of the 1966 musical about a hapless dance hall hostess. (Brantley)
212-279-4200, thenewgroup.org

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