Concluding Dec. 4
- The Coward (Off-Broadway at the Duke on 42nd Street). LCT3 presents the world premiere of Nick Jones' play starring Jeremy Strong in the title role as young man who initiates a pistol duel, but hires a criminal to participate in his place to disastrous result. Visit LincolnCenterTheater.
The Memorandum (Off-Broadway at the Beckett Theatre). Václav Havel's absurdist-tinged comedy, inspired by life under communist rule in Eastern Europe, centers on a managing director of an organization who must translate a new, complicated language that has encrypted office communications. Visit Telecharge.
Concluding Dec. 5
Middletown (Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre). Will Eno's comedy, starring Linus Roache, Johanna Day and Georgia Engel, centers on the inhabitants of a small American town as their lives intertwine with the arrival of a newcomer. Visit vineyardtheatre.org.
- Through the Night (Off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre). Daniel Beatty performs his solo play, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, that tells the story of six African-American men who discover the power of possibility through one extraordinary event. Visit Ticketmaster.
Banished Children of Eve (Off-Broadway at the Irish Repertory Theatre). Malcolm Gets stars in the world-premiere play, adapted from Peter Quinn's epic novel set in 1860s Manhattan, that captures the lives of artists caught in the middle as the Civil War enters its third bloody year. Visit IrishRep.
Spirit Control (Off-Broadway at NY City Center Stage I). Two strangers become inextricably linked when an air traffic controller must help a terrified passenger land a small plane after the pilot suffers a heart attack. Visit Telecharge.