Concluding Feb. 28
A Month in the Country (Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company). Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country stars "Game of Thrones" actor Peter Dinklage and "Orange is the New Black" star Taylor Schilling under the direction of Erica Schmidt. Also in the cast are Anthony Edwards, Annabella Sciorra and Tony Award winner Elizabeth Franz. "A Month in the Country chronicles the comic and erotic turmoil that befalls an otherwise quiet country estate when a handsome young tutor arrives to teach Natalya Petrovna's young son," press notes state. "But it is Natalya who soon becomes interested in a tutelage of another kind, much to the consternation of her husband and her long suffering friend, Rakitin, who is hopelessly and secretly smitten with her." Visit ClassicStage.org.
Snow Orchid (Off-Broadway at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row). The Miranda Theatre Company's new version of Joe Pintauro's Snow Orchid is headed by Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli and Angelina Fiordellisi with Stephen Plunkett, David McElwee and Timothy Hassler. In 1964 Brooklyn, press notes state, "Rocco Lazarra (Cuccioli) is returning home to face his family, a year after having suffered a nervous breakdown. His fiery wife, Filumena (Fiordellisi), hasn't left their house since before his departure, and longs for her native Sicily. Their two sons — Sebbie (Plunkett), a car mechanic, and Blaise (McElwee), a college dropout — urge her to get out of the house, but with no success. Sebbie longs to escape his complicated relationship with his mother, who knows he is gay but denies it, while his younger brother Blaise tries to earn the motherly love Filumena has never shown him. And now, with Rocco's long-anticipated return, the family fears his temperament and instability will once again throw their lives into chaos." Visit SnowOrchidThePlay.com.
Concluding March 1
Disgraced (Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre). Ayad Akhtar's volatile Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced stars Hari Dhillon, Karen Pittman, Gretchen Mol and Josh Radnor. According to producers, "Disgraced is the story of a successful Muslim-American lawyer and his wife – an artist influenced by Islamic imagery – enjoying their comfortable and successful life on New York's Upper East Side. When a co-worker and her husband come to dinner, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone's relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards." Visit DisgracedOnBroadway.com. One Day (Off-Broadway at the 3LD Art & Technology Center). The new pop-rock musical One Day is based on true journal entries written by teens spanning two decades and, according to press notes, "follows the electrifying journey of eight teenagers as they face ravaging internal struggles and exhilarating triumphs – from drug abuse to sexual awakening – on the passage to discovering their own truths." The cast includes Brenna Bloom, Chase O'Donnell, Marco Ramos, Honey Ribar, Aaron Scheff, Austin Scott, Benjamin Shuman, Andy Spencer, Aliya Stuart, Nyseli Vega and Charlotte Mary Wen. One Day is inspired by Michael Sottile's 1999 cult-hit musical Inappropriate, for which he wrote the music and lyrics and co-conceived with the late Lonnie McNeil. Visit OneDayTheMusical.com.
I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company). The world premiere of I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard, a new family drama by Halley Feiffer, stars Tony nominee Reed Birney and "Nurse Jackie" star Betty Gilpin as father and daughter. Directed by Trip Cullman, here's how it's billed: "Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father David proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her Off Broadway debut… and things unravel from there. Halley Feiffer's dark, probing and very funny new play pulls the audience into the middle of a deeply complicated relationship and sheds new light on the eternal struggles of parents and children to find common ground." Visit AtlanticTheater.org.
Texas in Paris (Off-Broadway at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's). The world premiere of Texas in Paris is the new musical play about two people who form an unexpected spiritual bond. Based on a true story, Alan Govenar's play, which features spirituals, cowboy songs and country hymns, is directed by Akin Babatundé. The two-hander features Tony Award winner Lillias White and Scott Wakefield. "Based on true events, Texas in Paris is the musical journey of a man and a woman — one white, one black – invited to France to perform at the Maison des Cultures du Monde," press notes state. "They have never met, have no professional singing experience, and face the challenge of working together and co-existing in an unfamiliar world. Apprehensive of each other, they struggle with preconceptions but forge a surprising spiritual bond that transforms their on-stage performance and their lives. Texas in Paris is a conversation about race between two people who never thought they would ever have that conversation." Visit YorkTheatre.org.