Concluding Aug. 28 Phoenix (Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre). Phoenix is Scott Organ's dark comedy about a one-night stand that stars Julia Stiles and James Wirt. "When Bruce (James Wirt) and Sue (Julia Stiles) meet four weeks after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand, Sue has this to say to him: one, I had a great time with you that night and two, let's never see each other again," press notes state. "Thus begins a 4,000 mile journey well beyond the confines of their carefully structured worlds. Bruce is fueled by an overwhelming but undefined compulsion to join her in Phoenix. Sue is reluctantly charmed by his persistence, but steadfast in her resolve to keep him at bay. Both are forced to consider a whole new world of possibility, though not one free of difficulty and loss." Visit PhoenixThePlay.com.
Concluding Aug. 31
Sex With Strangers (Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre's Tony Kiser Theatre). Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn and Tony Award nominee Billy Magnussen star in Second Stage Theatre's production of Laura Eason's Sex With Strangers, which is directed by David Schwimmer. Here's how the drama is billed: "How far will you go to get what you want? Will you be the same person if you finally do? When star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure novelist Olivia, he finds they both crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, both must confront the dark side of ambition and the near impossibility of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away." Visit 2ST.com.