PLAYBILL PICKS: Anticipation! Playbill Contributors Share Titles They're Eager to See in Fall 2013

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07 Sep 2013

Mary-Louise Parker
Photo by Jason Bell

ADAM HETRICK, Editor in Chief

Domesticated (Off-Broadway). Lincoln Center Theater has assembled an exciting cast for the latest work by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park playwright Bruce Norris. I still can't get Laurie Metcalf's muscular performance last season in The Other Place out of my mind, so the chance to see Metcalf again on a New York stage opposite Jeff Goldblum makes this a must-see for me.

Fun Home (Off-Broadway). I'm a huge fan of Jeanine Tesori's Caroline, or Change, and I am excited to see how she and Well playwright Lisa Kron adapt Alison Bechdel's graphic novel for the stage. This was a hot ticket last season as part of the Public Lab (plus Hurricane Sandy blacked-out several performances) and I was unable to catch it. Throw in a cast that includes Judy Kuhn and Michael Cerveris, and Fun Home sounds like one of the most-promising and ambitious new musicals of the season.

The Snow Geese (Broadway). Having been a huge fan of Sharr White's The Other Place, I'm looking forward to finding out where he takes us in this new WWI-set drama that boasts Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Burstein and Victoria Clark.

The Glass Menagerie (Broadway). After John Tiffany's beautifully atmospheric staging of Once, I can't wait to catch his staging of Menagerie, which has the Wingfield apartment hovering over glimmering pools of black liquid. It doesn't hurt that Boston critics raved for the performances given by Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Zachary Quinto, who return for the Broadway run.

Little Miss Sunshine (Off-Broadway). Falsettos collaborators William Finn and James Lapine are together again. Finn has a real musical/lyrical gift for capturing the neuroticism, dysfunction and heart that make his characters tick. It will be a thrill to watch Stephanie J. Block, Will Swenson and Rory O'Malley bring this family to life.

Also on my radar: the Foundry Theatre's much-raved about production of Good Person of Szechwan, staged by Lear deBessonet at the Public Theater with Taylor Mac, Annie Golden and Lisa Kron; the incomparable Mark Rylance doing double duty in Shakespeare's Globe all-male productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III; Fiona Shaw performing Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner at BAM; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical with Jessie Mueller as the Grammy-winning songwriter; John Kander's new musical The Landing, penned with Greg Pierce and starring David Hyde Pierce; and Ethan Coen's Women or Nothing, not only staged by David Cromer, but featuring two of my favorite actresses, Deborah Rush and Susan Pourfar.


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