THE WEEK AHEAD, Oct. 26-Nov. 1: Betrayal Opens, No Man's Land/Waiting for Godot Begins and Wicked Turns Ten

By Blake Ross
October 26, 2013

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen bring their bromance to the boards… Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz go through a Broadway breakup… theatregoers play charades with Chris Rock and Bobby Cannavale… there's a costume party at Sleep No More… and Wicked turns ten! Trick-or-treat this Halloween edition of the WEEK AHEAD!



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Saturday, October 26
PREVIEWS→ Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen reprise their acclaimed performances in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land (direct from Berkeley Rep) and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot (from the West End) in the second Broadway rep offering of the season. A regal court of players, including Shuler Hensley and Billy Crudup, join Sirs Stewart and McKellen onstage. Officially opens Nov. 24. (Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Sunday, October 27
OPENING→ Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall bring Harold Pinter’s love triangle Betrayal to Broadway under the wing of legendary director Mike Nichols. Pinter’s 1978 classic story of infidelity that goes back in time stars real-life husband and wife Weisz and Craig as the doomed couple destined for heartache. (Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ Unbroken Circle, a tragicomedy following a deeply funny, yet intensely flawed Texan family, closes Off-Broadway. When the patriarch of this downhome family in 1970s Galveston passes away, he leaves behind some bitter relatives, some of whom have been hiding terrible secrets that just now come to light. (St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Bobby Cannavale
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Monday, October 28
GO→ Chris Rock, Bobby Cannavale, Billy Crudup, Zosia Mamet, Rachel Dratch, Jesse L. Martin, Justin Long and more come together for a fun night of charades for Labyrinth Theater’s annual “Celebrity Charades” benefit. (Capitale, 130 Bowery, btwn. Grand and Broome Sts. Info/tickets.)

GO→ Jujamcyn’s Jordan Roth continues his popular “Broadway Talks” series at the 92nd Street Y. Roth will chat with the Tony-winning star of Broadway’s hit The Glass Menagerie revival, Cherry Jones. Tweet your questions for Cherry to @Jordan_Roth. (7:30 PM, 92nd Street Y, 92nd St. & Lexington Ave., $29. Info/tickets.)

Tuesday, October 29
GO (FREE)→ Tony winner Judy Kaye stars in a free reading of The Seagull. Up-and-coming playwright Michael Raver sets this adaptation of Chekhov’s prolific drama in New England at the dawn of WWII. (2 PM, TheaterLab, 357 W. 36th St., btwn. 5th & 6th Aves. Info.)

Wednesday, October 30
GO→ Stephen Schwartz’s blockbuster musical Wicked celebrates its 10th year on Broadway. The current cast includes Lindsay Mendez, Alli Mauzey and Derek Klena. The 10th birthday performance promises surprises, special guests, a green Playbill and, of course, lots of defying gravity! (Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51st St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, October 31
GO→ Chelsea hipster haven Sleep No More opens its doors for a two-night Halloween costume party! Oct. 30-31, theatregoers can expect a post-show costume party celebrating All Hallows Eve and the spooky film “The Curse of the Mummy” with the stars Maximillian Martel and Violet DeWinter. The Halloween parties promise an “homage to classic Hollywood horror flicks with bottomless libations, live music, surprise guest DJs and specially-crafted entertainment inspired by classic movie monsters.” (McKittrick Hotel, 530 W. 27th St., btwn 10th & 11th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Friday, November 1
PREVIEWS (PRE-BROADWAY)→ Disney’s newest stage property, Aladdin, makes its pre-Broadway premiere in Toronto. The Book of Mormon director Casey Nicholaw is at the helm of this newest stage incarnation of the famous Alan Menken-Howard Ashman-Tim Rice musical that got its start in 1992 as an animated film starring Robin Williams. Aladdin will play Toronto through Jan. 5, 2014, before coming to Broadway in February. Officially opening in Toronto Nov. 21. (Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St., Toronto. Info/tickets.)

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

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