THE WEEK AHEAD, Sept. 28-Oct. 4: Time to Kill, Snow Geese and Betrayal Begin; Lady Day Opens Off-Broadway

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28 Sep 2013

Sebastian Arcelus starred in the Arena Stage world premiere.
Sebastian Arcelus starred in the Arena Stage world premiere.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz bring Hollywood glam to Broadway… John Grisham enlists Rupert Holmes for A Time To Kill… Patti Smith, John Goodman, Stark Sands and Carey Mulligan put the Coen Brothers to music… and Mary-Louise Parker takes a flock of Geese to the Main Stem. Have your own theatre-centric Oktoberfest this WEEK AHEAD!

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Saturday, September 28
PREVIEWS→ Tom Skerritt, Tonya Pinkins, Fred Thompson (a former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate), Patrick Page and Sebastian Arcelus star in Rupert Holmes’ stage adaptation of John Grisham’s A Time to Kill. Grisham’s famous courtroom drama about a white lawyer defending a black man in the Deep South comes to Broadway from a previous run at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Officially opens Oct. 20. (John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Sunday, September 29
GO→ John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, Marcus Mumford, Stark Sands, Jack White, Joan Baez, Patti Smith and more join together for a one-night-only concert inspired by the new Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. Joel and Ethan Coen will present the concert, a benefit for the National Recording Preservation Foundation, along with famed music producer T-Bone Burnett. (7:30 PM, The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., btwn. 6th& 7th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Monday, September 30
GO→ Tony winner Betty Buckley — currently giving a critically praised performance as a drunk, wilting Southern belle in Signature Theatre’s production of The Old Friends — will return to her singing roots with Betty Buckley: Signature Songs. The evening of tunes performed by the Cats, Sunset Boulevard, 1776 and The Mystery of Edwin Drood star will serve as a fundraiser supporting Signature’s Legacy Program honoring The Old Friends playwright Horton Foote. (6:30 PM, The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Tickets start at $150  [concert-only tickets are $75], call (646) 388-8118 or e-mail tcorren@signaturetheatre.org.)

Mary-Louise Parker
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN



Tuesday, October 1
PREVIEWS→ Mary-Louise Parker stars as a single mother sending her son off to war in Sharr White’s new play The Snow Geese. Parker’s frequent collaborator Daniel Sullivan directs the WWI-set drama that co-stars Danny Burstein and Victoria Clark. Officially opens Oct. 24. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

PREVIEWS→ Hollywood power couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz set their sights on Broadway in the revival of Betrayal. In Harold Pinter’s famed drama we watch the demise of Weitz and Craig’s onstage marriage — in reverse chronological order — as a third party, Olivier nominee Rafe Spall, steps in. Directed by Mike Nichols. Officially opens Nov. 3. (Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Info/tickets.)

TOUR→ The 2012 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Once hits the road with its first national tour. The indie-rock/folk music tuner about a Guy and a Girl who connect over heartache and music, will kick off at the Providence Performing Arts Center before taking off across America and Canada through the next year. (Through Oct. 6, Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI. Info/tickets.)

Wednesday, October 2
PREVIEWS (LA)→ Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch star as feuding former vaudeville co-stars “Lewis and Clark” in the Neil Simon comedy The Sunshine Boys. Justin Bartha co-stars in the music-filled romp that reunites DeVito and Hirsch, former “Taxi” stars! Officially opens Nov. 3. (Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, LA. Info/tickets.)

Thursday, October 3
OPENING→ Tony and Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater plays Billie Holiday in the new Off-Broadway tuner Lady Day. Expect Holiday standards like "Don't Explain," "Good Morning Heartache," "A Foggy Day (In London Town)," "Them There Eyes," "Strange Fruit," "My Man," "God Bless the Child" and "Mean to Me." (Little Shubert Theatre, 422 W. 42nd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

OPENING→ Fresh from its premiere at Roundabout’s Underground program last year, Bad Jews moves up to the Off-Broadway main stage, the Laura Pels Theatre. The dark comedy from newcomer Joshua Harmon finds family members fighting over a family heirloom. Starring Tracee Chimo, Philip Ettinger, Molly Ranson and Michael Zegen. (Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ Mike Daisey’s marathon performance of All the Faces of the Moon — which finds the monologist performing a new monologue night after night for 29 consecutive nights — closes at the Public Theater. The show about the secret history of New York gets its inspiration from unique oil paintings by Russian artist Larissa Tokmakova. The final monologue is aptly titled Last Call. (Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Info/tickets.)

Friday, October 4
PREVIEWS→ Trudie Styler stars in Thomas Kilroy’s adaptation of The Seagull. Rufus Collins, Alan Cox and Amanda Quaid co-star in Anton Chekhov’s famous play about an actress long past her prime and her lonely playwright son. Directed by Max Stafford-Clark. Officially opens Oct. 13. (The Lynn Redgrave Theatre at Culture Project, 45 Bleecker St., btwn. Mott and Mulberry Sts. Info/tickets.)

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