Concluding July 12
Doctor Faustus (Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company). Doctor Faustus stars "Sex and the City" and "The Good Wife" stars Chris Noth and is helmed by Cherry Orchard director Andrei Belgrader. In Doctor Faustus, adapted by David Bridel and Andrei Belgrader from the play by Christopher Marlowe, Noth plays a German doctor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for power and knowledge. The cast also features Zach Grenier as Mephistopheles, Jeffrey Binder, Ken Cheeseman, Carmen M. Herlihy, Walker Jones, Marina Lazzaretto, Geoffrey Owens and Lucas Caleb Rooney. Visit ClassicStage.org.
Guards at the Taj (Off-Broadway at The Linda Gross Theater). Tony nominee Amy Morton helms the world premiere of Pulitzer finalist Rajiv Joseph's play Guards at the Taj, starring Tony-nominated actors Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed. The play, set in India in 1648, tells the story of two guards watching the sun rise for the first time over the newly finished Taj Mahal. During the course of the morning, an event takes place that will test their friendship and change them forever. Visit AtlanticTheater.org.
Churchill (Off-Broadway at New World Stages — Stage 5). Churchill, a new play about British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, is adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton and directed by Kurt Johns. The Off-Broadway engagement follows an acclaimed and sold-out, world-premiere run in Chicago last year. Keaton's play, billed as a "powerful meditation on life in wartime," is based on the British leader's life and writings. In Churchill, the man himself discusses his failures and his successes; and his love of art, liquor and women. Visit ChurchillThePlay.com.
The Qualms (Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons). The Off-Broadway premiere of Bruce Norris' The Qualms, about a swingers party, stars Jeremy Shamos and Donna Lynne Champlin. It is helmed by Pam MacKinnon, who directed the world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company last year. The cast of The Qualms also features Kate Arrington, Noah Emmerich, Sarah Goldberg, Julian Leong, Andy Lucien, Chinasa Ogbuagu and John Procaccino. The Qualms takes place at a suburban get-together for partner-swapping couples. "Idealism devolves into chaos in this sharp, sardonic assault on the struggle for power, and the sexual politics of getting laid," press notes state. Visit PlaywrightsHorizons.org. The Sound and the Fury (Off-Broadway at The Public Theater). Elevator Repair Service's production The Sound and the Fury returned Off-Broadway following an acclaimed premiere at New York Theatre Workshop in 2008. Directed by John Collins, The Sound and the Fury is a staging of the first section of the "Benjy Chapter" of William Faulkner's seminal novel of the same name. The show is billed as a theatrical representation of Faulkner's complex language. "In usual ERS style, humor, pathos, and high-energy choreography illuminate this Southern Gothic tale. ERS takes on Faulkner’s daring experimentation with consciousness, perception, memory and language – and honors the author's words to the letter," state press notes. The production features split-screen staging, video-projected text and an original sound score. The ensemble cast includes Daphne Gaines, Rosie Goldensohn, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Pete Simpson, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, Tory Vazquez and Ben Williams. Visit PublicTheater.org.