4 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend – The New York Times

Posted By on December 21, 2019

Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close. Our reviews of open shows are at nytimes.com/reviews/theater.

GRAND HORIZONS at the Hayes Theater (previews start on Dec. 23; opens on Jan. 23). The playwright Bess Wohl (Continuity, Small Mouth Sounds) makes a commitment to Broadway. In this new play, seen this past summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival, an elderly couple, freshly installed in a retirement community, contemplate divorce. Leigh Silverman directs a remarkable cast including Jane Alexander, James Cromwell, Ben McKenzie and Ashley Park. 2st.com

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CYRANO at the Daryl Roth Theater (closes on Dec. 22). The director Erica Schmidts adaptation of Edmond Rostands Cyrano de Bergerac, with music by two members of the National, lays down its sword. While Ben Brantleys review described this New Group show as somber and monotonous, he praised its star, Peter Dinklage, as being by no means a disappointment as the witty, wily and dangerously underestimated title character. 800-745-3000, thenewgroup.org

FIRES IN THE MIRROR at the Pershing Square Signature Center (closes on Dec. 22). Anna Deavere Smiths 1992 anatomization of the Crown Heights riots ends its run. In Saheem Alis revival, the piece is handed over to Michael Benjamin Washington, who performs verbatim monologues based on interviews with African-Americans and Hasidic Jews as well as others. The piece still, Ben Brantley wrote, makes you catch your breath and shake your head in sorrow. 212-244-7529, signaturetheatre.org

THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE at the Minetta Lane Theater (closes on Dec. 22). Lauren Gundersons play about chemistry onstage and otherwise ends its experiment. Francesca Faridany stars as Marie Curie with Kate Mulgrew as her friend Hertha Ayrton. Elisabeth Vincentelli wrote that the show, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, is at its best when it lets the two stars strut their stuff. 800-982-2787, thehalflifeofmariecurie.com

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