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

Posted By on December 18, 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.

LONDON ASSURANCE at the Irish Repertory Theater (in previews; opens on Dec. 15). When the Irish playwright Dion Boucicault was barely out of his teens, he wrote a farce that tickled most of London. The Irish Rep, which has lovingly revived othere Boucicault Irish plays, revisits this 1841 tidbit about money, disguise and romance. Charlotte Moore directs a cast including Rachel Pickup as Lady Gay Spanker.212-727-2737, irishrep.org

SING STREET at New York Theater Workshop (in previews; opens on Dec. 16). John Carneys 2016 movie, which A. O. Scott described as an autobiographical tribute to Dublin, hair gel and the power of lip-syncing, arrives Off Broadway. The playwright Enda Walsh, who also adapted Carneys Once, joins the director Rebecca Taichman and the choreographer Sonya Tayeh for this story of a boy, a girl and a band. 212-460-5475, nytw.org

[Read about the events that our other critics have chosen for the week ahead.]

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, Deavere has handed the piece 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

FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF at the Public Theater (closes on Dec. 15). Leah C. Gardiners ecstatic, anguished revival of Ntozake Shanges choreopoem reaches its end. Ben Brantley wrote that what is most pervasive in this production, which stars Jayme Lawson, Adrienne C. Moore and Okwui Okpokwasili, among others, is its sense of women talking to and being deeply invested in one another, as if in an eternal support group. 212-967-7555, publictheater.org

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