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16 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Category: Art & Culture,Theater

‘NANTUCKET SLEIGH RIDE’ at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater (in previews; opens on March 18). Though the title of John Guare’s latest play may sound like an especially racy entry in Urban Dictionary, it derives from a whaling crisis. This new drama centers on Mundie (John Larroquette), a stockbroker who wields few harpoons. He runs into trouble — and a giant lobster — on an outing to Nantucket.

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‘OKLAHOMA’ at Circle in the Square (previews start on March 19; opens on April 7). The wind is whistling more sultrily as the director Daniel Fish’s seductive deconstruction arrives on Broadway by way of St. Ann’s Warehouse. Starring Damon Daunno and Rebecca Naomi Jones, this production recalibrates the score for a bluegrass band and is mostly, Jesse Green wrote, “audacious in ways that feel dead-on and delightful.”

‘THE WHITE DEVIL’ at the Lucille Lortel Theater (previews start on March 19; opens on March 31). A Jacobean tragedy at its goriest and most amoral, this 1612 John Webster play is revived by Red Bull Theater. Louisa Proske directs this story about an adulterous woman tangled in a sanguineous web of lust, ambition and corruption. Lisa Birnbaum portrays the titular devil, with Daniel Oreskes as her lover and Robert Cuccioli as a future pope.

‘WHITE NOISE’ at the Public Theater (in previews; opens on March 20). A new Suzan-Lori Parks play is never just background noise. In this new four-character drama, fault lines open up in the relationships among college friends. Then the tremors really get going. Oskar Eustis directs the actors Daveed Diggs, Sheria Irving, Thomas Sadoski and Zoë Winters.

‘BOESMAN AND LENA’ at the Pershing Square Signature Center (closes on March 24). Athol Fugard’s apartheid-era drama, staged by the South African director Yaël Farber, treks toward its final performance. Jesse Green argues that the play, about a common-law couple in search of shelter, has metamorphosed into an existential drama, reshaped perhaps by Zainab Jah and Sahr Ngaujah’s “admirable, uncompromising performances.”

‘HURRICANE DIANE’ at New York Theater Workshop (closes on March 24). Madeleine George’s untamed skewering of Euripides’s “The Bacchae,” reset in a suburban cul-de-sac, finishes its run. This tragicomedy about climate change and landscape architecture, directed by Leigh Silverman, stars the inimitable Becca Blackwell as a butch gardener. Jesse Green wrote that Dionysus’s nonbinary energy, as delivered by the nonbinary Blackwell, “unleashes something wild in the play.”

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