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Theater This Season: A Show (or 10) for Every Mood


OTHER THAN WE Described as “a cli-fi eco-feminist fable,” this new play written and directed by Karen Malpede finds four scientists concocting a bold response to the climate crisis. Nov. 21-Dec. 1; Downstairs at La MaMa, lamama.org.

SING STREET It’s 1980s Dublin and Conor, a nerdy kid in a tough new school, tries to impress a girl by forming a band in the 2016 film written and directed by John Carney (“Once”) that heads to the stage this fall. The book for this adaptation is by Enda Walsh, also a “Once” veteran, and music and lyrics are by Mr. Carney and Gary Clark, the singer and songwriter who started the Scottish pop band Danny Wilson in the 1980s. Sonya Tayeh (“Moulin Rouge!”) is the choreographer, and Rebecca Taichman (“Indecent”) directs. Previews begin Nov. 25. Dec. 16-Jan. 12; New York Theater Workshop, www.nytw.org.

MRS. DOUBTFIRE With “Tootsie” grabbing a bunch of Tony nominations and awards, somehow this adaptation of a film about an actor disguising himself as a woman to get what he wants seems... expected? Based on the 1993 Robin Williams movie, the musical will premiere at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, which has sent “Hairspray” and “Catch Me If You Can” to Broadway. “Mrs. Doubtfire” comes from the team behind “Something Rotten!” — the book is by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, and music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. Jerry Zaks directs. Previews begin Nov. 26. Dec. 13-29; 5th Avenue Theater, 5thavenue.org.

MOBY-DICK Understatement = Can’t wait to see what the team behind “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” does with Herman Melville’s classic tale of a man’s obsessive battle against nature. The book, music, lyrics and orchestrations are by Dave Malloy, based on the Melville novel, and the show was developed with and will be directed by Rachel Chavkin. Dec. 3-Jan. 12; American Repertory Theater, americanrepertorytheater.org.

KEEP Daniel Kitson (“Mouse: The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought”), the English comedian and storyteller who makes far too infrequent appearances in New York, comes to Brooklyn with his latest monologue. Running through a list of every object in his home, Kitson has created a show he describes as “about how much past the present can usefully contain … about the importance of regret and the possibility of hope and the delusion of starting again … and the inevitable sadness of ever holding on to anything.” It’ll still be funny though. Dec. 4-19; St. Ann’s Warehouse, stannswarehouse.org.

WEST SIDE STORY Even if you’ve seen this musical many times, you certainly can’t say “been there, done that” when Ivo van Hove is at the helm. The innovative Belgian director will put his spin on the story of star-crossed lovers and New York street gangs, based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Isaac Powell (“Once on This Island”) is Tony and Shereen Pimentel will play Maria — she’s one of 23 cast members making their Broadway debuts. Previews begin Dec. 10. Opens Feb. 6; Broadway Theater, westsidestorybway.com.

BECKY NURSE OF SALEM Becky is an ordinary grandmother trying to do the right thing and be a good influence on her troubled granddaughter, and perhaps find love, so she visits a local witch for help. Becky is also the great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Rebecca Nurse, who was executed for witchcraft in Salem in 1692. In her new play, Sarah Ruhl (“In the Next Room, or the vibrator play”) ponders just how much has and hasn’t changed for women in a tumultuous American. Anne Kauffman directs this world premiere. Dec. 12-Jan. 26; Berkeley Repertory Theater, berkeleyrep.org.


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