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

‘SIDEWAYS THE EXPERIENCE’ at the Theater at St. Clement’s (previews start on Feb. 20; opens on Feb. 23). Napa comes to New York with a bibulously interactive theatrical version of Rex Pickett’s novel, which also inspired the 2004 movie. Before this tale of a wine-soaked bachelor weekend unfolds, patrons are invited to eat and drink. Glasses of wine are available throughout the show, too. Will it intoxicate? Dan Wackerman directs.

‘TUMACHO’ at the Connelly Theater (previews start on Feb. 17; opens on Feb. 22). Ethan Lipton’s mostly western musical, which Ben Brantley called an “impeccably inane horse opera,” rides back into town. Can the townspeople — and a three-legged coyote — survive a villainous man in black? Leigh Silverman directs a cast that features Phillipa Soo and John Ellison Conlee, who periodically dress as cactuses.

‘UNKNOWN SOLDIER’ at Playwrights Horizons (previews start on Feb. 14; opens on March 9). A late work by the composer Michael Friedman, who died in 2017, and the book writer and lyricist Daniel Goldstein comes to New York. Spread across three time periods and nearly a century, it follows a Manhattan obstetrician’s investigation of her family’s past. Trip Cullman directs a cast that includes Kerstin Anderson, Estelle Parsons and Margo Seibert.
212-279-4200, playwrightshorizons.org

‘WEST SIDE STORY’ at the Broadway Theater (in previews; opens on Feb. 20). Does Broadway feel pretty? Does Ivo van Hove? The celebrated and sometimes controversial Belgian director revives this Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents musical, with new choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and one song and one ballet extracted. Isaac Powell and Shereen Pimentel star.
212-239-6200, westsidestorybway.com

‘AMERICAN UTOPIA’ at the Hudson Theater (closes on Feb. 16). A knockout concert and an occasional meditation on civics and community, David Byrne’s musical theater experience, choreographed by Annie-B Parson, drops its chain curtain for the final time. The erstwhile Talking Head frontman’s show, Ben Brantley wrote, “repositions a onetime rebel as a reflective elder statesman, offering cozy cosmic wisdom.”
855-801-5876, americanutopiabroadway.com

‘JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES’ at the Lucille Lortel Theater (closes on Feb. 16). As the encore run of Novak’s solo show ends, she can finally stand up. Ostensibly a history of fellatio, the one-hander is a fraught and dangerously funny piece about a straight woman’s embodied experience. “If someone gave me a bouquet of roses, and one of them looked like my vulva, I’d say I think someone stepped on one of the roses,” she says. All remaining performances are sold out, but the wait list opens at the box office two hours before curtain each night.
866-811-4111, getonyourkneesshow.com

‘MAC BETH’ at the Frederick Loewe Theater (closes on Feb. 22). A gaggle of teenage girls depart Dunsinane as Erica Schmidt’s reimagining of the Scottish tragedy closes. Laura Collins-Hughes wrote that the play’s power lies not in its true-crime-inspired violence, but in “watching a group of girls meet Shakespeare on their own electric terms — with ferocity, abandon and the occasional wild dance break.”
212-772-4448, huntertheaterproject.org

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