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

Source: The New York Times / www.nytimes.com / By Alexis Soloski /

Previews & Openings
‘THE BACCHAE’ at Marcus Garvey Park (previews start on July 6; opens on July 11). The god of wine, theater and ecstasy arrives uptown. This summer, the Classical Theater of Harlem offers a new version of Euripides’ tragedy about Dionysus, a divinity who returns to his hometown to recruit the populace to his cult. Carl Cofield directs Bryan Doerries’s version. The performances are free. cthnyc.org

A scene from “Ink,” which closes at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater on Sunday. CreditCreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times

‘BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER’ at Greenwich House (previews start on July 9; opens on July 23). “Be More Chill” may have announced its closing date, but that show’s composer, Joe Iconis, will warm up Off Broadway with this tale of a longtime triple threat with a side hustle as a vigilante. Reviewing a 2016 production, The Times called it “a sweet if slight goof of a musical.” Annie Golden reprises her starring role. 866-811-4111, broadwaybountyhunter.com

DAVE CHAPPELLE at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater (performances start on July 9). For 10 phone-free, camera-free shows, the irrepressible and often controversial comedian Dave Chappelle will bring his stand-up to 46th Street. In one of his recent Netflix specials, he argued that he has a “responsibility to speak recklessly.” How reckless will he feel on Broadway? 877-250-2929, ticketmaster.com

‘DOGG’S HAMLET, CAHOOT’S MACBETH’ AND ‘HAVEL: THE PASSION OF THOUGHT’ at Atlantic Stage 2 (performances start on July 9). Virtuosos of European absurdism collide in the summer season from the Potomac Theater Project. Cheryl Faraone directs Tom Stoppard’s twinned comedies of power and language, which politicize Shakespeare, and in repertory, Richard Romagnoli directs three one-act plays by Vaclav Havel, along with short works by Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. 866-811-4111, ptpnyc.org

‘PROMENADE’at New York City Center (performances on July 10 and 11). Encores! Off-Center revives this 1965 musical, with book and lyrics by María Irene Fornés and music by Al Carmines, about two convicts who escape prison for a tour of the city. Reviewing a 1983 revival, The Times wrote that “in its odd way it’s an exquisite piece of musical theater.” 212-581-1212,nycitycenter.org

Last Chance

‘BURN THIS’ (closes on July 14). Lanford Wilson’s 1987 drama, about a grieving choreographer and the volatile restaurateur who won’t leave her apartment, douses its Broadway flame. While Michael Mayer’s revival, which stars Keri Russell and Adam Driver, “only rarely stirs the heart,” Driver’s anguished Pale is “a one-man conflagration,” Ben Brantley wrote.855-801-5876, burnthisplay.com

‘THE FERRYMAN’ at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (closes on July 7). The bunny, the goose and the four babies who perform in rotation are likely clearing out their dressing rooms as Jez Butterworth’s epic drama, which won the Tony Award for best play, ends its Broadway run. Ben Brantley wrote that Sam Mendes’s production, set in rural Ireland in 1981, possesses “a generosity of substance and spirit rarely seen on the stage anymore.” 212-239-6200, theferrymanbroadway.com

‘INK’ at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater (closes on July 7). James Graham’s play, which explores Rupert Murdoch’s early forays into tabloid journalism, makes its final headlines. According to Ben Brantley, this canny drama, brashly directed by Rupert Goold and starring a Tony Award-winning Bertie Carvel, “foretells the age of populist media in which we now live and squirm.” 212-239-6200, manhattantheatreclub.com

‘THE MOUNTAINS LOOK DIFFERENT’ at Theater Row (closes on July 14). The Mint Theater’s revival of Micheal Mac Liammoir’s 1948 drama, about a former prostitute trying to make a life for herself in rural Ireland, ends its run. Laura Collins-Hughes wrote that the director Aidan Redmond has polished the play, which stars Con Horgan, Brenda Meaney and Jesse Pennington, “to a becoming shimmer.” 212-239-6200, minttheater.org

‘MY FAIR LADY’ at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (closes on July 7). Have you grown accustomed to Bartlett Sher’s revival of this Lerner and Loewe musical? Only a few performances remain. As Jesse Green wrote, this production, which now stars Laura Benanti, makes use of our current cultural moment to “restore the show’s feminist argument” and “warm it up considerably.” 212-239-6200, lct.org

The Vaclav Havel Center