20 theater shows to see this fall

Our recent Fall Preview told only half the story: Here are 20 new plays, musicals, revivals and classics that should be on your short list between now and late November.

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  • Photograph: Mark Barton

    The Select (The Sun Also Rises)

    The Select (The Sun Also Rises)

  • Photograph: Leonardo Manzo

    Flocked

    Flocked

  • Photograph: Thom Kaine

    The Submission

    The Submission

  • Photograph: Peter James Zielinski

    Dick Latessa and Linda Lavin in The Lyons

    Dick Latessa and Linda Lavin in The Lyons

  • Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in The Mountaintop

    Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in The Mountaintop

Photograph: Mark Barton

The Select (The Sun Also Rises)

The Select (The Sun Also Rises)

The Select (The Sun Also Rises)
Elevator Repair Service follows up its sublime Gatz from last year with an edited adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's classic novel. Difference here: Although Gatz ran an astonishing seven or so hours, this performance of selected, verbatim texts from The Sun Also Rises is just three. Through Oct 9. New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E 4th St between Bowery and Second Ave (nytw.org). $20--$70.

Amuse Bouche Festival
Williamsburg's puckish Brick Theater presents its biennial selection of outstanding clown-theater work: nine mainstage shows, three cabarets, clown films and classes, with performers from Australia, Canada, Mexico and all over America. Pictured above: Audrey Crabtree and Gabriela Muoz play rival American and Mexican birds—yes, birds—in Flocked. Sept 7--28. The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Ave, between Lorimer St and Union Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (bricktheater.com). $15.

The Submission
Every struggling playwright has asked the question in desperation: What do I have to do to get my play produced?!? In  Jeff Talbott's provocative new drama, a white-bread scribe invents an African-American female alter ego, then must deal with the ethical fallout of her success. Walter Bobbie directs an appealing young cast headed by Jonathan Groff (Glee). Sept 8--Oct 22. Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St between Bleecker and Hudson Sts (mcctheater.org). $65--$95.

The Lyons
Beloved character diva Linda Lavin has been on a roll lately; she shone in a revival of Collected Stories and stole her scenes in the Off Broadway debut of Other Desert Cities; now she's set to star in Nicky Silver's latest work. Lavin plays a tart-tongued wife of  a dying husband (Dick Latessa) in a harrowing and funny family comedy that some are saying is Silver's best work in years. Sept 21--Oct 30. Vineyard Theatre, 108 E 15th St between Union Sq East and Irving Pl (vineyardtheatre.org). $75--$100.

The Mountaintop
Katori Hall's historical riff on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. imagines the civil-rights icon the night before his assassination, flirting and arguing with a mysterious cleaning lady in his hotel room. Film stars Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett star in this provocative two-hander. Previews start Sept 22; opens Oct 13. Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W 45th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (themountaintopplay.com). $76.50--$131.50.

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