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: Christopher Glenn

    Kissless

    Kissless

  • Photograph: Barbara Braun

    The Threepenny Opera

    The Threepenny Opera

  • Photograph: Bart Cortright

    The Nightmare Story

    The Nightmare Story

  • Photograph: Kevin Berne

    The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

    The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

  • Playwright David Henry Hwang

    Playwright David Henry Hwang

Photograph: Christopher Glenn

Kissless

Kissless

New York Musical Theatre Festival
This roundup of promising new tuners—which has spawned Next to Normal, Altar Boyz and [title of show]—returns for its eighth installment. Pictured above: In Kissless, a bunch of Texas teens descend on New York for summer vacation, bringing with them a lively score that ranges from show tunes to country & western. Sept 26--Oct 16. Various venues (nymf.org). $25.

The Threepenny Opera
Iconic director Robert Wilson (The Black Rider) applies his customary stylized magic to the darkly satiric Bertolt Brecht--Kurt Weill musical. Oct 4--8. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (bam.org). $25--$110.

The Nightmare Story
One of the more exciting groups to emerge from the Fringe Festival is PigPen Theatre, a seven-man ensemble of Carnegie Mellon graduates. The PigPenners create richly layered, atmospheric fables, using folk music, low-tech puppetry and playful pantomime. This fall, the company will revive its 2010 Fringe hit, a spooky tale about a woman haunted by bad dreams, and the son who travels into a terrorized city to save her. Oct 5--28. Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford St between Fulton St and Lafayette Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (irondale.org). $35.

The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
Monologuist extraordinaire Mike Daisey offers a sweeping critical assessment of the iEmpire built by the visionary—and now ailing and stepping-down—head of Apple. Daisey's desire to understand how Steve Jobs so totally infiltrated our daily lives through digital gadgets takes him as far afield as a factory in Shenzhen, China. Whatever else happens to Jobs, the rant will go on. Oct 11--Nov 13. Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St between Astor Pl and E 4th St (publictheater.org). $75--$85.

Chinglish
Playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) returns to Broadway with a timely global-economy comedy about Sino-American relations. Leigh Silverman (Well) directs a cast that includes Gary Wilmes and Jennifer Lim. Previews start Oct 11. Longacre Theatre, 220 W 48th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (chinglishbroadway.com). $36.50--$121.50.

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