The five best Broadway and Off Broadway shows to see this weekend

Critics’ picks for the best of Broadway and Off Broadway playing at theaters in NYC this weekend

Critics’ picks


Honeymoon in Vegas

Critics' pick

Jason Robert Brown’s big and brassy score anchors this sleekly built and thoroughly silly musical adaptation of the 1992 screwball rom-com. Tony Danza croons charmingly as a besotted con man, while Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley make an adorable couple trying to get hitched in Vegas. Broadway may be a crapshoot, but Honeymoon hits the jackpot.—David Cote

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Nederlander Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015


Critics' pick

Nick Payne’s captivating play explores the concept of parallel universes in a nonlinear series of scenes that often restart and branch off in new directions, skipping forward and backward in time. As on-again, off-again lovers, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson reboot themselves at every turn. They’re wonderfully multiversatile.—Adam Feldman

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Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Until Sunday March 15 2015

The Woodsman

Critics' pick

Strangemen & Co.’s immersive, practically wordless adaptation of the writings of L. Frank Baum thrusts us into a dark corner of Oz. Writer, codirector and designer James Ortiz makes the most of Bunraku puppets and haunting sound effects; emotions are communicated through simple gestures, grunts and glances, not one wasted.—Raven Snook

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59E59 Theaters Until Sunday February 22 2015

A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes

Critics' pick

Short, darkly funny and distinctly unsweet, Kate Benson's surreal comedy lacquers the familiar doings of a family Thanksgiving dinner with formal devices: Sports commentators offer a sly play-by-play from their booth, and the gorgeously multiethnic cast glides across a painted football offensive diagram. The production is beautifully honed and scrupulously prepared.—Helen Shaw

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New York City Center Stage II Until Saturday February 7 2015

Winners and Losers

Critics' pick

Amiable Canadians Marcus Youssef and James Long track mud into a parlor game in a slyly unassuming show. At a spare wooden table, they argue amusingly and digressively about competition and privilege; the shaggy-dog style disguises, for a while, its dog-eat-dog underpinnings. This is the kind of play that makes you want to talk and, better still, to listen.—AF

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Soho Rep Until Sunday February 1 2015