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


Let the Right One In

Critics' pick

First it was a novel, then an unforgettable horror film, now this gothic tale of a boy and his vampire returns as bloodcurdingly good drama. This visually stunning production of National Theatre of Scotland comes to Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse for a limited run. The prolific John Tiffany (Once) directs. Rebecca Benson gives a powerhouse performance.—David Cote

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St. Ann's Warehouse Until Sunday March 8 2015

A Month in the Country

Critics' pick

Destination-TV eminences Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black) star in a revival of Ivan Turgenev's 19th-century study of lust, longing and ennui at a Russian country estate. The cast also features Anthony Edwards, Annabella Sciorra and Elizabeth Franz, directed by Erica Schmidt.

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Classic Stage Company Until Sunday February 22 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

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.—DC

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Nederlander Theatre Until Thursday December 31 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