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

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Pocatello

Pocatello Photograph: Jeremy Daniel

Pocatello

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Samuel D. Hunter's sensitive, truthful plays (such as The Whale and A Bright New Boise) have earned him many plaudits, including a MacArthur "genius" grant this year. In his latest piece, T.R. Knight stars as the manager of an Italian chain restaurant in Idaho. Davis McCallum directs the premiere for Playwrights Horizons; the cast includes Jonathan Hogan, Brian Hutchison and Brenda Wehle.

See review and more photos here.

  1. Playwrights Horizons 416 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
  2. Until Sun Jan 4
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The Invisible Hand

The Invisible Hand Photograph: Joan Marcus

The Invisible Hand

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

You need not be an expert in Pakistani-American relations or the intricacies of the stock market to find Ayad Akhtar's latest play totally engaging. An American banker (Justin Kirk) kidnapped by Islamic radicals offers to raise his own ransom through financial wizardry. Ken Rus Schmoll directs a crackling production of this smart, twisty thriller.—David Cote

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  1. New York Theatre Workshop 79 E 4th St, between Bowery and Second Ave
  2. Until Sun Jan 4
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Ben Rimalower

Ben Rimalower Photograph by Allison Michael Orenstein

Bad with Money

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Ben Rimalower exorcises his financial demons in this one-man show, a purgative hour-long monologue in which he entertainingly (and excruciatingly) itemizes his monetary sins. At a time when many people suffer in silence under crushing debt, Rimalower's candor feels brave and vital.—Jenna Scherer

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  1. The Duplex 61 Christopher St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Thu Feb 26
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A Delicate Balance

A Delicate Balance Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe

A Delicate Balance

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

You need stylistic equilibrium to pull off Edward Albee’s cryptic but thrilling 1966 parlor puzzler: The tone should be neither too glib nor too portentous. That balance is struck in Pam MacKinnon’s glowing revival, anchored by a fine cast led by Glenn Close and John Lithgow as an older couple torn between blood ties and social bonds.—DC

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  1. John Golden Theatre 252 W 45th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Until Sun Feb 22
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Photograph: Frank Ockenfels III

The Last Ship

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Unemployed shipbuilders in a north-England town build a final vessel in protest. Gorgeous songs by Sting (in his first outing as a composer-lyricist) lift the musical above its weak book, and the actors—Michael Esper, the fiery Rachel Tucker and, though Jan 24, Sting himself—keep this fervent, rollicking and often glorious new musical afloat.—DC

See review and more photos here.

  1. Neil Simon Theatre 250 W 52nd St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Until Sun Mar 29
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