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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Fuerza Bruta: Wayra

  • Rated as: 4/5

A new set of acts from the grandaddy of immersive theater, Wayra, is a bona fide thrill ride. Dancers on harnesses sprint perpendicularly along the walls, a runnning man smashes through cardboard-box walls and—most enchantingly—mysterious women splash and slide along a clear-bottom swimming pool that lowers to within touching distance.—David Cote

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  1. Daryl Roth Theatre 101 E 15th St, at Union Sq East
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Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree)

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Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree)

  • Rated as: 4/5

Japanese Kabuki troupe Heisei Nakamura-za returns to Lincoln Center Festival with a tale full of swordplay, spirits, double-crossing and thrills. A villainous samurai falls in love with a married woman, kills her husband and nearly murders her son. The stylized spectacle is led by Kabuki superstar Nakamura Kankuro VI, playing multiple roles with lightning-fast changes.

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The Village Bike

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The Village Bike

  • Rated as: 4/5

Greta Gerwig plays a mother-to-be who learns that sexual wheeling is rarely free in Penelope Skinner’s mercilessly candid English play, mounted commandingly by Sam Gold for MCC Theater. The shifts in Gerwig’s malleable softness and Scott Shepherd’s brutal ease (as the cocky man who sells her a bike) keep the play continually surprising.—Adam Feldman

Closes this Sunday!

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  1. Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher St, between Bleecker and Hudson Sts
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Here Lies Love

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Here Lies Love

  • Rated as: 4/5

David Byrne's disco-scored musical about the garish rise and fall of Filipino first lady Imelda Marcos yokes the pleasure principle to political upheaval. Director Alex Timbers cleverly crafts an immersive environmental production that condenses the historical material. The excellent cast includes Ruthie Ann Miles as Imelda and Jose Llana as dictator Ferdinand.—David Cote

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  1. Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
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Buyer and Cellar

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Buyer & Cellar

  • Rated as: 4/5

Barrett Foa plays a twig on the bonfire of Barbra Streisand's vanity in Jonathan Tolins’s giddily funny solo play, set in the basement mall of Babs's Malibu dream house. If you read between the one-liners, Tolins has smart things to say about conspicuous consumption and inspiration.—Adam Feldman

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  1. Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow St, at Seventh Ave South
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