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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Gertrude—The Cry

Gertrude—The Cry Photograph: Stan Barouh

Gertrude—The Cry

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

PTP/NYC presents the American premiere of Howard Barker's brutal and erotic 2002 riff on HamletFeaturing an excellent cast that navigates Barker's thorny, punchy poetry with aplomb and passion, this production is a must-see for fans of the longtime British provocateur.—David Cote

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  1. Atlantic Stage 2 330 W 16th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, downstairs
  2. Thu Jul 31 - Sun Aug 10
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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.—DC

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  1. Daryl Roth Theatre 101 E 15th St, at Union Sq East
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Here Lies Love

Here Lies Love Photograph: Joan Marcus

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.—DC

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

Buyer and Cellar Photograph: Sandra Coudert

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

CLOSES THIS SUNDAY

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