The 20 theater shows to catch this fall

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  • Fall theater shows: The Heiress

     

  • Fall theater shows: The Whale

  • Photograph: Cristiano Laruffa

    Fall theater shows: Glengarry Glen Ross

  • Photograph: New York City Players

    Fall theater shows: Neutral Hero

     

  • Fall theater shows: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

     

Fall theater shows: The Heiress

 

The Heiress

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Last seen on Broadway in 1995 starring Cherry Jones, this bittersweet period drama (based on Henry James’s Washington Square) returns with a touching story of love, loneliness and money. This time, the plain, unwed Catherine is played by Jessica Chastain (The Help), while her mercenary suitor is played by Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey. Moisés Kaufman directs.

  1. Walter Kerr Theatre 219 W 48th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Sat Feb 9
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The Whale

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Say this for Shuler Hensley: He’s not your usual vain, looks-obsessed actor. The warm and talented performer has the title role in Samuel D. Hunter’s dramedy about a 600-pound Idaho recluse fusing into his couch rather than dealing with the outside world. No, Hensley isn’t mega-morbidly obese, but he can play it onstage. We imagine this production will stretch Playwrights Horizons’ makeup and prosthetics budget.

  1. Playwrights Horizons 416 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
  2. Until Sat Dec 15
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Glengarry Glen Ross

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Al Pacino, who starred in the film version of David Mamet's 1983 evisceration of salesmanship, returns to profanely lyrical Mamet country. The star plays broken-down Shelley Levene in this revival, helmed by Daniel Sullivan. Pacino shares (we hope) the stage with Bobby Cannavale, David Harbour, Jeremy Shamos and John C. McGinley.

  1. Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre 236 W 45th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Sun Jan 26
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Neutral Hero

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Avant-deadpan auteur Richard Maxwell gets back into the director’s chair for one of his own plays (it’s been three years since he staged People Without History at the Performing Garage). As usual, Maxwell strips his actors down to minimal possible expressiveness and places them on a spare stage. The plot (if you’ll pardon the expression): A young man searches for his father across the American landscape.

  1. The Kitchen 512 W 19th St, Between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10011
  2. Until Sat Dec 1
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Rupert Holmes’s music-hall-set adaptation of Charles Dickens’s unfinished last novel—a murder mystery—comes to the Roundabout Theatre Company 25 years after it bowed on Broadway. The cast is stuffed with worthies: Jessie Mueller, Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase and Jim Norton. Scott Ellis directs the revival.

  1. Studio 54 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Until Sun Mar 10
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