Spring theater for 2008

This season's got some promising shows in store.



The Country Girl
Morgan Freeman, Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher are the box-office draws for this revival of Clifford Odets’s backstage drama. Star-wrangler Mike Nichols directs. Now in previews; opens Apr 27, 2008 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Director Rufus Norris may redeem himself after the fiasco of 2006’s Festen (which closed within two months) with this revival of the base, intrigue-filled romance, starring Laura Linney. Previews start Sat 12, 2008; opens May 1 at the American Airlines Theatre

Top Girls
Manhattan Theatre Club restages this vintage work by Caryl Churchill, a semisurreal survey of women and power throughout history. The cast includes Martha Plimpton, Elizabeth Marvel and Marisa Tomei (pictured). Previews start Tue 15, 2008; opens May 7 at the Biltmore Theatre

Three sexy stewardesses create dangerous air traffic for a philandering architect in this 1962 sex farce. After a hot run in London, the play comes here with a cast that includes Gina Gershon, Bradley Whitford and Mark Rylance.Previews start Apr 19, 2008; opens May 4 at the Longacre Theatre


Off Broadway

God’s Ear
Grief runs its heartbreaking but quirky course in Jenny Schwartz’s deconstruction of the language of sorrow, which premiered Off-Off last year. Through May 18, 2008 at the Vineyard Theatre

The Sound and the Fury
Elevator Repair Service applies its avant-garde magic to part one of William Faulkner’s classic novel: They speak every word, verbatim. Tue 15–May 18, 2008 at New York Theatre Workshop

The Walworth Farce
Fierce Irish dramatist Enda Walsh examines gritty family dynamics through the distorting lens of wacky humor. In this metatheatrical comedy, the slapstick stings. Tue 15–May 4, 2008 at St. Ann’s Warehouse

John Turturro and Max Casella bicker until the end of the world in Samuel Beckett’s bleak masterpiece. Bonus: Elaine Stritch pops up in a garbage can. Apr 25–May 18, 2008 at BAM

Port Authority
If you missed Conor McPherson’s moody The Seafarer, try this more intimate production. Three generations of Irishmen talk about lost love and loneliness in monologues. Apr 30–Jun 15, 2008 at Atlantic Theater Company


Off-Off Broadway

Babylon Babylon
Madcap Williamsburg auteur (and TONY contributor) Jeff Lewonczyk dramatizes the fall of the ancient city. Through May 10, 2008 at the Brick Theater

How Theater Failed America
Monologuist and professional loudmouth Mike Daisey sets up his soapbox. Mon 14–May 11, 2008 at Joe’s Pub

The Fever Chart: Three Visions of the Middle East
Naomi Wallace (One Flea Spare) addresses the Iraq quagmire from a trio of perspectives. Apr 26–May 11, 2008 at the Public Theater

Off the Hozzle
Armed with a foot-pedal-activated audio sampler, Rob Erickson creates bizarre, improvised vocal collages. His new work-in-progress even includes golf-swing tips. May 1–22, 2008 at Dixon Place