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October 15, 2016

The opening productions of this season at the Signature Theatre will be revivals of Fugard’s Master Harold . . . and the boys Oct. 31st to Nov. 27th and Suzan-Lori Parks’ Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Oct. 25th to Dec. 4th.  All tix $30.  480 West 42 St.  Tel. 212-244-7529.
On Monday October 24th the 80th anniversary of the simultaneous cross-country premiere of It Can’t Happen Here, based on the Sinclair Lewis novel, will be celebrated by free public readings across the country.  In New York, this will take place at the Metropolitan Playhouse, 7:30 p.m.  220 East 4th St. Tel. 212-995-8410.
Najla Said (daughter of Edward Said) has created the libretto for Zabur, a musical adaptation of the Psalms to the contemporary Middle East.  It will be performed Oct. 16th at 2 p.m. at Carnegie Hall, and should be of considerable interest to those in Middle Eastern Studies or interfaith dialogue.  Tix $14-$68 with a 24% discount with code NYC24864.  681 7th Avenue.  Tel. 212-247-7800.
Brian Friel’s Afterplay depicts two Chekhov characters, Sonja from Uncle Vanya and Andrey from Three Sisters meeting at a late night cafĂ© in Moscow in the 1920s.   Thru Nov. 6th at the Irish Repertory Theatre.  Tix $40.  132 West 22 St.  Tel. 212-727-2737.
Betty Shamieh’s Fit for a Queen tells the story of Hatshepsut, the only woman Pharaoh of ancient Egypt. It will be presented at the 3LD Art & Technology Center through October 30th.  Tix $35.  Students $20.  80 Greenwich St.  Tel. 212-645-0374.
Two important revivals of works that expanded the boundaries of modern dance are being offered later this month at the Joyce Theatre.  First is Jerome Bel’s 2005 The Show Must Go On, breaking barriers between performers and audience, on Oct. 20th – 22nd.  Tix $36-$66.   Then comes the Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company in two dances from the recent Analogy, mixing storytelling and movement, Oct. 25th thru Nov. 6th.  Tix. $61-$98.  175 Eighth Ave.  Tel. 212-691-9740.
Musical Tonight is presenting the Gershwins’ Funny Face at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row Oct. 18th -30th.  Tix. $27.50. 410 West 42 St.  Tel. 212-714-2442.
The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players begins its season with two G & S one-acts, Box & Cox and Trial by Jury followed by impromptu requests of other G & S numbers from the audience.  Oct. 29th - 30th.  Tix $50.  West Side YMCA, 10 West 64 St.  Tel. 212-769-1000.
The Wooster Group is presenting a new work in progress, The B-Side, featuring songs from Texas’ segregated prison farms, Nov. 9th -19th.  33 Wooster Street. Tel. 212-966-9796.
Preeminent monologist Mike Daisey takes on one of his most provocative topics in The Story of a Gun, Nov. 3rd, 4th, and 5th at Rattlestick.  Tix. $44. 224 Waverly Place.  Tel. 212-627-2556.
Another major solo performer, Sarah Jones (creator of Bridge & Tunnel) is offering a new work, Sell/Buy/Date at MCC Stage II thru Nov. 15th.   The medley of characters are all in some way involved with the sex industry.   Tix $75.  131 West 55 St.  Tel. 212-239-6200. 
The Flea Theater is presenting a double bill of premieres of plays set on college campuses, Class Acts, by A.R. Gurney.  Squash examines campus sexuality in the 1970s and Ajax is a metatheatrical exploration of Sophocles’ play.  Times are staggered so that you can see both shows in one night if you wish.  Tix $35 for previews, then $55 weekdays and $75 weekends for combination tix (limited rush seating $15).  Thru Nov. 14th.  41 White Street.  Tel. 866-811-4111.
Oddly enough, New York is not seeing much political theatre this election season, but if you are willing to venture out to LIU in Brooklyn, the Billie Holiday Theatre offering the New York premiere of Richard Wesley’s political drama Autumn Oct. 31st thru Nov. 6th.  Tix $15-$30.  Corner Flatbush and Dekalb, Brooklyn.  Tel. 718-488-1624
A Split Britches Retro(per)spective is being offered at La Mama Oct. 20th - Oct. 23rd with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver offering a selection of old and new work.  Tix $26, $21 for students.  74A East 4th.  Tel.  646-430-5374.
Discount tix available for the upcoming Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie with Sally Field and Joe Mantello. Tix $40 to $91 with code GMTHM916 (regular prices $60 to $149). Previews begin Feb. 7th, opens March 9th at the Golden theatre, 252 West 45 St.  Tel. 212-947-8844.
Home/Yuva, an international collaboration between artists in New York and Istanbul, will be presented Oct. 28th -Nov. 12th as the latest offering of LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s Global Initiative Project.  Tix $20.  31-10 Thompson Ave, E-241, Long Island City (nearest subway, 33 St. on 7 line). Tel. 718-482-5151.
The Vineyard offers discount tix to a new comedy by its often-featured dramatist Nicky Silver, This Day Forward.  Nov. 15th thru Dec. 18th.    Tix $70, discounted to $59 with code FWDSMS.  108 East 15 St.  Tel. 212-353-0303.
Hansol Jung’s Among the Dead, a new work by the Ma-Yi Theatre Company set among the survivors of three Asian wars, will be presented at HERE Nov. 5th – 26th.  Tix $25.  145 Sixth Ave.  Tel. 212-352-3101.
Also at HERE through Oct. 22nd.  Jessica Scott’s Ship of Fools, a study of women and madness utilizing puppetry, movement, and live vocals.  Tix. $35.  145 Sixth Ave.  Tel. 212-352-3101.
Broadway’s first a capella musical,  celebrating the rhythms of the New York subway In Transit, by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Deke Sharon is being offered by Circle in the Square Nov. 10th thru Feb. 2017.  Discount tix from $69 with code IRBBX822.  235 West 50th St.  Tel. 212-947-8844.