‘GOD SAID THIS’ at the Cherry Lane Theater (in previews; opens on Jan. 29). A companion play to Leah Nanako Winkler’s “Kentucky,” this Primary Stages piece finds a New Yorker, Hiro, returning to her old Kentucky home, braving her newly sober father, her born-again sister and her ailing mother. Morgan Gould directs, with Satomi Blair, Ako and Jay Patterson revisiting their roles.
‘JOAN’ at Here (in previews; opens on Jan. 27). Having worked up a lather in “Sweat,” the ferocious Johanna Day has returned to the stage in this new play by Stephen Belber (“Tape,” “Match”). For Colt Coeur, Adrienne Campbell-Holt directs a story of an American everywoman. Adam Harrington and Marjan Neshat also star.
‘THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN’ at the Irish Repertory Theater (previews start on Jan. 30; opens on Feb. 12). Sean O’Casey, a great playwright of the Anglo-Irish renaissance, is reborn, courtesy of the Irish Rep. It will present all three of his major plays, beginning with this 1923 tragicomedy, directed by Ciaran O’Reilly. Set in the Dublin slums, it centers on a poet who perilously resembles an I.R.A. soldier.
‘SUPERHERO’ at the Tony Kiser Theater at Second Stage Theater (previews start on Jan. 31; opens on Feb. 28). Why borrow a cup of sugar when you can cadge a pinch of something more extraordinary. In this new musical from the “Next to Normal” composer Tom Kitt, with a book by John Logan, a widow and her teenage son befriend a peculiar neighbor. Kyle McArthur, Kate Baldwin and Bryce Pinkham star, with musical staging by Lorin Latarro and direction by Jason Moore.
‘AMERICAN SON’ at the Booth Theater (closes on Jan. 27). Christopher Demos-Brown’s play, about a mother waiting in a Florida police station for news of her missing son, ends its vigil. Jesse Green described this drama, directed by Kenny Leon and anchored by Kerry Washington’s “great performance,” as “not a subtle play” and “more like a slice of a nightmare.”