Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close. Our reviews of open shows are at nytimes.com/reviews/theater.
Previews & Openings
‘BETRAYAL’ at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (in previews; opens on Sept. 5). It wasn’t so long ago that Daniel Craig was being deceived on Broadway. Now it is Tom Hiddleston’s turn. In a production that premiered in London, he stars, alongside Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox, in Harold Pinter’s chronologically inverted drama about a married couple and the friend who complicates their relationship. Jamie Lloyd directs.
‘FELIX STARRO’ at Theater Row (in previews; opens on Sept. 3). In this new musical by Jessica Hagedorn and Fabian Obispo for Ma-Yi Theater Company, a Filipino healer arrives in San Francisco and performs a series of dubious psychic surgeries. But his grandson may not have faith. Alan Ariano stars; Ralph B. Peña directs.
‘HERCULES’ at the Delacorte Theater (performances start on Aug. 31). Are you looking for a hero? Public Works has one. This joyful Public Theater program, which pairs more than 100 local volunteers with professional actors, presents a live version of the 1997 Disney film about the strongman of myth. Kristoffer Diaz offers a new book, and Alan Menken and David Zippel, the original composer and lyricist, contribute new songs. Lear deBessonet directs.
‘NOVENAS FOR A LOST HOSPITAL’ at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (previews start on Sept. 5; opens on Sept. 19). St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village shut down in 2010. Condos and townhouses now occupy the block where it stood. Nearby, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the playwright Cusi Cram and the director Daniella Topol honor that shuttered institution in a site-specific production that traces its rich history. Kathleen Chalfant portrays Elizabeth Ann Seton.
‘RUNBOYRUN’ AND ‘IN OLD AGE’ at New York Theater Workshop (performances start on Sept. 4). Having previously presented “Sojourners” and “Her Portmanteau,” New York Theater Workshop presents two further plays in Mfoniso Udofia’s nine-part “The Ufot Cycle,” which follows a Nigerian couple across generations and time. Loretta Greco directs “Runboyrun”; Awoye Timpo directs “In Old Age.” Chiké Johnson and Patrice Johnson Chevannes star.
‘SUNDAY’ at the Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater (previews start on Sept. 4; opens on Sept. 23). Having conquered the wizarding world in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and having grappled with a giant ape in “King Kong,” the playwright Jack Thorne joins a book group. In this new play, directed by Lee Sunday Evans, a group of friends meets to discuss fact and fiction.
‘BAT OUT OF HELL’ at New York City Center (closes on Sept. 8). Jim Steinman’s audacious, incomprehensible musical, which draws on decades of his songs, runs out of gas. A garbled version of the Peter Pan story, it is set in a futuristic Manhattan and staged, by Jay Scheib, with carnality, exuberance and mess. Lena Hall and Danielle Steers, a London import, stand out in a hardworking ensemble.
‘LIFE SUCKS’ at the Acorn Theater at Theater Row (closes on Sept. 1). Aaron Posner’s melancholic characters might be feeling a little more so, seeing as the play is finishing its run. In April, reviewing this update of Anton Chekhov, Elisabeth Vincentelli praised Posner for understanding “full well that there is no date stamp on feeling stranded between regrets and hopes, between fancy dreams and the banality of existence.”