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 and Openings
‘CYPRUS AVENUE’ at the Public Theater (previews start on June 2; opens on June 25). In David Ireland’s play, directed by Vicky Featherstone, Eric, a protestant and lifelong Orangeman, gets a nasty surprise. His baby granddaughter looks like I.R.A. bigwig Gerry Adams. His baby granddaughter might even be Gerry Adams. Stephen Rea returns to the Public Theater in this bleakly comic exploration of prejudice.
‘EVERYONE’S FINE WITH VIRGINIA WOOLF’ at Abrons Arts Center (previews start on June 1; opens on June 12). Who’s afraid of Elevator Repair Service? A devised theater company with an affectionate and mutinous approach to great American classics, E.R.S. returns with Kate Scelsa’s new play, a feminist explosion of the Edward Albee four-hander. John Collins directs Annie McNamara, April Matthis, Mike Iveson and Vin Knight.
‘THE GREAT LEAP’ at Atlantic Stage 2 (in previews; opens on June 4). In Lauren Yee’s play, improving Sino-American relations is not precisely a slam dunk. Inspired by her father’s sportsmanship, Ms. Yee, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, has written a play about a college basketball team that travels to China. Taibi Magar directs.
‘LOG CABIN’ at Playwrights Horizons (previews start on June 1; opens on June 25). A house divided against itself probably makes for a pretty good play. In Jordan Harrison’s new comedy, set in 2015, a group of happily married gays and lesbians debate rights and wrongs. Pam MacKinnon directs a cast that includes Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dolly Wells.
‘PASS OVER’ at the Claire Tow Theater (previews start on June 2; opens on June 18). A “Waiting for Godot” for the urban set, Antoinette Nwandu’s play, recently adapted by Spike Lee, centers on two tramps idling on a street corner. It isn’t an existential predicament that traps these men, but systemic social problems and a culture that sees young black men as disposable. Danya Taymor directs.
‘RED HILLS’ at 101 Greenwich Street (previews start on June 6; opens on June 13). Walk into a financial district office building, take an elevator to the ninth floor and enter the Rwandan genocide. En Garde Arts presents this collaboration between the American writer Sean Christopher Lewis and the Ugandan playwright Asiimwe Deborah Kawe. Katie Pearl directs.
‘SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS’ at Manhattan Theater Club at City Center, Stage II (previews start on June 5; opens on June 19). Set on a plantation in the midst of the Civil War, Donja R. Love’s play explores a clandestine relationship. This Manhattan Theater Club production, directed by Saheem Ali and starring Sheldon Best, argues that there is more than one kind of freedom.
‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE’ at the Gene Frankel Theater (closes on June 2). A man presumed dead is back in action, but not for long as the revival of Kurt Vonnegut’s play, a riff on “The Odyssey” updated for the Vietnam War era, finishes its run. Laura Collins-Hughes wrote that this “zingingly relevant comedy” has been given “a ferociously funny revival from Wheelhouse Theater Company.”
‘MLIMA’S TALE’ at the Public Theater (closes on June 3). Never forget Lynn Nottage’s lyrical, kinetic daisy chain, an exploration of the international ivory trade. Ben Brantley wrote that the play, directed by Jo Bonney and starring Ito Aghayere, Jojo Gonzalez, Kevin Mambo and Sahr Ngaujah, is a “beautiful, endlessly echoing portrait of a murder and its afterlife.”
‘OPERATION CRUCIBLE’ at 59E59 Theaters (closes on June 3). The bombardment ends for the four steelworkers in the basement of a collapsed hotel during a 1940 blitz in Kieran Knowles’s play. Ben Brantley praised Bryony Shanahan’s direction and Mr. Knowles’s writing, noting, “It is hard to think of another play that captures so efficiently the dividing, before and after, of war’s devastation.”
‘A PINK CHAIR (IN PLACE OF A FAKE ANTIQUE)’ at the Performing Garage (closes on June 2). Take your seat for the final performances of Wooster Group’s tribute to the visionary theater director Tadeusz Kantor. Ben Brantley praised this poignant work, directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, writing, “the full magic is in being there, as a vivid scene melts into your memory even before it ends.”
‘SAINT JOAN’ at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater (closes on June 10). Joan of Arc puts down her sword as Manhattan Theater Club’s revival of George Bernard Shaw’s play concludes. Jesse Green wrote that Daniel Sullivan’s “thoughtful if mostly becalmed staging,” with star Condola Rashad at its center, finally pays off in its trial scene.
‘TIME’S JOURNEY THROUGH A ROOM’ at the A.R.T./New York Theaters (closes on June 10). Toshiki Okada’s play, about a man wrestling with private grief in the wake of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, ends its run. In an enthusiastic review of the Play Company production, Laura Collins-Hughes wrote, “it is a chronicle of healing, with all its pain and awkward humor and halting steps.”