Fall in New York: Theater Season Roundup

October 01, 2009
by Sarah Amandolare
Autumn in New York City brings a full and varied cultural calendar with, perhaps most notably, a jam-packed theater season. Broadway and Off-Broadway productions run the gamut from musicals with star-studded casts, to stirring dramas written by renowned playwrights, while unique venues lend excitement to the scene. 

Fall Theater Options

The New Yorker issues a succinct roundup of fall theater productions happening around the city. The article spotlights a selection of intriguing opportunities, such as reproductions of classics like "Hamlet" and "The Royal Family," and a few highly buzzed Chicago transplants, like "Superior Donuts." Musicals, including a "Bye Bye Birdie" revival starring John Stamos, productions by high profile playwright David Mamet, and a host of women-centric plays, including Carrie Fisher in "Wishful Drinking," are also suggested.

Organize the theater calendar from New York Magazine however you wish: Broadway, comedy, drama, musical, Off-Broadway, Off-off-Broadway or other. You can also peruse the full list for a delightfully long and varied selection of New York City fall entertainment options.

New York City Theatre provides at-a-glance information and tickets for all of the Big Apple theatrical entertainment this season, including musicals, such as "Billy Elliot" and "Wicked." Plays and Off-Broadway shows, including "Stomp" and "My First Time," and an array of concerts and holiday shows, are all on offer.

Theater on the Cheap

Use New York Magazine's Guide to Cheap Theater to get insider tips and tricks for finding inexpensive or free theater in New York City. Whether you want the glitz of Carnegie Hall, the gracefulness of Julliard or a great student deal at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, you'll find essential information here.

Venues to Visit: PS 122, The Atlantic, St. Ann's Warehouse

New York is fully stocked with theaters large and small, well-known and underground, in Manhattan and the outer boroughs.

Performance Space 122 (PS 122), situated on the corner of 1st Avenue and 9th Street in a former public school building, aims to host "pioneering artists" and performances that push "the traditional boundaries." This season, the PS 122 lineup includes "Prima," a modern dance performance by LeeSaar The Company, beginning Nov. 18. Watch the full trailer of PS 122's fall lineup on the venue Web site.

Established in 1985 by famed playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy, the Atlantic Theater Company is an Off-Broadway venue. At the forefront of the Atlantic's philosophy is the belief that "the story of a play and the intent of its playwright" comprise "the core of the creative process." This fall, the theater hosts a series of one-act plays by Mamet, including "Keep Your Pantheon," a farce based on an ancient Roman acting troupe. See the full lineup on The Atlantic Theater Company Web site.

St. Ann's Warehouse is housed in a former spice mill factory in DUMBO, a Brooklyn neighborhood under the Manhattan Bridge. The theater relocated from Brooklyn Heights in 2001, and now features performances "that meet at the intersection of theater and rock and roll," according to the main Web site. This fall, catch "The New Electric Ballroom," a production from Ireland written by Enda Walsh. The story is set in a small coastal town in Ireland, "where, night after night, two aging sisters re-enact a night in the early '60s."

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