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
CORKSCREW THEATER FESTIVAL at the Paradise Factory (performances start on Aug. 7). If the New York International Fringe Festival’s one-year hiatus has you spiraling, this brand-new festival ought to take the edge off. Produced by the Brewing Dept. and Fortress Productions, the inaugural Corkscrew festival is scheduled to include five readings and five productions, including the werewolf tale “All of My Blood,” the witchy “High School Coven” and the Southern Gothic “False Stars.”
‘THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER’ at the Belasco Theater (in previews; opens on Aug. 10). It’s been a long time since a Broadway play started a riot, but maybe this one can start a revolution. The documentarian Michael Moore (“Roger & Me,” “Bowling for Columbine”) makes his Broadway debut in this new solo show, which he described to The New York Times as “a humorous play about a country that’s just elected a madman.” Michael Mayer directs.
‘GHOST LIGHT’ at the Claire Tow Theater (closes on Aug. 6). The dance theater company Third Rail Projects will turn off the stage illumination when this immersive piece finishes its run. Ben Brantley described this “spectral tour” of theater’s “hoary legends, superstitions and rituals” — directed and choreographed by Zach Morris and Jennine Willett — as an “enchanted two hours.”
‘INDECENT’ at the Cort Theater (closes on Aug. 6). Paula Vogel’s play, which Ben Brantley described as a “heartfelt ode and elegy to a landmark of modern drama,” will finish its Broadway run, having earned a Tony for its director, Rebecca Taichman. An exploration of “God of Vengeance,” a Yiddish drama that became the subject of an obscenity trial, the play speaks feelingly to ideas of culture, censorship and freedom.
‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’ at the Delacorte Theater (closes on Aug. 13). The Athenian woods will be a little less populous when Lear deBessonet’s Shakespeare in the Park production for the Public Theater finishes its run. Jesse Green described this “unusually well-cast” production, which stars Annaleigh Ashford, Danny Burstein and Phylicia Rashad, as “a decisively upbeat take on a story that can as easily be agonizing.”
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