Science Fair

Science Fair

This new “opera with experiments,” dreamed up and performed by the mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, marries scientific demonstrations and a libretto built from the words of scientists to music by composers Matthew Schickele, Renée Favand-See, Stefan Weisman and Conrad Cummings. 

House Rules

House Rules

Intriguing and untidy, A. Rey Pamatmat’s new play for Ma-Yi Theater Company centers on two Filipino-American families in the same New York building. Though the structure, which hinges on a series of game nights and contests, can feel strained, there are sometimes flashes of surprising truth and compelling conversations about family and assimilation (1:45). 

Tonight/Jungle: Two Plays by Philip Ridley

Tonight/Jungle: Two Plays by Philip Ridley

(previews start on Thursday; opens on Jan. 26) Here hosts a dark diptych: Philip Ridley’s companion works “Dark Vanilla Jungle,” directed by Frances Loy, and “Tonight with Donny Stixx,” directed by Paul Takacs... 

O, Earth

O, Earth

 (previews start on Jan. 23; opens on Jan. 31) “Oh, earth,” Emily says in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” “you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you... 

Professor Brenner

Professor Brenner

There are a lot of contemporary themes in this 1911 play by David Pinski about a 61-year-old man who frets about his romance with a 20-year-old woman. The production, though, is marred by a whiny rendition of the title character; no woman of any age could love such an insecure wimp (1:10). 

Chang(e)'

Chang(e)'

This docudrama by Soomi Kim and Suzi Takahashi is about an activist artist named Kathy Change, who died by self-immolation in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania. Oh, is she a tough subject — not just because research and interviews have resulted in only a fragmentary portrait but also because she was something of a campus crank... 

How to Live on Earth

How to Live on Earth

(previews start on Sept. 13; opens on Sept. 17) Scientists and volunteers have already begun training for a flight to Mars, though any manned voyage is at least a decade away. MJ Kaufman gets a jump start with this play for Colt Coeur about people vying to get far, far away from it all... 

Brendan Drake Choreography

Brendan Drake Choreography

The 1980 psychological thriller “Cruising,” starring Al Pacino, was protested for its dark portrayal of gay leather bars. In “Rope,” performed by four dancers, choreographer Brendan Drake explores stereotypes of gay men in pop culture — from the aforementioned film to Hitchcock and Harry Potter — using a postmodern dance vocabulary sprinkled with humor and camp. 

Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green

Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green

(performances start on Saturday) The playwright Howard L. Craft believes that black lives matter and he’s created five of them, all performed by the same actor (J. Alphonse Nicholson)... 

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis

The title of Ms. Davis’s new work, “Bloowst windku,” welds parts of recognizable words (bloom, twist, windmill, haiku) into something unrecognizable. The same may be true of the movement, light and sound in this carefully constructed trio... 

The Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis

The composer Stefan Weisman and the librettist David Cote have created a haunting, honest and occasionally horrifying tale of familial bullying and disability for the centerpiece of this year’s Prototype Festival... 

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

(closes on Sunday) The violence is almost nonstop (but stylized) in this electric production of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. Murder, rape and mutilation abound, but so do character-driven performances (2:15). 

On the Other Side of the River

On the Other Side of the River

(performances start on Nov. 29; opens on Dec. 4) David Greenspan is a busy man. While currently appearing in MCC’s “Punk Rock,” he’s also starring in this drama by Peretz Hirshbein... 

You Got Older

You Got Older

(previews start on Oct. 29; opens on Nov. 6) Clare Barron, the current Page 73 playwriting fellow, has said this play is “about how disease changes your relationship to your body... 

Dry Land

Dry Land

Feelings seldom come singly in this remarkable play by the 21-year-old Ruby Rae Spiegel. Set largely in a high school locker, this portrait of an unlikely friendship under uncommon pressure is tender, caustic, harrowing and funny... 

Performance Mix Festival

Performance Mix Festival

This smorgasbord of performance, with a different lineup each night, features 32 artists from New York, Montreal, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and beyond. The goal is to examine a mix of values, generations, attitudes and interests... 

Keep Your Electric Eye on Me

Keep Your Electric Eye on Me

This multilayered collaboration, spearheaded by Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty, ensconces two performers (Madeline Best and Carlton Ward) in a convoluted technological landscape of video and sound, part recorded and part live...