Whether you are a longtime Broadway supporter or simply love a good celebrity sighting (no judgment here), this fall promises some seriously provocative theater. Here are three small-ensemble plays on our personal list.
If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet
Academy Award-nominated Jake Gyllenhaal makes his New York stage debut as the estranged uncle to a teenage girl dealing with the all-too-current problems of childhood obesity and bullying. Through November 25; the Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St.; 212-719-1300 or roundabouttheatre.org
Broadway vet Paul Rudd leads the small ensemble (including Ed Asner and Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon) of this dark comedy exploring the world of, strangely, gospel-themed motels. Previews don’t start until September 14, but we suggest snagging tickets now. Through January 6; Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St.; 212-239-6200 or graceonbroadway.com
Friends alum David Schwimmer is no stranger to the stage, having cofounded the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago. He stars opposite Academy Award-nominated Amy Ryan in this Pulitzer Prize-finalist comedy in which they befriend their new suburban neighbors--recovering drug addicts. Through October 7; Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St.; 212-279–4200 or playwrightshorizons.org