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Whether you’re a regular supporter of Shakespeare in the Park or just love a good group rendition of “The Age of Aquarius” at karaoke, you’ve certainly felt the influence of the Public Theater.

For 50 years the NYC art house has made theater accessible to the community through revivals of well-known works and envelope-pushing original pieces (most notably, Hair and A Chorus Line). Now, following a four-year, $40 million renovation of its downtown home, the Public Theater is back with a fantastic fall season. Here are two shows we’re itching to see.

Giant This dark musical--based on the 1952 novel by Edna Ferber and directed by Michael Greif (of Rent fame)--tells the multigeneration story of a Texas ranch family battling Mexican-American racism and the consequences of the 1920s oil boom. Runs October 26 to December 2; tickets are $85 to $95 ($45 for members).

Sorry As the third installment in a trilogy of politically centered plays (including Sweet and Sad and That Hopey Changey Thing), this bare-bones play picks up with the Apple family on the morning of November 6, Election Day. Anxiety and arguments ensue. Runs October 30 to November 18; tickets are $15 ($12 for members).

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