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Fall Arts Preview

Your guide to this fall’s theater productions

Garen Scribner and Sara Esty star in “An American in Paris” at the Citi Wang Theatre from Oct. 25-Nov. 6. Matthew Murphy

MISS JULIE The adventurous Wellfleet-based Harbor Stage Company pays another visit to Boston, this time with Robert Kropf’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s turbulent drama about the relationship between an aristocratic young woman and her father’s manservant. Directed by Kropf and featuring Jonathan Fielding, Stacy Fischer, and Brenda Withers. Sept. 15-25. Harbor Stage Company. At Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, Boston. 508-514-1763, www.harborstage.org

CLEANLINESS, GODLINESS, AND MADNESS: A USER’S GUIDE Robbie McCauley directs Charlotte Meehan’s new play about a pair of fundamentalist Christian women who found the conservative “Movement to Restore Decency,’’ only to be drawn into sexual encounters with each other. Starring Stephanie Burlington Daniels (so memorably fearless in Sleeping Weazel’s production of Kenneth Prestininzi’s “Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth’’) and Veronica Wiseman. Also featuring Steven Barkhimer and James Barton. Sept. 15-24. Sleeping Weazel. Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-426-5000, www.bostontheatrescene.com


THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS Sean O’Casey took a critical view of war, nationalism, and unquestioning patriotism in this drama about working-class residents of a Dublin tenement amid the fervor and turmoil leading up to the Easter Rising of 1916. So critical, in fact, that some in the audience rioted during an early performance of “The Plough and the Stars’’ at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. “You have disgraced yourselves once again,’’ an angry William Butler Yeats told the crowd. Directed by Sean Holmes. Sept. 24-Oct. 9. Abbey Theatre production is presented by American Repertory Theater. At Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT Always look on the bright side of life, indeed. This riotous winner of the 2005 Tony Award for best musical (based on the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail’’) tracks the bumbling quest for the Grail by King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Featuring a book and lyrics by original Python Eric Idle and music by Idle and John Du Prez, the production is directed and choreographed by Billy Sprague Jr. Sept. 27-Oct. 9. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org


MAN IN SNOW World premiere of a drama by Israel Horovitz about the newly retired David Kipling, portrayed by Will Lyman, who returns to Mount McKinley — which he scaled when he was in his mid-20s — as a guide for a group of Japanese honeymooners. The couples are trying to conceive children “under the spell of the Northern Lights.’’ Meanwhile, Kipling is trying to cope with the death of his young son. The cast also includes Sandra Shipley, Francisco Solorzano, Paul O’Brien, Ron Nakahara, and Ashley Risteen. Following the Gloucester premiere, “Man in Snow’’ will move to La MaMa in New York. Sept. 29-Oct. 23. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT: THE MUSICAL Pop tunes like “It’s Raining Men,’’ “I Will Survive,’’ and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun’’ serve as the score for this musical adaptation of a 1994 film. A trio of drag performers take a road trip on a lavender bus (which they name Priscilla) from Sydney across the Australian outback. Directed by Stacey Stephens and featuring Larry Daggett, Andrew Giordano, and Matthew Tiberi. Sept. 30-Oct. 9. Fiddlehead Theatre Company. At Citi Shubert Theatre, Boston. 866-348-9738, www.citicenter.org

HAMLET Staging Shakespeare’s classic tragedy in a church will underscore the “spiritual strains and conflicts throughout the text,’’ according to director Doug Lockwood. The production will star Omar Robinson as Hamlet; Marianna Bassham as his mother, Gertrude; Richard Snee as Polonius; Poornima Kirby as Ophelia; and Ross MacDonald as knavish Claudius. Oct. 5-Nov. 6. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Church of the Covenant, Boston. 866-811-4111, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org


GOOD New Repertory Theatre artistic director Jim Petosa has told the Globe that he scheduled this production of CP Taylor’s Nazi-era drama in direct response to the rise of Donald Trump. Michael Kaye plays a professor in 1930s Germany whose best friend is Jewish and who initially seems decent, yet is steadily drawn into participating in the horrors of the Nazi Party. Directed by Petosa and also featuring Benjamin Evett, Christine Power, Judith Chaffee, Tim Spears, and Casey Tucker. Oct. 8-30. Coproduction by New Repertory Theatre and Boston Center for American Performance. At Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

TIGER STYLE! Siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen are feeling stalled professionally and personally, their soaring early promise largely unfulfilled. So they decide to embark on an “Asian Freedom Tour.’’ On his website, dramatist Mike Lew says that “Tiger Style!’’ explores “the successes and failures of tiger parenting from the point of view of a playwright who’s actually been through it.’’ Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, who helmed “Hand to God’’ on Broadway. Oct. 14-Nov. 13. Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. The New England premiere of a provocative, strongly feminist work by award-winning British playwright Alice Birch that, through a series of vignettes, reveals and deconstructs the politics of gender, language, social custom, workplace dynamics, the ways that women are seen — and the ways they can rebel against all of it. Directed by Summer L. Williams. Oct. 21-Nov. 19. Company One Theatre. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.companyone.org


THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS An exploration of a notorious case from 1931, when nine black youths were falsely accused in Alabama of raping two white women on a train, this musical represents the final collaboration between John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics), the creators of “Cabaret’’ and “Chicago,’’ before Ebb died. Directed by Paul Daigneault, with choreography by Ilyse Robbins and a cast that includes Brandon G. Green, De’Lon Grant, and Maurice Emmanuel Parent. Oct. 21-Nov. 19. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

WARRIOR CLASS Michael Tow (“Chinglish’’) portrays a New York legislator — the son of Chinese immigrants and a decorated war veteran — who is seen as “the Republican Obama.’’ But his image and his future are imperiled when a figure from his past threatens to disclose a damaging episode from his college years. Kenneth Lin’s play is directed by Dawn M. Simmons, with a cast that includes Jessica Webb and the ubiquitous Steven Barkhimer. Oct. 21-Nov. 13. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com


AN AMERICAN IN PARIS A stylish and graceful stage adaptation of the 1951 Vincente Minnelli film that starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, “An American in Paris’’ is beginning its national tour in Boston. Directed by Christopher Wheeldon, who won a 2015 Tony Award for his ravishing choreography, the production stars Garen Scribner as a US soldier turned painter and Sara Esty as the young French dancer with whom he falls in love. Featuring music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas. Oct. 25-Nov. 6. Citi Wang Theatre. Boston. 800-982-2787, www.citicenter.org

MALA World premiere of a sometimes somber, sometimes funny solo show, written and performed by the gifted playwright-actress Melinda Lopez (“Sonia Flew,’’ “Becoming Cuba’’), about coping with the hectic demands of her own life while moving her Cuban-American mother into hospice care and facing the inevitability of losing her. Directed by David Dower. Oct. 27-Nov. 20. ArtsEmerson. At Jackie Liebergott Black Box, Paramount Center. Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

HOW SOFT THE LINING World premiere of a drama by the prolific Boston-area playwright Kirsten Greenidge (“Milk Like Sugar,’’ “The Luck of the Irish’’). Set at the time of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, “How Soft the Lining’’ tells the story of the relationship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckly, a former slave who became Lincoln’s confidante while working as her seamstress. Bridgette Hayes portrays Lincoln and Elle Borders plays Keckly. Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara. Nov. 5-20. Bad Habit Productions. At Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.bostontheatrescene.com DON AUCOIN

Don Aucoin can be reached at aucoin@globe.com.