Another fall season of theater dawns in New York City. Like most people, you're too busy to wade through the ocean of casting announcements and season brochures to pick out a winner or two. Luckily, you don't have to. We at TheaterMania have selected the 11 shows from the forthcoming fall season off-Broadway that have us most excited. They include a healthy mix of comedies, dramas, musicals, and shows that don't neatly fit in one category. We're sure there's something here for you.
1. The Christians (Playwrights Horizons) — Started August 28 What happens when a pastor at a mega-church makes a polarizing announcement in front of the entire congregation? You'll find out in this new play by Lucas Hnath, which features a full gospel choir onstage. Hnath has built a reputation for marrying stylized language with provocative subject matter in plays like A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney. This new play promises to do just that, but with an added emotional maturity rarely seen in the theatrical handling of the subject of religion. (Hnath, whose mother is an ordained minister, has expressed his disappointment that so much of the depiction of Christianity in the theater is satirical.)