Robert Risko
September 11, 2009

London

The Show: Enron (Royal Court Theatre; through November 7; royalcourttheatre.com)
Why Go: This new black comedy by Lucy Prebble riffs on the mother of corporate fiascos.

The Show: The Power of Yes (National Theatre; in repertory)
Why Go: David Hare’s jaw-dropping story traces the economic crisis.

The Show: Inherit the Wind (Old Vic; through December 20; oldvictheatre.com)
Why Go: Surprisingly, the teaching ofDarwin’s Origin of Species is still a source of controversy and in the classicAmerican play Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee it also provides thesource of a riveting drama. Kevin Spacey takes on the role of Henry Drummond, the defense attorneyinspired by Clarence Darrow, in a staging by Trevor Nunn.

New York

The Show: The Royal Family (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre; through November 22; mtc-nyc.org)
Why Go: Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman’scomedy about a dynasty of actors requires an ensemble of acting royalty to realize the play’slively wit. Doug Hughes directs a suitably starry cast that features Rosemary Harris, Jan Maxwell,Ana Gasteyer, and Tony Roberts.

The Show: After Miss Julie (American Airlines Theatre; through December 6; roundabouttheatre.org)
Why Go: The American premiere ofPatrick Marber’s recasting of Strindberg’s drama about class difference and strugglesbetween the sexes is transported to election night 1945 when the Labour party swept in and tookover the British government. Sienna Miller and Jonny Lee Miller appear in this productionfrom the Donmar Warehouse.

The Show: Oleanna (Golden Theatre; through March 7, 2010; oleannaonbroadway.com)
Why Go: The revival of DavidMamet’s two-actor play about power politics has Bill Pullman in the role of teacher and JuliaStiles as the student and nemesis.

The Show: Quartett (Brooklyn Academy of Music; November 4–14; bam.org)
Why Go: The French actress Isabelle Huppert plays thevenomous Marquise de Merteuil in Heiner Müller’s adaptation of Les LiaisonsDangereuses. Provocateur Robert Wilson stages the production from theOdéon-Théâtre de l’Europe.

Los Angeles

The Show: Parade (Mark Taper Forum; through Nov. 15; centertheatregroup.org)
Why Go: T. R. Knight leads a starry cast in Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning musical.

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