Fall Theater Preview

From Daniel Radcliffe going bareback on Broadway to the next Dolly Parton working 9 to 5 at the Ahmanson in Los Angeles, a look at the shows that will be worth going to the theater for. 

BY Gerard Raymond

August 13 2008 12:00 AM ET

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Prayer for My Enemy by Craig Lucas Opens November 14 and plays through December 21
at Playwrights Horizons, New York 

In the new play
from the author of Prelude to a Kiss and The
Dying Gaul
, a young American soldier returns
from Iraq to a complicated life at home: His sister’s
marriage to his boyhood friend -- and onetime lover -- is on
the rocks. 

A Civil War Christmas by Paula Vogel Opens November 26 and runs through December 21
at the Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Conn.

The new work from
Pulitzer Prize–winning author of How I Learned to
Drive
is set in Washington, D.C., in 1864, the
last Christmas of the Civil War. The play intertwines
many famous and not-so-famous lives and is scored with
ballads, carols, and spirituals from the period. 

West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein,
Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents

Opens December 16
and runs through January 17 at the National Theatre,
Washington, D.C. 

The landmark
American musical is revitalized in a new Broadway-bound
production directed by playwright and librettist Laurents.
The remarkable 91-year-old director returns to the
work he coauthored in the late 1950s with an exciting
21st-century take on the gritty and violent world of the
Spanish-speaking Sharks and their English-speaking rivals,
the Jets. 

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