Fall 2013 Broadway Guide
by Whitney Spaner, 08/28/2013
(From left) Billy Crudup in "No Man's Land," photo courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown • "The Glass Menagerie" photo by Michael J. Lutch
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Things are getting serious on Broadway this fall. The wisecracking drag queens of Kinky Boots and the circus performers in Pippin are making way for characters who contend with tension-filled pauses (courtesy of Harold Pinter) and reflect on their circumstances in lengthy monologues (Shakespeare). Certainly, the season has its celebrities, but the paparazzi will have to settle for stage door shots; most of the actors appearing this fall are known for laying low and focusing on their craft. Daniel Craig and his real-life wife, Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, will play a damaged couple in the revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal. Ethan Hawke takes a stab at Macbeth, and Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen revisit their much-acclaimed West End performances in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot; showcasing their immense talents, the duo will perform that classic in repertory with the Pinter drama No Man's Land. British ingénue Rebecca Hall makes her Broadway debut in Machinal, feminist journalist Sophie Treadwell's play about a woman who murdered her husband in the 1920s. And more British than tea time, The Winslow Boy, playwright Terence Rattigan's upper-crust drama, gets its first Broadway revival. If you're a true theater aficionado, this is your year. Here's our preview of the dramatic shows and performances heading to the Great White Way this fall.