Sarah Newhouse, Richard Snee, Jesse Hinson. Exit The King. (Nile Hawver) 10falltheaterpicks
Sarah Newhouse, Richard Snee, and Jesse Hinson in “Exit The King.”
Nile Scott

THEATER

‘Fun Home,’ ‘The Color Purple,’ and more stage highlights

EXIT THE KING Eugene Ionesco’s play about a narcissistic and bellicose ruler (played by Richard Snee) who is in denial about the chaos that is, thanks to his ineptitude, enveloping his kingdom. Hmm, sounds awfully familiar. Also featuring Jesse Hinson and Sarah Newhouse. Directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky. Sept. 13-Oct. 8. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, Paramount Center, Boston. 617-824-8400, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org

FACELESS A young woman falls in love with a member of ISIS, converts to Islam, and is put on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Her prosecutor is a practicing Muslim and a graduate of Harvard Law School. Selina Fillinger’s drama is directed by David J. Miller. Sept. 15-Oct. 7. Zeitgeist Stage Company. At Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.zeitgeiststage.com

A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY An early play by Tony Kushner, who went on to write a modest little drama called “Angels in America,’’ among others. In “A Bright Room Called Day,’’ a circle of left-wing artists and film-industry employees in 1932 Berlin ponder their choices and actions as Hitler and the Nazis rise to power. Directed by Dori A. Robinson (“Silent Sky’’). Sept. 30-Oct. 14. Flat Earth Theatre, at Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.flatearththeatre.org

LOST TEMPO A talented saxophonist is enticed back from Paris to 1950s Harlem by an ex-lover who promises him an ownership stake in a jazz club, but his battle with addiction complicates matters. Cliff Odle’s drama is directed by Diego Arciniegas. Oct. 5-22. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Boston. 866-811-4111, www.bostonplaywrights.org

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A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK McKinley Belcher III and Sam Levine star in the world premiere of a drama by Ken Urban (“A Future Perfect’’) in which an aid worker returning to the US after a year in Africa has a tryst in an Amsterdam hotel room with a fellow American. That leads both of them to a confrontation with some hard personal truths about their past betrayals of people who relied on them. Directed by Colman Domingo. Oct. 6-Nov. 4. Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

ALLIGATOR ROAD A comedic drama by Maine playwright Callie Kimball about a widow who decides to give away the family hardware store to a complete stranger, triggering a showdown with her college-age daughter. Directed by Weylin Symes. Oct. 12-29. Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham. 781-279-2200, www.greaterbostonstage.org

OLEANNA Johnny Lee Davenport and Obehi Janice star in David Mamet’s controversial drama about a professor who is accused of sexually assaulting a student. Directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue. Oct. 14-Nov. 5. New Repertory Theatre. At Mainstage Theater, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

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SOUVENIR This fall Lyric Stage Company has pretty much handed Leigh Barrett the keys to the joint, which is never a bad idea. Currently starring at Lyric Stage as Mama Rose in “Gypsy,’’ Barrett will follow up by reprising a role she played there to acclaim a decade ago: Florence Foster Jenkins, the ardent but talent-free New York socialite, music lover, and would-be singer. (She was played on film by Meryl Streep in last year’s “Florence Foster Jenkins’’). Barrett reteams with her collaborators in the 2007 production of Stephen Temperley’s play: Will McGarrahan, who plays pianist Cosme McMoon, and director Spiro Veloudos. Oct. 20-Nov. 19. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

Elliott Purcell stars in SpeakEasy Stage’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”
Eliott Purcell stars in SpeakEasy Stage’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”
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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME No small challenges will suffice for young actor Eliott Purcell, evidently. Having excelled in the dual role of a Texas teenager and his demonic sock puppet in “Hand to God’’ earlier this year, Purcell returns to SpeakEasy Stage Company for Simon Stephens’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel about a 15-year-old math genius with limited social skills who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor’s dog, only to find the answer to several other mysteries along the way. Directed by Paul Daigneault. Oct. 20-Nov. 18. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.SpeakEasyStage.com

FUN HOME The 2015 Tony Award winner for best musical, this innovative and heart-piercing adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel tells the story of a self-described “lesbian cartoonist,’’ portrayed by Kate Shindle, who retraces her childhood and college years as she delves into a long-ago tragedy involving her closeted gay father, played by Robert Petkoff. Abby Corrigan will play the cartoonist at college age (called Medium Alison), while Carly Gold will play Small Alison, the character as a child. At certain performances, Jadyn Schwartz will play Small Alison. For their work on “Fun Home,’’ Jeanine Tesori (music) and Lisa Kron (lyrics) became the first female team to win the Tony for best original score. Directed by Sam Gold. Oct. 17-29. Broadway In Boston. At Boston Opera House. 800-982-2787, www.BroadwayInBoston.com

THE REVOLUTIONISTS Courtney O’Connor directs a freewheeling comedy by Lauren Gunderson, who is one of the freshest, most versatile, and most prolific playwrights around, having authored, among others, “I and You,’’ “Silent Sky,’’ and “Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight.’’ Set during the French Revolution’s 1793 Reign of Terror, “The Revolutionists’’ focuses on four women, including a playwright, an assassin, a Haitian activist, and … Marie Antoinette. Oct. 19-Nov. 12. Nora Theatre Company. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 617-576-9278 ext. 1, www.CentralSquareTheater.org

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IN THE HEIGHTS Before he created a national sensation with “Hamilton,’’ Lin-Manuel Miranda (and his collaborator Quiara Alegria Hudes) made a splash on Broadway with this Tony-winning musical about three eventful days and nights in the lives of Latino residents of Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Diego Klock-Perez portrays the bodega proprietor Usnavi, the role played by Miranda on Broadway. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Bertone, with musical direction by Dan Rodriguez. Oct. 27-Nov. 19. Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston. 617-879-2300, www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org

42nd STREET After the star of a Broadway-bound production gets injured, a chorus girl from Allentown, Penn., gets the chance to fulfill all of her showbiz dreams and she makes the most of it in this high-kicking musical, which features such songs as “Lullaby of Broadway,’’ “We’re in the Money,’’ “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,’’ and the rousing title tune. Oct. 31-Nov. 12. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org

GARDENS SPEAK Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury intereviewed friends and relatives of 10 citizens of Syria who died in the 2011 uprising against the Ba’athist government, then constructed narratives that tell the stories of the deceased as they themselves might have told them. Nov. 8-19. ArtsEmerson. Robert J. Orchard Stage, Paramount Center, Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

THE COLOR PURPLE This stirring, Tony-winning musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s celebrated novel chronicles the journey to independence by the remarkably resilient Celie. When we first see her, she is a 14-year-old in rural Georgia, forced by her father to marry a cruel farmer called “Mister’’ and seemingly facing a hopeless future. But that is far from the end of Celie’s story. Directed by John Doyle. Nov. 21-Dec. 3. Presented by Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Boston. 866-348-9738, www.bochcenter.org

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