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Our Critics Pick the Week's Top 5 Shows

Does our heart belong to "Daddy", or do we want to dance all night with Laura Benanti? Stay in the know with our curated list.


With so much great theater in New York City, you might need a little help deciding what to see this week. We've got you covered!

Here you'll find a list of standout shows that our TM critics consider especially worth your time. They're all top productions that you definitely won't want to miss.

Click on the title of a show to learn more and purchase tickets.


The Cake

"Bekah Brunstetter vividly shows that this isn't simply a fight between snarling homophobes and oppressed gays; nor is it one between nice Christians and cultural elites hell-bent on forcing them to submit. The Cake is a play about people in all their messy contradictions, drafted to serve in a war they didn't choose." Read critic Zachary Stewart's full review here.

Debra Jo Rupp stars in Bekah Brunstetter's The Cake, directed by Lynne Meadow, for Manhattan Theatre Company at New York City Center.
(© Joan Marcus)

"Daddy"

"With its trenchant inquiry into black and white relationships and the historical dynamics that influence them, the play packs a wallop. ... From the opening scene, Alan Cumming and Ronald Peet create a fiery yet dysfunctional dynamic that we can see is headed nowhere good." Read critic Pete Hempstead's full review here.

Alan Cumming as Andre, Ronald Peet as Franklin, Charlayne Woodard as Zora, and Onyie Nwachukwu, Denise Manning, Carrie Compere as the Gospel Choir in the New Group and Vineyard Theatre production of Jeremy O. Harris's "Daddy", directed by Danya Taymor, at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
(© Matt Saunders)

Fiddler on the Roof (A Fidler Afn Dakh)

"This peerless revival, starring Steven Skybell as the best Tevye imaginable, could easily wind up as the definitive version of this 55-year-old musical." Read critic David Gordon's full review here.

Steven Skybell and the company of Fiddler on the Roof at Stage 42.
(© Matthew Murphy)

My Fair Lady

"Laura Benanti's Eliza is the real deal. Her entry into Bartlett Sher's deluxe production, alongside a host of other new principals including the effortlessly funny Danny Burstein as her blustery dad, makes an already excellent show truly incredible." Read critic David Gordon's full review here.

Harry Hadden-Paton, Laura Benanti, and Allan Corduner lead the company of My Fair Lady at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
(© Joan Marcus)

Suicide Forest

"Even if not all of Lee's formal and emotional gambits work, enough of them connect to make Suicide Forest an invigoratingly risky, genuinely thought-provoking experience, one worth seeing no matter your linguistic and cultural background." Read critic Kenji Fujishima's full review here.

Dawn Akemi Saito, Keizo Kaji, and Akiko Aizawa as goats in Suicide Forest.
(© Maria Baranova)
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