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Guide to Broadway Week’s lesser-known plays on sale

The bright lights of Broadway
The bright lights of Broadway
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Broadway Week is back this month with two-for-one tickets to the hottest shows in town. Long-running favorites such a “Newsies,” “The Lion King” and “Phantom of the Opera” need no introduction, but smaller productions are also giving audiences a chance to catch up-and-coming talent for half off. Here is a guide to three lesser-known plays worth checking out:

  • "Bronx Bombers": The Yankees are a New York institution, and this play by Eric Simonson takes audiences behind the scenes of their landmark 1977 season and the life of player Yogi Berra. Theater Mania says the simple staging and intense performances are “edge-of-your-seat compelling.” The second half takes a turn to the fantastical with appearances from baseball greats across the decades.
    Circle in the Square Theatre, recommended for all ages
  • "Machinal": Inspired by the true story of Ruth Snyder’s infamous 1927 murder trial, this play is written by American journalist Sophie Treadwell. After Snyder found an escape from her mundane marriage through an affair, she plotted to murder her husband, but her poor cover-up led to her demise. NY Daily News calls it a “stylized tale of dependency and dehumanization in a male-dominated, mechanized world.”
    American Airlines Theatre, recommended for teens and adults
  • "Outside Mullingar": The creative team behind the Tony-winning “Doubt” present this romantic comedy set in rural Ireland. Featuring the star power of Debra Messing (“Will and Grace,” “Smash”) as an awkward introvert in love with her neighbor, the show opens to general audiences on Jan. 23.
    Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, recommended for teens and adults