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What’s New in NYC Theater

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What’s New in NYC Theater

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages ” and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close. Our reviews of open shows are at

Previews and Openings

˜THE CHILDREN at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater (in previews; opens on Dec. 12). A nuclear apocalypse comes to New York in this three-character drama from Lucy Kirkwood. Deborah Findlay and Ron Cook star as former scientists turned survivalists, who receive a visit from Francesca Annis s ex-colleague. James Macdonald directs this contained dystopia for Manhattan Theater Club.212-239-6200;

˜CRUEL INTENTIONS: THE MUSICAL at (Le) Poisson Rouge (in previews; opens on Dec. 11). The 1990s teen flick, which reset Dangerous Liaisons  in an elite Manhattan prep school, has transformed its bittersweet symphony of lust and betrayal into a jukebox musical, created by Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross. The students Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil conspire to complicate the lives of their classmates.

˜ELF: THE MUSICAL at the Theater at Madison Square Garden (performances start on Dec. 13). Theatergoers who have been naughty and nice can take a sleigh ride to this revival of this holiday musical, based on the Will Ferrell comedy about a foundling adopted by Santa. Here, George Wendt will play Santa. A Times critic described the original Broadway production as tinseled in synthetic sentiment, performed with a cheer that borders on mania, and instantly forgettable. 866-858-0008,

˜JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at Abrons Arts Center (in previews; opens on Dec. 10). A familiar fairy tale receives a playful rewrite when the husband-and-wife theatermakers Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser fight giants in the sky and the censorious down below. Drawing on pantomime tradition, they have reformatted the story to feature a little more glitter and social justice.212-352-3101,

˜TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL (in previews; opens on Dec. 14) at Classic Stage Company. Twins! Cross-dressing! Shipwreck! Pranks! Cakes! Ale! Can one stage hold it? Of course. Fiasco Theater comes to Classic Stage with its low-budget, high-innovation approach to Shakespeare s comedy. Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld direct a cast including the Fiasco regulars Emily Young and Andy Grotelueschen.212-352-3101,

Last Chance

˜TORCH SONG at Second Stage at the Tony Kiser Theater (closes on Dec. 9). A slimmed-down version of Harvey Fierstein s career-making trilogy about a gay man s search for love hangs up its drag heels. Ben Brantley wrote that Moisés Kaufman s production, starring Michael Urie, finds an irresistibly compelling gravity beneath the glibness. 212-246-4422,