17 must see shows at LI this fall

Diversity is alive and well in Long Island theaters this fall, not only for a diverse mix of popular entertainers and debuts, but for some shows featuring actors of color. Here are 17 products that are just the ticket.

PIPELINE (Hardscrabble Theatre, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 298 Conklin St., Farmingdale, Sept. 10-18) A black woman’s determination to protect her son from destroying his future is It is the backbone of Dominique Morisseau’s provocative play, creating his Long Island. bow hardscrabbletheater.com

ANNA IN THE WEALTH (EastLine Theatre, Westbury Arts, 255 Schenck Ave., Sept. 10-Oct. 2) EastLine celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize winner set in a Tampa, Florida, cigar factory in 1929, where A lector reads “Anna”. Karenina” ignites hidden passions. 516-749-5047, eastlinetheatre.org

MYSTIC PIZZA (John W. Engeman Theatre, 250 Main St., Northport, Sept. 15-Oct. 30) Three waitresses at a Mystic, Connecticut, pizzeria search for love in the Long Island premiere of this musical based on the 1988 film gave. Julia Roberts was his big break. Special Sauce included a host of ’80s chart toppers including “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Addicted to Love.” 631-261-2900, engemantheater.com

MEN AND REPRESENTATIVES (Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson, Sept. 17-Oct. 22 and Plaza’s Broadway Long Island, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Sept. 24-Oct. 9) More Loesser this fall by as the curtains rise above two acts of classical music based on the stories of Damon Runyon and a host of Frank Loesser standards (“Luck Be a Lady,” “Fugue for Tinhorns”). Theater Three: 631-928-9100, theatrethree.com; Plaza: 516-599-6870, plazatheatrical.com

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (The Argyle Theatre, Main St., Babylon, Sept. 15-Oct. 23) He’s got music, he’s got music, and the title is also his gal in this stage musical based on art Best of 1951 Oscar winner starring Gene. Kelly. The show also features more than a hundred George Gershwin favorites, including “But Not for Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise” and “I Got Rhythm.” Who can ask for more? 844-631-5483, argyletheatre.com

THE WEIR (South Shore Theater Experience, 115 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, Oct. 28-Nov. 5) Guinness and the geese play in Conor McPherson’s horror play set in an Irish theater where three longtime residents and a new girl in town. each spins its own soul. 631-669-0506, southshoretheatre.com

THE ANCIENT HILLS (Plaza’s Broadway Long Island, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Nov. 19-Dec. 4) Consider this “The Odd Couple” with a shot of Geritol. This song based on the 1993 movie revolves around a group of curmudgeonly roommates who fight for the love of a widow who has recently moved in. 516-599-6870, plazatheatrical.com

GARDEN OF BEAUTIFULS (Manes Studio Theatre, 141 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, Oct. 7-9) As if the 1967 film based on Jacqueline Susann’s best-selling book wasn’t good enough, this adaptation The scene played the flamboyant “Aunt Barbara” (aka Jennifer). Bobbi Suchan) as diva Helen Lawson insists on vowing to go above and beyond. 631-226-8400, studiotheatrelongisland.com

August: OSAGE COUNTY (Manes Studio Theatre, 141 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, Oct. 21-Nov. 6) The dysfunctional family of an eccentric composer can’t understand music or why he’s lost in this award-winning tragicomedy. Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracey Letts. 631-226-8400, studiotheatrelongisland.com

ON THE WATER AND THROUGH THE TREES (Hampton Theater Company, Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Ave., Oct. 20-Nov. 6) All About the family in Joe DiPietro’s bittersweet comedy about a young man whose two sets of Italian grandparents will do anything to prevent him from moving away from them. 631-653-8955, hamptontheatre.org

BIG FISH (Cultural Arts Playhouse, 170 Michael Dr., Syosset, Oct. 22-Nov. 13) If you fall hook, line and sinker for the 2003 film about a boy who can’t tell stories charm of his dying father in his life. True or fictional, this song is worth catching. 516-694-3330, culturalartsplayhouse.com

THE COLD BOX (Modern Classics Theater Company of Long Island, 149 N. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, Nov. 11-20) Michael Cristofer’s Tony and Pulitzer-winning play spanned more than 24 hours but recorded many dramas at that time. The plot focuses on three psychiatric patients who live with their families in separate buildings on the hospital grounds. modernclassicstheatrecompanyoflongisland.net

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (The Argyle Theatre, Main St., Babylon, Nov. 11-Jan. 1) The classic Disney story about the unlikely relationship between the spirited Belle and the terrifying Beast it’s repeated as Argyle’s holiday gift. As the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman songs never end with “Be Our Guest,” where the money has a chance to shine. 844-631-5483, argyletheatre.com

A FIFTEENTH STORY (John W. Engeman Theatre, 250 Main St., Northport, Nov. 17-Jan. 1) All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun and he does it all to find in this 1940s-set holiday romp based on the novels of Jean Shepherd. And if you’re wondering, yes, one of the songs is called “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out.” 631-261-2900, engemantheater.com

A CHRISTMAS CHURCH (Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson, Nov. 12-Dec. 30 and The Gateway at Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Dec. 16-28) Jeffrey Sanzel returns to the like Scrooge for the 38-year-old at the Museum three years off, while Gateway presents a musical. Either way, it must be a Dickens of the moment. Theater Three: 631-928-9100, theatrethree.com; 631-286-1133, thegateway.org

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