The week’s other openings
Beautiful Burnout; Next Fall; Divine Rivalry
Beautiful BurnoutSt. Ann’s WarehouseBrooklyn, N.Y.Bryony Lavery’s script about an aspiring boxer adheres to a well-worn formula, said the New York Post. But it’s “not the reason you go” to this import from the National Theatre of Scotland. The fight sequences, choreographed by Steven Hoggett and set to blaring techno by Underworld, are what make it a thrilling spectacle.
Next FallCaldwell Theatre CompanyBoca Raton, Fla.The title of this show refers to the time of year that a deeply religious young gay man plans to come out to his parents, said The Miami Herald. The character’s “opposites-attract” relationship with a neurotic atheist is not always believable, but Geoffrey Nauffts’s latest is still a “provocative, funny, moving play.”
Divine RivalryHartford StageHartford, Conn.In his playwriting debut, political journalist Michael Kramer reveals a knack for “riveting dialogue,” said The Hartford Courant. Inspired by a mural-painting competition that pitted Da Vinci against Michelangelo and was commissioned by Machiavelli, Kramer cleverly examines “the interstices” between art and morality.