Sometimes you just got to remind yourself that actors are flesh and blood. Pick one of these five shows this fall or do what we'd do — see them all.
> Follies. Bernadette Peters and Elaine Page star in this revival of the Stephen Sondheim classic about a group of former stars and their regret-filled pasts. (Now showing at New York City’s Marquis Theatre)
> The Submission. Struggling white playwright Danny Larsen (Glee’s Jonathan Groff) takes up the pen name “Shaleeha G’ntamobi” for his searing portrait of an African-American family’s deterioration. When it’s accepted into a distinguished theater festival, the scribe begins to question the nature of his exploitations. (Now showing at New York City’s MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre)
> When Did You Last See My Mother? This revival of an early play from Oscar-winning queer writer Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons) centers on two roommates — straight Jimmy and gay Ian — and the attraction Jimmy’s visiting mother develops for Ian. (Opens September 16 at London’s Trafalgar Studios 2 Theatre)
> The Bus. This drama about two boys and their titular hideaway takes on pressing urgency when a homophobic church discovers their secret affair. (Opens October 4 at New York City’s 59E59 Theaters)
> Bring It On: The Musical. Expect the usual: human pyramids, over-the-top tumbling, spirit-stick dropping, and plenty of cheer sex — only with a little more background music. (Opens October 30 at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater)
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