Hopes are always high at the start of a new theater season. Only when reality hits the stage does the disappointment set in. But this season has plenty of cause for optimism: a surfeit of stars (Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Debra Winger), oddities (a musical about evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, written by Kathie Lee Gifford) and crowd-pleasing revivals (read on). Don’t hold me accountable, but here are 10 shows that look the most promising, at least in September.
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