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October Preview Picks
What are our critics looking forward to?
Here is their chronological monthly
tip sheet
to what's previewing--and opening--in New York.

By Lucy Komisar

Begins October1:
"MISTERO BUFFO" The Italian satirist and Nobel Prize-winner Dario Fo performs a solo show of five comic sketches based on the performances of medieval jesters. The Loewe Theater at New York University. 212-998-5772

Opens Oct 3:
"THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT" by Jean Giraudoux, directed by Roy B. Steinberg, with Anne Jackson and Kim Hunter. A poetic comic fable set in Paris. The President and prospectors plan to blow up the city to unearth the oil they believe lies underfoot. The Madwoman and her friends, who believe in life, beauty and the fulfillment of dreams, see through these 'evil ones' and plot to rid the world of them. The Colleagues Theatre Company at The Neighborhood Playhouse, 340 E. 54th Street, (between 1st and 2nd Aves ).

Opens Oct 2:
"CLOUDSTREET" a five-hour epic, based on a novel by Tim Winton, examines Australia's mid-20th- century emergence into the modern world through the tale of the Pickles and the Lambs, two mismatched families living under the same roof in Perth. Sydney-based troupe Company B Belvoir at Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, 718-636-4100, www.bam.org.

Opens Oct 4:
"HEDDA GABLER" by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Jon Robin Baitz, dirrected by Nicholas Martin, starring Kate Burton, The Ambassador Theatre, 219 W 49 St.

Opens Oct 9:
"METAMORPHOSES," written and directed by Mary Zimmerman, based on the myths and epic poem of Ovid, about the power of love to transform. The set includes a 26-foot pool of water. Second Stage, 307 West 43rd Street, 212 541-4516, www.SecondStageTheatre.com.

Opens Oct 10:
"THE SHAPE OF THINGS," by Neil LaBute. The evolving relationship between a young sexually voracious artist and the nebbish museum guard she befriends, and transforms into a boy toy. Promenade, Broadway and 76th St.

Opens Oct 11:
"DANCE OF DEATH," the August Strindberg play about a hellish marriage. adapted by Richard Greenberg, directed Sean Mathias, with Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren. Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W 44 St, telecharge.

Open Oct 22:
"QED," by Peter Parnell, directed by Gordon Davidson, with Alan Alda, about Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman, with larger than life personality and career included developing atom bomb and explaining puzzle of space shuttle Challengerís explosion. Lincoln Center.

Opens Oct 25:
THOU SHALT NOT Music and lyrics by Harry Connick Jr., book by Peter Thompson, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Musical based on Emile Zola's "Therese Raquin," 19th-century novel of adultery and murder, transplanted to 1946 New Orleans. Lincoln Center Theatre.

Opens Oct 25:
"THE RISE OF RICHARD 3," adapted from William Shakespeare, directed by Andrei Serban. LaMaMa E.T.C. (Annex Theater), 74A East Fourth Street, (212) 475-7710.

Opens Oct 28:
"BY JEEVES," book and lyrics by Alan Ayckbourn, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on stories by P.G. Wodehouse. In a church hall Berrtie Wooster is scheduled to give banjo recital, His servant Jeeeves, who loves music, steals the banjo, and Bertie improvises with tale of romantic entanglements and mistaken identities involving his friends and their love interests. Helen Hayes Theater, 240 West 44th Street.

Opens Oct 30:
"EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE," based on short story by Flannery O'Connor, directed by Karin Coonrod. about a young Southerner and his widowed mother whose ride on a bus turns hilariously tragic. New York Theater Workshop.

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