If the bright lights of Broadway in New York City are a little too far to go to enjoy great theater, consider New Haven. The city's long-standing theaters are offering some pretty cool shows this fall. The Yale Repertory Theatre is hosting two world premieres, the Long Wharf Theater has an East Coast premiere and there's a launch of a national tour at the Shubert Theater.
Yale Rep, which has produced more than 100 premieres in its tenure, is holding a world premiere Nov. 26-Dec. 19 with "Bossa Nova,'' a work by playwright Kirsten Greenidge that chronicles Dee Paridis's struggle between familial expectations and those of a lover. Yale Rep is finishing up its first world premiere with "We Have Always Lived in the Castle,'' which runs through Oct. 9.
In addition, Yale Rep is staging "A Delicate Balance'' by Edward Albee, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, who makes his debut at Yale Rep with the show, running Oct. 22-Nov. 13.
Check it all out at www.yalerep.com.
The national tour of the Tony Award-winning revival of "Hair'' starts its eight-month, 21-city run with four shows at New Haven's Shubert Theater Oct. 22-24, before leaving for the Kennedy Center in Washington. The Shubert is a not-for-profit performing arts center and has been a staple of the New Haven arts scene since 1914. For info, visit www.shubert.com.
Long Wharf Theatre, an intimate, local playhouse, brings the East Coast premiere of "The Train Driver'' to the stage Oct. 24-Nov. 21, continuing a long association with playwright Athol Fugard. The play explores the guilt and complicated emotions of post-apartheid South Africa and features Broadway performers Harry Groener and Anthony Chisholm. See www.longwharf.org.
Anyone wishing to combine an overnight stay with theater may look into the Yale Repertory Package, which starts at $239 a night and includes overnight accommodations, tickets to an opening-night performance, admittance to the opening-night party with cast and crew at The Study at Yale's Heirloom restaurant, and breakfast at Heirloom the next morning. Details at www.studyhotels.com.
Posted by Paul E. Kandarian, Globe correspondent