Race: What makes David Mamet’s play particularly worthwhile is that is looks at race — not to mention sexism and human frailty altogether — from a multitude of viewpoints. James Spader, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington and Richard Thomas star. At the Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47 St.
Next to Normal: Don’t let the disquieting topic of mental illness stop you from seeing this beautifully acted and written production, which is worth seeing for the unique stage settings alone. At the Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45 St.
Freddy Cole & Valentine Swing: It is not to early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day and excellent suggestion is this concert by pianist and singer Freddy Cole (who just happens to be Nat King Cole’s brother). Cole and his band will interpret a variety of romantic American standards, from Tuesday to Sunday, Feb. 9-14. At Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 60th St.
Attila: The Metropolitan Opera is rightfully excited about its upcoming production of one of Verdi’s early operas, which it describes as a “story of civilization’s encounter with barbarism.” Ildar Abdrazakov will sing the title role and Pierre Audi will direct. Notably, the sets and scenery will be designed by Miuccia Prada, as well as the architectural team of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who designed the “Bird’s Nest” stadium at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.. Opening night is Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. The Met is between West 62nd and 65th Sts. and Columbus and Amsterdam Aves.
Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra: This smoking orchestra will celebrate the bossa nova, samba and other Afro Brazilian rhythms in a Brazil Big Band Festival on Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. The band will explore the music of Hermeto Pascoal with guest artists Vanderlei Pereira and Paul Leiberman. At Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th St.
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