Giovanni Marine and Julia Navarro star in EastLine Theatre’s production...

Giovanni Marine and Julia Navarro star in EastLine Theatre’s production of “Anna in the Tropics” at Westbury Arts. Credit: Anthony Noto

Diversity is alive and well at Long Island theaters this fall, not only for the varied mix of crowd-pleasers and premieres, but for several shows that are spotlighting actors of color. Here are 17 productions that are just the ticket.

PIPELINE (Hardscrabble Theater, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 298 Conklin St., Farmingdale, Sept. 10-18) A Black woman's determination to prevent her son from destroying his future forms the backbone of Dominique Morisseau's provocative drama, which is making its Long Island bow.

ANNA IN THE TROPICS (EastLine Theatre, Westbury Arts, 255 Schenck Ave., Sept. 10-Oct. 2) EastLine celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Nilo Cruz's Pulitzer Prize winner set in a Tampa, Florida, cigar factory in 1929, where a lector's reading of "Anna Karenina" ignites all sorts of hidden passions. 516-749-5047,

MYSTIC PIZZA (John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport, Sept. 15-Oct. 30) Three waitresses at a Mystic, Connecticut, pizzeria are looking for love in the Long Island premiere of this musical based on the 1988 movie that gave Julia Roberts her big break. The special sauce is a host of '80s chart toppers including "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Addicted to Love." 631-261-2900,

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE (Modern Classics Theatre Company of Long Island, 149 N. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, Sept. 16-25) An Irish village is the setting for Martin McDonagh's darkly comic story of a 40ish-year-old virgin caring for her demanding mother. The tension really builds when the daughter goes to a party one night and comes home with a construction worker.

GUYS AND DOLLS (Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson, Sept. 17-Oct. 22 and Plaza's Broadway Long Island, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Sept. 24-Oct. 9) Loesser is more this fall as the curtains go up on two productions of the classic musical based on the stories of Damon Runyon and featuring a host of Frank Loesser standards ("Luck Be a Lady," "Fugue for Tinhorns"). Theatre Three: 631-928-9100,; Plaza: 516-599-6870,

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (The Argyle Theatre, Main St., Babylon, Sept. 15-Oct. 23) He’s got rhythm, he’s got music, and the title character also has his gal in this stage musical based on the 1951 best picture Oscar winner that starred Gene Kelly. The show also features more than a dozen George Gershwin favorites, including “But Not for Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise” and “I Got Rhythm.” Who could ask for anything more? 844-631-5483,

THE WEIR (South Shore Theatre Experience, 115 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, Oct. 28-Nov. 5) Guinness and goose bumps are on tap in Conor McPherson's eerie play set in an Irish pub where three longtime locals and the new girl in town each spin their own ghostly yarn. 631-669-0506,

GRUMPY OLD MEN (Plaza's Broadway Long Island, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Nov. 19-Dec. 4) Think of this as "The Odd Couple" with a shot of Geritol. This musical based on the 1993 movie revolves around a pair of curmudgeonly neighbors fighting for the affection of the sexy widow who just moved in. 516-599-6870,

VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (Manes Studio Theatre, 141 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, Oct. 7-9) As if the 1967 movie based on Jacqueline Susann's bestselling novel wasn't campy enough, this stage adaptation starring the flamboyant "Aunt Barbara" (aka Jennifer Bobbi Suchan) as demanding diva Helen Lawson promises to be even more over the top. 631-226-8400,

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Manes Studio Theatre, 141 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, Oct. 21-Nov. 6) An eccentric poet's dysfunctional family can't understand the rhyme or reason behind his disappearance in this Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning tragicomedy by Tracey Letts. 631-226-8400,

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS (Hampton Theatre Company, Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Ave., Oct. 20-Nov. 6) It's all about la famiglia in Joe DiPietro's bittersweet comedy about a young man whose two sets of Italian grandparents will do anything to keep him from moving away from them. 631-653-8955,

BIG FISH (Cultural Arts Playhouse, 170 Michael Dr., Syosset, Oct. 22-Nov. 13) If you fell hook, line and sinker for the 2003 movie about a son who can't tell whether his dying father's fanciful tales of his life are fact or fiction, this musical version should be quite the catch. 516-694-3330,

THE SHADOW BOX (Modern Classics Theatre Company of Long Island, 149 N. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, Nov. 11-20) Michael Cristofer's Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes place over 24 hours but packs a lot of drama in that time frame. The plot centers on three psychiatric patients living with their families in separate cottages on hospital grounds.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (The Argyle Theatre, Main St., Babylon, Nov. 11-Jan. 1) Disney's tale as old as time about the unlikely romance between the spirited Belle and the hideous Beast gets retold as Argyle's holiday offering. Just as timeless are the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman songs including "Be Our Guest," in which even the silverware gets a chance to shine. 844-631-5483,

A CHRISTMAS STORY (John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport, Nov. 17-Jan. 1) All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun and he'll do anything to get it in this 1940s-set holiday romp based on the stories of Jean Shepherd. And in case you were wondering, yes, one of the songs is called "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out." 631-261-2900,

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson, Nov. 12-Dec. 30 and The Gateway at Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Dec. 16-28) Jeffrey Sanzel returns as Scrooge for the 38th year in Theatre Three's holiday perennial, while Gateway presents a musical version. Either way, it should be a Dickens of a time. Theatre Three: 631-928-9100,; 631-286-1133,

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