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Plays in New York - January 2018

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Plays in New York for the month of January 2018

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Packed full of misplaced props, shaky acting and even shakier sets, The Play That Goes Wrong is the best worst play since Noises Off! Following the countless mishaps that befall an amateur stage production, this hilarious, mile-a-minute farce arrives on Broadway after a hugely successful London run. More info

Stage and screen legend Al Pacino (China Doll, Scarface) returns to Broadway in brand new play God Looked Away. Pacino plays Tennessee Williams, the brilliant but troubled playwright behind such masterpieces as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire. More info

: Closes 21st January 2018

After the success of his bluegrass musical Bright Star, comedian Steve Martin brings his latest show to the Broadway stage. Meteor Shower is an insightful comedy that delves into the anxieties bubbling under the surface of every marriage, starring Amy Schumer, Laura Benanti and Keegan-Michael Key. More info

: Closes 7th January 2018

Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright behind Disgraced, turns his attention to Wall Street in new work Junk. This meticulously constructed financial thriller, which receives its New York premiere at the Beaumont, centers on an investment bank's hostile takeover of a manufacturing firm, and the ruthless wunderkind who's heading the deal. More info

: Closes 25th February 2018

M. Butterfly tells the amazing story of the spy scandal that rocked 1980's France. This complex and engaging play, which won three Tonys in 1988, tracks the affair between an French diplomat (played by Clive Owen) who forsakes his wife and his country for an alluring Chinese opera star. Tony Award winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King) directs. More info

: Closes 4th March 2018

After an absence from the stage of nearly a decade, Oliver and Oscar winner Martin McDonagh makes a triumphant return with Hangmen, his new play that explores the death of capital punishment in Britain. Already a hit over on the West End, Hangmen is replete with McDonagh's voice, darkly comic, thrilling and uniquely entertaining. You may know him from his work on Seven Psychopaths and In Bruges. If you enjoyed them, the macabre and witty Hangmen is the play for you.​ More info

: Closes 7th January 2018

Hailed as one of the best debuts in years, Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves is an astoundingly original snapshot of female adolescence. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, this play centers on a women's teenage soccer team during training sessions between games, with their naturalistic cross talk encompassing everything from politics to periods. More info

: Closes 11th March 2018

House of cards creator Beau Willimon is behind this comedy, centered on the political and sexual manipulation metered out by the wife of a DC lawyer. Uma Thurman (Kill Bill) leads a cast that includes Hamilton's Phillipa Soo and Marton Csokas in her Broadway debut. More info

: Closes 6th January 2018

A blistering adaptation of Anthony Burgess' classic, A Clockwork Orange arrives Off-Broadway after an acclaimed run at London's Park Theatre. Directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, this all-male staging injects a homoerotic edge into Burgess' dystopic, ultra-violent world, and wraps the action around bludgeoning fight choreography and an eclectic soundtrack. More info

: Closes 14th January 2018

All hail the Hufflepuffs! Making a transfer to the New World Stages this July, following its popular engagement at New York's Peoples Improv Theater, Puffs will bring a slice of the Harry Potter magic to the Big Apple. Celebrating the least-featured Hogwarts House and its little known characters (yes, we know Cedric Diggory, but look how that turned out for him), this tongue-in-cheek comedy play by Matt Cox tells the story of the forgotten students and offers another point of view! More info

: Closes 29th January 2018

Based on the classic French novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and the hit 1999 film, this new musical is a 90's throwback - including the nostalgic hits from the original soundtrack "Love Fool", "Just A Girl", and of course "Bittersweet Symphony" it's an intoxicating musical that's intentionally cruel. More info

: Closes 25th March 2018

Claire van Kampen's 18th Century drama transfers from The West End, along with its leading man, three-time Tony & Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Dunkirk). He stars as King Phillipe V of Spain, whose state of melancholy is only alleviated by Italian castrato Farinelli. As the King's dependence on Farinelli strengthens its hold, the singer wonders if he'll ever be allowed to leave. More info

Photograph 51 playwright Anna Ziegler brings her newest play to Manhattan Theatre Club this fall, for its world premiere. A co-production with Williamstown Theatre Festival and Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, this drama explores consent, gender and race politics, and the college experience through two co-eds. Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, this timely drama is Ziegler's ninth play, and follows her 2016 WhatsOnStage Award-winning drama Photograph 51, which starred Nicole Kidman in London's West End. More info

: Closes 4th February 2018

Rising playwright Lucy Kirkwood makes her Broadway debut with The Children, a slow-burning drama that asks where our responsibility for future generations begins and where it ends. Set in a post-apocalyptic Britain, the story revolves around three old friends who must choose between action and self-preservation. Laced with black humor and moral quandaries, this three-hander leisurely unfurls its mysteries over its run time, building to a startling climax. More info

: Closes 18th February 2018

A new political satire is on the horizon at Paper Mill Playhouse, as part of its enviable 2017/18 season lineup. A timely and potentially pointed comedy that takes aim at useless politicians (ahem), ​Paul Slade Smith follows up from his incisive 2006 comedy Unnecessary Farce with this new work that is expected to raise blood pressure in the West Wing when it premieres in early 2018. A celebration of democracy and a brazen shot across the bows of useless politicians, this is the comedy to see. More info

Based on her latest acclaimed memoir of the same name, the Tony Award-winning feminist author of The Vagina Monologues returns with a new play in January 2018, produced by the esteemed Manhattan Theatre Club. Helmed by Tony Award winning director Diane Paulus, Eve Ensler's new work takes us into her time in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, working with women suffering from rape. However, Ensler was shocked to learn that she was suffering from uterine cancer, causing her to rethink her priorities, as well as considering how closely linked her body was to the earth, in terms of environmental crises. More info

: Closes 11th March 2018

Honoring the work of the late thrice- Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning Edward Albee, this new revival of his 2004 play is directed by the in-demand Lila Neugebauer, a year after this death. A work that was in fact an extension of his 1959 one-act drama The Zoo Story, this play explores the life of one man, Peter as he and his wife discuss the ennui in their marriage. We then follow Peter him to the zoo for some quiet contemplation, only to have his life shattered completely. More info

A fresh new romantic comedy is set to land at the Manhatten Theatre Club this fall, with Tony-winning actor and Seinfeld star Jason Alexander starring. Taking the role of a downmarket Providence lawyer named Barry Dragonetti as he deals with a repeat widow whose husbands have an unfortunate knack for dying. Coming to him to help settle her latest spouse's affairs, the fireworks are ferocious, as she is determined to save as much cash as possible, much to Barry's blustering annoyance! Throw in his overbearing mother, contemporary politics and young love, and the laughs break through the roof! More info

: Closes 25th March 2018

Whoever said that money and politics went hand in hand? That's the question at the heart of Sarah Burgess' blisteringly funny new comedy drama that takes aim at the heart of the American political establishment. Directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton), Kings follows the exploits of a lobbyist who suffers no fools. If they can't win, maintain and use their power, they are beneath her. So imagine her consternation when she is saddled with one Representative Sydney Millsap, a very green politician who is in the throes of naive, newly elected optimism. But the knives come out when Millsap proves to be a formidable person in her own right - and the battle of wills commences. More info

: Closes 11th February 2018

Another world premiere production heads off-Broadway as part of the Atlantic Theater's 2017/18 season. Marking the Off-Broadway debut for playwright Ngozi Anyanwu (Good Grief), this new drama takes us to Nigeria as we follow a best-selling novelist back to her childhood home to care for her dying father. Following the tradition of prodigal adult children everywhere, our heroine finds that her "homecoming" is fraught with secrets, confronting her traumatic past and getting to know those people she hasn't seen in over 10 years. More info

: Closes 7th January 2018

Shadowlands is story of English author CS Lewis' and his love affair with American author Joy Davidson, and how their love endured through her battle with terminal cancer. A beautifully etched portrait of grief and faith, it also offers a glimpse into the world of one of our most famous writers. More info

: Closes 4th February 2018

Emmy Award-winning actor, stand-up comedian and playwright John Leguizamo is set to tread the Great White Way boards once again in his hilarious one-man exploration of Latin American culture and history. Returning to Broadway for a sixth time, the renowned actor was nominated for A Tony for the 1998 self-penned and self-starring Freak, a touching tribute to his upbringing in New York City. More info

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins makes his Broadway debut this coming season, with a brand-new translation and treatment of Henrik Ibsen's political and moral drama An Enemy of the People, that remains relevant and newsworthy to this day. This new production will be helmed by Thomas Ostermeier, following its premiere in Berlin in 2013. Jacobs-Jenkins's star is on the rise, following this work Everybody and his 2015 play Gloria, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. More info

Perfect Crime goes well beyond traditional mystery play. It is a sexy, compelling thriller, with well-timed surprises and laughs that relieve a growing dramatic tension. The main character is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist accused of bumping off her wealthy British husband. But when a handsome young detective comes calling to investigate, is everything as straight-cut as it appears? More info

: Closes 4th February 2018

Hark back to an era of adolescent longings, big hair and shoulder pads this winter with Miles For Mary, the critically acclaimed comedy that made waves during its 2016 Bushwick run. Transferring to the Peter Jay Sharp Theater this Winter, the Playwright's Horizons-backed production will enjoy a strictly limited run from January 11th to February 4th 2018! More info

: Closes 1st February 2018

Part of Roundabout's latest Underground season, Too Heavy for Your Pocket is a timely look back at the racially divided lines of the 1960s, and the demonstrators who were brave enough to cross them. Written by Jireh Breon Holder, this play was the recipient of this Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award​, an annual prize given to an unproduced American play that is socially relevant to our times. More info

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