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Plays in New York - June 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Plays in New York for the month of June 2017

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: Closes 2nd July 2017

Oscar and Tony winner winner Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda) returns to Broadway to take the lead in Noel Coward's sparkling farce. He plays Gary Essendine, an aloof actor who must battle various distractions, including an overly zealous playwright named Roland and various frisky young women, as he prepares for a tour to Africa. More info

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: Closes 23rd July 2017

Years after she walked out on her suffocating marriage, Nora Helmer has returned home. Written by Lucas Hnath, A Doll's House, Part 2 is the wildly ambitious sequel to Ibsen's 1879 masterpiece, which is often cited as one of the greatest plays ever written. Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf (Misery) and Oscar winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation) star, while Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home) directs. More info

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: Closes 2nd July 2017

Two of Broadway and film's biggest female actresses star next year in a brand-new revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. Alternating roles at each performance, they will both play rivals Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard in a Southern tale of family skullduggery, as two factions face each other off for control of their thriving business. Set in 1900, two women must strive for financial independence amidst the patriarchal system of inheritance. More info

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: Closes 10th September 2017

Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance, the play that scandalized 1920's New York, is at the center of Indecent. This Off-Broadway transfer features a cast of only seven, who play multiple characters throughout, and explores the behind the scenes drama of the production, and the bravery of the cast in the face of the huge public uproar. More info

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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

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: Closes 16th July 2017

Seven time Emmy winner Allison Janney (The West Wing) stars alongside Tony winner John Benjamin Hickey in this revival of John Guare's celebrated play. They play a wealthy Manhattan couple whose liberal and moneyed lifestyle is shattered forever by a con man who arrives at their door, claiming to be the son of Sidney Poitier. This acclaimed revival has earned two nominations in the 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play! More info

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: Closes 5th November 2017

A searing portrayal of a group of friends pitted against each other in order to save their jobs amidst cutbacks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Sweat has been described by critics as incredibly timely for the state of employment in America. More info

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: Closes 2nd July 2017

J. T. Rogers Oslo lands on Broadway just in time for 2017 Tonys! Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher (The King and I), this compelling drama tells the story of the secret negotiations that led to the Oslo Peace Accords. The play focuses on a couple of young Norwegian diplomats at the heart of the action, who succeeded, where so many others had failed, in brokering meaningful discussions between Israel and Palestine. More info

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: Closes 18th June 2017

Dolly Wells is set to replace Maura Tierney in Hamish Linklater's The Whirligig, opposite Tony and Drama Desk multiple winner Norbert Leo Butz. A world premiere production, the new play tells the story of a fractured community who rally around a woman who they believed had been lost forever. When Kristina returns to her old town of Berkshire County to care for her sick daughter, with her ex-husband, the locals becomes abuzz with rumor, and joy for her return. This touching and human drama celebrates the power of community spirit prevailing over the passage of time. More info

: Closes 8th October 2017

George Orwell's scarily prescient masterpiece comes to Broadway. Creating a nightmarish vision of suppression, surveillance and the all-powerful 'Big Brother', 1984 is one of the landmark texts of the 20th Century. Transferring from the UK, where it has had four acclaimed runs, this new adaptation is a startlingly staged production, employing live video projections and incorporating the book's appendix for the first time. More info

: Closes 3rd September 2017

Poe Dameron himself Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Inside Llewyn Davis) take son the role of a lifetime in Hamlet. This new staging of The Bard's bloody tragedy is directed by Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home). More info

: Closes 25th June 2017

Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall takes the lead in this New York premiere of Clare Lizzimore's disturbing psychological thriller, which first appeared on stage last year in Washington DC. Following the mental struggles of a young housewife, she is convinced that something lurks within the walls of her new home. Isolated, lonely and desperate to regain a life long-since diminished due to social anxiety, Rachel must navigate through a set of disturbing visions with the help of her loving husband Tom, her patient therapist, and a third man who she is strangely attracted to. More info

: Closes 3rd September 2017

The old world and the new collide in Meghan Kennedy's latest play, which arrives Off-Broadway after holding its world premiere in New Haven. Napoli, Brooklyn focuses on the women of the Muscolino family, Italian Immigrants living in 1960's New York, who must find a way to break away from their domineering father. More info

: Closes 16th July 2017

Third Rail Projects brings another immersive theatrical experience to New York, following up last year's Grand Paradise. For six weeks, the company transform Lincoln Center's Clair Tow Theatre into a series of real and imaginary landscapes, inviting audiences into areas of the performance space which are usually off limits to the public in a unique tribute to the magic of the theatre. More info

: Closes 24th June 2017

Matthew Perry, best known for his stint as a loveable neurotic in a small sitcom called Friends, brings his first play to New York after 2016's London debut. A dark comedy about four broken souls who set out to shatter their demons once and for all, expect Perry's trademark wit to shine through in this bittersweet story of yearning and attempted recovery, directed by Lindsay Posner. More info

: Closes 4th June 2017

Suzan-Lori Parks' devastating, Obie-winning re-imagining of the fateful journey to Europe by Sarah "Saartjie" Baartman heads to the Signature Theatre this April. Helmed by by Obie Award winning director Lear deBessonet (The Winter's Tale), the cast will star Randy Danson, Adam Green, Birgit Huppuch and Obie Award winner Zainab Jah. First performed in 1996, Parks' play remains a stalwart part of African-American theater, and an important part of racial history and dialogue on both sides of the Atlantic. More info

: Closes 9th July 2017

The new play from Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Robert Schenkkan (All the Way), Building the Wall is one of the first theatrical works to address the election victory of Donald Trump. Set in 2019, this tense two-hander explores the creeping banality of evil, and how dangerous political rhetoric can translate into previously unthinkable real world actions. More info

: Closes 25th June 2017

Musical comedy Baghdaddy makes a welcome return off-Broadway this April for a strictly limited run at St Luke's Theatre. First staged in 2015, most of the show's originating cast will return for this revival, including Brennan Caldwell, Jason Collins, Bob D'Haene, Brandon Espinoza, Joe Joseph, Olli Haaskivi, Claire Neumann and Larisa Oleynik. Taking place in a deserted church basement, the show takes on the appearance of a support group, with those attending all in some way responsible for starting the Iraq War. Sparks will fly, and realizations borne out of confrontation! More info

: Closes 16th July 2017

Tony winner Karen Ziemba (Contact, Kid Victory) leads this drama from the pen ​of Pulitzer and Oscar winner Horton Foote. The Traveling Lady is delicate rumination on loss, and a portrait of the American small towns which were disappearing in the oil-boom of the 1950s. The story centers on a sleepy Texas town whose residents get all stirred up by the arrival of an out-of-towner. More info

: Closes 1st July 2017

Charles Ludlam's suspense-filled comedy drama brings a whole new meaning to sleeping with the fishes. Set in a run-down pet store, we follow the exploits of a dysfunctional family headed by Chester Nurdiger. Living in the back with his bored wife and critical mother, every day is one of drudgery. However one day, a mysterious drifter called Zachary Slade arrives in the store, and sparks fly between him and Chester's wife. Oblivious to this, Chester offers him a job out kindness. However he hasn't bargained on them plotting his murder - at the hands of the store's piranha fish! More info

: Closes 18th June 2017

Chisa Hutchinson's play Somebody's Daughter makes its world premiere this May at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theater, helmed by May Adrales. Following the poignant tale of an emotionally neglected 15 year-old Asian American girl, whose mother wishes that she was a boy, she finds solace in her school guidance counselor, who knows all too well about not fitting her family's expectations. A play that follows three generations of women, and their decisions to either break the rules, or decide their own destinies. More info

: Closes 18th June 2017

Uncle Vanya is one of Chekhov's most acclaimed plays, dealing with frustrated hopes and what might be called the "wasted life"; each character is desperately unhappy, and like Tolstoy's unhappy families, are so in their own way. Performed entirely in Russian (with English surtitles) by the acclaimed Vakhtangov State Academic Theater, this production was sold-out when it ewas recently staged in London, and marks a welcome return to the New York Center for 2017. More info

: Closes 9th July 2017

A world premiere drama by playwright Abe Koogler heads to Manhattan Theatre Club to close out its 2016/17 season, led by Deirdre O'Connell and directed by Daniel Aukin of Fool For Love. Joining on her on-stage will be Eboni Booth of Sundown and Yellow Moon, Bobby Moreno ofThe Year of the Rooster, and Frederick Weller of Mother And Sons. Journey into the dusty New Mexico desert with four strangers, who try to tackle their crippling loneliness - with unexpected results. More info

: Closes 25th June 2017

A.A.Milne is best-known for his iconic stories about Winnie The Pooh, but did you know that he also authored a play? The Lucky One was first performed in 1919; 98 years later it is being revived with a respected cast at the Mint Theater Company, and directed by Jesse Marchese. Following the fractious relationship between two adult brothers who have lived very different experiences of success, tensions boil over in a combustible confrontation that makes them question their familial ties and their own lives. More info

: Closes 27th August 2017

Sisters Bessie and Lee have never been close, but when Bessie is diagnosed with Leukaemia, they reunite and try to put their differences aside. Scott McPherson's lyrical and very funny exploration of mortality and family ties makes its Broadway debut in this Roundabout Theatre production, and stars Janeane Garofalo and Lili Taylor​. More info

One of the most recommended unproduced plays of 2016 according to the Kilroy List for female and trans authors, Dominique Morisseau's family drama finally gets its staging at the Lincoln Center this June, helmed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. A play that looks at the intersection of race and class in parenting, Pipeline is the latest work following Morisseau's Skeleton Crew, Paradise Blue and Detroit '67 (all encompassing the Detroit Project), as well as Sunset Baby, Blood at the Root and Follow Me to Nellie's. More info

: Closes 16th June 2017

Kevin Spacey makes a welcome return to the New York stage this May, following his stint as host of the Tony Awards show! First premiering at London's Old Vic Theatre in 2014/15 during his final seasons as artistic director, Spacey won critica acclaim for his engaging turn in this one man show as the legendary lawyer. Having first originated the role of the civil rights giant in the 1991's PBS film, and 2009's Inherit The Wind. Now New Yorkers have the chance to experience Spacey's remarkable portrayal for themselves, for two nights only! More info

: Closes 16th July 2017

After wowing at the Williamstown Theatre Festival last year, Cost of Living makes it New York Premiere courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club. Written by Martyna Majok (Ironbound), Cost of Living follows a set of four characters dealing with physical disabilities and heavy emotional baggage. More info

​Following their collaboration on the Pulitzer Prize nominated Becky Shaw, playwright Gina Gionfriddo and director Peter DuBois re-team for Can You Forgive Her? Closing out Vineyard Theatre's 2016/17 season, this new play takes money as its central theme, allowing Gionfriddo to explore our desire for financial security and American society's levels of income inequality with her trademark wit and dark humor. More info

: Closes 4th June 2017

A political satire that's just ripe for the picking in the current climate, this acclaimed comedy from Los Angeles makes its New York premiere this March at New World Stages. A whip-smart commentary on "plain speaking", social media and political spin during an election, we follow the aftermath of one such player who decides that his best bet to win is to break all the rules - not unlike somebody else we know in real life. Art imitating life, indeed.... More info

: Closes 2nd July 2017

Two Jewish girls, Alexi - a brilliant violin player and her young friend Violet are forced to act for their lives in a propaganda film in the Terezin concentration camp. At every turn, the girls face a desperate struggle for survival. Soon Violet mysteriously disappears and Alexiís musical ability attracts the unwanted attention of the Nazi commandant. 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

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