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Plays in New York - August 2017

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

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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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: Closes 1st October 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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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

Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak, Rear Window is a claustrophobic noir that delves into our darkest voyeuristic tendencies. Made famous by Hitchcock's movie adaptation, this thriller follows a wheelchair-bound crime writer who thinks he witnesses a murder through a window across the street. Adapted by Keith Reddin, this stage version of Rear Window hits Broadway after breaking box office records in Hartford. More info

Claire van Kampen's 18th Century drama transfers from The West End, along with its leading man, three-time Tony & Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies). 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

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 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 8th October 2017

Part of the 2017/18 MCC Theater season, this New York premiere is one of five plays that explores social issues of those most excluded from the mainstream. Charm by Philip Dawkins first premiered at Chicago's Northlight Theatre in 2015, and is based on a true story; that of a 67 year-old black transgender woman who starts her very own Emily Post-style etiquette classes at a community college. Inspired by a 2012 feature on Miss Gloria Allen and her work with trans youths in the Tribune, the play has been well-received by LGBTQ groups and the wider press. More info

First premiering at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 2010, Bruce Norris' surreal comedy arrives Off-Broadway this summer for its first transfer. Helmed by returning Michael Greif, who previously directed Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Pau's Dear Evan Hansen, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Next to Normal at the venue, this work marks his fourth collaboration with Second Stage Theatre. We follow a young woman, Bee, who is convinced of her own precognitive abilities, and sets out to reinvent her future using just a remote control. 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

​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 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 1st October 2017

The name Phantom Of The Opera may be synonymous with the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway blockbuster, but the story traces its origins back to the gothic novel written by French author Gaston Leroux. Now LA-based theatre company Vox Lumiere is set to give the well-known tale new life by combining silent film and live performance to create a fully immersive and interactive theatre experience, the likes of which you've never seen before! More info

: Closes 6th August 2017

Following the success of Significant Other, which Roundabout debuted Off-Broadway in 2015 before it transferred to the main stem, Joshua Harmon returns to the company with a new work. An examination of society's slavish devotion to youth and beauty, Skintight is centered on three generations of one New York family as they struggle in grasping onto the true nature of love. 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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