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Plays in New York - October 2017

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

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: 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

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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 22nd October 2017

The left-wing polemicist, film maker, writer and agent provocateur is headed to Broadway for his first-ever stage show. It will be helmed by Spring Awakening's Tony-winning director Michael Mayer. Billed as "taking aim at Trump" by the New York Times, the show will be part stand-up, part play, part angry rant, and is set to raise the hackles of plenty a No. 45 supporter. More info

: Closes 26th November 2017

Elizabeth McGovern of Downton Abbey fame is set to lead the decades-long awaited revival of J.B Priestly's time-travelling drama set during Britain's interwar years. Last seen on Broadway in 1938, it is considered to be one of Priestly's best plays, alongside his other works such as An Inspector Calls, I Have Been Here Before and Dangerous Corner. Following the turbulent changes faced a moneyed Yorkshire family, this new Roundabout Theatre production examines destiny, fortune and hope for the future. 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 3rd December 2017

The first production of the 2017/18 season at Vineyard Theatre, a World Premiere Play, written by the skillful and talented David Cale and directed by the Tony nominee Leigh Silverman: winner of two Obie awards and best known for her work on the 68th Tony Awards (2014). Silverman was nominated for the 2014 Tony Award for best direction of the musical Violet and the 2008 Drama Desk Award for outstanding director of the play From Up Here. 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 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 24th December 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company provide you with a courtside view of the New York Premiere of Anna Ziegler's new drama set in the world of professional tennis, exploring what it is that makes us tick and why. Following the story of six-time US Open champion Tim Powers and his Russian wunderkind opponent Sergei Sergeyev, The Last Match shows All-American Tim's battle to prove himself once more against rising star Sergei's raw talent and nerve. More info

: Closes 22nd October 2017

The difficult relationship between a father and his elderly mother comes under the spotlight in this world premiere play from Max Posner (Judy). Directed by David Cromer, the darkly comic The Treasurer introduces us to Ida Armstrong, an aging lady whose rampant spending of her children's money forces her son to take control of her finances. More info

: Closes 19th November 2017

The eminently talented playwright Zoe Kazan is back Off-Broadway this October, with a brand-new drama that tackles the aftermath of a human-made disaster. A timely piece of work that follows America's announcment that they will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, it will premiere at the Claire Tow Theatre for a limited time only. Kazan's previous works include Absalom, We Live Here, and Trudy and Max in Love. Her new drama will be directed by Lila Neugebauer (The Antipodes, The Wolves). More info

: Closes 12th November 2017

Can murderers ever truly find redemption? This is the question asked in this new revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis' 2000 acclaimed drama. Praised by both Ben Brantley (The New York Times and The Village Voice's Michael Feingold, it was also notable for its directing talent; the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The story focuses on a 30-year-old bicycle messenger who is languishing until trial for murder on Rikers Island, and his friendship with a seemingly innocent man, who claims to have found Jesus, whilst awaiting his own trial. More info

: Closes 26th November 2017

Originally authored back in 1992 and receiving its world premiere in San Francisco twenty years later, Smash writer Thresa Rebeck's darkly comic exploration of workplace sexism finally heads to New York for its Off-Broadway premiere, starring Krysta Rodriguez, Skylar Austin and Jim Parrack. Expect a no holds barred look at one woman's experience with the very real glass ceiling that still exists in a male-dominated architecture firm. More info

: Closes 8th October 2017

Playing in rep with her play "F*cking A" for the very first time, Susan Lori Parks' "In The Blood" again explores the themes of sex, vegeance and society, in her interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's explosive The Scarlet Letter. In The Blood takes a different view of the anti-heroine known as Hester; instead of condemned abortionist, this version of Hester is a single mother of five children, all with different fathers. She is also branded with the letter A - this time for adultress. 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

: Closes 11th November 2017

Two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden, First Daughter Suite) stars as a volatile psychoanalyst off her meds in this new psychological horror at The Beckett. Squeamish is the third horror play from Aaron Mark, following the acclaimed Empanada Loca and Another Medea. 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

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 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

: Closes 26th November 2017

The Tony Award-winning playwright and director Richard Nelson returns to the Public Theater in late 2017 with his newest world premiere drama that places the human cost of the controversial gentrification of New York City in 1958, squarely at its center. The author of the blisteringly popular Apple Family plays and the Tony-winning musicals James Joyce's The Dead and the Broadway version of Chess, his ode to the downtown NYC spirit mixes class drama with civic pride. More info

: Closes 18th November 2017

Absurdity and poignancy intertwine in Stephen Dietz's quietly brilliant examination of the AIDs epidemic through the eyes of Jody, a worldly yet introverted map store owner and his friend Carl, an outlandish younger man who's penchant for chairs carries more meaning than meets the eye. More info

: Closes 3rd December 2017

Julia Cho's taut drama makes its New York premiere, following its South Coast Repertory in 2016. Tackling the all-too-real threat of on-campus violence, Office Hour asks the audience to empathize with two very different characters; the college lecturer and a troubled student whose violent essays have flagged up concern by both staff and students alike. A prolific playwright, Cho's previous works include Durango, Satellites and 99 Histories, along with her work on Grey's Anatomy. This new production will be directed by Neel Keller. More info

: Closes 19th November 2017

The Greek tragedy gets an LA makeover in this ambitious new staging by Luis Alfaro that takes place in South Central. First premiering at San Diego Repertory Theater in 2015, the MacArthur Genius Grant winning author has cunningly updated Sophocles' tale of patricide and incest to the barrios of SoCal, where the chorus is a heavily tattooed prison gang and the oracle is an unscrupulous life coach. This New York premiere will be directed by Chay Yew at the Shiva Theater. More info

: Closes 15th October 2017

A touching new drama focusing on the struggles of single motherhood lands at the New York Theatre Workshop this fall, penned by Pulitzer finalist Amy Herzog and helmed by two-time Obie winner Anne Kauffman. An all-star cast has been assembled for the production, led by Carrie Coon, of Fargo, The Leftovers, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? fame. More info

: Closes 12th November 2017

Nia Vardalos returns to the Public Theater in this well-received drama from 2016, based on the novel by Wild author Cheryl Strayad. Adapted for the stage by Vardalos herself, this touching work is based on the true story of an anonymous online advice columnist, who drew upon her own tragic life experiences to help the thousands who bombarded her with pleas for help. Bring tissues folks, this one is a weepy for sure! More info

: Closes 14th October 2017

After stunning at the Edinburgh Internation Fringe last year, provocateur Thomas Ostermeier brings his visceral reimagining of the amoral monarch to New York. A flurry of pulsating drumming, glittering pop-culture references, violence and darkly comic moments, the production stars cult Shakesperean auteur Lars Eidinger as the deformed Richard, hobbling across the stage like a rock star dictator as he destroys every obstacle in his path to the throne. More info

: Closes 15th November 2017

The Obie-winning company behind Gatz makes a long-awaited return to the Public Theater, celebrating their 25th anniversary with an innovative new version of Shakespeare's problem play. Known for their high-octane slapstick and theatricality, Elevator Repair Service's latest challenge sees a completely new spin (pun intended) on the Bard's 1604 comedy drama, set in 17th-century Vienna. It will be directed by ERS founder John Collins. 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 19th November 2017

The Irish Rep present one of the lesser known works of Brian Friel, a giant of Irish writing who was often compared t Chekhov and Tennessee Williams. The playwright's last original work, the Home Place first debuted in Dublin in 2005, and is a typically rich portrait of an Ireland on the brink of huge change, and the English gentry unsure of their place in this brave new world. More info

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