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Plays in New York - October 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Plays in New York for the month of October 2016

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: Closes 8th January 2017

Employing state of the art sound technology, one man show The Encounter takes you deep into the Brazilian rainforest, and into the homes of the Mayoruna tribe. Created by and starring Simon McBurney, this startling original work conveys most of its action through special headphones that are given to every audience member. Rapturously received in London and Edinburgh, The Encounter is unlike anything you've experienced before. More info

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: Closes 15th January 2017

One of the most acclaimed plays of recent times, Stephen Karam's The Humans is a portrait of a family who come to understand each other very differently over a thanksgiving dinner. Warm, witty and very funny, The Humans won four Tony Awards in 2016, including Best Play. More info

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: Closes 21st November 2016

A theatrical experience like no other, Nassim Soleimanpour's acclaimed play has no rehearsals, no set and no director. The night's sole performer arrives on stage with nothing more than the script in a sealed envelope. Among those who've taken the plunge during this Off-Broadway run are Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and Martin Short. More info

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: Closes 16th October 2016

Neil LaBute returns with his 10th work for MCC. All the Ways to Say I Love You is a thoughtful new solo play centered around English teacher Faye Johnson (Tony winner Judith Light). She's been happily married for years, but as she recounts the story of her life to a past pupil, she uncovers some surprising truths about herself. More info

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: Closes 7th December 2016

The story of the Tuskegee Airmen - six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Force. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them. More info

: Closes 29th January 2017

The rapid-fire newspaper comedy The Front Page is revived on Broadway, featuring an all star cast. Three-time Tony winner Nathan Lane plays Walter Burns, a hard-boiled newspaper editor whose star reporter Hildy John (John Slattery) stumbles onto the story of a lifetime. Rounding out the cast are screen legend John Goodman, and Tony winners Jefferson Mays and Rosemary Harris. More info

: Closes 4th December 2016

Clare plants a kiss on the cheek of a stranger in the subway, and both of their lives change forever. That's the story of Heisenberg, playwright Simon Stephen's follow-up to the celebrated The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Tony and Emmy winner Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) stars as Clare, opposite Dennis Arndt (Grey's Anatomy). More info

: Closes 6th November 2016

A former spy begins to lose her mind amongst the suburban banality of post-war Britain in David Hare's (Skylight) masterpiece. Oscar winner Rachel Weisz leads the cast of this first New York revival in 30 years. More info

: Closes 22nd January 2017

Tony winners Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer lead Christopher Hampton's tale of sex and seduction. Adapted from the classic 18th Century novel, this intricate drama follows two French aristocrats who will stop at nothing to best each other in a perverse game of manipulation. This new staging transfers over from a sold-out run in London's West End. More info

: Closes 23rd November 2016

Exploring an America on the edge of industrial collapse, Sweat follows the inhabitants of a working class neighbourhood whose economic woes spur on two of their number to commit a terrible crime. Thrilling and deeply felt, Sweat is the latest work from Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined). More info

: Closes 5th February 2017

Prior to his highly anticipated turn in the upcoming revival of Helly Dolly!, David Hyde Pierce takes the lead in this charming new play by Adam Bock, playing for a limited time from this September. An examination into the search for answers following personal struggles, Bock's new play centers on a newly single man who turns to astrology to make sense of his life, following the end of another failed relationship. More info

: Closes 5th November 2016

N. C. Hunter's 1953 play takes the action to Dorset in England, an idyllic countryside setting, where underneath its pastoral pleasantness, the anxiety of the post-war period undercuts the middle-class. Helmed by Austin Pendleton, this Mint Theater Company production stars Polly McKie and Julian Elfer as part of an economically comfortable family who feel somewhat adrift following the horrors of World War II; Julian, a former Foreign Service employee has regrets about his wasted opportunity, and takes the family reunion picnic to make a drastic decision about his future. A family drama that explores fresh starts. More info

: Closes 5th November 2016

Oliver Goldsmith's 18th century proto-feminist comedy is considered one of the jewels in British theatre history. A laugh-out-loud comedy from start to finish the play first premiered in London in 1773, and regularly finds itself on education curricula and the stage in English-speaking countries across the world. The story revolves around a raucous series of mistaken identities and social faux pas, taking a light-hearted swipe at snobbery between the upper and lower classes of the Georgian era. Plus, TACT have a little surprise in store for audiences..... More info

: Closes 29th January 2017

An autobiographical one-woman show, the writer behind comedy shows like Roseanne, Mad About You and (the Emmy-winning) Rugrats, Monica Piper tackles the ups and downs of being an unwilling New York showbiz kid in this captivating show that has already won over audiences on the West Coast. From reliant Jewish princess to self-reliant comedian, this show charts Piper's rise in comedy from her fame-deluged beginnings, and just why she is one of the front-running female writers in the comedy show genre. More info

: Closes 8th January 2017

Transferring to the Davenport Theatre this Friday, Shear Madness finds a new home in record time. An old lady has been murdered in her apartment above a hair salon, and it's your job to find her killer! Bursting with boundless energy and an incredibly adept cast of improvising, larger-than-life characters, Shear Madness takes audience participation to a whole new level. Sifting through the clues, you decide which twists and turns the show takes. It's a different mystery experience every single night. More info

: Closes 18th December 2016

British playwright Mike Bartlett follows up his recent success King Charles III with this searing indictment of the Baby Boomer generation, told over the course of 40 years through the eyes of one family. Starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit Trilogy, The Crucible) and Zoe Kazan, this New York premiere of Bartlett's play is directed by Michael Mayer for a limited run this fall, mounted at the Laura Pels Theater. More info

: Closes 15th October 2016

George W. Bush is in the dock in this stirring new work by Dick Tarlow with Bill Smith. A fictionalised What If scenario, Bush agrees to stand trial for crimes against the world, namely, the destabilization of the Middle East in recent years following the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. And in a truly surprising turn eight members of the audience will be selected to form a jury to appear on stage, and give a different verdict at each performance, making each staging completely unique! More info

: Closes 4th December 2016

Set in a Russia where the old social orders are under threat, Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard ranks as one of the greatest plays ever written. This new adaptation comes courtesy of hotshot playwright Stephen Karam, whose drama The Humans bowled over audiences and critics alike on Broadway, and stars Oscar nominee Diane Lane alongside Joel Grey and John Glover. More info

: Closes 11th December 2016

SNL alum Jason Sudeikis stars as inspiring teacher John Keating in this new stage presentation of the critically acclaimed and much-loved film of the same name. Adapted from his own Academy Award winning screenplay by Tom Schulman, it's the moving tale of an unorthodox English teacher and how he uses poetry and literature to encourage his devoted students to break the boundaries of their strict prep school education and discover a life less ordinary. More info

: Closes 30th October 2016

A very special play for youngsters (and parents that remember the books), four of children author's Eric Carle's celebrated stories are woven together in a stage adaptation that previously won over New York, returns this fall. Watch in awe as four cast members use an astonishing 75 puppets within a one-act play to tell the stories of the infamously peckish Caterpillar as well as The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly. More info

: Closes 8th October 2016

With the Black Lives Matter movement and reports of police brutality coming out on a horrifyingly regular basis, this startingly topical play by Anthony P. Pennino premieres off-Broadway this September, having been updated using recent stories as reported in the news. Chokehold won the Outstanding Production of a New Play prize at the 2015 Planet Connections festival, and is directed by Tim Cusack. More info

: Closes 11th December 2016

​Following her acclaimed turns in Cabaret and Enchanted April, Eighties screen icon Molly Ringwald (Pretty in Pink) takes to the New York stage once again in Terms of Endearment. Famously adapted into an Oscar-winning movie in 1983 starring Shirley MacLaine, this smartly-written tearjerker races the lives of a mother and daughter over the course of 30 years, as they each navigate life's many ups and downs. More info

: Closes 16th October 2016

A pioneer of early rock 'n' roll and a huge influence of the likes of Elvis, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is almost forgotten today. She's the focus of this brand new play with music by George Brant (Grounded), which explores her impact on music and the segregated America of the 1930s and 40s. More info

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