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Plays in New York - September 2015

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Plays in New York for the month of September 2015


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London's National Theatre presents the Broadway debut of its sensational play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Based on Mark Haddon's best-selling book of the same name, this five-time Tony winning production uses extraordinary lighting, set design and props to bring this unusual and utterly unforgettable story to life. A powerful story told in a considerate and highly unique way, plays like Curious Incident don't come around very often. More info

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Hand to God centers on Jason, a shy boy whose teenage angst is channelled into his hand puppet Tyrone, during the rehearsal for a church theater group. Robert Askins' black comedy transfers to Broadway with its cast intact, including Obie winner Steven Boyer in the lead dual roles of Jason and his button-eyed alter ego. More info

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A witty adaptation of Hitchcock's spy adventure, 39 Steps returns to New York to dazzle audiences all over again. Following the adventures of daring hero Richard Hannay, the play features a cast of only four, who use costume changes, props and every ounce of their theatrical talent to play over a hundred different characters. More info

: Closes 29th November 2015

Roundabout Theatre presents the first ever Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's unsettling play, which will feature Oscar nominee Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men) in his Broadway debut. The story follows the battle for dominance that develops between a husband and an old friend of his wife. Helming this production is Tony winner Douglas Hodge, while Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke provides the music. More info

Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People) premieres his new comedy at New York City Center. Detailing a battle of wits between two elderly women in a care home, it's directed by David Hyde Pierce and stars Emmy winner Holland Taylor. More info

After making its debut to great acclaim at 2014's Williamstown Theatre Festival, this revival of Sam Shepard's 1983 play transfers to Broadway with Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back) and Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur) in the lead roles. They play Eddie and May, former lovers reunited in a seedy motel room on the edge of the Mojave Desert. More info

: Closes 10th January 2016

Broadway greats James Earl Jones (You Can't Take It with You) and Cicely Tyson (The Trip to Bountiful) reunite for this revival of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning two-hander. It centers on two caustic nursing home residents, whose weekly gin rummy game takes on an ever deeper meaning. More info

: Closes 15th November 2015

The luminous Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o leads the New York premiere of this esteemed play from Danai Gurira. Set during the Liberian Civil War of 2003, Eclipsed is the story of a band of captive wives of a rebel officer. Through adversity they have formed an unlikely sisterhood to deal with the violence and struggle all around them. When a new girl is added to the group, tensions begin to surface quickly in their neglected corner of the compound. Compassionate, witty and deeply moving, it is a portrait of morality during war, and ponders whether the greatest enemy is actually within the brutality of our own side. More info

: Closes 22nd November 2015

Roundabaout Theatre Company are back with a world premiere production that explores spiritual and physical healing after coming home from war. Written by up and coming playwright Lindsey Ferrentino, Patricia McGregor directs an uplifting play about a newly discharged female soldier who finds herself lost and broken following three tours of Afghanistan. Whilst exploring the realm of virtual reality game therapy to heal her emotional and physical scars, Jess slowly but surely restores her life, relationships and, slowly, herself. More info

: Closes 24th September 2015

With a reign that lasted nearly five decades, Good Queen Bess has long been seen as an iconic monarch, with countless plays, books, films, operas and more based on her life. From fictitious to facetious, she has been represented myriad ways over the last 400 odd years. Now Karin Coonrad and her international Theatre company Compagnia de' Colombari, in collaboration with visionary designer John Conklin, dig deep into the Virgin Queen's own words to find the very heart and soul of Elizabeth R. More info

: Closes 4th October 2015

Sophocles' desolate tale of determination over duty gets a new colloquial translation by Canadian Poet Anne Carson in this new production starring Juliette Binoche as the titular tragic heroine and directed by Olivier winning Ivo Van Hove. After a successful debut in Europe, this taut and moving work will hold its U.S premiere this Fall at the historic Brooklyn Academy of Music. More info

: Closes 6th September 2015

John is the first new work from Annie Baker as part of her five year residency for Signature Theatre. Exploring the relationship between a cast of characters in a Gettysburg B&B, it stars Christopher Abbott (Girls) and is directed by frequent collaborator and Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home). More info

: Closes 27th December 2015

Fresh from its highly acclaimed Chicago premiere last year, Roundabout Theatre presents the new play by Pulitzer finalist Stephen Karam. A single 90-minute scene, the play explores the gnawing anxieties that beset Pennsylvania family The Blakes as they sit down for Thanksgiving dinner. It's directed by two-time Tony winner Joe mantello (An Act of God). More info

: Closes 4th October 2015

Manhattan Theatre Club open their new season with this full-tilt farce from Matthew Lopez (The Whipping Man). Dave Thomas Brown (Heathers The Musical) stars as Casey, an unemployed Elvis impersonator who must reinvent himself as a drag queen in order to make ends meet. More info

: Closes 1st November 2015

Acclaimed playwright Robert O'Hara returns to The Public with a hilarious and provocative new play, which delves into the dramas at the heart of every family. Barbecue centers on The O'Mallerys, as they stage an open air intervention for drug addicted sister Barbara in their local park. Events turn sour, and soon it's the whole family, and not just Barbara, who are under the spotlight. More info

: Closes 3rd October 2015

One of the most controversial figures in American legal history is at the heart of this new play by Joan Beber. It centers on Roy Cohn, right-hand man to Senator McCarthy during the Second Red Scare of the 1950s, as he nears his death. As Cohn slips in and out of reality, he is visited by various illustrious figures from his past including Barbara Walters, Ronald Reagan and his lover Serge. More info

Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon (A Raisin' in the Sun) will helm this first ever Broadway revival of Mark Medoff's play. Adapted into an Oscar-winning movie in 1986, Children of a Lesser God portrays the often fraught relationship which develops between a deaf woman and her teacher. More info

: Closes 1st November 2015

Revolving around the disappearance of a teenage boy, The Absolute Brightness is a tour-de-force one man show from Oscar-winner James Lecesne. One part gripping police procedure and one part moving character study, it arrives at the Westside Theatre following a hugely acclaimed production earlier this year. More info

: Closes 10th January 2016

A run-down movie theater is the setting for Annie Baker's expertly understated comedy, which paints a subtle portrait of three twenty-somethings meandering through their existence. First premiering Off-Broadway in 2013 at Playwright's Horizons, the play was received with universal acclaim from the critics and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in the following year. More info

: Closes 6th September 2015

The madcap adventures of everyone's favourite fiery grandma are back! Mabel Simmons, affectionately known as Madea, isn't your regular sweet little old lady... The streetwise, fast-talking, gun-toting matriarch proves to be one of Tyler Perry's most beloved characters and the first of its type. In Madea On The Run, Perry once again dons the legendary persona to bring her delightful histrionics to stages throughout the US. There are hilarious hijinks aplenty, so get ready to laugh till your sides ache! More info

: Closes 14th November 2015

Mild-mannered retired bank manager Henry Pulling is quite content with his sleepy surburban existence until his eccentric Aunt Augusta shows up and turns his world upside down. Based on the classic novel from Graham Greene, Travels With My Aunt is brought to the Clurman Theatre stage by the Keen Company. A cast of only four will swap genders, nationalities and costumes to inhabit the play's 25 plus characters. More info

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