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Plays in New York - August 2015

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

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