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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 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 7th January 2018

Years after she walked out on her suffocating marriage, Nora Helmer has returned home. Written by Lucas Hnath, A Doll's House, Part 2 is the wildly ambitious sequel to Ibsen's 1879 masterpiece, which is often cited as one of the greatest plays ever written. More info

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: 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

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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

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: 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

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: 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

: 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

​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 27th August 2017

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

: Closes 26th August 2017

After 2015's In Bed with Roy Cohn, Theatre Row welcomes back playwright Joan Beber for a staging of her new play Dear Jane. The action takes place in a New York rehearsal room, with artist Julie looking back over her life. Revisiting her personal struggles, social activism and work on the stage, Julie seeks to to imbue her new piece with all the meaning culled from this lifetime of experience. 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 1st October 2017

First premiering in 2000 in Houston, Susan Lori Parks' eye-opening interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letters is split into two works, with In The Blood preceding this by one year. The reviled and controversial character of Hester forms the focal points of these two plays; In "F*cking A", this version of Hester is a local abortionist, who women both turn to in need, whilst at the same time, condemning her as a criminal for her work. Branded with the letter A, Hester is forced to navigate a legal system that stacks the odds against her. 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 1st October 2017

A quintessentially English family, or "kitchen sink" drama, Simon Stephens' award-winning On the Shore of the Wide World makes its New York premiere this August. First staged in Manchester, UK in 2005, it transferred to London's National Theatre later that year, winning the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. Following the story of the Stockport-based Holmes family across three generations, it examines the aftermaths of various events that hit the long-suffering family, demonstrating that family are often bound together through strife. 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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