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Plays in New York - July 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Plays in New York for the month of July 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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: 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. Tony winner Laurie Metcalf (Misery) and Oscar winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation) star, while Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home) directs. 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 6th August 2017

Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance, the play that scandalized 1920's New York, is at the center of Indecent. This Off-Broadway transfer features a cast of only seven, who play multiple characters throughout, and explores the behind the scenes drama of the production, and the bravery of the cast in the face of the huge public uproar. 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 6th August 2017

Third Rail Projects brings another immersive theatrical experience to New York, following up last year's Grand Paradise. For six weeks, the company transform Lincoln Center's Clair Tow Theatre into a series of real and imaginary landscapes, inviting audiences into areas of the performance space which are usually off limits to the public in a unique tribute to the magic of the theatre. 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

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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 26th July 2017

The Tuskegee Airmen were leading lights in the fight for integration and social equality. They were African American men brought together under the Army Air Corps program in the build up to WWII, a time when Jim Crow laws were still operating in many states. One of Off-Broadway's longest running shows, Black Angels Over Tuskegee tells their story with wit and heart, painting a realistic portrait of six men from the 99th Pursuit Squadron. More info

: 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 20th August 2017

A bustling satire of political corruption, The Government Inspector is a fantastic farce chock full of expertly staged slapstick and sight gags. Adapted from Gogol's Revizor by Jeffrey Hatcher​, this show is led by Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar, Ugly Betty). More info

: Closes 29th July 2017

A previously taboo subject, male infertility forms the central focus of this touching new drama by minister-turned-playwright Marlon Orlando Cole. Premiering at St Luke's Theater from July for a limited engagement, Choices and Consequences follows the heartbreaking journey of one African American couple who are desperate to have a child. Confronted with the reality that the would-be father suffers from infertility, their seemingly perfect and solid marriage is thrown into chaos as they are both forced to re-evaluate their life choices and their relationship. Tackling the stereotype of the virile African-American male, this drama is based on Cole's own experience with infertility. 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 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 20th August 2017

First premiering at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 2010, Bruce Norris' surreal comedy arrives Off-Broadway this summer for its first transfer. Helmed by returning Michael Greif, who previously directed Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Pau's Dear Evan Hansen, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Next to Normal at the venue, this work marks his fourth collaboration with Second Stage Theatre. We follow a young woman, Bee, who is convinced of her own precognitive abilities, and sets out to reinvent her future using just a remote control. More info

: Closes 30th July 2017

Tony winner Karen Ziemba (Contact, Kid Victory) leads this drama from the pen ​of Pulitzer and Oscar winner Horton Foote. The Traveling Lady is delicate rumination on loss, and a portrait of the American small towns which were disappearing in the oil-boom of the 1950s. The story centers on a sleepy Texas town whose residents get all stirred up by the arrival of an out-of-towner. 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 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

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