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Plays in New York - October 2015

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Plays in New York for the month of October 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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: Closes 3rd January 2016

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 31st January 2016

Al Pacino makes his long-awaited return to Broadway in a brand-new play especially written for him by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet. A frequent collaborator with Mamet, the two-time Tony-winning Pacino will originate the role of a semi-retired multi-millionaire, who has just bought an airplane for his much-younger fiancee. Just as he is about to leave the office one last time, his assistant (Fran Kranz) patches through a call. What transpires next will test the mettle of any person on the cusp of a life-changing event. More info

: Closes 14th February 2016

For his long-awaited Broadway debut, Bruce Willis takes on the role of Paul Sheldon, a historical romance writer who has just killed off his main character, Misery Chastain, in a bid to re-invent himself as a 'serious' novelist. But unluckily for Paul, his literary re-birth has a lot of detractors, especially his 'Number One Fan' Annie Wilkes and after a car accident near her isolated house, he finds himself in her care, or lack thereof... 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

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

: Closes 31st January 2016

British thesp Tim Piggott Smith reprises his role as beleaguered Charles Windsor in this Olivier-winning play. Somewhere in the not too distant future, Charles, who has spent more than a lifetime patiently waiting for power as the Prince of Wales, finally ascends the throne. But all is not as the new monarch expected it to be, in this controversially brave new play from Mike Bartlett. 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 24th January 2016

The story of a dog who comes between married New York couple Greg and Kate, Sylvia is a warm and witty comedy from A. R. Gurney. 2015 Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford (You Can't Take It With You) stars as the titular character, an anthropomorphised mutt whose unquestioning adoration of her master results in marital strife. Fresh off his stint on Broadway comedy It's Only A Play, two time Tony recipient Matthew Broderick co-stars as Greg. 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

: Closes 3rd January 2016

Helen Edmunson's adaptation of Emile Zola's passionate and bloody love story stars Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean), making her Broadway debut. She's joined in the cast by Tony winners Gabriel Ebert and Judith Light. More info

: Closes 29th 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. 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 21st February 2016

Arthur Miller's masterpiece arrives on Broadway in 2015 courtesy of London's Young Vic, whose West End staging earlier this year wowed the critics and won three Olivier Awards. Mark Strong heads the cast as Eddie Carbone, the Brooklyn longshoreman whose infatuation with his young niece leads to tragedy. 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

Warren Adler's blackly comic tale of messy divorce comes to Broadway in 2015. Sure to be one of the season's most deliciously twisted treats, The War of the Roses details the outrageously dark turns taken in the divorce proceedings between Jonathan and Barbara Rose. More info

: Closes 17th October 2015

Expertly mixing technology, visual arts and live action theatre, Helen Lawrence is a brand new creative experience, whereby the grizzly power struggle for Vancouver in the aftermath of WWII is played out in this thrilling film noir inspired tale on screen, whilst the actors are transplanted into the action via blue screens. More info

: Closes 31st October 2015

From poet and performer Carl Hancock Rux and musician Theo Bleckmann comes this new exploration of the life of Carl Einstein, the German-Jewish nephew of Albert and eminent scholar of Cubism and African Sculpture. He was the first Western academic to study aesthetics of the latter in depth. Whilst Carl is creating some of his best work, the world around him begins to boil as Nazi fascism carves inroads in Europe. This mesmerising narrative follows his life, works and heritage against the shadows of genocide and the fight for freedom. More info

: Closes 26th October 2015

Hollywood star Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married, Romancing the Stone) leads the cast of this world premiere production. Written by John S. Anastasi, this moving play follows the story of a lesbian couple whose relationship is throw into flux when one of them reveals she wants to undergo gender reassignment surgery. More info

: Closes 3rd January 2016

Written by Peter Parnell, Dada Woof Papa Hot explores our newly affirmed age of equality by tracing the struggles of three different sets of couples in modern day New York. This smartly realised play stars Tony winner John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart) and is directed by Scott Ellis (You Can't Take It With You). 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 3rd January 2016

Tony winner Joe DiPietro's (Memphis) acclaimed comedy makes it Off-Broadway debut, following sold out runs in New Jersey and East Hampton. A hilarious exploration of fidelity and family dynamics, Clever Little Lies follows a mother's ill-advised attempts to save her son's crumbling marriage over drinks and desert. More info

: Closes 15th November 2015

Tony nominee Marin Ireland (reasons to be pretty) leads the world premiere of Kill Floor, starring as a former prisoner who struggles in transitioning back to life outside the prison walls. This thought-provoking play won the prestigious L. Arnold Weissberger Award for playwriting excellence at the Williamstown Theatre Festival earlier this year. More info

: Closes 18th October 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 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 January 2016

From the mastermind that brought you My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral comes My Big Gay Italian MidLife Crisis, a continuation of J. Wilkinson's hilarious Off Broadway saga that'll have you laughing till your sides ache. Wilkinson is due to reprise his role as Anthony Pinnunziato, the gay Italian of the title who's facing 40 and having trouble balancing his successful weight loss company with relationships old and new. Of course, it's even more difficult when your large, meddling family is thrown into the mix! 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

: Closes 9th November 2015

After collaborating on MCC's 2013 hit Small Engine Repair, playwright John Pollono and director Jo Bonney reunite for this intense drama. This New York premiere centers on the series of bitter recriminations and fights which erupt between divorced couple Maggie and Lou when their teenage daughter Erica goes missing. The cast is led by Golden Globe nominee Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs). More info

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