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Plays in New York - July 2015

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

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: Closes 3rd January 2016

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 2nd August 2015

The four-time Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jim Parsons, better known to most as gawky theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper from the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory, is set to return to Broadway this Spring in his most controversial role yet - God. Parsons takes on the starring role in this adaptation of David Javerbaum's fearless and critically claimed satire/"autobiography" 'The Last Testament: A Memoir by God'. 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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: Closes 1st August 2015

Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David makes his playwriting Broadway debut with Fish in the Dark. After starring as the lead in the production since it opened, David now hands over to Seinfeld alumnus Jason Alexander. Produced by Scott Rudin (Book of Mormon) and directed by Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County), the play centers around a death in the family. More info

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A witty adaptation of Hitchcock's spy adventure, The 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

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: Closes 18th July 2015

Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and Kenneth Walsh (The Aviator) star in this brand new play which begins with a young woman planting a kiss on the neck of a total stranger. Commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club, Heisenberg is playwright Simon Stephen's follow up to the enormously successful The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. More info

: Closes 23rd August 2015

Two-time Grammy and Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone is no stranger to the ins and outs of the theatre business, making her perfect choice for the starring role in Douglas Carter Beane's new off-Broadway comedy. The celebrated playwright and screenwriter is known the Tony Award-nominated 2007 play 'The Little Dog Laughed'. His passion for theatre shines through in 'Shows For Days', an autobiographical take on his own beginnings in the world of stage. More info

: Closes 12th July 2015

Ronald Keaton's one man show arrives at the New World Stages, following rave reviews during its Chicago debut last year. Set on the eve of Churchill's 1946 'Iron Curtain' speech, the play finds the wartime leader regaling a small gathering of friends and admirers with his extraordinary life story. More info

: Closes 31st July 2015

This summer, acclaimed Russian director Aleksey Burago returns with My Uncle Chekhov, a heart-warming, larger-than-life comedy celebrating the short stories of Anton Chekhov. Interwoven around one of Chekhov's most beloved tales, The Darling, this show also features twelve of his best anecdotes, including Fat and Thin, Questions Posed by a Mad Mathematician, Death of a Government Clerk, A Little Joke, Minds in Ferment, Daughter of Albion, A Happy Ending and more. Join the cast of nine colorful characters as they fumble through love, loss and the beautiful absurdity of life. More info

: Closes 16th August 2015

Following on from the success of Bad Jews, Roundabout Theatre and Joshua Harmon collaborate again on Significant Other, a touching new play about trying to find Mr Right. It's directed by Trip Cullman (Punk Rock). More info

: Closes 26th July 2015

As part of this year's Lincoln Center Festival, Haruki Murakami's mysterious novel comes to the stage, directed by renowned Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa. In a parallel tale that switches back and forward between a 15-year old Kafka and an older man in search of a powerful stone, we are treated to an Oedipal tale that explores the role of fate, our uncertain grasp of reality, religious tradition and the importance of cultural legacy in Japanese society. With both characters treading the line between fantasy and reality, Ninagawa uses an elaborate staging of this ethereal novel. More info

: Closes 1st August 2015

The eternal winter of the magical Narnia is pierced forever by the inquisitive Pevensey children who, searching for adventure, fall into this mysterious land via an old wardrobe. At first this winter wonderland seems heavenly, but soon they realise all is not right in the enchanted forest, the White Witch's spell is forcing the good out the world. They soon learn that this isn't just a walk in the park, but an epic battle of good versus evil. More info

: Closes 30th August 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

Thirty years after its debut, John Patrick Shanley's 'A Dreamer Examines His Pillow' is set to be revived officially for the first time at New York City's The Flea Theatre. Cited as having been impulsively formed to create 'a joyful hell in a small space', the downtown theatre is the perfect space for the play's dreamlike exploration of the small intimacies and tragedies between two lovers. More info

: Closes 4th 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 26th July 2015

Melissa Ross' new play centers on the reunion of the three Stockton daughters at the family's holiday home in Cape Cod. Their reunion triggers emotional upheavals among the three as they try to talk through their father's painful legacy. The play sees Alicia Silverstone​ return to the boards, alongside Kelly AuCoin. More info

: Closes 12th July 2015

After 18 years, this stirring Off-Broadway production returns to New York City, yet its messages still ring as clear as ever. Written and produced by Adrian Williamson, an aficionado of the Gospel Stage Play world, My Grandmother Prayed for Me explores topical themes ranging from the degradation of family values to gang violence, drugs and their impact on familial relationships. More info

: Closes 2nd August 2015

Strindberg's provocative Miss Julie comes to the New York City Center as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Tracing the tempestuous romance between a count's daughter and a manservant, the play's daring subject matter originally proved too much for many European censors in the 1800s and it was banned in many countries. More info

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