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Plays in New York - May 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Plays in New York for the month of May 2016

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: Closes 17th July 2016

With a stellar cast including Tony winner Sophie Okonedo and Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, Arthur Miller's landmark 1953 play mounts a much anticipated return to Broadway in Spring 2016. It's the story of a small, close-knit Puritan community whose lives are torn asunder by the climate of fear and suspicion that grows within them all as mass hysteria overtakes during a trial for witchcraft. More info

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: Closes 26th June 2016

Academy Award winner Jessica Lange and Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne lead the cast of this Eugene O'Neill revival. Published poshumously in 1956, and now hailed as the playwright's masterwork, this intense family drama examines the strain put upon the Tyrones, as mother Mary returns home after being treated for morphine addiction. More info

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: Closes 19th June 2016

Stage and movie veteran Frank Langella makes a welcome return to Broadway in Florian Zeller's Moliere Award-winning play about dementia. Langella plays the eponymous Father of the title in a touching portrait of an 80-year old man who lives with his immediate family - but his memory is failing him. Was he a tap dancer, or an engineer in his youth? Furthermore, is his daughter's husband or is he a new lover? More info

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: Closes 19th June 2016

Following a critically lauded run at the Public Theater, Danai Guirira's wrenching drama transfers to Broadway. Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) leads the cast as a captive wife of a rebel officer in the Liberian Civil War of 2003. More info

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: Closes 4th September 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 11th June 2016

David Harrower's riveting two-hander takes place in a grubby office storage room, with the 50-something Ray being confronted by the woman whom he raped fifteen years previously, when she was twelve years old. Nominated for three Tony Awards, Blackbird stars Emmy winner Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams (Cabaret, My Week With Marilyn). More info

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: Closes 18th July 2016

A theatrical experience like no other, Nassim Soleimanpour's acclaimed play has no rehearsals, no set and no director. The night's sole performer arrives on stage with nothing more than the script in a sealed envelope. Among those taking the plunge during this Off-Broadway run are Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and Martin Short. More info

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: Closes 4th June 2016

Updating the action to modern day New Orleans, Benedict Andrew offers a fresh take on Tennessee Williams' feverish classic, setting the play's bubbling cauldron of resentment and sexual frustration on a revolving stage. Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) stars as Blanche DuBois, opposite Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby. More info

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: Closes 24th July 2016

Written as a single 90-minute scene, this play explores the gnawing anxieties that beset Pennsylvania family The Blakes as they sit down for Thanksgiving dinner. Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello (An Act of God), The Humans transfers to Broadway after its rapturously New York debut last year. More info

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: Closes 26th June 2016

Three absorbing stories of the brain and the uncharted territories of the human mind are woven together with dazzling originality and intellectual philosophy in this new play from Nick Payne, the playwright behind the sold-out Constellations - a beautifully sharp meditation on quantum cosmology. Ever ready to tackle questions that run deep within us all, Incognito is another fine example of Payne's deliciously clever style that makes for a stunning night at the theatre, and one that keeps us guessing for days after. More info

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: Closes 24th July 2016

A hilarious take-down of New York's foodie elite, Becky Mode's Fully Committed is a full throttle one man comedy, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family). He plays Sam, an out-of-work actor manning the phones at one of the city's swankiest eateries, having to juggle the demands of desperate customers, on edge waiters and egomaniacal chefs. More info

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: Closes 4th September 2016

Connie and Tristan have both volunteered to test a new anti-depessant. They're well aware of the risks but are not prepared for a most surprising side-effect - true love! Exploring the moral obligations of big pharma and the complexities of the human heart, Lucy Prebble's The Effect makes it Off-Broadway debut after winning London's Critics Circle Award for Best New Play. More info

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: Closes 5th June 2016

Following the success of Village Bike, playwright Penelope Skinner returns to MCC with an altogether more apocalyptic new work. Set in the Britain of the near future, The Ruins of Civilisation presents us with a country that is slowly sinking into the ocean, and one whose government watches over its citizens with a Big Brother level of surveillance. More info

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: Closes 17th June 2016

The story of the Tuskegee Airmen - six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Force. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them. More info

: Closes 3rd July 2016

Two-time Tony Award Winner Matthew Broderick returns to Broadway in this evocative Dublin set play for the Irish Repertory Theatre, as the first production in the newly refurbished theatre. Examining a mesh of city lives that whirl and eddy together, Shining City is directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, with Billy Carter, Lisa Dwan and James Russell starring alongside Broderick. More info

: Closes 3rd July 2016

Scandal's Joe Morton is Dick Gregory in this brand new play about the trailblazing comic who co-opted his fame into becoming a leading light of the civil rights movement, becoming as outspoken in his politics as in his stand-up routines. More info

: Closes 4th September 2016

He's back! Yes, The Almighty himself returns on Broadway, this time played by Will and Grace's Sean Hayes. An Act of God is a witty audience with the creator of the universe, in which he answers all of life's big questions and dissects the latest happenings in the world of pop culture. More info

: Closes 5th June 2016

Two stage and screen award-winners join forces in Signature Theatre's brand-new work, set to open in April; Tony Award-winning Daphne Rubin-Vega, the original Mimi from RENT, and the SAG winner Samira Wiley from Orange Is The New Black play just two of a vibrant group of eccentrics who frequent a down at-heel bar in a North Philadelphia neighbourhood. They may get together to discuss art, life and politics, but as the drinks flow, we get to learn their true struggles, hopes and stories. More info

: Closes 12th June 2016

Written by David Hare's (Skylight), this revival of The Judas Kiss boasts Rupert Everett in the role he was born to play - Oscar Wilde. This poignant drama focuses on the famous playwright in his later years, racked by scandal and unable to end his self-destructive relationship with his lover Boisie. More info

: Closes 19th June 2016

Set in the recession hit Detroit of 2008, Skeleton Crew centers on a close-knit group of factory workers, and the way their dynamics change as the threat of redundancy looms ever closer. This Off-Broadway extension comes after huge acclaim for the play's original run. More info

: Closes 4th September 2016

An old lady has been murdered in her apartment above a hair salon, and it's your job to find her killer! Bursting with boundless energy and an incredibly adept cast of improvising, larger-than-life characters, Shear Madness takes audience participation to a whole new level. Sifting through the clues, you decide which twists and turns the show takes. It's a different experience every single night. More info

Welcome to the heady world of 1920s womenswear where Sam Greevy is at the top of his game as New York City's most in demand designer! But things are going well for his bitter rival, Paul Roms, as he starts to lead the trends with these strange new items such as 'sweatshirts' and 'tracksuits', seemingly drawing inspiration from nowhere! More info

Lydia R. Diamond's biting and hilarious new play examines the influence that race holds over four Harvard intellectuals on the eve of Obama's 2008 election. Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) directs, with Joshua Jackson (The Affair, Fringe) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1 &2) and Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) starring. More info

: Closes 26th June 2016

Adam Rapp returns with a masterly and searing look at mental illness in his latest work, which premiered at South Coast Rep in 2015. Purple Lights follows the story of bipolar sufferer Ellis Shook, who is 13 years out of a mental institution with a menial job buffing floors at night. He lives a simple, quiet existence, until the sudden arrival of two teenage girls one night, who are in need of his help. Their interactions brings up painful early memories for Ellis, as we learn more about his past. More info

: Closes 19th June 2016

The power of art is examined in this New York premiere, the latest work from Pulitzer winner Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) is centered on the 1923 premiere of God of Vengeance, a play that caused a storm of controversy and resulted in the cast being put on trial for obscenity. More info

: Closes 19th June 2016

Examining the lives of four post civil rights families, I Don't Know Why He Loves Me is an intricate examination of love, family and loss. Created & directed by Bernard Corbett, this play tackles hot topic social issues such as teen pregnancy, drug addition and same sex marriage. This St. Luke's staging stars a plethora of New York stage talents, including Ben Rowe, Ashlee Danielle and Deangelo M. Kearns. More info

: Closes 19th June 2016

A Persistent Memory is the new work from playwright and actor Jakob G. Hoffman (Engaging Show, Tower of Toys). A poetic play that explores the impact our pasts have on our present, the story follows David Huntington, and his search for an answer to a neurological problem. More info

: Closes 3rd July 2016

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Memorial Sloan Cancer Center Of New York City is the MCC debut for playwright Halley Feiffer. A jet black comedy, it follows too lost souls who strike up an unexpected bond at their cancer stricken mothers' bedsides, and stars Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls). More info

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