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Plays in New York - February 2016

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

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: 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

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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 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'. More info

: 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 women whom he raped fifteen years previously, when she was twelve years old. Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello, Blackbird stars Emmy winner Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams (Cabaret, My Week With Marilyn). More info

: Closes 12th June 2016

First performed on Broadway in 1964, Eugene O'Neill's Hughie is a tightly contructed two-hander, about small-time hustler Erie and the motel night clerk whom he regales with tall tales of women and gambling. Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) stars as Erie, while Michael Grandage directs. More info

: 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

: 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

: Closes 27th March 2016

A grandson returns home to his family's farmhouse in Illinois, but no one seems to recognise him. This stunning, Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Sam Shepard is revived by the The New Group, with Ed Harris (A History of Violence) and Amy Madigan (Field of Dreams) among the cast. More info

: Closes 13th March 2016

From a disastrous dress rehearsal where the cast fumble their entrances and exits, to bothersome props and a final performance of missed cues and forgotten lines, Noises Off is a show-within-a-show that explores explosive personal relationships that lead to off-stage shenanigans and on-stage bedlam. It's directed by Jeremy Herrin and stars Tony-winner Andrea Martin, Rob McClure and Meagan Hilty! More info

: Closes 27th March 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club presents the latest work from Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright John Patrick Stanley (Doubt). Prodigal Son follows the fortunes of a talented but troubled teenager from the Bronx who begins at a private school on Manhattan. Two faculty members must try their hardest to help realize his tremendous potential while stopping him from hitting the self-destruct button. More info

: Closes 3rd April 2016

Kenneth Lonergan's new work tracks a Country Music star's pilgrimage back to his sleepy hometown. Exploring our obsession with celebrity, Hold on to Me Darling is billed as the This Is Our Youth writer's funniest play to date. Emmy winner Timothy Olyphant (Justified) stars in the lead role. 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

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 27th February 2016

St. Petersburg's Maly Drama Theatre present their riveting staging of Anton Chekhov's masterwork in the US for the first time. Chekhov's final play examines Russia at a time of huge social change, when social mobility and political unrest were chipping away at the beliefs to which the upper classes had held firm for hundreds of years. More info

: Closes 4th June 2016

Roundabout Theatre mark their 50th Anniversary season with a brand new Broadway production of She Loves Me. Director Scott Ellis (The Elephant Man) helms the show, while Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Tony winners Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) play the leads. The story revolves around a pair of constantly bickering parfumerie clerks, who are unaware that each is the others romantic pen pal. More info

: Closes 27th March 2016

Centered on the rifts that open up in a Zimbabwean family over the course of a wedding weekend, Familiar a boisterous ensemble piece that explores racial and cultural divides with panache. It's the latest work from acclaimed playwright and The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira. More info

: Closes 20th March 2016

When Caitlin eschews her senior year of high school to pen a full sale requiem, her quiet Vermont family cannot be expected to predict the effect that it will have on all of their lives as the project attracts admiration, derision and a cadre of lost souls to their once cosy home. More info

: Closes 9th April 2016

A highly relevant subject in news at the moment, gender identity is the driving force behind this new play by Anna Ziegler. The consequences of a well-meaning doctor following a terrible accident to his infant patient come to light forty years later, as the now-grown patient struggles to find his identity - and love - despite having been raised as female. More info

: Closes 1st May 2016

Following productions in Culver City and London, this kinetic story of the world's first black Heavyweight Champion makes its Off-Broadway bow. Written by Marco Ramirez (Daredevil, Fear of the Walking Dead), The Royale follows Jim Crow-era black boxer Jay Jackson as he prepares to fight The Great White Hope. More info

: Closes 22nd March 2016

Violet is pregnant with twins, her teenage daughter Beauty lives off a diet of paint and dirt and her father is slowly succumbing to dementia. Oh, and her husband Daniel is about to get in his car and never return. These are the characters which populate Smokefall, the lyrical and moving play from Noah Haidle about family, love and the thin line we all walk between tragedy and tenderness. 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

: Closes 6th March 2016

Bedlam Theatre once again offer up their hilarious spin on the author's 1811 masterpiece. Adapted by Kate Hamill, this show boils the novel down its basic plot elements and reinvents it as a whirlwind display of theatrical dexterity, with only 10 actors jumping in and out of costumes at an incredible rate to play the story's 25 plus characters. More info

: Closes 21st February 2016

The lives of a newlywed couple get put into a spin in Nandita Shenoy's romantic comedy Washer Dryer. Received by critics on its LA premiere last year as a cross-cultural Barefoot in the Park, this breezy play was first produced by the Rasaka Theatre Company, which focuses on the voices of South Asian artists. More info

: Closes 8th May 2016

Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola's new play is razor sharp dissection of social acceptance in modern day America. At the heart of this funny new play is a love triangle, made up of investment banker Ben (Jake Epstein), who likes Emily (Jenna Gavigan), but also likes Chris (Thomas E. Sullivan). More info

: Closes 6th March 2016

Richard Greenburg's insightful play centers on a dying mother's revelation to her children, who must decide if it's true or an invention of her increasingly senile mind. Leading the cast is Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin (Collected Stories). More info

: Closes 13th February 2016

New Ohio Theatre founder Robert Lyon debuts his brand new play Death of the Liberal Class this January. Based on the book of the same name by Pulitzer winner Chris Hedges, this world premiere is a dark comedy centered on a burned-out left-wing journalist, who retreats to the country to clear his head. More info

: Closes 13th March 2016

Top theatre star Mark Rylance returns to the New York stage with new Nice Fish, a contemplative portrait of two ice fishermen waiting for one last catch of the season. Written in collaboration with poet Louis Jenkins, whose work Rylance has referenced in his Tony acceptance speeches, and co-directed with his wife Claire Van Kampen, Nice Fish is further proof of his status as one of 21st Century theatre's most interesting and talented performers. More info

: Closes 6th March 2016

Sophocles' Antigone has proven itself one of literature's most malleable and perpetually relevant texts, and Seamus Heaney reworked it once again in 2004 as THE BURIAL AT THEBES in response to the Iraq war. The Irish Rep stage Heaney's play as their first show of 2016, with Charlotte Moore directing and Rebekah Brockman (The Knick) starring as Antigone. More info

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