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Plays in New York - June 2016

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

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: Closes 25th 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 who've taken the plunge during this Off-Broadway run are Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and Martin Short. More info

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: Closes 31st 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 10th July 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 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 1st July 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 30th October 2016

A very special play for children (and parents that remember the books), four of children author's Eric Carle's celebrated stories are woven together in this new stage adaptation. Watch in awe as three cast members use an astonishing 75 puppets within a one-act play to tell the stories of the infamous Caterpillar as well as The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly. It'll make you hungry for your childhood again! More info

: Closes 17th 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

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

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 28th August 2016

Tony winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The King and I) helms this World Premiere from writer J. T. Rogers. Exploring the secret negotiations that led to the 1993 Oslo I Accord between Israel and Palestine, Oslo centers on the young Norwegian couple who played a key role in mediating the meetings. 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

: 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

: Closes 17th July 2016

Israel Horovitz brings his latest work to the Cherry Lane Theatre for this world premiere. Led by Oscar winner and five-time Tony nominee Estelle Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde, Roseanne), Babies follows one man's four former lovers who come together at his funeral. More info

: Closes 16th July 2016

Theater Breaking Through Barriers present the world premiere new play by McArthur Genius Grant recipient Samuel D. Hunter. The healing follows a group of disabled friends who were taught they could be 'cured' by the power of prayer, by a counsellor at a summer camp they attended in their youth. More info

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