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Plays in New York - August 2015

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

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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 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 6th September 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

: Closes 15th August 2015

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 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

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