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Plays in New York - February 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Plays in New York for the month of February 2017

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: Closes 12th March 2017

August Wilson's 1979 two-act play about a gypsy cab station arrives this December for its Broadway premiere, the last of the playwright's works to play the Main Stem. Helmed by actor/director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, this marks his third collaboration on a Wilson play, having previously won a Tony Award for his role in Seven Guitars. This play is celebrated for its ferocious and spirited dialogue between the very different characters, as well as the myriad subplots and relationships. More info

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: Closes 19th March 2017

Cate Blanchett (Carol, Blue Jasmine) leads the cast of this lively Chekhov adaptation, playing a widow whose 40th birthday party descends into chaos as long held regrets and jealousies are revealed. Part farce and part tragedy, The Present examines the disjunct between the life that we live and the one that we dreamed of. More info

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: Closes 30th April 2017

A searingly funny, yet poignant new work by playwright Steven Levensen, If I Forget explores an uncomfortable subject for many Jewish American families, both within in the context of the Israel-Palenstine conflict and inside a family gathering. Unspoken truths become familial resentments, and family history becomes heavily revised by each member. Set in the immediate months preceeding 9/11, Levensen challenges us to remember a time before the daily threat of terrorism, and to examine a culture deeply at odds with itself over its history. More info

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: Closes 4th March 2017

British playwright Anna Jordan brings her 2013 Bruntwood Prize-winning play to the MCC Theater next spring, exploring the themes of lost childhood and the affect it has on adulthood. Premiering in Manchester UK to rave reviews for 'beautiful empathy, and a humanity which stood out to all the judges' as described by the award judges, it has also been shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. This new production's cast includes Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea). More info

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: Closes 30th March 2017

The Tuskegee Airmen were leading lights in the fight for integration and social equality. They were African American men brought together under the Army Air Corps program in the build up to WWII, a time when Jim Crow laws were still operating in many states. One of Off-Broadway's longest running shows, Black Angels Over Tuskegee tells their story with wit and heart, painting a realistic portrait of six men from the 99th Pursuit Squadron. More info

: Closes 2nd July 2017

Academy Award winner Sally Field and two-time Tony recipient Joe Mantello are set to star in a new revival of Tennessee Williams' celebrated drama, The Glass Menagerie in spring 2017. Tony Award-winning director Sam Gold (2015's Fun Home) takes the helm for this production, which he first directed with Toneelgroep Amsterdam to critical acclaim; he will also be bringing the creative team with him for this revival. More info

: Closes 7th May 2017

Oscar, Tony and Emmy nominee Mark Ruffalo returns to Broadway in Arthur Miller's examination of family values, where he will be joined by Danny DeVito, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht! As with many of Miller's plays, the title is a play on the key themes of the story; the tangible price of the furniture to be sold off, and the price caused by somebody's decision. More info

: Closes 19th March 2017

2017 sees Atlantic Theater Company co-founder David Mamet present a new play at the Linda Gross Theatre. The ominously titled The Penitent tells the story of a psychiatrist who is asked to testify in a trial involving one of his patients. His career and life is thrown into disaray when he refuses to take the stand. Leading the cast of The Penitent is The Walking Dead's Lawrence Gillard Jr. and True Blood's Chris Bauer. More info

: Closes 7th May 2017

Two time Pulitzer Prize nominee Sarah Ruhl (The Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House) presents her brand new play at the Lincoln Center, featuring a star-studded cast​. Leading the cast of this world premiere are Oscar winner Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, The Realistic Joneses) and Tony winner Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). More info

: Closes 30th June 2017

Transferring to the Davenport Theatre this Friday, Shear Madness finds a new home in record time. 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 mystery experience every single night. More info

: Closes 26th March 2017

A contemplative new play by Obie and Lucille Lortel Award winner Will Eno, Wakey Wakey asks us to take a step back and enjoy life's pleasures as we consider where life takes us. Simultaneously humorous and moving, Eno asks us to thinks about what really matters to us, whether time is a good or bad concept, and whether or not we are headed to the same destination, no matter the paths we find ourselves on. More info

: Closes 19th March 2017

A world premiere production by the winner of the 2016 MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, is set to take Broadway by storm when it arrives in late January for a limited two-month run at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Everybody follows hot on the heels of Jacobs-Jenkins' Pulitzer nominated Gloria , which was staged in 2015, and his acclaimed 2010 work Neighbours. Casting for his highly anticipated new play includes David Patrick Kelly of Therese Raquin, Marylouise Burke of Fish in the Dark and Brooke Bloom of Cloud Nine. More info

: Closes 8th April 2017

A timely exploration into American gun violence, Courtney Baron's new work asks us to examine our own relationships with the epidemic through the eyes of a middle-aged woman who finds herself inextricably linked with a mass shooting that happened in her home town. Faced with her own personal struggles, she must move back to her home town to sort out her late mother's estate and deal with gossip and speculation over her links to the shooter. A raw and contemporary insight into a tragic phenomenon facing the country, this play is produced by the Keen Company. More info

: Closes 5th March 2017

A touching romantic comedy that takes place behind the scenes of a Hollywood studio tv show, Fade follows the story of two employees of Latino descent as they traverse a mainly white-dominated workplace. Created by Tanya Saracho, who wrote the acclaimed series How To Get Away With Murder, this two-hander delves deep into the lives of two lower-level workers, a janitor and a junior writer as they bond over their shared heritage and experiences, leading them to a surprising collaboration that they didn't see coming! More info

: Closes 30th April 2017

An autobiographical one-woman show, the writer behind comedy shows like Roseanne, Mad About You and (the Emmy-winning) Rugrats, Monica Piper tackles the ups and downs of being an unwilling New York showbiz kid in this captivating show that has already won over audiences on the West Coast. From reliant Jewish princess to self-reliant comedian, this show charts Piper's rise in comedy from her fame-deluged beginnings, and just why she is one of the front-running female writers in the comedy show genre. More info

: Closes 16th April 2017

A razor-sharp tragi-comedy by Alan Hruska, we follow the upheaval and fraught journey of a young chambermaid as she is forced from a comfortable position into poverty and insecurity for love. Helmed by director Rick Lombardo, whose previous works include Albatross at 59E59 in Boston, winning him the 2015 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production, this new work will play for a limited season only at New York City Stage 2 from winter 2017. A tale of personal struggle amidst widespread economic turmoil, this will touch many hearts. More info

: Closes 2nd July 2017

A sweet exploration into singledom and its social implications, Joshua Harmon's Significant Others makes the leap to Broadway's Booth Theatre in 2017, after a well-received run at the Laura Pels Theatre this year. Following the journey of Jordan Berman, a young man constantly on the look out for Mr Right, he discovers that the path to true love is fraught - and doesn't stop when his female friends come to him with their own romantic quandaries. More info

: Closes 1st April 2017

Jeff Talbott's new play explores one of the playwright's pet subjects; the role of the gravedigger. Developed in 2015 at TACT's newTACTics New Play Festival, this world premiere has been a long-term goal for the company and provides a darker, gritty companion piece to the season's staging of Georgian-era comedy She Stoops To Conquer. A quietly meditative work, the story centers upon a put-upon gravedigger, whose hard work and determination to support his family is struggling to hold back the threat of society to crush him once and for all. More info

: Closes 1st October 2017

The name Phantom Of The Opera may be synonymous with the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway blockbuster, but the story traces its origins back to the gothic novel written by French author Gaston Leroux. Now LA-based theatre company Vox Lumiere is set to give the well-known tale new life by combining silent film and live performance to create a fully immersive and interactive theatre experience, the likes of which you've never seen before! More info

: Closes 12th March 2017

What begins as a friendly get together of old theater buddies becomes something much more sinister in Wallace Shawn's radical play, which makes its US Premiere at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Leading the cast of this dystopian dark comedy, set in an America where citizens have become state-sponsored assassins, is two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick (It's Only a Play, The Producers), while Wallace Shawn himself also takes to the stage. More info

: Closes 26th March 2017

Man from Nebraska is a contemplative drama about rediscovering faith, from Pulitzer Prize winner Tracey Letts (August: Osage County). Tony winner Reed Birney (The Humans) stars as Ken, a middle-aged family man from Nebraska whose sudden crisis of faith prompts him to jet off to London, to try and reconnect with God. More info

: Closes 2nd April 2017

Tony nominee Marin Ireland (reasons to be pretty, Hell or High Water)​ stars in Martin Zimmerman's exploration of gun violence in America. Produced as part of Roundabout Theatre's Roundabout Underground program, On the Exhale is a startling one woman show about a mother who suffers a horrible loss at the hands of a gunman, yet feels herself inexplicably drawn to the shooting range. More info

: Closes 2nd April 2017

After successful runs in Chicago and DC, this marvelous and spiritually invigorating show comes to New York. Starring Max McLean, the show is a deliciously thought-provoking look at the famous novelist and writer, presented in his own words, as we trace his remarkable journey from Atheist to Christian and what he learned about himself along the way. More info

: Closes 26th March 2017

Academy Award-nominated young actress Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Signs , Zombieland and Scream Queens) makes her stage debut in Erica Schmidt's new coming of age play that explores teenage sexuality in the Eighties. Also helmed by Schmidt herself, this world premiere production is running for a limited time only, boasting a talented young cast that also features Isabelle Fuhrman, Joe Tippett and Alex Wolff. Taking place as a parallel storyline between the two girlfriends and two teenage guys as the objects of their affections, a summer of love turns on its head with painful realisations and truths about getting too sexual, too early. More info

: Closes 2nd April 2017

Following the rapturous reception of The Ruins of Civilization, playwright Penelope Skinner returns to the Manhattan Theatre Club with her new play Linda. Debuted in London in 2015, Linda is a telling portrait of the prejudice and low self esteem fostered by the beauty industry, following the story of a 55 year old marketing boss whose idea of targeting a much older demographic is rejected by her colleagues. More info

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