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Plays in New York - September 2017

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

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: Closes 24th September 2017

Years after she walked out on her suffocating marriage, Nora Helmer has returned home. Written by Lucas Hnath, A Doll's House, Part 2 is the wildly ambitious sequel to Ibsen's 1879 masterpiece, which is often cited as one of the greatest plays ever written. More info

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: Closes 8th October 2017

George Orwell's scarily prescient masterpiece comes to Broadway. Creating a nightmarish vision of suppression, surveillance and the all-powerful 'Big Brother', 1984 is one of the landmark texts of the 20th Century. Transferring from the UK, where it has had four acclaimed runs, this new adaptation is a startlingly staged production, employing live video projections and incorporating the book's appendix for the first time. More info

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Packed full of misplaced props, shaky acting and even shakier sets, The Play That Goes Wrong is the best worst play since Noises Off! Following the countless mishaps that befall an amateur stage production, this hilarious, mile-a-minute farce arrives on Broadway after a hugely successful London run. More info

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: Closes 1st October 2017

A quintessentially English family, or "kitchen sink" drama, Simon Stephens' award-winning On the Shore of the Wide World makes its New York premiere this August. First staged in Manchester, UK in 2005, it transferred to London's National Theatre later that year, winning the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. Following the story of the Stockport-based Holmes family across three generations, it examines the aftermaths of various events that hit the long-suffering family, demonstrating that family are often bound together through strife. More info

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: Closes 22nd October 2017

The left-wing polemicist, film maker, writer and agent provocateur is headed to Broadway for his first-ever stage show. It will be helmed by Spring Awakening's Tony-winning director Michael Mayer. Billed as "taking aim at Trump" by the New York Times, the show will be part stand-up, part play, part angry rant, and is set to raise the hackles of plenty a No. 45 supporter. More info

: Closes 26th November 2017

Elizabeth McGovern of Downton Abbey fame is set to lead the decades-long awaited revival of J.B Priestly's time-travelling drama set during Britain's interwar years. Last seen on Broadway in 1938, it is considered to be one of Priestly's best plays, alongside his other works such as An Inspector Calls, I Have Been Here Before and Dangerous Corner. Following the turbulent changes faced a moneyed Yorkshire family, this new Roundabout Theatre production examines destiny, fortune and hope for the future. More info

: Closes 7th January 2018

Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright behind Disgraced, turns his attention to Wall Street in new work Junk. This meticulously constructed financial thriller, which receives its New York premiere at the Beaumont, centers on an investment bank's hostile takeover of a manufacturing firm, and the ruthless wunderkind who's heading the deal. More info

: Closes 6th January 2018

A blistering adaptation of Anthony Burgess' classic, A Clockwork Orange arrives Off-Broadway after an acclaimed run at London's Park Theatre. Directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, this all-male staging injects a homoerotic edge into Burgess' dystopic, ultra-violent world, and wraps the action around bludgeoning fight choreography and an eclectic soundtrack. More info

: Closes 24th December 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company provide you with a courtside view of the New York Premiere of Anna Ziegler's new drama set in the world of professional tennis, exploring what it is that makes us tick and why. Following the story of six-time US Open champion Tim Powers and his Russian wunderkind opponent Sergei Sergeyev, The Last Match shows All-American Tim's battle to prove himself once more against rising star Sergei's raw talent and nerve. More info

: Closes 14th January 2018

All hail the Hufflepuffs! Making a transfer to the New World Stages this July, following its popular engagement at New York's Peoples Improv Theater, Puffs will bring a slice of the Harry Potter magic to the Big Apple. Celebrating the least-featured Hogwarts House and its little known characters (yes, we know Cedric Diggory, but look how that turned out for him), this tongue-in-cheek comedy play by Matt Cox tells the story of the forgotten students and offers another point of view! More info

: Closes 15th November 2017

The Obie-winning company behind Gatz makes a long-awaited return to the Public Theater, celebrating their 25th anniversary with an innovative new version of Shakespeare's problem play. Known for their high-octane slapstick and theatricality, Elevator Repair Service's latest challenge sees a completely new spin (pun intended) on the Bard's 1604 comedy drama, set in 17th-century Vienna. It will be directed by ERS founder John Collins. More info

: Closes 15th October 2017

A touching new drama focusing on the struggles of single motherhood lands at the New York Theatre Workshop this fall, penned by Pulitzer finalist Amy Herzog and helmed by two-time Obie winner Anne Kauffman. An all-star cast has been assembled for the production, led by Carrie Coon, of Fargo, The Leftovers, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? fame. More info

: Closes 22nd October 2017

The difficult relationship between a father and his elderly mother comes under the spotlight in this world premiere play from Max Posner (Judy). Directed by David Cromer, the darkly comic The Treasurer introduces us to Ida Armstrong, an aging lady whose rampant spending of her children's money forces her son to take control of her finances. More info

: Closes 8th October 2017

Part of the 2017/18 MCC Theater season, this New York premiere is one of five plays that explores social issues of those most excluded from the mainstream. Charm by Philip Dawkins first premiered at Chicago's Northlight Theatre in 2015, and is based on a true story; that of a 67 year-old black transgender woman who starts her very own Emily Post-style etiquette classes at a community college. Inspired by a 2012 feature on Miss Gloria Allen and her work with trans youths in the Tribune, the play has been well-received by LGBTQ groups and the wider press. More info

: Closes 8th October 2017

Playing in rep with her play "F*cking A" for the very first time, Susan Lori Parks' "In The Blood" again explores the themes of sex, vegeance and society, in her interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's explosive The Scarlet Letter. In The Blood takes a different view of the anti-heroine known as Hester; instead of condemned abortionist, this version of Hester is a single mother of five children, all with different fathers. She is also branded with the letter A - this time for adultress. More info

: Closes 1st October 2017

First premiering in 2000 in Houston, Susan Lori Parks' eye-opening interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letters is split into two works, with In The Blood preceding this by one year. The reviled and controversial character of Hester forms the focal points of these two plays; In "F*cking A", this version of Hester is a local abortionist, who women both turn to in need, whilst at the same time, condemning her as a criminal for her work. Branded with the letter A, Hester is forced to navigate a legal system that stacks the odds against her. More info

A fresh new romantic comedy is set to land at the Manhatten Theatre Club this fall, with Tony-winning actor and Seinfeld star Jason Alexander starring. Taking the role of a downmarket Providence lawyer named Barry Dragonetti as he deals with a repeat widow whose husbands have an unfortunate knack for dying. Coming to him to help settle her latest spouse's affairs, the fireworks are ferocious, as she is determined to save as much cash as possible, much to Barry's blustering annoyance! Throw in his overbearing mother, contemporary politics and young love, and the laughs break through the roof! More info

: Closes 12th November 2017

Nia Vardalos returns to the Public Theater in this well-received drama from 2016, based on the novel by Wild author Cheryl Strayad. Adapted for the stage by Vardalos herself, this touching work is based on the true story of an anonymous online advice columnist, who drew upon her own tragic life experiences to help the thousands who bombarded her with pleas for help. Bring tissues folks, this one is a weepy for sure! More info

Perfect Crime goes well beyond traditional mystery play. It is a sexy, compelling thriller, with well-timed surprises and laughs that relieve a growing dramatic tension. The main character is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist accused of bumping off her wealthy British husband. But when a handsome young detective comes calling to investigate, is everything as straight-cut as it appears? More info

: Closes 24th September 2017

For the first time in the US, Karen Blixen's astounding life story will captivate audiences anew in The Baroness - Isak Dinesen's Final Affair, a Danish play brought to the stage by the Scandinavian American Theater Company. At a time when different people are increasingly considered outcasts, Blixen is the perfect embodiment of the company's credo, to present thought-provoking and unusual plays that bridge the gap between cultures. More info

: Closes 19th November 2017

The Irish Rep present one of the lesser known works of Brian Friel, a giant of Irish writing who was often compared t Chekhov and Tennessee Williams. The playwright's last original work, the Home Place first debuted in Dublin in 2005, and is a typically rich portrait of an Ireland on the brink of huge change, and the English gentry unsure of their place in this brave new world. More info

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