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What to see in New York in August

Here are our top picks of New York theatre to check out in August 2022.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

August is the prime time to soak up some last sun rays on the beach or get away with your family before school starts back up again. But it's also a great time to go to the theatre! Since the Broadway season doesn't kick off in earnest until the fall, it's a great time to catch a bucket-list show you've been meaning to see or venture off Broadway to discover something entirely new.

Below, we've rounded up the new Off-Broadway shows and hit return engagements that are premiering or ending in August, so get your theatre tickets to these now! August is also a great time to start planning your fall itinerary. Once you've got your August tickets lined up and are ready to look ahead, check out the Broadway shows this fall and the Off-Broadway shows this fall to snag your tickets to now.

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Kinky Boots Everybody say yeah! The smash hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots is back, now off Broadway at Stage 42. This joyful show tells the story of Charlie, the heir to a shoemaking factory on the brink of foreclosure. Just when it seems his family business is going to be gone, Charlie meets the drag queen Lola and finds an unexpected niche market to revive the business: sturdy heels for drag performers. The show, which features a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, won six Tony Awards in 2013, including Best Musical. It's sure to raise you up!

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Audrey: The Musical Audrey Hepburn was so much more than a Hollywood icon. She's just as notable for her Oscar and Tony Awards as for her humanitarian work. Her careers as a ballerina and, later, as a spy during the Nazi regime have put her in the history books just as much as her acting career. Yet, of course, her acting career was also revolutionary, with her star turn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's inspiring a generation of women. If you love Hepburn for any or all of these reasons, or don't know much about her life yet, you'll love taking a journey through her life at Audrey: The Musical. At the Players Theatre through August 28, the show highlights all her star-making moments through the lens of her most famous screen roles.

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Patience If you've been waiting patiently for this new show to premiere, the wait is over. Johnny G. Lloyd's Patience is now at Second Stage Theater through August 28. This play centers on a Black solitaire player, but not just any solitaire player — one of the best professional solitaire players there is. He's getting ready to retire, though, and settle down with his soon-to-be-husband, but first, he has to get through one important match. Patience is a story of Black excellence, and it's fitting that it's being directed by Zhailon Levingston, who became the youngest-ever Black director on Broadway in 2021.

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The Nosebleed Aya Ogawa does it all in The Nosebleed — they wrote, direct, and star in the show at Lincoln Center Theater. And since it's an autobiographical play, who better to lead the telling of their own story? The Nosebleed centers on Ogawa's failed relationship with their father and the discoveries they made about him after he died that only made him more of a stranger. While documenting his problems, though, Ogawa also talks about breaking that chain of failure and starting one of forgiveness, and using what they learned from their dad to make them a better mother.

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Seven Sins August is your last month to journey into the Garden of Eden for a sinfully fun night at Théâtre XIV. Seven Sins is the latest variety show by Company XIV, the Brooklyn-based company known for its productions that mix highbrow and lowbrow acts into one dazzling spectacle. The fall of Adam and Eve, and their first exposure to each of the seven deadly sins, is dramatized with burlesque, dance, singing, opera, and circus acts in Seven Sins, and all this action unfolds all around you. The performers double as cocktail waiters, and they perform on the stage, amid the audience, and even above your head.

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Alex Edelman: Just For Us Two hit comedy shows from earlier this year have gotten extended through August, so make sure you catch them before it's too late. The first is Alex Edelman: Just For Us, which has been playing various venues in New York since last fall. The current engagement at the Greenwich House Theater is running through September 2, and features Jewish comedian Alex Edelman share the story of how he infiltrated a meeting of neo-Nazis after they spewed hate at him on Twitter. The five-star New York Theatre Guide review calls the show "gut-busting" and "top-notch." Hear more from Edelman himself why Just For Us is a must-see.

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Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion The other can't-miss comedy show of the month is Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion, playing an encore run at the Cherry Lane Theatre from August 8-26. In the show, Leiby shares all the details of one summer that "began with a bang" and ended with an abortion, and the new perspectives she got on womanhood, autonomy, and more by going through the process. A four-star review of Oh God on New York Theatre Guide calls it "the timeliest show on stage right now" and reads: "She should really rename her show Oh Good, A Show About Abortion, and all types of people should bear witness to it. Her story is more necessary now than ever."

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As You Like It The Public Theater continues its 60th anniversary Shakespeare in the Park season with a musical version of As You Like It, which first premiered at the Delacorte Theater in 2017. The adaptation by Shaina Taub (Suffs) and director Laurie Woolery transports audiences to the Forest of Arden, where love, joy, and acceptance abound. At the center of this madcap comedy is the heroine Rosalind, who is banished to the forest from the royal court and woos her lover Orlando while disguised as a man. Mistaken identities and sweet romances abound in As You Like It, which features an ensemble of New York community members alongside professional actors.

Tickets to As You Like It are free and available through a digital lottery on the TodayTix app.

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