Aside from Boys, Plays Are History on Broadway Come Sept. 3 | Playbill

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News Aside from Boys, Plays Are History on Broadway Come Sept. 3 Back in August 2003, the theatre community indulged in some public fretting when it dawned on everybody that Broadway boasted but a single straight play, Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out.

Chuck Cooper
Chuck Cooper

Well, theatre pulse-takers: recommence fretting.

On Aug. 24, the producers of The Lieutenant of Inishmore announced the Martin McDonagh play would close on Sept. 3. When it leaves, play fans will have but one Broadway choice—Alan Bennett's The History Boys. (Kiki & Herb and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, which not exactly musicals, contain a great deal of music.)

The History Boys won the Tony Award for Best Play this year.

The Bennett play won't be alone for long. The Roundabout Theatre Company will begin previews for its new staging of Shaw's Heartbreak House on Sept. 15. Losing Louie by Simon Mendes Da Costa will follow at the Biltmore Theatre on Sept. 21.

By contrast, on Sept. 3, 2005, there were four plays running on Broadway: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Jackie Mason: Freshly Squeezed, Doubt and The Pillowman. Woolf and Jackie Mason would close Sept. 4, but the remaining two plays were joined Sept. 13 by A Naked Girl on the Appian Way and Latinologues.

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