90 Minutes or Less

Show-Score

All of these shows are short and sweet. Just an hour and a half...or less!


Opens Jul 07

15 Villainous Fools

Members say: Clever, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious
88
Critics
87
5 reviews
Members
88
11 reviews

Following a run at FringeNYC 2016, this farcical, two-woman adaptation of Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors' returns to New York City. 

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These two ladies bring pandemonium and a tornado of unstoppable energy to the Bard's comedy. It’s wacky. It’s wild. It’s somewhat understandable. It’s old-school Billy Shakespeare and two fast-talking women stirring up trouble on the stage. Clothes are tossed, hearts are broken, twins are lost.

 

Potter changed the world forever. The Puffs were also there. 'Puffs" gives you a front-row seat to the sidelines of the world’s most famous magical journey.

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Some people are born to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to beat back the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. 'Puffs' is the story of the people who sit in class next to those people. And badgers. Wayne Hopkins, a boy from New Mexico, finds out he's a wizard. Upon arrival at a certain school of magic, he's placed into the Puffs: a group of well meaning, loyal rejects. Over seven increasingly eventful years, he'll learn magic, get out of the shadow of his world-famous nemesis, and try not to get hurt in what is actually a very dangerous place for unsupervised children. This Off-Broadway comedy transferred from its initial hit run at the People's Improv Theater. Warning parents of young fans, this show has some mature humor. 

 

Open run

Sistas - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Clever
85
Critics
70
6 reviews
Members
85
93 reviews

A new musical that tells the story of African-American women through Top-40 music from the '30s through the '90s, including hits like "Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said" and "I Will Survive."

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After a matriarch's death, the women in the family clean Grandma's attic and find love and old memories packed away. In the process, they share their stories through hit tunes, from the trials of the 1930s through the Girl Groups of the 1960s to the empowerment of the 1990s.

 

Ends Jul 09

Zero Hour

Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Masterful, Absorbing
85
Critics
85
17 reviews
Members
85
14 reviews

The Peccadillo Theater Company presents a return engagement of Jim Brochu's award-winning solo show about the life of theater legend Zero Mostel.

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It's July 1977 and the actor is giving his final interview before leaving for a pre-Broadway tryout of 'The Merchant' in Philadelphia. Mostel only played one performance as Shylock before his sudden death at age 62. 'Zero Hour' traces Mostel's early days growing up on the Lower East Side as the son of Orthodox Jewish immigrant parents, through his rise as a stand-up comedian, from the Borscht Belt to Manhattan's most exclusive supper clubs, and from the devastation of the blacklist to his greatest Broadway triumphs, most notably as Tevye in 'Fiddler on the Roof.'

 

Open run

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Members say: Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
84
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
84
93 reviews

A re-telling of C.S. Lewis' classic tale of Narnia, featuring just two performers who play all the characters that populate the epic story.

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Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. See them meet Mr. Tumnus the faun and conspire with talking animals to save Narnia. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all.

 

Open run

Blue Man Group

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Quirky
83
Critics
78
3 reviews
Members
83
959 reviews

The "blue men's" nonverbal performance explores themes of alienation, depersonalization, and paint. Comedy, music, and paint collide in a circus of imagination.

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Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group’s shows have been described by critics as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining.”

 

Ends Aug 20

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Funny
83
Critics
90
3 reviews
Members
82
67 reviews

Harlem Repertory Theatre mounts a one-hour, family-friendly adaptation of the iconic 1939 MGM movie musical about a little girl from Kansas who journeys to the Land of Oz.

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When Dorothy wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, and munchkins and monkeys, she's charmed but desperate to return home. She sets off on a quest to ask the Wizard for help and along the way befriends a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion. Journey down the yellow brick road while humming along to memorable songs from the Oscar-nominated film, including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and "If I Only Had a Brain."

 

Open run

The Infinite Wrench

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious
83
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
83
37 reviews

The New York Neo-Futurists present an ever-changing lineup of short plays, each written by a performer, honed by the ensemble, and randomly collaged with high-energy audience participation.

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After shuttering the long-running 'Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,' the New York Neo-Futurists are mounting a brand-new weekly series. 'The Infinite Wrench' is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here and now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, 'The Infinite Wrench' is the Neo-Futurists’ ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.

 

Open run

Drunk Shakespeare

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy
82
Critics
78
8 reviews
Members
82
301 reviews

An actor drinks heavily (in the vein of Comedy Central's 'Drunk History') and then tries to corral others into enacting a story by the Bard.

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Every night, a Drunk Shakespeare society member will have at least five shots of whiskey and then attempt to perform in a Shakespearean play. Each performance by The Drunk Shakespeare Society requires a Patron, an audience member who helps run the show. Anything can, and does, happen.

 

Ends Jun 29

Happy Karaoke Fun Time

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious
82
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
82
34 reviews

Under St. Marks presents this troupe of improvisers who create a brand-new, one-act musical at every performance.

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These improvisers make up the scenes, choreography, and original lyrics to karaoke songs you know and love, all based on the title of a musical you shout out. Welcome to opening (and closing) night!

 

Previews start Oct 07

The Band's Visit

Members say: Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing
81
Critics
84
40 reviews
Members
81
145 reviews

Atlantic Theater Company's critically acclaimed musical by Tony-nominated songwriter David Yazbek transfers to Broadway. Based on the film of the same name. 

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The Egyptian Alexandria Ceremonial Police Band arrives in Israel to play at the opening of a cultural center. When their hosts don't show, a miscommunication sends them in the wrong direction and they find themselves in a small settlement in the heart of the Negev Desert. With no transportation out until morning and no hotel in sight, the beleaguered band members are taken in by locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.

 

Canada's Soulpepper Theatre Company presents a comedy-drama about a Korean-Canadian family making a new life in a corner store in downtown Toronto.

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In 'Kim's Convenience,' Appa, a Korean immigrant, works hard to support his wife and children with his Toronto convenience store. As he evaluates his future, he faces both a changing neighborhood landscape and the gap between his values and those of his Canada-born children. Part of the Soulpepper on 42nd Street season, which also includes 'Of Human Bondage,' 'Spoon River,' and 'True North.'

 

Opens Jun 29

Me The People: The Trump America Musical

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Hilarious
81
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
81
33 reviews

This new musical satire is an up-to-the minute mockumentary of Trump's presidency and today's red, white, and orange America.

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'Me the People' takes aim at the self-dealing, topsy-turvy presidency of Donald J. Trump. His crony cabinet, his far-right Supreme Court, White House grifters Ivanka and Jared—no one is spared. It also offers a comic diagnosis from Sigmund Freud and an earful from Hillary Clinton. Note: In addition to the ticket price, there's a two-drink minimum per person.

 

Open run

Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Indulgent
80
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
80
11 reviews

On the first Saturday of every month, Ted Greenberg, an Emmy Award-winning writer on Letterman, performs a comedy show before chauffeuring one audience member home in a NYC taxi.

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Greenberg performs his hit Off-Broadway "mostly one man" comedy show before whisking a lucky audience member home in a New York City taxi driven by Greenberg himself. This unique comedic experience is now in its 8th smash season at the historic SoHo Playhouse theater.

 

Open run

Rule of 7x7

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Great writing
79
Critics
82
10 reviews
Members
78
11 reviews

The Tank presents an ongoing series that premieres 7 brand-new 10 minute plays by 7 different writers; includes a free beer with admission.

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7 rules. 7 writers. 7 new plays. 1 free beer. Every other month. For each show, every playwright comes up with one rule, then the 7 playwrights create new plays using all 7 rules. Rules can be general (i.e. "Pants") or specific ("Page one must include a back-handed compliment followed by ten seconds of silence.") Each time you come to 'Rule Of', you'll see different plays with different rules by different writers. And you'll always get a beer on the house.​

 

Ends Jun 28

Off the Top

Members say: Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing
78
Critics
90
5 reviews
Members
78
40 reviews

Intellectual rapper Baba Brinkman and neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin explore the brain basis of improvisation and humor in this live comedy show featuring cutting-edge research and freestyle rhymes.

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Married in real life, Brinkman and Berlin bring you the latest research on brain science and creativity while putting their odd-couple relationship under the microscope. Learn how a rapper seduces a scientist, how hard it is to solve a math problem while rapping, and how your subconscious mind influences your daily thoughts and feelings.

 

Open run

NEWSical: The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky
77
Critics
80
7 reviews
Members
77
252 reviews

This long-running musical revue/sketch comedy show lampoons current events, newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians. Think 'The Daily Show' set to music.

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'Newsical's' songs and sketches parody all of today's biggest headlines, from politics to pop culture, celebrities to social trends. It's 'Saturday Night Live' meets 'Laugh-In' meets 'The Nightly News' meets Broadway. Songs and material are updated on a regular basis.

 

Open run

Line

Members say: Funny, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting
77
Critics
67
2 reviews
Members
77
17 reviews

NYC's longest running play (since 1967!), Israel Horovitz's absurdist drama is about five people waiting in line for a mysterious event. Each person battles for first place, becoming increasingly vicious.

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Ever wait in line? What are you waiting for? Who are these other people? Are they your friends? Enemies? Is someone trying to cheat you. seduce you, cut ahead? Who can you trust? Israel Horovitz’s classic, existential, dark comedy explores these questions in this biting, absurdist allegory that perfectly satirizes the now-timeless theme of America’s constant desire and struggle to be in first place.

 

Ends Jul 02

My Eyes Went Dark

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing
77
Critics
74
21 reviews
Members
77
49 reviews

107group presents a tragedy inspired by true events about a Russian father driven to revenge after losing his family in a plane crash. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival.

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'My Eyes Went Dark' comes to New York following runs at the Finborough Theatre, London and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and was nominated for three Off West End Theatre Awards.

 

Open run

The Ride

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Ambitious, Unique
77
Critics
79
4 reviews
Members
77
12 reviews

In this unique interactive experience, comedy hosts welcome audiences aboard a bus-turned-moving theater, which navigates a 75-minute ride through Midtown Manhattan.

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'The Ride' takes place in motor coaches with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and stadium-style seating. They are fully loaded with audio, video, and wireless technology to amp up what’s happening on board while keeping audiences connected to what’s going on outside. From performers to passers-by, 'The Ride' interacts with everyone and everything it rolls by. The hosts are trained in improvisation so that each performance is fresh depending on what’s happening on the street that day. 'The Ride' also features pop-up presentations along the 4.2-mile route by an ensemble of professional actors, singers, dancers, and instrumentalists.

 

Open run

Naked Boys Singing!

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious
75
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
75
210 reviews

This musical revue celebrating male nudity in comedy, song, and dance, features sixteen original songs sung by eight naked men and no clothes.

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A small cast of buff and buxom gentlemen take off their clothes and sing. Running for many years now, the boys sing such catchy tunes as "Gratuitous Nudity," "Bliss of a Bris," "Nothin' But the Radio On," and "Perky Little Porn Star." According to the producers, anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a guardian."

 

Ends Jul 08

In a Word

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing
75
Critics
80
6 reviews
Members
75
31 reviews

Lesser America presents this absurdist new play about the power of loss and how to get over, around, and through what haunts you.

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Today is the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of Fiona’s son, and still, nothing makes sense to her. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. As Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day, hoping to uncover that crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.

 

Ends Jul 02

Underground

Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Clever
72
Critics
71
11 reviews
Members
73
39 reviews

Shrapnel Theatre & Hartshorn-Hook Foundation present the NYC premiere of this dramedy about the end of a bad date that turns out to be the start of a very odd evening. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival.

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After matching on a dating app, Claire and James meet for an awkward first date. On their way home, the brand-new Night Tube breaks down. Forced to get to know each other a little better, things start to get weird. Featuring an interfering loudspeaker system, a wise–if drunk–pub landlord, and a big swipe right, 'Underground' looks at the phenomenon of loneliness in a crowd, and what happens when the daily grind gets disrupted. 

 

Previews start Oct 05

Stuffed

Members say: Funny, Clever, Relevant, Entertaining, Disappointing
71
Critics
69
15 reviews
Members
72
54 reviews

After a successful 2016 run with WP Theater, Lisa Lampanelli's play about four women and their radically different relationships with food and body image transfers Off-Broadway.

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'Stuffed' brings together four women’s disparate stories to paint a witty and poignant portrait of an insane world that forces women to address hard-hitting issues like: Is eating an ice cream sandwich in the shower an emotionally fulfilling activity? When it comes to blue jeans, should one opt for camel toe or muffin top? And the ultimate query: Can food and body-image issues ever truly be conquered or are we all just destined to be 'Stuffed?' Written by and starring comedy's "Queen of Mean," Lisa Lampanelli.

 

Previews start Jul 20

Curvy Widow

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Hilarious, Refreshing
71
Critics
69
11 reviews
Members
82
1 review

Inspired by a true story, this sassy musical follows the exploits of a feisty fifty-something whose adventures inspire laughs and reveal truths about life, love, and sex. Starring Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel. 

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From surviving hilarious first dates to her intimate rendezvous, this widow navigates her way through it all with humor and perseverance. Featuring best friends, a dead husband, and myriad potential suitors, Curvy learns the hard way what it means to start over in the modern age.

 

Open run

Paradiso: Chapter 1

Members say: Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever
70
Critics
64
12 reviews
Members
79
10 reviews

Immersive theater pioneer Michael Counts created this unique experience, which marries escape-room entertainment with interactive theater.

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Loosely inspired by 'The Divine Comedy,' 'PARADISO: Chapter 1' drops 10 audience members into a noir-styled, futuristic nightmare that they must navigate through. With a company of actors guiding the experience, 'PARADISO' features a narrative structure that makes audiences feel as if they have entered a world where the circumstances, characters, risks, and drama represent an immersive 'reality.' A multi-layered story unfolds complete with actors, 3D holographic projection technology, and special effects. From the team behind 'The Walking Dead Experience' and 'Play/Date.' Ages 13 and up only. Exact Midtown Manhattan location provided upon purchase of tickets. 

 

Ends Aug 12

Growing Up Gonzales

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Resonant
69
Critics
74
2 reviews
Members
68
10 reviews

Writer/director Felix Rojas brings back his one-man play about brotherly love and the healing power of saying goodbye. 

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When Johnny Gonzales is forced to clean out the apartment of his recently deceased younger brother Cisco, he discovers a treasure chest of personal notes left behind by his sibling. They represent Cisco's innocent interpretation of love, life, and everything in between. When Johnny begins to read these notes, his magical journey begins.

 

Ends Aug 31

Seeing You

Members say: Relevant, Intense, Riveting, Entertaining, Absorbing
67
Critics
59
7 reviews
Members
74
13 reviews

From the producer of 'Sleep No More' comes a brand-new, WWII-themed immersive experience, which takes place in an old warehouse.

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'Seeing You' transports audiences into a memory of a not-so-distant wartime anxiety, told through a mix of choreography and intimate encounters. A singular experience, the music-filled 'Seeing You' unfolds inside a historic expanse, bringing audiences close to a tight-knit Hoboken community during WWII suddenly at odds as patriotism gives way to uncertainty and fear. Since there is no seating during the show, please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for moving. No one under 18 will be admitted.

 

Ends Jun 30

(Not) Water

Members say: Relevant, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious, Edgy
58
Critics
59
6 reviews
Members
57
2 reviews

New Georges and 3LD present an experimental piece of participatory theater that explores our relationship to the environment in the face of a profound ecological threat.

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This work is part of 'Water City,' a month-long, multi-disciplinary art event, curated by New Georges deputy artistic director Sarah Cameron Sunde, featuring performances, artwork, and conversations that confront the global water crisis.

 

Ends Jul 09

2017 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity

Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining
94
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
94
8 reviews

Planet Connections presents its annual socially conscious arts festival, designed to invoke the power of creativity in motivating philanthropy, community outreach, and change.

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This eco-friendly arts fest entertains while inspiring audiences to get involved. It supports a wide variety of causes, from Amnesty International to the Wildlife Conservation Society. This year's edition features 29 new works focused on different social causes. The lineup includes solo shows, satirical comedies, historical dramas, and more. Visit the festival's website for the comprehensive schedule.

 

Ends Jun 25

That Which Remains

Members say: Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining
93
Critics
85
1 review
Members
97
3 reviews

IRT Theater and Improbable Stage present a devised exploration of Shakespeare's bloody and fraught tragedy 'Titus Andronicus.'


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'That Which Remains' is part of IRT Theater's 3B Development Series, which offers artists the flexibility and autonomy to mount full-bodied workshops and do robust technical experimentation, creating a supportive environment for taking risks and test-driving new work before adventurous audiences.

 

Ends Aug 12

The Space Pirate Puppy Musical!

Members say: Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky
88
Critics
83
3 reviews
Members
89
5 reviews

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade and Tasty Monster Productions present an intergalactic rock and roll puppy pirate extravaganza for families. Best for ages 7 and up.

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Earth has gone to the dogs, the humans have disappeared, and Space Pirates are about to invade. Join the Dogstar Fleet on an out-of-this-world musical mission to seek the knowledge of the Oracle and save planet Earth! Will the Puppies turn tail and run? Will the Ninja Kittens...ooh, string! Can Earth be rescued from certain construction? Blast off with our heroes to find out!

 

Ends Jul 16

Red (First Person Xperience)

Members say: Intense, Ambitious, Confusing, Refreshing, Edgy
86
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
86
4 reviews

In this psychological thriller, the audience is immersed in an apocalyptic world. A live-action, interactive experience where you control how the story ends!

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A cataclysmic disaster known as “The Night of Fire” has brought our once mighty civilization to its knees. Survivors clamber together in makeshift camps, trying to find lost loved ones, gather basic necessities, and just survive. Information is sporadic, supplies are rare, and rumors are endless. It's been one month since that night. This is your reality now. Are you ready?

 

Ends Jun 25

Kill Move Paradise

Members say: Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging
85
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
86
8 reviews

National Black Theatre presents the world premiere of this surreal drama about police brutality victims stuck in purgatory.

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Set in an otherworldly place, ‘Kill Move Paradise’ follows four black males ripped prematurely from Earth by police brutality. As they confront the reality of their pasts, they scramble to make sense of their new world. Inspired by recent events, ‘Kill Move Paradise’ is an expressionistic buzz saw through the contemporary myth that “all lives matter.”

 

Ends Jun 25

Acquittal

Members say: Resonant, Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Moving and unusual
83
Critics
86
2 reviews
Members
80
2 reviews

Pan Asian Repertory presents this drama set in a Pakistani prison in the '80s, with four female inmates representing different injustices.

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'Acquittal' was inspired by the playwright's own experience as a political prisoner. Shahid Nadeem is now the artistic director of Ashoka Theatre in Lahore, Pakistan, and is a celebrated playwright in his homeland.

 

Yara Arts Group and La MaMa present a new work about societal change, based on poetry by Ukrainians Pavlo Tychyna and Serhiy Zhadan, and featuring rock songs by Zhadan & the Dogs.

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What happens when society crumbles? This multidisciplinary piece is a reminder to reflect on our past as we contemplate the way forward. A show filled with music and poetry transformed into scenes, action, and projections.

 

Ends Jul 18

La Fiaca

Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Fluffy
82
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
82
7 reviews

Repertorio Español presents this classic 1967 Argentine comedy about a man who abandons his responsibilities and begins living the way he wants to.

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Néstor wakes up on a Monday without a desire to go to work. Spending his day in bed, making love, and playing childhood games become his goals. But what started as a day of playing hooky turns into a cause célèbre. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext® In-Seat Captioning System.

 

Opens Jun 25

J&K: 1965

Members say: Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking
82
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
82
7 reviews

Live in Theater presents an immersive, outdoor theater piece inspired by 'Life' magazine's 1965 photo essay about two New York City junkies: John and Karen.

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These pictures shocked readers by bringing the grim reality of addiction into the American living room. The infamous “Needle Park” is the backdrop for an interactive journey where 14 participants are immersed in the world of John and Karen. You will traverse the Lower East Side and play roles—friends, family, fellow drug addicts—as you bond and become complicit in the love story at the heart of these “two lives lost to heroin.” The 80-minute show is performed entirely outdoors, rain or shine. To make your experience more comfortable, please try to avoid bringing any bags and wear comfortable shoes as there is some walking. Ages 16 and up.

 

Ends Aug 12

CHALK

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful
81
Critics
85
4 reviews
Members
79
3 reviews

FRIGID new york @ Horse Trade presents a playful and poignant one-man homage to silent film-era comedians, created and performed by Alex Curtis.

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'Chalk' is a whimsical solo show which invites audiences of all ages into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen. Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this feel-good romantic romp.

 

Ends Jun 25

Miss Julia

Members say: Clever, Great acting, Entertaining
79
Critics
76
2 reviews
Members
100
1 review

La MaMa presents this bilingual, English and Spanish adaptation of August Strindberg's 'Miss Julie.'

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In rural Colombia on Midsummer Eve, Miss Julia and her servant Juan have a forbidden encounter. As Juan tries to rise from his servile position, Miss Julia attempts to escape the bonds of her meaningless upper-class existence. The resulting power play of love, lust, and class struggle becomes a dangerous battle that veers violently out of control. Combining powerful physicality, naturalistic text, and live music, 'Miss Julia' is a clash of cultures which strives to make Strindberg’s text as relevant today as it was in the 19th century.

 

Ends Jun 28

The Closet Bitch

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Disappointing, Relevant
76
Critics
90
2 reviews
Members
74
3 reviews

Shana Solomon’s one-woman show chronicles her desperate attempts to please everyone in her life—except herself—while trying not to fall apart in the process.

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This raw, unapologetic dark comedy finds Solomon playing 19 characters in 80 minutes. Watch as she spills scandalous secrets and tells totally true embarrassing tales as she attempts to come out of her shell and shake off a life-long fear of offending others. This production includes explicit language and sexual content. Adults only.

 

Ends Jun 25

My Heart Is in the East

Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Interesting, Intense, Quirky
74
Critics
70
1 review
Members
75
2 reviews

La MaMa and the H.E.A.T. Collective present a performance with puppets: a passionate, comic, and poetic exploration of using history as a model for building peace.

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Inspired by Ancient Cordoba, where Muslims and Jews lived in cultural coexistence, 'My Heart Is in the East' is a duet between a Jewish-American woman and an Iraqi-Muslim man. Bound together by circumstance, these two people from such different walks of life confront their insecurities, fears, and desires.

 

Ends Jun 26

Faust 3: The Turd Coming, or The Fart of the Deal

Members say: Edgy, Ambitious, Excruciating, Entertaining, Funny
40
Critics
41
2 reviews
Members
39
5 reviews

This new comedic work mashes up Goethe's 'Faust,' the Gospels, Shakespeare, Christmas carols, and other disparate works into a political satire of the Drumpf administration, starring an ensemble of four actor/clowns.

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'Faust 3: The Turd Coming, or The Fart of the Deal' portrays the ill-advised bargain between the sewer rats and their chosen king, a deceptive clown figure. Although the clown is offensive, vulgar, and evil, the people agree to sign away their future on the gamble that he will improve their lives, but they are shat upon instead. In sermon-like tweets, the clown king communicates his predatory intentions. The sensitive ego of the clown king leads to nuclear war and worldwide devastation.

 

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene presents Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld’s musical, which chronicles Jewish immigration and assimilation.

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‘Amerike – The Golden Land’ tells the stories of Jewish immigrants as they strive to build a new life while continuing their traditions. Featuring a score that weaves in popular songs of the day, the show is based on the experiences of real immigrants who faced the heartbreaking challenges of beginning again in an unfamiliar land. In Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles.

 

The Brick presents this festival featuring politically charged plays, weekly cabarets, and collective action projects which aim to remind us of our new reality.

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A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU. Please see the festival's website for a full calendar of events.

 

Michael Moore, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind 'Bowling for Columbine' and 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' brings his powers of provocation and satire to the stage in this world premiere one-man play.

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'The Terms of My Surrender' takes the utter lunacy of our times and turns it into a subversive piece of theater. Tony winner Michael Mayer ('Spring Awakening,' 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch') directs the unprecedented live event from one of America’s most incisive comic voices. Who better to answer the burning questions of the Trumpian era than Michael Moore, the man who saw it all coming and tried to warn us?

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: An irreverent, pee-your-pants-funny original musical comedy about three unlikely friends who bond over motherhood.

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Rachael, wide-eyed and optimistic, is elated to finally put her party days behind and become a mom...#YAY! Angie has pre-enrolled her unborn child in the most exclusive all-girls preschool (definitely a girl, she already has a boy). After three kids, Marcia thought she was done. Is it bad that she doesn’t want to cancel her wine of the month club or stop having sex on her back? With a soundtrack ranging from rock to pop to funk and more, join these three unlikely friends as they bond in the trenches from pregnancy tests to empty nests, dominating the diapers and tackling the teens with unmotherly charm, one bottle at a time! An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.

 

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade and Elephant Run District present the world premiere of a play about Martin Denton, the creator of nytheatre.com.

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An accountant in D.C. falls in love with theater in New York. After suddenly losing his father, he impulsively creates nytheatre.com. He gives up his comfortable life, spending thousands of nights in the audience and even more days at his computer bringing attention to notable, but often under-recognized artists. Working with his mother over two decades, he writes and edits thousands of reviews, publishes hundreds of plays, and posts scores of blog pieces, interviews, and podcasts. In doing so, he revolutionizes how the arts are covered and helps to usher in the indie theater movement. If you created or saw NYC indie theater during the last 20 years, chances are you've been impacted by his work. Now watch his untold story move from his desk chair and aisle seat to the stage.

 

Theater for the New City presents this free, outdoor musical about a young girl who is galvanized into a community activist.

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The girl begins the story a naive Catholic School student in New York, but after being deemed a white elitist by her friends, she begins her journey towards becoming a feminist activist. With newly-opened eyes she witnesses forces of tyranny, prejudice, and hatred and learns how to struggle against them.

'Checks and Balances, Or Bottoms Up's' free performances will tour City streets, parks, and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs.

 

 Theatreworks USA presents the Off-Broadway premiere of Pete the Cat, based on the book series of the same name, by James and Kimberly Dean.


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When Pete gets caught by the cat-catcher rocking out after bedtime, he is sent to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners. The whole family is immediately taken with Pete, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth. As the end of school approaches, Jimmy is unable to complete his art assignment. When Jimmy is given a second chance to complete his assignment, Pete turns out to be the perfect friend to help him out. Join Jimmy and Pete as they both learn a little something new about inspiration and friendship.

'Pete the Cat' is recommended for children grades Pre-K through 3.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: Inspired by the imagination of Tennessee Williams, this intimate and seductive show takes us on one man’s journey of desire, self-expression, and liberation.

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1969 New Orleans: it’s standing room only. The band starts the opening number for Miss Blanche, the hottest act in the Quarter–but Miss Blanche is missing in action. Instead, a fiery young man takes the stage. Relaying tales from his brutal childhood, he reveals a mysterious trunk, filled with clues about his past and the key to his future. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: A tale of girls becoming women, conquering both anxiety and rivalry, and finding a way to affirm themselves both as individuals and team members so they can win at math…and at life!

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'Numbers Nerds' is an almost all-girl high school math team from Waukesha, Wisconsin. The team has won the Regional Math Competition and is chosen to compete in the National Math SUM-IT. These smart and funny whiz kids must unite to solve difficult math problems without getting distracted by teen drama and pressures. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: In this contemporary musical, movement and music combine to depict the realities of people living with mental illness, and the power we all have to live imperfectly and beautifully.

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Stinging from old and recent loss, childhood neighbors Sam and Lindsay reunite by chance on Seattle’s light rail. As they begin to fall in love, they slowly learn that healing can be found in the most unusual places, and in other people just as broken as themselves. This event is part of the NYMF Concert series.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: As three diverse couples struggle to find compromise, this new romantic musical comedy teaches us that perhaps being “outside the norm” is the new normal.

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As the owners of Party City Now rebrand their wedding business to embrace marriage equality, Dave, their gay music director, has never felt more alone. Doomed to a life of playing weddings, Dave longs for a love of his own. But when he’s forced to sing a duet with human rights attorney Harris, sparks ignite and hope is born.

This is a Beta Musicals at NYMF. Beta Musicals are new musicals that are further along in their development process than readings, but not produced with all the elements of a full production. Often, Beta Musicals will focus on a few keys elements they are interested in exploring through the NYMF process, such as choreography, puppetry, or specific design components. As Beta Musicals are still in active development, there will be a feedback form available to audiences to share their thoughts.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: An electro-musical that explores two girls’ journey of sexual discovery within the unlikely setting of an all-female Christian summer camp.

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Spirit-soaked and hormone-charged, this comically subversive piece of theater celebrates teenage love with pulsing EDM beats and lush orchestral arrangements. A surprising and refreshing take on the coming-of-age musical. This event is part of the NYMF Concert series.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: This rollicking musical tells the tale of Backbeard, the hairiest pirate who ever lived, and his quest to answer the question, "How should a pirate look?" 

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When a rowdy birthday party ruins his clothes, a pair of persuasive tailors convince him to try a vibrant new outfit of patterned trousers, a colorful coat, and a pig. Now the fearsome pirate must face his greatest challenges—winning the acceptance of the Pirate Council, the townspeople, and even his own crew—in a high-spirited story of courage, acceptance, and standing up for who you are. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

Recommended for ages 3 and up.

 

The Riant Theater presents the 30th season of this one-act play festival and competition where the audience and the theatre's judges cast their votes to select the best play.

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Twice a year, hundreds of plays from across the country are submitted for the competition. Plays advance from the first round to the finals. The playwright of the winning play receives $4,000 and the opportunity to have a full-length play developed by the Riant. The awards to be presented are Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume Design and Best Video Diary Short Film.

For a full schedule of performances, consult the festival's website.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: In the 1850s John Banvard did more to elevate fine arts than any single American artist before him. This new musical tells his story.

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Banvard was the most famous living painter in the world and the first millionaire artist, world-renowned for his three-mile long moving panorama celebrating the majesty of the Mighty Mississippi. Today, an examination of reference books will not turn up a single mention of his name. John Banvard, the greatest artist of his time, has been utterly obliterated by history. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.

 

This three-month theater festival of new plays and musicals is also a competition, with cash prizes awarded for several categories. All shows have three performances and run between 5 and 90 minutes.

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This year's fest includes: 'Bee,' a drama set in a small town in Newfoundland, Canada about a young, simple girl and her relationship with her father, 'July,'  a thriller where two students go out to a popular bar in Tokyo to blow off steam, but by morning, one is found murdered in her motel room, 'Oedipus but Better,' a comedy about a a small band of actors who, despite lacking time, money, and classical training, try to put on the best ever production of Sophocles' seminal masterpiece, and many many more.

Visit the website for the complete lineup, including access to tickets to each show.

 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: The Nine Worthies provide a parade of Shakespearean sonnets, songs, and scenes set to original New Orleans-style jazz.

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Energetic and innovative, 'The Shakespearean Jazz Show' reinvigorates and recontextualizes Shakespearean performance. Experience how the loose, improvisatory nature of jazz music can free Shakespearean text, allowing the feeling and intent of the words to be expressed in a completely new way. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the playful antics and soulful music live in 'The Shakespearean Jazz Show.' This event is part of the NYMF Concert series.

 

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