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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.”
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.'
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
'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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
'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.
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!
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?
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.”
'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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
‘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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.