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.
Max combines magic and comedy, making objects appear and disappear and generally defying the laws of physics inches from theatergoers' faces. This high-energy, interactive, and all-around silly show is appropriate for audiences of all ages 3 and up.
Generations of Canadian children have grown up listening to the poems of Dennis Lee, affectionately known as "Canada's Father Goose." Five of those kids, now grown-up creators, have crafted a musical for all ages that celebrates his work and the very notion of "play." Part of the Soulpepper on 42nd Street festival.
Soulpepper resident artist Ravi Jain shares the stage with his real-life non-actor mother, Asha, as they tell their respective sides of her attempt to arrange his marriage. Presented in association with Why Not Theatre. Part of the Soulpepper on 42nd Street festival.
Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team members navigate big questions and wage tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.
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.
For years a certain boy wizard went to Wizard School. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs...who just happened to be there too. A play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.
'Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic' is a Potter-inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story. The play gives you a fresh look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers. Their epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.
Get ready to laugh at Gerard Alessandrini's parody of 'Hamilton' and all the fan mania it inspires (including his own). 'Spamilton' stars a young virtuoso cast, with special guest stars like Christine Pedi and other 'Forbidden Broadway' divas.
Stranded at the zoo when the superstorm hits the city, the child and the animals must learn to communicate and understand each other, working together to save themselves. 'Endangered!' is an uplifting eco-musical for children ages 2 and up.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
A passionate love triangle ensues when a rural Irish woman and a sexy French singing Charolais heifer vie for a farmer's attentions. A fast-paced solo-play featuring Noni Stapleton ('Penny Dreadful') as both the woman and the cow.
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.
‘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.
As Bertolt Brecht’s real-life grand-niece, Lucie yearns for normalcy, but being different seems to run in her bloodline and escaping her inherited high-drama destiny might just be impossible. A pinch of Hitler, a cup of hip-hop, and a dash of Hasselhoff.
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.
'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.
'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.
'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.
In 2013 Jessica vanished. Now her closest friends are reconstructing her with cutting-edge technology to try and track her down. They prime the android with memories from Jessica's past, but it's clear that their stories don't add up. As her friends fight for ownership over an artificial Jessica, the android listens, learns, and plays along. Suddenly the line between robot and real life is very, very thin.
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."
'Pity in History' focuses on the overthrow of the old regime by an insurgency with a rigorous and severe view of the world. Art as religious representation and inspiration is challenged as a tool of possibly demonic privilege. Originally produced as a teleplay by the BBC in 1985, this production marks the script's professional stage premiere. Running in repertory with 'Arcadia.'
Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.
'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.
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.
'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.
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.
They say money talks…and this money has a lot to say! As the man on the $100 bill, Ben Franklin is not pleased by what he sees in America today and he’s done keeping his mouth shut. Over the course of this 90-minute musical, Ben is passed from a hedge fund manager, to a stripper, to a judge, to his mistress who’s a nun to…well, you get the idea. Armed with a lifetime of famous sayings, Ben must convince everyone to change their priorities before it’s too late.
Delving into her fractured relationship with her identical twin Jane, her love affairs, questionable parenting skills, and her time as a political activist, 'Dear Jane' finds Julie striving to understand how art is the ultimate expression of meaning—even when it's beyond her boundaries.
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.
Walter DeForest blends storytelling, theater, and live art creation in this engaging portrait of the artist. Think you know the truth? 'Van Gogh Find Yourself' please. Part of the East to Edinburgh festival of shows headed to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Crusted custard: the pies are missin'! In Skunk Valley, Ma and Pa Baker’s livelihood is threatened when the evil Vincent Von Villenueva plots to take over the town starting with their pie shop. Can Chicken Farmer John save the old couple from his dastardly deeds, keep the town from becoming a rootin’-tootin’ saloon destination, and still prove his honor to the lovely shop girl? This comic adventure—complete with a dashing hero, a mustache-twirling villain, and a slew of wacky characters—is as American as...well, you know. He prepared to boo and cheer! Best for ages 6 and up.
'Power Over POTUS' is a gossip-fueled political comedy about the women who did 69 in the Situation Room, used whips in the West Wing, had romps in the Rose Garden, and never acted First Lady-Like. A certain former intern receives an invitation to get back in action 20 years after getting rug burn in the Oval Office. As she ponders pounding an orange POTUS, she seeks guidance from the spirits of the women who stood (and laid) in her shoes. Note: For mature audiences only. $20 food and beverage minimum per person.
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?
'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.
When Walt Disney hears 'The Rite of Spring,' he envisions the creation of the earth, volcanoes and, of course, dinosaurs! But composer Igor Stravinsky has another vision altogether. In this provocative comedy, we go behind the scenes of Disney’s classic 'Fantasia,' where the dinosaurs aren’t the only ones doing battle.
Set in a hospital waiting room after the emergence of an unknown and deadly virus, 'And She Would Stand Like This' reimagines the characters of 'The Trojan Women' as Black and Latinx queer men and Transgender women fighting for survival. A minimum of 15 tickets per performance are pay-what-you-can.
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.
A 19-year-old boy has just been tried for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak deliberation room. But then one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. The proceedings become personal, with each juror revealing her own character as the various testimonies are reexamined and the murder is reenacted. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become twelve angry women.
Rostom just got a promotion–and a company car equipped with the latest GPS technology. But when the automated directions veer off the map and into the holes in Rostom’s personal life, he must choose between stark reality and virtual intimacy. 'Navigator in Love' is part of Red Lab's 'Georgian-American Theatrical Feast,' a festival of new works written by playwrights from the Republic of Georgia.
As a Category 4 hurricane approaches Singing Beach, the Sleeper clan is struggling with storms of its own. ‘Singing Beach’ is the latest work by Obie Winner, Tony nominee, and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Tina Howe.
'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.
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.
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 to this festival/competition. The writer of the winning work receives $4,000 and the opportunity to have a full-length play developed by the Riant. There are also awards for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume Design, and Best Video Diary Short Film. Visit the festival's official website for the complete lineup.
Nolan and Rebecca have moved on since their divorce - she to a new husband and he to a series of failed relationships. However, when an unexpected tragedy brings them back together, they're forced to navigate a web of grief and guilt that leads to tears, laughter, and ultimately, hope.
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 about a young, simple girl and her relationship with her father; 'July,' a thriller in which two students go 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 more. Visit the festival's official website for the complete lineup.
A candle that moves water; a paper cup that won't burn; a firefly without fire. An atomic flash; weaponized sugar; a hydrogen bomb. Genie in a bottle; secret writing; elephant toothpaste. All these and more comprise 'That Chemistry Show,' which combines the worlds of science and show business. Best for school-age kids.
Prince Hal is caught between two worlds. In the tavern, he carouses with a wild bunch, led by the scoundrel Falstaff, but at court, the King presses him to shoulder his responsibilities as heir to the throne. Meanwhile, the rebellious Hotspur threatens to destroy the kingdom. This streamlined version of 'Henry IV' plays in repertory with Hip to Hip's mounting of 'Measure for Measure.' Both shows are performed at public parks throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Visit the official website for the complete schedule.
The Duke of Vienna's puritanical deputy Angelo, tasked with cleaning up a city out of control, revives ancient laws regarding sex and marriage. When he unjustly sentences the young gentleman Claudio to death, Claudio's sister Isabella pleads his case and discovers that Angelo is not as virtuous as he seems. This streamlined version of 'Measure for Measure' plays in repertory with Hip to Hip's mounting of 'Henry IV.' Both shows are performed at public parks throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Visit the official website for the complete schedule.
Ten Bones Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of Pete McElligott’s dark comedy about two people whose lives are not going well, stuck in a hospital where things may be going even worse.
'In a Little Room' is the story of two strangers trapped in the cold comforts of a hospital waiting room, feebly trying to restart their lives and failing fantastically as the hospital possibly burns down around them.
In "Come Light My Cigarette,' the actress is driven to confront these two powerful influences in her life: Her father, with whom she shares a volatile and shameful past, and her ex-lover, a powerful and controlling woman who was instrumental in making her a success.
The Play Co. presents this solo play about a Syrian woman who recounts an encounter from her past while preparing a dish, in an environmentally-staged production set in real home kitchens and community centers.
Step into the kitchen. The onions are cooking on the stove and meat is on the cutting board waiting to be chopped. Our host is preparing kubah, a traditional Syrian dish. While she cooks, she tells us the story of meeting Ashraf, a Syrian exile, and falling in love with him as he desperately tries to help those he was forced to leave behind. When he vanishes, she impulsively trails him to her homeland—one she has never known, now consumed by war. As the meal comes together and then falls apart, we learn the stories of brutality, grace, and humanity of the Syrian refugees she meets along the way.