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Ends Jul 22

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Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful
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2 reviews
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32 reviews

Peter Michael Marino's fully improvised solo show enjoys an encore run at the East to Edinburgh festival at 59E59.

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After years of performing his solo shows around the world, Marino grew weary of writing and memorizing them. So he's decided to just show up and create one on the spot. The audience will be the subject of this socially anxious experiment that both spoofs and celebrates the solo show genre. All you have to do is show up.

 

Ends Aug 26

In The Heights (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Original
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596 reviews

Harlem Repertory Theatre revives Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical in an intimate and expressionistic new production.

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In the neighborhood of Washington Heights, Usnavi is a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, and pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon. He dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, his childhood friend, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home.

 

Ends Aug 19

15 Villainous Fools

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Hilarious
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5 reviews
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18 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.

 

Ends Jul 26

Of Human Bondage

Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful
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22 reviews
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112 reviews

Canada's Soulpepper Theatre Company presents the first-ever theatrical adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's 1915 epic of lustful obsession and the pursuit of happiness.

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'Of Human Bondage' tells the story of Philip Carey, clubfooted and of limited means, who's torn between being a doctor and an artist. When he meets tea shop girl Mildred, he quickly becomes obsessed with her. Despite her treating him badly, he turns down more promising relationships and endures a series of calamities. Part of the Soulpepper on 42nd Street festival.

 

Ends Oct 01

Spamilton

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great singing
85
Critics
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21 reviews
Members
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315 reviews

A satirical musical about the biggest hit on Broadway, written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, the funnyman behind 'Forbidden Broadway.' 

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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. 

 

Ends Sep 10

Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Relevant, Clever
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22 reviews
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38 reviews

Irish Repertory Theatre presents a toe-tapping musical exploration of the fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life of American folk legend Woody Guthrie.

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Performing classics such as 'This Land Is Your Land' and 'So Long, It’s Been Good to Know Yuh,' four actor/musicians bring to life the many people who formed the fabric of Guthrie's story. Not only was he a seminal influence on Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, he also inspired generations of Irish folk singers like the Clancy Brothers and Christy Moore. His songs may have told the stories of the disenfranchised in the Dust Bowl, but his recurrent themes speak of famine, workers’ rights, and emigrant strife. His legacy defined an American era of social consciousness and political expression that is alive and palpable today.

 

Ends Sep 30

Say Something Bunny!

Members say: Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Unique, Intelligent
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6 reviews
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4 reviews

UnionDocs presents Alison S.M. Kobayashi's multi-media solo piece inspired by an amateur audio recording made over 60 years ago.

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The origin of this audio was a mystery. Two spools of thin steel wire were found tucked inside an obsolete sound device purchased by a collector at an estate sale. There were no labels; no dates, no names, and no context. Through her obsessive research and active imagination, Kobayashi decodes the rich dialogue in the recording and discovers the detailed history of a Jewish family from New York that bursts with humor, surprise, and drama. The one-woman show annotates, illustrates, and reconstructs the scenes of the recording, while revealing the stranger-than-fiction biography of the eldest son, David, who made the wire recordings. Using video, installation, performance and plentiful archival material, Kobayashi leads the audience through a close listening of this multigenerational tale.

 

Ends Aug 20

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing
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Critics
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3 reviews
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73 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."

 

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The Infinite Wrench

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Ambitious, Funny
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40 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.

 

Ends Aug 12

A Brief History of Beer

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing
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Critics
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7 reviews
Members
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28 reviews

Horse Trade presents 'A Brief History of Beer,' an hour-long, drinkeractive, time-travel adventure.

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In this intoxicating comedy, the audience travels through time, from Ancient Sumeria to today, to help their two hops-loving hosts save beer from a mysterious nefarious villain. Wish Experience has been touring the interactive 'A Brief History of Beer' to pubs and theatres around the world since 2013. And yes, beer is consumed!

 

Ends Sep 02

Me The People: The Trump America Musical

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Hilarious
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Critics
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12 reviews
Members
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59 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.

 

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