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The Old Settler

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing
93
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
93
10 reviews

Full of humor and grit, John Henry Redwood’s comedy is a story of American love and survival in 1940s Harlem.

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Sparks fly in a Harlem tenement between fifty-five year old spinster, Elizabeth Borny, and her skeptical sister, Quilly McGrath when Husband Witherspoon, a handsome young Great Migrator, arrives on their doorstep. Husband’s quest to find his long-lost love, Lou Bessie, is thwarted when he finds an unexpected new romance with an 'Old Settler.'

 

Ends Jan 14

Addy & Uno

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Relevant
90
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
90
34 reviews

Realabilities' puppet musical for families about disabilities, bullying, and friendship returns for an encore presentation.

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As Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school's math competition, his friends with varying disabilities—ADHD, vision, hearing, and physical impairment—rally in support. Told with 'Avenue Q'-style puppets and heartfelt songs, it's an inspiring journey about the values of kindness, differences, and big dreams. Individuals with disabilities are so unseen and unheard across media, especially children's media. 'Addy & Uno' is giving a voice to kids who are different, and inspiring a new generation of kinder people. Based on the Realabilities Educational Comic Book Curriculum.

 

Ends Jan 13

In The Heights (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Original
90
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
90
635 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.

 

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Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent
90
Critics
85
7 reviews
Members
90
42 reviews

New Federal Theatre and Castillo Theatre bring back this solo show about a black man who exists in five dimensions of the same universe at different points in American history.

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'Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green' is a collection of five monologues, all highlighting different parts of African-American history through the eyes of one man. In each of his incarnations—minstrel, cult leader, FBI informant, struggling actor, out-of-work mortgage broker—Abel finds himself stuck somewhere between the American dream and the American nightmare.

 

Ends Jan 28

Say Something Bunny!

Members say: Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Unique
90
Critics
88
7 reviews
Members
90
16 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.

 

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Brigadoon

Members say: Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic
90
Critics
83
11 reviews
Members
91
105 reviews

New York City Center presents Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical, which brings the mystery and magic of the Scottish Highlands to life. Starring Tony nominee Patrick Wilson and Tony winner Kelli O’Hara ('The King and I').

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New Yorker Tommy Albright (Wilson) unexpectedly arrives at the mysterious Scottish village of Brigadoon, which only appears for one day every 100 years. When Tommy meets and falls in love with Fiona (O'Hara), a beautiful resident of this magical hamlet, he must decide whether to return to his old life, or stay in Brigadoon—forever. Featuring such standards as 'Almost Like Being in Love,' 'Come to Me, Bend to Me,' and 'Heather on the Hill.' Costarring Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Stephanie J. Block, and directed and choreographed by Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon.

 

Ends Jul 14

A Raisin in the Sun (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
88
Critics
85
1 review
Members
87
93 reviews

Harlem Rep presents Lorraine Hansberry's classic play about a working-class African-American family that faces financial salvation or personal ruin after receiving a substantial insurance payment.

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Set in Chicago's South Side, 'A Raisin in the Sun' revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband’s money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama.

 

Ends Dec 23

School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play

Members say: Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking
87
Critics
82
17 reviews
Members
89
53 reviews

MCC Theater's buoyant and biting world-premiere comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. How far would you go to be queen bee?

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Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter – and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Directed by Tony-winner Rebecca Taichman ('Indecent.')

 

Ends Dec 03

People, Places, & Things

Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious
87
Critics
84
29 reviews
Members
87
82 reviews

Denise Gough reprises her Olivier Award-winning role in the U.S. premiere of this drama, a raw, heartbreaking, and truthful performance about life spinning recklessly out of control.

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Emma (Gough) was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma—it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?

 

Ends Jan 01

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Enchanting, Must see
86
Critics
85
4 reviews
Members
86
206 reviews

Radio City Music Hall presents its annual holiday extravaganza featuring the legendary Rockettes.

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Radio City's iconic 'Christmas Spectacular' stars more than 140 performers in a heartwarming revue about finding the spirit of season in your heart. Headlined by The Rockettes, the famed precision dance troupe known for its synchronized routines such as "Rag Dolls" and "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," the show also features actors, singers, dancers, Santa, high-tech interactives, and a climactic Living Nativity complete with animals. A New York Christmas tradition for the whole family since 1933.

 

Ends Dec 09

Animal Wisdom

Members say: Great singing, Spiritual, Must see, Riveting, Masterful
86
Critics
79
5 reviews
Members
91
8 reviews

The Bushwick Starr and West Yorkshire Playhouse present the world premiere of this music-theater piece: a lo-fi, idiosyncratic, folk-blues requiem written from theoretical or actual (you decide) conversations with the dead.

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Heather talks to dead people, gets freaked out and writes music. These songs are performed alongside poorly remembered Methodist hymns from the 1800s, hyperbolized family mythologies, and community rituals of the ridiculous in the form of a gothic catholic mass- because how else can you address your soul? Written by Obie Award-winning composer and performer Heather Christian, known for her work with her genre-defying group the Arbornauts, 'Animal Wisdom' is a musical offering created by sinners and science nerds for believers and non-believers alike.

 

Ends Dec 08

Blind Spot

Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Resonant
86
Critics
85
1 review
Members
86
15 reviews

Repertorio Español presents a drama about an undocumented immigrant fighting for his version of the American Dream.

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'Blind Spot' tells the story of Ramón García, who hopes a stint in the armed forces and citizenship papers will help him build a better future. He never saw an unexpected turn coming from a blind spot that would transform his life into a bitter awakening. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext® In-Seat Captioning System by request at matinee performances.

 

Ends Feb 04

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Great staging
86
Critics
87
17 reviews
Members
85
51 reviews

This page-to-stage hit returns to NYC for an encore run featuring puppet adaptations of four stories by children's author/illustrator Eric Carle.

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Eric Carle's well-known picture books captivate young readers with their hand-painted, tissue-paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, this hour-long family show is a faithful adaptation of four of his most beloved tales: "Brown Bear, Brown Bear," "10 Little Rubber Ducks," "The Very Lonely Firefly," and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." 

 

Ends Dec 02

Trump Lear

Members say: Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant
85
Critics
87
4 reviews
Members
84
19 reviews

From the team behind 'David Carl's Celebrity One-Man Hamlet' comes this new Shakespeare-inspired solo show, with Carl forced to play Trump as King Lear—for Trump himself!

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Actor and impersonator David Carl is being held without bail for performing his Trumpian version of 'King Lear.' Now he's forced to do his 'Lear' as the President watches remotely online. The stakes are high: If Trump likes Carl and his show, Carl lives. If not, Carl dies. But how can Carl get through this performance without offending his one audience member?

 

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Pericles: Born in a Tempest

Members say: Clever, Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent
84
Critics
86
8 reviews
Members
84
48 reviews

Hunger & Thirst Theatre and the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project production pares down Shakepseare's sprawling tale, distilling the rarely-produced romance into a heartwarming story of the rejuvenating power of family.

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The personal storms we encounter during our lifetime are often even more turbulent than the raging tempests sailors experience on the high seas. 'Pericles: Born in a Tempest' is an inventive 90-minute reimagining of the seafaring adventure that places it within a fresh new context: Prince Pericles' journeys come to vivid life for a modern-day woman as she immerses herself in a book her recently deceased father gave her.

 

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My Perfect Pet

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever
84
Critics
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0 reviews
Members
84
26 reviews

In this new musical for young audiences, a little girl pines for the perfect pet puppy.

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When Cailin falls in love with a pup a local shelter, she tries to convince her parents that the dog would be the perfect gift for her upcoming 10th birthday. Will she receive this prized puppy? Is she responsible and mature enough to care for it? Best for ages 4 and up.

 

Ends Jan 07

Spamilton

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious
84
Critics
79
23 reviews
Members
85
409 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 Dec 10

Harry Clarke

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing
84
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
84
58 reviews

Vineyard Theatre's world premiere solo show is a sexually charged comic thriller about a shy midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Starring Tony winner Billy Crudup.

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Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family’s life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

 

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Sistas - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Clever, Funny
84
Critics
70
6 reviews
Members
85
110 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 Dec 03

Too Heavy for Your Pocket

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Resonant
84
Critics
79
11 reviews
Members
85
62 reviews

Roundabout Underground presents this new drama about a young man in the early '60s who joins the Freedom Riders.

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Tennessee-born playwright Jiréh Breon Holder takes us back to Nashville in the summer of 1961. The Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When 20-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own.

 

Ends Dec 16

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing
83
Critics
90
3 reviews
Members
83
81 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."

 

Ends Feb 22

Pop Punk High

Members say: Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever
83
Critics
85
5 reviews
Members
83
21 reviews

This musical tells the story of a high school where everyone is pop punk, it's always 2006, and there's never been anything cooler than shredding, pizza, and flipping off your lame-ass parents.

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Derek, a young wannabe pop-punk frontman, wants nothing more than to become king of Pop Punk High and win Amanda Bunkface's angsty, straight-ironed love. It seems all but impossible for a loser like Derek, but when he finds a bong in his attic containing the ghost/genie of Avril Lavigne, his wildest dreams may become reality after all. 'Pop Punk High' features a score reminiscent of blink-182 and Sum 41, and a book full of obscene humor.

 

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing
83
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
83
107 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.

 

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The Infinite Wrench

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious
82
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
82
44 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.

 

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The Infinite Wrench

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious
82
Critics
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0 reviews
Members
82
44 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 May 10

Valor, Agravio y Mujer

Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Ambitious
82
Critics
85
1 review
Members
82
13 reviews

Repertorio Español's 50th season kicks off with the U.S. premiere of this 17th-century Spanish comedy, a parody of the erotic myth of Don Juan.

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A comedy of honor, Ana Caro Mallén de Soto's play criticizes the social customs of her era, notably the position of women. The play is considered especially remarkable in its uncommon depiction of its heroine, Leonor. In defiance of popular tradition, Leonor doesn't require the aid of a man, and her happy ending is one of her own making. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext® In-Seat Captioning System. By request for matinee performances.

 

Ends Dec 30

Endangered! The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Relevant, Clever, Delightful, Funny
81
Critics
85
3 reviews
Members
81
34 reviews

This new family musical follows the adventures of a social media-savvy kid reporter and a group of endangered animals from around the globe who must survive a superstorm.

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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.

 

Ends Nov 26

The Elephant in Every Room I Enter

Members say: Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing, Nicely performed, Intelligent
79
Critics
85
10 reviews
Members
76
5 reviews

After a 2015 run at La MaMa, Gardiner Comfort's intimate solo show about being an actor living with Tourette syndrome transfers to Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop.

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Created with his frequent collaborator Kel Haney, the play explores the week Gardiner spent at the Tourette Association of America National Conference in Washington, DC. Surrounded by hundreds of other people with Tourette's, he realized it was the first time he felt "normal." Using an erratic and energetic performance style (a nod to Tourette's itself), this original show blends comedy, dance, and a personal outlook on disability.

 

Ends Dec 10

Actually

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing
80
Critics
73
20 reviews
Members
83
39 reviews

Manhattan Theatre Club presents Anna Ziegler's deeply felt, comic, and thought-provoking play about two students who meet at a raucous party during their freshman year at Princeton.

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Tom and Amber connect in ways that seem innocent enough at first. But as things progress, they find themselves in murky territory, with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives. What actually happened between them? And when it comes to relationships, how often is the truth completely objective? Can we ever shed our pre-conceived notions?

 

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After the Blast

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever
80
Critics
75
21 reviews
Members
82
66 reviews

Lincoln Center Theater presents the world premiere of Zoe Kazan's drama about a couple who hopes to have a child in a post-apocalyptic world.

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'After the Blast' is set in the wake of total environmental disaster, when the human population has retreated underground. Experience is simulated. Fertility is regulated. And Anna and Oliver have one last chance to have a baby.

 

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