Off-Broadway's 20at20 Is Back!

By Show-Score.com | Aug 1, 2017

Twice a year, the Off-Broadway Alliance sponsors its amazing 20at20 program, inviting theatergoers to purchase $20 tickets to more than 25 Off-Broadway shows.

$20 tickets to Off-Broadway. 20 minutes before curtain. For 20 days.


This season, 20at20 runs Tuesday, September 5 to Sunday, September 24, 2017. 

During that time, you can snag $20 tickets to participating shows 20 minutes before curtain (pending availability). For your best shot, arrive precisely 20 minutes before showtime and bring cash as many box offices don't accept credit cards for this deal. Find out more at 20at20's site


So pick a production and get going! And don't forget to come back and score the show after you've attended. It's quick, fun, and helps your fellow theater lovers decide what to see. Plus, once you've scored at least six shows, you'll start receiving free ticket offers to other productions!


Shows are in alphabetical order. 




Ends Jan 14

Afterglow

Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging
73
Critics
65
17 reviews
Members
74
140 reviews

Midnight Theatricals presents the world premiere of this drama that explores the complexities of polyamory.

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Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius to share their bed one night. When a new intimate connection begins to form, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty, and trust as futures are questioned, relationships are shaken, and commitments are challenged.

 

Open run

Avenue Q

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy
88
Critics
90
8 reviews
Members
88
4432 reviews

Broadway's 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical continues its hilarious, puppet-filled run Off-Broadway at New World Stages.

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This grown-up musical comedy stars a cast of humans and puppets, and tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There he meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman) and other new friends. Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

 

Already closed

A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages)

Members say: Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious, Intense, Disappointing
67
Critics
62
48 reviews
Members
68
228 reviews

Director Alexandra Spencer-Jones’ adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ landmark 1962 novel comes from London to New World Stages with its original star Jonno Davies as Alex.

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'A Clockwork Orange' lures audiences into a glass-edged, testosterone-filled underworld of a dystopian future. The explosive story of little Alex and his rebellious gang of Droogs is a groundbreaking classic of orgiastic ultra-violence and sexuality. As hauntingly relevant today as when Burgess’ book was first published, 'A Clockwork Orange' is an unapologetic celebration of the human condition.

 

Already closed

Curvy Widow

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Disappointing, Cliched
69
Critics
64
36 reviews
Members
70
157 reviews

Based on 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 conquests, 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.

 

Already closed

The Death of the Moon

Members say: Disappointing, Confusing, Great singing, Slow, Ambitious
45
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
45
34 reviews

In this dark new solo musical set in New York City, a disillusioned and lonely young woman spirals down into a world of drugs and prostitution.

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After two failed marriages, a sister's betrayal, and a broken childhood, Danielle has all but given up on her dreams of stardom. Derailed by self-destructive choices, addiction, and the need to survive at any cost, she finds herself at a breaking point where she seeks to find meaning in her life and, ultimately, salvation. For mature audiences only.

 

Open run

Drunk Shakespeare

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy
82
Critics
78
8 reviews
Members
82
372 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.

 

Already closed

Frankenstein the Musical

Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Absorbing
60
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
60
45 reviews

Be Bold! Productions revives its musical adaptation of Mary Shelley's horror classic. Obsession, desire, and ambition are explored through the eyes of a mad scientist and his ungodly creation.

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This musical brings the beloved novel to life with steampunk flair. It follows the ill-fated life of the ambitious Dr. Frankenstein, who creates a monster and is forced to face the monster within. 'Frankenstein' features songs by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell played by a live chamber ensemble.

 

Open run

Gazillion Bubble Show

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Original
79
Critics
83
11 reviews
Members
79
339 reviews

A family-friendly bubble extravaganza, this show has been performed around the world by the creators: the Yang family. 

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Using spectacular lighting, lasers, and bubble artistry, the 'Gazillion Bubble Show' is a family affair. Led by Fan Yang, holder of 12 Guinness World records, the Yang family creates an interactive bubble world of magic. A great first-time show for very young kids!

 

Primary Stages presents the NY premiere of this comedy in which three of history’s most famous men debate everything from religion to literature to marriage.

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Thomas Jefferson (author of the Declaration of Independence), Charles Dickens (the man who brought us 'A Christmas Carol' and 'Oliver Twist'), and Count Leo Tolstoy (the epic Russian novelist of 'War and Peace' fame) are trapped in a limbo where each believes his path to salvation depends on convincing the other two that they are wrong. Tony-nominated director Kimberly Senior ('Disgraced') helms this battle of truly biblical proportions. Written by Scott Carter, the executive producer of 'Real Time with Bill Maher.'

 

Open run

The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Delightful
82
Critics
85
18 reviews
Members
82
96 reviews

Playing in an authentic New York speakeasy, 'The Imbible' sweeps audiences along a 10,000-year journey through history accompanied by craft cocktails and the vocal stylings of The Backwaiters a cappella group.

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Sit back and enjoy the music and drinks while Anthony holds forth on the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, traces their economic and political impact on our cultural development, conducts live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, and – like any good bartender – keeps his guests laughing throughout the night! Combining Anthony’s encyclopedic knowledge of beverage history and decades of bartending experience with his skills as a storyteller and entertainer, 'The Imbible' treats audiences to a completely original evening of immersive theatre.

 

Ends Dec 19

Lili Marlene

Members say: Disappointing, Cliched, Great singing, Great acting, Excruciating
57
Critics
55
6 reviews
Members
59
12 reviews

Set in Germany as the Nazis rise to power, Write Act Repertory's musical chronicles the romance between cabaret singer Rosie Penn and Count Hans Wilhelm von Kleister Graff.

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As the dark clouds of fascism become clearer, the Count works to help the VIP cultural and scientific elite escape German. But soon he realizes he must also get his surviving family out before the shadowy inhumanity of anti-Semitism descends upon them.

 

Open run

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing
83
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
83
110 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

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy
78
Critics
74
10 reviews
Members
78
202 reviews

A revival of the nostalgic revue, set at a 1958 high school prom where we meet The Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts.

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'The Marvelous Wonderettes' takes a cotton candy-colored musical trip down memory lane, paying homage to the high school song leader squads of the 1950s. When called upon to perform at their senior prom, four girls rally together to entertain their classmates in four-part harmony. Audiences experience their lives and loves through more than 20 chart-topping hits of the era.

 

Already closed

Me The People: The Trump America Musical

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Hilarious
77
Critics
73
14 reviews
Members
78
84 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

Naked Boys Singing!

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious
75
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
75
241 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."

 

Open run

NEWSical: The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Relevant
77
Critics
81
7 reviews
Members
77
290 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

Perfect Crime

Members say: Disappointing, Confusing, Dated, Slow, Excruciating
46
Critics
47
3 reviews
Members
46
201 reviews

A long running psychological murder mystery (the longest-running play in New York) in a very small theatre in the heart of midtown.

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The longest-running play in New York City's history takes place in the home of a wealthy psychiatrist, Margaret Brent, who is accused of murdering her husband. A handsome detective thinks he has it all figured out, but Margaret's husband's murder is only the beginning of what may just be the perfect crime.

 

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.

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'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.

 

Open run

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Raunchy, Cliched, Clever
71
Critics
62
6 reviews
Members
71
130 reviews

In this raunchy comedy, we enter a world of foolproof seduction techniques that could only be culled from that most insightful of individuals: the gay man.

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The English Department is holding its monthly meet the authors event. Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of the event and this month's featured author is Dan Anderson of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. Thwarting Robyn's attempts to moderate a scholarly discussion of the book, Dan aims to entertain those in attendance with a highly theatrical, audience-interactive sex tip seminar.

 

Open run

Sistas - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Clever, Funny
84
Critics
70
6 reviews
Members
84
111 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 Jan 07

Spamilton

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious
84
Critics
79
23 reviews
Members
85
421 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. 

 

Open run

Stomp

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Original, Great staging, Delightful
84
Critics
87
9 reviews
Members
83
885 reviews

This family-friendly percussion show has been a part of New York's theatre scene since 1994 and uses everyday objects to celebrate the power of rhythm and the sheer joy of banging on things.

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Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at 'Stomp,' the inventive and invigorating stage show that's dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

 

Already closed

The Suitcase Under the Bed

Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Dated, Absorbing, Great writing
76
Critics
75
23 reviews
Members
76
136 reviews

The Mint Theater Company presents four short plays (including three world premieres) by late Irish dramatist Teresa Deevy.

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Although Deevy is now recognized as a significant Irish playwright, her work was neglected for decades. Six of her plays were produced by the Abbey Theatre between 1930 and 1936, and then Deevy's theater career effectively ended. 'The Suitcase Under the Bed' is named for the place where all of her writing was stored for decades, prior to the launch of the Mint's 'Deevy Project.' Another name for this evening of playlets might be 'Three Proposals and a Break-up,' as these shorts cast an unsentimental eye on the idea of marriage.

 

Ends Dec 31

That Chemistry Show

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Educational, Absorbing, Delightful
83
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
83
6 reviews

From the team behind the long-running 'That Physics Show' comes this new science spectacular for families, led by veteran "mad scientist" Borislaw Bilash.

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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.

 

Ends Dec 31

That Physics Show

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
80
Critics
75
10 reviews
Members
80
93 reviews

Longtime professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo shares his amazing "magic tricks" from the world of science.

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Based on hundreds of experiments that are presented at conferences and in classrooms across the country, 'That Physics Show' features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature, and many other scientific phenomena. Great for science lovers of all ages!

 

Already closed

The Violin

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Slow, Clever
75
Critics
69
18 reviews
Members
78
44 reviews

The Directors Company presents the world premiere of this drama about three guys who find a valuable instrument in the back seat of a NYC cab.

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When Bobby, Terry, and Gio—two hapless brothers and an elderly broke tailor—find a 1710 Stradivarius violin worth $4 million in the back of a New York City taxi, it looks like an opportunity to change their fortunes. However, this shot at their dreams means some quick decisions testing loyalty and family ties with irrevocable consequences. Starring Broadway veteran Robert LuPone ('A Chorus Line,' 'The Sopranos.')

 

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