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Poetic Theater Productions and the Wild Project present J. A. Moad II's solo play in which the toll of war reverberates across three generations of Americans.

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A seven-year-old boy struggles to make sense of the screaming in the night after his father returns from Afghanistan. A 50-year-old man works to rebuild his life as he wrestles with the memory of an idealistic son—a teenager turned Marine who came back from Iraq wounded, disillusioned, and broken. And at a bar in the rust-belt remnants of his hometown, a former soldier’s midnight encounter brings the past and the present into an explosive, searing reality.

 

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: In this solo performance Chase Padgett becomes six different guitar players, each with his own distinct voice, views, and musical style.

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During this 85-minute show, the characters—ranging from a 19-year-old rock prodigy to an 87-year-old blues man—share their respective musical journeys through songs and stories.

 

Second Stage Theater revives Harvey Fierstein's Tony Award-winning play about the life of a Jewish drag queen in 1979 New York City. Starring Michael Urie ('Ugly Betty') and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl.

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Arnold Beckoff is on a quest for love, purpose, and family. He’s fierce in drag and fearless in crisis, and he won’t stop until he achieves the life he desires as a doting husband and a Jewish mother. Now, Arnold is back…and he’s here to sing you a torch song.

 

Irish Rep presents the New York premiere of Brian Friel's drama where, in the hot Donegal August of 1878, the fruits of Colonialism and the ambiguities of loyalty are tested within the background of impossible love.

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Christopher Gore, the liberal minded Anglo-Irish landlord and his son, David, reside at The Lodge with their “chatelaine” Margaret, with whom they are both in love. Christopher’s cousin, Dr. Richard Gore, arrives with the intention of pursuing a Darwin-inspired scientific theory: by measuring the craniums of the indigenous Irish, he hopes to crack the genetic code of the indigenes...demonstrating their inferior place in the natural order. Set in the era of the rumblings of violence and uncertainty at the dawn of The Home Rule movement, Friel explores the aftermath of Dr. Gore’s experiment as deep animosity is dangerously ignited amongst the suspicious villagers of Ballybeg.

 

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Rosalind Productions presents part 9 of Diana Oh's epic installation, a concert-show in which she models, sings, and chronicles her relationship with lingerie.

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Over the course of four months, eight street installations of work connected to '{my lingerie play}' have taken place in Times Square, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, which will culminate in Rattlestick’s production of '{my lingerie play} 2017: Installation #9 THE CONCERT AND CALL TO ARMS!!!!!!!!!' The show explores Oh's experiences from her first lace bra to the vengeful loss of her virginity, from dating to being arrested, from feeling fat in an FAO Schwartz to helping kidnapped brides in Kyrgyzstan, to revealing most importantly, what drove her to take her clothes off in Times Square to kick off her unapologetic ten installations of '{my lingerie play}' to create a saner, safer, more respectful world for women to live in.

 

The 50th season of Negro Ensemble Company, a year-long retrospective of some of the troupe's signature works, culminates with Charles Fuller's 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set in a U.S. Army base during World War II.

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The play, evocative of Melville's 'Billy Budd,' uses a murder mystery in to expose angers and resentments among African Americans that curiously mimic white racist attitudes. In addition to the Pulitzer, the play won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play.

 

Opens Sep 28

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Great staging
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Critics
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16 reviews
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43 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." 

 

Set against the high-stakes backdrop of professional tennis, this New York premiere from Roundabout serves up a richly theatrical look at what keeps us striving and why.

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You’ve given it all to reach the top of your game. Now where do you go from here? That’s the question at the heart of Anna Ziegler’s new play 'The Last Match.' It’s the semifinals of the U.S. Open, and two tennis greats are facing off in the match of their lives. Tim Porter, the aging all-American favorite, wants to prove to the world, his wife and himself that he’s still a champion. Hot-headed rising star Sergei Sergeyev struggles to believe he truly deserves to beat his lifelong hero.

 

59E59 presents this comic drama which offers an honest look at the grieving process and the unexpected consequences it can bring.

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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. 

 

Mind the Art Entertainment presents a dark and twisted new musical about hope, family, whiskey, and reconciling the dreamer within.

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In a land where the whiskey is always flowing, an ambitious young painter is faced with a life-altering choice: Give up on her dreams and embrace a carefree life, or lose her father, the powerful Mayor of Williamsburg. Will she leave behind the only family she's ever known? Or will she discover that in Williamsburg, it's easier to drink than to think?

 

Roly Poly Productions presents this new drama about a Tuskegee Airman and a French farm girl brought together by the mayhem of World War II.

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Alone and forced to fend for herself, Katrine Faustin rescues Lt. Michael Crawler when he crash lands near her devastated family home. Their unexpected friendship blossoms despite language barriers and bombs as the radio fills the air with news both frightening and hopeful.

 

Opens Sep 29

Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play

Members say: Enchanting, Great singing, Relevant, Absorbing, Entertaining
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Critics
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6 reviews
Members
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1 review

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This solo show explores the life of international superstar Josephine Baker through theater, song, and burlesque.

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Written for and performed by Tymisha Harris, 'Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play' won Best Show and Outstanding Solo Performance at the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival. 

 

Previews start Sep 29

Frankenstein the Musical

Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Disappointing
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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.

 

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This cabaret performance combines vocals with breathtaking movement in burlesque, ballet, jazz, contemporary, and aerial lyra.

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Welcome to an evening of exquisite acts and sensual titillation. A singer croons songs by powerful women in music such as Nina Simone, Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé, and Christina Aguilera as Fafi and her cohorts celebrate female empowerment through movement.

 

The Bridge Production Group presents a new and loose adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic drama 'Hedda Gabler.'

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Returning to Norway from a three-month honeymoon abroad, Hedda finds herself trapped in an unfurnished house with her uninspiring and academic husband. Trapped by moving boxes. Trapped by talks of academia. Trapped. The sudden inflow of guests and ghosts from the past provide Hedda the opportunity to stir the pot, creating some brief diversions to pass the time. As her actions continue to alter the lives of those around her, Hedda propels herself closer and closer to the brink of insanity. 'Hedda' is part of The Bridge's month-long residency at The Robert Moss Theatre, and is performed in rotating repertory with 'Red Light Winter' and 'The Sonnets.'

 

The Department of Fools returns to the New York stage with their newest Commedia dell’Arte-based producton: a fast-paced farce of masked mayhem.

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'The Tooth-Puller' is a carnivalesque confection wrapped in hallucinogenic treats, sprinkled with dancing octogenarians, with a pinch of dick jokes, dipped in a festive musical fondue, topped with an ever-changing improvised ending, and filled with a creamy center of love and revenge.

 

Vital Children's Theater presents an adaptation of the film that has been entertaining adults and children for ages, featuring all the beloved characters and songs.

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Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and even munchkin puppetry, as they travel through a re-imagined world of Oz.

 

Harlem Repertory Theatre presents their staging of George C. Wolfe's celebrated satire, which explores what it means to be black in contemporary America.

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Structured in a series of eleven exhibits, 'The Colored Museum' seeks to undermine black stereotypes old and new and return to the facts of what being black means.

 

In this world premiere solo comedy, a NYC cabbie must come to terms with his past, his dad, and his unfinished college degree. Written and performed by Emmy-winning 'Late Night with David Letterman' writer Ted Greenberg.

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It's December 18, 1987. Ted is driving a NYC taxi with one screaming deadline in front of him: He must turn in a paper by midnight or his long-cherished, degree-pending status at Harvard will be snatched away forever. It will take a wild ride through NYC and his past, and a confrontation with his financial-titan father before Ted’s able to come to grips with an eight-to-ten-pager on Edmund Spenser’s 'The Fairie Queene.'

 

Opens Oct 02

The Box Show

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Funny
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Critics
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4 reviews
Members
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52 reviews

One woman. 25 characters. All inside a cupboard! In Dominique Salerno's solo show, the space is limited, but the comedic possibilities are endless. A hit at the 2016 NYC Fringe Festival.

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Each time the cupboard doors fly open, we discover an entirely new reality with a brand-new set of characters. These dynamic scenes include a drunken couple mid-fight in a Las Vegas hotel, the entire Greek Army within the Trojan Horse, a lonely Giantess, a lost Pope, and so many more. With sketch-style characters and musical numbers, 'The Box Show' is a fast-paced and adrenaline-filled roller-coaster ride that plunges its audience into vastly different worlds without ever leaving the physical space of the box. It's a shot glass of theater: potent, highly concentrated, and it gets the job done. 

 

Write Act Repertory's production of Mary Shelley's classic Gothic horror novel is a sweeping, romantic musical faithful to the novel in its exploration of the question: "Without love, what is life?"

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Having lost his mother at a young age, Victor Frankenstein seeks to end man's mortality, and arrogantly begins an experiment to challenge the laws of nature itself. But when he succeeds in creating new life out of dead flesh, he is horrified by his creation, and refuses to provide the monster with the bride he demands. 'Frankenstein' remains a potent parable for the dangers and responsibilities that come with creation, and the human need for love and companionship.

 

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