Short and Sweet

90 intermissionless minutes...or less.

Super busy but don't want to miss out on the wonderful theater in this town? Maybe you have to rush home to relieve the baby-sitter, or perhaps you want to catch sunrise yoga the next day. Well, not all stories take five acts to tell. These plays get the job done in 90 intermission-less minutes or less without skimping on content. 

Ends Feb 26

Broken Bone Bathtub

Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Resonant, Quirky, Profound
94
Critics
87
5 reviews
Members
100
2 reviews

Solo artist Siobhan O'Loughlin returns to NYC with an immersive theater experience that explores themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity, and connection.... Read more

'Broken Bone Bathtub' is an award-winning, immersive, one-person play set inside a bathtub in an actual bathroom. After a serious bike accident, a young woman musters up the courage to ask for help and share her story. The audience members (of four to eight people at a time) take on the role of her close friends, listening and sharing their own experiences, and assisting the cast-clad artist in taking a real bath. 'Broken Bone Bathtub' takes place in different homes throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Audiences are encouraged to choose their tickets based on availability and neighborhood. Once a ticket has been purchased for a performance, the exact location will be provided.

 

Intellectual rapper Baba Brinkman and neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin explore the brain basis of improvisation and humor in this live comedy show featuring cutting-edge research and freestyle rhymes.... Read more

Married in real life, Brinkman and Berlin bring you the latest research on brain science and creativity while putting their odd-couple relationship under the microscope. Learn how a rapper seduces a scientist, how hard it is to solve a math problem while rapping, and how your subconscious mind influences your daily thoughts and feelings.

 

Potter changed the world forever. The Puffs were also there. 'Puffs" gives you a front-row seat to the sidelines of the world’s most famous magical journey.... Read more

Some people are born to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to beat back the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. 'Puffs' is the story of the people who sit in class next to those people. And badgers. Wayne Hopkins, a boy from New Mexico, finds out he's a wizard. Upon arrival at a certain school of magic, he's placed into the Puffs: a group of well meaning, loyal rejects. Over seven increasingly eventful years, he'll learn magic, get out of the shadow of his world-famous nemesis, and try not to get hurt in what is actually a very dangerous place for unsupervised children. This Off-Broadway comedy transferred from its initial hit run at the People's Improv Theater.

 

The New Victory presents this riotous performance of hypnotic juggling tricks for children and adults.... Read more

When the three-man troupe of 'Water on Mars' hits the New Vic stage flinging rings, balls, and clubs in hypnotic streaks of lite-brite neon, everything is extraterrestrial. Striving to one-up themselves with every act, these juggling pros keep rhythm with an electro-pop soundtrack as they add bottles of water, bags of candy, and rolls of toilet paper to the list of airborne objects.

 

Previews start Feb 08

Life According to Saki

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Funny
87
Critics
85
10 reviews
Members
92
5 reviews

Inspired by the life of early-20th-century British satirist Hector Hugh Munro, this debut play from children's author Katherine Rundell makes its US premiere after winning the Top Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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1916. In the trenches of the Battle of the Somme, a soldier tells stories. That soldier is Munro, under the pen name Saki. Beginning with early misrule and school-age rebellion, his tales move on to the complexities of adulthood: obsessions and games, charm and chaos, friendship and jealousy, and, finally, death. Munro was just over the age of conscription when WWI broke out in 1914. He was killed by a sniper two years later. His witty, absurd, and strangely optimistic stories are brought to life by an ensemble cast and the occasional puppet.

 

The NYC premiere of Ed Dixon's solo show about his 20-year friendship with two-time Tony-winning character actor George Rose.... Read more

Over his storied career, Mr. Rose starred on Broadway and in London alongside such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Noel Coward, Dame Edith Evans, Richard Burton, and Laurence Olivier. He was last seen on Broadway in the original 1985 production of 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood,' for which he won his second Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Ed Dixon examines his longtime friendship with Rose and their love for the stage in this solo show, which premiered at Arlington Virginia's Signature Theatre in 2016.

 

Open run

Blue Man Group

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Original, Quirky
84
Critics
78
3 reviews
Members
84
772 reviews

The "blue men's" nonverbal performance explores themes of alienation, depersonalization, and paint. Comedy, music, and paint collide in a circus of imagination.
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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.”

 

Open run

Sistas - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Funny
84
Critics
70
6 reviews
Members
85
70 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."... Read more

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 May 27

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever
84
Critics
91
2 reviews
Members
84
38 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 04

Jack of Hearts, Master of None

Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Romantic, Great writing, Intelligent
84
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
84
48 reviews

Mind the Art Entertainment presents the world premiere of this modern operetta about a chronic gambler and the seven women who shaped his life.... Read more

Seen through the lens of the seven deadly sins, this twisted take on an all-too-familiar tale follows an obsessive search for perfection over a span 40 years, and examines the pieces that remain in the journey's wake.

 

Open run

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing
83
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
83
70 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.

 

Ends Apr 30

Not That Jewish

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great writing
83
Critics
77
14 reviews
Members
83
103 reviews

Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian, Monica Piper, stars in her autobiographical solo show about being Jew-"ish."
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From growing up in a show business family and taking her first step onto a comedy club stage, to a WASP wedding and an "almost" night with Mickey Mantle, Piper shares the milestones and moments that have shaped her life. Using the same signature wit found in her writing for 'Roseanne' and 'Mad About You,' Piper takes the audience on a journey from innocence to individuality, reliant to resilient, sharing both humor and heartache along the way.

 

Open run

Drunk Shakespeare

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy
82
Critics
78
8 reviews
Members
82
235 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.... Read more

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.

 

Open run

Sgt. Stubby: The Great American War Dog Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Clever, Refreshing
82
Critics
62
5 reviews
Members
87
26 reviews

Friends Always Creating Theatre presents this new family musical inspired by the true story of Stubby, the most decorated dog of World War I.
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Sergeant Stubby was the only canine to be nominated for rank, and then promoted to sergeant during combat. Stubby served for 18 months and participated in 17 battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American troops came. After returning home, Stubby became a celebrity, leading and marching in many parades across the country. This new musical tells Stubby's epic tale with a human actor in the lead role.

 

Ends Jan 29

Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

Members say: Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Absorbing, Quirky
81
Critics
80
7 reviews
Members
90
1 review

Caps Lock Theatre presents Mariah MacCarthy's autobiographical solo show about her unplanned pregnancy and her efforts to place the child with the gay couple of her dreams.... Read more

'Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People' tracks one birth mother’s true adoption journey, from conception to placement—while still living her life, dating, and attending the occasional orgy. From adoption agencies to vaginal discharge, burlesque to good-­byes, this intimate night of storytelling is up close and personal.

 

Ends Jan 28

DANNYKRISDONNAVERONICA

Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing
80
Critics
77
5 reviews
Members
80
43 reviews

Wheelhouse Theater Company presents the world premiere of this offbeat meditation on the confounding business of contemporary parenthood. 
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In a bucolic Brooklyn park, Kris and Danny meet for their respective kids' first play date. While commiserating about the stresses of parenting, a precarious emotional relationship forms between them. When one of their children is inexplicably injured, the inevitable fall-out sends their spouses, Donna and Veronica, down a self-destructive path in search of the truth, no matter how superfluous.

 

Open run

Rule of 7x7

Members say: Funny, Clever, Great writing, Intense, Entertaining
79
Critics
83
9 reviews
Members
76
8 reviews

The Tank presents an ongoing series that premieres 7 brand-new 10 minute plays by 7 different writers; includes a free beer with admission.... Read more

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.​

 

Actor-illusionist Geoff Sobelle’s immersive theatrical installation turns the New York Theatre Workshop's stage into a storage facility of gargantuan proportion where audiences are free to roam and poke through the clutter.... Read more

Sobelle transforms this makeshift attic into a space of reflection and wonder as he unpacks our relationship to everyday objects: breaking, buying, finding, fixing, giving, losing, winning, trading, selling, stealing, storing, collecting, cluttering, clearing, packing up, passing on, buried under… a world of things. 'The Object Lesson' is a meditation on the stuff we cling to and the crap we leave behind.

 

Ends Feb 12

The Oregon Trail

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting
78
Critics
66
3 reviews
Members
80
18 reviews

Fault Line Theatre presents a play that contrasts the trials of an adolescent girl growing up in the late '90s with her 19th-century video game counterpart.... Read more

It’s 1997. Alone in her computer lab, 13-year-old Jane escapes from the awkward throes of puberty by virtually jumping in a covered wagon headed west on "The Oregon Trail." Under the guidance of the all-powerful Voice of the Game, we watch "Then Jane" navigate the perils of 1850s frontier life, while '90s Jane navigates the different but all-too-real dangers of high school, college, and, eventually, adulthood. Jane soon finds herself in her 20s, unemployed and battling an undefinable lifelong sadness she cannot name, even as “Then Jane” continues to face the tribulations of the trail. With nearly two centuries between them, both Janes face hardships that seem impossible to overcome—until they find one another.

 

Ends Feb 12

Albatross

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Great staging
78
Critics
72
21 reviews
Members
80
33 reviews

The Poets' Theatre, Inc. presents a multimedia solo show inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.'
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Written and performed as a rollicking sea yarn, 'Albatross' is about Mariner, an 18th-century sailor cursed with immortality who is thrust into the modern world. Full of privateers, storms, battles, spirits, and penguins, it's a thrilling adventure story that also delves deep into urgent questions about violence, mindfulness, and our impact on the natural world.

 

Ends Feb 05

Babel

Members say: Entertaining, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Enchanting
77
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
77
15 reviews

Convergences Theatre Collective presents the world premiere of an acrobatic dance-theater interpretation of the ancient 'Tower of Babel' tale.... Read more

'Babel' is a physical spectacle that reinvents one of the oldest stories known to man. The company of dancers builds the world of the play, a sculpture garden of bodies. Sitting in three-quarter round, the audience is immersed in the tower where performers climb, fly, and play until the gods destroy it and the people are divided. 'Babel' embodies the human desire to create, connect, and collaborate to overcome adversity, building ambitious towers again and again.

 

Ends Feb 05

The Great American Drama

Members say: Thought-provoking, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent
77
Critics
70
5 reviews
Members
90
4 reviews

New York Neo-Futurists presents this ever-changing theatrical experiment inspired by what the audience says they want to see onstage. From the company behind the long-running hit 'Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.'... Read more

What makes a piece of theater a success? 'The Great American Drama' is a living theatrical experiment to test the validity of the American Dream: that anyone, regardless of their given circumstance, can achieve prosperity and success through hard work and determination. Through interviews and surveys, you’ll tell the troupe how you like your theater and what would make you buy a ticket, and four Neo-Futurists will strive to deliver everything demanded of them. The cast will even invite the audience to review them each night and change the show accordingly in their pursuit of its success.

 

Open run

Naked Boys Singing!

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious
75
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
75
174 reviews

This musical revue celebrating male nudity in comedy, song, and dance, features sixteen original songs sung by eight naked men and no clothes. ... Read more

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, Quirky, Relevant
75
Critics
80
7 reviews
Members
75
200 reviews

This long-running musical revue/sketch comedy show lampoons current events, newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians. Think 'The Daily Show' set to music.... Read more

'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.

 

Ends Mar 18

Wild Women of Planet Wongo

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Cliched
74
Critics
74
9 reviews
Members
73
56 reviews

Go on a wild, immersive ride at the return engagement of this retro sci-fi musical about two astronauts who land on an alien planet of sexy warrior women who’ve never seen men!... Read more

In this loving send-up of '60s B-movies, two astronauts find themselves on an unfamiliar world populated solely by females. Though hesitant at first, the captain finally joins his crewmate in tasting the delicacies of the Wongo Flesh, in his case, the Queen. But sex isn't the only thing the Wongettes have in mind. They are also starving—and have very different plans for their male guests! Show is for ages 21 and up. Each ticket includes a complimentary drink. Standing room only.

 

Opens Feb 03

Crackskull Row

Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Confusing, Edgy
74
Critics
69
15 reviews
Members
76
41 reviews

After a successful Off-Off-Broadway run, The Cell's mounting of Honor Molloy's dysfunctional family drama transfers to the Irish Repertory Theatre.... Read more

In 1999, Rasher Moorigan is finally released from prison after serving time for a monstrous crime he committed more than 30 years earlier. After reuniting with his mother, an old woman haunted by a vanished Dublin, they confront the ghosts of the past and an uncertain future.

 

Ends Feb 19

Made in China

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Raunchy, Quirky
73
Critics
77
17 reviews
Members
72
53 reviews

Wakka Wakka presents a darkly comic puppet musical that explores issues of human rights, consumerism, and global relations via a quirky romance between a middle-aged American woman and her Chinese ex-pat neighbor.
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An isolated woman finds solace in shopping. After one of her big-box sprees, she finds a cry-for-help note stuffed in a box of Halloween lights, written by a woman in a Chinese labor camp. Inspired into activism, she embarks on an odyssey of global proportions. Inspired by true events, 'Made in China' includes 30 puppets, songs inspired by both American and Chinese traditions, and animated videos. Note: This puppet show is not for children and features nudity, profanity, and adult situations.

 

Ends Feb 12

Orange Julius

Members say: Ambitious, Absorbing, Confusing, Great staging, Overrated
72
Critics
72
5 reviews
Members
73
11 reviews

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Page 73 Productions present the NY premiere of this drama about the relationship between a transgender child and their dying Vietnam vet father.... Read more

Nut grew up the youngest child of Vietnam vet Julius in '80s/'90s working-class America. As Julius suffers the toxic effects of Agent Orange, Nut worries their time together may run out before they can embrace something essential about their relationship. Paging through forgotten photo albums and acting out old war movies about brothers-in-arms, Nut leaps through time and memory, tracing the complex intimacy between father and child when the child is transgender, fighting for mutual recognition before it’s too late.

 

Open run

Paradiso: Chapter 1

Members say: Great staging, Confusing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing
64
Critics
64
12 reviews
Members
70
4 reviews

Immersive theater pioneer Michael Counts created this unique experience, which marries escape-room entertainment with interactive theater. ... Read more

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. 

 

Open run

Line

Members say: Funny, Banal, Clever, Slow, Dated
62
Critics
53
2 reviews
Members
62
11 reviews

NYC's longest running play (since 1967!), Israel Horovitz's absurdist drama is about five people waiting in line for a mysterious event. Each person battles for first place, becoming increasingly vicious. ... Read more

Ever wait in line? What are you waiting for? Who are these other people? Are they your friends? Enemies? Is someone trying to cheat you. seduce you, cut ahead? Who can you trust? Israel Horovitz’s classic, existential, dark comedy explores these questions in this biting, absurdist allegory that perfectly satirizes the now-timeless theme of America’s constant desire and struggle to be in first place.

 

Ends Feb 11

The Neo Show

Members say: Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Delightful, Quirky
100
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
100
1 review

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.... Read more

After shuttering the long-running 'Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,' the New York Neo-Futurists are tackling a brand-new weekly series of short plays which share one unifying element: they're performed from a perspective of absolute honesty. The actors always appear as themselves onstage and speak directly from personal experience. Each week, the lineup shifts as ensemble members add new plays to the repertoire, making every performance an unreproducable evening of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental.

 

Ends Jan 28

Lucky Penny

Members say: Must see, Absorbing, Moving, Delightful
86
Critics
83
3 reviews
Members
95
1 review

Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company presents David Deblinger's autobiographical solo show, an everyman’s seriocomic journey through life.... Read more

From the death of a parent to the birth of a child, writer/performer David Deblinger zigzags through a range of mad, sad, beautiful, and crazy characters and stories taken from his own life. Punctuated by the live music and vocals of Fred Johnson, 'Lucky Penny' takes audiences through a deeply moving and often hilarious life journey.

 

Title:Point Productions presents this existential gross-out comedy about a woman pulled through parallel universes, and the dangerous things she brings with her. Part of the 2017 Exponential Festival.... Read more

From an uncomfortable drive though the woods, to an out-of-control detective novel in which the narration disobeys the narrator, to a nightly news broadcast performed by vomiting preteens with excellent spelling, no story seems safe enough for this lady to be at its center. 'Chroma Key' is a play about good stories told by bad people, and the woman fighting to get out of them.

 

Ends Aug 12

CHALK

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful
84
Critics
85
4 reviews
Members
81
1 review

FRIGID new york @ Horse Trade presents a playful and poignant one-man homage to silent film-era comedians, created and performed by Alex Curtis.
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'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.

 

Ends Aug 12

The Space Pirate Puppy Musical!

Members say: Clever, Funny, Refreshing
81
Critics
83
3 reviews
Members
80
1 review

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade and Tasty Monster Productions present an intergalactic rock and roll puppy pirate extravaganza for families. Best for ages 7 and up.
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Earth has gone to the dogs, the humans have disappeared, and Space Pirates are about to invade. Join the Dogstar Fleet on an out-of-this-world musical mission to seek the knowledge of the Oracle and save planet Earth! Will the Puppies turn tail and run? Will the Ninja Kittens...ooh, string! Can Earth be rescued from certain construction? Blast off with our heroes to find out!

 

Ends Jul 19

The Mystery at Ginger Creek

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Interactive
80
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
80
5 reviews

Panto-WHAT?! Theater Company presents an interactive adventure for families about a pair of accused murderers trying to solve a crime they think they didn't commit. Best for ages 7 and up.
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Welcome to Ginger Creek, where curious characters and perplexing events are the norm. Join Hank O’Hara and Sally Silver Gunz as they run from the law, stumble over clues, and suffer from amnesia. Their lives depend on you as they attempt to crack the case and prove their innocence. 'The Mystery At Ginger Creek' uses mime and sound effects to turn the traditional mystery theater experience on its head, with no violence, gore, or guts!

 

Open run

Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Indulgent
76
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
76
7 reviews

On the first Saturday of every month, Ted Greenberg, an Emmy Award-winning writer on Letterman, performs a comedy show before chauffeuring one audience member home in a NYC taxi.... Read more

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.

 

New Victory Theater presents Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences' musical adaptation of Mo Willems' best-selling picture book series about Elephant and Piggie, two very different BFFs.... Read more

Elephant Gerald is a careful, formally attired worrywart. Piggie is a perky, smiley bundle of fun. Total opposites? Yes, but best friends just the same! The two sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense, facing fundamental questions like: What do you wear to a fancy costume pool party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Best for ages 4 to 7.

 

Keen Company presents the world premiere of Courtney Baron's one-person play about gun violence in contemporary America.... Read more

Ginnifer is single, 37, and has just lost her mother to illness. She moves back to her hometown and learns her first love in high school is now at the center of a violent crime. Ginnifer must confront her relationship to the heinous act as well as her changing place in society, all while living in her dead mother's home. Timely and frank, 'When It’s You' tackles one of the most vexing issues our country faces today.

 

Theater for the New City presents actor/rapper Malik Work's autobiographical solo show about perseverance, love, music, and the struggle to survive as an artist in New York City.
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Malik Work documents his life in NYC's hip-hop/jazz movement. It's a true story, but it’s also a hip-hop theater experience told through Work's eyes, voice, words, and rhymes. Despite his success at building a fan base as his alter ego Dionysos, Work desperately struggles to get out of the club world where he’s trapped as a bouncer, The lines between his roles at the Izzy Bar blur as do the lines between hip-hop and theater in this genre-busting one-man show. A stage adaption of the film of the same name.

 

Red Horse Productions presents a new dramedy about an unchallenged ruler whose life is complicated by a beautiful chambermaid.... Read more

'Ring Twice for Miranda' is a tragi-comedy set in difficult times roiled by economic upheavals. A man known only as Sir rules with a vengeance, but Miranda, a chambermaid, adds intrigue to his life. When Elliot, the butler, is fired, Miranda flees with him onto the frightening streets. All must soon make critical decisions with imperfect facts to guide them, since little in their world is as it appears.

 

Brooklyn Academy of Music presents the US premiere of Caryl Churchill's comically black look at the apocalypse, where four women's chat in a sunny backyard is interrupted by a series of reports of bizarre disasters.
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Three old friends and a neighbor. A summer of afternoons in the backyard. Lingering sunshine and inevitable darkness. Caryl Churchill, one of Britain’s most celebrated living playwrights, returns to BAM for the first time in 15 years with this humorous and profoundly unsettling daydream. 'Escaped Alone' is doomsday in a teapot, a calmly revolutionary vision of looming collapse.

 

59E59 and the Simon Studio present this new drama about a teenager growing up in the Soviet bloc in the late 1940s.... Read more

Nineteen-year-old Robi craves all things Western as he searches for identity in post-WWII Communist Romania. His quest opens the doorway through which his parents' generation comes to terms with their painful pasts.

 

59E59 presents this two-person drama about real-life radical attorney and civil rights activist William Kunstler.
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Famous for defending the Chicago 7 and his involvement at Attica and Wounded Knee, William Kunstler had an outsized personality and a tremendous appetite for life. In this play, he appears at a law school to give a seminar to young lawyers-to-be and has an unanticipated encounter with a young woman who has reasons to be angry with him.

 

Abrons Arts Center and the New York City Players present a encore presentation of writer-director Richard Maxwell’s urban drama where, in a dining hall at a rehabilitation center, pleasure battles virtue.... Read more

An unconventional love story between an intake counselor in her 70s and her patient, 'Good Samaritans' was originally produced in 2004. This return engagement features the original cast of Kevin Hurley and Rosemary Allen.

 

Abrons Arts Center and Tiny Little Band presents this piece comprised of series of motivational speeches and TED-style talks, which asks us what defines the good life, and how do we define success?... Read more

A motivational speech. An ad for cheese chips. An ancient Greek hero. A desire to do good, to live right, to not fail, to make the world better, to find happiness, to find comfort, to find meaning, to find, to find, to find, success success SUCCESS. 'Your Hair Looked Great' is a kaleidoscopic head-trip through the social and cultural forces that shape our sense of what life is and what life should be.

 

New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, presents this biographical solo play about famed Harlem pastor and congressman Adam Clayton Powell.... Read more

Set in Bimini, the House of Representatives and Abyssinian Baptist Church, the historically accurate play captures the former congressman's rise and fall, largely in his own words. Timothy Simonson plays the handsome and magnetic Congressman on his political journey as Harlem's first black congressman between 1945 and 1971.

 

Girl Be Heard and HERE Arts Center presents the world premiere of this devised theatre piece about the powerful and insidious role rape culture plays in campus sexual assault and all forms of sexual abuse.... Read more

'Blurred Lines' is a performance and a conversation whose goal is to challenge audiences to reflect on the roles we all play in a culture that promotes silence and blurs the lines of consent. When did we stop listening to each other? How did self-entitlement and lack of empathy for one another become normal? At what point did it become acceptable—even sexy—to sing about sexual violence, to laugh at jokes about rape? By taking the shame out of talking about sex and sexual assault, 'Blurred Lines' strives to inspire healing through storytelling and empower a new generation of leaders to end cycles of sexual violence, from inside the home to college campuses and beyond. Each show will have a talkback directly following the performance hosted by a special guest.

 

Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX) presents a brand new set of original short plays as part of A.R.T./New York Theatres' inaugural season on 53rd Street.... Read more

Set to a fresh soundtrack and dynamic lighting design, the mime re-definers of BKBX journey from film noir to political protest, and everywhere in between. 'See Reverse' is comprised of ten provocative, yet accessible short plays strung together by a common theme and suspended disbelief. 'See Reverse' asks the audience to take their truth and turn it upside down, inside out, and back in time, revealing something truer than they held at the start. Paired with original music from up-and-coming talent, the evening’s works explore everything from the lighthearted ('Plainview Players' a loving parody of community theater) to the somber ('Heartland,' a portrait of a father-daughter relationship paralyzed by an abyss in communication). Without the use of props, sets, costumes, or words, stories are only told with body movements.

 

Third Space presents this theatrical reimagining of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's classic 1972 film about a famous and arrogant fashion designer and the women in her life. ... Read more

When a new model, Karin, enters the home of designer Petra von Kant, Petra's world—and career—rocket to manic heights. But in the midst of Petra’s euphoria, her submissive assistant, Marlene, senses a threat. When Karin becomes a superstar, leaving everything behind, Marlene is left to pick up the broken pieces. What Marlene does with those pieces will dictate the rest of her life. Featuring an all-female cast, 'The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant' delves into the tortured connections between desire and power in an industry driven by consumption.

 

Theatre for the New City presents Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's interpretation of Czech, Slovak, and Italian fairy tales, performed by four performers with dozens of marionettes and a mounted deer's head. ... Read more

The evening is named for its first story, a Czech tale, in which a charcoal burner's son, predestined by his fairy godmother to marry a princess, is sent by his angered father-in-law King on a quest for the sun's three golden hairs in hope that the young man will perish. Resolving three more difficult tasks along the way, he returns with rich rewards, inspiring the envious King to depart in search of Apples of Youth and Water of Life, a quest in which he finds his punishment.

The second tale, 'Salt over Gold,' is a Slovak story with echoes of 'King Lear.' A Princess who values her father "only as much as salt" is banished, but returns to save her father when salt disappears, throwing the kingdom into disarray. As the realm is deprived of salt, we observe how it is a mainstay of life, so she loves her father as life itself. This part of the evening could be called a study in comparative theater, since this Slovak legend will be told in parallel with a third tale, a version of the same story known to Italian readers as 'Dear as Salt,' from Italo Calvino's famous 1956 collection, 'Italian Fables.'

 

This two-and-a-half month festival of new works is also a competition, with monetary prizes awarded for best production, best performer, best director, and more. All shows run between 10 and 90 minutes.... Read more

This year's festival includes 'Two Conceive,' a drama about the battle between our age-old attachment to God and the growing advancement of technology; 'Blair,' in which a rich old man summons his children to offer apologies and give them their inheritance; 'Emerald Eyes,' a mental hospital drama loosely inspired by 'The Wizard of Oz,' and many more. Visit the official website for the complete lineup and to buy tickets.

 

Theatre Row presents this world premiere drama about Sam and Gwen, a couple that can’t quite make their relationship, or their break up, work.... Read more

'Orion' examines those love relationships that end, but never really leave us. Some wounds fade with time, but others don’t - so how do we move on and live life with open wounds? Can we still cherish the good times we had without letting them destroy us? While their closest friends seem to have everything figured out, Sam and Gwen struggle to find their role in each other's lives. 

 

The Gallery Players presents this revue with songs by Stephen Sondheim, about two urban singles struggling through a night of deep yearning and sweet fantasies while never leaving their respective apartments. ... Read more

Together they breathe new life into a collection of trunk songs that were culled from the original Broadway productions of shows such as 'Follies,' 'Company,' 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,' and 'A Little Night Music.' Featuring rarely heard Sondheim numbers, 'Marry Me a Little' is a tribute to all the New Yorkers who've ever found themselves alone on a Saturday night thinking about love. Note: There are three sets of alternating performers; check the website for their schedules. 'Marry Me a Little' runs in rotating rep with 'You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.'