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: Absorbing, Enchanting, Refreshing, Resonant, Thought-provoking
91
Critics
86
6 reviews
Members
92
10 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.

 

New Victory Theater presents this riotous performance of hypnotic juggling from the three-man troupe Plastic Boom.... Read more

The jugglers of 'Water on Mars' hit the stage flinging rings, balls, and clubs in hypnotic streaks of glowing neon. Striving to one-up themselves with every act, these 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.

 

Opens Mar 23

Kevin!!!!!

Members say: Great singing, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Funny
87
Critics
83
8 reviews
Members
93
7 reviews

Both spoof and tribute, Recent Cutbacks' highly theatrical parody of 'Home Alone' is intensely physical, imaginative, and silly, using only rudimentary props and costumes to recreate iconic moments from the film.
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The folks who brought you 'Hold on to Your Butts' and 'Fly, You Fools!' tackle their most ambitious project to date, featuring live projections, puppets, and a four-person choir, all told in Recent Cutbacks’ signature style of humor, nostalgia, and theatricality. Discover the true meaning (maybe) of Christmas this year with 'KEVIN!!!!!!'

 

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.

 

Ends Apr 15

Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent
86
Critics
83
27 reviews
Members
86
119 reviews

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, 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 the character actor, their shared love for the stage, and Rose's shocking dark side.

 

Open run

Sistas - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Funny
85
Critics
70
6 reviews
Members
85
73 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 Mar 30

Off the Top

Members say: Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky, Sexy
85
Critics
90
5 reviews
Members
80
1 review

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.

 

Open run

Blue Man Group

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Original
84
Critics
78
3 reviews
Members
84
801 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

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Members say: Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
84
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
84
72 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 May 27

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing
84
Critics
89
2 reviews
Members
83
40 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 Apr 30

Not That Jewish

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great writing
83
Critics
77
14 reviews
Members
83
115 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.

 

Ends Mar 05

Life According to Saki

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Intelligent, Great acting
83
Critics
79
23 reviews
Members
84
60 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 over the age of conscription when WWI broke out in 1914, but volunteered to fight. 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.

 

Open run

Drunk Shakespeare

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy
82
Critics
78
8 reviews
Members
82
249 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.

 

Opens Feb 26

The Ephemera Trilogy

Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant, Clever
82
Critics
85
1 review
Members
82
16 reviews

The Tank presents a trio of sand drawing and shadow performances that examine memory, home, and transcultural identity. Created and performed by Japanese-American artist Kimi Maeda.... Read more

Paper and sand, light and shadow, memory and identity, the familiar and the strange; woven together these are the elements that compose Kimi Maeda’s 'Ephemera Trilogy.' Developed over a period of six years, these three short solo pieces employ a range of innovative storytelling techniques and visuals to explore the artist’s bicultural identity and family history, from a Japanese American internment camp during World War II, to postwar Japan, to suburban New England. Part of The Tank’s Flint & Tinder series.

 

Ends Mar 04

Orion

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Clever
81
Critics
73
3 reviews
Members
81
83 reviews

Ruddy Productions presents this world premiere drama about Sam and Gwen, a couple that can’t quite make their relationship—or their breakup—work.... Read more

'Orion' examines those romances 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 when we still hurt? 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 respective roles in each other's lives. 

 

Ends Apr 02

On the Exhale

Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent
80
Critics
74
10 reviews
Members
83
20 reviews

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a provocative one-woman drama exploring one of our country’s most divisive—and urgent—issues: gun violence. Starring Tony nominee Marin Ireland.... Read more

When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime—and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we’re all part of the problem.

 

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.​

 

Ends Feb 26

Escaped Alone

Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever, Confusing, Great writing
79
Critics
85
24 reviews
Members
76
29 reviews

BAM presents the US premiere of Caryl Churchill's comically black look at the apocalypse, as four women chatting in a sunny backyard are interrupted by a series of bizarre disaster reports.
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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.

 

Ends Mar 12

Kunstler

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant
79
Critics
73
8 reviews
Members
81
27 reviews

The Creative Place International in association with AND Theatre Company present a biographical drama about radical attorney and civil rights activist William Kunstler, played by Jeff McCarthy.
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Famous for defending the Chicago 7 and his involvement at Attica and Wounded Knee, Kunstler had an outsize personality and a tremendous appetite for life. In this two-character play, tensions flare when he arrives on a college campus to give a seminar. The brilliant young law student assigned to introduce him objects to his appearance. Has Kunstler finally met his match?

 

Open run

NEWSical: The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Quirky, Relevant
76
Critics
80
7 reviews
Members
76
205 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 19

Crackskull Row

Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Edgy, Confusing
76
Critics
75
18 reviews
Members
76
50 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 Mar 12

Adam

Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
76
Critics
76
3 reviews
Members
75
26 reviews

New Federal Theatre and Castillo Theatre present a biographical solo play about renowned Harlem pastor and congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr.... Read more

Set on the island of Bimini, in the House of Representatives, and the iconic Abyssinian Baptist Church, this history-filled play chronicles Powell's extraordinary life, largely in his own words. Timothy Simonson plays the handsome and magnetic Powell on his political journey as Harlem's first black congressman between 1945 and 1971.

 

Open run

Naked Boys Singing!

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Edgy
75
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
75
179 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."

 

Ends Mar 03

A History of Servitude

Members say: Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky
75
Critics
72
5 reviews
Members
100
1 review

Forget everything you know about history. The Department of Fools takes you on a wild comic journey through the past, setting the record straight. Enjoy the masked mayhem of commedia dell'arte!... Read more

Commedia dell'arte is the great-granddaddy of modern improv and sketch comedy. Filled with physical humor, acrobatics, song, and satire, 'A History of Servitude' is a comic survey of world history from the dawn of man to the present as told from the perspective of the underdog.

 

Ends Mar 18

Wild Women of Planet Wongo

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Cliched
74
Critics
74
10 reviews
Members
74
59 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 Mar 01

Bull in a China Shop

Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious
73
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
72
16 reviews

Lincoln Center Theater presents a history-inspired comedy about Mary Woolley, the early 20th-century president of Mount Holyoke College, and her long-time partner, Jeannette Marks.... Read more

Galloping through 40 years of history at the New England women's school, 'Bull in a China Shop' follows the pair as they reform and revolutionize women's education at the height of the suffrage movement. As evolving ambitions and desires strain the couple's relationship, this fast-paced comedy explores how we change the world, how the world changes us, and how we try to grow old together.


 

Ends Mar 04

The Town Hall Affair

Members say: Quirky, Disappointing, Indulgent, Ambitious, Intelligent
72
Critics
78
10 reviews
Members
66
7 reviews

Maura Tierney ('ER,' 'The Affair') stars in the Wooster Group's exploration of the revolutionary fervor of feminist thinking and art “happenings” in 1970s New York City.... Read more

This new experimental piece is inspired by DA Pennabaker and Chris Hegedus' film 'Town Bloody Hall,' which documented a panel held at Town Hall in 1971. The event featured feminist thinkers and activists–including Jacqueline Ceballos, Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston, and Diana Trilling–with Norman Mailer serving as moderator. The Wooster Group both re-inhabits the original film and derails it, redirecting Mailer's pugnacious propensities onto himself and spinning out into Jill Johnston's vision of a revolutionary future.

 

Opens Feb 27

The Penitent

Members say: Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow, Indulgent
67
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
67
35 reviews

Atlantic Theater Company presents a world premiere drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist and Atlantic co-founder David Mamet ('Glengarry Glen Ross,' 'China Doll.')... Read more

In 'The Penitent' a renowned psychiatrist is asked to testify on behalf of a young patient. When he refuses, his career, ethics, and faith are thrown into question. Helmed by Atlantic's artistic director Neil Pepe.

 

Open run

Paradiso: Chapter 1

Members say: Confusing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging
65
Critics
64
12 reviews
Members
71
5 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. 

 

Ends Mar 05

The Dressmaker's Secret

Members say: Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intense
65
Critics
62
13 reviews
Members
83
2 reviews

The Simon Studio presents a drama set in '60s Romania about a teenager desperate to escape to the west and his mother who's harboring a life-changing secret.... Read more

It's 1963. Nineteen-year-old Robi longs to escape communist Romania for the United States. However, the one person who can help Robi is a man his mother, Maria, is desperate to keep from him. During World War II, Maria was engaged to a Hungarian army officer, but fell in love with Zoli, a Jewish man whom she hid from the Nazis. The officer discovered Zoli, who was sent to Auschwitz, but spared the newly pregnant Maria’s life. Two decades later, the officer returns. Will the painful secrets of their past change the course of Robi’s future? 'The Dressmaker's Secret' is a heart-wrenching drama that examines the oppression of the police state, the defiant endurance of the human spirit, and the healing power of love.

 

Open run

Line

Members say: Funny, Banal, Clever, Slow, Dated
64
Critics
65
2 reviews
Members
64
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 Mar 11

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Members say: Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Entertaining, Confusing
60
Critics
38
2 reviews
Members
62
30 reviews

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.

 

Ends Mar 18

The Neo Show

Members say: Edgy, Entertaining, Quirky, Ambitious, Funny
94
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
94
2 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.... 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 Mar 12

Winterfest 2017 (New York Theater Festival)

Members say: Absorbing, Profound, Edgy, Ambitious, Intense
92
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
92
2 reviews

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.

 

Ends Mar 12

The Amazing Max

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Intelligent
90
Critics
91
4 reviews
Members
89
6 reviews

A return engagement of Max Darwin's popular magic and comedy show for kids and adults alike. ... Read more

Max combines magic and comedy, making objects appear and disappear and generally defying the laws of physics inches from theatergoers' faces. This high-energy, interactive, and all-around silly show is appropriate for audiences of all ages 3 and up.

 

New York City Children's Theater presents an interactive, multi-sensory show based on Lindsay Ward’s picture book about a young girl who embarks on an adventure with a carousel polar bear.... Read more

Ever wondered what it would be like to ride a carousel animal right off its platform? As Emma discovers, all it takes is a handful of balloons and a very kind polar bear to show you the way. This soaring story of friendship takes very young audiences to the arctic and back, and reminds them anything is possible with the power of imagination. Best for ages 2 to 5.

 

The New Victory presents this epic new opera-theater work for adults and kids ages 10 and up, that tells the story of Harold, an aging clockmaker near the end of his unusual life.... Read more

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus helps Harold uncover his legacy as the New Victory stage is transformed into a living, breathing instrument. The worlds of music, theater, puppetry, instrument making, and scenic design collide to paint a poignant allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, or perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life.


 

Ends Apr 08

Turning Page

Members say: Great acting, Masterful, Must see
85
Critics
78
4 reviews
Members
95
1 review

Dixon Place presents Angelica Page's solo show about her mother, legendary actress Geraldine Page, whose sparkling career earned her eight Oscar nominations before her untimely 1987 death.... Read more

Written and performed by Page's only daughter and helmed by Tony-nominated director Wilson Milam, this 90-minute evening is an opportunity to learn about one of the most influential, celebrated, and private American artists of the 20th century. An intimate story of a true rebel and trailblazer, 'Turning Page' presents a masterful woman who was years ahead of her time.

 

Ends Feb 26

Appendage

Members say: Great acting, Slow, Great writing, Absorbing, Imaginative writing
85
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
84
2 reviews

Theater for the New City presents Derek Murphy's psychological thriller about two strangers brought together by a minor traffic accident. ... Read more

After Peter accidentally hits Jack with his car, he takes the injured man into his home to recuperate. In no hurry to leave Peter’s wealthy abode, Jack becomes more menacing as the evening and the alcohol progress. As night takes hold, both men share the most intimate and profound of secrets. A strange and tenuous bond develops between them, one that could easily spiral out of control.

 

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, Absorbing
81
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
81
8 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, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Indulgent
77
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
77
8 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.

 

Ends Mar 05

Visionary Voices

Members say: Dated, Great writing, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Refreshing
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American Bard Theater Company presents a trio of one-acts by early 20th-century American playwrights Susan Glaspell and Marita Bonner, which explore gender roles, race, death, and hope.... Read more

Susan Glaspell's 'Trifles,' directed by Aimee Todoroff - A ripped-from-the-headlines murder mystery is the inspiration for this play about a seemingly diabolical crime without a motive. While the investigators look for the usual clues, only their wives, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, are able to clearly see the course of events that led to a woman's desperate act.

'Exit: An Illusion' by Marita Bonner, directed by Tonya Pinkins - A lovers' quarrel? A nightmare? A dream? The only thing that is certain is that tomorrow is not promised. So live and love now.

'The People' by Susan Glaspell, directed by Aimee Todoroff - The radical newspaper 'The People,' run by the world-weary Edward Willis and his cynical assistant editor Oscar Tripp, is on the verge of shutting down. As the staff and loyal readers take comic swipes at why the paper is failing, a mysterious woman from out of town arrives with some much-needed inspiration, just in time to save the publication.

 

Ends Mar 05

All Aboard!

Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Delightful, Feels a little bit like pleasant summer stock.
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The Girl Behind the Curtain Productions
invites you to hop aboard a mystical, musical locomotive where you'll meet three couples facing very different journeys.... Read more

There's Larry and Kim, a couple whose happy marriage is threatened when he announces his desire to have an affair...but only with her permission. Jake and Karen, a pair of professional political spin doctors who encounter a scandal that may be too hot, even for them. And finally Marie, a highly successful business woman who is approached by Terry, aka the Angel of Death. 'All Aboard' is about love and heartbreak, ambition and despair, and all of the other things we experience as we journey toward our inevitable final destination.

 

Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX) presents a brand-new set of original short plays told solely through movement, no props, sets, costumes, or words.... 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. The works run the gamut from lighthearted ('Plainview Players,' a loving parody of community theater) to somber ('Heartland,' a portrait of a dysfunctional father-daughter relationship). 

 

Ends Mar 05

Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom

Members say: Disappointing, Quirky, Confusing, Excruciating, Banal
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Theatre for the New City presents the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's interpretation of Czech, Slovak, and Italian fairy tales brought to life by dozens of puppets 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 the evil King on a quest to find the sun's three golden hairs. Resolving three more difficult tasks along the way, he returns with rich rewards, angering the envious King who gets his comeuppance. 

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 dad when salt disappears, throwing the kingdom into disarray.

The third tale is a version of the same story, known to Italian readers as 'Dear as Salt,' from Italo Calvino's famous 1956 collection, 'Italian Fables.'

 

Opens Mar 27

Latin History for Morons

Members say: Excruciating, Disappointing
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The Public Theater presents Emmy and Obie Award winner John Leguizamo newest one-man show, where he schools his son—and the rest of us—on the buried and forgotten history of Latinos in the Americas.... Read more

Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 90 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.

 

New Victory Theater presents the Liberi Di troupe, which fuses circus, dance, clowning, and physical theater into a singular performance, 
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Something aerial. Something funny. Something beautiful. From reading a book to playing a game of poker, these inventive performers create silly, surreal scenes out of everyday acts. Best for ages 6 and up.

 

The New Victory presents this adaptation of Oliver Jeffers' picture book about a young adventurer's trip to outer space for ages 3-5, featuring intimate puppetry and original music.... Read more

When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his bedroom, he does what any young adventurer would do: flies into outer space! When the plane begins to sputter and quake, our intrepid explorer must execute a daring landing on the moon. But never fear, he is not alone up there… 

 

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.

 

Puppet troupe the Windmill Theatre Co returns to the New Victory Theater for this adaptation of a book from Ted Prior's 'Grug' picture book series.... Read more

What does Grug love most? Adventures! The beloved burrawang-born bloke from Down Under returns in 'Grug and the Rainbow,' an all-new colorful tale. Leaping from the pages of the celebrated series of picture books, Grug, with the help of his friends Cara the carpet snake and Snoot the echidna, sets off on a quest to capture a rainbow that he can call his very own. Recommended for children ages 3 to 5.

 

The New Victory Theater presents this story of a six-year-old boy who is stranded in the countryside at the close of WWII, and the mysterious tramp who agrees to walk him 200 kilometers to his home.... Read more

Ernst, a young evacuee from Frankfurt, finds himself alone and far away from home when he meets the mysterious Mr. H, a stranger with a trick or two up his sleeve. Fast friends, they set off down a road fraught with danger, hunger, and uncertainty to return the young boy to his family. Delicate piano music and dreamlike stage effects help tell this dramatic story of two survivors who become each other's ally, protector, and confidant. Inspired by a true story, 'Nivelli's War' is a vivid and moving theatrical account of an incredible journey and magical friendship. Recommended for audiences age 6 and up

 

59E59 and Custom Made Theatre Co. present the East Coast premiere of this absurdist two-hander about a young Andre the Giant getting rides to school in Samuel Beckett's truck.... Read more

It's a totally true story: 12-year old Andre the Giant, already over 6 feet tall and 240 pounds, didn't fit on the school bus. Andre's neighbor, as repayment of a favor, offered to drive Andre to school in his truck. The neighbor was Samuel Beckett. 'Sam & Dede, or My Dinner with Andre the Giant,' imagines a series of scenes between a giant - a man who cannot hide, and a writer obsessed with silence.

 

New World Stages presents the New York premiere of this fast-paced comedy about faith, politics, and “The Twitter.”... Read more

Three days before his bid for re-election in North Carolina, a Republican US senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that calls into question the politico's belief in God. His devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage. This comic look at how religion, guns, and social media influence our political system aims to be honest, affecting, and uplifting.

 

Abrons Art Center and Minor Theater presents this world premiere which strives brings horror movies to live theater, experimenting with sound, darkness, silence, and suspense.... Read more

'The Terrifying' asks the question: how you can live every day with forces that want to destroy you—including the urge to destroy yourself?

In a creepy little village on the cusp of modernity, two teenagers and their families are stalked by a ravening monster. How can people live with forces that want to destroy them? Perhaps by cultivating some dark appetites of their own...

 

Irish Rep presents Eugene O’Neill’s groundbreaking play which tells the story of Brutus Jones, a despot who ascends the throne using lies, intimidation, and the politics of fear.... Read more

Following a prison break in the United States, Jones sets himself up as monarch of a Caribbean island. When the Natives rebel after years of exploitation, Jones’s journey into darkness becomes a terrifying psychological portrayal of power, fear, and madness. With his demons in heavy pursuit, the Emperor is forced to confront not just the mortal sins of his past but also the depravities against his ancestors, — all in search of forgiveness and salvation.

 

La MaMa and Talking Band presents this new drama where a room in a country house sings of those who have lived there over a span of seventy years.... Read more

In 'The Room Sings' OBIE-award winning troupe Talking Band uses an array of genres – 40’s Noir, Chinese Ghost Tale, Chekhovian Farce/Tragedy, and a Sicilian Puppet Opera sung by beavers - to tell the stories of four interlocking sets of people. As their individual stories unfold they intertwine and illuminate each other.
'The Room Sings' offers multiple, fractured views of a place and the people who inhabit it. 

 

The Workshop Theater presents this new drama, based on true stories, about the unimaginable journeys of the men and women who left everything behind, including their loved ones, to stay one step ahead of the Holocaust.... Read more

'Through the Darkness' centers around four composite characters that playwright Breindel built from interviews with Holocaust survivors. Three of the four characters managed to avoid the horrors of the concentration camps and remain free, even if freedom was no more than the right to die on their own terms. For most of them, chaos was inescapable, freedom was motion, and the only safe place was anyplace other than where they were. Each of the characters repeatedly comes face to face with seemingly insurmountable obstacles to daily survival, showing us that when life is vastly different, life is still livable.

 

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade and Hot Tramp Productions present the world premiere of Hollis James' dark comedy inspired by the playwright's knock-down, drag-out battle with drug addiction.... Read more

It’s about a guy named Jack, his friend Kyle, and Kyle's friend cocaine. Thanks to his new friends, Jack's life quickly begins to spiral out of control. He loses his job, his girlfriend, his health, and all sense of personal hygiene. Will Jack find the strength to get his life back on track or will Kyle ultimately win?

 

The Brick presents a raucous mid-life meditation on the comedy of existence, the hell of long term relationships, and Samuel Beckett's tragicomedy 'Waiting for Godot.'... Read more

Didi (neé Denise) and Gogo bide their time in 21 infernal landscapes ranging from the DMV to the ER, surrounded by equally isolated middle-aged women, yearning for a message from Godot to give them a sense of purpose. Will he ever reach out, or is he merely a convenient excuse that keeps them together, while holding them back?

 

The Brick presents this world premiere comedy from Greg Kotis, the Tony-Award-winning co-author of 'Urinetown: The Musical.'... Read more

'Lunchtime' is a cautionary tale of revenge and office romance in the time of the Deli Wars. Someone's dirtying up the salad bars of New York. It'll take a dirty cop to find out who. Love. Cavemen. No bad words.

 

The SITI Company and Abington Theatre Company present this new play based on texts from the many public conversations with American composer, writer, artist, and philosopher John Cage. ... Read more

SITI actors Will Bond and Ellen Lauren embody the dramatic journey of a long-term relationship over the course of a single night and a chess game. Over 90 minutes audiences will experience Cage’s insights about the world, about art and music, philosophy and the adventures that life presents through the conversations that he engaged in throughout his life. Dense and comic, graceful and penetrating, this is SITI Company in an adventurous mood, landing lightly upon the profound truths to which we all can relate.

 

The New Victory Theater and The Acting Company present Shakespeare's classic tragedy in a history-spanning production leaps from ancient Rome to a present day war-torn nation.... Read more

Tackling essential questions about the balance of ambition, personal loyalty, and love of country, Shakespeare’s timeless political masterpiece has never been more relevant. Through the story of Julius Caesar, a rising political star torn down by his most trusted allies, audiences witness the art of persuasion, the ugliness of backroom politics, and the historical patterns we can’t stop repeating.

 

This immersive piece asks you to travel through non public spaces on the campus of the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine as you witness one world with your eyes and another unfolds in your head.... Read more

In a present reigned by "alternative facts", 'Inside' explores the deep mechanisms of manipulation, posing the question "how much of what you experience is affected by the voices in your head, be those media, social media, or family inherited beliefs. 'Inside' comes to New York after well received runs in Europe including a production in Bucharest which won the Jury Award at The Romanian Independent Theatre Festival.

 

Athena Theatre presents a world premiere dark comedy exploring the importance of art, homelessness, and finding your own path.... Read more

What is the place of art and imagination in our increasingly Orwellian society? 'Sub-Basement' follows Adrienne, a former poet now Royal Canadian Mounted Police trainee, on an absurdist odyssey to find her true purpose amidst the dark corners of New York City, the depths of the Drama Book Shop, and her muddled past. Her voyage is guided by Gustav (a one-time climatologist) and Arnaud (an erstwhile poet), all while being pursued by Simon, who (unbeknownst to her) is set on becoming her fiancé. Are we ever free of the disappointments of the past, and can we escape the expectation of our parents? Embark on a voyage deep into Adrienne’s psyche — and try to find out.

 

Source material and historical materializations collide in HERE and Theater Reconstruction Ensemble theatrical conjuring of the most canonical play in the English language.... Read more

In Theater Reconstruction Ensemble's 'How to Hamlet,' or 'Hamleting Hamlet' four actors are tasked with staging-you guessed it-'Hamlet.' But will they shed new light on the most well known story in the English language? Can they escape the historical weight such a canonical play carries? Are they prepared to take on such a monumental challenge? As they confront their own artistic and academic anxieties their conversation transforms into a sort of séance, giving way to an unexpected conjuring of the ghosts of Hamlet past. As each actor transforms into the stock characters of Shakespeare's classic-a ghost, a scholar, a king, and a grave-digging clown-they fall deeper down the rabbit hole of theatrical history. Shakespeare's words swirl around them, but are never quite within their grasp. 

 

Squeaky Bicycle Productions presents this world premiere comedy about three women who, after ten years of siege, are trapped in the middle of the most dangerous war zone in the world: the Upper West Side.
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In a frigid rent-stabilized apartment, Olympia and her daughter Petra have spent years surviving any way they can. When Petra falls in love with Jackie, an injured soldier, their food supplies are stretched to the limit. As death creeps closer, each woman will be torn between love and hunger—and hunger always wins.

 

Theater for the New City and the Textile Co. present this new drama about a cab ride that changes the lives of everyone in the vehicle – and many others.... Read more

When a Pakistani cabbie gives a ride to a Connecticut banker in New York City, a dispute over the fare leads to an altercation with echoes that involve everything from immigration to identity, class to color, privilege to prejudice and what it means to be an American. Inspired by true events, 'The Fare' tells a fictitious story about what happens when two people with different backgrounds clash and end up caught in an event that turns out to be bigger than both of them.