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. 

Opens Apr 30

The Box Show

Members say: Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful
93
Critics
92
4 reviews
Members
93
37 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. 

 

Ends May 10

Show Up

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Funny
93
Critics
88
2 reviews
Members
94
16 reviews

The Peoples Improv Theater presents Peter Michael Marino's bold new adventure: a fully improvised solo show.

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After years of performing his solo shows around the world, Marino grew weary of writing and memorizing them. So he's decided to just show up and create one on the spot. The audience will be the subject of this socially anxious experiment that both spoofs and celebrates the solo show genre. All you have to do is show up.

 

Open run

Sistas - The Musical

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

A new musical that tells the story of African-American women through Top-40 music from the '30s through the '90s, including hits like "Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said" and "I Will Survive."

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After a matriarch's death, the women in the family clean Grandma's attic and find love and old memories packed away. In the process, they share their stories through hit tunes, from the trials of the 1930s through the Girl Groups of the 1960s to the empowerment of the 1990s.

 

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.

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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.

 

Open run

The Infinite Wrench

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Quirky, Funny
85
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
85
22 reviews

The New York Neo-Futurists present an ever-changing lineup of short plays, each written by a performer, honed by the ensemble, and randomly collaged with high-energy audience participation.

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After shuttering the long-running 'Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,' the New York Neo-Futurists are mounting a brand-new weekly series. 'The Infinite Wrench' is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here and now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, 'The Infinite Wrench' is the Neo-Futurists’ ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.

 

Open run

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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

A re-telling of C.S. Lewis' classic tale of Narnia, featuring just two performers who play all the characters that populate the epic story.

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Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. See them meet Mr. Tumnus the faun and conspire with talking animals to save Narnia. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all.

 

Open run

Blue Man Group

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Delightful
83
Critics
76
3 reviews
Members
83
910 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.”

 

Ends Sep 09

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing
83
Critics
90
3 reviews
Members
82
57 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."

 

Opens Apr 25

Six Degrees of Separation

Members say: Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing
83
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
83
153 reviews

John Guare's critically acclaimed drama returns to Broadway in this revival starring seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney, Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey, and Corey Hawkins ('Straight Outta Compton').

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Inspired by a true story, the play follows the trail of a young black con man, Paul, who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, Ouisa and Flan Kittredge, saying he knows their son at college. Claiming he's the son of actor Sidney Poitier, Paul tells them he has just been mugged and all his money is gone. Captivated by Paul's intelligence (and the possibility of appearing in his father's new movie), the Kittredges invite him to stay overnight. After finding him in bed with a hustler, their picture of Paul changes, and Ouisa and Flan turn detective trying to piece together the connections that gave him access to their lives. Meanwhile, Paul's cons unexpectedly lead him into darker territory as his lies begin to catch up with him.

 

Ends May 21

The Emperor Jones

Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking
83
Critics
85
24 reviews
Members
82
75 reviews

Irish Repertory Theatre revives Eugene O’Neill’s groundbreaking play about the rise and fall of Brutus Jones, a despot who ascends the throne using lies, intimidation, and the politics of fear.

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After breaking out of prison in the U.S., Jones sets himself up as monarch of a Caribbean island. When the Natives rebel after years of exploitation, Jones' 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 only the mortal sins of his past but also the depravities against his ancestors—all in search of forgiveness and salvation. Irish Rep last mounted this classic but controversial play in 2009. This production features the same director and designers but a new cast.

 

Open run

Drunk Shakespeare

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

An actor drinks heavily (in the vein of Comedy Central's 'Drunk History') and then tries to corral others into enacting a story by the Bard.

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Every night, a Drunk Shakespeare society member will have at least five shots of whiskey and then attempt to perform in a Shakespearean play. Each performance by The Drunk Shakespeare Society requires a Patron, an audience member who helps run the show. Anything can, and does, happen.

 

Ends Apr 30

Not That Jewish

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great writing
82
Critics
77
15 reviews
Members
83
140 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 May 13

Burundanga

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Great acting
81
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
81
15 reviews

Repertorio Español presents a dark comedic adventure about secrets, lies, and the unexpected places they can take us.

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Sylvia and Berta are desperate to discover the true character of the latter's Basque boyfriend, Manel. But when they drug him with burundanga–a truth serum where the consumer can’t lie or remember the conversation–they uncover a dark secret that sets them off on a hilarious, over-the-top mission. Performed in Spanish. English subtitles via Simultext® In-Seat Captioning System are available by request for matinee performances.

 

Ends Jun 29

Happy Karaoke Fun Time

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Delightful
81
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
81
27 reviews

Under St. Marks presents this troupe of improvisers who create a brand-new, one-act musical at every performance.

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These improvisers make up the scenes, choreography, and original lyrics to karaoke songs you know and love, all based on the title of a musical you shout out. Welcome to opening (and closing) night!

 

Ends Apr 26

Off the Top

Members say: Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing
80
Critics
90
5 reviews
Members
80
26 reviews

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.

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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

Rule of 7x7

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great writing
79
Critics
82
10 reviews
Members
78
10 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.

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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 May 21

Gently Down the Stream

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining
79
Critics
73
25 reviews
Members
80
135 reviews

The Public Theater presents Tony winner Harvey Fierstein in this world premiere drama about Beau, an expat pianist living in London who meets Rufus, a young lawyer, at the dawn of the Internet dating revolution.

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After a life spent recovering from the disappointment and hurt of loving men in a world that refused to allow it, Beau is determined to keep his expectations low with Rufus. But Rufus comes from a new generation of gay men who believe happiness is as much their right as anyone else’s. What Beau assumed would be just another fling grows into one of the most surprising and defining relationships of his life.

 

Ends Jul 02

Church & State

Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent
78
Critics
74
17 reviews
Members
78
107 reviews

Emmy-nominated writer Jason Odell Williams' fast-paced comedy about faith, politics, and “The Twitter” makes its New York debut.

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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.

 

Open run

NEWSical: The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky
77
Critics
80
7 reviews
Members
77
240 reviews

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

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'Newsical's' songs and sketches parody all of today's biggest headlines, from politics to pop culture, celebrities to social trends. It's 'Saturday Night Live' meets 'Laugh-In' meets 'The Nightly News' meets Broadway. Songs and material are updated on a regular basis.

 

Ends Apr 23

A Gambler's Guide to Dying

Members say: Thought-provoking, Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining
77
Critics
75
19 reviews
Members
79
12 reviews

Show and Tell presents a solo show about a granddad who won a fortune in 1966 and, when diagnosed with cancer, gambled it all on living to see the year 2000. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival.

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'A Gambler's Guide to Dying' is an intergenerational tale of what we live for and what we leave behind. Gary McNair's award-winning solo show opens in New York following highly acclaimed runs at Spoleto Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Adelaide Festival, and London's off-West End.

 

Ends May 21

C.S. Lewis On Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert

Members say: Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow
76
Critics
75
17 reviews
Members
77
74 reviews

Fellowship for Performing Arts presents a one-man bio-show chronicling C.S. Lewis' journey from atheism to devout Christianity.

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Playwright/performer Max McLean embodies the author and talks about the experiences that shaped his life, including the death of his mother, his estranged relationship with his father, and other events that transformed him from vigorous debunker into the most eloquent Christian intellectual of the 20th century.

 

Open run

Naked Boys Singing!

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

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

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A small cast of buff and buxom gentlemen take off their clothes and sing. Running for many years now, the boys sing such catchy tunes as "Gratuitous Nudity," "Bliss of a Bris," "Nothin' But the Radio On," and "Perky Little Porn Star." According to the producers, anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a guardian."

 

Ends Jun 16

Wild Women of Planet Wongo

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Delightful
74
Critics
73
11 reviews
Members
74
63 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!

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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.

 

59E59 and Bucket Club present the story of a scientist who must confront the mythical and monstrous to come to terms with the disappearance of her father. Part of Brits Off Broadway.

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Vanessa's life is science. Fact based, evidence led, no nonsense, no monsters. But when a photograph surfaces showing something in Loch Ness, she must embark on a very personal research project. Told by three performers with live electronic sound design, music, and vocal harmony, 'Fossils' is a modern exploration of some timeless questions.

 

Open run

Line

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Banal
73
Critics
65
2 reviews
Members
73
14 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.

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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 May 28

Pinkalicious

Members say: Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful, Quirky
70
Critics
88
4 reviews
Members
70
28 reviews

A musical for children aged 2 - 10 based on the best selling books about a girl who loves pink cupcakes so much, that she ends up turning pink from head to toe!

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Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

 

Open run

Paradiso: Chapter 1

Members say: Entertaining, Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Absorbing
68
Critics
64
12 reviews
Members
76
7 reviews

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

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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. 

 

Opens May 07

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Members say: Quirky, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious
67
Critics
78
2 reviews
Members
68
37 reviews

GrooveLily's electro-violinist Valerie Vigoda stars in this high-tech musical adventure about two extraordinary people connecting across time and space. Featuring a book by Tony winner Joe DiPietro ('Memphis').

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In 'Ernest Shackleton Loves Me' a sleep-deprived single mom (Vigoda, who also penned the lyrics) struggles to work as a video game music composer. Unexpectedly, she is contacted across time by the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by her music, he shares his epic Antarctic journey with her in video and song. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other. Directed by Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson.

 

Ends Apr 29

CasablancaBox

Members say: Great staging, Indulgent, Clever, Insipid, Banal
66
Critics
61
9 reviews
Members
75
6 reviews

HERE presents this fictional "making of" tribute to the movie you thought you knew featuring an intricately woven multi-narrative script.

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'CasablancaBox' lifts the veil of the eponymous classic film to reveal the stories behind the legends. Audiences embark on a tangled journey, from 'Casablanca’s' sound stage at Warner Bros. Studios, to Nazi Germany, to London during the Blitz, to Ingrid Bergman’s living room, to Humphrey Bogart’s dressing room, to an Austrian extra’s real-life escape from a concentration camp, to Peter Lorre’s morphine-addled mind. Rife with glamour, war, censorship, sexism, racism, addiction, and the refugee crisis of 1940s Hollywood, 'CasablancaBox' sets out to explore and expose the often accidental and chaotic nature of great art through the lens of "America’s Favorite Movie."

 

Ends May 24

Rebel in the Soul

Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Historically accurate, Well acted
64
Critics
56
5 reviews
Members
78
3 reviews

Irish Rep presents the world premiere of this new history-based drama about the political maneuvering of three passionate men in '50s Ireland regarding postnatal and children's health care.

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In 1948, 33-year-old Dr. Noel Browne was elected to the Irish Parliament. Handsome, intense, arrogant, and unpredictable, he possessed little political skill but a burning ambition to rid Ireland of the scourge of tuberculosis, which had wiped out most of his family. Upon the introduction of his “Mother & Child Scheme”—a plan to provide free postnatal care to women and children under the age of 16—he quickly found himself at odds with the “Man of Destiny,” party leader and ex-Irish Republican Army chief, Sean McBride, and the ruthless, obsessive tactician, Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. John Charles McQuaid.

 

Ends Apr 23

Our Trojan War

Members say: Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Intelligent, Confusing
63
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
63
17 reviews

Aquila Theatre Company and its Warrior Chorus of U.S. veterans/actors mount this visceral show in which classic battles are set against narratives of modern-day war.

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'Our Trojan War' uses epic moments from Homer’s 'Iliad' and scenes from other classical Greek drama and poetry to propel its chronicle of men and women at war. The clash of gods and heroes, the rage of Achilles, the suicide of Ajax, the fall of Troy, and the rise of Rome are among the many stories of war and homecoming presented in the piece, which poses urgent questions about modern democracy. What does democracy mean? What kind of democracy do we want to live in? How do we preserve and protect the democracy we have?

 

Ends May 07

Josh: The Black Babe Ruth

Members say: Great acting, Riveting, Entertaining, Must see, Great creative team
98
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
98
2 reviews

Theater for the New City presents this bio show about African-American baseball great Josh Gibson.

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Set in the '40s, this drama tells the story of Gibson's rise from the sandlots of Pittsburgh’s North Side to the pinnacle of greatness in the Negro Leagues. The play examines Gibson's successes, sorrows, and struggles as he tried to try to break into the big leagues in an era when the sport was still segregated. 

 

Ends May 13

Ferdinand

Members say: Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Enchanting
91
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
91
2 reviews

Tasty Monster Productions presents this solo comedy for families about the trials and tribulations of a single father.

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Inspired by the classic children’s tale about the biggest and strongest bull who wouldn't fight but just wanted to smell the flowers, 'Ferdinand' is the heartwarming story of Tom, a single dad trying to raise his son with love and empathy in a world determined to make him fight. A growing up story for the whole family.

 

The Jinah Parker Project presents a new choreoplay exploring sexual violence, the tragedy of Sandra Bland, and the power of healing.

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Currently, one out of three women in the world are the victims of some form of sexual violence and abuse in their lifetimes. 'SHE' is the story of mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, friends, and acquaintances we all know. This choreoplay is for all people. It is just as important for men and boys to be a part of the experience and conversation as it is for women and girls.

 

Ends Aug 12

The Space Pirate Puppy Musical!

Members say: Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny
88
Critics
83
3 reviews
Members
88
4 reviews

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 May 07

The Assignment

Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
87
Critics
90
1 review
Members
85
1 review

Houses on the Moon Theater Company and Rhymes Over Beats present the world premiere of this play about an English professor who is shaken when a student’s personal essay reopens long-buried wounds.

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'The Assignment' was inspired by the friendship between two individuals brought together by storytelling workshops facilitated by Houses on the Moon: a woman who founded a youth violence prevention program after her teenage son was murdered, and a man who served 17 years in prison for manslaughter. Though fictionalization, the seeds of the play were born from a mother’s desire to understand what caused another to take her son’s life, and a man’s need to express remorse. The play explores the long-term emotional toll of violence from both sides of the gun barrel, and the struggle to forgive others and ourselves.

 

Oily Cart presents a multi-sensory show for very young audiences inspired by Shakespeare’s 'The Winter’s Tale.' Running at BAMkids in April, Lincoln Center Kids in May.

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When a shepherdess and her flock of little sheep discover an abandoned baby, the audience must join in the search for the child’s family, a journey that will take them through the forest and across the sea. Full of scents, textures, colors, and songs, this immersive experience seeks to delight and inform preschoolers via the power of imagination. Best for ages 2 to 5.

 

Opens Apr 28

Nivelli's War

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful
83
Critics
87
3 reviews
Members
81
1 review

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.

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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

 

Ends Aug 12

CHALK

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful
81
Critics
85
4 reviews
Members
79
3 reviews

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.

 

Open run

The Ride

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Fun, Overrated
79
Critics
79
4 reviews
Members
79
5 reviews

In this unique interactive experience, comedy hosts welcome audiences aboard a bus-turned-moving theater, which navigates a 75-minute ride through Midtown Manhattan.

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'The Ride' takes place in motor coaches with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and stadium-style seating. They are fully loaded with audio, video, and wireless technology to amp up what’s happening on board while keeping audiences connected to what’s going on outside. From performers to passers-by, 'The Ride' interacts with everyone and everything it rolls by. The hosts are trained in improvisation so that each performance is fresh depending on what’s happening on the street that day. 'The Ride' also features pop-up presentations along the 4.2-mile route by an ensemble of professional actors, singers, dancers, and instrumentalists.

 

Open run

Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Quirky, Indulgent
78
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
78
9 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.

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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 Apr 29

Charleses

Members say: Great acting, Slow, Confusing, Great writing, Great staging
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The Tank and Glass Bandits Theater Company present a new play about three men named Charles: a father, his son, and his son's son.

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In the present, three generations of fathers and sons struggle to communicate as their family line grows and ages across a vast ocean of time. How do individuals continue to exist through the passing of the years? Do I eat pickles on my sandwich because my great-great grandpa did? Charles, Charles, Charles, Charles, Charles Charles Charles.

 

Ends Apr 30

Rules

Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Edgy, Resonant
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New Stage Theatre Company presents the world premiere of this politically charged multi-media piece inspired by Charles L. Mee's play 'The Rules.'

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Ildiko Nemeth’s 'Rules' is an of-the-moment performance piece channeling the anxiety of our time. Faithful to Mee’s collage-like approach to drama, it brings together voices of the marginalized, objectified, and simply horrified to question what rules inform our reality. Who is writing them? What does it mean to fight for cohesion or unity?

 

Theater for the New City presents the fourth play in William Electric Black's 'Gunplays' series, an immersive drama that places the audience in a schoolhouse during a hard lockdown.

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The faculty members of James Baldwin High School find themselves on lockdown because two star players on the girls' basketball team have a quarrel over a common boyfriend. Their argument has escalated to armed conflict because of the prevalence of guns in school. The manual says that in the event of imminent danger, all individuals, including safety officers, must not engage in any building sweep activity, but must take appropriate lockdown action and await the arrival of first responders. But will these people do it by the book? Will James Baldwin High School be on the news tonight?

 

Ends May 06

Return to Spoon River

Members say: Disappointing, Disjointed, Confusing, Ambitious, Nostalgic
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In Creative Arts Lab's new musical adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters' 'Spoon River Anthology,' two strangers return to their hometown to say one last goodbye to their pasts.

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Julia and Ham meet and journey together through the Spoon River cemetery. There they—and the audience—encounter the town's departed who speak and sing of their lives, their loves, and their town as they guide the living in their search for truth.

 

Ends May 07

Divorce Party

Members say: Banal characters, Terrible writing, Amateur night, One hour too long, Absurdist, surrealist, experimental, independent theatre
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FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade and Cave Theatre Co. present the world premiere of this absurdist comedy about six college friends who gather to celebrate a recently failed marriage.

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Tensions run high despite the cookie cake. Add in the complicating factors of alcohol, emotional instability, and firearms, and you’ve got six people deeply in need of a reality check—and, in one case, a qualified taxidermist.

 

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.

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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.

 

Rattlestick Theater presents the story of a doctor of a war-torn and plague-ravaged village who discovers that his touch can cure the plague. A meditation on mourning, redemption, and revenge.

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The village of San Isidro has been without its doctor for eighteen months. Moisés has remained a recluse, refusing to even look at a patient, since the day the army took his wife away during the country’s civil war. But when a mysterious plague begins to ravage the countryside around San Isidro, the local parish priest convinces Moisés to take action. And when Moisés examines his first patient, he discovers he has the miraculous power to heal this plague with the touch of his hand. But among the thousands of pilgrims who flock to San Isidro, Moisés is forced to confront his past, and San Isidro the violence that tore it apart. 'Seven Spots On The Sun' follows each character’s attempt to come to terms with the extraordinary loss they have suffered and the miracles they have witnessed.

 

Abrons Arts Center presents this new drama, where a lifetime of trouble assumes a new intensity for shoe salesman and aspiring personal trainer, Dennis Toledo, after a bad tour in Iraq.

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Though Dennis has managed to anesthetize the enduring wounds of that service with prescription drug abuse, when he’s arrested on a domestic violence charge and sentenced to Brooklyn Treatment Court, he’s forced to find new ways to handle his volatile tangle of mixed emotions. Further upheaval with his wife leaves him perched on the edge of recovery with an all-consuming drive to win full custody of his six-year-old daughter.


 

St. Ann’s Warehouse and Irish Arts Center present this trio of installations, where each room frames a new voice from Tony winner Enda Walsh ('Once') in this exploration of solitude.

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In 'Room 303,' an old man lies in bed waiting for the end; in 'A Girl’s Bedroom,' a six-year-old girl leaves her bedroom and never stops walking until now. In 'Kitchen ' a wife wills her own implosion. Each 'Room' runs for approx. 15 minutes and audiences (limited capacity of six per 'Room') experience all three 'Rooms' within one hour.

 

F*It Club's annual presentation of world-premiere short plays returns with a new series inspired by the theme "rebound."

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Now celebrating its seventh year, this performance features seven new short pieces by seven different playwrights commissioned specifically for the project.

'Robert and Lucy' by Ngozi Anyanwu: A young man meets a mysterious woman late at night in the deep South.

'Indescribable Snack' by Liza Birkenmeier: Two friends connect over marketing strategy and high school musicals.

'The Quickest Way' by Lucy Boyle: Lillian has heard the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. Literally.

'Antares Returning' by Ryan King: In space, no one can hear you cuddle.

'All Is Bright' by Dan Moyer: Santacon gets emotional.

'Alone in Our Sex' by Matthew Paul Olmos: Can we ever truly be unique in our approach to new relationships?

'Rodman' by Leah Nanako Winkler: A father and daughter come together on the court.

 

59E59 presents this bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home.

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It's New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she's gay. But before she can hit send, Fiona reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one named Adrian. Now, as Adrian begins his transition, Alice must face a question she never thought she'd ask...does this mean she's straight?

The Olivier Award-nominated 'Rotterdam' comes to 59E59 as part of its 'Brits Off Broadway' festival, following critically-acclaimed runs at London's Theatre503 in 2015, and Traflagar Studios in 2016.

 

59E59 presents presents this searing modern tragedy about a Russian father driven to revenge after losing his family in a plane crash. Inspired by real events.

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'My Eyes Went Dark' comes to New York following sold out performances at the Finborough Theatre, London and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and was nominated for three Off West End Theatre Awards. Part of 59E59's annual 'Brits Off Broadway' festival.

 

59E59 presents the New York premiere of this comedy-drama about a first date in London, where the end of a bad date turns out to be the beginning of a very odd evening.

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After matching on a dating app, Claire and James meet for an awkward first date. On their way home together, the brand new Night Tube breaks down.  Forced to get to know each other a little better, things start to get weird. Featuring an interfering loudspeaker system, a wise - if drunk - pub landlord, and a big swipe right, 'Underground' looks at the phenomenon of loneliness in a crowd, and what happens when the daily grind gets disrupted.

Part of 59E59's 2017 'Brits Off Broadway' series.

 

Stable Cable Lab Co. presents this world premiere play which follows the members of an under-35 conspiracy theorists support group as they wrestle with their convictions, perceptions, and each other’s personalities.

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Whether you believe in chem-trails, tainted fluoride, UFO’s, inside jobs, the Mandela effect, JFK plots, or that Justin Beiber is a reptilian, many do. 'The Conspiracists' is a deep dive into the minds of such true believers, and an examination of how much we are influenced by other people, and how little we think we are.

 

Lost & Found Project presents a new multidisciplinary theater piece exploring a mosaic of interrelated personal stories, relationships, and struggles faced by New Yorkers trying to find their way.

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Continuing the company’s tradition of working with the verbatim technique, 'Old New Year' examines the personal experiences of the members. 'Old New Year' recalls those moments when you peer in an illuminated NYC window and wonder about the lives of the residents. What events would cause them to pursue a new path in a new day, or repeat the old stumbles of the old year? To make the right decision, even if it’s difficult, you have to rely on something beyond yourself for guidance. Maybe that’s the moment to remember your roots, even if you have not thought about them for the past 15 years. Lost & Found Project productions delve into the cultural psychology of highly assimilated post-Soviet Jews, most of whom are first-generation Americans with varying degrees of awareness of their Jewish and Russian identities.

 

La MaMa's world premiere drama is based on the story of Ingrid Betancourt, an anti-corruption activist, who, while running for President of Colombia, was kidnapped by a Marxist revolutionary terrorist group.

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Betancourt was held prisoner by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (better known as FARC) from 2002-2008. 'Kidnap Road' is a theatrical re-imagining of her time in captivity. Its narrator 'The Woman' tells the story through “intrusive memory,” a symptom of PTSD. She grapples with an ever-present series of moments in her life, as the play shifts in time and place via fragmentary scenes in a variety of locations.

 

Miranda Theatre Company presents a new drama based on the true story of Jerrie Cobb, the "almost-first" female astronaut.

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Jerrie Cobb, one of the famed Mercury 13, whose test scores surpassed many of the male astronauts during rigorous psychological and physical testing in the early days of the country's space program was almost the first woman in space. Cobb was reaching for the moon but hit the glass stratosphere, blocked not only by her gender but by notions of sisterhood and colliding egos. 'They Promised Her the Moon' tells the inspiring story of one of the many women who have paved the way towards the change.

 

After a decade hiatus, Spotlight On revives its solo and one-act play festival. 

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For this new 'Rise of the Phoenix' festival, the lineup contains participants from many earlier fests as well as from the company's collaborations with Sage Theatre Company in 1996, Planet Connections Festivity in 2009, and the Fresh Fruit Festival in 2012. Consult the festival's homepage for a complete list of events.

 

Nine Theatricals and Genesis Rep present a revival of this one-act dramedy about a vet trying to reenter society after serving in Vietnam. Part of Spotlight On's 'Rise of the Phoenix Festival.'

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Set in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar, Roy—a brawny macho man who was once a high-school hero—is back in town after a stint in Vietnam, and trying to reestablish his position in the community. Joined by his adoring younger brother Ray, Roy sets about consuming a case of beer while regaling his sibling with tales of his military and amorous exploits. 

 

Theater for the New City presents this bleak satire from Hungarian-born writer George Tabori about a young Adolf Hitler.

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'Mein Kampf' imagines Adolf Hitler as a gawky art student kicking around dejectedly until he meets a Jewish Bible salesman, who suggests he get into politics. 'Mein Kampf' is part of 'Two by Tabori' and is running in repertory with 'Jubilee.'

 

Untitled Theater Company #61 presents an epic farce set at the fantasy wedding of Toklas and Stein, packed with Parisian expatriate notables of a century ago.

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Picasso has brought two of his mistresses and one of his wives. Hemingway has also brought his wife but is more obsessed by his matador. Meanwhile, all involved discuss matters of art, genius, friendship, religion, more genius, sexuality, money, fame, genius again, and, of course, love. Identities are merged and submerged as four actors play more than 30 characters. Written in a style that echoes Stein’s work, this is a comic fantasy with serious intent.

 

The Players Theatre presents this new musical about corporate greed, the American Dream gone wrong, and what happens when you try to f*** with a certain hip-hop group and their pal Bill Murray.

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When evil “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli raised the price of Daraprim 5000%, he became one of America’s real-life villains. Then, he did the unthinkable: purchased, hoarded, and threatened to destroy a one-of-a-kind hip-hop album that the world had been anticipating for years. Watch Martin Shkreli get what’s coming to him in this ridiculous original musical full of hoverboards, hauntings, and fake news.

 

The AlphaNYC Theater Company
presents the female version of the classic play, where a jury of 10 women deliberate what appears to be an open-and-shut case, but turns out to be anything but.

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19-year-old boy has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. But then one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. "This is a remarkable thing about democracy," says the foreign-born juror, "that we are notified by mail to come down to this place—and decide on the guilt or innocence of a man, of a man we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing." But personal it does become, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their own eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become twelve angry people.

 

Theater for the New City presents a new dramedy about social norms, privilege, and what it means to pursue the American Dream.

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'Roof-Top Joy' centers around couple Wittiswood and Jah-niece. As they take up residence in a new luxury high-rise condo in downtown Brooklyn, their past begins to collide with the present and jeopardizes their future. Will it all end with a joyful noise, or could all hell break loose and destroy their little slice of heaven?

 

Theater for the New City presents this bleak satire from Hungarian-born writer George Tabori about a young neo-Nazi's encounter in a graveyard.

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First produced in Bochum, Germany in 1983, 'Jubilee' centers around a neo–Nazi youth bent on defacing Jewish headstones is visited by a Jewish family and a gay couple, who find deliciously sinister ways to goad the miscreant to move on.

The rarely seen 'Jubilee' is part of 'Two by Tabori' and is running in repertory with '
Mein Kampf.'

 

In this psychological thriller you are immersed in an apocalyptic story, interact with actors and special effects, and work to complete an objective. A live action experience where you control how the story ends!

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Want to know how you would fare in the Apocalypse? Now’s your chance to find out! 

The world as we know it has ended.
A cataclysmic disaster was known as “The Night of Fire” has brought our once mighty civilization to its knees. Survivors clamber together in makeshift camps, trying to find lost loved ones, gather basic necessities, and just survive. Information is sporadic, supplies are rare, and rumors are endless.

Its been one month since that night. T
his is your story now, are you ready?

 

Superhero Clubhouse and The Brick Theater present presents this allegory about extinction, where three humans attempt to give a presentation about the remains of a play that no longer exists.

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The play's fragments seem to suggest the story of a unicorn, a hunter, and a wizard, all struggling to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Facing similar dilemmas, the three humans reenact their findings, searching for hope among the bones.

 

The Brick presents this arts and activism festival with weekly cabarets and collective action projects, which aims to remind us of the reality we live in and the reality we are moving towards.

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A portion of festival proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.

Please consult the festival's
website for a full calendar of events.

 

TADA! Youth Theater presents this family-friendly musical celebration of New York City that centers around a young girl whose life changes dramatically when she moves to the city for a year.

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Tess isn’t in Missouri anymore. Will she find her place in NYC?


TADA! is a Drama Desk award-winning nonprofit youth theater that produces original musicals for children, teens, and family audiences. At the heart of TADA! is the Ensemble, a unique, award-winning, completely free pre-professional theater training and youth development program for over 80 kids and teens aged 8-18.

 

Set in an abandoned ski shop, New Ohio Theatre and Piehole's new piece examines chronic patterns of apocalyptic despair and what it takes to face the sublime.

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In Piehole's 'Ski End,' a group of 30-whatever urbanites finds itself stuck in a flood-damaged building with a makeshift skate ramp, dead birds, and the tattered banner of a final blowout sale. From these clues they ritualistically reanimate a bygone world of Ski, until they incite a cosmic force.

 

Our Voices Theatre presents this world premiere from acclaimed playwright Charles Mee', which celebrates the life of famed outsider artist James Castle.

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What drives a single person to create nearly 20,000 works of art?

Born profoundly deaf, Castle never learned to read, write, sign or speak. His art was his language. Bringing his world to life through bluegrass, dance, and multi-media displays of his works, soot and spit enables its audience to experience the “other”- and rejoice in the unquenchable creativity of the human spirit.

 

New World Stages presents Tony-winner Robert Schenkkan's new drama which imagines a near future where Trump's administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants.

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A writer interviews the supervisor of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable. This harrowing drama strives to deliver a powerful warning and put a human face on the inhuman, by revealing how when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable.


 

Radiotheatre presents its second annual festival of short radio plays based on the work of the legendary 19th-century American master of horror.

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Enter into the darkness of the 160-year-old St. John’s Sanctuary in Greenwich Village where, lit by flickering candlelight, Radiotheatre presents eight terror tales from Edgar Allan Poe and eight stories from the writers he influenced, including work from: Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft, and Robert E. Howard. Radiotheatre's festival features 10 nights of performances each featuring different lineups of radio shorts, complemented by original orchestral scores, and a plethora of sound effects. Close your eyes and open your imagination!

Consult Radiotheatre's
website for a full schedule of events.