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 Jun 11

The Box Show

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Delightful
91
Critics
92
4 reviews
Members
91
49 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 Jun 04

Iphigenia in Splott

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Thought-provoking
86
Critics
85
25 reviews
Members
86
84 reviews

Sherman Theatre presents a contemporary drama inspired by the Greek myth, which drives home the high price people pay for society's shortcomings. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival.

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Stumbling down Clifton Street drunk at 11:30am, Effie is the kind of girl you'd avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement. We think we know her, but we don't know the half of it. Effie's life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs, and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day—till one night gives her the chance to be something more. This one-woman play makes its New York debut following performances at the National Theatre in London.

 

Open run

Sistas - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Clever
85
Critics
70
6 reviews
Members
85
89 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 Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Members say: Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
84
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
84
92 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, Delightful, Quirky
83
Critics
76
3 reviews
Members
83
945 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: Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing
83
Critics
91
3 reviews
Members
82
63 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."

 

Open run

The Infinite Wrench

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious
83
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
83
37 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

Drunk Shakespeare

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy
82
Critics
78
8 reviews
Members
82
295 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 Jul 16

Six Degrees of Separation

Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
82
Critics
78
52 reviews
Members
82
316 reviews

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

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Inspired by a true story, this play follows the trail of Paul, a mysterious young con man who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, claiming he’s the son of actor Sidney Poitier. After a shocking surprise, the couple tries to piece together the connections that brought him into their world.

 

Ends Jun 29

Happy Karaoke Fun Time

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Quirky
82
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
82
35 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!

 

Previews start Oct 07

The Band's Visit

Members say: Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Slow
81
Critics
84
40 reviews
Members
81
142 reviews

Atlantic Theater Company's critically acclaimed musical by Tony-nominated songwriter David Yazbek transfers to Broadway. Based on the film of the same name. 

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The Egyptian Alexandria Ceremonial Police Band arrives in Israel to play at the opening of a cultural center. When their hosts don't show, a miscommunication sends them in the wrong direction and they find themselves in a small settlement in the heart of the Negev Desert. With no transportation out until morning and no hotel in sight, the beleaguered band members are taken in by locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.

 

Ends May 28

The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

Members say: Clever, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting, Quirky
81
Critics
89
6 reviews
Members
80
44 reviews

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.

 

Open run

Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Indulgent
80
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
80
11 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 Jun 04

Church & State

Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining
80
Critics
74
17 reviews
Members
80
199 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.

 

Ends Jun 18

Pacific Overtures

Members say: Great singing, Intelligent, Absorbing, Clever, Great staging
80
Critics
76
34 reviews
Members
81
126 reviews

George Takei stars in Classic Stage Company's revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical about a samurai and a fisherman caught up in the westernization of the East.

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In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry sailed to Japan on a U.S. mission to open trade relations at any cost. The musical tells the story of the profound implications Perry's efforts had on the identity of Japan. With 'Pacific Overtures'—which first premiered on Broadway in 1976—John Doyle continues his highly acclaimed exploration of Sondheim's work, having directed 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Company' on the Main Stem, and 'Passion' at CSC.

 

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 Jun 28

Off the Top

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Absorbing
78
Critics
90
5 reviews
Members
78
28 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

NEWSical: The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky
77
Critics
80
7 reviews
Members
77
248 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 Jul 09

Building the Wall

Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense
76
Critics
70
13 reviews
Members
77
114 reviews

New World Stages presents Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan's new play set in a not-too-distant future when Trump's administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants.

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In a time when shocking campaign rhetoric turns into real policies, 'Building the Wall' reveals the power of theater to question who we are and where we might be going. 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.

 

Open run

Naked Boys Singing!

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

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

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

 

Open run

Line

Members say: Funny, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining
75
Critics
67
2 reviews
Members
75
16 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.

 

107group presents a modern tragedy inspired by true events about a Russian father driven to revenge after losing his family in a plane crash. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival.

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'My Eyes Went Dark' comes to New York following runs at the Finborough Theatre, London and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and was nominated for three Off West End Theatre Awards.

 

Ends Jun 16

Wild Women of Planet Wongo

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Fluffy
74
Critics
74
13 reviews
Members
74
88 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 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! The show is for ages 21 and up. Each ticket includes a complimentary drink. Standing room only.

 

Ends Jun 04

Seven Spots on the Sun

Members say: Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious
74
Critics
66
13 reviews
Members
76
42 reviews

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the Sol Project present a meditation on mourning, redemption, and revenge focused on a doctor in a plague-ravaged village who discovers his touch can heal.

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The village of San Isidro has been without its doctor for 18 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 infect the nearby countryside, the local parish priest convinces Moisés to take action. When Moisés examines his first patient, he discovers he has the miraculous power to cure this plague with just the touch of his hand. As thousands flock to the village to see him, Moisés is forced to confront his past, and San Isidro the violence that tore it apart.

 

Ends Jun 11

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Ambitious, Great singing
74
Critics
73
21 reviews
Members
74
158 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. Late one night, while posting a dating video, she receives an unexpected response from the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922). Shipwrecked and stranded on an iceberg in the Antarctic, Shackleton reaches across space and time to share his heroic journey with her. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other. Directed by Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson.

 

Ends Jun 04

Rooms

Members say: Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious, Great writing, Absorbing
73
Critics
72
5 reviews
Members
74
8 reviews

Irish Arts Center presents Galway International Arts Festival’s trio of installations exploring solitude, where each room frames a new voice from Tony winner Enda Walsh ('Once').

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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 leaves her bedroom and never stops walking until now. In 'Kitchen,' a wife wills her own implosion. Each playlet runs for approximately 15 minutes for audiences of six, who experience all three 'Rooms' in under an hour. A companion piece to 'Arlington' at St. Ann's Warehouse.

 

Ends May 28

Pinkalicious

Members say: Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful, Quirky
72
Critics
88
4 reviews
Members
71
30 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.

 

Opens Oct 06

Stuffed

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Disappointing
71
Critics
69
15 reviews
Members
72
54 reviews

After a successful 2016 run with WP Theater, Lisa Lampanelli's play about four women and their radically different relationships with food and body image transfers Off-Broadway.

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'Stuffed' brings together four women’s disparate stories to paint a witty and poignant portrait of an insane world that forces women to address hard-hitting issues like: Is eating an ice cream sandwich in the shower an emotionally fulfilling activity? When it comes to blue jeans, should one opt for camel toe or muffin top? And the ultimate query: Can food and body-image issues ever truly be conquered or are we all just destined to be 'Stuffed?' Written by and starring comedy's "Queen of Mean," Lisa Lampanelli.

 

Open run

Paradiso: Chapter 1

Members say: Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing, Great staging, Entertaining
68
Critics
64
12 reviews
Members
77
8 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. 

 

Ends May 28

Arlington

Members say: Confusing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense, Absorbing
67
Critics
68
15 reviews
Members
67
47 reviews

St. Ann’s Warehouse presents an avant-garde, multi-media work by Tony winner Enda Walsh that conjures a strange and tender love story set in a terrifying world.

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Isla sits in a waiting room in a tower as a man watches her, documenting her every move and pulling her dreams from her. In this brave new world, Walsh dares to imagine that the individual might somehow survive and that there’s still a place for love. A companion piece to 'Rooms' at the Irish Arts Center.

 

Ends May 27

They Promised Her the Moon

Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal
63
Critics
66
5 reviews
Members
62
13 reviews

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

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One of the famed Mercury 13, Cobb's test scores surpassed many of her male competitors' during rigorous psychological and physical testing in the early days of the country's space program. As such, she 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 her inspiring story.

 

Ends Jul 16

Red (First Person Xperience)

Members say: Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Masterful, Intense
95
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
95
1 review

In this psychological thriller, the audience is immersed in an apocalyptic world. A live-action, interactive experience where you control how the story ends!

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A cataclysmic disaster 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. It's been one month since that night. This is your reality now. Are you ready?

 

Ends Aug 12

The Space Pirate Puppy Musical!

Members say: Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky
88
Critics
83
3 reviews
Members
89
5 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 Aug 12

CHALK

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing, Enchanting
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.

 

Ends May 27

2017 Edgar Allan Poe Festival

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Masterful, Radiotheater very well told, Ambitious
80
Critics
85
1 review
Members
79
5 reviews

Radiotheatre presents its second annual festival of short radio plays inspired by 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 as well as eight stories from writers he influenced, including Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft, and Robert E. Howard. Radiotheatre's festival features 10 different lineups of radio shorts enhanced by original orchestral scores and a plethora of sound effects. Close your eyes and open your imagination! Visit Radiotheatre's website for a detailed schedule.

 

Open run

The Ride

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Informative
78
Critics
79
4 reviews
Members
78
9 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.

 

Shrapnel Theatre & Hartshorn-Hook Foundation present the NYC premiere of this dramedy about the end of a bad date that turns out to be the start of a very odd evening. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival.

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After matching on a dating app, Claire and James meet for an awkward first date. On their way home, 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. 

 

Ends Jun 03

Pluto (No Longer a Play)

Members say: Confusing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Profound
70
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
70
1 review

Superhero Clubhouse premieres this allegory about extinction, in which 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.

 

Ends Jun 18

Pharma Bro: An American Douchical

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Excruciating
66
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
66
8 reviews

A 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 5,000%, 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.

 

Ends Jun 18

Twelve Angry Women

Members say: Edgy, Ambitious, Intelligent, Entertaining, Slow
66
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
66
2 reviews

The AlphaNYC Theater Company presents a female version of the classic tale about 12 jurors deliberating a case that turns out to be more complicated than it at first seems.

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A 19-year-old boy has just been tried 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 deliberation room. But then one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. The proceedings become personal, with each juror revealing her own character as the various testimonies are reexamined and the murder is reenacted. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become twelve angry women.

 

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.

 

Concrete Temple Theatre presents this world premiere work which unravels the knotty love story between a man in New England and the woman he left behind in Korea.

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In 'Remembering Evangeline,' music, dance, and visual theater fuse into a landscape of dreams and desires, karaoke and kimchi. A playful and profound odyssey, capturing the drama only love can bring.

 

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.

 

Negro Ensemble Company revives this 1978 drama about three generations of black women from Louisiana battling over tradition and modernity.

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Amanita and Maneda, two members of the youngest generation, have reached an age where they are interested in pursuing romantic relationships with men. But in this household such a choice comes with an enormous catch. Maumau, the grandmother, rules over the house and her progeny with an iron will that she imposes through a "mock" or curse, an elaborate Vodoun ritual.

 

Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America presents this comic drama about a Chinese American boy who is lost in the Land of the Dead, and his still-living elder sister, who is desperate to find him.

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After Seventeen commits suicide he wanders into the Chinese Land of the Dead, a dominion ruled by the Chinese Goddess of Mercy and the Monkey King. The time is suspended, and an arcade dance console holds the key to transmigration. Meanwhile, his elder sister Twenty-One, has been reliving the night of the suicide in an attempt to find her lost brother. '410[Gone]' is performed in English with Chinese subtitles.

 

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.

 

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade and The Dirty Blondes present the world premiere of this drama about a sensitive recluse and a former drug addict.

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Desperate to feel anything, adrenaline junkie and recovering addict Willow comes crashing into the all-too-safe world of Audrey, an agoraphobic empath. The women challenge each other, standing toe-to-toe with their opposing psychological demons in this play, which explores the complex inner worlds we build to make ourselves feel safe.

 

Michael Moore, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind 'Bowling for Columbine' and 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' brings his powers of provocation and satire to the stage in this world premiere one-man play.

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'The Terms of My Surrender' takes the utter lunacy of our times and turns it into a subversive piece of theater. Tony winner Michael Mayer ('Spring Awakening,' 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch') directs the unprecedented live event from one of America’s most incisive comic voices. Who better to answer the burning questions of the Trumpian era than Michael Moore, the man who saw it all coming and tried to warn us?

 

Theater 2020 presents a new take on Shakespeare's bloody tragedy reset in the '60s on a tropical island in the South Pacific.

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In this 'Macbeth,' witchcraft abounds and passions play against ambition in a deadly game for tribal control. In this mythical setting, a group of AWOL soldiers have insinuated themselves into the local populace. After a time, the natives seek to wrest back their homeland with the aid of their spirit world. This fast-paced 80-minute adaptation features a multi-cultural cast, indigenous choreography, and exuberant stage combat. Note: In addition to the indoor shows, there will be two FREE outdoor performances on the Cadman Plaza Park War Memorial lawn on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 at 6pm.

 

The Peccadillo Theater Company presents a limited return engagement of this drama about the life of theatre legend Zero Mostel.

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'Zero Hour' is set at Zero Mostel’s West 28th Street painting studio where a naive reporter attempts to interview the famously volatile actor, prompting an explosion of memory, humor, outrage, and juicy backstage lore. It is July 1977 and the actor is giving his final interview before leaving for the pre-Broadway tryout of 'The Merchant' in Philadelphia. Mostel only played one performance as Shylock before his sudden death at the age of 62.

'Zero Hour' traces Mostel's early days growing up on the Lower East Side as the son of Orthodox Jewish immigrant parents, through his rise as a stand-up comedian, from the Borscht Belt to Manhattan's most exclusive supper clubs, and from the devastation of the blacklist to his greatest Broadway triumphs, most notably as Tevye in 'Fiddler on the Roof' and working through his love-hate relationship with Jerome Robbins.

 

The Yara Arts Group and La Mama present this new piece about societal change, based on poetry by Pavlo Tychyna and Serhiy Zhadan, and featuring songs from rock group Zhadan & the Dogs.

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What happens when society crumbles? A reminder to reflect of our past as we contemplate our ways forward. A show filled with music and poetry transformed into scenes, action, and projections. Is there a ray of hope?

 

Cherry Lane Late Night presents Iris Bahr's new solo show in which she plays many characters and explores the one things we all have in common: death.

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'I Lost You There' humorously examines how death is viewed and experienced through different lenses, occupations, and cultural norms. Through her brand of witty pathos, Bahr brings to life moving and comic characters whose lives interconnect in surprising ways, shining a light on the one aspect of our existence that we all have in common. Ms. Bahr's previous solo show, 'DAI (enough),' won multiple awards and played around the globe.

 

Lesser America presents this absurdist new play about the power of loss and how to get over, around, and through what haunts you.

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Today is the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of Fiona’s son, and still, nothing makes sense to her. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. As Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day, hoping to uncover that crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.

 

Royal Family Productions presents a new one-woman adaptation of the celebrated children’s novel by L.M. Montgomery.

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A movement-fueled, all-ages theatrical experience starring Rocky Vega. ‘Anne of Green Gables: Part I’ shares the journey of Anne Shirley, an imaginative, red-headed, hot-tempered, 11-year-old orphan and what happens when she is accidentally brought to the home of quiet siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in Prince Edward Island. This production marks Royal Family’s first time adapting a pre-existing work as well as their first-ever production for a multi-generational, family-friendly audience.

 

Repertorio Español presents this classic 1967 Argentine comedy about a man who abandons his responsibilities and begins living the way he wants to.

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Néstor wakes up on a Monday without a desire to go to work. Spending his day in bed, making love, and playing childhood games become his goals. But what started as a day of playing hooky turns into a cause célèbre. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext® In-Seat Captioning System.

 

The Secret Theatre presents this one-act play festival/competition, with cash prizes awarded to the winners chosen by the audience.

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Plays advance to the finals through audience votes. Winners for Best Play, Director, Actor, and Actress will be decided by the audience on the last day of the festival during the closing night BBQ at the Secret Theatre. In addition to cash prizes, the finalists will be offered a chance to be non-exclusively published in "The Secret Theatre's Anthology of Short Plays." Visit the festival's website for the full lineup.