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 May 10

Show Up

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Hilarious, Funny
95
Critics
88
2 reviews
Members
98
11 reviews

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

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.

 

Ends Apr 01

Through the Darkness

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent
93
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
93
17 reviews

The Workshop Theater presents a new history-inspired drama about the men and women who left everything behind, including their loved ones, to stay one step ahead of the Holocaust.... Read more

'Through the Darkness' centers around four composite characters based on interviews playwright Breindel conducted with Holocaust survivors. Three managed to avoid the concentration camps and remain free—even if freedom meant being constantly on the run. Chaos was inescapable, freedom was motion, and the only safe haven was anyplace other than where they were.

 

Ends Apr 01

Broken Bone Bathtub

Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Enchanting, Quirky, Resonant
91
Critics
85
8 reviews
Members
93
13 reviews

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

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

 

Opens Mar 27

Diva: Live from Hell

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Great acting
89
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
89
16 reviews

Theater for the New City presents Sean Patrick Monahan's solo musical about a homicidal teenage diva doomed to retell his story for all eternity as a cabaret act in Hell.... Read more

Desmond Channing spent much of his short life basking in the spotlight. As Drama Club President and star of all the productions at his Florida public high school, Desmond never imagined he could fall from grace. But when Evan Harris, a hotshot transfer student from New York, ripped the rug out from under him, Desmond responded, as any diva would, with lethal force. Now Desmond is forced to relive his darkest hour by sharing the tale of his humiliation and subsequent insanity over and over again at the Seventh Circle, Hell’s dingiest cabaret venue. As he begins his one-millionth consecutive performance, Desmond performs with renewed frenzy and desperation, hoping to prove he’s learned his lesson so he can be freed from his eternal, campy torment.

 

Ends Apr 08

Turning Page

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Must see, Delightful
88
Critics
85
6 reviews
Members
91
3 reviews

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

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

 

Ends Apr 01

Kevin!!!!!

Members say: Great singing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Must see
86
Critics
83
8 reviews
Members
93
7 reviews

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

 

Ends Apr 15

Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose

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

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

Over his storied career, Mr. Rose starred on Broadway and in London alongside such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Noel Coward, Richard Burton, and Laurence Olivier. He was last seen on Broadway in the original 1985 production of 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood,' for which he won his second Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Ed Dixon examines his longtime friendship with the character actor, their shared love for the stage, and Rose's shocking dark side.

 

Open run

Sistas - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Funny
85
Critics
70
6 reviews
Members
86
74 reviews

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

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

 

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

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

 

Open run

Blue Man Group

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Original
84
Critics
76
3 reviews
Members
84
817 reviews

The "blue men's" nonverbal performance explores themes of alienation, depersonalization, and paint. Comedy, music, and paint collide in a circus of imagination.
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Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group’s shows have been described by critics as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining.”

 

Open run

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Members say: Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting
84
Critics
83
2 reviews
Members
84
72 reviews

A re-telling of C.S. Lewis' classic tale of Narnia, featuring just two performers who play all the characters that populate the epic story.
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Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. See them meet Mr. Tumnus the faun and conspire with talking animals to save Narnia. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all.

 

Ends May 27

The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing
84
Critics
88
2 reviews
Members
83
40 reviews

Harlem Repertory Theatre mounts a one-hour, family-friendly adaptation of the iconic 1939 MGM movie musical about a little girl from Kansas who journeys to the Land of Oz.
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When Dorothy wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, and munchkins and monkeys, she's charmed but desperate to return home. She sets off on a quest to ask the Wizard for help and along the way befriends a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion. Journey down the yellow brick road while humming along to memorable songs from the Oscar-nominated film, including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and "If I Only Had a Brain."

 

Ends Apr 23

The Emperor Jones

Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Intense, Riveting
84
Critics
88
15 reviews
Members
82
40 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.... Read more

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.

 

Ends Apr 30

Not That Jewish

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great writing
83
Critics
77
14 reviews
Members
83
121 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 Apr 02

On the Exhale

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking
83
Critics
76
12 reviews
Members
85
48 reviews

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

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

 

Open run

Drunk Shakespeare

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

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

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

 

Ends May 13

Burundanga

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious
81
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
81
14 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 Apr 26

Off the Top

Members say: Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing
81
Critics
90
5 reviews
Members
80
23 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.... Read more

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

 

59E59 presents this solo show about a granddad who won a fortune betting on the 1966 soccer World Cup and, when diagnosed with cancer, gambled it all on living to see the year 2000. Part of Brits Off Broadway.... Read more

'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.

 

Open run

Rule of 7x7

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Ambitious
79
Critics
82
10 reviews
Members
77
9 reviews

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

7 rules. 7 writers. 7 new plays. 1 free beer. Every other month. For each show, every playwright comes up with one rule, then the 7 playwrights create new plays using all 7 rules. Rules can be general (i.e. "Pants") or specific ("Page one must include a back-handed compliment followed by ten seconds of silence.") Each time you come to 'Rule Of', you'll see different plays with different rules by different writers. And you'll always get a beer on the house.​

 

Ends May 21

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

Members say: Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing, Masterful
78
Critics
75
17 reviews
Members
80
15 reviews

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

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.

 

Ends Apr 01

The Gravedigger's Lullaby

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking
78
Critics
73
10 reviews
Members
79
48 reviews

TACT presents a new drama about the life of an honest, hard-working gravedigger who sweats and bleeds to support his small family.... Read more

Baylen is a gravedigger, a working-class man trying to keep food on the table in a world in which other people make the rules. There’s a baby who can’t sleep at home, and plenty of holes to be dug. But a chance encounter with a rich young man brings the hope of a different life. What will Baylen do? 'The Gravedigger's Lullaby' is a bold contemporary drama about a time that has passed...and how little things have changed.

 

Opens Apr 05

Gently Down the Stream

Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining
77
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
77
42 reviews

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

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, and what Beau assumed would be just another fling grows into one of the most surprising and defining relationships of his life. 

 

Ends Apr 01

Sam & Dede, or My Dinner with Andre the Giant

Members say: Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny
77
Critics
74
13 reviews
Members
78
38 reviews

The Custom Made Theatre Co. presents the East Coast premiere of this absurdist two-hander about a young André the Giant hitching rides to school with Samuel Beckett.... Read more

Inspired by a totally true story! 12-year-old André the Giant—already over 6-feet tall and 240 pounds—didn't fit on the school bus. To repay a favor, a neighbor offered to drive André to school in his truck. That neighbor was avant-garde writer Samuel Beckett. 'Sam & Dede, or My Dinner with André the Giant' imagines a series of scenes between the mismatched pair: a giant who could never hide and a writer obsessed with silence.

 

Opens Mar 27

Church & State

Members say: Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing
77
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
77
42 reviews

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

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

 

Ends Apr 01

Villa

Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Edgy, Intense
77
Critics
81
8 reviews
Members
73
9 reviews

The Play Company presents the U.S. premiere of this drama about three women charged with deciding the future of Villa Grimaldi, an infamous Chilean detention camp.... Read more

During the Pinochet regime in Chile, thousands of detainees were brought to Villa Grimaldi. Some were tortured, others disappeared. When the local citizens’ committee is unable to agree on a plan for the future of these blood-soaked facilities, three women are sequestered in a room and tasked with making the decision. They gather around an architectural model of the estate to debate its ideal adaptation and grapple with a nation’s unwanted legacy. Should it have a new life or remain a memorial to the crimes committed there? 

 

Open run

Naked Boys Singing!

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

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

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

 

Open run

NEWSical: The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Quirky, Relevant
75
Critics
80
7 reviews
Members
75
211 reviews

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

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

 

Ends Jun 23

Wild Women of Planet Wongo

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Delightful
74
Critics
75
11 reviews
Members
74
60 reviews

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

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

 

Ends Apr 09

The Outer Space

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Slow
73
Critics
75
17 reviews
Members
72
38 reviews

Joe’s Pub at The Public presents a bittersweet and off-kilter new musical about a couple who join a colony in outer space. Directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman.... Read more

The brainchild of Ethan Lipton, 'The Outer Space' features the playwright/songwriter/performer narrating and singing the tale of two people who buy an old spaceship, and trade the noise, pollution, and overpriced rents of Earth for the vast beauty and treacherous terrain of the final frontier. But can they survive the mission?

 

Ends Apr 02

Wakey, Wakey

Members say: Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Clever
70
Critics
71
35 reviews
Members
70
102 reviews

Signature Theatre presents a thought-provoking new play about some of life's biggest questions, written and directed by Obie winner Will Eno ('The Realistic Jones'). Starring Emmy winner Michael Emerson ('Lost').... Read more

What are we here for? Is time a friend or an enemy? Do we all eventually end up in the same place, but take different routes to get there? 'Wakey, Wakey' challenges the notion of what really matters and recognizes the importance of life’s simple pleasures. (All of which might sound dreary, but there’s a chance this will be a really good experience.) Inspired in part by the playwright-director's friendship with the late James Houghton, Signature Theatre's founder. 

 

Ends Apr 02

Bull in a China Shop

Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Disappointing
68
Critics
65
9 reviews
Members
68
47 reviews

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

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

 

Ends Apr 01

The Strangest

Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense
68
Critics
64
5 reviews
Members
83
1 review

The Semitic Root presents an immersive murder mystery loosely inspired by the unnamed Arab character killed in Albert Camus' novel 'The Stranger.'... Read more

Audience members enter a traditional Arab storytelling café, where for centuries masters of the oral tradition wove tales of intrigue. Experience French Algiers on the brink of revolution, and witness three Arab brothers vie for the love of the same woman. Their bitter rivalry ends only when one is gunned down by a French stranger. Written by Betty Shamieh ('Fit for a Queen') and directed by May Adrales ('Vietgone'). 

 

Open run

Paradiso: Chapter 1

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

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

Loosely inspired by 'The Divine Comedy,' 'PARADISO: Chapter 1' drops 10 audience members into a noir-styled, futuristic nightmare that they must navigate through. With a company of actors guiding the experience, 'PARADISO' features a narrative structure that makes audiences feel as if they have entered a world where the circumstances, characters, risks, and drama represent an immersive 'reality.' A multi-layered story unfolds complete with actors, 3D holographic projection technology, and special effects. From the team behind 'The Walking Dead Experience' and 'Play/Date.' Ages 13 and up only. Exact Midtown Manhattan location provided upon purchase of tickets. 

 

Ends Apr 09

Angry Young Man

Members say: Confusing, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious, Great acting
65
Critics
69
8 reviews
Members
64
33 reviews

Urban Stages in association with East Hampton's John Drew Theater present the US premiere of this fast-paced British comedy about a Middle Eastern surgeon who immigrates to England,.... Read more

The doctor arrives in London in search of work and a new life. Instead, through a series of hilarious mistakes and hapless missteps, he runs afoul of both white nationalists and liberal hypocrites, and discovers some surprising truths about the way immigrants are viewed.

 

Ends Apr 16

The War Boys

Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Disappointing
65
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
65
12 reviews

The Artists Crossing presents the New York premiere of Naomi Wallace's drama about three young Texans who spend their nights patrolling the US-Mexico border.... Read more

As the vigilantes wait and watch for people crossing illegally, we see how their haunted pasts have shaped their views of the world. 'The War Boys' examines the timely issues of sexism, racism, and xenophobia in contemporary American culture, and the relationship between young men and violence.

 

Open run

Line

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

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

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

 

Ends Apr 08

When It's You

Members say: Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
64
Critics
61
9 reviews
Members
65
61 reviews

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

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

 

Ends Apr 02

Chess Match No. 5

Members say: Slow, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
64
Critics
56
11 reviews
Members
66
43 reviews

SITI Company and Abingdon Theatre Company present the world premiere of an avant-garde work inspired by American composer, writer, artist, and philosopher John Cage. ... Read more

SITI actors Will Bond and Ellen Lauren create a unique live art performance, part chess game and part music happening, which explores the words and ideas of a visionary artist. Come experience the wide-open mind-bending brilliance of Cage’s insights about the world, art, music, philosophy, and the adventures that life presents. Conceived and directed by veteran theater maker Anne Bogart.

 

Ends Apr 01

Who Would Be King

Members say: Entertaining, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Funny
49
Critics
64
8 reviews
Members
46
15 reviews

Liars & Believers presents its epic take on the biblical story of King Saul. Featuring live music, clowning, physical theater, and swordplay.
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Violence and betrayal, angels and prophets, villains and kings…and chickens. Who rises to rule and how far will he fall in the great clown kingdom? This production swings from absurd buffoonery to high tragedy, with kinetic physicality, silliness, swords, and live synthwave music. 'Who Would Be King' tells the story of a good man given an impossible task and asks: what separates good from great, and what lies in between?

 

Ends Aug 12

The Space Pirate Puppy Musical!

Members say: Clever, Funny, Refreshing, Delightful, Absorbing
91
Critics
83
3 reviews
Members
91
3 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!

 

La MaMa presents this environmental performance project, which blends modern dance, music, and documentary theater to tell the story of the toxic waste disaster in Campania Felix, Italy.... Read more

Campania Felix, an area north of Naples, has been the dumping ground for tons of toxic waste over a period of more than 30 years. As a result, the region has suffered a devastating loss of life. 'Land of Fires' explores this environmental catastrophe and the scandal surrounding it. There will also be an on-site booth with information about the situation, and how it compares to others around the world. 

 

Open run

The Infinite Wrench

Members say: Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Edgy, Delightful
90
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
90
3 reviews

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

After shuttering the long-running 'Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,' the New York Neo-Futurists are 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.

 

Ends Apr 09

Benghazi - Bergen-Belsen

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Exquisite
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La MaMa presents a drama about Libyan Jews during WWII that explores a cultural narrative that is conspicuously absent from prevalent stories of the Holocaust.... Read more

'Benghazi–Bergen-Belsen' is an original play set in the '40s based on the novel of the same name by Yossi Sucary. Silvana Hajaj is an ambitious young Jewish feminist from Benghazi, Libya. She is transported with her family to Germany's Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. There she meets Rebecca, a young Dutch Jew, and the play tracks their encounter, which is layered with cultural and sexual tensions. By citing the marginalized racial politics of the Holocaust, the show urges a reconsidering of both historical and contemporary religious, cultural, and racial oppression and violence.

 

Ends Apr 01

Steve of Tomorrow

Members say: Clever, Funny, Great staging
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3 reviews
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1 review

Collapsable Hole presents a tech-infused puppet performance created by toy theater artist David Commander and multi-media artist Rob Ramirez that asks, is technology our salvation or will it be our undoing? ... Read more

In 'Steve of Tomorrow,' a science fiction enthusiast posts an open invitation on his blog for time travelers to visit him. Soon after, a man from the future named Steve appears, but he is a lazy, uncommunicative disappointment. Is he a freeloading fake or is this what we become? 'Steve of Tomorrow' asks if humanity’s well being is reflected in the recent explosion of technological advancements. Are we uniting as a populace to build the idealistic future that we portray in science fiction, or is our voice being drowned out in a cacophony of images and sound bites?

 

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

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

 

Ends Aug 12

CHALK

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful
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4 reviews
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1 review

FRIGID new york @ Horse Trade presents a playful and poignant one-man homage to silent film-era comedians, created and performed by Alex Curtis.
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'Chalk' is a whimsical solo show which invites audiences of all ages into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen. Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this feel-good romantic romp.

 

Open run

The Ride

Members say: Clever, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Great staging
82
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4 reviews
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90
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In this unique interactive experience, comedy hosts welcome audiences aboard a bus-turned-moving theater, which navigates a 75-minute ride through Midtown Manhattan.... Read more

'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.

 

Ends Jun 29

Happy Karaoke Fun Time

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Absorbing
80
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80
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Under St. Marks presents this troupe of improvisers who create a brand-new, one-act musical at every performance.... Read more

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 02

Whales

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Quirky, Edgy
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Hit the Lights! Theater Co. presents the New York premiere of this puppet-theater piece, which draws inspiration from punk rock, game shows, and documentaries to tell the story of Melville's masterpiece 'Moby-Dick.'
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Using handmade shadow puppets, vintage overhead projectors, and a punk scum house band to explore the classic novel, 'Whales' offers a unique glimpse into the world of the legendary title creature and the men who hunt him relentlessly.

 

This is Not a Theater Company presents a revised version of its 2014 site-specific performance piece, which takes place entirely in an actual swimming pool.... Read more

With new text and scenes for 2017, 'Pool Play 2.0' invites audiences to sit at the edge of the pool with their feet in the water to enjoy synchronized swimming, a race or two, penguins, songs, and an exploration of America's long, joyful, and complicated relationship with water, swimming, and pools.

 

Open run

Ted Greenberg's The Complete Performer

Members say: Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Indulgent
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8 reviews

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

Greenberg performs his hit Off-Broadway "mostly one man" comedy show before whisking a lucky audience member home in a New York City taxi driven by Greenberg himself. This unique comedic experience is now in its 8th smash season at the historic SoHo Playhouse theater.

 

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').... Read more

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.

 

292 Theatre revives this Tennessee Williams one act about a hedonistic wife who has come to the end of her patience with her artist husband. Directed by Obie winner Everett Quinton.... Read more

The late '60s resounds throughout 'Tokyo Hotel' in staccato rhythms, which serve as breaks in the lilt of Williams' earlier dialogue, like a hesitation waltz. This revival of Williams' intense and personal play features the cast of the company's well-reviewed 2012 New York production.

 

Ends Apr 01

Journey in Light and Shadow

Members say: Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Clever, Slow
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August Strindberg Rep presents the English-language premiere of Danish writer Stig Dalager's mysterious play within a play for three actors.... Read more

The audience enters a room where two actors and a director are working on a play. But are they rehearsing? Are they performing? Or are they not actors and a director at all? Is it the present, the past, or in the future? An examination of the playwriting process with echoes of Strindberg and Pirandello, 'Journey in Light and Shadow' is a 'Twilight Zone'-like experience where the audience is challenged to guess what is real, what is a play, and whether the characters' scars can ever be healed. Presented in rotating repertory with 'Marty's Shadow.'

 

Ends Apr 02

The Terrifying

Members say: Intense, Slow, Delightful, Riveting, Quirky
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4 reviews
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Minor Theater presents the world premiere of this horror story about a family that turns the tables on a fearsome creature.... Read more

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

 

Ends Apr 09

Dead Man's Dinner

Members say: Quirky, Entertaining, Slow, Thought-provoking, Edgy
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Squeaky Bicycle Productions presents the world premiere of a comedy about three women trapped in the middle of the most dangerous war zone in the world: a besieged Upper West Side.
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In a frigid rent-stabilized apartment, Olympia and her daughter Petra have spent years surviving any way they could. But when Petra falls in love with Jackie, an injured soldier, their food supply is stretched to the limit. As death creeps closer, each woman will be torn between love and hunger. Which will win? 

 

Opens Mar 27

Sub-Basement

Members say: Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal
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Athena Theatre presents the world premiere of a dark comedy exploring the importance of art, the challenges of homelessness, and finding your own path.... Read more

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

 

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

 

BAMkids presents this new theater piece inspired by Shakespeare’s 'The Winter’s Tale,' which takes children on a voyage of discovery through landscapes of Shakespeare’s imagination and the music of his language.... Read more

When a shepherdess and her flock of little sheep discover a lost 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 sensory experience seeks to delight and inform younger audiences about the power of their own imaginations.

 

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

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

 

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.... Read more

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.

 

Talking Band presents a new play with music about a room in a country house that sings of those who have lived there over a 70-year span. ... Read more

In 'The Room Sings,' Obie-winning troupe Talking Band uses an array of genres–'40s noir, Chinese ghost tale, Chekhovian farce/tragedy, and a Sicilian puppet opera sung by beavers–to tell the stories of four interlocking sets of people. As their tales unfold, they intertwine and illuminate each other. 'The Room Sings' offers multiple fractured views of a place and the people who have inhabited it. 

 

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

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

 

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.... Read more

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.

Part of 59E59's 'Brits Off Broadway' festival celebrating the best of British Theater.

 

In Creative Arts Lab's new musical adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters' classic, 'Spoon River Anthology,' two strangers return to their hometown to say one last goodbye to their pasts.... Read more

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

 

Irish Rep's world premiere drama examines the controversy of Ireland's proposed “Mother & Child Scheme” of the early 1950s and the ensuing crisis that brought down the government and changed Irish life forever.... Read more

Dr. Noel Browne was elected to the Irish Parliament in the general election of 1948. Handsome, intense, arrogant, and unpredictable, he was only 33 years of age, with few political skills 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.

 

IRT and Stable Cable Lab Co. present 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.... Read more

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's world premiere is a mosaic of interrelated personal stories, relationships emotions, sacrifices, and struggles faced every day by New Yorkers trying to find their place in a new home.... Read more

'Old New Year' recalls those moments when you're looking at the lighted windows of NYC buildings in the evening and trying to guess what kind of lives take place behind them. What events would cause the people behind the glass to decide if they will forge a new path in a new day, or repeat the old stumbles of the old year? Lost & Found Project is a contemporary theatre that mines the experiences of young Russian Jews based in New York. The Project calls itself a docu-theatre troupe, and it creates stage productions based on a verbatim technique that delves 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.

 

Fledgling Theater and Theatre Row present a revival of Nicky Silver's provocative comedy about  a dedicated, if disorganized and demented, group of young radicals.... Read more

These are the kids who protest. They protest arts funding and arms funding. They protest school cutbacks and AIDS cutbacks and welfare cutbacks. They march for gay rights and children's rights and Women Against Drunk Drivers. However, they are not always prepared and on this particular Sunday, their morality is put to the test.

 

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.... Read more

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.

 

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

For this new 'Rise of the Phoenix Festival,' Spotlight On has called upon participants from their early years from the 1990s into the 2000s. The festival's lineup contains participants from many earlier Spotlight On Festivals as well as from their collaborations with Sage Theatre Company in 1996, 'Planet Connections Festivity' in 2009, and their 'Fresh Fruit Festival' collaboration in 2012.

Consult the festival's homepage for a full breakdown of shows and schedule of events.

 

Nine Theatricals in association with Genesis Repertory presents a revival of this powerful one-act comic piece about a macho-man trying to regain his life after serving in Vietnam.... Read more

Set in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar, Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and trying to reestablish his position in the community. Joined by his younger brother, Ray (who worships him), Roy sets about consuming a case of beer while regaling Ray with tales of his military and amorous exploits.

Part of Spotlight On's 'Rise of the Phoenix Festival.'

 

FRIGID @ Horsetrade presents this world premiere absurdist black comedy, where six college friends get together to celebrate a recently failed marriage.... Read more

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.

 

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.... Read more

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.

 

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