Spectacular Solo Shows

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One person. One stage. One night of unforgettable theater. 

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It takes a seriously talented performer to captivate an entire audience without any costars. All of these shows have incredible actors at their center, plus engaging stories—some hilarious, others historic, and a few heartbreaking. So spend the night one-on-one at these solo outings.

Ends May 10

Show Up

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Hilarious, Funny
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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

Broken Bone Bathtub

Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Enchanting, Quirky, Resonant
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8 reviews
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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
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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 23

Cry Havoc!

Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting
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9 reviews
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32 reviews

Bedlam presents Stephan Wolfert's solo show in which he weaves personal stories of his military service with some of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches.... Read more

After six years in the Army, Stephan Wolfert hopped off a train deep in the mountains of Montana and found himself at a performance of 'Richard III' that changed his life forever. In this two-act, one-man show, Wolfert examines his own experience pre- and post-service. The military recruits citizens and trains them to kill, but what does the "de-cruit" process look like? How do we re-learn to live together?

 

Ends Apr 08

Turning Page

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Must see, Delightful
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6 reviews
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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 15

Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent
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27 reviews
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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.

 

Ends Apr 30

Not That Jewish

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great writing
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14 reviews
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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
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12 reviews
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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.

 

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.

 

Opens Mar 27

Latin History for Morons

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant
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7 reviews
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The Public Theater presents Emmy and Obie winner John Leguizamo's latest solo show in which he schools his son—and the rest of us—on the buried history of Latinos in the Americas.... Read more

Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 100 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.

 

Ends Apr 09

The Outer Space

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Slow
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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?

 

The Daryl Roth Theatre presents the New York premiere of this exploration of identity created and performed by magician and performance artist Derek DelGaudio and directed by four-time Emmy Award winner Frank Oz.... Read more

A story reveals the illusion of one’s identity in 'In & of Itself.' New ways of seeing the unseeable are explored, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today, and secrets imagined for tomorrow all blend together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show. 

 

Ends Apr 08

When It's You

Members say: Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
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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 Jun 18

Sin Wifi Tambien Se Vive (There's Life Without Wifi)

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Intelligent
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Repertorio Español presents the latest one-man-show from Latino comedian Saulo García. ... Read more

From the comedian behind 'La Vida en Los Esclavos Unidos,' 'El Insomnio Americano,' and 'En la USA me Quedé' comes 'Sin WIFI También se Vive,' which proves that there was indeed life before iPhones. Reflecting on a time long past, Saulo García explores analog nostalgia with lots of laughs along the way. Performed in Spanish ONLY. No English translation available.

 

Ends Aug 12

CHALK

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

 

Opens Mar 30

Growing Up Gonzales

Members say: Resonant, Emotional, Funny, Quirky, Great acting
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Medicine Show Theatre presents this one-man show about brotherly love and the healing power of saying goodbye.... Read more

When Johnny Gonzales is forced to clean out the apartment of his recently deceased younger brother Cisco he discovers a treasure chest of private, personal notes left behind by his younger brother. The notes are pages and pages of events that happened in the past. They represent Cisco's innocent interpretation of love, life, and everything in between. When Johnny begins to read these notes the magical journey begins.

 

These two timely one-act plays tell stories of women devastated by war, who find tenacity and triumph on their own terms. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival.... Read more

'Angel' is a one-woman show inspired by the story of a modern legend; a female sniper, "the Angel of Kobani," who held ISIS in check for over a year in war-torn Syria. Rehana is a young law student who joins the resistance when the town of Kobani is besieged, and quickly discovers that she had a talent for killing.

'Echoes,' which played at 2016's Brits Off Broadway festival, tells the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart. One is a Victorian pioneer woman, the other an Islamist schoolgirl. The former wants to build an Empire, the latter a Caliphate. Both women are idealists and intelligent adventurers who travel East to impose their views on unwilling peoples.

 

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.

 

BAM presents this world premiere one-woman show that explores the life, and seeks to capture the essence, of the audacious Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Written and performed by Andrea Dantas.... Read more

A rebellious and crippled young Frida Kahlo, after facing an episode of bullying due to her Jewish heritage, and being told “she was found in the trash by her parents," is determined to prove that she is not a “nobody." But a tragic nearly fatal bus accident, her own insecurities, substance abuse, and a heartbreaking betrayal, leave Frida in shambles. Shattered and alone, Frida is forced to look at her own self and depict her suffering on the canvas, becoming one the most iconic female painters of all time.

 

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