Spectacular Solo Shows

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

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 Jun 11

The Box Show

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Delightful
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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, Riveting
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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.

 

Ends Sep 03

In & Of Itself

Members say: Slow, Entertaining, Masterful, Absorbing, Clever
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21 reviews
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The Daryl Roth Theatre presents the New York premiere of this performance piece by magician Derek DelGaudio, directed by Emmy winner Frank Oz.

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In 'In & of Itself,' DelGaudio examines the illusion of identity. 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 Jun 18

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

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing
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Repertorio Español presents the latest one-man-show from Latino comedian Saulo García. 

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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: Entertaining, Clever, 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.

 

Ends Jun 11

The Woman Who Was Me

Members say: Confusing, Great acting, Slow, Banal, Resonant
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Theaterlab and Convergences Theatre Collective present this solo piece in which the kiss of a stranger awakens the desire and creativity of a middle-aged woman, launching her on a journey of self-discovery.

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It is an odyssey that takes this wife, mother, teacher, and writer into a life outside conventional marriage and motherhood, a life filled with risk, questioning, and confused boundaries. In wandering, how can she put down roots, find a voice, and craft a new story of herself and those with whom she shares a kinship? After each performance, performer Liz Stanton is joined by a special guest for a discussion with the audience about the many choices women make throughout life, consciously and unconsciously.

 

The Tank and Sinking Ship present this new solo adaptation of Franz Kafka's tragicomic story about the only person who remembers an artist whose act was simply…to hunger.

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What begins as a nostalgic celebration of a lost art form—and its most famous practitioner—becomes a darkly funny trip into the very question of what it means to suffer, and what it means when suffering becomes a public spectacle. Actor, puppeteer, and Sinking Ship co-artistic director Jonathan Levin stars.

 

La MaMa presents this solo performance with puppets: a passionate, comic, and poetic exploration of history as a model for peace building.

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'Heart is in the East' is a duet (with puppets) that takes place in two time periods: Present day Iraq, Beirut, and New York City; and 11th century Cordoba, where Muslims and Jews lived in cultural coexistence inspired to peace by vibrant poetic exchange. Following each performance is a poetry contest. Written & performed by Jessica Litwak.

 

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.

 

The Irish Repertory Theatre presents this new adaptation of Irish master-dramatist John Millington Synge’s classic work detailing his travels to the desolate islands on Ireland's West Coast.

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In 1898, upon the advice of W.B. Yeats, Synge went to live among the islanders to "express a life that has never found expression.’’ In this grey, sea-battered landscape, full of mist and wild rain, hearth is home and storytellers regale with tales by the fire; here Synge found inspiration for many later works including 'The Playboy of the Western World' and 'Riders to the Sea.' Irish actor Brendan Conroy tackles the story of Synge's time on this bleakly primitive, mystical land.