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 Oct 01

How to Succeed as an Ethnically Ambiguous Actor

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
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4 reviews
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12 reviews

Hypokrit Theatre Company and the Castillo Theatre present Zenobia Shroff's autobiographical solo show about her life as an Indian-American actress.

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"What kinda name is that?" Zenobia has been battling this question and other microaggressions for the three decades she’s been an actor in New York City. She’s had some downs and she’s had some successes, but now she’s wondering was it all worth it? Leaving her family behind in India, giving up any chance of a normal life, and enduring audition after audition where no one could tell "what she is." 'How to Succeed' is a play about the paths we choose and the lives we don’t.

 

Ends Sep 30

Show Up

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful
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8 reviews
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33 reviews

After hit runs in NYC and Edinburgh, Peter Michael Marino's fully improvised solo show enjoys an encore run at Under St. Marks. 

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

 

Opens Oct 02

The Box Show

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Funny
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4 reviews
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52 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 Oct 29

Say Something Bunny!

Members say: Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Fascinating, Absorbing
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6 reviews
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7 reviews

UnionDocs presents Alison S.M. Kobayashi's multi-media solo piece inspired by an amateur audio recording made over 60 years ago.

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The origin of this audio was a mystery. Two spools of thin steel wire were found tucked inside an obsolete sound device purchased by a collector at an estate sale. There were no labels; no dates, no names, and no context. Through her obsessive research and active imagination, Kobayashi decodes the rich dialogue in the recording and discovers the detailed history of a Jewish family from New York that bursts with humor, surprise, and drama. The one-woman show annotates, illustrates, and reconstructs the scenes of the recording, while revealing the stranger-than-fiction biography of the eldest son, David, who made the wire recordings. Using video, installation, performance and plentiful archival material, Kobayashi leads the audience through a close listening of this multigenerational tale.

 

Ends Oct 28

Trump Lear

Members say: Hilarious, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining
89
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3 reviews
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16 reviews

From the team behind 'David Carl's Celebrity One-Man Hamlet' comes this new Shakespeare-inspired solo show, with Carl forced to play Trump as King Lear—for Trump himself!

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Actor and impersonator David Carl is being held without bail for performing his Trumpian version of 'King Lear.' Now he's forced to do his 'Lear' as the President watches remotely online. The stakes are high: If Trump likes Carl and his show, Carl lives. If not, Carl dies. But how can Carl get through this performance without offending his one audience member?

 

Ends Oct 17

Power Over POTUS

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great singing, Great writing
87
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1 review
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39 reviews

Erica Vlahinos' raunchy comedy-cabaret explores the history of sexploits at the White House.

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'Power Over POTUS' is a gossip-fueled political comedy about the women who did 69 in the Situation Room, used whips in the West Wing, had romps in the Rose Garden, and never acted First Ladylike. A certain former intern receives an invitation to get back in action 20 years after getting rug burn in the Oval Office. As she ponders pounding an orange POTUS, she seeks guidance from the spirits of the women who stood (and laid) in her shoes. Note: For mature audiences only. $20 food and beverage minimum per person.

 

Ends Oct 01

The Peculiar Patriot

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see
87
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3 reviews
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19 reviews

National Black Theatre and Hi-ARTS present the world premiere of Liza Jessie Peterson's solo piece about the prison industrial complex and the racial disparities that feed the draconian system.

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With more than 2.5 million people behind bars, America is the world’s leading prison superpower. 'The Peculiar Patriot' follows Betsy LaQuanda Ross as she makes regular visits to penitentiaries to boost the morale of her incarcerated friends and family, navigating love between barbed wire. As she shares neighborhood updates, gossip, and reminisces about family, Betsy delivers a shrewd indictment of the criminal justice system, with a heavy dose of humor to boot. 'The Peculiar Patriot' examines the human impact and inhuman machinery of mass incarceration.

 

Opens Nov 30

A Christmas Carol (Summoners Ensemble Theatre)

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Enchanting, Thought-provoking
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8 reviews
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11 reviews

Summoners Ensemble Theatre presents its fifth annual run of this one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic. Performed at the landmarked Merchant's House Museum.

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It's December 1867. Charles Dickens arrives in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of 'A Christmas Carol.' Join the author, portrayed by John Kevin Jones, in the elegant and intimate parlor of the historic, 19th-century Merchant's House for an hour-long performance created from Dickens' own script. Meet Mr. Dickens and toast the holiday season before select performances.

 

Opens Sep 29

Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play

Members say: Enchanting, Great singing, Relevant, Absorbing, Entertaining
86
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6 reviews
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1 review

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This solo show explores the life of international superstar Josephine Baker through theater, song, and burlesque.

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Written for and performed by Tymisha Harris, 'Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play' won Best Show and Outstanding Solo Performance at the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival. 

 

Ends Oct 07

Growing Up Gonzales

Members say: Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever
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2 reviews
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44 reviews

Writer/director Felix Rojas brings back his one-man play about brotherly love and the healing power of saying goodbye. 

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

 

Ends Dec 30

In & Of Itself

Members say: Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Masterful, Thought-provoking
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24 reviews
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52 reviews

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.

 

Previews start Oct 19

Latin History for Morons

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking
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33 reviews
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145 reviews

After a run at the Public Theater, Emmy and Obie winner John Leguizamo brings his hit solo show about the buried history of Latinos in the Americas to Broadway.

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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 Oct 22

The Terms of My Surrender

Members say: Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
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50 reviews
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198 reviews

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

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'The Terms of My Surrender' is a hilarious satirical tour through the depraved new world we find ourselves in since appointing a madman as the leader of the free world. The show features insights drawn from Moore's long history as an activist and high-profile pot stirrer, ongoing translations of each day's fresh insanity, and any number of nightly surprises. Directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer ('Spring Awakening,' 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch').

 

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: Adapted from a letter Kafka wrote to his dad, this solo drama is a blistering dissection of domestic authority, and a visit with one of the architects of the modern psyche.

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At the age of 36, Franz Kafka was still living at home, a petty bureaucrat, a failed artist, a timid Jewish son. Ruling and ruining his life was his overbearing father, Hermann. What to do? Kafka wrote a 50-page letter to his dad in which he reveals deep connections between his life and his fiction.

 

Previews start Nov 12

Bright Colors and Bold Patterns

Members say: Great acting, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky
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Critics
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15 reviews
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27 reviews

Drew Droege's solo comedy about what gets left behind as homosexuality moves into the mainstream returns for an encore run. Directed by Michael Urie ('Ugly Betty,' 'Buyer & Cellar').

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Josh and Brennan are about to get married in Palm Springs on a lovely Saturday afternoon. However, the night before becomes a drunken, drug-fueled riot because their friend Gerry has arrived, furious that their invitation says, "Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns." In the struggle for equality, what do we really want? What do we lose? And is there any cocaine left? Written by and starring Outfest Award winner Drew Droege, who is best known for his online videos as Chloë Sevigny.

 

Opens Oct 03

I Lost You There

Members say: Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing
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Cherry Lane Late Night presents en encore run of Iris Bahr's solo show in which she plays many characters and explores the one thing 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. 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 share. Ms. Bahr's previous solo show, 'DAI (enough),' won multiple awards and played around the globe.

 

Ends Sep 30

Shit, I'm in Love With You Again

Members say: Funny, Raunchy, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever
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9 reviews
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Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: Join Outstanding Canadian Comedy Award winner Rachelle Elie in her boisterous and bawdy musical romp through the multiple manifestations of love and relationships.

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From wide-eyed youthful idealism to the challenges of marriage and parenthood, this cheeky solo comedy pokes fun at everything from blue balls to birth and divorce. Original songs include 'Monogamy,' 'F*ck First,' 'I Want to Spank My Kids This Xmas,' and 'I’m Breaking Up With Jesus.'

 

Ends Oct 08

The Death of the Moon

Members say: Disappointing, Confusing, Great singing, Excruciating, Ambitious
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In this dark new solo musical set in New York City, a disillusioned and lonely young woman spirals down into a world of drugs and prostitution.

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After two failed marriages, a sister's betrayal, and a broken childhood, Danielle has all but given up on her dreams of stardom. Derailed by self-destructive choices, addiction, and the need to survive at any cost, she finds herself at a breaking point where she seeks to find meaning in her life and, ultimately, salvation. For mature audiences only.

 

Ends Nov 19

United Solo Theatre Festival 2017

Members say: Absorbing, Delightful, Masterful
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United Solo presents its eighth annual festival of solo performances, the largest event of its kind in the world.

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United Solo Festival explores and celebrates the uniqueness of the individual through a variety of one-person performances. Renowned solo performers, as well as new talents, present work that spans a diverse array of genres: storytelling, puppetry, dance, multimedia, documentary, musical, improv, stand-up, poetry, magic, performance art, drama, tragedy, and comedy. Visit the festival's website for the complete lineup. Note that many shows only play once!

 

In this solo drama, Richard Hoehler plays RJ Bartholomew, a man who loses everything and then rises from the ashes to become the man he was always meant to be.

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RJ Bartholomew is the Everyman with answers for those questioning Everything. After falling from grace with an agnostic thud, Bartholomew delivers a powerful message, considering the current condition of the world, with a genuine hope for the future, faith in the universe, and an undying love for mankind. 'I of the Storm' is a riches-to-rags success story revealing that what you seem to lose is always less valuable than what is returned to you by letting go.

 

Poetic Theater Productions and the Wild Project present J. A. Moad II's solo play in which the toll of war reverberates across three generations of Americans.

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A seven-year-old boy struggles to make sense of the screaming in the night after his father returns from Afghanistan. A 50-year-old man works to rebuild his life as he wrestles with the memory of an idealistic son—a teenager turned Marine who came back from Iraq wounded, disillusioned, and broken. And at a bar in the rust-belt remnants of his hometown, a former soldier’s midnight encounter brings the past and the present into an explosive, searing reality.

 

Ends Oct 22

Oh My Sweet Land

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Riveting
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4 reviews
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3 reviews

The Play Co. presents this environmentally staged solo play featuring a Syrian woman sharing stories from her past while preparing a meal in various NYC kitchens.

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Step into the kitchen. The onions are cooking on the stove and meat is on the cutting board waiting to be chopped. Our host is preparing kubah, a traditional Syrian dish. While she cooks, she tells us the story of meeting Ashraf, a Syrian exile, and falling in love with him as he desperately tries to help those he was forced to leave behind. When he vanishes, she impulsively trails him to her homeland—one she has never known, now consumed by war. As the meal comes together and then falls apart, we hear the tales of brutality, grace, and humanity of the Syrian refugees she meets along the way. Note: This show has no fixed venue. It is staged in a variety of NYC kitchens in private homes and community centers.

 

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: In this solo performance Chase Padgett becomes six different guitar players, each with his own distinct voice, views, and musical style.

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During this 85-minute show, the characters—ranging from a 19-year-old rock prodigy to an 87-year-old blues man—share their respective musical journeys through songs and stories.

 

Opens Oct 14

CHALK

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful
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4 reviews
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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 Oct 01

Sam's Tea Shack

Members say: Funny, Confusing, Indulgent, Disappointing, Entertaining
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1 review
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The Tank presents this interactive solo comedy in which writer-performer Sam Soghor muses on cultural identity versus national identity.

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Steeped in reverence for the F train as much as it is for the new Silk Road, 'Sam's Tea Shack' is an Ashkenazi Jewish boy’s fantasy he is among his ancestors: central Asian nomads. In this malleable exchange between the audience and Sam, he serves tea, talks about the neighborhood, Persian emperors, going to high school with Lin-Manuel Miranda, dumplings and samosas, and whatever is on your mind. Note: In addition to the ticket price, there is a one-drink minimum per person.

 

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Rosalind Productions presents part 9 of Diana Oh's epic installation, a concert-show in which she models, sings, and chronicles her relationship with lingerie.

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Over the course of four months, eight street installations of work connected to '{my lingerie play}' have taken place in Times Square, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, which will culminate in Rattlestick’s production of '{my lingerie play} 2017: Installation #9 THE CONCERT AND CALL TO ARMS!!!!!!!!!' The show explores Oh's experiences from her first lace bra to the vengeful loss of her virginity, from dating to being arrested, from feeling fat in an FAO Schwartz to helping kidnapped brides in Kyrgyzstan, to revealing most importantly, what drove her to take her clothes off in Times Square to kick off her unapologetic ten installations of '{my lingerie play}' to create a saner, safer, more respectful world for women to live in.

 

Transport Group’s radical revival transforms Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, nine-act, five-hour play into a solo piece starring David Greenspan.

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Nina Leeds’ life crumbles when her true love is killed in World War I. Flitting from one man to the next until she settles for a life she never wanted, stalked by the fantasy of the happiness she never shared with her late fiance. This saga from 1923 follows the lives of eight characters over the course of a half century. Transport Group’s production will incorporate the fragmented identities of each of these characters, and their colliding inner and outer lives over an entire lifetime, into a single performer, and turn one of O’Neill’s most ambitious works into a unique theatrical event.


 

Legendary Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen comes to Broadway in a new autobiographical solo show.

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At 960 seats, the Walter Kerr Theatre is one of the smallest venues Springsteen has played in the last 40 years. Join the iconic musical storyteller in this intimate environment for his new piece, a part-spoken, part-sung performance that loosely follows the arc of his life and work.

 

Vineyard Theatre's world premiere solo show is a sexually charged comic thriller about a shy midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke.

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Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family’s life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

 

In this world premiere solo comedy, a NYC cabbie must come to terms with his past, his dad, and his unfinished college degree. Written and performed by Emmy-winning 'Late Night with David Letterman' writer Ted Greenberg.

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It's December 18, 1987. Ted is driving a NYC taxi with one screaming deadline in front of him: He must turn in a paper by midnight or his long-cherished, degree-pending status at Harvard will be snatched away forever. It will take a wild ride through NYC and his past, and a confrontation with his financial-titan father before Ted’s able to come to grips with an eight-to-ten-pager on Edmund Spenser’s 'The Fairie Queene.'

 

All For One Theater presents a new solo horror show about a New York City psychoanalyst and recovering alcoholic whose bloody quest for personal balance begins when she finds herself in Texas after her nephew's suicide.

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The third play in Aaron Mark's cycle of Sit-Down Tragedies after 'Empanada Loca' and 'Another Medea,' 'Squeamish' is a grotesque tale of phobia and compulsion, a minimalist work of psychological horror about craving what terrifies us most. Starring two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser.

 

Next Door at New York Theater Workshop presents this intimate solo piece about Gardiner Comfort's experience as an actor living with Tourette Syndrome.

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Created with his frequent collaborator Kel Haney, the play explores the week Gardiner spent at the Tourette Association of America National Conference in Washington, DC. Surrounded by hundreds of other people with Tourette's: it was the first time he felt "normal." Using an erratic and energetic performance style (a nod to Tourette's itself), this original show blends comedy, dance, and a personal outlook on disability.


 

Irish Repertory Theatre presents this world premiere solo piece, which offers a comedic glimpse into 35 years behind the wheel of a New York City yellow taxi. Written and performed by John McDonagh.

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John McDonagh, veteran radio host, has condensed thirty-plus years of activism, reality show antics and observation into a love song to the city that never sleeps.  From the plight of the NYC homeless to the crazy demands of Upper East Side matrons, McDonagh moves from the comedic to the heartfelt and back again faster than the apparition of umbrella dealers on a rainy day. Throw in his tales of brushes with the rich and famous such as driving Stephen Fry to a Queens social club and teaching Top Gear’s Richard Hammond how to drive a cab, and you have an evening of classic Irish storytelling. 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the Broadway debut of Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow's solo piece, an exploration of storytelling full of personal insights.

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With equal measures of humor and heart, Lithgow conjures a cast of indelible characters from classic short stories by Ring Lardner and P. G. Wodehouse. 'Stories By Heart' first took shape in 2008 at Lincoln Center Theater in a special repertory presentation, with Lithgow telling one story each night. Since then he has evolved the play in theaters around the country. Directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan. the Broadway debut of 'John Lithgow: Stories By Heart' is the culmination of this artistic development.

 

Theaterlab’s Artistic Director Orietta Crispino presents her solo series examining a collage of inherited myths and apocryphal histories, melding the intoxicating act of storytelling with the ritual of preparing food.

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'Let Me Cook For You' is part of Theaterlab's Fall Season - 'Eat Your Heart Out,' which celebrates the ephemeral cycle of performance that echoes itself with each iteration, and feeds the audience something different each time. After all, you can't eat the same apple twice.

 

Elizabeth Wine's one-woman show explores how much mindfulness and music can do to calm an anxiety-ridden mind.

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'I'm Mindful...Of My Anxiety' explores the conflicts that arise when the quest for focus, clarity, and calm collides head-on with an increasingly frantic world. This personal search by one woman is at once comical and uplifting as she desperately tries to juggle the demands of modern life while keeping her sanity. Along the way, she gets some help from yoga, Beethoven, and Joe DiMaggio.

 

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