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 Feb 26

Broken Bone Bathtub

Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Resonant, Quirky, Profound
94
Critics
87
5 reviews
Members
100
2 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.

 

Ends Jan 29

The Dork Knight

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing
86
Critics
84
10 reviews
Members
87
71 reviews

Abingdon Theatre Company presents Jason O’Connell’s solo show tracing the ups and downs of his life through the prism of his love/hate relationship with the 'Batman' movies.... Read more

A look into one man’s obsession with movies about another man’s obsession with dressing up like a rodent and punching people. Featuring numerous “cameos” from the bat-voices in O’Connell’s head, 'The Dork Knight' is a trip down cinematic memory lane that begins with the 1989 Michael Keaton blockbuster, and strolls past George Clooney’s bat-nipples, Christian Bale’s bat-growl, and a couple of iconic Jokers en route to (sigh) Batfleck. O’Connell’s intimate memoir explores how one’s inner geek can guide and inspire in good times and in bad. Note: 'The Dork Knight' contains adult language and themes, and is not recommended for anyone under age 13.

 

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, Dame Edith Evans, 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 Rose and their love for the stage in this solo show, which premiered at Arlington Virginia's Signature Theatre in 2016.

 

Ends Apr 30

Not That Jewish

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great writing
83
Critics
77
14 reviews
Members
83
103 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 Jan 29

Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

Members say: Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Absorbing, Quirky
81
Critics
80
7 reviews
Members
90
1 review

Caps Lock Theatre presents Mariah MacCarthy's autobiographical solo show about her unplanned pregnancy and her efforts to place the child with the gay couple of her dreams.... Read more

'Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People' tracks one birth mother’s true adoption journey, from conception to placement—while still living her life, dating, and attending the occasional orgy. From adoption agencies to vaginal discharge, burlesque to good-­byes, this intimate night of storytelling is up close and personal.

 

Ends Feb 12

Albatross

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Great staging
78
Critics
72
21 reviews
Members
80
33 reviews

The Poets' Theatre, Inc. presents a multimedia solo show inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.'
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Written and performed as a rollicking sea yarn, 'Albatross' is about Mariner, an 18th-century sailor cursed with immortality who is thrust into the modern world. Full of privateers, storms, battles, spirits, and penguins, it's a thrilling adventure story that also delves deep into urgent questions about violence, mindfulness, and our impact on the natural world.

 

Ends Apr 09

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

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see
94
Critics
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0 reviews
Members
94
2 reviews

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 Jan 28

Lucky Penny

Members say: Must see, Absorbing, Moving, Delightful
86
Critics
83
3 reviews
Members
95
1 review

Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company presents David Deblinger's autobiographical solo show, an everyman’s seriocomic journey through life.... Read more

From the death of a parent to the birth of a child, writer/performer David Deblinger zigzags through a range of mad, sad, beautiful, and crazy characters and stories taken from his own life. Punctuated by the live music and vocals of Fred Johnson, 'Lucky Penny' takes audiences through a deeply moving and often hilarious life journey.

 

Ends Aug 12

CHALK

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful
84
Critics
85
4 reviews
Members
81
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.

 

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.

 

Theater for the New City presents actor/rapper Malik Work's autobiographical solo show about perseverance, love, music, and the struggle to survive as an artist in New York City.
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Malik Work documents his life in NYC's hip-hop/jazz movement. It's a true story, but it’s also a hip-hop theater experience told through Work's eyes, voice, words, and rhymes. Despite his success at building a fan base as his alter ego Dionysos, Work desperately struggles to get out of the club world where he’s trapped as a bouncer, The lines between his roles at the Izzy Bar blur as do the lines between hip-hop and theater in this genre-busting one-man show. A stage adaption of the film of the same name.

 

New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, presents this biographical solo play about famed Harlem pastor and congressman Adam Clayton Powell.... Read more

Set in Bimini, the House of Representatives and Abyssinian Baptist Church, the historically accurate play captures the former congressman's rise and fall, largely in his own words. Timothy Simonson plays the handsome and magnetic Congressman on his political journey as Harlem's first black congressman between 1945 and 1971.