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 Aug 12

Trump Lear

Members say: Hilarious, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Funny
94
Critics
85
1 review
Members
96
13 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 Aug 26

The Amazing Max

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing
91
Critics
91
4 reviews
Members
92
11 reviews

A return engagement of Max Darwin's popular magic and comedy show for kids and adults alike.

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Max combines magic and comedy, making objects appear and disappear and generally defying the laws of physics inches from theatergoers' faces. This high-energy, interactive, and all-around silly show is appropriate for audiences of all ages 3 and up.

 

Ends Oct 29

Say Something Bunny!

Members say: Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Unique, Intelligent
87
Critics
88
6 reviews
Members
86
4 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 Aug 12

Growing Up Gonzales

Members say: Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking
83
Critics
74
2 reviews
Members
83
36 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.

 

Fishamble: The New Play Company and 59E59 present this tale of love, longing, and one woman's intense rivalry with a Charolais heifer.

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A passionate love triangle ensues when a rural Irish woman and a sexy French singing Charolais heifer vie for a farmer's attentions. A fast-paced solo-play featuring Noni Stapleton ('Penny Dreadful') as both the woman and the cow.

 

Ends Jul 30

Lucie Pohl: Hi, Hitler

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great acting, Quirky
81
Critics
71
5 reviews
Members
83
23 reviews

Lucie Pohl's autobiographical solo show explores her life as German-Jew growing up in a wild family of artists, and her childhood fascination with der Führer.

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As Bertolt Brecht’s real-life grand-niece, Lucie yearns for normalcy, but being different seems to run in her bloodline and escaping her inherited high-drama destiny might just be impossible. A pinch of Hitler, a cup of hip-hop, and a dash of Hasselhoff.

 

Ends Dec 30

In & Of Itself

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Masterful, Slow
80
Critics
80
21 reviews
Members
80
37 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.

 

Ends Aug 06

The Aran Islands

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Slow, Enchanting
74
Critics
69
12 reviews
Members
80
10 reviews

Irish Repertory Theatre presents a new adaptation of John Millington Synge’s classic work chronicling his travels to the desolate Aran Islands.

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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 spin 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 in this bleakly primitive, mystical land.

 

Ends Aug 06

Summer 2017 Midtown International Theatre Festival

Members say: Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing
100
Critics
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0 reviews
Members
100
1 review

Since 2000, this annual summer festival has presented a wide array of shows that emphasize imaginative, low-tech staging.

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MITF is the brainchild of John Chatterton, creator of OOBR (the Off-Off-Broadway Review). Mr. Chatterton started the Midtown International Theatre Festival as a way to showcase Off-Off-Broadway talent. Participating productions play three performances each during the fest's run. Find the complete lineup on the official website.

 

Opens Sep 13

Van Gogh Find Yourself

Members say: Funny, Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting
96
Critics
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0 reviews
Members
96
4 reviews

59E59 presents this interactive solo show about legendary artist Vincent van Gogh, during which audience members create their own works of art.

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Walter DeForest blends storytelling, theater, and live art creation in this engaging portrait of the artist. Think you know the truth? 'Van Gogh Find Yourself' please. Part of the East to Edinburgh festival of shows headed to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

 

Ends Aug 20

The Power Over POTUS

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Funny, Hilarious
88
Critics
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0 reviews
Members
88
7 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 Lady-Like. 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 Aug 12

CHALK

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing, Enchanting
82
Critics
85
4 reviews
Members
79
3 reviews

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 Aug 30

The Closet Bitch

Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Disappointing, Great staging
78
Critics
90
2 reviews
Members
77
4 reviews

Shana Solomon’s one-woman show chronicles her desperate attempts to please everyone in her life—except herself—while trying not to fall apart in the process.

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This raw, unapologetic dark comedy finds Solomon playing 19 characters in 80 minutes. Watch as she spills scandalous secrets and tells totally true embarrassing tales as she attempts to come out of her shell and shake off a life-long fear of offending others. This production includes explicit language and sexual content. Adults only.

 

Ends Jul 30

East to Edinburgh 2017

Members say: Great acting, Indulgent, Disappointing
70
Critics
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0 reviews
Members
70
1 review

59E59 Theaters' annual festival features shows heading across the pond to Scotland's famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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This year's lineup includes a solo show exploring gender identity; a dark comedy about the original dark couple: Adam and Lilith; a collection of four zany and touching one-act plays by Craig Lucas; and more. Visit the East to Edinburgh website for the complete lineup.

 

Rattlestick presents part 9 of Diana Oh's epic installation, a concert-show where Oh performs an original 8-song soulful score on baritone ukulele as she models, sings, and chronicles her relationship with her lingerie.

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Over the course of 4 months, 8 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.

 

The Play Co. presents this solo play about a Syrian woman who recounts an encounter from her past while preparing a dish, in an environmentally-staged production set in real home kitchens and community centers.

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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 learn the stories of brutality, grace, and humanity of the Syrian refugees she meets along the way.

 
  • Official Site
  • 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Previews start September 8th, 2017

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