Queens | 1h 30m | Already closed

Rent Control

From 5 critic and 95 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious

About the show

A struggling actor turns an NYC rent-controlled apartment into a lucrative Airbnb scheme in this wild-but-true one-man show, written and performed by Evan Zes. A hit at FringeNYC 2016. More…

What would you do to hold on to your apartment in New York City? What would you do to pursue your dreams? Zes funds his acting career by renting out his apartment as he works all over the country. But when the situation seems too good to be true and the police are called, how long can it last? Watch Zes portray nearly 30 characters as they close in on him and threaten to ruin his life in this cautionary tale of greed and redemption.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Greek Cultural Center (Queens)

New York Theater

for a previous production “Zes, as it turns out, is a winning performer - as funny and foul-mouthed as a stand-up and as skilled in storytelling as any Moth champion. He is also talented in mimicry, portraying some 30 characters in his engaging tale that is as much about the life of a struggling actor as it is about his adventures as a housing hustler. Add to that a self-deprecating persona that is as often disarmingly frank as it is funny.” Full Review


for a previous production "This solo show from Evan Zes may just be the surprise thriller of the festival. It's thrilling because it deals with the shady underbelly of New York City's most tawdry industry: real estate…An average Joe with a dirty sense of humor, Zes knows how to spin a yarn, adding layers of intrigue until we are not sure whom to trust…You'll laugh at Zes' grotesque portrayals of his neighbors and roommates and cringe at the way the big sharks of Manhattan real estate devour us minnows." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "The self-described 'fuckin’ actor' with a 'worthless MFA in fuckin’ acting' is eminently likeable, completely natural, and thoroughly entertaining,..Underlying the humor, Zes slyly acknowledges both the diversity and the economic disparity that define the melting-pot culture of NYC...Those are issues to which a lot of people in the arts, and in New York, can relate, that visitors will find illuminating, and that will leave everyone rooting for this delightful (if not 100% ethical!) underdog." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production “At first seems like a well-rehearsed monologue rather than a full show. This stiffness quickly melts away, however, to reveal a dangerously hilarious actor/writer with a clear ability to capture an audience...It is his performance that makes the piece, in more ways than one. With such a simple set-up, Zes needs to be near perfect in order to maintain interest, a task he easily accomplishes...A highly enjoyable piece with a wonderful performer at the helm.” Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Zes unfurls a whopper of a rent control anecdote...Zes has a cheerfully profane, blithely fatalistic way of narrating all of this, and when the plot thickens, it allows him to do more voices...In a town where housing is at such a premium, who doesn’t love a good apartment tale?...He’s an engaging host, and the pretty-happy ending is very gratifying." Full Review

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like one person shows with multiple characters. Bonus points if you are a New Yorker.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of one-person shows.

Also this is a really engaging performer. 75 minutes flew by. He has a grea... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Must see, Masterful

See it if You love side-splitting shows, and can relate to finding housing in NYC! Fantastic impressions and a fabulous story teller!

Don't see it if You aren’t crazy about intimate one-man shows with small sets

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Hilarious, Must see

See it if ever lived in NY or ever had a apartment. Can relate to the struggle to live in the city.

Don't see it if If a home owner and dont care about tenants. But probably not for you if you hate one man shows.

Hilarious, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you have ever dealt with a landlord, rented an apartment, rented an apartment in NYC or just want to hear a hilarious city story

Don't see it if you have never heard the sweet words "rent control" before or do not like one-man shows

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting, Great storytelling

See it if You like a one man show. You want to laugh. You want to hear a great story that sucks you in. You want to be entertained.

Don't see it if You do not like a one man show. You do not want to laugh. You do not want to hear a funny and moving story about a struggling actor.

Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Great writing, Funny

See it if you feel related to the struggling life of being an artist or as a struggling metropolis resident in general / you love down-to-earth story

Don't see it if you dont love humor, you cant accept vulgarity

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Raunchy, Great writing

See it if Know rent control in NYC, want to laugh throughout the show & be thoroughly entertained. Relevant and cleverly scripted.

Don't see it if If you don't like vulgarity. If not there's no reason to not enjoy an evening of entertainment in a solo show.

Funny, Resonant, Clever, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you are a New Yorker or hope to be one! This one man show will either fill you with servivalisalist pride or send you fo the safe suburbs.

Don't see it if you are not prepared to laugh through the pain.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you can relate to the rent-controlled vs. free-market rent disparity, you've used Airbnb, or you know what it's like to be poor in NYC.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows or dingy theaters.

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a comic interpretation of one man's adventures in the bizarre world of NYC rentals.

Don't see it if you work for the IRS.

Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Must see

See it if You enjoy one man shows with a great act portraying an array of characters from his life. You enjoy laughing alot. You are an actor.

Don't see it if Like a play with lots of special effects and heavy drama.

Also I really enjoyed this show as I was constantly laughing and felt the a... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Raunchy

See it if if you like New York stories and want a few good laughs. Good script, good timing, good laughs throughout, well performed.

Don't see it if if you don't like one-person performances; I found the venue of this small bar room to be cozy but it may not suit everyone.

Also A couple sitting near me took a few pics of me and came over at the en... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Relevant, Exciting, Quirky, Uproarious adventure

See it if you want to see skilled comedic character actor in action. While rambunctious a show, it's still at its core a touching coming of age story.

Don't see it if youre irritated by obnoxious audience members who distract others in the audience and detract from the performance.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Entertaining fun evening. Really like this guy.

Don't see it if ( can not think of a reason)

Enjoyable one man show

See it if you like good old story telling with few props and no set. A very New York story

Don't see it if you expect elaborate set and custumes

Funny, Quirky, Relevant, Delightful, Clever

See it if you are lucky enough to live in a rent regulated apartment in NYC.

Don't see it if you are a trust fund kid or a wall street wunderkind.

Entertaining, Funny, Local

See it if You enjoy one person shows, you like New York stories and you want to be amused.

Don't see it if You don't like small shows, small venues or one person shows.

Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You'll enjoy a NYC based tale. I'm usually biased against one-man shows but this delivered.

Don't see it if You dislike one-man shows and don't want to take a chance. You'll hate a story about life in NYC.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you enjoy "Fringe" shows; you are entertained by a (somewhat) sad story about a man who learns to play the rent control system in NYC

Don't see it if one man shows are not your thing; silly impersonations annoy you; you have no tolerance for "Fringe" type entertainment.

Quirky, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a good laugh, an "only in New York" story.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows, you want a high-minded story.

Great writing, Relevant, Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if - you're New Yorker, you will relate - content is more important to you than surroundings - open minded about sexual jokes

Don't see it if -you're looking for a broadway or "theatrical" kind of experience, - surroundings and staging is important to you - this is your date night

Also I have to tell that I like play a lot but had to knock off few % becau... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want to support an actor who is industrious enough to write his own vehicle. Although the plot was intriguing, the characters were not.

Don't see it if You like sympathetic characters. If you don't want to travel to Astoria Queens for a show.

Also We saw is on a Sunday eve, with a very small house. It's a comedy, and... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You live in NYC, own in NYC, rent in NYC, sublet in NYC, stay in AirBNBs, work in NYC, play in NYC... have ever been to NYC!

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh!

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Original

See it if Looking for a funny show about life (of an actor) in NYC

Don't see it if You don't live in NYC

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You live in New York. You're an actor

Don't see it if Don't like a solo show.

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