Already closed | 1h 30m | Queens

Rent Control

From 96 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)

Member Reviews (96)


Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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, 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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Edgy, Profound, Riveting, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you like shows about friendship, human, connection, and honesty.

Don't see it if topics like AIDS, homosexuality, and drug abuse turn you off completely.

Delightful, Funny

See it if Great Show

Don't see it if you don't like a wonderful evening of fun at theater

Entertaining, Raunchy, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy humor that is at times crass.

Don't see it if Crass humor turns you off

August 22nd, 2016
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...
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August 21st, 2016
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 s...
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August 15th, 2016
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 a...
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September 29th, 2016
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 i...
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