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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious
89
Avg Score

94
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Original

See it if You enjoy very well-acted solo shows, schadenfreude, real-life anecdotes and seeing microcosms of New York society analysed in detail.

Don't see it if You want a big flashy musical, or if you prefer serious, issue-based theatre.

90
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to have fun

Don't see it if not sure

78
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Slow, Resonant

See it if If you live in NYC

Don't see it if If you don't like something like a one man show!

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Riveting, Refreshing

See it if You want to hear a great story with unexpected twists and turns.

Don't see it if I can't see a reason why wouldn't want to.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Must see

See it if This show was relevant, timely, the writing was terrific as well as the acting. I loved it.

Don't see it if You are offended easily.

85
Absorbing, Intense, Profound

See it if You like quality entertainment

Don't see it if You are boring and stuffy

100
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.

100
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!

100
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

92
Clever, Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if Excited to see a great musical

Don't see it if You are closed minded

83
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Hilarious, Intense

See it if I was out with on a night out! With the girls especially my sister, she loves all kinds of shows, surrounding different main ideas!

Don't see it if You don't have a interest in good productions! Show is really for those who can appreciate great themes!

98
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see

See it if You want to masterful storytelling about an incredibly relevant issue that is affecting almost everybody who lives in a big city.

Don't see it if You would rather see something that doesn't make you think. If you're looking for an evening of pure fluff, this show is not for you.

88
Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You've ever wished for some easy way to make extra cash that wouldn't get you jailed or killed, so you could afford a decent apartment in NY

Don't see it if You hate actors or Air B'nB

95
Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Original, Must see

See it if You love to laugh. Evan Zes tells an absorbing story that hooks you from minute one. He's hilarious, and nimbly portrays wild characters.

Don't see it if Huh... Just see it, you won't be disappointed.

97
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you want to take a ride through someone's crazy...though not exactly legal...struggle to stay afloat while following a dream.

Don't see it if you don't like salty language

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Great writing

See it if Enjoy a fun evening!

Don't see it if You don't like four letter words!

100
Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are open minded and enjoy a controversial subject. Like dancing and good musiic.

Don't see it if If you are homophobic

96
Riveting, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are fascinated by the sea of humanity that is New York City

Don't see it if you don't like poignant comedy

98
Funny, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are a new yorker, an artist, know or love an artist, like suspense, hi jinks and laughing your ass off.

Don't see it if if you want to see huge fancy, overly produced shows. It's a barebones set.

99
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Hilarious

See it if You like great writing and sharp character work.

Don't see it if Are into big fancy musicals.

100
Hilarious, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if Like great acting, writing, character work, and masterful storytelling.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big glitzy musical.

Also Go see this!!

100
Hilarious, Clever, Must see, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see a wildly talented actor in a hilarious, well written play.

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor

99
Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Hilarious

See it if You want to see great acting and writing about a mind blowing true story. And if you like brilliant clowning.

Don't see it if You are a slumlord in New York. Or prefer heavy drama or musicals with large casts. If rated r language offends you.

100
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You appreciate clever comedy masterfully delivered!

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor.

77
Clever, Confusing, Funny, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if A little comedy and drama

Don't see it if Are expecting cats


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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