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

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

See it if You wonder about all the stories in the city and would like to see one brilliantly acted in a show. A hilarious, remarkable thrill ride!

Don't see it if Profanity or great performances are off-putting.

100
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if You know the struggles of New York housing and acting or just down right love comedy.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy vulgarity.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if This is a show for everyone. It is the story of an actor, but that of one losing himself, a story we can all relate to. Plus, super funny!!

Don't see it if If you are easily offended, this might not be the show for you.

100
Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Want to see an amazing story amazingly told by an amazing actor.

Don't see it if Don't like solo shows are prefer fluffy material.

94
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if Great acting. I will definitely recommend this show to my friends and family

Don't see it if Thank you for such a great time

99
Hilarious, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Like to see a bare bones approach to incredibly imaginative and hilarious storytelling. Also, the character work is amazing.

Don't see it if Don't like solo shows and prefer big casts and flashy musicals with tv stars.

99
Riveting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Hilarious

See it if Like a great comic thriller with a moving ending and a thought provoking message.

Don't see it if You don't like gritty language or prefer something longer than 80 minutes.

100
Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense

See it if Incredible acting and storytelling. I was laughing one minute, on the edge of my seat the next. Go see this!

Don't see it if Only like theatre with mid level tv stars or are unwilling to take a risk in something that is unknown.

99
Hilarious, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You are interested in seeing a master storyteller take you on a wild ride that goes to places you would never expect. Brilliant storytelling

Don't see it if Are tired of solo shows or prefer big flashy musicals.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Relevant

See it if You've ever lived in a New York City apartment. And you like laughing. A lot.

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see this show.

100
Clever, Great acting, Funny

See it if You have ever had a tragic experience with a crazy landlord and need some healing laughs around it! Lol!

Don't see it if If you don't like solo shows because this is a great one.

100
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a good laugh at the expense of new yorkers!

Don't see it if You are a landlord.

98
Great acting, Hilarious, Relevant, Must see, Original

See it if You like shows that both engage and entertain, that are suspenseful, moving & funny

Don't see it if You don't like humor.

98
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Original, Riveting

See it if You want to be taken on a hilarious and terrifying cautionary tale about the perils of living in New York City.

Don't see it if you are offended by course language and if you don't like laughing.

100
Absorbing, Hilarious, Great acting, Must see, Original

See it if You've had your own issues with NYC apt rentals on a budget OR if you are making bank and want a nuanced perspective of an artist's life

Don't see it if You're offended easily

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You love great storytelling and sharp, crisp acting. An inspired, hilarious, andheartfelt look at the challenges of surviving in New York.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

95
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You have dealt with new york city real estate and or acting in new york city

Don't see it if You are under the age of 15

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You've ever had to secure housing in a major metropolitan area.

Don't see it if Profanity offends you

99
Hilarious, Intelligent, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like tightly wound, hilarious storytelling and very skilled character work.

Don't see it if You are under the age of 13 or are easily offended by profanity.

100
Edgy, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if I loved it

Don't see it if you have young children

98
Hilarious, Original, Riveting

See it if You like laughing. If you've ever had a crappy NYC apt. If you've ever struggled to make ends meet. If you want to see a great show.

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

95
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You ever airbnbed in NYC :-)

Don't see it if You didn't airbnbed in NYC

96
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you wan to see something refreshing in its honesty and take on living in New York. And a brilliant performance!

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows or stories of redemption.

96
Funny, Edgy, Intense, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you want to see an amazing night of theatre done simply and beautifully. I thought it would just be funny. But it was really moving.

Don't see it if you prefer big productions with expensive sets and large casts.

97
Exquisite, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious, Epic

See it if you love great story telling and precise acting. It's a tour de force performance.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows or minimalistic productions.


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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