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
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Avg Score

98
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Epic, Edgy

See it if you want to see a great character actor/comedian tell an amazingly gripping New York tale.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy solo performing and prefer musicals or big casts.

95
Exquisite, Great writing, Hilarious, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you want to see a show that is totally relevant and nails life as an artist in today's NYC.

Don't see it if you don't like stories about New York real estate.

96
Ambitious, Epic, Intense, Must see, Masterful

See it if you want to see a play done by one person that makes you forget you're even watching a one man show. There's a great plot filled with humor.

Don't see it if you are absolutely against seeing a one person show.

99
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Epic, Hilarious

See it if you like a great story that grips you and holds you while it makes you laugh out loud and gasp at the same time. It was awesome!!

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or flashy productions with big set pieces.

99
Exquisite, Hilarious, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you want to see a brilliant performance by an incredible writer. I was mesmerized for the entire show.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy solo shows. But this one really delivers! Go see it!!!

98
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like skillful acting and great storytelling by a talented performer. It was amazing!!

Don't see it if you don't like stories about New York.

98
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Intense, Must see

See it if you want enjoy vivid storytelling done simply and with great imagination.

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows. Or if you don't like stories about theatre or real estate.

96
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intense, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a play with a beginning middle and end performed by one talented performer told with minimalism.

Don't see it if you would rather see a traditional multi-character story performed by multiple performers. Or if you like big productions.

97
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Intense

See it if you want to see an unknown character actor display incredible storytelling skills and precise character work in a a gripping story.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows. I usually don't. They usually feel self indulgent. But this one doesn't come across that way. It drives a story.

94
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Masterful, Must see

See it if you love skillful character acting and precision of craft. The story grabs you and holds you all the way to the end.

Don't see it if you prefer big flashy productions with heavy handed messages. Or if you don't like solo shows.

96
Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Masterful, Hilarious

See it if you love great acting and amazing writing. This was hysterical and scary and moving.

Don't see it if you don't care for one person shows. They have a bad connotation. But this one really delivered.

97
Ambitious, Clever, Intense, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a riveting true story told be a gifted chameleon with amazing twists and turns along the way.

Don't see it if you prefer completely fictional pieces of theatre.

95
Hilarious, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense, Resonant

See it if you like great transformative acting and a thrilling, funny stories about struggling artists living in New York.

Don't see it if you want to see a show that lasts longer than 75 minutes and has a big cast with lots of set pieces.

96
Clever, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if you want to see a show that makes you laugh, then makes you really tense and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Hilarious and harrowing!

Don't see it if you want to see a solo show with a recognizable tv or movie star. This was truly an everyman performer. But he was great.

97
Enchanting, Great acting, Funny, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if you want to see an authentic New York tale performed by a master storyteller and character actor.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or big showy productions. Solo shows can be challenging. But this delivers.

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Edgy

See it if you want to see a great story, very well acted and told with heart in a very intimate theatre. Brilliant!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy solo shows or plays that make you think.

Also This didn't feel like a typical solo show where the performer rambles.... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you like solo shows that keep you engaged from beginning to end. The acting is great!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one person shows or don't want to travel to Queens.

98
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see a great performance of a very unique story with incredible twists and turns. A riveting, hilarious and harrowing Nyc tale.

Don't see it if You don't like personal stories about New York real estate and theatre.

99
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You want to see a brilliant actor telling an unbelievable story with precision.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy solo shows by people that aren’t tv stars or household names.

99
Funny, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy really specific acting and incredibly tight writing/storytelling.

Don't see it if You prefer seeing plays with tv stars in them or big costly production values.

96
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy watching a gifted storyteller transform through multiple characters as he spins an edge of your seat thrilling yarn.

Don't see it if You like shoes about fluffy material or want to see a big cast in a musical.


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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