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A reunion. An argument. A TED Talk. Emotional mutiny. And a bond that connects four women who meet once a year for a photo shoot, chronicling their changing (and aging) selves as they navigate love, careers, children, and world events. But when these private photographs gain the potential to go public, their relationships are tested, forcing the women to confront who they are, what they've become, and how they'll deal with whatever lies ahead. Funny and evocative, 20th Century Blues questions our place in the world and in relation to one another. Multi-Obie Award winner and Tony Award nominee Emily Mann (Anna in the Tropics) directs the New York premiere of this play by Susan Miller (My Left Breast), another multi-Obie winner and winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
The season will feature 11 theatrical productions. The fall lineup includes an adaptation of Roberto Bolaño's novel Distant Star presented by the theater company Caborca (September 14-October 1); Blackouts by "Drag fabulist" Dickie Beau (October 5-8); Katherine Brook, Toni Enelow, and Taylor Brook's The Power of Emotion: The Apartment (October 11-21); Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty's Why Why Always, featuring Jim Fletcher (October 12-29). Wintertime will see Jack and the Beanstalk, created by disabled actor and writer Mat Fraser and feminist art star Julie Atlas Muz (December 6-23).
In 2018, the venue will present Fabrice Melquiot and Paul Desveaux's Pollock, featuring Jim Fletcher and Birgit Huppuch (February 15-25); Modesto Flako Jimene's Listen for My Dear Brooklyn (March 14-31); Deborah Stein and Suli Holum's The Wholehearted (March 15-April 1); Eliza Bent's Aloha, Aloha or When I Was Queen (April 4-21); Elevator Repair Service's Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf, written by Kate Scelsa and directed by John Collins (late May-June 17); and the Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble's Month of a Million Likes (June 7-30).
Sherri Rosen-Mason is head of the admissions department at the Hillcrest School, fighting to diversify the student body. And alongside her husband, the school's headmaster, they've largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the 21st century. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values — with convulsive results. Admissions is a new play that explodes the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America.
Afterglow is a raw one-act play exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections among three men and the broader implications within their relationships. Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius to share their bed one night. When a new intimate connection begins to form, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty, and trust as futures are questioned, relationships are shaken, and commitments are challenged.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 18 and up because of its language and nudity. Children under the age of four are not permitted in the theater.
What happens to a drone pilot who is spending full days watching a young Pakistani woman and her family? What happens to the woman when she knows she is being watched? In her play Against the Hillside, Sylvia Khoury imagines and examines what may be the hidden human costs of this strange new warfare.
Separated from her family, young whooping crane Ajijaack undertakes her first migration from Canada to coastal Texas alone. Her journey is disrupted by environmental, industrial, and mythical chaos. Ajijaack must follow her intuition to fly onward, learning from the neo-indigenous communities she encounters along the way. Bringing community together through puppetry, traditional dances, projections, and kites, Ajijaack on Turtle Island will inspire the next generation of eco-champions.
In The Amateurs, a scrappy troupe of pageant players races across 14th-century Europe, struggling to outrun the Black Death — and medieval subscribers. The arrival of a mysterious new actor sends Hollis, the leading lady, in search of answers that can only be found off-script…and soon one century's plague begins to look a lot like another, more recent one. Wildly inventive, funny, and deeply moving, The Amateurs examines the origins of creativity: When does a crisis destroy art, and when does it set creativity spinning? The Obie Award-winning Oliver Butler (The Open House) directs this new work by Pulitzer Prize finalist Jordan Harrison (Orange Is the New Black).
The Amazing Max is an "awesome and hilarious live magic show for the whole family" (PBS Kids). What's truly amazing, as magician Max Darwin works miracles during the show, is not only what happens onstage but also what happens in the audience. The enchanted look that spreads across the faces of his young (and not-so-young) fans is hands down astounding. Max conjures a custom experience that young ones will carry with them long after the show ends.
Using a blend of interviews, archival research, Methodist hymns, and original songs, America Is Hard to See investigates the lives in and around Miracle Village, a rural community for sex offenders buried deep in Florida's sugarcane fields. During late fall in 2015, members of Life Jacket Theatre Company travelled to southern Florida to interview the marginalized residents of Miracle Village. The team has transformed its academic field research into a moving and unflinching play about darkness, uncertainty, and the painful process of healing in small-town America. Drama Desk Award nominee Travis Russ directs, with music and lyrics by Priscilla Holbrook.
After their father's death, two unhinged siblings reunite with Amy (Jamie Brewer of American Horror Story), their movie-loving sister who has Down syndrome. Together they careen down the Long Island Expressway, navigating strip malls, traffic jams, and some serious (and not-so-serious) family drama. An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives...and the fact that Amy may be the only one who knows her own mind. Written by Lindsey Ferrentino, who made her New York debut at Roundabout Theatre with Ugly Lies the Bone, and directed by Scott Ellis (The Elephant Man), Amy and the Orphans is a rollicking ride that proves it's never too late to follow a new road.
The hit dramatic play The Answers to Apathy is returning to the stage after its original production in 2015! Embrace your past and accept the present — or your future may haunt you. Rainey Grander has just received news of a life-changing event, and when old friendships and new relationships collide in the present day, the course of everyone's fate lies in the hands of confronting their hopes, their fears, their dreams, their secrets, and their ways of coping with their own mortality.
The Answers to Apathy is a beautiful and inspiring story about unique relationships and people navigating their lives after they have all experienced a profound loss, which is also their gain. The play tackles every human emotion, including love, resentment, forgiveness, passion, happiness, ambition, and sorrow. This dramatic and sometimes humorous play centers around six people and their lives before and after an incident and how all are adversely effected in different ways while reflecting on their own choices.
This new production of Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, directed by Lila Neugebauer (Everybody), honors Albee, who passed away in 2016. In Act 1, "Homelife," we meet Peter and his wife, who live a comfortable but vaguely unhappy bourgeois existence; in the second act, the classic "The Zoo Story," Peter is forever altered by an oddly persistent stranger in Central Park. With jolts of brutality and Albee's signature dark humor, this seminal play explores both the love and the cruelty that we inflict on each other every day.
Part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart, Avenue Q is still the funniest and freshest show in New York City! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. He meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman), and other new friends! Together they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Harlem Blues Project specializes in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, and Barry Harrison, plus a revolving cast of NYC's finest blues musicians, including Bill Sims Jr., Michael Hill, Irving Louis Lattin, and Solomon Hicks.
It's 1973, and Houston's Astrodome is playing host to one of the biggest cultural events of all time: Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs face off in a "battle of the sexes" tennis match. Balls is a high-intensity theatrical retelling of this unforgettable match and the cultural debates it ignited about sexism, women in sports, and equality. One Year Lease's signature high-energy physical style embraces the carnival atmosphere of the original event and features a shot-by-shot rendition of the entire match.
Two men unravel quickly over the course of 90 minutes. Who are they? What room is this, and what might be beyond the walls? Gut-wrenchingly funny and achingly poignant, Ballyturk, which is reminiscent of Enda Walsh's plays The Walworth Farce and Misterman, scratches beneath the surface of rural Ireland. This production from Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, in association with the Abbey Theatre, is presented by St. Ann's Warehouse in association with Piece by Piece Productions and Irish Arts Center.
Based on true stories, The Bench, set in urban decay and rubble, explores the emotional heartbreak of five homeless characters and the catastrophic hysteria surrounding AIDS in the 1980s. The sparse set is accented with hand-drawn imagery by Daphne Arthur, and the audio design is by world-renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh. The Bench is a unique solo theater piece wherein one actor plays five characters, with speech written as dialogue rather than monologues followed by blackouts.
Funerals are for the living. What happened and why and who did it and how — none of that matters in the moments before. And The Big and the Small is a play about the moments before. This work is a series of two-handers, each set in identical hotel rooms in a grand hotel in Zürich as guests enjoy the last moments of their private, awkward, funny, and not-so-funny lives. Themes of nationalism, tourism, social responsibility, isolation, class, and gender roles are all explored. So too is the tension between public and private life as well as between assimilation and diversity.
Blue Man Group will rock your world, blow your mind, and unleash your spirit. Leave your expectations at the door, and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter, and surprises. Thirty-five million people of all ages, languages, and cultures know what Blue Man Group is really about. Now it's your turn.
Dare to live in full color.
Bobbie killed Casey in the middle of a cornfield in Milton, Nebraska. Two years later, Milton's residents are ready to tell you their side(s) of the story. This comedy-about-a-tragedy pushes the boundaries of Roundabout's Black Box Theatre with a sprawling cast of eccentric characters and an ambitious narrative that pulls back the husk of rural life. Bobbie Clearly is written by Nebraskan Alex Lubischer, a Yale School of Drama student discovered by Roundabout Underground.
Inspired by encounters with refugees, Borders is an urgent, moving, and occasionally hilarious commentary on one of the great crises of our time. Through two alternating monologues, Borders tells the stories of a British press photographer and a Syrian graffiti artist whose paths cross in tragic circumstances. Written by the multi-award-winning Henry Naylor, the show was one of the biggest hits of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, selling out its entire run. Boldly directly by Michael Cabot, Borders is fast-paced, stripped-down theater that conveys an epic story using just two actors, simple lighting, and a couple stools.
A comedy in four parts about an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who loved him, left him, or lost him over 60 years; and of the equally remarkable old manor house that saw and heard it all happen.
Josh and Brennan are about to get married in Palm Springs on a lovely Saturday afternoon. However, the night before becomes a drunken, drug-fueled riot because their friend Gerry has arrived, furious that their invitation says, "Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns." In the struggle for equality, what do we really want? What do we lose? And is there any cocaine left?
Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, starring Jeff Hiller (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), is written by Drew Droege (the internet's Chloë) and directed by Michael Urie (Ugly Betty).
Chiara Atik's Bump follows three different stories about three separate quests for knowledge, all foucsed on one thing. A girl in colonial New England, expectant mothers on a pregnancy message board, and a mechanic about to become a grandfather attempt to discover more about the miracle of childbirth. Claudia Weill directs this play, presented in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
In the aftermath of Liv's untimely death, her boyfriend Adam, her best friend Cat, and her sister Sally negotiate everything from a raucous wake to releasing her worldly goods to the Jewish Women's League.
Running the gauntlet of the five stages of grief, the thirtysomething trio compete for who ranks highest on The Grief Meter, reveal hidden unspeakable truths, and fail to agree on epitaphs and the allocation of earrings. Ending up in cupboards, on trains, and in the emptiest Indian restaurant in England, Butterside Down explores how the young are ill-equipped to lose each other. And whether, when you've lost the love of your life, your sense of humor can keep you alive.
Paint it red. So begins Lydia's wild idea to invigorate her Rust Belt town. But when a whip-smart entrepreneur co-opts her scheme, a precarious rivalry is born. A battle for the town's soul ensues, causing its obsessive mayor, its defiant matriarch, and the rest of its residents to question who they are and where they're headed.
Carolines on Broadway, the premiere comedy nightclub of New York City, presents the biggest stars of television, movies, and the national standup circuit seven nights a week. The television studio-like showroom, which can accommodate over 250 people, has won numerous architectural awards for its lush wood and brushed metal design. A wide assortment of food and drink is available during the show, and fine dining is available before or after the show in the intimate supper lounge.
Note: There is a two-drink minimum for all shows.
Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter, created by Eugene Pack and developed by him and Dayle Reyfel, features a lineup of rotating performers who read — in both solo and ensemble pieces — the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous in their autobiographies.
The show features selections from books by Justin Bieber, "The Situation," Madonna, Tiger Woods, Susan Lucci, David Hasselhoff, Geraldo Rivera, Melissa Gilbert, Patti LuPone, Kenny Loggins, Destiny's Child, the Jonas Brothers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Diana Ross, David Cassidy, Britney Spears, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eminem, and Vanna White. It also includes special "celebrity mash-ups" — Cher, Barbra Streisand, Neil Sedaka, Dolly Parton, and Celine Dion all expressing their passion for food; Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Lee on working out and working "it" out; LL Cool J, Miley Cyrus, and Ricky Martin addressing who they "really are"; Tallulah Bankhead, Kathleen Turner, and Ethel Merman sharing the secrets of "diva-dom"; and Lauren Bacall and Carol Channing recreating the suspense of Tony night.
Astrological disturbances split asteroids apart, and new smaller worlds hurtle into one another's orbits. Loved ones are wrenched from each other, old animosities arise, and these asteroidal inhabitants soon forget they once lived as one world. Mass amnesia buries their shared history, and it seems impossible that these estranged neighbors ever coexisted peacefully. Will they now be able to reach across borders and share a world of difference? How can you deal with aliens when you feel alienated yourself?
A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds pairs short stories by eminent multi-Obie Award-winning playwright Mac Wellman that have been adapted for the stage by director Elena Araoz. Each story tells a fantastic and emotional tale of the imagined inhabitants of real asteroids in the asteroid belt. Wellman's verbal acrobatics lay bare the madness of our own small world. Live music composed by Drama Desk Award-nominated touring artists, alongside Tony Award nominee Justin Townsend's installation-style production design, coalesce into a vibrant and deliriously theatrical event.
City of Hope is a high-energy interactive show that engages all ages with live music, singing, dancing, spectacle, and audience participation. When the Agents of Jam go undercover as a construction crew to help with disaster relief, they are invited on a special mission to explore New Orleans zydeco, Paris jazz, and Detroit's motown sound. Along the way, they discover how musical styles that developed from African roots have become beloved forms of artistic expression around the world — and that by working together, a City of Hope can be built.
First love is a bittersweet symphony! Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical Experience pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan's most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two diabolically charming stepsiblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster's daughter, Annette Hargrove. As the two set out to destroy the innocent girl — and anyone who gets in their way — they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all: love.
Based on the 1999 cult classic starring Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe — and featuring throwback hits like "Lovefool," "Just a Girl," "Only Happy When It Rains," and "Bittersweet Symphony," New York City's most intoxicating new musical is a full-on '90s party, returning you to a time when rosaries were more than a fashion statement. Yes, it's the movie you love, set to the songs you know, performed live, with drinks…and missing out might just ruin your reputation. Happy hunting!
In a small Boston suburb, a single schoolteacher is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter's life. Suddenly, their worlds collide in ways that open up questions: What truly separates the haves and the have nots? Is it wrong to seize an incredible chance, even if the circumstances seem questionable? Loosely inspired by a passage from The Great Gatsby, this timely new play by the author of The City of Conversation probes the troubling relationship of finance and educational opportunity in American life today. Directing is Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt).
Daybreak, written by Joyce Van Dyke and directed by Lucie Tiberghien, is a world premiere play highlighting Armenian-American history. Set in three time periods, Van Dyke's drama is inspired by the true stories of two female friends who survived the Armenian genocide. Using memory, dreams, and music, Daybreak carries the story of these women into the 21st century in a celebration of the human spirit's endurance.
Ilia Volok's reimagined one-man show garnered enormous praise during its West Coast tour and garnered great success during its East Coast tryout at New York's Beckman Theatre that this cutting-edge play will now open 2018 off-Broadway.
Poprishchin, a low-ranking civil servant, yearns to be noticed by the beautiful daughter of a senior official, but she never does. Slowly, yearning becomes obsession and then insanity. As his mind unravels, we see, unfolding in front of our eyes, a timely parable of class wars, the quest for individuality, and the pervasive indifference for the common person.
Nora is a hard-drinking musicologist whose colleague and lover is dragging his feet about leaving his beauty-queen wife. When Nora's hijinks land her at rock bottom, she goes on a quest for counsel from the only source she has left: her estranged, evangelical mom. Abby Rosebrock's Dido of Idaho is a horrifying comedy about love, despair, and maybe, eventually, hope.
Balti and Jaker begin the play as two gay 20-year-olds enjoying the romantic and sexual possibilities on their college campus. But when Jaker asks Balti to pretend to be straight for the duration of Jaker's grandmother's visit to the campus, a chasm opens in the friends' consciousness, and Balti finds himself traveling back in time with the help of a cherub from the wrong side of the tracks.
As Balti sorts through the national history that binds him to his grandmother's homophobia, he meets a yarn-spinning rattlesnake, a Korean-American war child, and the founders of the first gay bar in Las Vegas, Nevada. When he attempts to return to the comforts of modern-day gay life, he finds that time works differently inside the closet than outside, and his old love with Jaker may be irretrievable. Worse, his new friend the cherub may be on the brink of death due to human pollution of the time-stream.
Born at the same time on the same day in the same hospital, Pig and Runt have been inseparable ever since. They speak in their own language, play by their own rules, and create a world for themselves in which boundaries blur between truth and illusion. Then, on their 17th birthday, they discover something more. As night falls and the disco and drink take hold, they spiral violently out of control.
Disco Pigs, Enda Walsh's breakout play, received both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award. Walsh's other accolades include the Caméra d'Or for the screenplay of Hunger and the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Once.
With music and lyrics from Micki Grant, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope is a celebration of African-American culture and community. Originally conceived and directed by Vinnette Carroll, this radical work presents the issues of race and politics in America and raises voices for change through a lively mix of song and dance with a score that includes gospel, jazz, soul, calypso, and rock.
The show premiered at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., before moving to Philadelphia and ultimately New York City, where it ran for over 1,000 performances on Broadway. Along the way, it earned four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical as well as a Grammy Award for Best Score from an Original Cast Show Album.
Twelve iconic divas wrapped into one! This versatile, rambunctious show features live vocals and onstage costume changes. New York's Dorothy Bishop pays hilarious, loving tribute to performers from Cher and Madonna to Stevie Nicks and opera star Renée Fleming.
Nominated for Best Tribute Show by the Manhattan Association of Cabaret in 2015!
Mashuq Mushtaq Deen's Draw the Circle is a hilarious, moving story told entirely from the point of view of family and friends performed by Deen himself. The work compassionately brings to life the frequently ignored struggle that a family goes through when their child transitions from one gender to another.
One professional New York actor has at least five shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform in a Shakespeare play.
There is a hidden library on the second floor of a building on 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue. With over 15,000 books, the Drunk Shakespeare Society meets every night to drink...and perhaps do a little Shakespeare. A mysterious bartender serves cocktails through a 10-foot-high bookcase made entirely of black books. A hundred prized novels are forever buried in an amber fluid in front of a royal throne. Other easter eggs are hidden throughout the room...
Heralded as "brilliant" and "important" in performances in French and English in Paris during COP21, Extreme Whether, in the new genre of cli-fi (climate fiction), is a fierce exposé of politically motivated censorship and a family divided by money, power, and science. It is, equally, a love story: of people for nature, a girl for a deformed frog, two embattled climate scientists for truth and one another, and an old man, Uncle, for the land in his care. Inspired by crusading climate scientist, James Hansen, and arctic ice scientist Jennifer Francis, and praised by both.
Award-winning actor Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in While I Yet Live and String of Pearls — as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway — returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story in the New York premiere of Feeding the Dragon. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building's custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon's story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.
Classic Stage Company presents the world premiere of Fire and Air, a new play written by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally and directed by John Doyle. The work explores the history of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev's itinerant Russian ballet company. Encircled by masters of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and the ballet virtuoso Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever.
Note: This production, which contains nudity, is intended for mature audiences.
Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, and Gunther are back. Friends! The Musical follows the misadventures of these six twentysomething pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in Manhattan. Friends! The Musical was created by Bob and Tobly McSmith, the duo behind Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical, 90210! The Musical, Full House! The Musical, and...you get the idea.
The international Galli Group, founded by philosopher and playwright Johannes Galli, stages modern adaptations of fairy tales. Written by Galli, these adaptations make children laugh and also communicate social issues relevant to today's world. Audience participation is part of the experience: Children may go onstage and interact with the actors. By awakening a sense of liveliness in audiences and actors alike, the Galli Group's shows celebrate childhood.
Take the journey of a lifetime and step into the "unbubblelievable" magical kingdom of Fan Yang's Gazillion Bubble Show! The first and only interactive stage production of its kind, complete with fantastic light effects, lasers, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry, this unforgettable extravaganza is not to be missed.
Fan Yang's gorgeous and unique creations defy gravity and logic as we know it. He holds (and has broken his own) Guinness World Records for the biggest bubble ever blown, the largest bubble wall ever created (a staggering 156 feet!), most bubbles within a bubble, and in May 2006 he was able to encapsulate 22 people inside a single soap bubble on live television in Madrid. His performances, including an appearance on The David Letterman Show, have been broadcast worldwide.
Over the past two decades, Fan Yang has explored the fragile and mysterious world of soap bubbles and emerged with a completely new medium, blending art and science to dazzle audiences around the globe. Children and adults of all ages are sure to be amazed, mystified, and enchanted!
In 2003, New York City theater company the Civilians interviewed real people about physical objects they'd lost — keys, a sapphire ring, a Gucci pump. The wry and whimsical docu-musical that emerged, Gone Missing, written and directed by Steven Cosson, features a fresh and breezy score by Michael Friedman and presents a very personal account of how we deal with loss in our lives.
Through the microcosm of a rural Connecticut mental health center, Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe conjures an entire American community on the edge. Like their patients, Dr. Michaels, his colleague Evangeline, and the clinic itself teeter between breakdown and survival, wielding dedication and humanity against the cunning, inventive adversary of mental illness. They hold on to the need to fight – and to live. Inspired by a real clinic, Rabe finds humor and compassion in a raft of richly drawn characters adrift in a society and a system stretched beyond capacity. This New York premiere of Good for Otto features F. Murray Abraham as Barnard, Ed Harris as Dr. Michaels, Amy Madigan as Evangeline, Rileigh McDonald as Frannie, Rosie O'Donnell as Nora, and Michael Rabe as Jimmy. Scott Elliott directs.
Inspired by Vicki Baum's 1929 novel, Grand Hotel follows the postwar comings and goings of the artists, businessmen, jewel thieves, and ambitious young secretaries whose lives intersect in the opulent lobby of Berlin's most prestigious hotel. First produced under the title At the Grand (1958), the original production was revitalized in 1989 by director-choreographer Tommy Tune and enjoyed a Tony Award-winning run on Broadway.
San Francisco, spring 1989. Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a "friendship" game. When they arrive, China is in the throes of the Cultural Revolution aftermath, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history. Inspired by events from her father's life and (short-lived) basketball career, playwright Lauren Yee makes her Atlantic Theater Company debut with this tender but fast-paced play.
Multi-Tony Award nominee Vivian Reed (Bubbling Brown Sugar) and Stephanie Umoh (Junk) lead the cast of this concert production. Winner of the 1968 Tony for Best Musical, Hallelujah, Baby! has music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and a book by Arthur Laurents. It's the first of three shows in the York Theatre Company's Winter 2018 Musicals in Mufti Series, which celebrates Styne's work.
In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging? Among the cub reporters and pub regulars dying to hear Harry's reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd and the peculiar Mooney lurk with very different motives for their visit.
Following a sold-out run at London's Royal Court Theatre and subsequent transfer to the West End, Olivier and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (The Cripple of Inishmaan) returns to Atlantic Theater Company with his first United States premiere in eight years.
Set in Montezuma, Georgia, and New York City in 1941, this new work by Adrienne Kennedy — a multi-Obie Award winner and one of America's greatest living dramatists — is a heartbreaking and nail-biting memory tale of segregation, theatrical yearning, and doomed love. The action, driven by lyrical parallel monologues and a chilling tour through a storeroom of charged images, braids together the indignities of Jim Crow, rising Nazism, sexual hypocrisy, Christopher Marlowe, and the lingering shadow of a terrible crime.
59E59 favorite Hershey Felder returns with his critically acclaimed salute to Irving Berlin.
Jerome Kern famously said, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music — he is American music." George Gershwin called him "the greatest songwriter that has ever lived." From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to the silver screen, and from the pop charts to the steps of the nation's capital, Berlin's music provided America with the soundtrack of a century.
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin brings the man behind the iconic music to life in an evening reflecting his remarkable journey from child immigrant to America's most beloved and prolific songwriter, featuring some of the composer's most popular and enduring songs, including "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Always," "Blue Skies," "God Bless America," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business," and "White Christmas."
For 25 years, City Center's Encores! series has been bringing classic American musicals back to life. City Center is where Chicago, Wonderful Town, and Finian's Rainbow were reborn — but they were just the beginning. Catch a glimpse at the future of Encores! in this original production, a cavalcade of overtures, opening numbers, grand finales, and other excerpts from beloved shows that Encores! hasn't gotten to...yet. Look for Mack & Mabel, Greenwillow, Wildcat, and others of their ilk. The many musical numbers in Hey, Look Me Over! add up to one exciting celebration: Encores! at 25.
It's "Wakes Week" in Hindle; the mill is closed and the workers are idle. Fanny Hawthorn is relaxing at the seashore with a girlfriend when she runs into Alan Jeffcote, the mill owner's son. Alan takes Fanny to a hotel in Wales for a few days of fun, but the fun stops when their parents find out. Should Alan, already engaged to another woman, do the right thing and make an honest woman of Fanny? Or should he do the right thing and stand by his fiancée?
A best-selling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she must relearn the traditions she's long forgotten. Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have.
I Like It Like That – A Musical is the story of the Rodríguez family living in New York City in the early 1970s. At that time music was the proudest expression of "El Barrio," their East Harlem neighborhood. I Like It Like That takes the audience on a historical musical journey amid neighborhood volatility and social activism. As neighborhood residents deal with the ever-present pull between escape and social conscience, so too members of the Rodríguez family navigate the challenges they face living in the heart of a volatile environment. Instilled in them is the importance of family and the desire to succeed. Starring as the patriarch is Tito Nieves, Grammy nominee and Latin music superstar.
Join world-renowned mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale for a boozy romp through the history of spirits and cocktails in this smash — make that smashed — hit! Playing in an authentic New York speakeasy once used as a meeting place by the notorious Tammany Society, The Imbible chaperones audiences on a trip through 10,000 years of world history. The journey is accompanied by music — the a capella stylings of The Backwaiters — and craft cocktails. You can sit back, drink up, and enjoy as Anthony holds forth on the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, traces their economic and political impact on our cultural development, conducts live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, and, like any good bartender, keeps his guests laughing throughout the night. Tickets to this critically acclaimed comedy sell out weekly, so get yours early.
Note: Each ticket includes three cocktails.
Looking for the quintessential New York City brunch experience? You'll find it at New World Stages in The Imbible: Day Drinking, the latest edition of the hit musical comedy series about cocktails and spirits! After all, what could be more N.Y.C. than combining brunch with a show in the heart of Manhattan's world-famous theater district? Join four friends as they battle today's always-connected, over-scheduled world to carve out time to enjoy brunch together. While struggling to prioritize and prepare for their gathering, they learn the stories behind not only well-known brunch drinks but also brunch itself, and come to appreciate the value of making time to break bread and sip drinks with good friends.
Note: A complimentary continental bunch and three craft cocktails are included as part of the show. Please arrive 30 minutes early to enjoy brunch and your first drink. Attendees must be 21 or older.
A story reveals the illusion of one's identity in Derek DelGaudio's modern allegory, In & Of Itself. New ways of seeing the unseeable are explored, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today, and secrets imagined for tomorrow all blend together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show. The writer and producers of Nothing to Hide reunite with executive producer Neil Patrick Harris to present this theatrical experience directed by Frank Oz.
The Tony Award-winning author, performer, and activist Eve Ensler, whose Vagina Monologues is an international sensation, comes to Manhattan Theatre Club with a powerful new play based on her critically acclaimed memoir. While working with women suffering from the ravages of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ensler was stunned by a life-threatening diagnosis. Told with her signature brand of humor, Ensler's personal journey uncovers surprising connections between her body and the earth and how illness can be both transformative and transcendent. Directing this bold, unflinching, and inspiring piece is Tony winner Diane Paulus (Waitress).
A politico's daughter is murdered in a drug-infested squat in Manhattan's Lower East Side. The newspapers go wild over the sensational crime. In this interactive live murder mystery game, you become a rookie cop and canvas the neighborhood in the atmosphere of a fun interactive outdoor NYC theater. Your task is to interrogate key players and gather clues to crack the case before the commissioner replaces the chief and shuts down the precinct. Watch each other's backs as you encounter the neighborhood's junkies, hookers, pimps, corrupt cops, and mobsters.
The content in the Lombardi Case 1975 is a very realistic look at the underworld on NYC in the mid-1970s. We pride ourselves in being authentic to the reality of the characters we are portraying. With this in mind, we must inform the audience of the experience's "R" rating. If you are uncomfortable with some harsh language and racy content, please try one of our other shows.
In the wee hours of the night, siblings are found dead in their tenement. With the air rife with foul play, you enter an interactive murder mystery where you help crack a case based on a real unsolved crime from the 1870s. Your investigation takes you on an NYC scavenger hunt through the underbelly of the 5 points where you encounter unsavory characters, discover clues, confront suspects, and mete out the justice that the slain victims deserve.
Born in Mississippi and based in Los Angeles, acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and poet Aleshea Harris performs her own solo work. Her multidisciplinary background has informed her proclivity for writing specifically for actors, creating disruptive, challenging, and magnetic roles. Harris situates her work within an Afropunk ideology that explodes perceptions of how black people think, move, and sound; Is God Is explores and relishes the nuances of black Southern speech. In writing the play, Harris sought to place herself where culture has never allowed her to see herself. Here, she puts black women characters in the driver's seat of the alternately exhilarating and desolating Western genre. Anaia and Racine take the audience on a fast and merciless ride.
It's All True is an opera-in-suspension based on the complete live archives of iconic underground band Fugazi. An obsessive leap into 1500 hours of gig detritus made from only incidental text and sounds, none of Fugazi's actual songs. An ear-body-and-mind-flossing: overloaded, maddening, properly funny, and a radical incitement to action.
Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry! It's The Jerry Springer Show as you've never seen it before — with passionate arias, soaring ballads, and giant production numbers. While the studio audience cheers, a parade of bickering guests fight and curse until violence breaks out and Jerry (Terrence Mann) must face his trickiest guest ever, the devil himself (Will Swenson). Deeply in tune with the chaos and unrestrained id of our times, Jerry Springer — The Opera, a gleefully profane musical by Richard Thomas (music, book, lyrics) and Stewart Lee (book and additional lyrics) is an outrageous celebration of our national ritual of public humiliation and redemption. Jerry Springer — The Opera, a winner of numerous awards (including an Olivier Award for Best New Musical), gets its off-Broadway premiere in this production from the New Group. Chris Bailey choreographs; John Rando directs.
Jersey Boys is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn't get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect onstage, offstage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Oh What a Night," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," and "Working My Way Back to You."
An award-winning one-man show with actor Colin Hamell moving seamlessly among more than 20 different roles, Jimmy Titanic is a wholly original Titanic story set between the great ship and heaven. God is a Dublin gangster. The angel Gabriel is the plucky keeper of heaven's gates, and the Titanic's legacy isn't the first-class passengers but 700 crewmen who have attained stardom in the firmament. Jimmy, having gone down with the ship, now enjoys rock-star status, and boy, does he milk it, flirting with angels and rewriting history with a direct line to an unlikely God. Jimmy Titanic is a unique and hilarious take on the story of the most famous ship ever built.
Playwright Sarah Burgess and Tony Award-winning director Thomas Kail (Hamilton) reunite for Kings, a scathingly funny new play about the people at the heart of our democracy. Kate is a whip-smart lobbyist who doesn't waste her time on anyone who can't get elected, stay elected, and help her clients get what they want. Kate thinks Representative Sydney Millsap is a political neophyte whose staunch ideals are going to cost her a burgeoning political career. But Representative Millsap and her high-minded principles turn out to be more resilient than Washington was expecting, and for the first time, Kate is faced with a choice that might change everything for her: Back the system, or back what she believes in?
This fundraiser is an evening of songs from the World War Two era. Singing them are well-known and not so well-known theater artists, including Cara Akselrad, John Carlin, and Adam Cohen. Portia hosts, and the Dysfunctional Swingers dance. The event is directed by Jill DeArmon; Robert Cowie provides piano accompaniment. All money raised will go toward production costs for the new play Victory Girls, which is part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity next month.
Renowned Playwright A.R. Gurney graces the Keen stage for a third time! In Later Life, a middle-aged man and woman meet at a cocktail party and ponder beginning the relationship that eluded them 30 years ago. While the pair rediscover each other and themselves, a bevy of delightful guests rally behind them. With poignancy and laughs, this classic Gurney play reminds us of the infinite possibilities in life just waiting to be pursued. A romantic tale of missed connections and hope for new beginnings.
Le Scandal Cabaret is New York City's longest-running burlesque variety show. It features eye-popping circus and variety acts, live music, and a bevy of burlesque beauties. Full dinner and drink menus are available, as is regular and VIP seating. All couples attending receive a burlesque gift box.
San Francisco. 1986. What could Harry, an amiable but lonely retired kosher butcher have in common with Barbara, his young lesbian writing teacher at the senior center? Is it enough to bridge the divide?
Created by the New York City-based comedy troupe Eight Is Never Enough, LMAO is an interactive show combining improv, sketch, music, and (why not?) magic. Every Saturday night, special guest artists enrich the mix.
Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville (Ghosts) reprise their roles in Sir Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of this Eugene O'Neill classic.
Drag queens serve up dinner, outrageousness, and a show at Lucky Cheng's Restaurant. The show features comedy, karaoke, and — embrace yourself — interactive cabaret. The cross-dressed staff are anything but a drag; they enhance the fun as your bartenders, waitresses, and performers. After 19 years in downtown Manhattan, this dinner show transferred in 2012 to the Times Square area, where the shenanigans continue today.
In The Lucky Ones, indie-music duo the Bengsons spin a memory-tale of teenage passion, ideals lived to the limits, family shattered, and faith lost — all in hope of finding a way home again. Through soulful electro-folk songs, this driving, semi-autobiographical story grabs joy and grief with the same hand and holds them tightly, in a radical affirmation of being alive.
A con, a magician, and government decay...told in all rhyming underscored play.
Set to delightful incidental music composed by Kelly Catlin (Manhattan School of Music, MM '18), Magic the Play takes you into a magical world where people rely on potions and spells and brooms that can fly, chaos ensues when sorcerers lose their magical powers in a few days or hours. To conceal its shame, the government's blame is placed on two scapegoats in a scandalous hoax who, fearing to flee, or to cop a plea, must expose their tormentor's dishonesty.
Mark and Jason were keeping things casual until Jason got pregnant. But however unplanned the pregnancy was, nothing could be less expected than the chain of events it would set in motion. Robert O'Hara's audacious, hilarious allegory envisions an uncannily familiar future — one long after women have gone extinct from centuries of mistreatment — in which man's capacity to f**k everything up soars to new heights.
The toast of 1930s London, Me and My Girl is a delightfully old-fashioned musical about a cockney everyman who wreaks havoc on high society after being unexpectedly elevated to the lofty position of Earl of Hereford. Part music hall frolic, part class-warfare comedy, Noel Gay's infectious score includes "The Lambeth Walk," a dance routine that swept the continent in 1937. In the 1980s, Me and My Girl was revived on both sides of the Atlantic and became a completely unexpected smash all over again. Now, for the first time in nearly 30 years, it's back in New York.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare's rollicking romp of romance, wizardry, and showbiz, runs February 1-25 at the Sheen Center Black Box Theatre.
With themes of sexual politics, climate change, and the supernatural, A Midsummer Night's Dream is a startlingly modern comedy sure to delight audiences of all ages. The production is recommended for ages 6 and up.
The production is directed by Frog & Peach founder Lynnea Benson and features an original score by Honey West's Ted Zurkowski and Ian McDonald (founding member of music's legendary King Crimson & Foreigner). Choreography by Skyler Fox, costumes and set designer Asa Benally, and lighting designed by Dennis Parichy.
For student, senior, and military discount info, or for group rates, call 646-351-7450.
It's 1988, and the planning committee for Garrison High School's ninth annual Miles for Mary Telethon is fired up and ready to go. Across subcommittee sessions in the phys-ed teachers' lounge, The Mad Ones assemble an analog elegy to the camcorder 1980s, girls' track and field, and the consecrated American high school. Wunderkind Lila Neugebauer directs this play, which ran to critical acclaim at the Bushwick Starr in 2016.
Miss You Like Hell is a new musical by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes and genre-bending singer-songwriter Erin McKeown. Multi-Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega plays Beatriz, a flawed mom to 16-year-old Olivia and an undocumented immigrant on the verge of deportation. After living estranged from each other for years, the pair embark on a road trip that crosses state lines. Together they meet Americans of different backgrounds, shared dreams, and complicated truths in this show with vast heart and fierce humor. Obie Award-winning director Lear deBessonet and choreographer Danny Mefford stage this transcendent work with music that may just find your soul and never leave.
Mixed Doubles, by Matt & Ariel Aliza Sanders, is a comedy in which two couples' get-together at a restaurant brings out some surprising revelations. Directed by John DeBenedetto. Cast: Jessica Baird, Laura Ferland, Clint Hromsco, Colin J. Murphy, and Max Stein.
The mob just made a hit, but everyone will live to talk about it. And talking they are because when the "boys" get together, it's a scream! Join this interactive show for a private audience with the Don; maybe he'll make you an offer you can't refuse. Mingle with mobsters and molls, meet the new "Boss of Bosses," break bread and heads with wiseguys and Mafia princesses. Sure, you'll be ducking bullets over Broadway, but that won't stop the fun! Eat, drink, dance, and be merry. You might just die laughing!
This two and a half hour comedy mystery includes a three-course sit-down dinner and dancing. Audience members even have the chance to solve the case and win prizes. Seven prizes are awarded at every performance and include "Academy Awards" for the best actor and actress in the audience.
Naked Boys Singing! consists of six adult males doing what the title declares. Whether exposing the anxiety of a high school locker room or revealing the joys of performing nude, the uninhibited singing of these "boys" celebrates the male anatomy with wit and explicitness. And not only do they perform in the buff; many are buff themselves. Each member of the cast performs a solo tune as well as in ensemble pieces. Get excited: Every penile synonym known to man is referenced in this show.
NEWSical the Musical lampoons current events, newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians. No one in the news is safe! With songs and material updated regularly, this topical musical revue is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that's fit to spoof!
In 2010 NEWSical received two Drama Desk Award nominations: one for for Outstanding Musical Revue and one for Outstanding Lyrics. The lyrics were written by Rick Crom, who also composed the music.
Following a critically acclaimed engagement in 2016, No-No Boy returns for a limited run that aligns with the Day of Remembrance. Set after World War Two as Japanese-Americans return to the West Coast, the play tracks draft-resister Ichiro Yamada following his release from prison. He struggles to come to terms with the consequences of his choices while other members of his community try to get back on their feet after a war that has uprooted them all. Ron Nakahara directs this drama adapted by Ken Naraski from John Okada's groundbreaking novel.
You want A-list laughs on a D-list budget? Then come to the Broadway Comedy Club! You can enjoy shows every night in an intimate setting with great food and drinks. The lineup of comedians includes the hottest TV headliners from Comedy Central and late-night television as well as New York City's rising stars — this is your chance to see them before they make it big! Plus, if you're from out of town, you'll have a real NYC story to tell your friends back home.
Past headliners include...
Josh Spear (Last Comic Standing; Late Night With Conan O'Brien)
Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents)
Aaron Haber (Comedy Central's The Watch List; Friars' Club)
Shannon Sutherland (Maxim Radio)
Rob O'Reilly (The Tonight Show; Live at Gotham)
Dean Obeidallah (Comedy Central's Axis of Evil)
Dave Konig (HBO)
A dark folktale woven together with a high-energy concert, this genre-bending music-theater hybrid starring Klezmer-folk sensation Ben Caplan is inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees who arrived in Canada in 1908. Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It's about refugees who get out before it's too late and those who get out after it's too late. And it's about looking into the eyes of God.
Set in Blackpool, England, 1953, not long after Queen Elizabeth's coronation, this real-life story is packed with gritty Northern comedy coupled with a heartbreaking emotional punch. Yorkshire miners Eddy and Tommy head to Blackpool with most of their town for the annual Pit Close Wakes holiday. However, Eddy had almost missed the bus and turns up with no suitcase. Now the lads have checked into the surprisingly empty Withering Heights on Sea guesthouse, run by the caustic and alarmingly odd Gladys, her rebellious and very flirty daughter Maureen, and the infamous Red Ethel, ex-communist stripper show girl. Upstairs, Mr. Elbridge is trying to muster the courage to unleash any of his three female alter egos and walk the fabled transvestite walk from north to south pier as a woman. As events unfold, six lives will be changed forever, and as Eddy reveals a shocking truth, it will lead to a lifetime of activism: the fight for equality and freedom for the LGBT community.
One Nation, One Mission, One Promise is a must-see play for all who care about America's past and future. It is a fabulously written production that seamlessly weaves together the narratives of our most stirring and motivating trailblazers who sacrificed so much in the name of freedom and liberty. Audience members are both uplifted and inspired by the timely significance of One Nation, One Mission, One Promise, which is superbly performed by a cast that dazzles. This show will resonate with all who believe that humanity's struggles for a greater good are not in vain. You will not be disappointed!
Mel and Arjun have embarked on a last-minute camping trip to take refuge from the brewing storm of their lives. Georgia is studying the impact of climate change on the imperiled Joshua tree. Navigating a world in crisis on multiple fronts, what does it mean to survive in the face of annihilation?
Balancing the high expectations of the previous generation, the doctrines of their Muslim community, and the demands of secular Western culture, Azeem Bhatti and his wife, Saima, struggle to straddle the gap between their Pakistani heritage and their British upbringing. Making his professional debut, playwright Hammaad Chaudry explores what it means to be An Ordinary Muslim. Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs.
Multi-Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in The Originalist. When a bright, liberal Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation's highest court?
After the death of the beloved Sister Rose, a group of her former students return to their Harlem neighborhood to pay respects. But at the funeral home, there's a problem — her dead body has been stolen. An irreverently brash and insightful dark comedy, directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Detroit), Our Lady of 121st Street paints a vivid comic portrait of what happens when old friends meet old wounds and how old habits die hard.
Italy's Motus Theatre returns to direct and devise Panorama, a new work in collaboration with the Great Jones Repertory Company. Contemporary philosopher and feminist Rosi Braidotti wrote about a "belonging open to Multiplicities" and proposed a post-nationalistic identity for all the populations of the world, focusing on the concepts of fluid identity and nomad identity. Motus and Great Jones Repertory Company delve into the issue of self, interweaving their personal histories of identity, departure, and remembrance to create new existential panoramas in which migration is actually an intrinsic existential condition.
In 1949, Detroit's Blackbottom neighborhood is gentrifying. Blue, a troubled trumpeter and the owner of Paradise Club, is torn between remaining in Blackbottom with his loyal lover Pumpkin and leaving behind a traumatic past. But when the arrival of a mysterious woman stirs up tensions, the fate of Paradise Club hangs in the balance. The first production of Obie Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau's Signature residency, Paradise Blue, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson) is a thrilling and timely look at the changes a community endures to find its resilience.
You're invited to a party that's full of surprises. Watch careful plans get upended when a young woman's mother brings her own food to her daughter's party — and the "right" person to be her daughter's new best friend. They put on their "party faces" and hope for the best — but when facades crack, secrets spill. Laughter roars as their revelry leads to revelations in this new comedy starring Academy Award-winning actor Hayley Mills (The Parent Trap).
In Pass Over, Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner — talking smack, passing the time, and hoping that a miracle will come. A provocative mash-up of Waiting for Godot and the Book of Exodus, Pass Over exposes the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they've yet to find.
Perfect Crime is a thriller about three psychiatrists, a detective, a crazy patient, and at least one dead body. A man is murdered...or is he? Did his wife kill him? The detective investigating the case thinks so — until he starts to fall in love with her and the husband mysteriously reappears. The plot includes Gone Girlish and Agatha Christiesque twists and turns. Audiences member don't have to navigate them all by themselves, though. There's an "answer key" for people to review after the show if they're still trying to figure out what happened and how.
Despite the unnatural presence of a vicious yet smooth-talking tyrannosaur named Nero, Pete Rex is a deeply human story about depression and the choices a young man makes in a fruitless attempt to remain insulated from the fragility of life. But those very choices lead him directly into the jaws of mortal danger — danger for himself, for his loved ones, and for the world around him. An homage to late-night creature features, Pete Rex is part comedy, part absurdism, and part horror.
When Sylvia accidentally takes her anorexic daughter's antidepressant, panic and pandemonium ensue. A story about the cataclysms of depression, fear, and anxiety, as well as their dynamic intersections with eating disorder and suicidal ideation, The Pill is a true story written by five members of the Family — a comic and tragic mash-up of three generations taking on living and dying in a dysfunctional post-truth world.
In Dominique Morisseau's Pipeline, Nya Joseph is a dedicated, inner-city public high school teacher who is committed to her students' achievement. At the same time, she sends her only son, Omari, to a private boarding school. When Omari gets involved in a controversial incident that threatens him with expulsion from his school, Nya is forced to reconcile Omari's rage with her own parental decisions as she rallies to save her son.
The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a transatlantic theater project initiated to explore the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the United States and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays themed around the question, "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" The results are being presented in different formats by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018. These performances, staged readings, and community forums create an artistic and cultural dialogue centered around varying American and European understandings of privacy.
Note: Performance dates and locations vary. For more information, visit the Goethe-Institut website (URL below).
Enter The Portal and follow Dante through epic deserts and alpine mountains as he seeks the beautiful and mysterious Beatrice while being pursued by his inner demons. Driven by epic rock music that pulses with tribal and electronic beats, The Portal is part concert, part movie, and part performance. It not only entertains but also immerses the audience in a journey of transcendence and empowerment.
A woman walks into a bar. Her name is Porto. She's a regular. She likes this bar: serious food, serious wine, serious bartender — a staple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood (perhaps Bushwick?). Her friends, her wine, and her artisanal snacks are there; her doubts about being a Modern Woman are put on snooze. A handsome stranger walks in and orders something special. Disruption ensues: An upside-down romantic comedy unfolds inside and outside her head. Desires of all kinds are awakened with a ferocious thump. A nice smile is a nice smile, but can we enjoy the sausage once we know how it's made?
Women's Project Theater teams up with the Bushwick Starr and New Georges to present the off-Broadway debut of the sold-out hit [Porto] written by Kate Benson and directed by Lee Sunday Evans, whose last collaboration, the Obie Award-winning A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, was a smash success at WP Theater in 2015.
For seven years, a certain boy wizard went to a certain wizard school and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs...who just happened to be there too. Puffs; or, Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic is a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. This clever and inventive play gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers. Their epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.
Note: Puffs matinees are fun for the whole family! On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the show has been lightly transfigured so that wizards ages eight and up can share in the magic of Puffs, and parents can relax knowing their kids won't learn any new curses. Evening shows, which include some adult language, are appropriate for ages 13 and up.
George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, a modern take on the classical myth about a statue that comes to life, plays on the complex issue of class in a social world. When Professor Henry Higgins comes across a poor, uneducated cockney girl named Eliza Doolittle, he makes a bet that he can lift her out of the gutters of London and pass her off as a member of high society. Higgins soon discovers that the task involves more than simply teaching her the right dialect in which to speak.
The Quantum Eye is Sam Eaton's entertaining and fascinating exploration of mentalism, magic, perception, and deception. Extraordinary ability and gentle humor blend with the audience to make for a different performance every time. Join Sam on a journey past the limits of possibility in a show you'll never forget. He's been dazzling audiences with his magic and mentalism show since 2006, making it the longest-running one-man off-Broadway magic show in New York.
Note: The Quantum Eye is sophisticated and family-friendly but may not be visually entertaining for children under 7 years of age.
The lives of two generations of immigrant women collide in a basement apartment. When the choices they've made about their security, dignity, and desires come back to haunt them, they must ask: What cannot — and should not — be left behind?
After five years in New York, Greg and Steph return to their blue-collar hometown for their 20th high school reunion and to a dramatic encounter with Kent and Carly, the friends they left behind. Old secrets and new lies become increasingly difficult to hide as the evening (and the drinking) goes on. With Reasons to Be Pretty Happy, MCC Theater's Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute revisits the characters first introduced in Reasons to Be Pretty (2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play) and Reasons to Be Happy as they grapple with that eternal question: Have I become the person I wanted to be?
Red Roses, Green Gold brings the music and lyrics of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter to the stage. This new musical, set in 1920s Cumberland tells the fantastical and comedic tale of Jackson Jones and his family of swindlers as they gamble their way to love and riches.
Theresa Hanneck is a celebrated author and veteran feminist warrior; Msemaji Ukweli is a promising young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender for a new generation. When a heated exchange between the two women goes viral, Theresa finds herself ill-equipped to manage her message in the era of 140-character tweets — especially against a rival whose time may have come. A collision of ideals within the feminist movement propels JC Lee's riveting drama from breathless start to surprising finish.
Part tour and part show, The Ride is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that turns the streets of New York City into a stage. With stadium seating, 40 monitors, 3,000 LED lights, and surround sound, The Ride is the world's only moving theater. Its ensemble cast of singers, dancers, musicians, actors, and comedians appear along a 75-minute journey through Times Square and midtown Manhattan. These performers interact with RIDErs, engaging them through quizzes, facts, and shout-outs. At the same time, the RIDErs, who face sideways out of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, see Manhattan's iconic landmarks emerge in panoramic and vertical views. Students, adults, and seniors share this unforgettable NYC experience.
Riot is an award-winning Irish theatrical extravaganza that mixes high art and trash culture with dance, drag, circus, comedy, and powerful spoken-word poetry. Featuring Panti Bliss (Ireland's queen of drag), Up & Over It (former Riverdance leads), and Megan Riordan (Once), Riot is both party and politics, a love letter of hope to the future as well as a divine celebration — and a blunt criticism — of the world today.
In Seagullmachine, an ensemble takes refuge in an abandoned theater, caught in the struggle between action and distraction. Smashing together two iconic riffs on the Hamlet story — Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and Heiner Müller's Hamletmachine — The Assembly excavates the legacy of 20th-century drama to ask: What's the good of making theater anyway?
In 1949, Dr. Jacob Bronowski installs a secret, alarmed room in his house. Fifty years later, his grandson discovers his secrets, unearthing echoes from across six million years of human history, told from the perspective of a century in which every year is a revolutionary year. Inspired by Yuval Harari's international best-seller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.
Entertainment with benefits! In this three-character comedy featuring a straight woman, a seductive model, and you-know-who, audiences are welcomed into a fun-filled world of foolproof moves and insider advice that could only be culled from that most insightful of individuals: the gay man. Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man is based on the international best-selling book of the same title.
Shen Yun's unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multidimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity's greatest treasures — the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.
This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. You'll explore realms even beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world's oldest art forms — classical Chinese dance — along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom.
Traditional Chinese culture — with its profoundly optimistic worldview and deep spiritual roots — was displaced by Communism in China. Today, only the New York-based Shen Yun is keeping this precious heritage alive on stage. And it's an experience that will take your breath away.
Multiple Tony Award winner Hinton Battle and JenKay present Sistas: The Musical, a hilarious and touching musical journey of a multigenerational family. Through that family, this musical play reveals the struggles, joys, and triumphs of being a woman and being black in America. Sistas includes the lyrics of music made famous by artists like Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Beyoncé, and many others. Cast members power through such classics as "Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said," "I Will Survive," "Ain't Nobody's Business," "God Bless the Child," "Respect," "My Man," "Baby, I'm Yours," "Say a Little Prayer," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," and "We Are Family."
Writer Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other) and director Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews) reunite for Skintight, a scorching examination of beauty, youth, and sex. Reeling from her ex-husband's engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi Isaac turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey. Who's 20. And not necessarily gay. But probably an adult film star. At least, according to Jodi's son. Who's also 20. And definitely gay. Skintight assays the nature of love, the power of attraction, and the ways in which a superficial culture persists in teaching its children that all that matters is what's on the inside.
Punchdrunk's Sleep No More is an award-winning theatrical experience that retells Shakespeare's Macbeth through the lens of a film noir movie. Audience members move freely through the world of the story at their own pace, choosing where to go and what to see. Everyone's journey is different.
Note: No one under sixteen will be admitted.
Songs for a New World, the first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (created in collaboration with Daisy Prince), is a collection of powerful songs examining life, love, and the choices ordinary people make when faced with extraordinary moments. From the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to the ledge of a Fifth Avenue high-rise, all characters face a new world that follows the unique challenge they encounter.
Spaceman follows astronaut Molly Jennis on her attempt to be the first human to reach Mars. Seven months into an eight-month journey to the red planet, she is the lone crew member of the space module Aeneas. On her mission to establish a colony, the difficulties of interplanetary space travel are brought to life in exacting detail. Radiation exposure, long-term weightlessness, low light, extensive communication delays, and poor hygiene are just a few of the challenges she faces on her quest to be the first to Mars, but Molly soon finds that nothing compares to the psychological effects of having so much time alone.
Stomp is a fusion of dance, music, and theater. The performers "play" matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and other everyday objects. The resulting sounds and rhythms energize audience members, who have included Quincy Jones and Big Bird. Among Stomp's other claims to fame: two Emmy Awards (for the HBO special Stomp Out Loud), an Oscar nomination, and being an answer on Jeopardy!
On a plantation during the Civil War, a mystical tree stretches toward heaven. It protects James, a young slave, while he reads newspapers about the imminent possibility of freedom as the battle rages on. When a brooding stranger arrives, James and his makeshift family take the man in. Soon an unexpected bond leads to a striking romance, and everyone is in uncharted territory. But is love powerful enough to set your true self free? This lyrical and lushly realized play is part of poet, filmmaker, and playwright Donja R. Love's exploration of queer love at pivotal moments in black history. Saheem Ali (Nollywood Dreams) directs.
Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled and imprisoned barber, returns home to Victorian London hungry for revenge. He takes up the tools of his trade again, this time using them to cut throats as well as hair. A neighborhood pie shop proprietress quickly becomes his partner in crime and business. She suggests making meat pies out of Sweeney's victims, and together the two of them carve out a niche for themselves in the market.
Now the Tooting Arts Club is serving up a fresh production of this musical theater classic. This immersive revival has transferred to New York City after a sold-out run in London, where it premiered at Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop. The Barrow Street Theatre re-creates the pie shop atmosphere, even selling pies on-site. Rest assured, the cook is no relation of Sweeney's. He is Bill Yosses, a former White House pastry chef whom Obama dubbed "the Crust Master."
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a musical that never goes stale. It won eight Tony Awards when it debuted on Broadway in 1979. The following year, it opened in the West End. A 2007 film adaptation directed by Tim Burton earned an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.
In a strange relationship that lasted 14 years and was conducted exclusively through letters, Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his patroness Nadezhda von Meck were united through the invincible power of a disembodied love in which they both found refuge. Plagued by doubts about the greatness of his music, tormented by the fear that his homosexuality would be discovered, and trapped in a marriage to a woman who was eventually committed to an insane asylum, Tchaikovsky found in von Meck an "invisible angel." Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart honors their unique relationship in part through music, including the composer's Piano Trio in A minor.
Ted Greenberg, an Emmy Award winner and former writer for Late Night With David Letterman, delivers an hour of boisterous comedy. His interactive show ends with a group of audience members being whisked home in a yellow cab by Greenberg himself.
Terminus by Gabriel Jason Dean is the second chapter in The Attapulgus Elegies, a semiautobiographical collection of plays about the slow fade of an American mill town. This installment centers on Eller, a poor white matriarch and her mixed-race grandson, Jaybo, who live together by the railroad tracks in rural Georgia. When Eller's mind begins to fade, her violent past haunts her from the very walls of the old family home. And as she descends terrifyingly closer toward the truth about who she is, Jaybo's capacity to love his grandmother is put to the test. In a lyrical style that blends psychological realism with expressionism, Terminus treats racism as a disease and asks how white Americans are haunted by and continually complicit in the sustained trauma against black Americans.
A world premiere with a cast of four, The Thing With Feathers feels almost like a thriller as Scott Organ masterfully spins the tale of an underage teenager seduced by an older man on the internet. Things are not as they seem, however. What appears to be a classic predator tale unravels into a maze of secrets, lies, and unexpected truths. As a culture, we are being asked to examine our actions, specifically where power is involved. This play brings that conversation home.
Set against the grit, the garbage strikes, and the graffiti of 1979 New York City, This Ain't No Disco tells the story of drifters and dreamers searching for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and Mudd Club. On their uptown-downtown quest for revelry and kinship, every decision is fateful in a city where one's fate can turn on a dime bag.
This Ain't No Disco is an electrifying new musical from composer and lyricist Stephen Trask (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), along with Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers). Trip Cullman (Six Degrees of Separation) directs.
A team of artists who were never greeted inside the hallowed halls of the Art Institute of Chicago decide to introduce themselves. They paint a 50-foot graffiti piece on the towering wall of the New Modern Wing, asking people to reconsider what art is and where it belongs, while bringing dire consequences on themselves. They are marginalized young men of color willing to risk everything to make their voices heard and prove that another paradigm is possible. This acclaimed and controversial play, commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and written by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval, makes its New York premiere under the direction of Jessica Burr.
I Am a Boys Choir proudly presents a real live history show performed by a community of intergenerational performers. This Is What You Shall Do… is a spectacle of pageant and pageantry that opens up a queer past hundreds of centuries old —a history that is concrete, veiled, and/or totally imagined. But "What is the past?" you may ask. "And how does now begin and end?" And most importantly, "Will there be a quiz?" This Is What You Shall Do… explains the presence of the present, exploding outward to a place where time loses linearity, the future is now, and the past is covered in stardust.
This fascinating and original new musical looks at the role of women over the past 100+ years through 40 popular standards. From the sad laments of fragile female victims ("A Bird in a Gilded Cage") to the angry anthems of women who are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore ("I Am Woman" and "You Don't Own Me"), This One's for the Girls is a high-energy celebration of American women that's certain to thrill and entertain men, women and everything in between!
It's Christmas Eve, 1932. Three New York guys, each preoccupied with his own particular problems and not especially fond of the season, find themselves in Good Time Charley's speakeasy on West 46th Street. As the bootleg liquor flows, the guys agree to band together and take to the road to avoid all the hubbub of the holiday. Besides, notorious racketeer Heine Schmitz is after them, and they have to get out of town. Over one long, life-changing night, they make some big decisions while inadvertently spreading good cheer around and about to one and all. Three Wise Guys is based on Damon Runyon's short stories "Dancing Dan's Christmas" and "The Three Wise Guys."
Time No Line is a solo performance based on John Kelly's 40 years of journal writing. The work theatrically combines his deeply personal texts with movement, video, music, song, and live drawing into a "live memoir." His experiences within the East Village art scene of the 1980s, gender performance, and the AIDS epidemic have defined his status as a survivor whose presence challenges the ruptures in our cultural and generational dialogue.
Forty-five years after its original release, The Who's album Tommy — a classic rock classic — gets a bluegrass tribute. Composed as a rock opera by guitarist Pete Townshend, Tommy presents the life experience of a deaf, blind, and mute boy, including his relationship with his family. Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, an all-acoustic rendition of the album, reinvents the original while also respecting it. Conceived and produced by SXSW cofounder and longtime musician Louis Jay Meyers, the revamped album features The HillBenders, a bluegrass band based in Springfield, Missouri.
Cristofer and Clarence are two gifted students from the South Bronx. After two years at a local community college, where they are coached by faculty members, the young men are compete for a life-changing scholarship from an elite Northeast university. During a campus visit, they are unexpectedly confronted with their shared past while trying to break through a system that seems designed to keep them on the outside.
Twelfth Night is an engaging mixture of mischief, unrequited love and gender confusion—all interwoven with music and some of Shakespeare's most beautiful language. Shipwrecked in the alluring country of Illyria, twins Viola and Sebastian each believe the other dead and embark on parallel adventures of mistaken identity and self-discovery.
Following a sold-out run at the 2016 BAM Next Wave Festival, The Undertaking returns to New York City for an extended run at 59E59 Theaters. Written and directed by Steve Cosson and created in collaboration with visual artist Jessica Mitrani, The Undertaking is a playful and idiosyncratic take on the classical trip to the land of the dead. Drawing on the Civilians' multiyear exploration of questions of mortality, the play takes the idea of the recorded interview and pushes it into surprising (and personal) new places.
Ping Chong + Company amplifies the voices of young New Yorkers with the 25th anniversary of Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ. With affecting vulnerability, bold honesty, and enduring spirit, Syl, Porscha, Edwin, Mohammad, Monica, De-Andra, and Rafael bravely speak their truths and share their stories. From East New York to West Harlem and from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway, jubilant victories, recent discord, and distant dreams of coming of age in this great, big city.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 12 and up.
Visit the Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ website here!
Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) by Split Britches is a new exploration of aging, anxiety, and "doomsday" created through conversation and collaboration with an array of elders and artists. Developed between the U.K. and U.S., Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw have created a unique production, combining darkly playful Dr. Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring new protocol for public discussion — the Situation Room.
The Pulitzer Prize-nominated Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman) returns to Rattlestick Playwrights Theater with Until the Flood, written in response to Michael Brown's death. After interviewing St. Louis residents, Orlandersmith plays many faces and voices based on the life of the region. There is a mosaic of voices within this community — no one viewpoint is held above others.
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets and faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle's stories: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This production also features Brown Bear, Brown Bear and 10 Little Rubber Ducks.
A Walk in the Woods, Lee Blessing's insightful two-character play set during the end of the Cold War, tells the tale of a series of meetings between two diplomats, American and Russian. The play raises deep questions: What can we do to heal the world? What is the value of human connection? How can we best bridge fundamental differences? In today's political climate, Blessing's story has chilling resonance.
In this inspiring new play by award-winning Time magazine journalist James Inverne, discover how music helped Israel find its cultural identity during its formative years. In 1925, an unforgettable event occurred when Jascha Heifetz, the most celebrated violinist in the world, played a concert in pre-Israel Palestine. People flocked from all over the globe to see this performance, including Yehuda Sharett, composer and brother of future Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharett. Legend has it that after the performance, Heifetz and Yehuda walked together and shared a remarkable conversation that resonated 20 years later, when, in 1945, Moshe echoed Heifetz's experience with his brother in a similar exchange that changed the world as we know it.
In her Theatre for a New Audience productions of William Shakespeare's Othello, King Lear, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, and August Strindberg's The Father, director Arin Arbus explored marriage, jealousy, and family. The Winter's Tale, a haunting late romance, half-tragedy and half-comedy, explores some of these same themes. A tyrant's accusations of infidelity, a shattered family and marriage, the miraculous rescue of children, a thief so clever that viewers take his side, time personified, a statue magically sprung to life, and a ferocious bear: Only Shakespeare could make a story so fantastically eventful and improbable into cohesive, soul-stirring drama.
In X: or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation, witnesses give testimonies that bleed into flashbacks, and the play, blurring the real and the half-remembered and giving voice to subjective truths, pieces together its version of the events leading up to the day of Malcolm X's assassination at Washington Heights's Audubon Ballroom. His wife, Betty Shabazz, prosecutes Malcolm X's former ally Louis X (inspired by now-Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan), whom she adamantly felt was involved in the assassination plot against her husband. Louis X resists her interpretation, calling upon his own witnesses and casting suspicion upon the FBI and NYPD, for whom Malcolm X's bodyguard Eugene Roberts was an informant. Gardley's play, in its courtroom limbo setting, examines the growing adversity between Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, the constricting weight of white supremacist society, and the potential of the behemoth institutions that uphold it to distort any story.
The play hinges on the recollections of the widowed Shabazz in the traumatic aftermath of the assassination. (Left to raise six children alone, she eventually went on to earn a doctorate degree in higher education administration and become Director of Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs at Brooklyn's Medgar Evers College.) With Shabazz's memories weaving the story together, X: or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation centralizes the experience and voice of a figure who had to fight from within the margins of the margins. As one secretary character in the play puts it, "We're women, secretaries, Negroes, and we're Muslim. If there is a low on the totem pole, put us there, or better yet, put us under the pole. No one can see us anyway. We're whispers." In Gardley's play, such "whispers" become booming presences as Shabazz vehemently seeks justice.
Federico García Lorca's devastating 1934 drama is radically reimagined by Australian director and dramatist Simon Stone, who transforms the achingly powerful tale of a provincial Spanish woman's desperate desire to have a child into a parable of modern life. Having won the 2017 Olivier Awards for Best Revival and Best Actress for Billie Piper when staged at the Young Vic in London, this full-blooded production is transported to the Park Avenue Armory for its highly anticipated North American premiere.