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St. Ann's Warehouse and Onassis Cultural Centre — Athens present the American premiere of Nikos Karathanos's The Birds, a modern, feast-for-the-senses adaptation of Aristophanes's offbeat and poetic comedy. This vibrant restaging owes as much to Eden as it does to the Amazon, and captures the collective spirit of revolution with a company of 19 actors. Two Athenians, Peisthetaerus and Euelpides, are fed up with their city and the gods who rule over it; they take to the woods, seeking out "birds" with which to build a utopia in the clouds. This place, called "Cloudcuckooland," is a surreal theatrical cosmos.
Aristophanes's Birds was first produced in 414 BCE, in the midst of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, the nearly three-decade bloodbath that left Athens depleted. Athens had been a nexus of lofty ideals: the world's first known democratic society, teeming with intellectual and artistic excellence. But Aristophanes's Birds, much like Karathanos's adaptation, was borne of turmoil and transition — a utopian escapist fantasy replete with raucous humor, dance, and music. Through the millennia, directorial interpretations have varied starkly: Some lean into the play's escapism as apolitical, while others see it as inherently political, and their takes have stirred major controversies (as with the famous 1959 Greek Art Theatre production by Karolos Koun, which was terminated by the Greek government for its leftist politics).
In his production, for which he adapted Aristophanes's text with Giannis Asteris, Karathanos draws on everything from ancient practices to pop culture, music hall to drag artistry, rites of passage to beach parties. He creates what he calls a "weird and outrageous experience," honoring the original while molding it to reflect on modern issues.
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.
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. From his first unsettling encounter as a very young man in 1925 to an unexpected reunion late in life, Anthony Spates's romantic progress is charted in this hilarious and gently touching comedy. The fireworks, love, and loss come at the funniest moments in this brand-new Alan Ayckbourn play.
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.
Meet five different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck. Oh, and one has decided to stage a production of that play-within-a-play by…that old English guy, what's his name? Ah, forget it. In Jen Silverman's unpredictable comedy Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, five women collide at the intersection of rage, love, and the "thea-tah," provoking one another to take a look in the mirror and face the person they didn't know they could be. Directed by Mike Donahue (The Legend of George McBride), this New York premiere invites us all to be a little braver, live a little louder, laugh a little harder, and unleash our inner Betty.
Played against the gaudy tapestry of turn-of-the-20th-century California's notorious Barbary Coast, The Confession of Lily Dare tells the story of one woman's tumultuous passage from convent girl to glittering cabaret chanteuse to infamous madam of a string of brothels. Behind her every move lies her greatest secret: her undying devotion to the child she was forced to abandon.
The Confession of Lily Dare is the latest comic melodrama written by and starring Charles Busch, master of theatrical parodies, such as Vampire Lesbians of Sodom; Die, Mommie, Die!; and The Divine Sister. Here, Busch and longtime collaborator Carl Andress celebrate the gauzy "confession film" tearjerkers of early 1930s cinema, including The Sin of Madelon Claudet, Frisco Jenny, and Madame X.
Desperate Measures is a hilarious new musical that tells the tale of Johnny Blood, a handsome young man whose life is in danger because of a saloon brawl. Set in the early 1890s, Johnny must put his fate into the hands of a colorful cast of characters, including a wily sheriff, an eccentric priest, an authoritarian governor, a saloon girl gone good, and a nun out of the habit. Laws are broken and hearts are won as they try to find justice in a world that often doesn't seem just.
Sound familiar? Inspired by Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, this musical is a joyful, madcap comedy that also manages to ponder the nature of justice. Will the good guys pull off the greatest caper yet, or will Johnny be left hanging? One thing is certain...audiences will exit smiling.
More performances of Shakespeare than any other company in New York!
The stage is set at the Lounge, a hidden library on 47th Street and 8th Avenue with over 15,000 real books and craft cocktails. Five professional New York actors meet as members of "the Drunk Shakespeare Society." One of them has at least five shots of whiskey and then overconfidently attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespeare play. Hilarity and mayhem ensue as the four sober actors try and keep the script on track. Every show is different depending on who is drinking...and what is being drunk!
Peggy has redecorated the living room, and her husband, Roger, can't stand it. Her usual exquisite taste has been overcome by a mysterious lapse that caused her to redo the room as if it were a stage set. Everything faces one wall, "the fourth wall," and all people who enter the room begin to behave as if they were acting in a play. Troubled by this odd behavior, Roger calls in a local theater professor in the hope that he can "doctor" Peggy's "play," break "the fourth wall," and bring the madness to a close.
Happy Birthday, Wanda June takes a searing and darkly comedic look at American culture through the brilliantly perverse lens of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Harold Ryan, a widely respected war veteran and big-game hunter, returns home after being missing and presumed dead for eight years. He brings with him an old way of thinking, one that celebrates a chauvinist machismo and American exceptionalism. But Harold soon discovers that the society he's returned to has made attempts to progress into a more modern and enlightened cultural narrative. What follows is a dynamic and often hilarious meditation on toxic masculinity and an American capitalist society's failed attempt at progress cloaked in "honor" and "morality" — and how the two are deeply connected. But simply put — and as the first few lines of the play state — "this is a play about men who enjoy killing, and those who don't."
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.
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.
It's springtime in Paris, 1738. Metromania, a poetry craze, has the city in its grip. Damis, a young would-be poet with a serious case of verse-mania falls for a mysterious poetess from Breton, Meriadec de Peaudoncqville (say it). She turns out to be none other than a wealthy gentleman (yes, that's right) with a touch of the mania himself — looking to unload his sexy but dimwitted daughter, who also just happens to be cuckoo for couplets. Soon scheming servants, verbal acrobatics, and mistaken identities launch a breathless series of twists and turns in this breezy "transladaptation" of a rediscovered French farce by comedic master David Ives (The Liar).
Ever dream of making a movie? Now you can as you team up with the Exuberant Theatre Company for The Movies —Improvised!<b/> No need for a huge cast and crew or shiny special effects; all this classic-in-the-making needs is your hilarious suggestions! The troupe of improv experts will then take your off-the-wall ideas and somehow make them into an original blockbuster — totally in the moment. Plus, if you're celebrating a special occasion, you can even score a cameo! Don't miss this fun send-up of Hollywood at the Broadway Comedy Club in New York City's Theater District.
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.
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.
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)
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.
It's 1976. Straitlaced rookie cop Jimmy Johnson is out to avenge his brother's death. With a disgraced renegade as his sidekick, he begins to unearth the soiled secrets of the case. Police Cops is a cinematic joyride, speeding down Adventure Avenue in a souped-up squad car!
Police Cops in Space
After his father is killed by an evil robot, Sammy Johnson becomes the last cop in the universe. On a distant planet, Sammy teams up with an alien fighter pilot and his trusty cyborg to embark on an intergalactic adventure. His goal? Become the best damn cop in space.
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.
He has headlined with Neil Patrick Harris in Montreal, won Outstanding Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, starred on his own Netflix show in the U.K., and been nominated for the Australian equivalent of an Emmy. Now, felt-faced performance sensation Randy has just written his first novel and he wants to share a staged reading of it with you. Cursed with stage fright, he begins rambling and ends up sharing a memorable — and very funny, not to mention very adult — discourse on everything from Buddhist thought to the wisdom of McDonald's home delivery service to whether Hemingway's artistic genius was enough to compensate for him being a terrible human being. Randy may share the complexion of Barney the Dinosaur, but Randy Writes a Novel promises to leave you questioning the meaning of life.
In School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter — and Paulina's hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.
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.
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.
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.
Uncle Function, one of New York City's premier sketch comedy troupes, will introduce a series of brand new sketches at their upcoming special edition comedy show Uncle Function. Come celebrate three years of these uncles functioning. It will be a night of brand new sketches combined with some of their favorites from the last three years.
Who was your first kiss? What was your proudest moment? How would you like to relive it? How would you like to relive it...with a room full of strangers? If you're brave enough, you might do just that when the Exuberant Theatre Company brings Your Life — Improvised! to the stage. This group of talented improv comics will dramatize the most important moments from audience members' lives, reimagining the scenes with a bit of improv magic for a unique and entertaining night at Broadway Comedy Club in New York. It's the perfect night out for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, bachelor(ette) parties, and more.