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Ben Rimalower's addiction to spending beyond his means has driven him to extreme lengths all his life. In Bad With Money, he charts his sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing struggle to overcome his problem — or get rich trying. In this gripping play-by-play of some his biggest mistakes and their consequences, Rimalower offers a no-holds-barred self-portrait of an addict and casts light on an under-examined taboo. "People tend to be familiar now with alcohol and drug abuse — and I've got those too," the writer-performer says. "But spending money I don't have is really my drug of choice. And considering how many people suffer from the same problem, it's staggering how seldom that is discussed."
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 from Daphne Arthur's graphic novel adaptation of the play, and audio design is by world-renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh. It's a unique and fresh solo theater piece wherein one actor plays five characters, written in dialogue form, not traditional "monologue black out, monologue black out" traditional solo theater form.
In this hilarious solo show, one woman plays over 25 different characters from inside a kitchen cupboard. (Yes, you read that correctly: The whole show takes place inside of a cupboard!) Each time the doors open, the audience discovers an entirely new reality, ranging from a drunken couple in Las Vegas to the entire Greek army inside the Trojan Horse, a lonely giantess, a lost pope, and so much more! With sketch-style characters and musical numbers, The Box Show is a fast-paced roller-coaster ride that plunges its audience into vastly different worlds without ever leaving the physical space of The Box. The space is limited, but the comedic possibilities are endless.
John Kevin Jones reprises his solo performance of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol for the fifth smash season, directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd, in the intimate Greek revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant's House Museum.
December 1867: Charles Dickens (Jones) arrives in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved holiday classic A Christmas Carol. Join Mr. Dickens as he tells his timeless Christmas tale in the elegant and intimate parlors of a 19th century family home.
Toast the holiday season with Mr. Dickens in the original 19th century kitchen of the Merchant's House Museum at selected performances. Mulled wine, cider, and light fare will be served.
Stephanie Satie makes a triumphant return to the United Solo Festival with Coming to America, a stirring portrait gallery of women whose lives have been transformed, first by extraordinary events in their country of birth, then by their response to America.
Under the direction of Anita Khanzadian, Satie embodies women from diverse countries and ordeals: "nine fascinating women, each character so distinctive you forget it's the same actor" (Los Angeles Loyolan). The engrossing work returning to United Solo for one night only "…conveys the universal longing to break out of repression…[and] leaves an indelible impression" (Tolucan Times).
Opening before the Jewish High Holidays, Ms. Satie hopes to secure a second performance from which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a woman's charity.
The Elephant in Every Room I Enter is an intimate solo piece about Gardiner Comfort's experience as an actor living with Tourette's syndrome. The play explores the week he spent at the Tourette Association of America National Conference in Washington, D.C., in April 2014. He'd never been around so many other people with Tourette's; it was the first time he could feel "normal." With mind-bending projections and sound design, which blend with Comfort's athletic, physical performance, this is a show unlike any other. The Elephant in Every Room I Enter is written by Gardiner Comfort and directed by Kel Haney.
Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will present the off-Broadway debut of Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green by Howard L. Craft, directed by Joseph Megel.
The play stars J. Alphonse Nicholson. It depicts an African-American "everyman" who exists in five dimensions of America's modern era. In each incarnation — as minstrel, cult leader, FBI informant, struggling actor, and fallen mortgage broker — he is trapped between the American Dream and the American Nightmare. We witness the trials of a simple man trying to make decisions that will allow him to survive in what the great African-American poet Claude McKay called "this cultured hell that tests my youth."
This one-man show paints a picture of a family and a time. Songs by New York artist and musician Marc McBarron Kessler. Starring J. Michael Reeds.
A sexually charged and wickedly funny one-man thriller, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man who leads an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.
R.J. Bartholomew is the everyman with answers for those questioning everything. After falling from grace with an agnostic thud, Bartholomew delivers a powerful message, considering the current condition of the world, with a genuine hope for the future, faith in the universe, and an undying love for mankind. Complete with dignity, humor, and grace, I of the Storm is a thrilling riches-to-rags story about achieving success by letting everything go.
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).
Whether performing in a Broadway musical or as a concert soloist, Jason Danieley dazzles whenever he raises his voice. Called "the most exquisite tenor on Broadway" (New York Times), he made his Broadway debut in the 1997 revival of Bernstein's Candide, earning him a Theatre World Award. Since that debut, he has made memorable appearances in Curtains, The Full Monty, Brigadoon, a Carnegie Hall performance of South Pacific, and more. Danieley is also making his mark with television appearances on PBS's Great Performances and Live From Lincoln Center.
Virtuosity and imagination combine in John Lithgow: Stories by Heart as Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow creates a singularly intimate evening. With equal measures of humor and heart, he evokes memories of family, explores and expands the limits of the actor's craft, and masterfully conjures a cast of indelible characters from classic short stories by Ring Lardner and P. G. Wodehouse.
In A Kind Shot, a 6'1" blonde spitfire, Terri Mateer, tells her life story of becoming a pro basketball player in France. Raised by a single hippie mom, an African-American surrogate father stepped in and taught her how to play the game. Being 6'1" in the sixth grade, she's a natural, but dreams of becoming an architect. Terri's unbelievable journey includes playing pro ball, modeling, stripping, designing erotica, and taking lots of shots at life. It's an uplifting, honest, no-holds-barred personal account that illustrates we all need a little bit of kindness.
Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo (Ghetto Klown) returns to Broadway in this original one-man comedic play. In Latin History for Morons, Leguizamo schools his son — and the audience — on the buried history of Latinos in the Americas. Spurred by the near total absence of Latinos in his son's American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Hispanic hero for his son's school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown patriots of the American Revolutionary and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 95 irreverent, uncensored minutes in his trademark style.
Award-winning actor-writer Dan Ruth returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with his tour de force black comedy, A Life Behind Bars. Fermented in over two decades of booze, bars, and New York City gentrification, the show, directed by multiple MAC and Bistro winner Tanya Moberly is an unapologetic, darkly funny look at what can happen when you reach for the stars and grab for the bottle instead. Dan Ruth shares his story of addiction and recovery through comedic monologues, interwoven with characters he's encountered while working and drinking in the bars and dives of pre-Rudy Giuliani Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Michael Moore, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, brings his unrivaled powers of provocation and satire to the stage for the first time in The Terms of My Surrender, a world premiere one-man play directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch). This exhilarating, urgent show is a hysterical theatrical coup d'etat that takes the utter lunacy of our times and turns it into a subversive piece of theater. Don't miss this unprecedented live event from one of American politics' most incisive and hilarious voices. After all, who better to answer the burning questions of the Trumpian era than the man who saw it all coming?
The untold story of Mozart's prodigy sister.
DRAMA DESK, Off-Broadway Alliance and 8 New York Innovative Theater Awards nominations - winner of 2 New York Innovative Theatre Awards: Outstanding Solo Performance (Sylvia Milo) and Outstanding Original Music (Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen)
September 23 - November 13, January 6 - 9
Performed (in rotation) by Sylvia Milo (the play's creator), Samantha Hoefer, Daniela Galli or Jody Christopherson.
Full schedule and tickets: www.theOtherMozart.com
When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort — like so many gay boys before him and after — in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor, and showbiz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining light on gay men's longstanding obsessions with divas.
The internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller shares stories of his family trees and the hidden gay histories that live among the branches. Mixing sex and politics, humor and hope, Miller charts the growth of queer citizenship in America and the new challenge of being rooted in resistance to today's Trumped-up political environment.
Rooted is about New York history and Miller's family stories that plant him in the Empire State with stops along the way at a NYC wedding day, a queer history of hurting hearts, the Department of Homeland Security, the DNA roots that lead Miller to central New York, and an '80s power rock epiphany on a NY farm road in Yates County. Rooted is a funny and charged story of the times we are living in.
Bruce Springsteen himself on his Broadway debut: "I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible. I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters, which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind. In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theatre is probably the smallest venue I've played in the last 40 years. My show is just me, the guitar, the piano, and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken; some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value."
Nina Leeds's life crumbles when her true love is killed in World War One. Flitting from one man to the next until she settles for a life she never wanted, Nina is stalked by the fantasy of the happiness she never got to share with her late fiancé. This 1928 saga follows the lives of eight characters over the course of a half-century.
Transport Group's radical revival of Strange Interlude reunites David Greenspan, dramaturg Kristina Corcoran Williams, and director Jack Cummings III in an almost preposterous feat. The three of them present Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning nine-act, five-hour play as an uncut one-night solo performance.
A candle that moves water, a paper cup that won't burn, a firefly without fire. An atomic flash, weaponized sugar, a hydrogen bomb. A genie in a bottle, secret writing, elephant toothpaste...yes! All these and more constitute That Chemistry Show, 80 minutes of incredible exploration led by longtime "mad scientist" Borislaw Bilash. Expect amazement and lots of laughter as Borislaw combines the world of chemistry and the world of show business.
Eleven diverse shows, from solo comedies to performances by fake tribute bands who recently rocked the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, take over the second floor of the historic Ryan's Daughter. Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest features Walter Michael DeForest's Van Gogh Find Yourself, Peter Michael Marino's Show Up, Katie Kopajtic's Confessions of a Personal Trainer, Chris Davis's The Last Emperor of Mexico and Drunk Lion, Harmon Leon's Infiltrating Trump's America, Christine Holt's Domesticated, Amanda Miller's How to Suffer Better, Adam Blotner and Jenny Pinzari's Pop Filter, and Paul Valenti's The Long Miserable Journey to Happiness. The EdFest also includes a free panel led by participants in the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe.
Eleven diverse shows from solo comedies to fake tribute bands that recently rocked the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will take over the second floor of the historic Ryan's Daughter. Shows play from noon through 11pm. Full bar. No reservations required.
Featuring shows by Walter Michael DeForest, Peter Michael Marino, Katie Kopajtic, Chris Davis, Amanda Miller, Adam Blotner, Jenny Pinzari, Paul Valenti, Harmon Leon, Christine Holt, and Luke Closely.