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887 Murray Avenue, Quebec City, Canada: The apartment complex where renowned director Robert Lepage (The Blue Dragon) spent his youth comes to life as a bewitching, tech-saturated dollhouse in this deeply personal solo work. Populated with miniature neighbors and family members as well as stories embedded in rooms, walls, and windows, 887 constructs an evocative memory palace. As Lepage revisits his childhood home and other brilliantly reconfigured spaces from his past and present — among them his current Quebec City flat and the front seat of his father's taxi — he unearths a life's worth of memories, sifting in the process through the things we can't seem to recall and those we aren't able to forget.
Inspired by a true story and based on the nine circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno, the play centers on Daniel Reeves, who is arrested and prosecuted for acts that he may have committed while serving in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War. Thrown into a labyrinth of military bureaucracy, the confused and troubled teenager tries to navigate layers of commanding officers, public defenders, pastors, army psychiatrists, and, essentially, his own personal hell.
From the author of War Horse comes a full arsenal of live music, dance, and visual high jinks! The theater company Kneehigh and Emma Rice, artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, return to St. Ann's Warehouse with 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, adapted from the novella by Michael Morpurgo. This true tale of local townsfolk and the African-American soldiers sent to rehearse the Normandy invasion from their shores explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings. Seen through the lens of a little girl and her lost cat, 946 takes its title from the number of casualties sustained during these bungled maneuvers — a secret kept, until now, by the American and British governments.
Citing the embodied practice of Afro-diasporic dance forms, Abby Zbikowski creates works that pay homage to the effort of living, tactics of survival, and the aesthetics produced as the result. Her newest work, abandoned playground, continuously and relentlessly asks, "What is the necessity of physical rigor, and how can masochism be harnessed for its transformative properties?" In this dance event, 10 performers willfully engage in the brutal action of hyper-physical dance, exposing the process of decomposition and reclamation of their physical and mental states.
The Abrons Arts Center is an Obie Award-winning performing and visual arts program. It supports the creation and presentation of innovative, multidisciplinary work. Exhibit A? The center's spring season of boundary-pushing theater, dance, and performance, including the following:
- the eighth annual American Realness festival (January 5-15)
- the 2017 OpenICE season, featuring an array of chamber, electro-acoustic, improvisatory, and multimedia work (January 23, March 3-5)
- Dutch choreographer Jan Martens' Sweat Baby Sweat, which covers the lifetime of one man and one woman in one hour (January 27 and 28)
- a return of Richard Maxwell's acclaimed Good Samaritans, presented by New York City Players (February 8-March 4)
- Your Hair Looked Great, a series of motivational speeches and TED-style talks that asks us what defines the good life and how we define success (February 9-25)
- Real Talk / Kip Talk, a series of live talk shows about the state of contemporary performance in New York City, hosted by Kippy Winston (February 25 and April 15)
- The Terrifying, a premiere from Minor Theater, which brings horror movies to live theater and experiments with sound, darkness, silence, and suspense (March 12-April 2)
- Aynsley Vandenbroucke, who uses experimental literary devices to create a series of live, three-dimensional essays
- Mourning Becomes Electra, continuing Target Margin Theater's two-season exploration of Eugene O'Neill (April 26-May 20)
- Keen (Part 2), an exploration of that which we avoid: the contours of grief (June 1-11)
- the premiere of Raw Bacon from Poland, from 2016 Guggenheim Fellow Christina Masciotti (June 1-17)
- Dylan Crossman's dance piece Here We Are, which uses movement and an electronic soundscape to explore the concept of humanity within formalism (June 15-17)
The Accidental Pervert is a laugh-out-loud play that tells the awkwardly poignant story of a boy's journey into manhood after discovering his dad's videotapes hidden in a bedroom closet. The boy subsequently develops an addiction that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife-to-be and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality.
Let acclaimed performer and comedian Andrew Goffman take you on a whirlwind tour of his funny romance with magazines, videos, and off-color fantasies while you roll in the aisles. However, it's not all laughs in this layered show, which ends on a touching moment of redemption as he struggles to find true love and perspective through real-life relationships.
So come have some good dirty fun with The Accidental Pervert! Oh, and leave the little ones home. The show has mature themes and is meant for audience members over 16.
• The Accidental Pervert has eclipsed 1,000 performances in the legendary Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York!
• Award-winning run in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
• Winner of a 2013 Best Comedy Award in Panama City, Panama!
A compelling play written by the talented and award-winning playwright Peter DeAnda, Adam is set on the Caribbean island of Bimini, in the Hall of the U.S. House of Representatives, and in Harlem's famed Abyssinian Baptist Church. Timothy Simonson gives a solo tour de force performance as the charismatic Adam Clayton Powell Jr. on his political journey as Harlem's first black Congressman, who represented his district from 1945 to 1971.
Aging Magician is an epic new opera-theater work that tells the story of Harold, an aging clockmaker near the end of his unusual life. A string quartet and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus help him uncover his legacy as the stage of the New Victory Theater is transformed into a living, breathing instrument. Creators Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter), Rinde Eckert, Paola Prestini, and Mark Stewart bring together the worlds of music, theater, puppetry, instrument-making, and scenic design to paint this poignant allegory of time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life — or perhaps the ordinary magic of a peculiar life.
A swinging, rip-roaring musical tribute to the black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance, Ain't Misbehavin' opened on Broadway in 1978 as a musical revue of jazz legend Fats Waller's popular songbook, was nominated for numerous awards, and won the 1978 Tony for Best Musical.
Fourteen-year-old best friends Jenny and Emily are hungry for experience and eager for "real life" to begin, and in suburban South Carolina in the late '80s, experience equals boys. Emily chooses her senior crush from the high school play, and Jenny a man she's seen at her family's church. With parallel stories that take tricky and terrifying turns, Erica Schmidt's All the Fine Boys dives deep into the fascinations and complications of sexual awakening and the first painful gasps of adulthood.
The Amazing Max bursts with striking visual magic, comedy and loads of audience participation. Magician Max Darwin makes objects appear out of thin air, defies the laws of physics, and performs miracles inches from spectator's faces. "An awesome and hilarious live magic show" PBS Kids. "Max Darwin is indeed amazing " Time Out Kids. "His ability to astound is something to see" Huffington Post. This show is the wackiest, most interactive, highest energy magic show for families in town today.
This one-night-only event celebrates one of Broadway and Hollywood's most dynamic and prolific songwriting duos. The Tony-winning team of John Kander and Fred Ebb brought us the classic musicals Cabaret and Chicago as well as cult classics like Kiss of the Spider Woman and Steel Pier. Enjoy the sultry melodies and sophisticated lyrics of songs such as "Willkommen," "All That Jazz," "Liza With a 'Z,'" and "New York, New York."
Angels Among Us highlights the journey of 9 characters living through the worst days of their lives, but little do they know that everything happens for a reason... even if they don't quite see any hope just YET.
Presented in a series of 4 coherent and connected vignettes, our characters learn that sometimes they have to get through absolute devastation in order to experience the divinity and joy in their lives. As they learn to overcome their fears and let go of what they can't control, they might just be able to connect with a higher part of themselves and find understanding, peace, and happiness...
This play explores the complicated nature of the human experience and the struggles we all face through having to feel our pain, joy, growth, fear, and surrender, while having to evolve and face our mortality...
Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker returns for the second production of her Signature Theatre residency with a world-premiere play directed by Lila Neugebauer. The Antipodes follows John, her insightful, funny, and mysterious first play at Signature, which sold out an extended run and appeared on the Top 10 lists of the New York Times, New York, and Time, among others.
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.
In this new performance, Aynsley Vandenbroucke uses experimental literary devices to create a series of live, three-dimensional essays. She plays with the lines between fact and fiction, narrative and abstraction, legibility and complexity. She works with — and against — the role of formal structures in writing, moving, and making a life.
Note: This show is suitable for ages 18 and older.
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.
This intimate night of storytelling tracks one birth mother's true adoption journey. That journey begins at conception and proceeds to the placement of her child with the gay couple of her dreams. Along the way, she continues living life, dating, and attending the occasional orgy. Bring hankies.
The year is 1967. A writer (played by Josh Radnor) from the bohemian Greenwich Village commutes to Long Island to teach a creative writing class for adults. His students discover the power of storytelling to alter their lives, and one special student (Elizabeth Reaser) — a kindred spirit? something more? — reawakens his own artistic impulses.
Beardo is a Russian indie-rock musical from the outrageous minds that brought us Beowulf — A Thousand Years of Baggage and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Beardo explores the mad inner workings of Rasputin, the infamous mystic who sexed his way to the fall of the Russian monarchy. Join Pipeline Theatre Company this February and catapult through the mysterious ascent of one of the most peculiar and seductive figures in modern history.
Beardo received its world premiere with the Shotgun Players at the Ashby Stage in March 2011. This production marks its New York premiere.
Ireland's esteemed theater company Druid marks its BAM debut with this 20th-anniversary revival of Martin McDonagh's Tony Award-winning, pitch-black comedy. The first in a trilogy of plays set in the provincial Irish town of Leenane, it tells the story of spinster Maureen Folan. She lives with her manipulative, aging mother Mag. They spend their days aggressively nagging, scratching, and jabbing each other with insults. But when Maureen meets a viable suitor who is smitten with her, Mag sets in motion a chain of events that hilariously and horrifyingly threaten her daughter's last likely chance at a romantic relationship. Not to be outdone, Maureen plots and enacts a chilling revenge — an action that ultimately seals her purgatorial existence.
All aboard for a Western musical adventure the likes of which you've never experienced! As a wanted woman of mythic proportions looking to begin life anew out west, Bella takes us on the trip of a lifetime to escape her scandalous past and bounce into the arms of her waiting Buffalo Soldier. Rowdy, wild, and hilarious, Kirsten Childs (Bubbly Black Girl…) infuses this tall tale with soulful tunes and madcap antics aplenty. Giddyup to this get-down!
Black Angels Over Tuskegee is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen told in narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them.
Winner 2009 Artistic Achievement Award "Best Play"
"Uplifting! Inspirational! This show is also tough to resist. By the end, when the pilots overcame their obstacles and finally got up into the air to the swelling of music, tears welled up in my eyes." - New York Times
Blake Rice returns to the Triad Theater to perform his Stand Up Comedy Act, featuring comedians Paul Schissler, Lyons George and Marie Faustin.
Composer Michel van der Aa combines classical instruments, voice, electronics, actors, video, apps, and even web browsers in his multidisciplinary work. His broad musical vocabulary embraces these elements alongside film, stage direction, and the written word, allowing him to create works that are as visual as they are aural.
This dynamic young creative voice comes to the Armory for the North American premiere of his latest creation, a chamber opera for soprano and 3D film based on the life and work of South African poet Ingrid Jonker. Soprano Miah Persson sings live, combined with replayed loops of herself and the voice of Baritone Roderick Williams on film to create haunting musical passages and ensembles. This groundbreaking work combines live action, innovative techniques of interactive film, and inventive music to consider human memory, the ways in which we reconstruct and deal with traumatic life events, and notions of individual realities
Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert, and dance party all rolled into one. This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable multisensory experience that has captivated 35 million people worldwide. Don't miss Blue Man Group — enemy of monotony, remedy for boredom, promoter of overjoy and elation. Dare to live in full color!
Galloping through 40 years in a New England seminary, Bull in a China Shop follows Mary Woolley and her partner Jeannette Marks as they reform and revolutionize women's education at the height of the suffrage movement. As evolving ambitions and desires strain the couple's relationship, this fast-paced comedy explores how we change the world, how the world changes us, and how we try to grow old together.
In times of political unrest, must a man die for the greater good of the nation? The assassinations of Rome's great ruler of the Republic and the revolutionary leader Malcolm X share the stage when New York's acclaimed Acting Company pairs Shakespeare's Julius Caesar with X, a compelling new play by lauded playwright Marcus Gardley (The House That Will Not Stand, The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Every Tongue Confess, On the Levee). Presented in repertory, each featuring the same outstanding cast, these two gripping dramas examine two charismatic leaders who rise only to fall victim to rivalry, resentment, and retribution.
Cagney, a dramatic new musical, follows the life of the legendary James Cagney from the streets of New York to his rise as one of the brightest stars of Hollywood, from a vaudeville song-and-dance man to the cinema's original tough guy. Broadway's Robert Creighton leads a cast of six who tap dance through a score that blends original music with classic George M. Cohan favorites: "Give My Regards to Broadway," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
Calderon's Two Dreams is a pairing of two scripts by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, the first written in 1636 and the second in 1677. Imagine two plays with the same title and author written 40 years apart. How did the author's life experiences change his outlook? Magis Theatre Company's repertory performance of two classic works by Calderón is an answer of sorts to that question.
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.
CasablancaBox is an exploration into the accidental nature of great art through the lens of the classic film Casablanca. Stories of risk, sacrifice, brilliance, and accidents are told by actors who jump in and out of time, character, gender, style, tone, aesthetic, and most importantly, Casablanca. With an intricately woven multi-narrative script and video score, CasablancaBox is an imagined "making of" and an immersion into the glamour, war, censorship, sexism, racism, addiction, and refugee crisis of 1940s Hollywood.
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.
The mine collapses. A young miner is expelled from the coal mine in which he works. His only chance to keep working for the mining company is to head for the area of Chiflón del Diablo, known as one of the most dangerous places a miner can work in Chile. Based in part on the story El Chiflón del Diablo by Baldomero Lillo, a distinguished Chilean author, as well as research on the mining town of Lota in Chile, Chiflón, El Silencio del Carbón is a hauntingly beautiful, nonvocal marionette work that connects deeply with a broad family audience.
Church & State is a fast-paced, seriously funny take on faith, politics, and "The Twitter." It's three days before Charles Whitmore's Senate reelection, and he's decided to finally tell the public exactly what's on his mind, no filter. What could possibly go wrong?
Five acrobats catapult and tumble through a strikingly rendered landscape, seascape, and cityscape, grappling defiantly to connect across the walls, fences, and other obstacles that spring up between them. Equal parts high-flying spectacle and trenchant critique, Limits imagines a world in which we soar over the borders that separate us — if we can only keep each other from collapsing. Set to an eclectic live score, this acrobatic exploration of a European Union in flux from Sweden's Cirkus Cirkör (Wear It Like a Crown, Inside Out) sets out to challenge both the limits of the human body and the body politic.
Cost of Living is the story of four very different people in four very different circumstances, each person trying to get by. Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a brilliant and witty doctoral student, hires overworked Jess, a caregiver. As their lives intersect, Martyna Majok's play delves into the chasm between abundance and need and explores the space where bodies — abled and disabled — meet each other.
Rasher Moorigan has a secret that only his mother knows. Tonight — for the first time in over 30 years — mother and son spend May Eve together in a wreck of a house down the back lanes of Dublin. Melding reality and myth, Honor Molloy's Crackskull Row is the story of an Irish family's desperate actions and forbidden loves. The play premiered in September 2016 at Origin's 1st Irish Theatre Festival, where it won awards for Best Director (Kira Simring) and Best Production. Simring directs this production too, which stars original cast members Gina Costigan, Terry Donnelly, Colin Lane, and John Charles McLaughlin.
Note: This show is recommended for mature audiences.
This romantic comedy follows Bobby Child, who works as a banker for his overbearing mother but dreams of dancing with the most popular show in New York City, Zangler's Follies. After a failed audition, his mother sends him to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theater. There he meets Polly Baker, who, unbeknownst to him, is the daughter of the theater's owner. She has vowed to get even with Bobby if she ever meets him. Bobby, on the other hand, falls in love with her instantly and then hatches a plan to save the theater.
A thrilling and relentless game of cat and mouse comes to life in Cruel Intentions: The Musical, when the gorgeously despicable step-siblings Sebastian and Kathryn set a wager on Sebastian's next sexual conquest, Annette – daughter of the new headmaster at their Manhattan prep school. This bittersweet symphony of seduction and revenge will make you laugh, cry and – the cruelest fate of all – fall in love, all over again.
After six years in the army, Stephan Wolfert hopped off the Amtrak deep in the mountains of Montana and found himself at a performance of RICHARD III that would change his life forever. In this heartrending two act, one man show, Wolfert examines his own experience pre- and post-service, in the lines of some of Shakespeare's most famous speeches. Through his own personal insights as he explores our societal neurosis of war, and questions, is there room for improvement in the way in which we reintegrate our Vets back into society? The military recruits citizens and trains them to kill, but what does the "de-cruit" process look like? How do we re-learn to live together? Trigger warning: Cry Havoc! contains strong language and strong content.
Live arts, up close. Culturemart is the annual festival of hybrid works-in-progress coming out of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), where process is the focus. Beautifully produced, yet still in development, Culturemart provides a platform for current and often a few former resident artists to blur the boundaries between dance, theater, music, new media, puppetry, and visual art, melding these forms to support their adventurous visions. This year's program will feature 12 workshop performances spanning genres as varied as surreal object-theater, cinematic music-theater, and immersive historical theater.
DakhaBrakha returns, by popular demand, after a sold-out 2016 performance! This playful band from Kiev will perform new songs from their yet-to-be released album as well as old favorites. Reshaping ancient and contemporary Ukrainian music, DakhaBrakha's hypnotic textures meld soulful folk and ritual songs with R&B, jazz, African, and Balkan music.
"Come for the show, stay for the woe" is the motto of the morbid circus at the center of the French puppet company Stereoptik. In this sad circus the catastrophes pile up, one after the other. The trapezist crashes to the ground; the animal trainer is devoured by his lion; the human cannonball never returns from outer space. Luckily, there's a clumsy juggler to breathe a little color into the proceedings.
If the circus is dark, the tone is light. Music and images accompany the action, and the story is laced with poetic moments and a healthy dose of irony. The visual magic of the theater meets the childlike wonder of the circus.
For family audiences.
Dolphins and Sharks is a timely and ferocious comedy that grapples with income inequality, gentrification, and cutthroat capitalism. Protagonist Isabel Peters has a stable job at Harlem Office. Clock in. Clock out. Get paid. But when an overeager new employee gets hired and an ambitious manager becomes the office's overseer, Isabel finds herself at the center of office politics and down to her last nerve. With cutbacks around the corner, soon all are fighting to keep their jobs and their sanity. Some, though, will do anything to survive.
A look into one man's obsession with movies about another man's obsession with dressing up like a rodent and punching people, The Dork Knight traces the ups and downs of actor Jason O'Connell's personal and professional life as seen through the prism of his love/hate relationship with the Batman movies.
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!
For over 400 years, the Drunk Shakespeare Society has been meeting and drinking. And drinking. And doing Drunk Shakespeare. A self-proclaimed "drinking club with a Shakespeare problem," its members invite audiences to join them for a meeting in their society lounge. The evening begins with an actor drinking more than a sophisticated amount of alcohol before attempting to lead the cast through a Shakespeare play in one hour. The results are messy, outrageous, and the night devolves into debauchery.
Note: The theater is wheelchair accessible.
Drunkle Vanya is an irreverent and wonderfully tragic take on Chekhov's family "dramedy", adapted and directed by Lori Wolter Hudson. Family game night goes horribly awry, giving you a front row seat for "shots" of all kinds.
Customize your experience by choosing your ticket "class" and enjoying all the perks that come with it. Dine like the Imperial Family at the Tsar's table where you'll enjoy a feast of fine foods, an open bar, and exclusive VIP seating. Join the Aristocracy or Bourgeoisie and see how the other half lives. Or save your rubles and join the other Working Class or Peasants by the bar.
Elephant Gerald is a formally-attired worrywart. Piggie is a perky bundle of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!, a musical adaptation of Mo Willems' best-selling children's books, Elephant and Piggie are BFFs. The two sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense, facing fundamental questions like "What do you wear to a fancy costume pool party?" "Should you share your ice cream?" "How can two friends play with one toy?" Assisted by nutty backup singers The Squirrelles, Elephant and Piggie will have you giggling out loud in this romp of a musical!
A musical adaptation of the Jane Austen novel! Emma Woodhouse is one of Austen's most delightful heroines, an effervescent ingénue whose matchmaking mischief inevitably misfires. Obsessed with romance but clueless about her own feelings, Emma navigates the course of true love with a generous heart and an indomitable spirit. A record-breaking success in earlier productions in California, Cincinnati, and St. Louis, this funny, irresistible musical features a glorious score by the Tony Award-nominated composer of Jane Eyre and Daddy Long Legs.
An alcoholic, an escort, a self-diagnosed neurotic, and a well-intentioned simpleton walk into a bar. Deeply flawed and broken, they find their lives entwined no matter how hard they try to break free of one another. The End of Longing is a bittersweet comedy that proves broken people don't have to stay broken.
Could Henrik Ibsen ever have predicted his masterful play An Enemy of the People would be more timely 132 years after its premiere? The play asks searing, fundamental questions: What happens when a democratic majority chooses unwisely? How can we best face the extraordinary challenges coming our way?
With Escaped Alone — a Royal Court Theatre production directed by James Macdonald — acclaimed British playwright Caryl Churchill casts a comically black look at catastrophe. Four richly drawn women chat in a sunny backyard, interrupted by reports of bizarre disasters. Churchill's portrayal of the women, played by Linda Bassett (Mrs. Jarrett), Deborah Findlay (Sally), Kika Markham (Lena), and June Watson (Vi), blends warmth, dry humor, and apocalyptic devastation.
Remember when you felt you could do anything, when there was still nothing to fear? Yes, things have changed a bit, haven't they? And everyone keeps saying there's nothing to be afraid of! Please join the old gang at a get-together to raise a toast on the 10th anniversary of the production of Robert's underappreciated masterpiece. To recall that wonderful creative atmosphere, which we all miss so much, Nellie will host this celebration at our old haunt, the Talk House (which, despite everything, remains open). Please come. We need each other.
An Evening With Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Friends is a gala event in support of Transport Group Theatre Company. It will honor Campbell, a multitalented, Drama Desk Award-winning orchestrator and music director, with the Transporting American Theatre Award. This prize is given annually in recognition of remarkable contributions to American theater. Performers scheduled to appear to pay tribute to Mary-Mitchell Campbell include Kristin Chenoweth, Tituss Burgess, Raúl Esparza, Jonathan Groff, Debra Monk, and Sierra Boggess.
An Evening With Phyllis Hyman brings to life the untold story of the life, career and music of the singer/songwriter and actress in her own words. With her sultry vocals, Ms. Arnold channels Hyman, taking the audience on an inspirational evening of joy and pain with no regrets.
Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins returns to Signature Theatre for the second production of his residency: the world premiere of Everybody. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, this modern riff on one of the oldest plays in the English language promises to be just as unique as Gloria, An Octoroon, and the award-winning Signature production of Appropriate.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa Loomer has written a heartwarming comedy about a middle-aged woman who desperately seeks to have a child and runs into all sorts of formidable obstacles. Seth Barrish, director of Mike Birbiglia's Thank God for Jokes and Martin Moran's All the Rage, oversees this production.
From acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Tanya Saracho (Mala Hierba, ABC's How to Get Away With Murder) comes Fade, a behind-the-scenes comedy about the burgeoning friendship between Lucia and Abel, two Latinos of Mexican descent working at a ruthless Hollywood studio. Lucia is a tenacious novelist, newly hired to write for a TV detective series and struggling to find her place among a team of domineering white male coworkers. Abel is one of the studio's janitors, sympathetic to Lucia's difficulties and generous with his opinions and personal anecdotes, which keep the two of them in an absorbing tête-à-tête throughout their workdays. As their bond grows, Abel's stories blur with those Lucia is writing for the show, and they both find themselves in the center of their own not-quite-made-for-TV drama.
Note: Talkbacks will be held after the performances on Wednesday, February 15; Wednesday, February 22; and Wednesday, March 1.
This funny boy-meets-girl musical, with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, recently celebrated 20,000 performances in New York City. The Fantasticks is a captivating and simple love story about a girl, a boy, two fathers, and a wall. The audience uses its imagination to accompany the narrator as he creates a world of moonlight and magic, followed by pain and disillusionment. Ultimately, the boy and girl find their way back home and to one another. The score, which includes "Try to Remember," "They Were You," and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," is as timeless as the story itself.
Note: The Fantasticks offers guided backstage tours at all performances!
Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who also happens to be plus-sized. Forced to explain his new relationship to his friends who think that size does matter, Tom faces an impossible choice in Fat Pig.
Playwright Neil LaBute directs this one-night-only reading of his own work. The reading will be led by Chrissy Metz, a recent Golden Globe Award nominee for her role in NBC's This Is Us. Its proceeds will benefit the education and playwright development programs at MCC Theater, where LaBute is the Playwright-in-Residence.
The groundbreaking 1947 musical Finian's Rainbow follows an Irishman who steals a feisty leprechaun's pot of gold and escapes with his daughter, Sharon, to Missitucky, a mythical region in the United States that is part of the Jim Crow South. The daughter and the sprite each find romance with others, but also encounter bigotry, economic disparity and cultural injustice. The score is spiked with such popular show tunes as "Old Devil Moon," "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" and "Look to the Rainbow," plus spicy comic and satiric songs such as "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love," and "When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich."
The Norwegian company Grusomhetens will perform the work of Norway's native son Henrik Ibsen when it presents Fjeldfuglen (The Mountain Bird), an 1859 opera with a libretto by Ibsen.
After dazzling audiences in 2015, this thrilling group of dance innovators returns to the Armory with the unquenchable energy and blazing focus of a new art form coming into the world. Characterized by snapping, pausing, bone-breaking, gliding, get-low, hat tricks, and real-time in-body animation, flex street dancing evolved from the Jamaican bruk-up found in dance halls and reggae clubs in Brooklyn. As both a dance and a social revolution, FLEXN Evolution testifies and bears witness to a surging movement in America that cannot be ignored. With power, grace, soul, and sheer exhilaration, flex dancers return to the drill hall with a constantly evolving style and vocabulary that explores love and justice and reflects the urgency demanded by the times. Each performance begins with an onstage conversation exploring the complexities of some of society's most pressing issues. Moderated by Reggie Gray and Peter Sellars; special guests include public figures, social justice advocates, community leaders, and youth.
In the New Mexico desert, a down-on-her-luck folk singer (Deirdre O'Connell) takes a job at a giant online retailer's shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his girlfriend, newly relocated from New York. And a drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all. Raw, surprising, and funny, this world premiere from the fast-rising author of Kill Floor is about four lonely lives coming together in the search for fulfillment.
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!
Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray) takes the stage as Beau, an expat pianist living in London. At the dawn of the internet dating revolution, Beau meets Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer. After a life spent recovering from the disappointment and hurt of loving men in a world that refused to allow it, Beau is determined to keep his expectations low with Rufus. But Rufus comes from a new generation of gay men who believe happiness is as much their right as anyone else's, and what Beau assumed would be just another fling grows into one of the most surprising and defining relationships of his life.
A moving, funny love story that reflects the triumphs and heartbreaks of the gay rights movement, Gently Down the Stream celebrates and mourns the ghosts of the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage, and the right to dream. Tony Award nominee Sean Mathias (Waiting for Godot / No Man's Land) directs the world premiere of this play by Martin Sherman (The Boy From Oz), a contemporary playwright of enormous influence and fellow Tony nominee.
It has been said that theatre at its most basic is great storytelling. Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose is an exhilarating story, and indeed brilliantly told. Two-time Tony Award-winning character actor George Rose (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, My Fair Lady, The Pirates of Penzance), a bon-vivant with a flair for the dramatic and the eccentric, starred on the Broadway and London stages alongside luminaries like Katharine Hepburn, Noel Coward, Dame Edith Evans, Richard Burton, and Laurence Olivier in a storied career that met an unexpected end.
God of Vengeance tells the wrenching story of a brothel owner's attempt to marry off his daughter. He wants her to lead a dignified, religious life, but the world of sin she grew up in draws her back. This groundbreaking drama featured the first lesbian kiss on Broadway when it premiered in 1923.
This revival is directed by Tony nominee Eleanor Reissa and presented by New Yiddish Rep, a company that stages plays in Yiddish for diverse audiences, especially non-Yiddish speakers. Its 2015 production of Death of a Salesman received two Drama Desk nominations and praise for illuminating a classic by performing it in Yiddish. God of Vengeance is performed in Yiddish with English supertitles.
In a dining hall at a rehabilitation center, pleasure battles virtue in an urban story of an intake counselor and her patient. This return production of Richard Maxwell's acclaimed Good Samaritans is presented by New York City Players. Rosemary Allen and Kevin Hurley star; the show is written and directed with songs by Maxwell.
Jeff Talbott's new play looks into the life of Baylen — an honest, hardworking gravedigger who sweats and bleeds to support his small family. He has it all in his hands: love, death, and dirt. But when society begins to crush him, which one will he hold on to?
Windmill Theatre Co (Pinocchio) returns with Grug and the Rainbow, an all-new colorful tale based on Ted Prior's celebrated series of picture books. Grug, with the help of his friends Cara the carpet snake and Snoot the echidna, sets off on a quest to capture a rainbow that he can call his very own. Set to the musical musings of DJ TR!P (Plop!) and featuring playful puppetry and imaginative storytelling, Grug and his mates embark on a fun-filled adventure, landing themselves in a host of hilarious situations.
Written in 1921 by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill, this iconic American drama is a searing social commentary on the divide between the rich and poor in the industrial age. The timeless story of class and identity is reimagined in a production by visionary director Richard Jones, whose acclaimed staging for The Old Vic has been boldly reimagined for the Park Avenue Armory's soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall.
Tony-nominated actor Bobby Cannavale stars as Yank, the laborer searching for a sense of belonging and individual identity within a society dominated by the elite. His journey from the bowels of a transatlantic ocean liner to the wealthy neighborhoods of New York literally revolves around the audience like the conveyer belt of a large machine, in a design by Stewart Laing that mirrors the industrial backdrop of the play on an epic scale. The production challenges audiences to confront capitalism and inequality, providing a contemporary rallying cry addressed as much to our own gilded age as to O'Neill's.
Mesiner-master John DeSotelle directs the Nu• ance Theatre's ambitious take on William Shakespeare's enigmatic tale. The company's experimental stage will be transformed into a castle in the 16th Century complete with a drawbridge, ramparts, and ghost... not an actor but a visual effect as old as the dark ages! DeSotelle assembled a team of expert technicians to basically transport us back to the 16th Century.
Visual artist and activist Ai Weiwei and Pritzker Prize-winning architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron collaborate on a new site-specific commission that leverages both the vast scale of the Park Avenue Armory's drill hall and its history as a public meeting space. Exploring the meaning of public space in our surveillance-laden world, the installation references the story of Hansel and Gretel, in which children lose their way and feel a sense of menace in a space they know and trust. The artists take advantage of the architecture of the drill hall — its openness and 80-foot height — to create a disconcerting environment with an unexpected entrance wherein every movement is tracked and surveyed by drones and communicated to an unknown public. Accompanying this installation will be talks and programs by artists, philosophers, and activists.
Hansel & Gretel builds on a legacy of over 15 years of collaboration among Weiwei, Herzog, and de Meuron, who have worked together on such design projects as the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and the National Stadium in Beijing, created for the 2008 Summer Olympics and nicknamed the "Bird's Nest" for its façade of interwoven steel.
Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway) plays Winnie in Samuel Beckett's masterpiece Happy Days. Buried up to her waist and sinking into the earth, Winnie is one of modern drama's fundamental female roles: an endlessly fascinating spirit of buoyant resourcefulness and unassuming grace in the face of inevitable oblivion. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, compassionate and ferocious, this extraordinary Happy Days is directed by James Bundy, artistic director of Yale Repertory Theater, where this production originated.
Musical theater historian Charles Troy celebrates the life and career of legendary Broadway composer Jerry Herman with Hello, Jerry!, a one-night-only multimedia presentation. As well as being a historian, Troy is a graphic designer and former lyricist who has created more than 50 multimedia presentations on musical theater subjects. His unique presentations employ a seamless blend of recorded songs (with lyrics projected onscreen), original graphics, scanned photos, historic video, and extensively researched, scripted narrative to dramatize the stories behind the great creations and creators of the American musical theater. In Hello, Jerry!, Troy takes a look at Herman's life and work in conjunction with the Winter 2017 Musicals in Mufti series.
Dylan Crossman's dance company looks at human behavior within formalism. Abrons Arts Center presents Crossman's newest work, Here We Are. While Jesse Stiles' haunting score and the feel of old Prague filter into the old Playhouse, ponder whether three individuals are in love with one another or in love with you, their witness. Or maybe it is the sound of you falling in love again.
At a dinner party in the wilds of New Jersey, two married couples discuss a younger acquaintance — a polyamorous woman who also hunts her own meat. Fascinated, they invite this mysterious woman and her two live-in boyfriends to a New Year's Eve party, which alters the course of their lives. How to Transcend a Happy Marriage asks: How much love can a twosome contain? What are the limits of friendship, and what happens when parents who have forgotten their own wildness have a wild rumpus all their own?
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.
In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer reunites with his two sisters for a celebration of their father's 75th birthday. All deeply invested in their own versions of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael's controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate — with biting humor and razor-sharp insight — how much of the past they're willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning.
If I Forget is a sharply funny, unflinchingly honest new play about the stories we choose to believe, the compromises we can't avoid, and the hurt only our nearest and dearest can inflict.
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.
Immortal Chi is a fusion of Chinese martial arts and acrobatics, accompanied by an all-female percussion ensemble. Expect adrenalin-fueled stunts, traditional weaponry, feats of human endurance, and stunning costumes. This feast for the senses brings the ancient traditions and rich theatrical history of China to life with a rousing 21st-century twist.
When a famous psychologist and author calls a temp agency for an apprentice, the perfect candidate appears at his door. Witty, studious, and eager to please, Matt Sinclair quickly makes an impression with Dr. Eugene Harper. All is not as it appears, however, and what starts as an interview quickly turns sinister as the author's true motives are revealed. Interview tells the story of a psychologist, a criminal defendant, and a legal system that stops at nothing to gain an alleged killer's confession…even if it means driving the accused to the brink of insanity.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who talked to God. She built a nation, and they burned her for it. Golden Globe, Grammy, and Oscar winner David Byrne, lead singer of the Talking Heads and creator of Here Lies Love, explores the rise of Joan of Arc with a one-of-a-kind rock musical concert. Directed by Golden Globe winner Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Joan of Arc: Into the Fire is a new show about challenging the powerful and believing in the impossible.
One of Iran's most beloved artists and the preeminent ambassador of Persian music, Kayhan Kalhor is a master of the kamancheh, a spiked fiddle. Known for his improvisations, compositions, and collaborations with artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Brooklyn Rider, the Kronos Quartet, Osvaldo Golijov, the Ghazal Ensemble, and many orchestras around the world, Kayhan has popularized Persian music in the West and is a creative force in today's international music scene. Guest artists to be announced!
Choreographer Ivy Baldwin's latest work, Keen (Part 2), is commissioned by Abrons Arts Center, the Joyce, and the Chocolate Factory. This new dance for the Abrons Playhouse builds upon Baldwin's recent Keen (Part 1) for the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Keen (Part 2) is performed by Baldwin, Anna Carapetyan, Eleanor Smith, and Katie Workum, with a score by Justin Jones, lighting by Chloe Z. Brown, and costumes by Mindy Nelson. Keen (Part 2) grows out of an open-eyed exploration of that which we uncomfortably avoid: the contours of grief — the rites and rituals, spoken and unspoken, public and hidden, age-old and brand-new.
Seventeen-year-old Luke returns to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. As his friendship grows with the town misfit, Emily, his parents realize that in order to truly find their son, they must confront some unnerving truths about his disappearance.
Kid Victory is the latest collaboration between composer John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago) and playwright Greg Pierce (Slowgirl, Her Requiem). Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed, winner of a Susan Stroman Directing Award) directs this musical about breaking out and breaking through.
Kidnap Road by Catherine Filloux is a two-person theatrical imagining of the captivity of former Colombian senator and anticorruption activist Íngrid Betancourt.
Stephen Adly Guirgis' play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Estelle Parsons and performed by members of the Actors Studio, will be revived as part of the Studio's 70th anniversary celebration.
Emmy and Obie Award winner John Leguizamo (Ghetto Klown) schools his son — and the rest of us — on the buried history of Latinos in the Americas in this outrageously funny one-man show about uncovering the truth and recovering from the past.
Spurred by the near total absence of Latinos in his son's American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son's school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 90 irreverent, uncensored minutes in his trademark style.
Tony Taccone, Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, directs this incendiary new show from one the most provocatively hilarious satirists in American theater.
The Liar is a 17th-century farce of mistaken identity and secrets. The charming Dorante cannot tell the truth, while his manservant cannot lie.
Adapted by Tony nominee David Ives (Venus in Fur) from a play by Pierre Corneille, The Liar is the sixth production in a collaboration between Ives and Classic Stage Company, a group dedicated to reimagining classic stories for contemporary audiences. Michael Kahn (Showboat), another Tony nominee and member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame, directs.
Life According to Saki is inspired by the life and short stories of early 20th-century writer Hector Hugh Munro, nicknamed "Saki." Somewhere between Oscar Wilde and Roald Dahl, Saki's creations are witty, absurd, and peculiarly optimistic.
It is November 1916 at the Battle of the Somme — where Saki and his fellow soldiers bear witness to a world turned on its head. They seek refuge in Saki's stories, where the serious is taken lightly and the light seriously, and for a time the war cannot intrude.
Winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, Life According to Saki is now making its U.S. premiere. This debut play by award-winning children's author Katherine Rundell is directed by Jessica Lazar and designed by Anna Lewis. It is brought to life by an ensemble cast and the occasional puppet.
Behold The Spectatorium: an audacious, visionary 12,000-seat theater designed for the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 by Steele MacKaye, the now-forgotten theatrical impresario around whom this haunted, 40-year love story spins. From the minds of celebrated playmaking company The Debate Society, The Light Years is an epic yet intimate tale of two families struggling to meet their future — and a spectacular tribute to man's indomitable spirit of invention.
Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can't control, monsters on his trail, and he's on a quest to find Zeus' lightning bolt and prevent a war among the Greek gods. Normal is a myth when you're a demigod. Based on the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan and featuring live music, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed theatrical adventure. Chris McCarrell (Les Misérables) stars as Percy.
Linda Wilde has it all. She's an award-winning senior executive as well as a busy wife and mother. But when she pitches a revolutionary concept that could change the way the world looks at women of a certain age, she finds herself fighting for her own relevance as every part of her carefully considered life starts to show cracks. Manhattan Theatre Club presents this timely, moving, and fiercely funny new play by Penelope Skinner (The Ruins of Civilization) in its American premiere, directed by MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow.
The White Witch has trapped Narnia in a perpetual state of winter with no hope of Christmas. But all that changes when four siblings venture through an old wardrobe and enter this land of talking animals, charming fauns, giants, and dwarves. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Aslan the Great Lion, the children courageously battle the forces of evil and discover that love is the deepest magic of all.
A romantic fun evening of live cabaret music combining old-style romance with contemporary pop at New York City's top cabaret venue, The Metropolitan Room. Suzanna Ross will be singing American jazz standards, several French classics, movie score favorites, pop (1960s and modern) from the lists of Diana Krall, Peggy Lee, Dusty Springfield, Sting, Michel Legrand, Edith Piaf, Francoise Hardy and more.
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.
Lonely, I'm Not is a romantic comedy that follows Porter, a former prodigal corporate "ninja," and Heather, an ambitious young businesswoman who has been sightless since age 2. It's 4 years after Porter had a nervous breakdown, quit his job, and got divorced when their old friend "Little Dog" decides that these two might just hit it off.
An honest U.S. senator travels to Louisiana to investigate corruption in the Louisiana Purchase Company. The company's lawyer attempts to divert him via the attentions of two beautiful women, but the senator maintains his integrity and ends up marrying one of them.
Louisiana Purchase is a 1940 musical by Irving Berlin. Set in New Orleans, it satirizes then-Louisiana governor Huey Long.
Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore is an assortment of stories based on Ilene Beckerman's autobiography and recollections of the Ephrons and their friends. It was all the rage when it debuted, going on to bag the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. Not only that — the show stayed in style, running for three years off-Broadway and catching on internationally. Now 92Y and Daryl Roth have reunited a stunning cast to fashion a one-night reading out of this funny and touching piece.
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.
The renowned Frog & Peach Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's most terrifying tale of blood, war, and witchcraft: Macbeth. Don't see it alone.
Founded by members of the Actors Studio, Frog & Peach Theatre Company has been turning New Yorkers of all incomes and backgrounds on to the pleasures of Shakespeare with breathtaking performances, cinematic pacing, and gorgeous productions.
An isolated woman finds solace in shopping. After one of her big-box sprees, she finds, stuffed inside a box of Halloween lights, a cry-for-help note written by a woman in a Chinese labor camp. Inspired into activism, the shopper embarks on an odyssey of global proportions.
Inspired by true events, Made in China is a fantastical exploration of human rights, consumerism, and morality as told through the unlikely love story between a middle-aged American woman and her Chinese expat neighbor. Baby pandas, dancing appliances, and romping middle-aged lovers populate Wakka Wakka's fantastical universe. Made in China features 30 puppets, music inspired by both American and Chinese traditions, and animated video.
Sometimes even the most devout can lose their faith. When Ken, a middle-aged man from Nebraska, suddenly finds he's lost his — along with his sense of purpose — he goes on a wild adventure to find it. Along the way he encounters a world vastly different from his own, filled with chance meetings and romantic encounters that shake him to the core. From the playwright of August: Osage County comes a fascinating exploration of what happens when we lose our belief system and of the characters that enter our lives on the path to a meaningful existence.
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, and comprising performers drawn primarily from the city's townships, the Isango Ensemble has garnered international acclaim for its musical, theatricalized adaptations of classic works. With A Man of Good Hope, the company draws inspiration from a contemporary work whose subject matter hits close to home. In a coproduction with the Young Vic — which partnered with Isango on 2014's Olivier Award-winning The Magic Flute — the company adapts for the stage South African native Johnny Steinberg's 2015 book about a Somali refugee's journey from Mogadishu to Johannesburg and finally to the United States. Driven by Isango's powerhouse vocals and signature marimba, the resulting work is a clear-eyed portrait of the compromises and resilience necessary for survival. This ensemble effort transforms a single man's story into an expansive African epic.
After working so hard to get the ring, Sharon never expected that her marriage to Julian, a rising R&B star, would be hanging by a thread after one year. A delayed honeymoon, a neglected anniversary, and many nights apart have rocked their relationship to the core. But even though she's working at it alone, she's willing to do whatever it takes to save her marriage. That is, until rumors of Julian's infidelity start floating around, forcing Sharon to give him an ultimatum: End the tour or end their marriage. Not ready to close the door on either part of his life, Julian's indecisiveness opens the door for Sharon's old flame Jackson to ignite the fire that's been missing, but this time around, it might just be an inferno.
A trial in the afterlife, with the Devil as prosecutor. In the new play Martin Luther on Trial, Luther's beloved wife, Katarina, defends him as witnesses including Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud, Rabbi Josel, St. Paul, Pope Francis, and Martin Luther King Jr. take the stand. Even as 2017 marks 500 years since Luther ignited the Protestant Revolt against Rome, he continues to spark intense debate. You be the judge in this witty, provocative exploration of one of history's most explosive personalities and the religious and political controversies he unleashed.
In this tale of irrepressible lust, impossible purity, and infuriating hypocrisy, incompatible values collide and expose the tenuous boundary between order and anarchy. Such is director Simon Godwin's take on this Shakespeare play. Godwin, an associate director at London's National Theatre, sees Measure for Measure as a high-stakes conflict of clashing ideologies in a tensely diverse world. How apropos...
Colombian troupe Vueltas Bravas presents an international production of August Strindberg's Miss Julie with actors from South America and the U.S.
Mr. Wonderful focuses on nightclub entertainer Charlie Welch, especially his personal and show business struggles. The source of those struggles? Being black in a "white world."
This 1956 musical was written to showcase the talents of Sammy Davis Jr. and Chita Rivera. The Musicals Tonight production is the show's first revival.
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.
The three-show Musicals in Mufti series launches with Milk and Honey — book by Don Appel, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Marking the Broadway debut of Jerry Herman, this musical centers on the romance between two Americans in Israel — a lonely widow on tour and an unhappily married man visiting his daughter. Set against the backdrop of Israel's struggle for recognition as an independent nation, the show is a tale of love, optimism, and second chances.
It is followed by Berlin to Broadway With Kurt Weill: A Musical Voyage — music by Kurt Weill, text and format by Gene Lerner, lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Michael Feingold, Ira Gershwin, Paul Green, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, Ogden Nash, and others. The musical is a joyous and moving celebration of Kurt Weill, a cantor's son and one of the most extraordinary composers of the 20th century. Weill's greatest theater songs are presented in a fluid blend of music and story, spanning 20 eventful years — from Von Hindenburg and Hitler in Germany to Roosevelt and Truman in the U.S.
The Winter 2017 series concludes with Dear World — book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, new version by David Thompson (based on an adaptation by Maurice Valency of the play The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux), music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. When a group of businessmen scheme to drill for oil in Paris, there is only one force in the world that can stop them: Countess Aurelia, the Madwoman of Chaillot. With the help of idealism, love, and poetry — not to mention two other madwomen, a local sewerman, and a pair of young lovers — the Countess fights to save Paris and the world from greed. This production stars Emmy and Tony Award winner Tyne Daly.
Happening in conjunction with the Musicals in Mufti series is Hello, Jerry!, a multimedia presentation by Charles Troy, a musical theater historian, graphic designer, and former lyricist.
In the third chapter of the Big Gay Italian trilogy, Anthony J. Wilkinson's character is approaching his 40s and facing the challenges of balancing his now successful weight loss company with past and present gay relationships. New and familiar characters come together to join him on his journey through another outrageous comedy of errors.
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.
The women of the Muscolino family have spent years oppressed by the frightening temper of their husband and father. All of them are hiding dreams, loves, and longings; all are desperate for a life beyond their four walls. But when a plane crashes into their neighborhood, the family's plans are put on hold. The women fight to find their voices and to hold on to each other. Napoli, Brooklyn is a play about sisterhood, freedom, and forgiveness in 1960s Brooklyn.
By pairing the ballets of legendary creators with those of contemporary visionaries, New York Theatre Ballet fosters new understanding and appreciation of dance. This particular pairing brings together a piece by former NYTB choreographer Edward Henkel and another by Broadway choreographer Chase Brock. The first is a restaging of Henkel's 1986 Revision; the second is the world premiere of Misfit Movement Makers, set to indie-folk and folk-pop music with lyrics.
NYTB is dedicated to inspiring a love of dance in diverse audiences through performances of chamber ballet masterpieces and bold new works, as well as innovative one-hour ballets for children.
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.
In the summer of 1992 in Medford, New Jersey, Adam and his gang of friends face life after high school. But when the five of them encounter a mysterious visitor from another world, their lives are forever changed. Nibbler is a dark comedy about a time in life when everything and nothing seems possible.
At the end of World War Two, Ernst, a young evacuee from Frankfurt, finds himself alone and far away from home when he meets the mysterious Mr. H, a stranger with a trick or two up his sleeve. Fast friends, they set off down a road fraught with danger, hunger, and uncertainty to find Ernst's family. Delicate piano music and dreamlike stage effects help tell this story of two survivors who become each other's allies, protectors, and confidants. Inspired by a true story, Nivelli's War is a vivid and moving theatrical account of an incredible journey and magical friendship.
The Nose is the story of a government worker whose position is upset when his nose leaves his face and masquerades as a higher-ranking official. This family musical, adapted from Nikolai Gogol's story of the same name, features Russian-themed music and lessons we can all relate to.
Not That Jewish is Emmy Award-winning writer, actress, and comedian Monica Piper's autobiographical telling of a Jew…'ish' girl's life. From growing up in a show business family in the Bronx and taking her first steps on a comedy club stage to a WASP wedding and an "almost" night with Mickey Mantle, Piper shares the milestones and moments that shaped her life, using the same signature wit found in her writing for Roseanne, Mad About You, and Rugrats. Over the course of 80 minutes, the audience travels with Piper from innocence to individuality, from reliant to resilient, and shares the hilarity and heartache along the way.
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)
When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor finds herself drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime — and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we're all part of the problem.
Roundabout Underground presents On the Exhale, a provocative world premiere from Martín Zimmerman (Netflix's Narcos), directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet). Staged with heart-pounding intensity in Roundabout's intimate Black Box Theatre, this play draws you into the white-hot center of one of the most divisive — and most urgent — debates in the United States.
Nut grew up as the youngest child of Julius, a Vietnam vet, in working-class America during the 1980s and 90s. Julius suffers from the effects of Agent Orange, and Nut worries their time together may run out before they can embrace something essential about their relationship. Paging through forgotten photo albums and acting out old war movies about brothers-in-arms, Nut leaps through time and memory, tracing the complex intimacy between father and child when the child is transgender, fighting for a mutual recognition before it's too late.
It's 1997. Alone in her computer lab, 13-year-old Jane finds her escape from the awkward throes of puberty by joining her sister and her unattainable high school crush in a covered wagon headed west on "The Oregon Trail." Under the guidance of the all-powerful Voice of the Game, we watch "Then Jane" and her family navigate the deadly perils of 1850s frontier life, while present day Jane navigates the different but all-too-real dangers of high school, college, and eventually adulthood. Jane soon finds herself in her 20s, unemployed and battling an undefinable lifelong depression, even as "Then Jane" continues to face the tribulations of the trail. With nearly two centuries between them, both Janes face hardships that seem impossible to overcome—until they find one another.
This season, Obie Award winner Ethan Lipton (No Place to Go) returns with a new adventure in bittersweet and hilariously off-kilter storytelling. With music by Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy, and Ian Riggs performed by a quartet, The Outer Space follows a married couple as they leave the noise, pollution, and overpriced rents of Earth for the vast beauty and treacherous terrain of the final frontier. But can they survive the journey? Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet) directs this out-of-this-world musical about the sacrifices we make for sustainable living and love.
In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry sailed to Japan on a U.S. mission to open trade relations at any cost. This remarkable musical by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman tells the tale of a samurai and a fisherman who get caught up in the westernization of the East. George Takei stars; John Doyle directs.
Peer is a brash young man on a journey to discover his ultimate self in this rock music odyssey about risk, reinvention and going roundabout. Ma-Yi Theater Company's remaking of Ibsen's classic verse drama asks what it means when we sacrifice everything to be most fully ourselves.
A renowned psychiatrist is asked to testify on behalf of a young patient. When he refuses, his career, ethics, and faith are thrown into question.
Neil Pepe directs this world premiere of the latest play by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross).
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.
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.
Safe in the liberal fortress of Manhattan, Raif Almedin is a first-generation immigrant who prides himself on his modern, enlightened views. But when his daughter falls for the son of a conservative Muslim family in White Plains, he discovers the threshold of his tolerance. In Zayd Dohrn's timely play, two families are forced to confront each other's religious beliefs and cultural traditions — and to face their own deep-seated prejudice.
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.
Raw Bacon From Poland, 2016 Guggenheim Fellow Christina Masciotti's newest work, tells the story of shoe salesman and aspiring personal trainer Dennis Toledo, as a lifetime of trouble assumes a new intensity after a bad tour in Iraq. Though he's managed to anesthetize the enduring wounds of his service with prescription drug abuse, when he's arrested on a domestic violence charge and sentenced to Brooklyn Treatment Court, he's forced to find new ways to handle his volatile tangle of mixed emotions. Further upheaval with his wife leaves him perched on the edge of recovery with an all-consuming drive to win full custody of his six-year-old daughter.
Real Talk / Kip Talk is a series of live talk shows about the state of contemporary performance in New York City. The host is Kippy Winston, media mogul, internet sensation, and citizen of the world. Since Kippy's weblog took flight in 2008, her larger-than-life persona and cottage industry empire has grown to encompass Kippy Winston Media, a boutique public relations firm servicing all things theatrical; The Radish, a semi-autumnal gossip rag; Just Ask Kippy, a brief yet potent advice column; and an active social media presence. Formatted like a talk show but with room for debate, Real Talk / Kip Talk blurs the line between art and life and challenges participants of all stripes and creeds to engage in real talk about our starry performance landscape.
Six guests talk, joke, dance, drink, and eat. Sometimes they hold still, and sometimes they move about. There is music; there is silence; there is chatter. Old friends mingle with new acquaintances. Slowly the guests warp and rewind their actions as the celebration's mundaneness gives way to something more ominous. No one can leave. No one else arrives.
The Reception is a performance that exists at the border of theater and installation. Drawing inspiration from Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel, which explores physical entrapment and the breakdown of bourgeois behavior, The Reception situates itself in modern-day New York City. In this setting it contends with bourgeois values and the surreal decadence of the 21st century in a new way.
What better way to expose the dangers of social stagnation, unexamined group thought, and burgeoning totalitarianism than through spontaneous animal transformation? Eugene Ionesco's blunt satire rampages through a world of everyday people at first perplexed by and then swept up in the most outlandish cultural makeover ever devised. After all, "rhinocification" can happen to anyone — so keep your eyes open.
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.
Ring Twice for Miranda is a tragicomedy set in a time roiled by economic upheaval. A man known only as Sir rules with a vengeance. Miranda, a household chambermaid, adds intrigue to his life. But when Elliot, the butler, is fired, she defies Sir and flees with Elliot into the frightening streets. All must soon make critical decisions. Imperfect facts are their only guide, since little in their world is as it appears.
This play is the work of Alan Hruska, a filmmaker (The Man on Her Mind), stage director (Waiting for Godot), and novelist (Borrowed Time) as well as a playwright (Laugh It Up, Stare It Down). Directing this production is Rick Lombardo, whose Albatross in Boston earned an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production.
On the fringes of the frontier, a messenger embarks on an arduous journey to collect a debt from a man he's never met. Friends set out to atone for a mistake that can't be undone. Strangers look for a little comfort wherever they can find it. Samara is a spiritual and visceral celebration about whatever it is we call home.
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.
This family-friendly musical was inspired by a true story: that of Stubby, the first American war dog. Originally a stray from New Haven, Connecticut, Stubby became a hero in World War One. He fought in 17 battles and earned a Purple Heart. He even met the president of the United States and received a lifetime membership to the YMCA. What more could a dog hope to achieve?
Madness erupts at a not-so-typical New York hair salon when the old lady upstairs gets mysteriously murdered. Everyone's dying to know whodunit. The audience combs through the clues, questioning the suspects like a bonafide "Shearlock" Holmes. The best part? New clues and up-to-the-minute improvisation make for a different show every night. Seen by over 11 million people worldwide, Shear Madness keeps audiences laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer.
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."
The Skin of Our Teeth is a whimsical, profound, and searingly funny paean to human perseverance and indestructibility. The Antrobus family copes with the frustrations of parents and children amid crises threatening humanity's survival. Written by Thornton Wilder during the darkest period of World War II, this modern masterpiece has not had a major New York production since 1998. Not until now, that is. Arin Arbus, following her acclaimed repertory staging of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House (adapted by Wilder) and August Strindberg's The Father, directs the revival of this charming play.
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.
After being confined indoors due to an approaching blizzard, Brianna's dampened spirit turns to joy as she enters an enchanted winter wonderland! In this magical world she encounters the North Wind, a man of many moods, the wily and wicked Jack Frost, the elegant Snow Queen, and the charming Metamorphina, Meta for short, who is ever-changing.
Brianna gets lost in the chilly splendor until spring arrives to break the ice with a cascade of warmth and flowers. Our tale is told through dazzling cirque, breathtaking ballet, and incredible acrobatics that will amaze, inspire and enchant the imagination of the young and young at heart, bringing out the awe in all of us.
Something aerial. Something funny. Something beautiful. A troupe of seven skilled acrobats fuse circus, dance, physical theater, and clowning into a singular, captivating performance that appears comically effortless. From reading a book to playing a game of poker, these inventive performers create silly, surreal scenes out of everyday acts. Make no mistake — because these guys won't — this show has something for everyone!
From Gerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind the legendary Forbidden Broadway, comes a musical sneak peek into his obsession with Hamilton. For 18 performances only, audiences have the opportunity to share in the Spamilton madness. This production features a virtuoso cast, plus special guest star Christine Pedi and other Forbidden Broadway divas.
This OpenICE spring awakening features a multitude of premieres by Chaya Czernowin, Mario Diaz de Leon, and Helmut Lachenmann, along with commission workshops and new works by Sabrina Schroeder and Wojtek Blecharz. The acclaimed Ensemble Itinéraire joins ICE from Paris to collaborate on this weekend of free presented events.
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performers, curators, and educators, ensemble members explore how new music intersects with communities across the world. ICE's 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Emerging composers have anchored ICE's programming since its founding in 2001, and the group's recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music's present.
Master mentalist Jon Stetson knows what you're thinking — really. He steps inside people's heads, with inspirational and hilarious results. He blends the art of mystery with the study of psychology, the predictability of human nature, the power of intuition, and situation comedy. The effect is slack-jawed amazement; even skeptics in his audiences feel a renewed sense of wonder as improbabilities become realities. Those audiences have included three U.S. presidents, the king of Sweden, and the royal family of Monaco. Stetson has also appeared on several major television networks.
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!
Storm Large has been making a name for herself. Whether performing with her band Le Bonheur, touring with Pink Martini, or taking the stage at Carnegie Hall, she has a history of mesmerizing audiences. Songs at her Stormy Love performance include selections from Tom Waits and Randy Newman. They also include the following:
"Under My Skin" (Cole Porter)
"The Lady Is a Tramp" (Rodgers & Hart)
"Ne Me Quitte Pas" (Jacques Brel)
"Angels in Gas Stations" (Storm Large herself)
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is a music-filled folk theater fable. Set in a high-spirited Scottish pub, the show unfolds among and around its audience. In this intimate setting, a lyrical and enchanting story is told with live music.
Produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, this ingenious show was cocreated by writer David Greig and director Wils Wilson.
Stripped is an original play based on the real experiences of Steve Stanulis, a former officer by day and stripper by night. The star of a male strip show, Steve decides to leave the exhilarating life of exotic dancing and settle down with the woman he loves. When his costars and the club owner try to stop him, hilarity — and humanity — ensue.
This play offers a peek into the lives of male strippers, exposing the fragility of their lifestyle and their egos. Stanulis himself wrote, directs, and performs in the show.
While navigating the unsettling waters of young adulthood, twin sisters Ray and Joey return home to find their father in a moment of crisis. Under the cover of late-night, small-town shadows, sleep is elusive, connections are frayed, and the southern summer heat presses in. Sundown, Yellow Moon is an ethereal, honest, funny-sad play about seeing old faces with new eyes, and the liminal space between loss and letting go. Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman directs.
Flemish-Dutch choreographer Jan Martens' conceptually rigorous and dynamically engaging work has been captivating audiences across Europe since 2009. In Sweat Baby Sweat, he focuses on the all-consuming love affair between a man and a woman, a couple who can't or won't let each other go. Played out over an hour, in which a lifetime is passing, we are drawn into this modern mating ritual of two profoundly entwined lives, naive and at the same time comforting and confrontational. Dance, music, song, and video imagery are combined to produce this arresting, poignant study of desire, love, and loss.
Martens' works explore the possibility of a perfect balance and symbiosis between storytelling and conceptualism. He doesn't try to create a new movement language, but instead he molds and recycles existing idioms and places them in a different setting, so a new idea emerges. In his work the beauty of the incomplete human being is front and center.
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. Their immersive revival is transferring 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.
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.
You're in Puerto Rico. Old San Juan. You're a tourist; you walk down the stairs of this beautiful old fort built by the Spaniards. When you reach the bottom, you realize you're in a hole.
Welcome to the basement that lies under the tourism and behind the fort walls! You spend some days there; you don't want to leave. Oh no, you're addicted.
Tell Hector I Miss Him is a new play by Paola Lázaro that unmasks a community built on the law of respect that keeps getting washed away but refuses to drown.
The Donmar Warehouse returns to St. Ann's with The Tempest, the third and final installment of director Phyllida Lloyd's all-female Shakespeare trilogy. Set in a women's prison, The Tempest follows Lloyd's productions of Julius Caesar and Henry IV, and will once again be led by the renowned Harriet Walter.
St. Ann's has been the proud American home of the revelatory trilogy that has ignited a cultural and social conversation about gender, equality, and aspiration on both sides of the Atlantic, as it empowers women to play the great Shakespearean roles normally reserved for men. The Tempest comes with a comprehensive education program for underserved youth in New York City public schools and young women touched by the juvenile justice system.
In a creepy little village on the cusp of modernity, a ravening monster stalks two teenagers and their families. Taking cues from horror movies, The Terrifying asks how you can live every day with forces that want to destroy you — including the urge to destroy yourself. Featuring sound design by Ben Williams, The Terrifying is written by Obie Award-winning playwright Julia Jarcho.
Winner of a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience!
Lifetime professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific "magic" from the world of physics to off-Broadway in That Physics Show. The show features live segments on motion, momentum, vacuums, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, light waves, sound waves/vibrations, temperature, and more from the world in which we live — a world controlled by physics.
Then She Fell is an immersive, multisensory experience in which audience members explore a dreamlike world. Every alcove, corner, and corridor of it has been transformed into lushly designed performance space. Inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), Then She Fell offers an Alice-like experience to audience members as they explore rooms, often by themselves, in order to discover hidden scenes; encounter performers one-on-one; unearth clues that illuminate a shrouded history; use skeleton keys to gain access to guarded secrets; and imbibe elixirs custom-designed by one of New York City's foremost mixologists.
This theater experience is directed, designed, written, and choreographed by Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett in collaboration with original cast members. Its venue is The Kingsland Ward at St. John's, a century-old institutional building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the action plays out on three floors.
Note: Because of the immersive nature of this piece, audiences may be standing for significant periods of time over the course of the performance. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.
Thoughts of a Colored Man on a Day When the Sun Set Too Early is written and conceived by Keenan Scott II and follows the stories of eight young men as they try to find their identity in a world that told them they should conform. Through poetry and prose-style monologues using vernacular birthed from the hip-hop generation, this play provides a raw view of heart-wrenching subjects that plague us all. Choreographing this benefit workshop production are Jenny Parsinen (Allegiance) and celebrated star of stage and screen Taye Diggs.
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.
In a society that cares more for good birth and good manners than for skill, Becky Sharp, poor, plain, and devilishly clever, is determined to defy the odds. Through risky romantic entanglements, shady business practices, and social climbing at any cost, she refuses to stop until the world lies at her feet. Adapted by Kate Hamill (Sense and Sensibility) from the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair exposes a world where surfaces are everything, virtue is only skin deep, and every 15 minutes of fame comes with heart-pounding risk.
Leaving her home in southern Africa for a better life, Saartjie Baartman became a star on the 19th-century London freak show circuit because of the size of her posterior. This Obie Award-winning play gives vibrant life to the story of Baartman's journey to London, her rise to fame as the "Hottentot Venus," and her eventual love affair with a French scientist. Inspired by the real-life experience of Baartman, Venus bursts with humor while examining the paradox of love.
What if the fate of your favorite video game characters rested in your hands? Take control as they take the stage in The Video Games! Princess Zelda, Queen of the Console, is celebrating the 64th Annual Video Games and needs the audience's assistance (through social media) to ensure that this year's games are bigger, badder, and bloodier than last year's! It's a different show every night as iconic pixelated heroes and villains — such as Donkey Kong, Lara Croft, and the Master Chief — compete to win the coveted title of Player One.
The View UpStairs pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant '70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This forgotten community comes to life in all its gritty, glam rock glory when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the abandoned space, setting off an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. Inspired by one of the most significant yet all-but-ignored attacks against the LGBTQ community, The View UpStairs examines what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future.
Written by Billy Mitchell, Villain: DeBlanks is the uproarious improvisational comedy where the cast says words you put in their mouths. The audience provides nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc. (the wilder, the better), and the actors provide the laughs — uncensored and unrehearsed — as they enact the story of Philip DeBlanks' untimely demise. It's Clue meets adult Mad Libs, and it's never the same show twice!
The hilarious cast of hooligans features fabulous Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda), saucy Tony nominee Nancy Opel (Urinetown), the unpredictably zany Andrew Call (Groundhog Day), American Idiot's audacious Leslie McDonel, the dashingly droll Eric Ulloa (On Your Feet!), and the wonderfully charming Ben Thompson (Matilda). Joining the fun is special media guest Patrick Hinds, host and cofounder of the Theater People podcast.
An explosive mashup of new rock music, breathtaking live performance, and classic silent film, Vox Lumiere's Phantom of the Opera is an original steampunk-inspired immersive and interactive experience for the 21st century. Part epic concert, part interactive movie, and part cutting-edge theater, Vox Lumiere's singers and dancers give Phantom a fun, outrageous twist. They perform a fusion of original rock, pop, and EDM music as dazzling multimedia and the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera propel audiences deep into the action, drama, and romance of this classic story.
What are we here for? Is time a friend or an enemy? Do we all eventually end up in the same place but take different routes to get there? This funny, moving, and thought-provoking new play, written and directed by Obie and Lucille Lortel Award winner Will Eno, challenges the notion of what really matters while recognizing the importance of life's simple pleasures. (All of which might sound dreary, but there's a chance this will be a really good experience.)
There's juggling, and then there's Plastic Boom. This three-man troupe combines 15 years of award-winning juggling experience with deadpan humor. In Water on Mars they fling rings, balls, and clubs in hypnotic streaks of neon, keeping rhythm with an electro-pop soundtrack as they add bottles of water, bags of candy, and rolls of toilet paper to the airborne objects.
When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his bedroom, he does what any young adventurer would do: fly into outer space! When the plane begins to sputter and quake, the intrepid explorer must land on the moon. But he's far from alone up there…
Using puppetry and original music, Ireland's Branar Téatar and Denmark's Teater Refleksion (Songs From Above) create a whimsical world in The Way Back Home, a story about friendship and the courage to conquer the unknown.
Having lost her mother to illness, Ginnifer moves into her mother's home in the town where she grew up. After learning a former boyfriend has committed a mass shooting, Ginnifer must confront her relationship to the heinous crime while also finding her place in America as a single woman approaching middle age.
Written by Courtney Baron, When It's You takes a personal look at the ripple effects that follow gun violence. Now making its world premiere, this timely and moving play explores contemporary American life.
When, after much time away, Kristina returns to Berkshire County, word spreads that she and her ex-husband are caring for their estranged, ailing daughter Julie. Visitors from Julie's complicated past, including her childhood best friend and her former drug dealer, practically trip over each other to reach the young woman they thought they'd lost years before but still feel deeply connected to. Heartfelt and compassionate, Hamish Linklater's The Whirligig spins a tale of a fractured community weaving a circuitous route back to one another.
Direct from its production at the Delaware Theatre Company, White Guy on a Bus — a play that unravels a complex web of moral ambiguity, revenge, and racial bias — arrives in New York. A wealthy white businessman and a struggling black single mom ride the same bus week after week. As they get to know each other, their relationship prompts an unblinking inspection of racial and economic divides.
Abrons resident artists launch the 2017 OpenICE season with a diverse and extensive array of chamber, electro-acoustic, improvisatory, and multimedia work — sharing their process, commissions, and collaborations in a series of free workshops and performances for Abrons audiences. The first installment (on January 23) features Wolfgang Rihm's Musik für drew Streicherfesturing performed by ICE strings: Josh Modney, Kyle Armbrust, and Michael Nicolas. The second installment (March 3-5) features chamber performances of work by Eric Wubbels, Sofia Gubaidulia, and a new commission workshop with Monte Weber.
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performers, curators, and educators, ensemble members explore how new music intersects with communities across the world. ICE's 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Emerging composers have anchored ICE's programming since its founding in 2001, and the group's recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music's present.
Strap on your ruby slippers, and join the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion, Dorothy, and her little dog too for this adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. Lots of people love this classic story of the girl who wakes up in a strange land filled with witches, munchkins, and monkeys — and befriends a cowardly lion, a tin man without a heart, and a scarecrow with no brain in her quest to find her way back home. Journey down the yellow brick road through the land of Oz to meet the wizard while humming along to memorable songs from the Oscar-winning film, including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and "If I Only Had a Brain."
Bobbie and Hench are home alone. Days are spent streaming porn, playing Call of Duty, watching the world go by. Their mom rarely visits anymore, and it's chaos when she does. But when Jenny, an animal-loving neighbor, takes an interest in their dog, the boys discover a world far beyond what they knew. Yen explores a childhood lived without boundaries.
A motivational speech. An ad for cheese chips. An ancient Greek hero. A desire to do good, to live right, to not fail, to make the world better, to find happiness, to find comfort, to find meaning, to find, to find, to find, success, success, SUCCESS. Your Hair Looked Great is a kaleidoscopic head-trip through the social and cultural forces that shape our sense of what life is and what life should be.
Your Hair Looked Great is the work of Tiny Little Band, a New York-based collaboration between Stefanie Abel Horowitz and Jerry Lieblich. Their last piece, Ghost Stories, premiered at Cloud City in May 2015 to rave reviews. It was previously developed at PRELUDE 14 (CUNY), Smith + Tinker (HERE Arts Center), Barn Arts Collective, Gershwin Live at Dixon Place, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation. Past work includes 1927 (Ars Nova, ANT Fest), Rod Serling: Binghamton to Syracuse, and Walt Disney and the Invention of the Human (Fresh Ground Pepper).
Yours Unfaithfully is an unromantic comedy about the price of free love. It peeks intimately and insightfully behind the closed doors of an open marriage. Stephen and Anne, blissfully happy for eight years, are committed to living up to their ideals. When Stephen, a writer who isn't writing, begins to sink into a funk of unproductive moodiness, Anne encourages him to seek out a fresh spark. Can their marriage survive uncompromising generosity, sacrifice, and love?
Published in 1933 but never produced until now, Yours Unfaithfully makes its world premiere in this Mint Theater production under the direction of Jonathan Bank. The cast features Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee Max von Essen (An American in Paris), Todd Cerveris (South Pacific), Mikaela Izquierdo (Cyrano de Bergerac), Elisabeth Gray (Breakfast at Tiffany's), and John Hutton (Lincoln).