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New York City's finest improvisers join forces with the city's finest poets in a unique format: part comedy, part poetry, part theater, part UNPREDICTABILITY. It all begins with an exquisite corpse (aka poem) written collaboratively by the audience. After that the improvisers delve in, building a world around the themes and imagery of the poem, populating it with a cast of characters who are funny, tragic, and in between. Fueling the proceedings is the work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the world. (Among the cast are performers and poets featured on This American Life, the Onion, and Chicago's Second City.) The whole shebang ends with the performance of a poem inspired by the show and written on the spot.
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little is an often biting and occasionally touching black comedy that centers on the lives of the three Reardon sisters, whose father abandoned the family long ago and whose mother has recently passed away. The sisters, now adults and all working in the New York City public school system, have come to a crossroads — the youngest sister, having barely survived a scandalous incident at school, has suffered a nervous breakdown. When the married sister comes back to the childhood apartment, the two unmarried sisters now share in an effort to commit her to an institution, and the built-up resentments of the last decade are pushed to the forefront. Should Anna be committed? Is it in her best interest, or is it just easier for Ceil if she doesn't have to care for Anna? Is it selfish of Catherine to want to keep her at home? Who is strongest in this fight of wills — and does Catherine really need another cocktail?
Dalrymple Award-winning director, Laurie Rae Waugh directs the revival of this MITF Award nominated comedy about a boyfriend, his former-future mother in law, and his ex-girlfriend, in that order.
A love story: Middle-aged, not too bright, and quite lonely, Kath meets a nice young man at the library and brings him home. How was she to know that this nice, good-looking boy was not what he seemed to be? And why is her brother Ed taking such an interest? Entertaining Mr. Sloane is a comedy by Joe Orton about sexuality, gender, death, and madness. A play the New York Times calls "Blissfully perverse" presented by the award-winning Phoenix Theatre Ensemble
In the form of a love letter to his late father, the infamous owner of Sid King's Crazy Horse Bar, Mike King performs his life story about being a dentist, a standup comedian, and the son of a "nightclub" owner. The Fifth Dentist is a heartwarming, hilarious tribute to Sid, the "Sultan of Striptease."
Obnoxious strangers, overbearing bosses, and unrequited high school crushes are about to get a piece of your mind. The Friday Night Sh*w invites audience members to anonymously write down their repressed rants, cursing-outs, and sultry confessions. Improv performers then use that writing to fuel a fast-paced brawl of hilarity. The cast includes a fistful of New York City's best improvisers with credits on 30 Rock, Comedy Central, MTV, Chicago's Second City, the Onion, and NPR — and at least one Primetime Emmy Award loser.
Giovanni the Fearless is a family-friendly commedia dell'arte folk opera about the power of love, a troupe of traveling actors, an old castle, two young lovers, and a couple of ghosts. When Giovanni encounters the Bombasto Family commedia troupe, he becomes enchanted with the star of the show, the beautiful Colombina. Tricked by Colombina's father and siblings into believing that a treasure lies hidden in a nearby haunted castle, he deals first with a fake ghost (a giant puppet constructed by the Bombastos) and then an actual ghost. In the end, he discovers that the real treasure is his love for Colombina. Spectacular projections by Bank Street Films, clowning, tumbling, puppetry, special effects, and onstage musicians enhance this romantic musical comedy.
Deb Filler has incredible stories to tell! The internationally renowned comic performer, musician, and writer returns to New York with her new one-woman show, I Did It My Way in Yiddish (in English). In this international hit, New Zealand's only Jewish comic entertains with a brilliant evening of stories and songs audiences will never, ever forget. Filler recounts funny, moving stories of her meetings with the Lennys: Leonard Cohen, Leonard Bernstein, and another Jewish musician called Lenny. The audience travels along with Deb as she journeys around the world on this jam-packed, music-filled show with just a guitar and a raft of lovable characters she creates.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
Actor-writer Dan Ruth reprises his hilarious testament to survival and sobriety, A Life Behind Bars. Fermented in over two decades of booze, bars, and New York City gentrification, the show, directed by multiple-MAC and Bistro Award winner Tanya Moberly, is an unapologetic, darkly funny look at what can happen when you reach for the stars and grab the bottle instead. This work is the 2016 winner of United Solo Festival's best autobiographical show award.
Note: There is a $20 cover and a $20 minimum per person.
Five people wait in line for an unknown event, each trying to get to the front. Through their shoving and conniving, Line dramatizes the absurdity of everyday life.
The length of the show's run is a testament to its interminable relevance. Line has been running — or rather, standing and waiting — since 1967. Among those stuck in the original production was Richard Dreyfuss, then almost as unknown as the event his character awaited. Today the rotating cast continues to feature emerging young actors. Tradition also lives on in the play's director, Jay Michaels; he studied with Carol Ilson, who directed Line in 1974. The playwright is still Israel Horovitz.
Each week, the Magnet Theater's resident ensembles converge for a night of improv comedy. The night might include anything from monoscenes to Harolds (long-form improv acts that begin with a suggestion from the audience). Because Megawatt's format gets changed more frequently than a lightbulb, returning audience members can expect to be dazzled every time.
All the talent New York City has to offer is on more than the Broadway stage. But who are the next generation of Big Apple stars? Get a sneak peek at the area's best during New York's Got Talent. The thrilling result of an all-ages talent search, NYGT showcases performers from across the region in a variety-style production. Featuring a colorful array of singers, dancers, magicians, jugglers, pet training tricks, burlesque, bands, guitarists, drummers, comedians, weird acts of all kinds, ventriloquists, drag queens, lip-syncers, cirque, tappers, tumblers, gymnasts, balance acts, impersonators, a cappella groups, and virtually any other alternative performance art form you can think of, this is a show that lets you decide who moves on to the next of six total rounds. Cast your vote at the Elektra Theater in Times Square.
Saturday at 6pm: the perfect time to get your jaded mind blown by four improv ensembles. Will the neighborhood kids be driven wild by their new forms and structures? Yes. Will you?
The Rundown features different groups at each performance that unite veteran performers with up-and-comers ready to bring it.
This show is part of an afternoon and evening of shows. The actors use scrolls for each scene, which have each actor's cues and lines, giving actors and the audience an improvisational experience throughout the scenes.
Scenes from Shakespeare comedies (mostly) include:
- Act 1, Scene 2 from A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Act 4, Scene 3 from The Winter's Tale
- Act 4, Scene 3 from The Comedy of Errors
- Joan's monologue from Henry VI, Part 1
In Show Up, award-winning solo show performer, producer, and SOLOCOM creator Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit) uses his decades of solo performance expertise to turn the often vilified tropes of the genre on their head. Marino exploits an arsenal of Post-it notes to compile and transform the challenging and enlightening real-life experiences of the audience into a single vibrant life-story that is familiar, completely fresh, and unique each time. Chance elements are increased as audience members are engaged to cue lights, design the set, and direct. Show Up provides a wild, unpredictable ride for the audience as Marino navigates this high wire, simultaneously commenting on social anxiety and performance challenges. Ultimately, Show Up demonstrates that the value of truth in autobiographical performance is totally subjective.
This award-winning collection of world premiere plays returns with seven brand-new commissioned selections. This year (number seven!), a fresh batch of lauded playwrights riff on the theme of "rebound."
Nick Kanellis and Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) team up with Magnet Theater veteran Leslie Korein to form a brand-new improv trio with one purpose: rockin' a seamless, high-energy, character-driven, free-form improv set every week.
Legendary Las Vegas lounge singer Trudy Carmichael has lived (and nearly died) and loved (and often lost) more than most mere mortals, but she gets through all of her trials and tribulations through the art of song! Based on an audience suggestion for a show title and the audience's own personal objects, Carmichael weaves together an original one-woman show on the spot detailing the triumphs and challenges of her storied past, accompanied by Frank Spitznagel on the keys and Steve Whyte on percussion!
Carl David (played by David Carl) is arrested by President Trump for creating and performing the fictionally acclaimed Donald Trump's One-Man King Lear as Performed by Carl David. Carl wakes up in a dark room to the sound of Trump's voice, whose owner he will never see. Carl must perform his parody as the president watches remotely via a live and public feed. If Trump likes Carl and his show, Carl lives. If Trump doesn't like Carl's show, Carl dies. Audiences can expect multiple impressions, puppets, multimedia, and an appropriately dark comedy that explores the fragility of the First Amendment as much as it does President Trump or King Lear.
What Town? The Musical is a fully improvised show wherein the audience picks the name of a fictional town (Disaster Valley? Royalty Heights? Boozerton?), and two experienced musical comedians, Katie Hammond and Daniel Tepper, create a musical on the spot about that town, playing all of the characters who live there.
The cast is joined by music director and piano player Jody Shelton, who improvises a new score for each show!