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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.
Following the success of the first two editions of AdA: Author directing Author, which resulted from a collaboration between the American and Italian writers-and-directors Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani and culminated in the presentation of international premieres of four plays performed in three different languages, the Spanish writer and director Marta Buchaca joins AdA for the third edition of the project. This edition revolves around one theme: power. Each playwright has written a one-act play that one of the other writers directs. These three U.S. premieres are performed together in a single show.
Inside the cozy and tuneful world of Arrowhead Cafe, the ups, downs and inevitable complications of modern love can be uncovered over a simple cup of coffee. Throughout the course of a day, the cafe plays host to a myriad of vignettes and moments that spotlight the inner musical fantasies of the varied millennials that filter through the shop. From the heartache of love unrequited to the bliss of love that's true, Arrowhead explores it all, delving deep into the reality of human interaction and contemporary romance.
The Big Broadcast on East 53rd is an off-the-wall comedy that explores how "fake news" impacts a marriage. Fed up with her husband's unconventional ways, a sophisticated New Yorker "finds" his obituary in the Times and plans his funeral. This challenges the play's hero to prove he is alive and kicking. This highly theatrical and timely romp explores what happens when we are ruled by our need for love and approval.
Fifteen-year-old Kevin was sent to Camp Smile Power, an anger management camp, on a plea bargain with the Brooklyn Justice system. His crime? Throwing a rock at Donald Trump's head. Camp founder and recently appointed Secretary of Teen Anger Management, Joanne (a broom puppet), hosts this event for campers to share what they've learned about managing their anger. Will Kevin make it through his presentation without cracking? Will you? Come find out!
In a Brooklyn park Kris and Danny meet for their children's first play date. While commiserating, a precarious emotional relationship forms between them, but when one of their children is inexplicably injured, the sequential fall-out incites their spouses, Donna and Veronica, along a self-destructive path in search of the superfluous truth. DANNYKRISDONNAVERONICA is an offbeat meditation on the confounding business of contemporary parenthood.
David's Friend is a fast-paced, multimedia show. It celebrates friendship, fun, freaks, fag hags, youthful passion, changing times, aging, emotions, memories, music, and Manhattan. David's Friend is a coming-of-age story, a love story, a loss story, and a New York story, a story we all know and experience in some way and, as David would say, "a story that just gets better with the telling."
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.
From Cold Lake is a serialized monthly radio play set in the fictional town of Cold Lake, Minnesota.
Take a left at the Texaco on County Road 8, keep right when you pass the barn with the funny roof, and once you start to feel kinda lost, that's how you know you're almost there. And it just so happens that the time has come to celebrate Cold Lake's bicentennial. From the ice fishing fleets to local artist Linda Klaver's open mic night at Debbie's Bar/Bait Shop, this is the townspeople's year, and gosh darn if they're not gonna shine.
From Cold Lake is written and directed by Colin Waitt, with an original score by Drama Desk nominee Thomas Crawford (SeaWife).
A History of Servitude is a comic survey of world history, from the dawn of man to the present. A celebration of the eternal struggle of the underdog, A History of Servitude is part improv, part sketch comedy, part insanity. The Department of Fools brings audiences on a wildly participatory, slightly intoxicated, and extremely bawdy ride through history.
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.
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.
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.
Performed on an empty stage but harnessing creatively manipulated lighting and the audience's imaginations, Speedmouse Re-squeaked is a comedy experience unlike any other. In fact, the Umbilical Brothers challenge anyone to describe the show after having seen it. It's made people in Britain, Singapore, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand laugh like idiots — no mean feat, considering New Zealanders hate Australians. And it was crowned Stage Production of the Year at the Australian Comedy Awards, again no mean feat, considering they only held the awards once. Ever.
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.
Sketch comedy team Uncle Function introduces a series of new sketches for their upcoming comedy show Uncle Function: Awards Season. Team members present their signature brand of humor encompassing sketch, improv, and audience participation. Special guest comedian Ana Fabrega joins them.
Uncle Function is a sketch comedy group based in New York City. It was formed in 2015 by Tony Award-nominated producer Ken Davenport (Godspell). Uncle Function: Awards Season is written by and features Chris Cafero (HBO's The Night Of), Russell Daniels (That Bachelorette Show), Jessica Frey (Netflix's The Characters), Douglas Goodhart (lead singer of Douglas and the Goodharts), Gianmarco Soresi (GE commercial guy).