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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.
This epic show mixing singing and stand-up comedy returns this season with David Serero. The ticket includes a three-course meal Christmas-style menu.
You won't regret this show made of Jewish humor!
Songs of Chanukah and Christmas, Jewish music, Russian, and many surprises!
Singing, dancing and laughing are guaranteed!
Ring in the holidays at Drunk Restoration Comedy's intoxicating (and intoxicated) annual reading of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol! The premise of Drunk Restoration Comedy: Our team of brave (or just crazy?) actors, comedians, and improvisers will perform a reading of a classical piece of theater. The catch: They'll be doing so while heavily under the influence. Even better, this interactive evening will give audience members a chance to choose their own adventure and dictate which performers get totally sloshed and which are sent packing. Anything could happen; come find out what does! Come get drunk with Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet To Come!
The cast of Eight Is Never Enough delivers hilarious comedy improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions and participation. Every show is topical and customized to you. Think Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets Broadway.
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.
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.
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.
Hazan, a young "startup-ist," comes to New York to pitch his various business ideas. He meets Maya, a half-American trying to make it as a stage actress. We follow their respective pursuits in love and work in a city they think they know and a culture they think they understand. Next Stop stars Noga Milstein and Ben Perry, who transition seamlessly between the roles of Maya and Hazan as well as a slew of other New Yorkers.
Directed by acclaimed actress Mili Avital, Next Stop features a book by Noga Milstein and Avital, music by Yoni Bloch, lyrics by Barak Feldman, with additional music by Omri Anghel and Ann Streichman.
The year is 2006, and there's been a big shake-up in the Milky Way: Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet!
When news of its demotion reaches the small planetoid, Pluto leaves the solar system on a cosmic journey, meeting groovy satellites, fun-loving gas giants, and a galaxy of other celestial oddballs on its quest to become a planet again.
Chris Mann and Emily Duncan's Pluto Is Missing! is a family-friendly space comedy that blends music, puppets, and fantasy with real science and space exploration history. You'll leave the theater with your head full of catchy songs and astronomical knowledge!
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 2, Scene 2 from The Merry Wives of Windsor
- Act 4, Scene 3 from The Winter's Tale
- Act 4, Scene 3 from The Comedy of Errors
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.
A comedy of honor, Ana Caro's 17th-century play criticizes the social customs of her era, notably the position of women, in a parody of the erotic myth of Don Juan. The play is considered especially remarkable because of its uncommon depiction of its heroine, Leonor, in a storyline whose happy ending finds a woman having solved her own misfortune without the help of a man.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System.