Discount Theatre in NYC: Off-Broadway Week 2017September 20, 2017 - by Alison Durkee
Though Broadway typically gets the spotlight, New York City’s theatre scene goes far beyond the Great White Way. Explore some of the city’s smaller stages this February and March by taking advantage of Off-Broadway Week. Sponsored by NYC & Company, Off-Broadway Week gives theatergoers the chance to purchase 2-for-1 tickets to select Off-Broadway shows. The promotion will run from September 25 – October 8.
Included in this year’s offerings are a wide variety of Off-Broadway shows sure to suit every taste. Those looking to catch a long-running staple of the Off-Broadway scene can catch such hit shows as Avenue Q, the Blue Man Group, and Stomp. Musical fans may also want to look into NEWSical, which musicalizes the news of the day; Spamilton, Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini’s parody on the hottest ticket in town; or Desperate Measures, a new musical based on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
Shakespeare fans looking for something a bit more classical can enjoy As You Like It at Classic Stage Company, which will be relocated to the Jazz Age in a new production helmed by Tony winning director John Doyle and actress Ellen Burstyn. The Shakespearean classic will also come alive in Arden/Everywhere: The “As You Like It” Project, which reimagines the Bard’s comedy as a story about refugees.
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Playgoers looking for some more contemporary fare, meanwhile, can see the revival of Harvey Fierstein’s groundbreaking Torch Song, catch acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl’s newest work, For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, or see The Leftovers star Carrie Coon return to the stage in Mary Jane at New York Theatre Workshop. Theatergoers wanting to see something a bit more off-kilter are also in luck, with shows on offer that include the truly unique The Gazillion Bubble Show, Naked Boys Singing!, and Drunk Shakespeare.
For more information about Off-Broadway Week and to purchase tickets, visit NYCgo.com.