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Off Broadway Shows: Everything You Need to Know (and Off Off Broadway as Well!)

What's playing Off-Broadway in May? Here are the details for what's going on onstage in NYC.

Here is everything you need to know about the Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway shows in NYC in 2024. Throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, Off- and Off-Off Broadway theatres present everything from the classics—plays and musicals—to cutting-edge experimental pieces, concerts, festivals, and immersive works.

PLAYING OFF-BROADWAY & OFF-OFF BROADWAY, 2024

About Those Miscarriages I Had and Other Bloody Bits (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) Bethany Hall’s “One Uterus Comedy Show” offers a savage glimpse into the messiness of miscarriages and motherhood - and, of course, there’s music because parenting is fucking beautiful. 7/24 thru 7/28. (sohoplayhouse.com)

The Actors (Theatre Row, Theatre 4, 410 42nd St.) A lonely man, grief-stricken by the death of his parents, hires actors to come to his apartment a few times a week to play his family. But what happens when the lines between theatre and reality begin to blur—and the actors overstay their welcome? Playwright Ronnie Larsen and four actors perform this deeply personal comedy. Thru 6/1. (theactorsplay.com)

After Endgame (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) Flown to Singapore at the behest of a mysterious investor, Kevin James Doyle found himself imparting chess wisdom to some of the world's wealthiest individuals. The tension rises as Kevin navigates these high-stakes players, both on and off the chessboard. The show combines the strategic nuances of chess with the uproarious comedy of life. 7/10 thru 7/13. (sohoplayhouse.com)

Alex Newell and the Gospel of a Diva (Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane) For three nights only, Tony Award winner Alex Newell (Shucked) Alex Newell takes the stage in this intimate new show, sharing untold stories from their remarkable life and career alongside a selection of their favorite tunes. 6/27 thru 6/29. (audible.com/minettalane)

All of Me (Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.) Playwright Laura Winters’ classic romantic comedy.  Boy meets girl.  Boy uses a wheelchair, girl uses a scooter, and they both use text-to-speech technology to connect to the world around them.  They come from different worlds, but love pulls them together when their families push them apart. The cast includes Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer). them Visit website for scheduled talkbacks. Thru 6/16. (thenewgroup.org)

Amerikin (59E59 Theaters, Theater A, 59 E. 59th St.) In small-town Maryland, Jeff Browning wants to give newborn son every possible advantage – by joining a local white supremacist group. When his attempt to join is thwarted by surprising ancestry test results, the line between “us” and “them” gets incredibly blurry. As he scrambles to maintain appearances, his sanitized story starts to unravel when a prominent Black journalist and his daughter start asking questions. Part of the AMPLIFY Festival. 3/1 thru 4/13/25. (59e59.org)

AMPLIFY Festival (59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St.) An unprecedented festival of three New York City premieres by one playwright in all three of 59E59’s theater spaces. This second annual AMPLIFY Festival will showcase the talent of local playwright Chisa Hutchinson with the NYC premieres of her plays The Bleeding Class (8/10 thru 9/1), Redeemed, 9/15 thru 10/5), and Amerikin (3/1 thru 4/13/25). (59e59.org)

ANT FEST 2024 (Ars Nova, 511 W. 54th St.) Now in its 16th year, this annual festival celebrates the greater NYC arts community through a formidable mix of new shows from up-and-coming creative voices. Visit website for descriptions along with a complete schedule of shows. 6/10 thru 6/27 (arsnovanyc.com)

Antigone in the Amazon (NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Pl.) On an occupied piece of land, in collaboration with Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra -- the world’s largest landless workers’ movement, playwright Milo Rau and his team created this allegorical play about the violent devastations and displacements caused by the modern state, which places private property above the traditional right to land. 9/27 & 9/28. (nyuskirball.org)

Appraisal (59E59 Theaters, Theater B, 59 E. 59th St.) An annual performance review that goes horribly wrong. Department head Nicky wants to get on with her job; her boss has other ideas. This dark comedy by Tim Marriot is a power play of manipulation, subtext, and subterfuge, exploring the explosive consequences that can arise out of a seemingly innocent conversation. Part of Brits Off Broadway’s 2024 season. 6/12 thru 6/30. (59e59.org)

Atlas Drubbed (Tools for Tomorrow) (NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Pl.) Just in time for the election, comes this playful analysis of both the current moment, in which AI-generated “evidence” influences much of what we think and feel, and also a speculation about a near future where candidates themselves are as engineered as their messages. 10/25 thru 10/27. (nyuskirball.org)

The Big Gay Jamboree (Orpheum Theatre,126 Second Ave.) This new musical follows Stacey, who after blacking out from 18 Jägerbombs, wakes up hungover in a terrifying place: an Off-Broadway musical. With no memory of how she got there, she’s forced to put her theater BFA in theater to use, belt her face off, and figure out how to escape this 1940's golden age musical...while a live audience watches. Starring and co-created by Marla Mindelle, the award-winning actress/creator/gay genius behind Titaníque. From 9/14. (biggayjamboreethemusical.com)

BLACK BACKSTAGE (The Kitchen at Westbeth, 163B Bank St., 4th Fl. Loft) An immersive exhibition comprised of a short film, prints of new writing, a sculptural sound installation, and live programs that evoke the aesthetic of a makeshift storefront church, revival meetings, faith healings, public squares and fields as stages, and other underground and improvised modes of instilling Black sacred and everyday rituals within the spectacle of performance. 3/21 thru 5/25. (thekitchen.org)

Black Velvet Mondays (The Adam Space [BAMcafé)], 30 Lafayette Ave.) Chart-topping R&B vocalist Cheryl Pepsii Riley presents a new series of free live music events at BAM. Additionally, surprise special guests are lined up to join the concerts, promising each night to be an unforgettable experience. 5/13 thru 6/3. (bam.org)

The Bleeding Class (59E59 Theaters, Theater C, 59 E. 59th St.) When a mysterious plague throws society into chaos, it results in an alliance between reserved Dr. Pennington and strong-willed escort Sugar, whose immune system may hold the key to saving the world. Exchanging barbs and professional observations, they race to find a cure. But, according to the shadowy players backing the project, there’s something more important than human lives at stake – money. Part of the AMPLIFY Festival. 8/10 thru 9/1. (59e59.org)

Blizzard (59E59 Theaters, Theater C, 59 E. 59th St.) When Dottie’s neuroscientist husband falls ill, she must deliver a lecture on his behalf in Switzerland – a philosophical adventure that has her struggling to translate his rational analysis of the human mind in a way that she and the world can understand. Writer/performer Emily Woof makes use of mixed media storytelling techniques, simple props, and dance to unspool a surreal investigation of what it means to be a fully-integrated human. Part of Brits Off Broadway’s 2024 season. 6/12 thru 6/30. (59e59.org)

Blood of the Lamb (59E59 Theaters, Theater C, 59 E. 59th St.) A pregnant woman finds herself detained in a Texas airport with an unexpected adversary: a court appointed attorney assigned to represent her baby. This electrifying thriller features two women with opposing beliefs, forced to navigate the bureaucratic chaos of post-Roe America. 9/15 thru 10/5. (59e59.org)

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Blue Man Group (Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St.) (105 mins., no intermission) No plot, dialogue, or ripped from headlines drama, just a romp and a half orchestrated by three blue-hued alien dudes. This long-running Off-Broadway show and international sensation combines music, paint drums, snacks, high-tech hijinks, and unpredictable physical comedy. (blueman.com)

Breaking The Story (Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater, 305 W. 43rd St.) In this darkly funny/fiery drama, a foreign war correspondent has put her life on the line to illuminate the darkest corners of humanity. With close friends & family gathered on the eve of her lifetime achievement award ceremony, she opts to cap the moment with an elopement. But she’s forced to reckon with war’s hold on her. Starring Tala Ashe, Geneva Carr, Julie Halston, Louis Ozawa, Gabriell Polcano, Matthew Saldivar & Maggi Siff.  Thru 6/23. (2st.com)

The Brief Life & Mysterious Death of Boris III, King of Bulgaria (59E59 Theaters, Theater A, 59 E. 59th St.) The year is 1943 and Bulgaria has just told Hitler where to stick it. Europe’s major powers are at war and King Boris III must choose a side or be swept away. A raucous and poignant tale in which a bunch of underdogs use every trick in the book to outwit the Nazis and save nearly 50,000 Jewish lives. This irreverent comedy—featuring live music inspired by Bulgarian and Jewish folk tunes—tells the incredible true story that the world forgot. Part of Brits Off Broadway’s 2024 season. 5/2 thru 6/2. (59e59.org)

Bringer of Doom (The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St.) With a surprise visit from her estranged mother on tape, Lotte enlists an alcoholic ex-stand-up comic from her neighborhood to brutally "roast" her mother at dinner. 7/27 thru 8/25. (bringerofdoomtheplay.com)

Bruised But Not Broken (Gospel Musical Stage Play (Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 524 W. 59th St.) When the Thomas sisters vacation on the island of Jamaica, they learn more about themselves and unveil pieces of themselves…the pieces they didn't want anyone to see…the parts of themselves they were ashamed of and tried so desperately to hide. 5/25 thru 6/22. (eventbrite.com)

Butter and Egg Man (Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Ave.) George S. Kaufman's comedy that takes an uproarious look behind the scenes of the theater world, where an unsuspecting hero, the Butter and Egg Man, stumbles wide-eyed and ready to make his mark. Encountering everyone from shady producers to temperamental divas, he finds himself surrounded by characters as colorful as a Broadway marquee. 6/18 thru 6/23. (outoftheboxtheatre.com)

Bygone Fruit (Theatre 154, 154 Christopher St #1E.) In this world premiere play by Banna Desta, Blake and Selam appear to be a perfect couple—but that harmony is put to the test when they prepare for their families to meet for the first time. During a tense cook-off, subtle and startling revelations are made about their respective identity, Black heritage, and views on the diaspora, creating a divide that might be too great to overcome. Part of the 9th Annual Women in Theatre Festival. 6/6 thru 6/23. (witfestival.projectytheatre.org.)

Camp Bonfire Series (Ars Nova, 511 W. 54th St.) A five-night festival of new comedy works created by Ars Nova's resident comedy artists. Visit website for a complete line-up of performances, schedule & details. 6/4 thru 6/8. (arsnovanyc.com)

CATS: The Jellicle Ball (PAC NYC, Perelman Performing Arts Center, 251 Fulton St.) This reimagining of the musical CATS, inspired by the Ballroom culture that roared out of New York City over 50 years ago and still rages on runways around the world, has been staged as an immersive competition with all new Ballroom and club beats, runway ready choreography, and an edgy “eleganza” makeover.  6/13 thru 7/14. (pacnyc.org)

The Cesar Chavez Story (Teatro SEA at The Clemente, 107 Suffolk St.) In this bilingual play celebrating the life and legacy of the Mexican-American labor activist César Chávez, two laborers on their lunch break bring the audience into their world by transforming the stage into a toy-puppetry theater presentation about their hero César Chávez. Presented in an easy-to-understand mix of English and Spanish. Thru 6/9. (ci.ovationtix.com)

Chamber Magic (Stage 42, 422 W. 42nd St.) Theatregoers, dressed to impress in cocktail attire, experience the mystifying artistry of Steve Cohen in an elegant and intimate salon within the legendary New York Palace. Recreating the up-close parlor entertainment of Manhattan in the early 20th century, Cohen conjures, mind-reads, and performs sleight of hand, along with a trick called Think-A-Drink. (chambermagic.com)

Chelsea Music Festival (Various Locations) This outstanding series, now in its 15th season, is celebrating with nine evenings of concerts, conversation, and tastings with musicians, visual artists, chefs. Visit website for a complete schedule of events and locations. 6/21 thru 6/29. (chelseamusicfestival.org)

Chopped Liver & Unions (59E59 Theaters, Theater C, 59 E. 59th St.) Sara Wesker was an ardent trade unionist organizer and activist who galvanized a traditionally compliant workforce in London’s East End. She marched in 1936, sang on the picket lines, and took part in the Battle of Cable Street against Oswald Mosley's Fascist Blackshirts. Delving into her personal story, the production features protest songs sung by the “Singing Strikers of 1928”. Part of Brits Off Broadway’s 2024 season. Thru 6/7. (59e59.org)


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Clowns Like Me (DR2 Theatre, 101 E. 15th St.) In his solo show, actor/storyteller Scott Ehrenpreis confronts the challenges of living with autism spectrum disorder, OCD, bipolar disorder, social anxiety, and depression, weaving a tale that is as heartbreaking as it is inspiring. In it, Scott uncovers a remarkable truth: the stage becomes his sanctuary, a place where, if only for a few hours, he can emerge from the shadows of his struggles into the spotlight of empowerment and self-expression. 6/21 thru 8/18. (lifelineproductionsinc.org)

Coach Coach (the wild project, 185 E. 3rd St.) In playwright Bailey William’s original comedy, a group of coaches—with the same credentials, but different specialties—gather for a weekend retreat. Some of them will leave as Platinum Practitioner Life Coaches with Dr. Meredith Martin’s Action Coach Academy for Thinking Coaches. Some of them will not. Part of SUMMERWORKS, 2024. 6/3 thru 6/13. (clubbedthumb.org)

The Comedy of Errors (Various locations throughout NYC’s five boroughs) This free, bilingual (English & Spanish) musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy features contemporary music styles from Latin America backed by live actor-musicians while bringing vibrant energy to the tale of two sets of twins separated by stormy seas and the ensuing baffling case of mistaken identity. The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit will bring the show to outdoor sites as a key part of GO PUBLIC! A Festival of Free Shakespeare in the Park. Visit website for sites and dates. 28 thru 6/30. (publictheater.org)

The Counter (Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. 111 W. 46th St.) Every morning at the local diner in a small town, a waitress refills a regular’s coffee. An unlikely friendship develops and keeps him coming back for more. But when he asks for a shocking favor, it brings to light both of their deepest secrets. The Counter is a funny, surprising, and moving meditation on the everyday connections that can change our lives. Preview TBA; official opening is 10/9. (roundabouttheatre.org)

Counting and Cracking (NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Pl.) A sweeping, episodic play about the multi-generational journey of a Sri-Lankan Australian family from 1956-2004. Radha fled Sri Lanka with her unborn child as the nation struggled with conflict. Two decades later, her Australian son, Siddhartha, who knows little of his family’s background, receives a call from the past that changes everything he thought he knew, and who he thought he was. 9/6 thru 9/22. (publictheater.org)

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Cowboy (Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St.) Set in 1888 Oklahoma Indian territory, Bass Reeves and his Native American companion are seeking two criminals fleeing to the Mexican only to find themselves in an old saloon as a deadly tornado approaches. Once regarded as the greatest of U.S. Deputy Marshals, many scholars believe that Bass Reeve's life served as inspiration for the character of the Lone Ranger. Written by and starring Layon Gray (Black Angels Over Tuskegee). 5/25 thru 7/27. (cowboytheplay.com)

Craig (The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St.) The comedy group Craig’s show comes packed with digital shorts, sketches, improv, and stand-up. Craig’s surrealist midwestern style features the horrors of the mundane and the agony of being alive. Immerse yourself in the Craig Universe for a night full of comedy, debauchery, and anxiety. 5/25 thru 12/6.(ovationtix.com)

Criminal Queerness Festival (PAC NYC, Perelman Performing Arts Center, 250 Fulton St.) Celebrating queer and trans artists from around the world who have the guts to risk it all—censorship, imprisonment, and violence—for simply sharing their truths. Featuring productions of Achiro P. Olwoch’s The Survival, Raphael Amahl Khouri’s She He Me, and Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko’s Waafrika 123: A Queerly Scripted Tragic Rise to African Fantasia. Visit website for descriptions and playing schedule. 6/21 thru 6/29. (pacnyc.org)

Culture Lab LIC’s New Works Festival (CultureLab LIC, 5-25 46th Ave, Queens) Culture Lab LIC’s Emergence Artists in Residence present dance, theater, shadow puppets, performance art, music, and circus. 11/7 thru 12/8. (culturelablic.org)

cunnicularil (Alchemical Studios, 50 W. 17th St., 12th Fl.) This world premiere of playwright Sophie McIntosh’s new work tells a piercing fable about the wonder and brutality of motherhood. 6/28 thru 7/13. (bedlam.org)

Dark Dreams (Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St.) This Truth International Theater Festival showcases of contemporary Central & Eastern European Theater. Featured this year are dreamlike works commenting on past and present tragedies, from the Nazi and Soviet years to the current war in Ukraine. It explores fascism but also beauty, darkness and laughter. Beginning with Franz Kafka on the 1000th anniversary of his death, the fest features theater, dance, music, and film and honors Czech playwright/dissident/president Václav Havel. Visit website for a complete schedule of events. 6/12 thru 6/23. (rehearsalfortruth.org)

Dark Noon (St. Ann’s Warehouse, 45 Water St., Brooklyn) A cast of South African actors and members of the audience re-enact the story of the American wild, wild west through the lens of Hollywood Westerns. This incendiary spectacle turns American history on its head—from the land rush to the gold rush, to gunfights and gunslingers, the territorial conflicts between the European settlers and the indigenous natives are all there. It’s an absurd and vicious game, playful until it isn’t. 6/7 thru 7/7. (stannswarehouse.org)

Dating, depression, Dirtbags: A LOVE Story (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) After her Prince Charming turns into the Prince of Darkness, Elza Zagreda dries her tears, straps on her pink Bottegas and embarks on a journey to find love again. Turning heartbreak on its ass with heartfelt humor, Zagreda’s tale is painfully real and funny take on NYC’s bizarre dating scene. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty— and the anti vaxxers! 4/23 thru 5/28. (sohoplayhouse.com)

David: A New Musical (AMT Theater, 354 W. 45th St.) David, leader of Israel, and Nathan, his long-time friend and political opponent, spend one day together dealing with issues of power and politics. Their discussions bring them back into the past when David was young. In this dream-like world of memory, the past and present commingle touching on issues that are relevant today: ambition, ethics, compromise, and friendship. 6/1 thru 6/13. (amttheater.org)

Deep History (Public Theater,425 Lafayette St.) In a solo performance interweaving 75,000 years of humanity with the incredibly personal account of his best friend’s escape from the bushfires that decimated his hometown of Canberra in 2019, Australian playwright/actor David Finnigan calls on scientific research, phone footage, and a very personal story to illuminate the transforming planet and how we’ve arrived here. 10/5 thru 10/27. (publictheater.org)

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The Desire of the Astronaut (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, 304 W. 47th St.) This original musical explores the enduring myth and popular iconography of the astronaut through the fictional story of Esteban Only, the last Boricua in space. Drifting on a dying spacecraft with only intermittent contact with Earth, Esteban undertakes repairs that may facilitate his rescue or accelerate his court martial on grounds of insubordination. Thru 6/2. (pregonesprtt.org)

Distillation (Irish Arts Center, 726 11th Ave.) Over the past year, Luke Casserly has collaborated with perfume maker Joan Woods to create a unique distillation of the Midlands bog as the starting point for an olfactory encounter which looks at our human relationship to place. A response to the recent cessation of the peat harvesting industry in Ireland, the work is dedicated to the future of our broken landscapes in the hope that by listening to them we might be able to better understand them. 6/7 thru 6/9. (irishartscenter.org)

Do More: New Plays (West End Theatre, 263 W. 86th St.) Now in its fourth year, Bedlam's Do More: New Plays reading series returns with five new theatre pieces: This is What the Days are by Madison Fiedler, To the Ends of the Earth by Kate Whoriskey, Whore and Wife by Emily Breeze, Supposed Home by Sam Hamashima, and Diary of War, by Daria Kolomiec. Visit website for play descriptions and dates. Thru 6/2. (bedlam.org)

Downtown Urban Arts Festival (Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St.) For its 22nd anniversary season, this year’s festival features new works by Tony winner Savion Glover and Tony nominee Reg E. Gaines, as well as new works by 16 of the nation’s emerging playwrights, all highlighting contemporary urban culture. Visit website for a complete lineup of works and playing schedules. 6/12 thru 6/29. (duafnyc.com)

Drag Me To Joanne’s (Joanne Trattoria, 70 W. 68th St.) Hosted by the sensational Jupiter Genesis, the show—which takes place every Wednesday night beginning at 5:30pm—rotates New York’s best drag artists from week to week (and yes, there will be ample Lady Gaga action, seeing as the venue is owned by Lady Gaga’s parents, Joe & Cynthia Germanotta!). (joannenyc.com)

The Dream Machine Experience (Various spaces on the Lincoln Center campus) From the mind of the incomparable Nona Hendryx comes a brand-new experience that pushes the boundaries of art and technology, combining the physical and digital worlds through Afrofuturist art, music, and storytelling. Part of Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City collection of free events. 6/12 thru 6/30. (summerofthecity.org)

Dream of a Common Language (Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave.) a new evening-length ballet inspired by lesbian writer and activist Adrienne Rich’s 1978 poetry collection by the same name. From mountaintops to dimly lit bars, this new ballet illuminates the struggles and joys of LGBTQ+ people through history and queer dancers today: all dreaming of a common language to connect them. 6/21 thru 6/23. (queertheballet.com)

Dream Up Festival (Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. @ E. 10th St.) With a motto of “Dream Up: Invent, Concoct,” this year’s festival will showcase new works from around the globe, ranging from plays and dance theater, to solo pieces and interdisciplinary material—all works that push new ideas to the forefront, challenge audience expectations and make us question our understanding of how art illuminates the world around us. 8/25 thru 9/15. (dreamupfestival.org)

Drunk Shakespeare (The Garden at Selene, 11 Hanover Sq.). Five actors meet as members of The Drunk Shakespeare Society. One of them has five shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform a major Shakespearean role while the four sober actors attempt to keep the script on track. Suffice to say, every wildly madcap show is different. Craft cocktails are available for purchase and entry is strictly 21+. (drunkshakespeare.com)

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS The Twenty-Sided Tavern (Stage 42, 422 W. 42nd St.) An interactive show in which the audience is the "fourth player," influencing key decisions via browser-based software” you vote on where the story will go. With a cast of five and over 30 playable characters, theatregoers experience an expansive fantasy and face riddles, puzzles, combat, and more, to help shape the story. With humorous and exciting reveals are around every corner, no two shows are alike! (thetwentysidedtavern.com)

East to Edinburgh Festival (59E59 Theaters, Theater C, 59 E. 59th St.) A brilliant opportunity and unique showcase for New York productions headed to Scotland for the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The festival was created as a way to help shows fine-tune their performances ahead of their Scottish debut. This year's whirlwind festival features 16 adventurous productions from around New York and across the US. 7/9 thru 7/28. (59e59.org)

Eden Sher: I Was On A Sitcom (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) This show offers a rare intimate glimpse inside a popular sitcom actor’s real, raw life. You will walk away feeling like you’ve made a new friend—and learned more about birthing twins than you ever did before. It’s funny, vulnerable, and disarmingly casual—it’s like having a night out with Eden herself, telling you a story over drinks. 6/7 thru 6/9. (sohoplayhouse.com)

A Final Toast (Chain Theatre Row, 312 W. 36th St., 3rd Fl.) This new play by Michele A Miller takes us into the intertwined lives of two elderly women, helped by their adult daughters to clear out their homes before moving to a Senior Living Center. Once there, they become dear friends only to uncover an inauspicious encounter they had years before—one with longstanding consequences for their future lives, their relationships, their families, and ultimately each other. Thru 5/26. (renaissancenow.com)

Find Me Here (the wild project, 185 E. 3rd St.) In this comedy written by Crystal Finn, A patriarch dies at 100 years old and three sisters open his will. One sister is worried she is next. One sister is determined never to be next. One sister is becoming invisible. Part of SUMMERWORKS, 2024. 6/19 thru 6/29. (clubbedthumb.org)

Fingers & Spoons (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) In this solo work by writer/performer Pascale Roger-McKeever, a mid-40s mom accepts her husband’s invitation to an open marriage. Provocative in its exploration of human vulnerability, the play acknowledges and embraces the acute discomfort of living out our inescapable sexuality—a shameless exploration of shame itself, this play turns many notions of self-empowerment on their head. Directed by Austin Pendleton. Thru 6/2. (fingersandspoonsplay.com)

The Fires (SoHo Repertory Theater, 46 Walker St.) A surreal new play about being a somebody in a world of other somebodies–while trying on love. In 1971, 1998, and 2021, three different men in a South Brooklyn railroad apartment write, read, hook up, flirt, eat, and fight at the same time. Thru 6/16. (sohorep.org)

Fleeting Connections: A Contemporary Circus Show (CultureLab LIC, 5-25 46th Ave, Queens) Focused on spontaneous and brief moments of connection unique to the urban environment, the show is structured as a series of interconnected vignettes, told through dance and circus movement. The cast explores how we interact and find moments of humanity with complete strangers and stands as a love letter to cities, to spontaneous connection and, especially, to the magic in between. 11/7 thru 11/10. (culturelablic.org)

Four Go Wild in Wellies (New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St.) It’s time to explore the great outdoors! What do we need? Tiny tents, bobble hats, scarves and, of course, Wellies (British for rain boots)! With all of the foliage and fun of any good forest frolic, Four Go Wild in Wellies features an inclusive company of disabled and non-disabled professional dancers who remind us that nothing is more natural than newfound friendship. 5/31 thru 6/16. (newvictory.org)

FreeFest (Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.) A weeklong event from the New Group/New Works program, the festival will feature free readings of three musicals (The Female Pope; Hag; and The Last Bimbo of The Apocalypse) and two plays (Red Taxi and Hold Still). All readings are free and open to public, but reservations are required. Visit website for descriptions and complete schedule. 6/13 thru 6/20. (thenewgroup.org/freefest)

Friends! The Musical Parody (Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theatre Center, 210 W. 50th St.) The unauthorized comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV’s Friends celebrates the adventures of Ross, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, and Chandler as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. The show recreates favorite moments from all 10 seasons of the iconic sitcom through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp! (ticketmaster.com/friends-the-musical-parody-new-york)http://)

From Here (Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.) Donald Rupe's acclaimed musical tells Follows the experience of Daniel, a gay man in his 30s, and what it was like personally and in the community in the days following the nightmarish shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub in 2016. 6/27 thru 8/11. (fromhere.com)

GATZ (Public Theater,425 Lafayette St.) Told over a single 6½ hour production created by Elevator Repair Service, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece is delivered word for word by a low-rent office staff amid their inscrutable day-to-day operations. After an employee a finds a copy of The Great Gatsby on his desk and starts to read it out loud, his coworkers hardly notice until coincidences occur and it’s no longer clear whether he’s reading the book, or the book is transforming him. 11/1 thru 12/1. (publictheater.org)

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Gazillion Bubble Show (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.) A family phenom for your family from the Yang family of bubble virtuosos. "We are so thrilled to be bringing bubbles back to the stage and smiles to our audiences,” says master bubble maker Melody Yang. (gazilllionbubbleshow.com)

Ghost of John McCain (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) In the world premiere of this new musical comedy, McCain contemplates a wonderful afterlife, but instead finds that “heaven” is inside Trump's brain, where a Greek Chorus of iconic figures, including Hillary Clinton, Roy Cohn, Eva Peron, Teddy Roosevelt, Robert Jordan, and Lindsey Graham, rebel against the former President's relentless demands for affirmation. Labor Day weekend thru 11/5. (sohoplayouse.com)

Girls Who Walked on Glass (Alchemical Theatre, 50 W. 17th St.) A new, immersive play in which the audience walks through living rooms, workplaces, bars and restaurants following the lives of four young women as their stories play out in four different sets of fully dramatized, interlocking scenes. This is not a mood piece or an art installation. It is fully-scripted and fully dramatized. Thru 6/9. (girlswhowalkedonglass.com)

Good Bones (Public Theater,425 Lafayette St.) After Aisha and her husband begin to renovate an old house in the blighted neighborhood in which she grew up, she finds her contractor’s memories of the area are of more than dangerous streets and hollowed-out homes. As their professional relationship gives way to heated debate about who gets to stay and who must go, Aisha must deal with the choices she’s made to get ahead and the ghosts that haunt her dreams and dream house. By Pulitzer-winning playwright James Ijames. 9/19 thru 10/13. (publictheater.org)

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) All award-winning clown Julia Masli wants to do is solve people’s problems and win the Nobel Prize, but this plan keeps going wrong as she continually wins prizes for comedy. Thru 6/8. (sohoplayhouse.com)

Henry IV (Various parks throughout the city) Thought to be written between 1596 and 1598, this production is a blending of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2. The plays chronicle the civil strife during the reign of King Henry IV and the rise of young Prince Hal, who, under the tutelage of Sir John Falstaff, will become one of England’s most beloved rulers, Henry V. Visit website for locations and playing schedule. All performances are free & open to the public. 6/11 thru 7/14. (nyclassical.org)

Here There Are Blueberries (New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St.) In 2007, a mysterious album featuring Nazi-era photographs arrived at the desk of a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum archivist. As curators unraveled the shocking truth behind the images, the album soon made headlines, igniting a debate that reverberated beyond museum walls. Based on real events, this new work explores what these photos reveal about the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and our own humanity. Thru  6/16. (nytw.org)

(holy) BLOOD (MITU580, 580 Sackett St.) An entirely original sonic landscape to accompany manipulated pieces of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film Santa Sangre. Violently shattered across screens and accompanied by explosive blood choreography, the work remaps a story of circuses, blood cults, madness, and forgiveness. Thru 5/25.(theatermitu.ticketspice.com)

The Hours Are Feminine (INTAR, 500 W. 52nd St., #4W) In the summer of 1960, Hurricane Donna ravages the Northeast and a Puerto Rican family of three, who has never left home before, moves to rural Long Island. Evalisse, Fernán, and their son Jaivín rent a dilapidated little house on the property of an old middle-class Italian named Charlie. Tensions rise between the families of old immigrants and new. Written and directed by Jose Rivera. 5/11 thru 6/9. (intartheatre.org)

How to Eat an Orange (Downstairs Theater at La Mama, 66 E. 4th St.) Playwright Catherine Filloux’s solo play about the visual artist and activist Claudia Bernardi growing up in Argentina under the military junta, and her subsequent work: a sensuous braiding of desaparecidos’ stories through the lens of a survivor. This Kaleidoscopic theater piece depicts how both families and justice may be reconfigured. 5/30 thru 6/16. (lamama.org)

[the hurricanes in your mouth] (Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St.) Johann Diedrick harnesses sound, movement, and poetry to build shelter from the storm. Throughout the performance, Diedrick and collaborators weave together influences from Caribbean cosmology, pirate radio, and Jamaican sound system culture to confront the destructive and generative power of the wind. 5/30 thru 6/2. (abronsartscenter.org)

I Am Going to Eat You Alive (CultureLab LIC, 5-25 46th Ave, Queens) This horror theater play by Riley Elton McCarthy s a terrifying lead poisoning trip of a play interweaving dance, hallucination, indie folk rock, and nonbinary identity through the journey of a young nonbinary documentarian and their relationship with their love of rocks. 10/3 thru 10/27. (culturelablic.org)

I Ought to Be in Pictures (Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St.) In Theater Breaking Through Barriers Off-Broadway premiere of this Neil Simon play, Herb Tucker, a struggling, middle-aged screenwriter with writer's block, receives an unexpected surprise when his daughter, Libby, part of the family he abandoned 16 years earlier, arrives at his West Hollywood home. Libby forces Herb to reexamine the responsibilities of parenthood and come to terms with his relationship with his current girlfriend, Steffy. Thru 5/25. (tbtb.org)

Inspired By True Events (154 Christopher St.) This new work by actor/writer/filmmaker Ryan Spahn follows a community theatre group in Rochester, whose star arrives at the theatre—packed with theatregoers—dangerously unhinged. The balance of the company steps up to the mantra “the show must go on” with results that are equal parts horrifying and hilarious. Thru 7/28. (ootbtheatrics.com)

Invasive Species (The Vineyard’s Dimson Theater, 108 E. 15th St.) Playwright/performer Maia Novi’s dark comedy centers on an Argentinean actor who tests the limits of her American dream. In short, this outrageous true story is about lying to live, living to lie, and how immigrating to the US might just be the role of a lifetime. Thru 6/30. (invasivespeciesplaycom)

Isabel (Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St.) In this new play by Reid Tang, Matt is fixing up a cheap old house in the middle of nowhere; then Harriet and Isabel show up unannounced, bringing news about mysterious abandoned staircases in the forest, a backpack named Loaves, and the uncannily human screams of mountain lions. 6/14 thru 7/6. (naatco.org)

It’s Not What It Looks Like (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) We begin at the end. Two people are alone, covered in blood, and looking very guilty. It’s not what it looks like. At least, that’s what they what you to think. To prove their innocence, they go back to the beginning with their own version of events. As tensions rise, their narrative begins to crumble and the truth comes out. 7/24 thru 8/10. (sohoplayhouse.com)

Jack & the Beanstalk (Puppetworks-Park Slope, 338 6th Ave., Brooklyn) The fairy tale classic told with marionettes. Based on the traditional English version, and recreated Tudor settings and costumes the show features a black-light sequence with singing and dancing magical jumping beans, which grow into a gigantic beanstalk to the sky. An original musical song-score based on Olde English folk melodies, accompanies the play. Ages 3 and up. Thru 6/2. (puppetworks.org)

Photo by Shahin Prentice II.

Jimmy Tingle: Humor and Hope for Humanity (Huron Club at SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) Comedian and political humorist Jimmy Tingle’s show bring’s theatregoers up to date with 2024 presidential campaign and all that that entails in a hilarious, authentic, and inspiring manner unique to Jimmy Tingle. A recent audience member remarked, "it is medicine for the soul.” Thru 6/2. (sohoplayhouse.com)

Josh Thomas – Let’s Tidy Up (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) Ground-breaking showrunner and comedian, Josh Thomas’s new show is a one man show that everyone will say was about neurodiversity but is really just about Josh trying to tidy up. Well, it’s not just about tidying, there’s also gardening, gophers and a love story. 6/12 thru 6/23. (sohoplayhouse.com)

Julia Masli: Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) “Problem?” Armed with a bronze leg and a tiny handbell, award-winning clown Julia Masli is ready to eradicate all New Yorkers’ woes with a wild comedy experiment turned runaway hit of the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe. Thru 6/8. (hahahanyc.com)

Just Another Day (Theater 555, 555 W. 42nd St.) A comedy writer and a sophisticated poet in their seventies meet daily on a park bench to exchange wits and barbs, and wax nostalgic about old movies, all the while trying to figure out how they know—and love—each other. At least for that day. Starring Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) and Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed). Thru 6/30. (theater555.venuetix)

katsura sunshine

Photo by Russ Rowland.

Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo (New World Stages, 350 W. 50th St.) (75 mins., no intermission) Rakugo, the 400-year-old Japanese art of comic storytelling, features a lone storyteller using only a fan and a hand towel for props. He performs a comic monologue followed by traditional stories handed down from Master to Apprentice for centuries. Sunshine is the only Western Rakugo Master and has performed all around the world promoting Rakugo and Japanese culture. Thru December, 2024. (rakugo.lol)

The Keep Going Songs (WP Theater (Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3’s Claire Tow Theater, 150 W. 65th St.) Telling stories through song, Abigail and Shaun Bengson celebrate the beauty and complexity of life cycles, from a single person to entire ecosystems. Part concert, part wake, part theatrical extravaganza, the production is a euphoric and moving journey through the grief of tough times and the rebirth of hope in better days. Thru 5/26. (lct.org)

King Lear (The Shed, 545 W. 30th St.) Celebrated stage and screen actor/director/writer Kenneth Branagh plays the title role in this new production of Shakespeare’s King Lear set in the barbarous landscape of Ancient Britain. Featuring a cast of rising stars from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art directed by Branagh, this production releases the play’s power and turmoil in a fast-paced staging. 10/26 thru 12/15. (theshed.org)

La Llamada (Repertorio Espanol, Gramercy Art Theatre, 138 E. 27th St.) A new musical comedy by Javier Ambrosi and Javier Calvo, about faith, friendship, first love, and the search for identity, all with a touch of Whitney Houston and electro-Latin energy. Get ready for an energetic show with original songs and a live band! Thru 5/26. (repertorio.nyc)

Lady ADHD (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) This daring, immersive real-time dopamine chase traces how performer/writer Blaire Postman’s unique flip-chart comedy bits first revealed unexpected connections between life's intricacies, then revealed the true nature of her own mind. 5/11 & 6/8. (sohoplayhouse.com)

Laura Benanti: Nobody Cares (Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane) This limited engagement encore performance of Tony winner Laura Benanti’s acclaimed comedy show features all original music created with music director Todd Almond. Sharing her hilariously bumpy journey from ingenue to recovering ingenue, Benanti is joined onstage by vocalists Barrie McLain and Chelsea Lee Williams who play her “Inner Demons.” Thru 6/2. (audible.com/minettalane)

L’Elisir D’Amore (Flea Theater, 20 Thomas St.) Camerata Bardi International Academy 2024’s young artists will own the stage to give life to eccentric characters in this reinterpretation of Donizetti’s the Italian comic opera Elisir d’Amore, in which saturated colors will resonate with rose infused patterns to visually empower Donizetti’s delightful music. 6/1 & 6/2. (grattacielo.org)

Liberation (Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. 111 W. 46th St.) It's 1970: somewhere in Ohio, six women meet on a basement basketball court, determined to shake up their lives and change the world. Fifty years later, one of their daughters tries to understand where things fell apart. A provocative, wildly theatrical world premiere that poses vital questions about friendship, legacy, and the true meaning of liberation. Preview TBA; official opening is 2/20/25. (roundabouttheatre.org)

The Life & Slimes of Marc Summers (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.) Written by Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice), and starring the title character, this new show takes us on one man’s journey, both on-screen and off. Summers launched Nickelodeon as the host of the world’s most famous children’s game show, Double Dare. On your mark…Get set…Go! to this one-of-a-kind intimate theatrical adventure that will leave you inspired, hopeful, and feeling like a kid again. Thru 6/2. (lifeandslimes.com)

The Lighthouse Series (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) Works by NYC’s talented up-and-comers are showcased in this first-of-its-kind competition. Two weeks, 15 shows, 5 groups, 5 winners. Each night is built as an eclectic and diverse experience with themes and performances ranging from drama to comedy, and everything in between. 6/12 thru 6/23. (sohoplayhouse.com)

A Little Night Music in Concert (David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza) Featuring new orchestrations by longtime Stephen Sondheim collaborator Jonathan Tunick, this concert version of Sondheim’s musical that includes the show-stopper “Send in the Clowns,” stars Tony winners Cynthia Erivo, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Shuler Hensley. 6/27 thru 6/29. (alittlenightmusicconcert.com)

Jinx Monsoon, Cobin Bleu, and James Carpinello.

Little Shop of Horrors (West Side Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St.) The wildly acclaimed Tony-winning musical revival is now a long-running Off-Broadway hit! The story follows hapless flower-shop employee, Seymour, who finds himself trapped under the blood-thirsty fronds of the plant he's named Audrey II, after the girl of his dreams. (littleshopnyc.com)

Local Singles (The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St.) A new musical centering around “Local Singles” -- the last surviving support group for lonely people. The YMCA’s premiere club for bachelors and bachelorettes includes one looking for love, one looking to move on from a crush, and one dealing with a breakup and a pregnancy. And while these three imay not find what they initially seek, they certainly walk away with something new -- a family. 1/9 thru 2/9/25. (nicknavari.com)

The Lonely Few (Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, 511 W. 52nd St.) In this new rock musical, Lila and her band, The Lonely Few, have a standing gig at Paul’s Juke Joint in their small Kentucky town. When an established musician, Amy, gives them a chance to join her on tour, they take it. Love blossoms between Lila and Amy on the road, but can it endure? Thru 6/2. (mcctheater.org)

Love Labor’s Lost (Carroll Park, Brooklyn) Shakespeare’s comedy morphs into a reality show-like narrative as it follows four fraternal buddies who pledge to forsake romance, only to have their resolve tested when four femme friends disrupt their plans. The characters’ pursuit of love leads them through a maze of hilarious courtship rituals, culminating in a most surprising climax. Visit website for directions and playing schedule. 6/5 thru 6/23. (smithstreetstage.org)

Love Life (New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.) The only collaboration between Kurt Weil and Alan Jay Lerner, this Encores! musical depicts a love story that takes place over 200 years of American history, through the eyes of a family who never ages. This rarely staged production directed by Tony winner Victoria Clark (Kimberly Akimbo) is considered by some to be the first concept musical, an inspiration for musical theater favorites such as Cabaret, Chicago, and Company. 3/26 thru 3/30/25. (nycitycenter.org)

Lower East Side Festival of the Arts (In and around Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.) Theater for the New City is presenting 200 performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers and film makers for this 29th annual festival. This year’s theme, "Democracy: Use it or Lose it," will be addressed in works written for the festival. Saturday: Performances for and by kids and a film program. Visit website for complete schedule. 5/24 thru 5/26. (theaterforthenewcity.net)

LUNGS Summer Theater Festival (6B Garden, bet. Ave. B & 6th Ave.) An annual festival featuring the work of International and LES artists. This year the works include El Tendedero; Our Dad is in Atlantic; and Lorca’s Last Night. hosted by Lower East Side icon Riki Colon, the festival will also include poems by Loisaida Poetas, read by Carlos Rodriguez. 6/8 & 6/9. (lungsnyc.org)

A Man Among Ye (The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St.) The raucous, rollicking, and quite unbelievable (semi) true story of pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Sword fights, sea shanties and mythical creatures help set the tone in this highly stylized and carnivalesque outrageous dark comedy. 6/13 thru 7/14. (ovationtix.com)

Marxfest (3 West Club, 3 W. 51st St. and Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave.) A confluence of must-see Marx Brothers events celebrating the comedy of Chico, Harpo, Groucho, and Zeppo Marx—on the anniversary of the comedians’ Broadway debut in the show I’ll Say She Is. The roster of participants includes writer Adam Gopnik, Groucho’s grandson, Andy Marx, and actor Robert Klein, while events feature Al Hirschfeld’s drawings, vintage cartoons, and a trivia hour. Visit website for schedule and venues. Thru 5/26. (marxfest.org)

The Masque of Night (Casa Clara, 218 E. 25th St.) An intimate and magical night of theater and music at an historic and exclusive members-only clubhouse on Gramercy Park. Here you’ll be transported into the very heart of Romeo and Juliet’s timeless love story – and enjoy h’ors d’oeuvres, wine and music! 6/21 & 6/22. (newplaceplayers.org)

The Meeting: The Interpreter (Theater at St. Clements, 423 W. 46th St.) Based on true accounts shared with playwright/documentary filmmaker Catherine Gropper, this drama unfolds a meeting in Trump Tower where damaging info about Hilary Clinton’s Presidential campaign may have been passed to Trump’s campaign. Told by someone who was there, interpreter Anatoli Vitaliavich Samochornov, whose life and career were upended in the political aftermath that rivetted our country. Summer, 2024. (meetinginterpreterplay.com)

The Merchant of Venice (Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F. Angelson Theater, 136 E. 13th St.) This bold new take on Shakespeare’s classic has been adapted by its director Igor Golyak, founder of Boston’s Arlekin Player Theatre.As wars rage in Israel and Gaza, and in Ukraine, neighbor fights neighbor, and antisemitism rises, the play, featuring Richard Topol as Shylock, is acutely relevant and timely. 11/22 thru 12/22. (classicstage.org)

Mercutio Loves Romeo & Juliet (Jeffrey & Paula Gural Theater at ART/NY, 502 W. 53rd St.) In this queer (kinda) adaptation of the Bard’s famous love story, Ellie and Britt have been lifelong friends, haters of cheerleaders and drama geeks, so when their all-girls Catholic school's drama club picks “Romeo & Juliet,” obviously they'll be part of it. But when a cheerleader unexpectedly gets the lead across from Britt, Ellie's heart is turned upside down. Actually, all their hearts are. 11/8 thru 11/24. (boomerangtheatre.org)

Midnight Coleslaw’s Tales from Beyond the Closet!!! (The Tank’s 98-Seat Theater, 312 W. 36th St.) This evening of queer horror hosted by Drag-Vamp Midnight Coleslaw includes a chair made of skin that turns into a humanoid third wheel in a couple’s relationship, a father back from the dead to make sure his little (lesbian) girl is thriving, and a party of disappearing guests. WARNING: You may get up and dance at the end like you’re a middle-aged white person at a matinee of Mamma Mia. 5/31 thru 6/23. (thetanknyc.org)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt. Morris Park W.) Comedian Russell Peters stars in this classic Shakespearean comedy that transports audiences to the height of the Harlem Renaissance, where four young lovers, a troupe of rude mechanicals, and mischievous fairies find themselves entangled in a web of romantic chaos within a mystical forest. Part of summer 2024 Uptown Shakespeare in the Park 7/6 thru 7/28. (cthnyc.org)

Molly Sweeney (Irish Repertory Theatre’s Greenburger Mainstage, 132 W. 22nd St.) Molly has happily experienced the world differently since she was 10 months old. When her husband, Frank, makes her blindness his latest cause, he recruits Dr. Rice, a once-famous surgeon who agrees to attempt to restore Molly’s sight. When the bandages come off, Molly, Frank, and Dr. Rice discover the differences between seeing and understanding as they face the consequences of a medical miracle. Thru 6/30. (irishrep.org)

The Monocle After-Hours (Friki Tiki, 357 W. 44th St.) Lempicka cast member Natalie Joy Johnson brings her onstage club, “The Monocle,” to life every Thursday night following performances of Lempicka. Featuring different guest stars from the Broadway community each week, this cabaret show in the heart of Broadway’s theatre district is a showbiz insider’s dream. (thefrikitiki.com)

Movement (NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Pl.) This electrifying performance by choreographer Netta Yerushalmy offers a groundbreaking synthesis of a multiplicity of cultures and genres. The piece features over one hundred dance citations woven together into a radical quilt, challenging their boundaries until their pluralistic vision nearly bursts. 11/1 & 11/2. (nyuskirball.org)

Much Ado About Nothing (Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond St.) Hot Italian lovers, quick witted rivals, masquerade balls, and unruly gossip provide the backdrop for Thomas G. Waites’s reimagined tale of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy set in 1940’s Italy. The production features a rotating cast of actors from Waites TGW studio and is presented by Faith American Brewing Company and Kelsey Grammar. 6/7 thru 6/30. (our.show/muchadonyc)

The Museum of My Heart (CultureLab LIC, 5-25 46th Ave, Queens) An intimate transformative avant-garde art dinner, where guests take part in creating a collaborative non-edible art feast, exploring love, heartbreak, and healing. 11/14 thru 11/17. (culturelablic.org)

Music City: A New Musical (West End Theater, 263 W. 86th St.) This new musical by country songwriter J.T. Harding and book writer Peter Zinn offers a first-hand account of one artist’s attempt at overcoming the drug epidemic in America to become a successful Nashville singer/songwriter. Challenging the conventional jukebox musicals genre that’s dominated Broadway in recent years, the show presents a gritty and thrilling take on the world of beers, sawdust and sunshine. 9/28 thru 11/24. (bedlam.org)

My True Love: A Perfect Musical (Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St.) Cedarella is a witch who dreams of falling in love with a Perfect Prince, so she runs away from home to seek her One True Love in Magicland! Ultimately, she must decide whether to let go of the fairytale stereotypes of love she grew up with to make room for a love that is honest, true, and incredibly empowering. Featuring a pop score, fast-paced book, and nonstop laughs, this award-winning musical is for all ages. Thru 6/2. (mytruelovemusicals.com)

Never Let Go: An Unauthorized Retelling of James Cameron’s Titanic (The Brick, 628 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn) A raging narcissist attempts to put up a one-man show about his dog as the world is ending. 5/23 thru 6/1. (bricktheater.com)

N/A (Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theatre, 150 W. 65th St.) Award-winning actors Holland Taylor and Ana Villafañe play congresswomen, in this new two hander presenting a battle of wills and wits between N, the first woman Speaker of the House, and A, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Inspired by real people and events, the play illuminates the person whom many consider the most powerful woman in American history and the young talent who defied her. 6/11 thru 8/4. (natheplay.com)

Photo by Jeff Lorch.

No, But I’m Definitely In A Better Place Than I’ve Been In A Long Time (The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn) In Michael Feldman’s acclaimed solo show, a raging narcissist attempts to put up a one-man show in which he embody’s his anxious dog during the literal apocalypse. 5/23 thru 6/1. (bricktheater.com)

No President (NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Pl.) A furious and over- the-top, tightly choreographed political-grotesque work that draws from almost everything on offer: ballet, silent film, slapstick, calisthenics, predatory animal behavior, and modern dance all accompanied by the music of The Nutcracker. 12/5 thru 12/7. (nyuskirball.org)

October 7 (Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St.) This new play by Phelim McAleer about the terrorist attacks on Israel offers a compelling and dramatic verbatim account by those who lived through it. Their experiences may have been different, but all were changed by that day: young and old, secular and religious, individuals who were with family and those who were at a dance party when the unthinkable happened. Thru 6/16. (october7theplay.com)

Odd Salon NYC: EXCELSIOR (UNDER St. Marks, 94 St Marks Place) This bi-monthly show curates cocktail hour lectures highlighting strange-but-true stories from history, science, art, and adventure, live on stage, over cocktails. Experts and amateurs come together to explore overlooked and under-told stories, about everything from lost cities to engineering failures to daring heists, questionable taxidermy, tales of epic revenge, and beyond. Visit website for playing schedule. (frigid.nyc)

The Office! A Musical Parody (Jerry Orbach Theatre at The Theatre Center, 210 W. 50th St.) It's a typical morning at Scranton's third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin. An hilarious, unauthorized parody of the Long-running hit TV show. (theofficemusicalparody.com)

One Song (NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Pl.) A group of performers enters the arena for a mesmerizing ritual about farewell, life and death, hope and resurrection. Together they go through extremes: through sung text, images and objects, oxygen and sweat, they evoke our human condition. 10/3 thru 10/5. (nyuskirball.org)

The Opposite of Love (Royal Family Performing Arts Space, 145 W. 46th St.) This new play by Ashley Griffin is an intimate story about a down on his luck hustler and a trust fund baby who form an unlikely bond when she hires him to help overcome her sexual trauma. Can this unexpected connection transcend their darker inclinations in a world where love is a commodity? 5/28 thru 6/15. (eventbrite.com)

The Original NYC Talent Show (The Parkside Lounge, 317 E. Houston St.) A Monday night platform where hosts Victor Varnado and Pam Wess invite performers from various backgrounds and talents to take the stage for an evening full of the gritty charm, humor, and energy emblematic of New York. Serving up the unexpected and audacious, the show has been a playground for Jim Gaffigan, Kristen Schaal, Colin Quinn, Janeane Garafolo, and others. (nyctalentshow.com)

Photo by Pavel Antonov

Our Class (Classic Stage Company’s Lynn F. Angelson Theater, 136 E. 13th St.) Ten Polish classmates -- five Jewish and five Catholic – grow up as playmates, friends, and neighbors, yet turn on one another with life and death consequences. As wars rage in Israel and Gaza, and in Ukraine, neighbor fights neighbor, and antisemitism rises, the play is acutely relevant and timely. 9/12 thru 11/3. (classicstage.org)

Panti Bliss: If These Wigs Could Talk (Irish Arts Center, 726 11th Ave.) After a lifetime of accidental activism, far-fetched shenanigans and making a show of herself, drag queen Panti Bliss—the “Queen of Ireland”—is now taking a moment to question her place in this changing world. Expect salacious stories, impassioned polemics, and some seriously funny soul searching as Panti takes us from rural Mayo to London’s West End. 6/13 thru 6/23. (irishartscenter.org)

Party Clown of the Rich & Famous and The Hungry Mind Buffet (Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.). An evening of short plays. Part 1, Party Clown of the Rich & Famous, tells of performance artist Stan Baker’s parties in the '70s & '80s where he met Salvador Dali, Donald Trump, mafia henchmen, and money moguls. Part 2, The Hungry Mind Buffet, serves up four brief pieces: an operetta based on Dante; a conversation with G-d; a lesson on gluttony; and a statement about wars of aggression. 5/30 thru 6/16. (theaterforthenewcity.net)

Perfect Crime (Anne Bernstein Theater at The Theater Center, 210 W. 50th St.) This ultra-long-running murder mystery is the story of brilliant but money hungry psychiatrist/ suspected cold-blooded killer Margaret Brent, her wealthy husband, deranged patient, and the handsome detective who's falling in love with her while trying to solve the crime. (perfect-crime.com)

The Pied Piper of Hamlin (Theatre 154, 154 Christoher St., #1E) What happens when the adults of the town of Hamlin ignore the wisdom of children? This new and exciting version by Amina Henry tells the age-old story with a twist, as the worlds of children and adults just can't seem to come together. Filled with song, dance, and rats (rat puppets and costumes, that is!). 6/9 thru 6/23. (witfestival.projectytheatre.org)

the play that goes wrong

Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

The Play That Goes Wrong (New World Stages/Stage 4, 340 W. 50th St.) (2 hrs.) A madcap hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes, this award-winning comedy is bringing down the house—literally—Off-Broadway. It’s opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where an unconscious leading lady, corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything are only some of the hilarious mishaps. (broadwaygoeswrong.com)

Playfest Playground (CultureLab LIC, 5-25 46th Ave, Queens) A curated immersive, interactive theater workshop festival. Four immersive creators will present new in-process projects. The workshop festival will include works by Lena Wolfe, Candle House Collective, Linked Dance Theatre Company, and others. 8/1 thru 8/11. (culturelablic.org)

PrideFest 2024 (The Tank, 312 W. 36th St.) This year’s festival includes art in a range of mediums including theater, comedy, puppetry, storytelling, and music by queer artists creating work for our communities and beyond. These performances shed light on the dynamic individuals and groups who make up the vibrant LGBTQIA+ community in order to help us understand where we've come from, where we are, and where we can go. Visit website for a complete schedule of performances. 6/21 thru 6/30. (thetanknyc.org)

Priestess of Twerk: A Black Femme Star Temple + Wisdom School (HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave.) Nia Witherspoon’s new work is a performance, a spa, and a temple that merges African traditional religious approaches to healing and Black feminist theologies to both envision and enact a more evolved world through embodied experiences. Thru 6/9. (here.org)

PRISM Festival of New Queer Musicals (Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square S.) Dedicated to amplifying the voices of emerging Queer theater artists, the festival invites you to witness the birth of four audacious new musicals. Nestled within the historic walls of Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, this unique theatrical event is poised to ignite the stage with fresh perspectives and electrifying premiere performances. 6/22 thru 6/29. (makersensemble.org/prism)

Push Party (Theaterlab, 357 W. 36th St., 3rd Fl.) This world premiere production of Nia Akilah Robinsoh’s new play is a lively ensemble comedy about six Black women trying to uphold fifteen years of friendship at a post-birthing party in Harlem. All Lelo wants is for this event to go smoothly, but tensions among the group rise and then explode when an unhoused person lands in the community room. 6/7 thru 6/23 (theaterlabnyc.com)

queen of hearts company XIV

Photo by Sam San Román.

Queen of Hearts (Théâtre XIV, 383 Troutman St., Brooklyn) Company XIV’s sumptuous ode to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by invites audiences 21 & older to fall from innocence down a rabbit hole of sensual wonders and surreal delights. Peer into a decadent dreamworld laced with a mesmerizing blend of stunning circus, shining chanteuses, brilliant burlesque, classical dance, and lavish design. Thru 8/25. (companyxiv.com)

Queer Butoh (The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn) Shows included in this year’s event include Vangeline Theater in The Slowest Wave; Garden of Ruins; Dandelions; and Anima Transfiguratio. Visit website for complete descriptions and artists as well as playing schedule. 6/26 thru 6/29. (bricktheater.com)

Queerly Festival (UNDER St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl.) Founded in 2014, Queerly is FRIGID New York’s annual celebration of LGBTQA+ artists showcasing the works and talents of queer teams and artists of all kinds. Visit website for a complete rundown of this year’s vibrant lineup of musicals, plays, cabaret, bands, and more. 6/13 thru 7/3. (frigid.nyc)

Ragtime (New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.) With music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and book by Terrance McNally, this sweeping, powerful musical follows by three fictional families in pursuit of the American Dream at the turn of the 20th century. Starring Joshua Henry, Caissie Levy, and Brandon Uranowitz. 10/30 thru 11/10. (nycitycenter.org)

Red Days (Jeffery & Paula Gural Theatre A.R.T. / New York Theatre, 502 W. 53rd St.) Set near Salt Lake City, this searing new play follows high school athlete Dianna and her overbearing coach/mother, as they attempt life-as-usual. But as toxic air conditions worsen and designer masks can do only so much, Dianna must face the reality of her adolescence in Utah: the air is already killing her, and she and her generation must do everything possible to reverse the current trends. 5/31 rhru 6/9. (adjustedrealists.com)

Redeemed (59E59 Theaters, Theater B, 59 E. 59th St.) This pay unfolds over the course of two fictional prison visitations between Claire Yiang, a woman whose brother was murdered nine years ago, and Trevor Barlow, the murderer. Having sent Claire a letter begging for a visit, Trevor tries to prove he’s now a changed man thanks to the help of her brother’s ghost. Claire must decide if Trevor is capable of redemption, or just attempting to impress the parole board. Part of the AMPLIFY Festival. 9/15 thru 10/5. (59e59.org)

The Refugees (A.R.T. / New York Theatre, 502 W. 53rd St.) From award-winning theatre company Adjusted Realists comes this electric, fantastical Greek tragedy about a kingdom facing an unexpected surge of refugees. 6/4 thru 6/26. (adjustedrealists.com)

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir (Earthchxrch, 36 Ave C./Loisaida Ave. at 3rd St.) An hour of rousing, moving, and then comic songs and sermonettes on the theme of activism in defense of the Earth. The activist/singers deliver the passionate music in call-and-response to the preacher Reverend Billy, homing in on a year of invading the lobbies of fossil fuel banks and defending eco-systems and parks against toxic spraying. (revbilly.com)

Ricky Sim: Coming Out to Dead People (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) Combining stand-up and storytelling, the show explores Sim’s time growing up in the noughties, learning how to keep his first boyfriend with the help of the reggae rapper Sean Paul, while grappling with the decision to come out to his conservative Chinese-Malaysian immigrant mother, just as she was diagnosed with cancer. Thru 6/2. (sohoplayhouse.com)

Romeo and Juliet (Central Park, 69th St. & Central Park W.) This emotionally driven outdoor reimagining of Shakespeare’s timeless love story features a diverse cast who create a modern and violent Verona where, impossibly, two young lovers discover a feeling that soars above family hatred. 6/22 thru 7/14. (boomerangtheatre.org)

Rosenberg/Strange Fruit Project (59E59 Theaters, Theater B, 59 E. 59th St.) John Jiler wrote and performs this play with music about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s youngest child, Robert. Orphaned at six following his parents’ execution for espionage, the boy was adopted by Abel Meeropol who wrote “Strange Fruit” a song seared into America’s consciousness by Billie Holiday. Irreverent, reflective, poignant and wickedly funny, Jiler presents a U.S. melting pot as a simmering cauldron threatening to boil over. 7/10 thru 8/4. (59e59.org)

The Sabbath Girl: A New Musical (59E59 Theaters, Theater A, 59 E. 59th St.) A sparkling new musical about big-city life and the possibility of finding love when you least expect it – maybe even right down the hall. Angie Mastrantoni has a lot going on: her own art gallery, a new apartment, but not much time for romance… until her divorced Orthodox Jewish neighbor, Seth, unexpectedly knocks on her door. 7/23 thru 9/1. (59e59.org)

sally and tom off broadway

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Sally & Tom (Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.) Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ edgy dramedy celebrates the craft of theater while taking a hard look at history. The off-off-off-Broadway theater troupe Good Company is putting on a play about Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. Writer Luce is cast as Sally; her romantic partner, and the play’s director, Mike, is cast as Tom—really, people, what could possibly go wrong? Thru 6/2. (publictheater.org)

Saw the Musical: The Unauthorized Parody of Saw (AMT Theater, 345 W. 45th St.) This send-up of the cult horror film begins when Lawrence Gordon and Adam Stanheight find each other in the bathroom trap. Will they follow "the rules" as they discover each other's secrets? Will they escape the game in time and saw right through? A love story with fluidity (and lots more fluids), this new musical pushes the boundary on sexuality and how to love. [Parental Advisory: Explicit Content.] Thru 6/23/24. (sawthemusical.com)

scarlett dreams

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Scarlett Dreams (Greenwich House Theatre, 27 Barrow St.) In S. Asher Gelman’s new play siblings Milo and Liza have created a fitness and wellness app, bringing in Milo’s husband, Kevin, to beta test it. As Kevin engages with the app, he starts forming a connection with Scarlett, his virtual trainer, a development leading to an exploration of the intersections between technology and personal relationships, questioning how digital interactions impact human connections and shape our perception of reality. Thru 5/26. (scarlettdreamsplay.com)

See What I Wanna See (154 Christopher St.)  Based on three Japanese short stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (Rashomon) and featuring puppetry, translations, and an AAPI cast, this musical adaptation examines Western circumstances through an Eastern-inspired lens, to home in on the ineffable, unreliable, ephemeral nature of the truth and the responsibility that comes with knowing it. From 9/4 thru 10/14. (ootbtheatrics.com)

Sex Variants of 1941: A Study of Homosexual Patterns (NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Pl.) A kaleidoscopic fantasia adapted from a medical study of queer sexuality. Drawing on the study’s explicit interviews, pseudoscientific analysis, "medical" diagrams, and glossary of era-specific slang, the The Civilians theatre company uses scenes, songs, and striking visuals to celebrate an undersung community—and subvert the pathologizing gaze of the medical establishment. 11/14 thru 11/24. (nyuskirball.org)

Sharing Our Stories: The Antidote To Loneliness (Village Playback Theatre at Episcopal Actors’ Guild, 1 E. 29thSt.) These performances are created to remove the distractions of our daily lives and listen deeply to another person's experience. This act of empathy can truly mitigate loneliness and isolation. Through a group of talented artists, your stories will be transformed into a vibrant dramatic piece of theatre. 6/8 & 6/9. (villageplaybacktheatre.org)

Shit. Meet. Fan. (MCC’s Newman Mills Theater, Robert W. Wilson Theater Space, 511 W. 52nd St.) Phones Out. Face Up. Volume High. Every text, every email, every call must be shared aloud. That’s what a group of friends gather to play on the night of the eclipse. With cocktails flowing, outrageous secrets and skeletons begin to emerge. The mayhem unfolds in real time in this world premiere new satire written and directed by Tony nominee Robert O’Hara (Slave Play). 10/1 thru 11/30. (mcctheater.org)

sign of the times ensemble

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A Sign of the Times (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.) Summer, 1965. As the war in Vietnam rages on and struggles for civil rights and women’s lib command headlines, a young photographer finds herself in New York City ready to make her way amid the changing times. Featuring the songs of Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, and other classic pop hits of the ‘60s, the score includes “Rescue Me,” “Downtown,” and “I Know a Place.” Thru 6/2. (yorktheatre.org)

Simpatico (Chain Theatre, 312 W. 36th St.) Sam Shepard’s dark comedy explores film noir, loyalty, and restitution, within the netherworld of horse racing. Carter ought to be managing his thoroughbred business in Kentucky. Instead, he is in a desolate room in Cucamonga, Nowheresville, U.S.A., trying to get back in the good graces of his ex-best friend Vinnie, the one man who has the power to destroy him. 6/6 thru 6/29. (chaintheatre.com)

singfeld the parody

Singfeld! A Musical Parody About Nothing! (Jerry Orbach Theater, 210 W. 50th St.) This unauthorized parody of the hit sitcom Seinfeld follows Jerry, Elaine, George, Kramer, and other iconic (albeit peripheral) characters as they navigate the highs and lows of living and loving in New York City. The hilarious score features such songs as “What’s the Deal with Musicals?,” “The Ballad of Bubble Boy,” and “The Yadda Yadda Song.” (singfeld.com)

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Sleep No More (McKittrick Hotel, 530 W. 27th St.) This award-winning theatrical experience tells Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth through a darkly cinematic lens. Audiences move freely through the epic world of the story at their own pace, choosing where to go and what to see, ensuring that everyone’s journey is different and unique. Thru 5/27. (mckittrickhotel.com)

Small Acts of Daring Invention (HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave.) An image-rich, musically driven exploration of the space between this life and the next. With one actress and four puppeteers, the play lives in an expansive world where the child and adult consciousness coexist. On a journey delicate, dangerous, playful, and dark, transcendence is the final destination. Thru 6/1. (here.org)

someone spectacular (Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.) Once a week, six recently bereaved strangers gather for group therapy. It’s a stable routine — until one day, their grief counselor is inexplicably MIA. The group’s typical session quickly goes off the rails, offering an open-ended meditation on loss, with revelations that are at once beautiful, funny, and heartbreaking. Dominica Feraud’s play explores universal and personal truths that are sure to stay with you for a lifetime. From 7/17. (someonespectacularplay.com)

Speakeasy Magick (The Overlook Bar, 25 W. 24th St.) Purveyor of amazement and master deceptionist, Todd Robbins hosts a night of up close and personal prestidigitation. This unprecedented night of magic as you've never before seen, features a changing roster of New York City's best magicians. (speakeasymagick.com)

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Stalker (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.) Swedish street magicians and illusionists Peter Brynolf and Jonas Ljung’s magic creates audience pandemonium. Their work is original, organic, and often prop-less, using borrowed objects and audience suggestions for their illusions. On Penn & Teller: Fool Us!, they managed to stump Penn Jillette and Teller, who now return the favor by producing their NYC theatrical debut. 3/18 thru 9/1. (stalkershow.com)

Standards & Stories (54 Below, 254 W. 54th St.) Combining timeless music with wit, charm, storytelling, and a dash of soft shoe and ukulele performances, Danza performs a selection of his favorite songs, backed by his four-piece band, while interweaving stories about his life and personal connection to the music. 5/28 thru 6/1. (54below.org)

Summer for the City (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Plaza) In this “Lincoln Center Presents” annual event, boundary-blurring works in music, dance, visual art, comedy, spoken word, interactive and multidisciplinary collaborations from around the world build upon the eclectic mix of creativity found throughout NYC and beyond. Visit website for a full calendar of events that includes presentations for everyone in the family from babies & toddler on up. 6/12 thru 8/10. (lincolncenter.org)

SUMMERWORKS 2024 (the wild project, 185 E. 3rd St.) With its track record of discovering and supporting rising talent, this year’s SUMMERWORKS festival of new works includes the comedies Ursus by T. Adamson, Coach Coach by Bailey Williams, and Find Me Here by Crystal Finn. See individual listings for descriptions and schedule. Thru 6/29. (clubbedthumb.org)

Syncing Ink (Apollo Stages at the Victoria Theatre, 233 W. 125th St.) Gordon Morris knows deep down he’s destined to become an emcee, a Master of the Ceremony. What he doesn’t know is if he can even rhyme. Rooted in traditional Yoruba culture, this work by NSangou Njikam is Gordon’s epic coming-of-age journey to embrace the power of his words... for himself, his family, and the fate of Hip Hop itself. Thru 7/28. (syncingink.com)

Table 17 (MCC’s Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater, Robert W. Wilson Theater Space, 511 W. 52nd St.) If your ex wanted to meet up again, would you? Previously engaged, Jada and Dallas reunite for dinner to hash out the good, the bad, and the ugly from their romantic past. Despite the intrusion of sassy waiters, complicated memories, and their best efforts to keep things casual, the estranged couple find themselves cornered by the truth. This new romcom by Douglas Lyons stars Kara Young. 8/14 thru 9/22. (mcctheater.org)

TEETH (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.) A dark horror musical comedy following Dawn O’Keefe, an evangelical Christian teen struggling to be an exemplar of purity. As her desires become tested and twisted by the men in her life, she discovers a deadly secret not even she understands. Crackling with irrepressible desire and ancient rage, TEETH is a sharp tale of revenge and transformation conjuring the legend of one girl whose sexual curse may also be her salvation. October, 2024. (teeththemusical.com)

Third Law (Culture Lab LIC, 5-24 46th Ave., Queens) Through a digital game board, this interactive theatrical event has audiences collaborating with the artists and each other to co-create a performance that can only happen live and in person. Combining high-concept art installation design with performance and gameplay, Third Law brings us together in space in a visceral and dynamic way—and it’s never the same twice. Thru 5/26. (evenbrite.com)

This Makes Me Feel Like ‘BEEEP’: An Evening of Music and the Magic of Mindset Existence (Chelsea Table + Stage, 152 W. 26th St.) Grammy and Emmy nominee Rhonda Ross sings through her compelling story about hitting rock bottom only to discover the cause was her addiction to negative self-talk. This led her on a path to emotional balance and healing. She now inspires others as she shares her unique perspective and insight with heart and humor. 6/13 thru 6/27. (chelseatableandstage.com)

Three Chickens Confront Existence (UNDER St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl.) Three factory farm chickens attempt to find peace of mind and a greater sense of purpose by engaging each other in a series of debates, games, feuds, and emotional experiments while awaiting their imminent trip to the broiler. Written and directed by Bill Schaumberg. Thru 5/26. (frigid.nyc)

Three Houses (Signature Theatre’s Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 W. 42nd St.) In this post-pandemic open mic night parable about magic, madness, and the end of the world, Susan is in Latvia… Sadie is in New Mexico…Beckett is in Ireland. All three are alone; all three are haunted by their grandparents; all three hear the Big Bad Wolf scratching at the door. Thru 6/16. (signaturetheatre.org)

Thursday is a Cabaret at Joanne’s (Joanne Trattoria, 70 W. 68th St.) The popular, cozy restaurant owned by Lady Gaga’s parents, Joe and Cynthia Germanotta, is serving up a rotation of incredible performners every Thrusday from 6 to 8pm for a one-of-a-kind experience. The only charge is that of your meal – no cover charge for the performance. (joannenyc.com)

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Titanic (New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.) Pared down to its essence and highlighting the majestic sweep of Maury Yeston’s nearly sung-through score, this striking production meditates on the nature of ambition and the human scale of this epic tragedy, focusing on the class divides both illuminated and transcended by the ship’s inexorable sinking, and painting a heartrending portrait of the individuals whose dreams of America were dashed in the Atlantic. Featuring a cast of celebrated Broadway stars. 6/12 thru 6/23. (nycitycenter.org)

titanique the musical

Titanique (Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 E. 15th St.) A musical celebration that turns one of the greatest love stories of all time into a hysterical and joyful slay-fest. Want to find out what really happened to Jack and Rose on that fateful night? Leave it to Céline Dion to casually hijack a Titanic Museum tour and enchant the audience with her totally wild take, recharting the course of Titanic’s beloved moments and characters with her iconic song catalog. Thru 6/16. (titaniquemusical.com)

TJ & Dave (SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.) An improv show for anyone who appreciates critically-acclaimed comic geniuses at the top of their game. 6/20 thru 6/23. (sohoplayhouse.com)

Tomorrow We Love (Chain Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., 4th Fl.) In this new gender-bending comedic homage to the classic romantic films of the mid 20th century, it’s 1960 in a wealthy California enclave where Lainie Fairbank is the toast of the town. Suddenly, she must contend with her husband's betrayal, her daughter's rebellion, her best friend's treachery and the wrath of a small town engulfed in scandal. Can she turn tragedy into triumph? 6/13 & 6/23. (eventbrite.com)

Tracks (59E59 Theaters, Theater C, 59 E. 59th St.) Set in the wake of the social unrest that followed the 2011 police killing of a Black man in London, Mickey finds himself struggling with precocious teenage son Jak, shelving old dreams, and doing the best he can. Father and son maintain a wary relationship until Simone, an old friend from Mickey’s past reappears, asking questions, spilling secrets, and threatening to disturb their fragile peace. 9/11 thru 9/28. (59e59.org)

True Crime: The Musical (The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St.) Musical improv duo Beautiful Dreamers (Jillian Vitko & Maggie Lalley) created this one-of-a-kind show, where they get an audience suggestion of the victim, the murder weapon, and the location — from there, they completely improvise a musical right before your eyes to get to the bottom of this never-before-seen and never-to-be-seen again murder case. 5/25 thru 12/7. (beautifuldreamerscomedy.com)

Twelfth Night (Axis Theatre Company, 1 Sheridan Sq.) Director Randall Sharp brings her signature stark and musical touch to one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious, yet heart-breaking, tales of unrequited love. Sharp’s radical interpretation strips away much of the jovial excess of Shakespeare’s beloved play and places focus on the yearning for human connection. Thru 5/25. (axiscompany.org)

The Undercity (CultureLab LIC, 5-25 46th Ave, Queens) Merging shadow puppetry, physical theatre, and an original score, The Undercity centers on the metropolis of rats below our feet, navigating the complex web of rat tails that is finding our identity beyond our work and forging our own futures in the darkness. 12/5 thru 12/8. (culturelablic.org)

Unentitled  (59E59 Theaters, Theater B, 59 E. 59th St.) Set in the heady days of late 2008, with the Obama campaign as a backdrop, an upper-middle class African American family wrestles internalized racism, class anxiety, and each other when a sudden job loss and a revelation about their shared past threaten to upend their comfortable lives. Tempers and tensions boil over at a cherished Long Island vacation home that becomes the focal point of an intense family drama. 8/16 thru 9/1. (59e59.org)

Urinetown (New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.) In this musical satire by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, a young hero fights to create change in a dystopian world where water is scarce and “Hope” is even scarcer. Here, nothing is safe from criticism—capitalism, politics, the establishment, the anti-establishment, and even musical theater itself! An Encores! production. 2/5 thru 2/16/25. (nycitycenter.org)

Usus (the wild project, 185 E. 3rd St.) In T. Adamson’s new comedy, it’s 1318 and six Franciscan friars are caught between the purity of their beliefs and a Pope who likes stuff. The it-shay is about to hit the an-fay. Part of SUMMERWORKS, 2024.  Thru 5/28. (clubbedthumb.org)

Victor Jones is a Construct (The Tank, 312 W. 36th St.) Victor Jones continues their exploration of performance, on stage and off, and the personalities we perform as. Filmed live, and intended to ultimately become a movie, Victor tells dramatic/comedic stories and plays relevant songs. "Disclaimer: By attending this show, you are consenting to possibly be caught on camera (cameras will be directed at Victor, as they should be, but you might be in the background)." Thru 6/14. (thetanknyc.org)

Villain Era (59E59 Theatres, 59 E. 59th St.) In tis solo multi-media solo comedy set in 2018, actress Star Stone is cast in a YouTube reality competition show. Aiming to win, she completes the episode and goes about her life, until the video goes viral and she sees she was given the villain edit. Facing a barrage of harassment, she shares her story publicly, revealing all from battling bots, trolls, and the online vegan mafia, and the real effects it had on her. Part of 59E59’s East to Edenburgh. 7/9 thru 7/11. (59e59.org)

Vladimir (New York City Center – Stage 1, 131 W. 55th St.) Erika Sheffer’s drama unfolds in Moscow, where a journalist covering Putin’s first term struggles to maintain sanity and hope in increasingly hostile circumstances. On the brink of an explosive story—but with danger mounting for her and her sources, she questions whether her bravery will make any difference at all. This world premiere is about standing up to immorality no matter the cost, when you know your nation is headed for disaster. From 9/24. (manhattantheateclub.com)

Watson: The Final Problem (59E59 Theaters, Theater B, 59 E. 59th St.) 1894. Watson is alone. His beloved wife Mary and the great Sherlock Holmes are both gone. But London seethes with false reports and rumors. It is time to set the record straight. So Watson tells his tale of long buried secrets, betrayal, and death. For there is a shadow in the gutters of London. A spider's web of poisonous intrigue lies across the city. Someone is playing a long game and Holmes and Watson face their greatest ever challenge. But as Watson unravels the story, is the game really over? Part of Brits Off Broadway’s 2024 season. Thru 6/9. (59e59.org)

We Had Not Ceased Desiring (The Tank’s Attic Studio, 312 W. 36th St.) Kev Berry returns to his artistic home with an intimate new evening-length monologue. As he wrestles with what it means to participate in cruising and public sex in the age of hookup apps, PrEP, and a creeping return of normalized anti-queer rhetoric in the zeitgeist, he tells the stories of how far we're willing to travel in order to connect. 6/13 thru 6/24. (thetanknyc.org)

The Welkin (Atlantic Theater Company, 336 W. 20th St.) Rural England, 1759. As the country awaits the return of Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to death. When she tries to escape the noose by claiming she is pregnant, 12 ordinary women are gathered to decide whether she is telling the truth. Lucy Kirkwood’s dark, fierce, funny play is about democracy and housework. Thru 6/30. (atlantictheater.org)

What Became of Us (Atlantic Stage 2 Theater, 330 W. 16th St.) Two siblings. One born there. One born here. How do they maintain their connections to The Old Country, and to This Country, and to each other? This new work marks playwright Shayan Lotfi (First Gen MixFest 2022) Off-Broadway debut. Featuring two casts: Rosalind Chao & BD Wong, and Shohreh Aghdashloo & Tony Shalhoub. Check website for playing schedule. Thru 6/29. (atlantictheater.org)

The Wild Party (New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.) This adaptation of Joseph Moncure March’s notorious narrative poem comes to savage life in this Encores! production that poses the questions: What happens when a night of debauchery leads to a morning of sobering truths? 4/30 thru 5/11/25. (nycitycenter.org)

Wine in the Wilderness (Classic Stage Company, 136 E 13th St.) Fortune has smiled on artist Bill Jameson—his friends just introduced him to a model for the final piece of his triptych on Black womanhood, and she’s about to give the artist much more than he bargained for. Set against the backdrop of the 1964 Harlem riot this a rarely seen play by Alice Childress, is directed by Tony winner LaChanze. Thru 6/16. (classicstage.org)

Winesday: The Wine Tasting Musical (Jerry Orbach Theatre, The Theatre Center, 210 W. 50th St.) Five wine-loving women get to drink wine and talk about their lives. It’s like Sex and the City meets the vineyard—including a friendly wine steward to guide the audience through the wine paired with each upcoming scene. Get ready for an intoxicating blend of friendship, wit, and wine that will leave your spirits lifted and your palate inspired. Thru 7/25. (winesdaymusical.com)

The Winter’s Tale (Summit Rock, Central Park) In Shakespeare’s tale of tangled narratives and generational trauma, powerful women stand as pillars of support and strength, cultivating gardens of forgiveness amidst the barren landscape of lost time. Join us for a journey where stories intertwine like vines as hope blossoms, and where the only certainty is the transformative power of love. 5/30 thru 6/9. (barefootshakespeare.org)

The Woman in Red. The Child in Blue (CultureLab LIC, 5-25 46th Ave, Queens) Dedicated to the daughters that are cycle-breakers, this wor presented by House of Chow is a hip-hop dance repertory piece that tracks a Chinese mother and her daughter whose healing and freedoms are intimately intertwined. 11/21 thru 11/24. (culturelablic.org)

Women in Theatre Festival (Theatre 154, 154 Christopher St., #1E) Devoted to presenting works by and about women, this 9th Annual Festival will feature two world premiere productions by Amina Henry (The Pied Piper of Hamlin) and Banna Desta (Bygone Fruit), as well as an evening of one-act plays adapted from a play by the first woman playwright. Visit website for play descriptions and complete schedule. 6/6 thru 6/23. (witfestival.projectytheatre.org)

The World According to Micki Grant (New Federal Theatre, WP Theater, 2162 @ 76th St.) The personal world of the iconic Micki Grant through her unpublished poems, lyrics, written musings on love, politics, family, and historical figures loved and lost. Featuring music rarely heard, accented with songs from her award-winning work: Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, Your Arms Too Short to Box With God, So Nice To Be Civilized, & Working, and more! 5/31 thru 6/29. (newfederaltheatre.com)

The Year My Dad Died Twice (The Tank, 312 W. 36th St.) On Halloween 2019, New York comedian Sydney’s Holmes’ father died. On Father’s Day 2020, he died again. As if dealing with her Texas family, funeral, nosey neighbors, anal aunts, and crying sibling wasn’t enough, her father left behind a double life and secrets that would tear her views on him apart. In her solo show, she explores these two occurrences and what it means to truly know your parents, through song and storytelling. Thru 6/24. (thetanknyc.org)

Zooman and the Sign (ATA, 314 W. 54th St.) A 12-year-old girl had been killed by a stray bullet from Zooman’s gun during a gang shootout. The title character -- a young slum-shaped sociopath -- became one of the signal individual dramatic creations of the American theater. Charles Fuller’s play explores the effects of gun violence on a family and its struggle to convince apathetic neighbors to take a stand together to achieve justice. 6/19 thru 6/30. (americantheatreofactors.org)

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City Guide Theatre Editor Griffin Miller moved to New York to pursue an acting/writing career in the 1980s after graduating magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, she has written for The New York Times, For the Bride, Hotels, and a number of other publications, mostly in the areas of travel and performance arts. An active member of The New York Travel Writers Association, she is also a playwright and award-winning collage artist. In addition, she sits on the board of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Griffin is married to Richard Sandomir, a reporter for The New York Times.

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