This Week in Off- and Off-Off-Broadway New York Theatre

Every week new shows arrive in Off- and Off-Off Broadway houses throughout New York. The difference? Off-Broadway theatres are home to 100 seats or more; Off-Off can be any number below this. Any number at all. 

Here is a sampling of some Off- and Off-Off-Broadway in the current mix—just check out their websites to learn more and reserve tickets!

Ablaze (8/16 thru 8/24). Subtitled “An a cappella musical thriller” about teens, an abandoned high school, a fire and, ultimately, a fight for survival.


Andrew Polec as Strat and the cast of Bat Out Of Hell. Photo by Specular.

Bat Out of Hell: The Musical (Thru 9/8). Jim Steinman has spun his Meat Loaf rock anthems into a 21st-century high voltage musical!

Contact High  (Thru 9/7). A new musical tackling tough high school issues like gun violence, mental health, and the heroin epidemic.

Douglas (Thru 9/14). The mastermind behind Netflix’s Nanette, Hannah Gadsby’s latest solo project serves up the unexpected about a very specific dog!

The Exes (Thru 10/5). Comedy chaos as relationships, snakiness, and a sharp-tongued butler take the stage.

Fiddler On the Roof in Yiddish (Open). Directed by Joel Grey, this new adaptation offers an authentic look into the world of Shalom Aleichem’s characters. With English and Russian supertitles.

Gazillion Bubble Show

Gazillion Bubble Show (Open). Family friendly and full of amazing effects—especially bubble-related, but with some awesome techno, too!

Humanity’s Child: A Musical for Today (Thru 9/1). Real-life experiences of young women as they navigate the complexities of gender relations in the #MeToo era

The Imbible

The Imbibe (Open). Two shows—A Spirited History of Drinking and Day Drinking: The Brunch Musical—each serving up three drinks and endless fun.

Jersey Boys


Jersey Boys (Open). The Tony-winning story behind Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons is now a bona fide Off-Broadway hit!

Love, Noel (Open). Cabaret legends Steve Ross and KT Sullivan enthrall audiences with Noel Coward’s songs, letters, and friends.

Make Believe (Thru 9/15). Bess Wohl’s look into the minds of four siblings 32 years after the inexplicable disappearance of their parents.

Native Son (Thru 8/24). A drama taking on racism and class on the South Side of Chiccago in the 1930s.

The Office! A Musical Parody (Thru 1/19). Musical comedy based on the long-running TV series.

Pips Island

Pip’s Island: The Lighthouse Rescue (Open). An acclaimed interactive mystery for young audiences to solve, guided by live actors, video, puppets, and more!

Rock of Ages (Thru 1/12). After 10 years, this Tony-nominated jukebox musical is back in New York bringing romance to the Sunset Strip during the 1980s.


Stomp (Open). Ingenious percussion created by an exuberant company of dancers armed with brooms, garbage cans, matchboxes, and other cool things.

That Chemistry Show (Open). Science class laced with showmanship…including (I swear), a genie in a bottle.

Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe – The Cooping Theory 1969 (8/19 Thru 11/2). A modern-day Poe story meets a 1960s horror flick in this interactive work., Facebook

About the Author

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. She currently is the theatre editor for all NYMetroParents publications. 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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