Great Shows are Springing Up Off-Broadway!
The daisies are pushing through the dirt and amazing theatre is popping up all over New York City. Whether you’re looking for a contemporary comedy, a historical insight, or a revisited favorite, the Off-Broadway scene has the best acts going!
Psycho Therapy - Couples therapy for three is back by popular demand at The Cherry Lane Theatre! Canada’s sweetheart Gabrielle Miller is now Lily, the woman who can’t decide between her earnest would-be fiancé Philip (reprised by Laurence Lau) and her hot, younger ex Dorian (now played by Alexander Cendese). Jan Leslie Harding returns as therapist Nancy Winston, along with her love affair with chocolate treats.
In performances now through May 26.
An Early History of Fire - The New Group presents the world premiere of David Rabe’s new play. Set at the tipping point of the early 1960s in a Midwestern town, Danny’s days are defined by friendship and loyalty – but the bigger world encroaches in the form of Karen, back from college in the east, alluring and unsettling because of all she has learned. Awhirl in longing and eyeing a chance for radical change, Danny struggles against the grip of his immigrant father, who mourns a vanished world of lost prestige while clinging to his only son.
In performances now through May 26.
Lonely, I’m Not - At an age when most people are discovering what they want to do with their lives, Porter (Topher Grace: Traffic, Spider-Man 3, In Good Company,“That 70’s Show”) has been married and divorced, earned seven figures as a corporate “ninja” and had a nervous breakdown. This comic journey at Second Stage Theatre features a star-studded cast and promises to entertain.
In performances now through May 27.
Freud’s Last Session - The enduring Off-Broadway gem centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites a young, little-known professor, C.S. Lewis, to his home in London. On the day England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash on the existence of God, love, sex and the meaning of life – only two weeks before Freud chooses to take his own.
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Pratfalls - Discover the hilarious potential of a Brooklyn rooftop without leaving Manhattan. Ground UP Productions delivers this exploration of four mismatched characters, the ups and downs of 5th floor walkups, citywide blackouts, stand up comedy and perhaps even love at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre in the Abingdon Theatre Complex.
In performances April 27 through May 19.
Brontë - Head over to Theater 511 for an intimate glimpse into the life of Jane Eyre novelist Charlotte Brontë. Performed by Maxine Linehan, the Alloy Theater Company mounts the first official Off-Broadway production of the play by William Luce.
In performances May 3 through May 25.
Mr. Joy - Mr. Joy is a Chinese-American immigrant who has run a shoe shop in the heart of Harlem for the past 25 years. When the unexpected occurs, his customers reflect on the impact he has had on their lives through their shoes. At the Riverside Theatre, multiple award-winning writer and performer of Emergency and Through the Night Daniel Beaty returns with his signature blend of comedy, poetry, music, and multi-character transformation create Mr. Joy: A hilarious and heart-warming exploration of one community’s journey to heal in order to dream again and discover boundless joy.
In performances May 12 through June 2.
Love Goes To Press - Stop the presses! The Mint presents the first revival of Love Goes to Press by Martha Gellhorn and Virginia Cowles – “the kind of comedy which mingles public relations, private lives, lines of communication, tough dames, and tender passages.” Inspired by the authors’ own experiences as journalists during World War II, Gellhorn and Cowles wrote this fun, frothy romantic comedy as “an antidote to the heart-sickening cost of war.”
In performances May 26 through July 22.
Revisiting Wildfire - Right Down Broadway Productions presents this midlife crisis comedy sustained by honest, searing emotion. The play tests the friendship of former college roommates, Theresa and Pam, who met during the early years of punk rock and the Reagan Administration. Now 52, both women are facing personal chaos. Fueled by afternoon drinking, Theresa discovers spiritual guidance and her new life purpose in a 70’s pop ballad, which Pam finds more than a little insane. The drama escalates when Pam makes her own startling revelation.
In performances June 1 through June 24.