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14 Shows to See Off Broadway This June

By: Raven Snook
Date: May 30, 2024
Off-Broadway

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Catch starry revivals of Cats and Titanic, new plays from Clubbed Thumb and Brits Off Broadway, and more

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A ballroom reimagining of Cats. Tony winners galore in a rare revival of Titanic. Bold new plays at Lincoln Center and Brits Off Broadway. These are just a handful of the promising Off-Broadway productions that begin performances in June. We couldn't include everything, so be sure to browse the listings in TDF's Show Finder to see what else is playing. And remember, some of our picks for May are still running!

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Clubbed Thumb: Coach Coach - begins June 3

The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street between Avenues A and B in the East Village

Begins June 3. Closes June 13.

One of the hottest theatre festivals in town, Clubbed Thumb Summerworks, continues its 27th edition with Bailey Williams' Coach Coach, about a group of life coaches on a weekend retreat where some will be anointed as Platinum Practitioners by guru Dr. Meredith Martin, and others will just go home. I realize that's not a lot to go on, but Summerworks is known for incubating offbeat, innovative shows: What the Constitution Means to Me, Men on Boats and Grief Hotel all started here!

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St. Ann's Warehouse: Dark Noon - begins June 7

St Ann's Warehouse, 45 Water Street near New Dock Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn

Previews begin June 7. Opens June 17. Closes July 7. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

St. Ann's Warehouse presents Dark Noon, a history of America's Wild West filtered through classic Hollywood Westerns. A critically acclaimed hit at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this thought-provoking show recreates a pioneer town with a cast of South African actors and help from the audience. Come prepared to participate in this act of myth-unmaking from an outsider's irreverent perspective.

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Pre-Existing Condition - begins June 7

The Connelly Theater, 220 East Fourth Street between Avenues A and B in the East Village

Previews begin June 7. Opens June 18. Closes August 3. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Two Tony-nominated performers are behind Pre-existing Condition, an intriguing world premiere about processing a traumatic event. Written by Marin Ireland (Reasons to Be Pretty on Broadway, The Umbrella Academy), directed by Maria Dizzia (In the Next Room on Broadway, Life & Beth) and staged in the incredibly intimate Connelly Theater Upstairs, the play stars five very different women alternating in the leading role of A: Tatiana Maslany, Julia Chan, Tony winner Deirdre O'Connell, Tavi Gevinson and Dizzia herself. Although the nature of the pre-existing condition is unknown, the involvement of these amazing artists already has our hearts racing.

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N/A - begins June 11

Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue in Lincoln Square

Previews begin June 11. Opens June 25. Closes August 4. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Congressional aide turned playwright Mario Correa penned this world premiere inspired by the contentious relationship between two unnamed congresswomen who can be easily identified even without their monikers. Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor (Ann, The Morning Show) is N, the first woman Speaker of the House, while On Your Feet's Ana Villafañe is A, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus (Jagged Little Pill) directs this war of wills, wits, power and perspective as these politicians of different generations face off. Note that despite the venue, this is not a Lincoln Center Theater production.

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New York City Center Encores! Titanic - begins June 12

New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Midtown West

Begins June 12. Closes June 23. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Encores! closes out a glorious season with Titanic, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's Tony-winning musical about the doomed ocean liner. Anne Kauffman directs a cast led by Tony winner Chuck Cooper (The Life, Trouble in Mind) alongside his talented progeny, Lilly Cooper and Eddie Cooper, Tony winner Bonnie Milligan (Kimberly Akimbo), Drew Gehling, Ramin Karimloo, Emilie Kouatchou, Chip Zien, Judy Kuhn and Tony winner Brandon Uranowitz (Leopoldstadt). A moving portrait of the people who encountered a nightmare on the so-called ship of dreams.

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Brits Off Broadway: Appraisal - begins June 12

59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street between Madison and Park Avenues in Midtown East

Previews begin June 12. Opens June 20. Closes June 30.

Since 2004, this annual showcase of UK productions has given Americans a taste of what's playing across the pond. This 20th anniversary edition features eight shows including Tim Marriott's Appraisal, a Fringe festival favorite about an annual performance review that does not turn out as the boss expected. Marriott portrays a sexist, abusive manager but his younger female employee (Alex Sunderhaus) comes prepared for his shenanigans.

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Brits Off Broadway: Blizzard - begins June 12

59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street between Madison and Park Avenues in Midtown East

Previews begin June 12. Opens June 19. Closes June 30.

Another Brits Off Broadway entry, Emily Woof's Blizzard is an ambitious one-woman play about the wife of an ailing neuroscientist tasked with delivering a lecture on his behalf. But understanding her husband's thoughts about the human mind is not an easy task. A philosophical exploration of the connection between the brain, the body and the soul.

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Irish Arts Center: Panti Bliss: If These Wigs Could Talk - begins June 13

Irish Arts Center, 726 Eleventh Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets in Midtown West

Begins June 13. Closes June 23. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

In honor of Pride Month, Ireland's premier drag queen, Panti Bliss, brings her latest solo extravaganza across the pond to the Irish Arts Center. In this amusing theatrical memoir, she recalls her divalution from outrageous artist to outspoken activist, how her home country has evolved with her, and whether she's ready to hang up her high heels.

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Perelman Performing Arts Center: Cats: "The Jellicle Ball" - begins June 13

Perelman Performing Arts Center, 251 Fulton Street at the intersection of Vesey and Greenwich Streets in the Financial District

Previews begin June 13. Opens June 20. Closes July 28.

Banish your memory of Cats. This inspired revival resets the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical on NYC's Ballroom scene with fierce felines competing to be top dog. Staged as an immersive spectacle by Zhailon Levingston (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Chicken & Biscuits) and Perelman Performing Arts Center's Artistic Director Bill Rauch, it's a brilliant reinvention of a classic headlined by Tony winner André De Shields as Old Deuteronomy, Hamilton's Sydney James Harcourt as Rum Tum Tugger and A Strange Loop's Antwayn Hopper as Macavity alongside Ballroom royalty.

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Clubbed Thumb: Find Me Here - begins June 19

The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street between Avenues A and B in the East Village

Begins June 19. Closes June 29.

One of the hottest theatre festivals in town, Clubbed Thumb Summerworks, wraps up its 27th edition with Crystal Finn's Find Me Here. After their 100-year-old dad dies, three sisters open his will, wondering and worrying about their next chapters. The impressive cast includes Tony winners Frank Wood and Miriam Silverman, plus Orange Is the New Black star Constance Shulman. Summerworks is known for incubating offbeat yet engaging shows: What the Constitution Means to Me, Men on Boats and Grief Hotel all started here!

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Clowns Like Me - begins June 21

DR2 Theatre, 103 East 15th Street between Union Square East and Irving Place near Union Square Park

Previews begin June 21. Opens June 30. Closes August 18. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Storyteller Scott Ehrenpreis has always loved making audiences laugh despite struggling with depression and other mental challenges. In his searing solo show Clowns Like Me, he lifts his happy mask to reveal what it's like living and performing with Asperger's syndrome, OCD and bipolar disorder, while still finding humor in his harrowing experiences. Every performance is followed by a 20-minute talkback—ask him anything! He's an open clown.

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Audible Theater: Alex Newell and the Gospel of a Diva - begins June 27

Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane between Sixth Avenue and MacDougal Street in the West Village

Begins June 27. Closes June 29.

For three nights over Pride weekend, catch LGBTQ trailblazer Alex Newell in this fabulous new solo show for Audible Theater. Marvel at their powerhouse vocals and behind-the-scenes stories as they chronicle their career, from their breakout role on Glee to their Broadway debut in Once on This Island, from stealing the show on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist to becoming the first nonbinary performer to win a Tony Award for Shucked. Zhailon Levingston directs.

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From Here - begins June 27

The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street between Dyer and Tenth Avenues in Midtown West

Previews begin June 27. Opens June 29. Closes August 11. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Orlando native Donald Rupe is behind this deeply personal musical centering on Daniel, a thirtysomething gay man who's grappling with family drama when the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub upends his life and community. Set before and after that heinous 2016 event, From Here comes to NYC after a well-reviewed run at Florida's Renaissance Theatre Company.

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Odd Man Out - begins June 28

Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street between Mott and Elizabeth Streets in Noho

Previews begin June 28. Opens July 2. Closes July 21.

An immersive theatrical experience that takes place in total darkness, Odd Man Out puts theatregoers in the shoes of Alberto, a blind musician traveling back to his homeland of Argentina after decades of self-exile in New York City. Audiences experience Alberto's story of love, prejudice and fear in total darkness as the story unfolds around them via sensory effects, including surround sound, enhanced odors and tactile objects. After a buzzy run in 2021, this PITCHBLACK production returns for an encore run.

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Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her on Facebook at @Raven.Snook. Follow TDF on Facebook at @TDFNYC.