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14 Shows to See Off Broadway This March

By: Raven Snook
Date: Mar 01, 2024
Off-Broadway

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Catch Laurence Fishburne's solo show, a new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks and more

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Laurence Fishburne in a tell-all about his acting career. A provocative play within a play from Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks. A new romp from Charles Busch and choreographer Justin Peck's tribute to Illinois. These are just a handful of the promising Off-Broadway productions that begin performances in March. 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, most of our picks for February are still running!

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Company XIV: Queen of Hearts - March 1

Théâtre XIV, 383 Troutman Street between Wyckoff and Irving Avenues in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Begins March 1. Closes August 25. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Since 2006, Company XIV has been seducing audiences with sexy spectacles featuring an intoxicating blend of gender-bending circus, live music, burlesque and specialty cocktails. This spring, the troupe revives its eye-popping ode to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as Lewis Carroll's curious heroine falls down a rabbit hole of glamour. 21 and up only, which makes it an ideal date night show!

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Tuesdays with Morrie - begins March 1

St. George's Episcopal Church, 209 East 16th Street between Second and Third Avenues in Gramercy Park

Previews begin March 1. Opens March 7. Closes April 20.

Tony winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, Blue Bloods) headlines Tuesdays with Morrie, a moving two-hander based on Mitch Albom's best-selling memoir about a sports columnist spending time with his former sociology professor, who's dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. Chris Domig costars in this limited run, presented by his company Sea Dog Theater.

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Primary Stages: Ibsen's Ghost: An Irresponsible Biographical Fantasy - begins March 2

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

Previews begin March 2. Opens March 14. Closes April 14.

For decades, playwright-performer Charles Busch has made audiences cry with laughter at his over-the-top send-ups of classic movies (The Confession of Lily Dare, The Divine Sister, Die Mommie Die!). For his latest camp opus, he takes aim at the oeuvre of a legendary playwright. Busch plays Suzanna, recent widow of A Doll's House dramatist Henrik Ibsen. When Ibsen's protégée (Jennifer Van Dyck) starts peddling a salacious manuscript about his exploits, Suzanna must enlist the help of her self-involved stepmother (two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye), his illegitimate sailor son (Thomas Gibson) and other kooky characters to protect her late husband's legacy. Busch's longtime collaborator Carl Andress directs this comedy, which had its world premiere earlier this year at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse.

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Park Avenue Armory: Illinoise - begins March 2

Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets on the Upper East Side

Previews begin March 2. Opens March 7. Closes March 26.

Tony-winning choreographer Justin Peck (Carousel, Steven Spielberg's West Side Story) transforms Sufjan Stevens' lauded 2005 album Illinois into a thrilling dance-theatre piece that celebrates the Prairie State. A live band and a trio of vocalists perform the songs, which have been reordered to accommodate a narrative about love and loss crafted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury (Fairview, Marys Seacole). The cast of superlative dancers includes Tony-nominated ballet star Robbie Fairchild and So You Think You Can Dance winners Gaby Diaz and Ricky Ubeda, who all appeared in Illinoise's acclaimed Chicago Shakespeare Theater engagement earlier this year.

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The Shed: The Effect - begins March 3

The Shed, 545 West 30th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues in Hudson Yards

Previews begin March 3. Opens March 13. Closes March 31.

Director Jamie Lloyd's stripped-down stagings of classics (Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton in Betrayal, Jessica Chastain in A Doll's House) have earned him critical and commercial acclaim. Now The Shed is importing his lauded revival of The Effect from London's National Theatre. Written by Emmy winner Lucy Prebble (Succession, Enron), this thought-provoking drama asks what truly motivates us as a pair of participants in a clinical drug trial find themselves falling in love. Is it organic chemistry or chemically engineered? Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You) and Taylor Russell (Bones and All) star.

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Perelman Performing Arts Center: Like They Do in the Movies - begins March 10

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

Previews begin March 10. Opens March 21. Closes March 31.

Tony winner and Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne (Two Trains Running, The Matrix franchise, What's Love Got to Do with It?) isn't divulging much about his autobiographical solo show. Clearly he's saving all his behind-the-scenes stories for the stage. Leonard Foglia, who directed Fishburne in Thurgood on Broadway, helms this evening of backstage tales.

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Irish Repertory Theatre: Philadelphia, Here I Come! - begins March 16

Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 22nd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Chelsea

Previews begin March 16. Opens March 24. Closes May 5.

Irish Rep wraps up its season-long Brian Friel Project with a revival of his breakthrough play, Philadelphia, Here I Come! Set in 1962, this bittersweet comedy centers on Gar O'Donnell, whose broken heart and cold father have inspired a move from Ireland to America to live with an aunt. While he fantasizes about a new life in a big city far from his small-town home, some attention from his dad might change his mind. Ciarán O'Reilly directs a cast that includes Paradise Square Tony nominee AJ Shively.

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Stalker - begins March 18

New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in Midtown West

Previews begin March 18. Opens April 1. Closes September 1. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Mind-blowing magic is on tap at Stalker, a Penn & Teller-presented spectacle from Swedish sorcerers Peter Brynolf and Jonas Ljung. This 90-minute show fuses street magic, mentalism and social hacking to unsettling effect. Be prepared to have your secrets exposed!

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Keen Company and Working Theater: Fish - begins March 19

Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street between Ninth and Dyer Avenues in Midtown West

Previews begin March 19. Opens April 2. Closes April 20.

Politically minded playwright Kia Corthron (Light Raise the Roof at New York Theatre Workshop, Urban Zulu Mambo at Signature Theatre) penned Fish, about a high school senior in an underfunded public school with too much responsibility. She's just trying to make it to graduation, but when life upends her plans, an embittered English teacher may be the only one who can save her. Adrienne D. Williams directs this world premiere, coproduced by Keen Company and Working Theater.

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Clubbed Thumb: Grief Hotel - begins March 20

The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place in the East Village

Previews begin March 20. Opens March 27. Closes April 27.

Clubbed Thumb presents an encore engagement of its Obie-winning hit from last summer, Grief Hotel. Liza Birkenmeier's absurdist dark comedy centers on millennials grappling with love, loss and loathing while a marketing guru makes a pitch for a literal grief hotel, where guests can lick their wounds. Tara Ahmadinejad directs.

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Ars Nova: Travels - begins March 20

Ars Nova, 511 West 54th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues in Midtown West

Begins March 20. Closes April 20.

A sort of modern-day, electro troubadour, James Harrison Monaco shares songs and stories about his extensive wanderings in Travels, incorporating themes of activism, romance and heartbreak. Ars Nova is where Lin-Manuel Miranda got his start, so we always pay attention when they give an up-and-comer a shot. Bonus: Tickets are pay-what-you-wish starting at $8.

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Pipeline Theatre Company: House of Telescopes - begins March 22

A.R.T./New York Theatres, 502 West 53rd Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues in Midtown West

Previews begin March 22. Opens April 3. Closes April 21.

Described by playwright Kairos Looney as a "coming-of-age transgender fantasia," House of Telescopes celebrates the magic of the queer experience. The always adventurous Pipeline Theatre Company (Folk Wandering, Clown Bar) presents this world premiere about finding your authentic self with a little help from ghosts and chosen family.

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Fishamble: The New Play Company: KING - begins March 26

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

Previews begin March 26. Opens March 30. Closes April 14.

After an acclaimed run at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fishamble: The New Play Company brings Pat Kinevane's searing solo show KING to NYC. The tale of a middle-aged loner whose few interactions come when he performs as an Elvis impersonator, this monologue play is a deep dive into one man's psyche, as he sifts through his memories while daring to hope for a better future.

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The Public Theater: Sally & Tom - begins March 20

The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place in the East Village

Previews begin March 28. Opens April 16. Closes May 5.

A new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Top Dog/Underdog, The Red Letter Plays, Venus) is always something to celebrate. But Sally & Tom sounds particularly provocative. A small NYC theatre company is mounting a show about the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. The writer Lucy (Sheria Irving) is portraying Sally, and the director Mike (Tony winner Gabriel Ebert) is playing Tom. Oh, and they're dating in real life. This sly play within a play explores the legacy of slavery in this country and how it continues to impact our roles today, even in the allegedly progressive theatre industry. Steve H. Broadnax III directs this production, which is coproduced by The Public Theater and Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater.

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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.