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16 Shows to See Off Broadway This April

By: Raven Snook
Date: Mar 29, 2024
Off-Broadway

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Catch a new Dave Malloy musical, a play by Pulitzer finalist Sarah Ruhl, a rare musical revival and more

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Sarah Ruhl's stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando. A new musical by Dave Malloy of Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 fame. Rare revivals of a Neil Simon comedy and an undersung Jule Styne musical. Plays with Kathleen Chalfant, Tim Daly, Kyra Sedgwick and Kate Walsh. These are just a handful of the promising Off-Broadway productions that begin performances in April. 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, many of our picks for March are still running!

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Signature Theatre: Orlando - begins April 2

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

Previews begin April 2. Opens April 21. Closes May 12.

A pair of Pulitzer finalists pair up for Orlando, an ambitious adaptation of Virginia Woolf's gender-bending, century-spanning history of English literature. Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House, In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)) reimagines the feminist classic for the stage and gender-fluid icon Taylor Mac (A 24-Decade History of Popular Music) is the poet at its center, a character based on Woolf's longtime love Vita Sackville-West. Will Davis (Men on Boats) directs the production for Signature Theatre.

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Theatre for a New Audience: Macbeth (an undoing) - begins April 5

Theatre for a New Audience's Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Previews begin April 5. Opens April 11. Closes May 4. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Writer-director Zinnie Harris' feminist reimagining of Macbeth arrives at Theatre for a New Audience direct from its acclaimed London run. In this retelling of the Bard's bloody tragedy, Lady Macbeth dominates the spotlight, with Harris filling out her arc as she evolves from self-serving to self-loathing. Originally produced by Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, the play offers a provocative new perspective on Shakespeare's classic.

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Irish Arts Center: Agreement - begins April 11

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

Begins April 11. Closes May 12.

Irish Arts Center presents Lyric Theatre Belfast's lauded production of Agreement, Owen McCaffert's history play about the dramatic events leading up to 1998's Good Friday Agreement, when Northern Ireland, the British government and the Irish government finalized a deal that ended decades of violence in the region. Charlotte Westenra directs.

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The Public Theater: Jordans - begins April 11

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

Previews begin April 11. Opens April 24. Closes May 19.

The Public Theater presents the world premiere of Jordans, Ife Olujobi's cutting comedy exploring culture as commodity in the workplace. At an overwhelmingly white office, two young, Black workers trying to get ahead find themselves thrown together and torn apart by their race and aspirations. Obie winner Whitney White (Our Dear Dead Drug Lord) directs an ensemble cast led by Naomi Lorrain, Toby Onwumere and Kate Walsh from Grey's Anatomy. Note: If you're feeling lucky, try entering the digital lottery to win free tickets to the first preview on Thursday, April 11. Details are on The Public's site.

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Playwrights Horizons: Staff Meal - begins April 12

Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street between Ninth and Dyer Avenues in Midtown West

Previews begin April 12. Opens April 28. Closes May 19.

Obie-winning playwright Abe Koogler (Fulfillment Center, Kill Floor) is behind Staff Meal, a surreal dark comedy about a mysterious restaurant where diners are insulated from the troubles in the outside world... until last call that is. Morgan Green directs this intriguing work for Playwrights Horizons.

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St. Ann's Warehouse: Grenfell: in the words of survivors - begins April 13

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

Previews begin April 13. Opens April 21. Closes May 12. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

St. Ann's Warehouse presents Grenfell: in the words of survivors, a searing verbatim docudrama about the Grenfell Tower fire in London, which killed 72 people and devastated hundreds more. With a script by Gillian Slovo taken from interviews with nine survivors, and direction by Phyllida Lloyd and Anthony Simpson-Pike, this National Theatre production is a harrowing indictment of the lax building regulations and governmental failure that ruined countless lives.

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Colt Coeur: Still - begins April 13

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

Previews begin April 13. Opens April 18. Closes May 23.

Two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson (Enchanted April, Criminal Minds) and Tim Daly (Wings, Madam Secretary) star in Still, Lia Romeo's rom-com about two old flames who reconnect 30 years on. But reigniting their passion may blow up their lives, particularly his congressional bid. Adrienne Campbell-Holt directs this production, which premiered last summer at Vermont's Dorset Theatre Festival.

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New York Theatre Workshop: Here There Are Blueberries - begins April 17

New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th Street between Bowery and Second Avenue in the East Village

Previews begin April 17. Opens May 13. Closes June 30.

Tectonic Theater Project, known for its compelling, rigorously researched plays about real-life events, explores the horrors of the Holocaust in Here There Are Blueberries. In 2007, a US Holocaust Memorial Museum archivist was handed an album of Nazi-era photographs. As experts researched the photos and the people in them, they uncovered unsettling truths about the perpetrators of the Holocaust and all of humankind. Conceived and directed by Tony nominee Mois├ęs Kaufman (The Laramie Project, 33 Variations) and cowritten by Amanda Gronich, this chilling play features an ensemble cast that includes the incomparable Kathleen Chalfant.

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J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company: Do Re Mi - begins April 19

AMT Theater, 354 West 45th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in Midtown West

Begins April 19. Closes April 28.

Like Encores!, J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company revives rarely performed musicals, though admittedly with smaller budgets. A modest hit in 1960, this rarely revived musical follows the misadventures of Hubie Cram, a small-time schemer who gets caught up in drama in the record business. Garson Kanin penned the book and the score was written by musical theatre greats Jule Styne (Gypsy, Funny Girl) and Betty Comden and Adolph Green (On the Town, Wonderful Town) and features the well-known songs "Cry Like the Wind," "All of My Life" and "Make Someone Happy."

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Dungeons & Dragons The Twenty-Sided Tavern - begins April 19

Stage 42, 422 West 42nd Street at Dyer Avenue in Midtown West

Previews begin April 19. Opens May 5. Open run. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Every nerd's favorite role-playing game gets the interactive theatre treatment with Dungeons & Dragons The Twenty-Sided Tavern, which arrives Off Broadway after hit runs in Chicago and Edinburgh. A brand-new adventure at every performance, this fan favorite marks D&D's 50th anniversary with a brand-new campaign set in the Forgotten Realms... and if that's Greek to you then perhaps you don't speak enough geek for this show.

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Theater Breaking Through Barriers: I Ought to Be in Pictures - begins April 20

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

Previews begin April 20. Opens May 2. Closes May 25. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Theater Breaking Through Barriers, an Off-Broadway company dedicated to advancing artists with disabilities, presents a rare revival of Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures, a comedy of reconnection about a struggling middle-aged screenwriter whose estranged daughter shows up unannounced hoping to get into showbiz. All performances will be open captioned and audio described.

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Lincoln Center Theater: The Keep Going Songs - begins April 20

Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center, 150 West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue in Lincoln Square

Previews begin April 20. Opens May 2. Closes May 26.

Prolific songwriting spouses Abigail and Shaun Bengson (The Lucky Ones, Hundred Days) explore grief, rebirth and perseverance in The Keep Going Songs. Caitlin Sullivan directs this uplifting, world-premiere song cycle presented by Lincoln Center's LCT3.

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The New Group: All of Me - begins April 23

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

Previews begin April 23. Opens May 14. Closes June 16. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

The New Group presents All of Me, Laura Winters' insightful rom-com exploring class and disability. Two disabled folks who use mobility devices and text-to-speech technology fall for each other. But, like many young lovers before them, their families try to tear them apart, allegedly for their own good. Madison Ferris and Danny J. Gomez reprise their acclaimed performances from the play's premiere at Barrington Stage. Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick joins the cast for this production.

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Lorenzo - begins April 24

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

Previews begin April 24. Opens April 27. Closes May 19.

British comedian Ben Target brings his lauded autobiographical show stateside about that time he moved in with his rambunctious octogenarian uncle to be his caregiver. This humorous and harrowing solo turn features candid conversations about death and decay, as well as live carpentry!

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MCC Theater: The Lonely Few - begins April 26

The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, 511 West 52nd Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues in Midtown West

Previews begin April 26. Opens May 20. Closes June 9. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

A rock and roll musical about queer love in the deep South, The Lonely Few stars Jagged Little Pill Tony winner Lauren Patten as Lila, whose band plays the local bar in her small Kentucky town. When Amy (Taylor Iman Jones), an established singer-songwriter, invites the group on tour, it seems like Lila's big break, but unexpected romance makes for a bumpy journey. With songs by Zoe Sarnak and a book by Rachel Bonds (Jonah), The Lonely Few comes to New York after a well-received world premiere at LA's Geffen Playhouse.

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Signature Theatre: Three Houses - begins April 30

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

Previews begin April 30. Opens May 21. Closes June 16.

Songwriter and playwright Dave Malloy is known for setting complex subjects to song, whether it's a slice of War and Peace (the Tony-nominated Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812), a whale of an opera (Moby Dick) or an exploration of addiction (Octet). Billed as a "post-pandemic open mic night parable about magic, madness and the end of the world," Three Houses promises more intense emotions as a trio of folks in different countries grapple with ghosts, isolation and the impending apocalypse. Annie Tippe (Octet) directs.

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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.