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16 Shows to See Off Broadway This February

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

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Catch four new musicals, a new play starring Cynthia Nixon, a rare revival and more

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New musicals by Michael R. Jackson and David Yazbek. New plays starring Cynthia Nixon, Cecily Strong and Josh Radnor. A swinging 1960s jukebox tuner and a rare revival of Jelly's Last Jam. These are just a handful of the promising Off-Broadway productions that begin performances in February. 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 January are still running!

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Perelman Performing Arts Center: The Following Evening - begins February 1

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

Begins February 1. Closes February 18. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Talk about art imitating life: The spouses behind two innovative and influential theatre companies—Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet of the half-century-old Talking Band, and Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone of the 15-year-old 600 Highwaymen—team up for The Following Evening, about two stage artists working on what may be their final collaboration. Presented by the brand-new Perelman Performing Arts Center, it's a touching tribute to the ephemeral nature of theatre and life itself in an ever-changing city.

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New York Theatre Workshop: I Love You So Much I Could Die - begins February 1

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

Previews begin February 1. Opens February 14. Closes March 10. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Another real-life couple is behind New York Theatre Workshop's I Love You So Much I Could Die, Mona Pirnot's multimedia solo show directed by her husband, Tony-nominated playwright Lucas Hnath (A Doll's House, Part 2, Dana H.). Equal parts high-tech storytelling and acoustic concert, this piece features searing monologues delivered in the monotone of a text-to-speech tool alongside original songs performed by Pirnot with her back to the audience. Sounds like a fascinating exploration of disconnection.

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Perelman Performing Arts Center: Between Two Knees - begins February 3

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

Begins February 3. Closes February 24. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

The brainchild of the 1491s, the Native American sketch comedy troupe behind Hulu's Reservation Dogs, this history-inspired dark comedy chronicles one family's multigenerational tale of love, loss and survival, from the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee to the American Indian Movement occupation of the same site in 1973. Obie winner Eric Ting (The Far Country) directs this raucous takedown of racism, white supremacy and colonialism featuring rap, a controversial Disney princess and lots of uncomfortable truths.

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The New Group: The Seven Year Disappear - begins February 6

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

Previews begin February 6. Opens February 26. Closes March 31.

Two-time Tony winner Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole, The Little Foxes, Sex and the City) stars as an acclaimed performance artist and absent mother in Jordan Seavey's world premiere. After seven years of silence, she seeks out her struggling son (Taylor Trensch), but it's not for sentimental reasons. Instead, she has a stunning request that may tear them apart forever. Scott Elliott directs this two-hander for The New Group.

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Manhattan Theatre Club: Brooklyn Laundry - begins February 6

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

Previews begin February 6. Opens February 28. Closes March 24.

Although the cast and creatives of Brooklyn Laundry won't let on what this world premiere is about—all we know is there are three sisters and a guy who runs a Brooklyn laundromat—considering it's by Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck), we expect wit, wisdom and probably a little profanity. The cast includes Saturday Night Live alum Cecily Strong and Cost of Living Tony nominee David Zayas; Shanley himself directs this production for Manhattan Theatre Club.

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The Christine Jorgensen Show - begins February 8

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

Previews begin February 8. Opens February 14. Closes March 3.

Her 1950s sex change made her famous but there was a lot more to Christine Jorgensen's life. Donald Steven Olson's intimate bio musical celebrates her journey from soldier to transgender trailblazer and her unexpected career as a nightclub star, facilitated by a little-known song-and-dance man. Jesse James Keitel (Queer as Folk, Big Sky) stars alongside cabaret great Mark Nadler.

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Fiasco Theater: Pericles - begins February 8

Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues in the East Village

Previews begin February 8. Opens February 26. Closes March 24.

The infinitely playful Fiasco Theater takes on one of Shakespeare's most rollicking and rarely performed works, Pericles, which chronicles the colorful adventures of the Prince of Tyre. Fiasco is sure to make it feel fresh: the troupe is known for its low-tech effects and lightning-quick costume and character changes. The company's three co-artistic directors, Ben Steinfeld, Jessie Austrian and Noah Brody, star alongside Tootsie Tony nominee Andy Grotelueschen. Note: Pericles is offering open captioned and American Sign Language-interpreted performances.

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The York Theatre Company: A Sign of the Times - begins February 8

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

Previews begin February 8. Opens February 22. Open run. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

The York Theatre Company is behind this jukebox musical featuring nostalgic hits from the 1960s. The story revolves around a young photographer trying to make her way in the Big Apple during an era of big changes. But the main attractions are the songs, such as Petula Clark's "Downtown," The Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin" and Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me," and the powerhouse cast of Broadway vets, including Beautiful's Chilina Kennedy, Chicago's Ryan Silverman and Tony nominee Crystal Lucas-Perry (Ain't No Mo').

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The Life & Slimes of Marc Summers - begins February 14

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

Previews begin February 14. Opens February 22. Closes June 2. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

In many ways, comedian and TV personality Marc Summers has been a winner at the game of life. He's hosted many beloved series, including the slime-filled Double Dare for Nickelodeon and Unwrapped for Food Network. But behind the scenes there's been personal drama, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and cancer diagnoses. He shares all in this solo performance, which is equal parts memoir and game show and written by two-time Tony nominee Alex Brightman—yes, the outrageous Beetlejuice himself.

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The Public Theater: The Ally - begins February 15

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

Previews begin February 15. Opens February 27. Closes March 17.

When Tony-winning playwright Itamar Moses (The Band's Visit) began working on The Ally five years ago, he couldn't have foreseen how terrifying timely its debut would be. But his play about a progressive, Jewish-American college professor (How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor) getting caught up in campus unrest surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict is premiering at a particularly fraught moment in history. A thought-provoking exploration of the conflicting loyalties that make life complicated, the production is directed by Obie winner Lila Neugebauer for The Public Theater. Note: The Ally is offering open captioned and audio-described performances.

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Lincoln Center Theater: Corruption - begins February 15

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

Previews begin February 15. Opens March 11. Closes April 14.

The team behind the Tony-winning Oslo—playwright J.T. Rogers and director Bartlett Sher—reunite for this epic about the phone hacking scandal that rattled Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate in 2011. Toby Stephens is Parliament member Tom Watson, who worked with investigative journalists to expose the nefarious doings of News International and its leader, Rebekah Brooks (Saffron Burrows). Judging from his other plays, Rogers is sure to find the funny and the infuriating in this history-inspired drama at Lincoln Center Theater.

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St. Ann's Warehouse: The Hunt - begins February 16

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

Previews begin February 16. Opens February 25. Closes March 24.

St. Ann's Warehouse presents The Hunt, a stage adaptation of the Danish film of the same name about the demonization of an elementary school teacher who is falsely accused of sexual misconduct by a student. A success at London's Almeida Theatre, this production stars Tobias Menzies, who earned raves for his performance across the pond. Two-time Tony nominee Rupert Goold (Ink, King Charles III) directs.

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City Center Encores! Jelly's Last Jam - begins February 21

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

Begins February 21. Closes March 3. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Thirty-two years ago, Jelly's Last Jam was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and marked the Broadway debut of visionary director and writer George C. Wolfe. Encores! is finally giving this musical about jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton, who controversially claimed to have invented the genre, the starry revival it has long deserved. Sweeney Todd's Nicholas Christopher is the title music maker and his costars include a trio of Tony winners: Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Joaquina Kalukango (Paradise Square) and Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!). Robert O'Hara (Slave Play) directs and tap-dance genius Dormeshia co-choreographs. Note: There will be an American Sign Language-interpreted performance on Thursday, February 29.

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Playwrights Horizons: Teeth - begins February 21

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

Previews begin February 21. Opens March 12. Closes March 31.

Playwrights Horizons had me at "a new Michael R. Jackson musical." But the Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner for A Strange Loop has a collaborator this time: Anna K. Jacobs, who composed the music to his lyrics and cowrote the book. Based on the 2007 cult flick of the same name about an evangelical Christian teen who discovers her vagina has a set of chompers, this dark musical comedy about consent and bodily autonomy is sure to have bite. Sarah Benson directs a cast led by Broadway vets Alyse Alan Louis and Steven Pasquale. Note: Teeth is offering American Sign Language-interpreted, audio-described and relaxed performances.

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Bedlam: The Assassination of Julius Caesar As Told By William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw - begins February 24

West End Theatre at St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 263 West 86th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue on the Upper West Side

Begins February 24. Opens TBD. Closes April 7. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

The innovators at Bedlam love a mash-up: Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet, their intriguing intertwining of Shakespeare and Chekhov, did well pre-pandemic. The company's artistic director, Eric Tucker, is behind this mixture of Shakespeare and Shaw that interrogates Julius Caesar—a beloved leader to some, a dangerous tyrant to others.

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Audible Theater: Dead Outlaw - begins February 28

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

Previews begin February 28. Opens March 10. Closes April 7.

The last musical by songwriter David Yazbek, book writer Itamar Moses and director David Cromer, The Band's Visit, won them all Tony Awards. The three reunite and are joined by songwriter Erik Della Penna for Dead Outlaw, a new musical based on the insane true story of Elmer McCurdy, a turn-of-the-20th-century outlaw whose mummified body became a sideshow attraction that ended up in a horror ride in a California amusement park. This show traces McCurdy's jaw-dropping journey, before and after his demise.

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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.