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Catch four new musicals, including one by Gavin Creel, Michael Shannon in 'Godot,' Marin Ireland in 'Spain' and more
Four new musicals, including one written by and starring Tony winner Gavin Creel. An absurdist classic featuring two-time Oscar nominee Michael Shannon and his pal Paul Sparks. Solo shows by and about LGBTQ trailblazers. These are just a handful of the promising Off-Broadway productions beginning in November. 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 October are still running!
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Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street between Ninth and Dyer Avenues in Midtown West
In a bold experiment, Playwrights Horizons is presenting three eclectic solo shows in rep by up-and-coming writer-performers you'd typically catch south of Times Square. A clown's delirious deep dive into identity and art, Alexandra Tatarsky's absurd, culture-heavy Sad Boys in Harpy Land (November 2-26) finds her morphing into characters from Goethe, Günter Grass, Wagner and other heavyweights. Emmy-nominated comedian Ikechukwu Ufomadu showcases his deadpan style in Amusements (November 8-December 3). And former tutor Milo Cramer creates musical portraits of ten NYC students fighting to get into competitive high schools in School Pictures (November 8-December 3).
Theatre for a New Audience's Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Previews begin November 4. Opens November 14. Closes December 23.
Longtime friends and frequent collaborators, Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Tony nominee for Long Day's Journey into Night) and Paul Sparks (Boardwalk Empire, Broadway's Grey House), reunite at Theatre for a New Audience in Waiting for Godot. Almost a decade ago, the pair starred in an acclaimed mounting of Eugène Ionesco's The Killer at the Brooklyn theatre; they've been trying to bring Samuel Beckett's absurdist masterpiece to the same stage for three years but were derailed by the pandemic. This month they'll finally get to play talkative but trapped tramps Estragon and Vladimir in a new production directed by Arin Arbus, who specializes in inventive stagings of classics. We can't wait to see these two brilliant performers wait in vain for three hours!
Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theater, 305 West 43rd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in Midtown West
Previews begin November 8. Opens November 30. Closes December 17. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.
A world-premiere play by Jen Silverman (The Moors, Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties), Spain is set in 1936 as two ambitious filmmakers are picked to shoot a Spanish Civil War movie with the goal of winning American support for the far-award conflict. Trouble is, the project is being funded by the KGB. Considering our age of disinformation, this examination of art as agitprop is incredibly timely. Tyne Rafaeli directs a cast that includes The Inheritance Tony winner Andrew Burnap and NYC stage favorite Marin Ireland.
Playhouse 46 at St. Luke's, 308 West 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in Midtown West
Previews begin November 10. Opens November 15. Closes December 31. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.
Broadway's Wade McCollum (Wicked, the upcoming Water for Elephants) stars in Make Me Gorgeous!, a solo bio-show about Kenneth "Mr. Madam" Marlowe, an openly homosexual hairdresser to the stars during Hollywood's Golden Age. At various points in life, Marlowe also wrote a scandalous memoir, served in the military, worked as a Christian missionary, turned tricks, ran a gay prostitution ring and lived as a woman. The mononymous playwright Donnie also directs this fascinating account of an almost forgotten LGBTQ groundbreaker.
New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in Midtown West
Previews begin November 10. Opens November 19. Closes March 3, 2024. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.
The members of UK's Mischief Theatre—the slapstick masters behind The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong—bring their latest comedy Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion across the pond. A spin-off of Magic Goes Wrong, this two-person romp spotlights a floundering mentalist who's a mess on stage and off. His foolish flunkey only makes matters worse. Mischief cofounders Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer cowrote and costar in this evening of hilarious ineptitude.
Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street between Ninth and Dyer Avenues in Midtown West
Previews begin November 10. Opens November 14. Closes December 17.
NewYorkRep and New Light Theater Project present Michelle Kholos Brooks' docudrama War Words based on interviews with individuals who served in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Heartbreaking and heroic true stories are shared by a cast that includes United States Army veteran Donald Calliste and Operation Iraqi Freedom war veteran Jennean Farmer as well as married screen actors David Alan Basche and Alysia Reiner. Sarah Norris directs.
Actors Temple Theater, 339 West 47th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in Midtown West
Previews begin November 11. Opens December 4. Closes December 31. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.
A quartet of stalwart performers—Caroline Aaron (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and many Woody Allen movies), Marilu Henner (Taxi), Melanie Mayron (thirtysomething) and Brooke Adams (The Dead Zone, Days of Heaven)—star in Sandra Tsing Loh's new comedy Madwomen of the West, about a surprise birthday brunch in Los Angeles that goes amusingly awry. NPR commentator Loh is known for her hilariously honest observations about Southern California living in her books Mother on Fire, A Year in Van Nuys and The Madwoman and the Roomba. We hope the crazy characters in this play are as outrageous and outspoken as Loh.
The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, 511 West 52nd Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues in Midtown West
Previews begin November 13. Opens December 4. Closes January 7, 2024.
Even though Tony-winning performer Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!, She Loves Me, Into the Woods) has lived in New York City for decades, he had never been to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Then the Met commissioned him to write a musical about coming for a visit. The result is Walk on Through: Confessions of a Museum Novice, which marks Creel's theatrical songwriting debut. Creel himself stars in this intimate (though not a solo) show about the unexpected places art can take you.
Edmond J. Safra Hall at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place near 1st Place in Battery Park City
Previews begin November 14. Opens November 20. Closes December 10. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, the venerable company behind Yiddish Fiddler and The Golden Bride, presents a new musical featuring songs, stories and poetry created by European Jews during the Holocaust. Curated and arranged by Zalmen Mlotek, Amid Falling Walls (Tsvishn Falndike Vent) is a testament to the enduring power of art, even in the face of evil, and includes material written and performed in ghettos, concentration camps and underground theatres. Performed in Yiddish with English subtitles.
The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place in the East Village
Previews begin November 16. Opens December 5. Closes December 23.
Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle developed Manahatta as part of The Public Theater's lauded Emerging Writers Group and now she's bringing the drama home. An epic spanning centuries of harrowing history, the play centers on Jane Snake, a brilliant Native American woman with a Stanford MBA. When she moves from her home state of Oklahoma to New York for a banking job just before the 2008 financial crisis, she has trouble reconciling her new life with what happened to her family and Nation. Obie winner Laurie Woolery directs.
Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in Chelsea
Previews begin November 17. Opens December 13. Closes January 21, 2024.
Inspired by the Grammy-winning 1997 album and group of the same name, Buena Vista Social Club™ celebrates the Cuban musicians who became international sensations for reviving the sounds of their homeland's golden age. Tony nominee Saheem Ali (Fat Ham) directs this exhilarating world premiere, which features choreography by Patricia Delgado and Tony winner Justin Peck (Carousel).
Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street between Ninth and Dyer Avenues in Midtown West
Previews begin November 19. Opens November 30. Closes December 23.
Two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye (Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Phantom of the Opera) and Jekyll & Hyde Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli headline 'Til Death, a new drama by Elizabeth Coplan inspired by her experiences with grief. In this ensemble play, a matriarch's life-changing choice upends her family, with everyone forced to face the past, which includes sexual assault, addiction and suicide. Chad Austin directs.
The York Theatre Company at Theatre at St. Jean's, 150 East 76th Street near Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side
Previews begin November 21. Opens November 30. Closes December 31.
A new musical comedy about religious delusion, The Jerusalem Syndrome is inspired by a real-life psychological problem that causes tourists in Israel to believe they are biblical figures. Characters in this scripture spoof include an inane tour guide who thinks he's Moses, a teacher who believes she's married to Abraham and a one-percenter who may be Jesus.
Greenwich House Theater, 27 Barrow Street near Seventh Avenue South in the West Village
Previews begin November 28. Opens December 11. Closes January 6, 2024.
Movie star and LGBTQ activist Elliot Page presents this autobiographical solo comedy from Jes Tom (stand-up and story editor for Our Flag Means Death) about their gender transition and the challenges of looking for sex, love and meaning as the world falls apart.
St Ann's Warehouse, 45 Water Street near New Dock Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn
Previews begin November 29. Opens TBD. Closes December 23.
Direct from its award-winning run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Life & Times of Michael K arrives in Brooklyn. Inspired by J.M. Coetzee's acclaimed novel of the same name, this is the breathtaking tale of a man who goes on an odyssey through a war-torn South Africa to return his dying mother to the farm where she was born. A collaboration between Cape Town's Baxter Theatre and the Handspring Puppet Company (War Horse), the play features a cast of humans and incredibly expressive puppets.