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5 Must-See Shows Opening in December That Aren't Holiday Related

By: Raven Snook
Date: Dec 01, 2023

Catch Rachel Bloom's return, new takes on Tennessee Williams and more


December brings a cornucopia of holiday performances. But if you're already feeling all bah humbug, there are five worthy shows opening this month that have nothing to do with the season, including an acclaimed Off-Broadway transfer, fresh takes on two Tennessee Williams classics and an almost solo show by Rachel Bloom. Be sure to browse the listings in TDF's Show Finder to see what else is playing this month. And remember, all of our picks for November are still running, too!

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La Femme Theatre Productions: The Night of the Iguana - begins December 6

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

Previews begin December 6. Opens December 17. Closes February 25. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Tony-nominated director Emily Mann (Having Our Say, the longtime leader of New Jersey's lauded McCarter Theatre Center) helms this starry revival of Tennessee Williams' steamy The Night of the Iguana, which hasn't enjoyed a major NYC mounting in three decades. Tim Daly (Wings, Madam Secretary) plays a defrocked priest turned tour guide, who gets into love trouble south of the border on the cusp of World War II. Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Anna in the Tropics), Lea DeLaria and Austin Pendleton are some of the folks who further complicate his life. Mann first took a crack at revitalizing this classic during the pandemic shutdown with an online presentation. Now she brings this timely play exploring faith, morality and identity to the stage.


Death, Let Me Do My Show - begins December 7

Orpheum Theatre, 126 Second Avenue at 8th Street

Begins December 7. Closes January 6, 2024. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Back in September, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Emmy winner Rachel Bloom made her New York stage debut with a sold-out, monthlong run of this almost solo show. It was such a success, she's bringing this amusing and moving meditation on mortality back for an encore engagement. In this funny and personal work featuring irreverent original songs, Bloom explores the challenges she faced when the pandemic upended our lives. Not only did it derail all her projects at a time when she was grappling with being a new mother, it also took the lives of multiple friends, including her longtime music producer Adam Schlesinger. An absolute must for Bloom fans, though even newbies may become converts to her dark and daring humor.


Audible Theater: In Love and Struggle, Volume 3: The Future is Around Us - begins December 14

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

Begins December 14. Closes December 16. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

For three nights, groundbreaking Black women and nonbinary artists come together to share their talents in this Afrofuturist variety show inspired by the work of legendary sci-fi writer Octavia Butler. Enjoy stories, music, comedy and monologues from celebrated singer-songwriter Nona Hendryx, Lincoln Center's inaugural poet-in-residence Mahogany L. Browne, Upload's Zainab Johnson, Insecure's Amanda Seales and others.


Manhattan Theatre Club: Prayer for the French Republic - begins December 19

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue

Previews begin December 19. Opens January 9. Closes March 3, 2024.

Joshua Harmon's three-act, three-hour epic about multiple generations of one French-Jewish family grappling with anti-Semitism from World War II to the 21st century was a thrilling if intense watch when it premiered Off Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club last year. Given what's going on in the Middle East and the anger and hatred spilling over into the streets, schools and social media, the play is sure to be even more powerful in its Broadway transfer. Although it's certainly not a laugh fest, there's a lot of humor, warmth and insight in this examination of what Jews have been dealing with for centuries. That's not surprising considering Harmon's other works include the dark comedies Bad Jews and Significant Other. Tony winner David Cromer (The Band's Visit, Our Town) once again directs and the cast includes stage stalwart Richard Masur and ER's Anthony Edwards.


The Whole of Time - begins December 28

Torn Page, 435 West 22nd Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues in Chelsea

Previews begin December 28. Opens January 7, 2024. Closes February 11, 2024.

Lauded downtown actor-director Tony Torn helms the English-language premiere of The Whole of Time, Argentinian playwright Romina Paula's inventive reimagining of The Glass Menagerie, which takes Tennessee Williams' deeply dysfunctional family in an unexpected direction. This intimate staging is performed for just 22 audiences members at a time and unfolds in the townhouse of Torn's parents: the late, great actors Rip Torn and Geraldine Page. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish with a suggested donation of $44.


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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.