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Karen Finley: COVID Vortex Anxiety Opera Kitty Kaleidoscope Disco

Opening Date: Sep 23, 2023

Closing Date: Sep 30, 2023

Karen Finley: COVID Vortex Anxiety Opera Kitty Kaleidoscope Disco Show Site Icon

Playing @

Laurie Beechman Theatre

At The West Bank Cafe 407 West 42nd Street New York City, NY 10036

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After an extended run this spring, America's most (in)famous performance artist Karen Finley returns with COVID Vortex Anxiety Opera Kitty Kaleidoscope Disco, a reflection on our pandemic era traumas, politics and world events, as well as our coping strategies to deal with isolation, loss and a culture overwhelmed by anxiety. Finley looks back at a time of Zoom discos, bingeing on animal videos and pandemic hobbies like baking. This look back while trying to look forward to reimagine a new future creates the framework for this passionate, vulnerable and often comical new work.

During the pandemic, Finley has been creating hand-painted ink script over found book pages as an act of graffiti. Videos and slides of these works intertwine within COVID Vortex Anxiety Opera Kitty Kaleidoscope Disco as a moving montage. The New Yorker's Hilton Als says, “Karen Finley is a profound theater-artist. Her artistry is due in part to her ability to alchemize ‘news’ and make it art… She is irreplaceable.”
Show Notes

Show Notes: Please note that there is also a $25 food/drink minimum at all performances at this venue; RS updated closing date 4/28

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COVID-19 Safety Information

Masks are optional but encouraged.

Performance Schedule:



Karen Finley

Written by

Karen Finley

TDF Tickets Offers:

TDF member tickets:

Not currently available for this show

Listed atTKTS


Full-price tickets

$28 - $40


Directions Subway

Subway: A,C,E to 42nd Street N,R,Q,W,1,2,3,7,S to Times Square

Assisted Listening System

None available Audibility rarely an issue

Directions Bus

M11 M42 M34A-SBS


The elevator is located at 400 West 43rd street, it is the Manhattan Plaza apartment building elevator. You will need to call 212 695 6909 to advise the theatre you are coming and need elevator access, take the elevator to the basement and Beechman staff will be waiting to escort you in


The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located beneath the West Bank Cafe, at 407 West 42nd street corner of Ninth avenue and 42nd street in Manhattan. You need to enter the West Bank Cafe, travel through the main dining room towards the back and then go down the stairs.


Laurie Beechman Theatre is all table seating. Once you have purchased your ticket that is also your table reservation.


None on premises

Water Fountain

None on premises

Wheelchair Info

Venue is wheelchair accessible Call 212 695 6909

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Public Transportation

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By Subway:

Subway: A,C,E to 42nd Street N,R,Q,W,1,2,3,7,S to Times Square

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By Bus:

M11 M42 M34A-SBS