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Close Up

Opening Date: May 18, 2023

Closing Date: Jun 04, 2023

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Metropolitan Playhouse

220 East 4th St New York, NY 10009

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Close Up is Metropolitan Playhouse's fourteenth collection of solo performances inspired by the lives of East Village residents. Drawn from interviews with the theater's neighbors, these verbatim monologues are "great theater....storytelling at its best" (Hi Drama) that capture "the face of the East Village – with all its grit, darkness, ferocity, and yes – life-saving beauty" ( To date, the theater has celebrated the lives of 92 neighbors through the series.

Presented together as a set of complementary stories, the three monologues are detailed portraits of real-life neighbors in their own words. They are also powerful individual dramas, telling unique stories of ambition and conflict, fueled with resolutions and revelations, and driven by unexpected philosophies.

The subjects of this year’s portraits are:
Restaurateur Rafik Bouzgarrou, Tunisian-born owner of the popular restaurant Bin 141 on Avenue A, who opened Angelina's Café on the block in 2002 and has served Mediterranean-inspired meals through economic and pandemic ups and downs since

Berklee College of Music-trained jazz and standards crooner Nick Drakides, a foremost Sinatra impersonator who has been featured by NPR's This American Life, as well as a one-time bartender at The Four Seasons

Marcia A. Richard, author of M!ss D!agnosed, a memoir of addiction and recovery, is a certified Peer Specialist from the Howie the Harp human services training program.
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COVID-19 Safety Information

Masks are optional but encouraged.

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Wheelchair Info

Not wheelchair accessible


The theater seats 50, with seating on three sides of the performance space and no more than three rows in any seating section.


There is no elevator in this historic school building; one must ascend one flight of 18 steps.


Weeknights and weekend days, parking may be found on the street. On weekend evenings, the streets get crowded. Lot / Houston and Essex - Public parking in a guarded lot is available on Avenue A


Metropolitan Playhouse is located on the second floor of the Cornelia Connelly Center.

Box Office

The box office is street level and the counter is wheel chair accessible.


The public restroom is on the ground floor - wheelchair accessible

Water Fountain

None available.


None on premises

Assisted Listening System

None available - audibility is seldom a challenge.

Visual Assistance

Visibility is seldom a challenge

Folding Armrests

None available

Directions Subway

F to 2nd Avenue N or R to 8th Street 6 to Bleecker Street

Directions Bus

M14A M15

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