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Aging is Not a Fairy Tale

First Preview: Nov 09, 2023

Opening Date: Nov 10, 2023

Closing Date: Nov 26, 2023

Running Time: 00:45

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Playing @

Theater for the New City

155 First Ave New York, NY 10003

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What happens to fairy tale characters as they get older? That's the question answered by a new comedy, Aging is Not a Fairy Tale by Patricia Goodson, in which the dilemmas of lost youth are confronted by characters of well-known bedtime stories: Sleeping Beauty and her Prince, the Evil Queen (from Snow White) and her Mirror, the Three Little Pigs, Rumplestiltskin and Hansel and Gretel and their Witch. The characters, rendered late in their lives, show us how living happily ever after means dealing with loneliness, finding a purpose, maintaining health, overcoming money and housing issues, keeping a positive attitude and creating a social life.

The obsession of the Queen with beauty has bankrupted her kingdom. The forest is now the size of a theme park. Sleeping Beauty has become a drug addict and the Three Pigs have become porkers—they just sit and eat all day. Poor Rumpelstiltskin, who spun gold out of straw, can no longer sew—he has severe arthritis. But all is not lost. The Queen's narcissism, with the help of her snarky mirror on the wall, becomes a catalyst for inadvertently solving the aging problems of her subjects.


Performance Schedule:


No performance November 23


Robert Liebowitz

Written by

Patricia Goodson

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Box Office

Counter 43".


SVI Permit.

Curb Ramps

All corners.

Passenger Loading Zone


Directions Bus



Unisex: Lobby. Lightweight door 33". Stall 66" x 68". Commode 19". Grab bars.

Directions Subway

6 to Astor Place or
L to 1st Ave or
R, W to 8th St .


Four Theatres: Three on lobby-level (one seating 240, two seating 99 each), one in basement (seats 65). No fixed seating in any of the theaters.


Elevator: For access to basement theater. Lift for one person using wheelchair and one ambulatory person. Operated with key by house manager.


Lobby. Coin slot 61". Cord 29".


Ground level. Double doors in series (each 36"). Easy to operate with adequate maneuvering space.

Visual Assistance


Water Fountain


Assisted Listening System


Wheelchair Info

No fixed seating in any of the theaters.

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By Subway:

6 to Astor Place or
L to 1st Ave or
R, W to 8th St .

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