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Before The Drugs Kick In

Opening Date: Mar 15, 2024

Closing Date: Mar 30, 2024

Running Time: 01:10

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357 West 36th St 3rd Floor New York City, NY 10018

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A 62-year-old woman in an insane asylum closes her eyes and becomes a 28-year-old stand-up comedian with everyone in the audience being part of her imagination. Inspired by personal experience, Christopher Nolan films, Netflix’s Russian Doll and HBO’s Hacks, Before The Drugs Kick In is an intimate blend of stand-up, theatre and time travel starring NYC comedian and actress Maria DeCotis as comedian Lynn T. Walsh. 

Before The Drugs Kick In made its world premiere at the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe to multiple five- and four-star reviews while being nominated for two of the festival’s biggest awards, the BBC Writersroom Popcorn Award for Best New Writing and the Mental Health Foundation Fringe Award. 

Presented by Theaterlab's TLAB SHARES, this will be the show’s third New York City engagement following performances at UNDER St. Marks and Court Square Theater. The play is dedicated to anyone, especially young mothers of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, who society wrote off as crazy instead of giving them an opportunity to live. It is written, directed and produced by comedian and playwright Mike Lemme with movement direction by Mandy Gordon.
Show Notes

Show Notes: No intermission

Audience Advisory:

This show contains distressing themes with strong language and mentions of suicide but it's also full of jokes too.

Performance Schedule:



Maria DeCotis


Mike Lemme

Written by

Mike Lemme

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Full-price tickets

$15 - $25


Directions Subway

A/C/E to 34th St


Two gender-neutral bathrooms


Maximum capacity: 60 seats

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