12 Shows to See Off Broadway This August
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, August 03, 2022  •  
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Catch two new musicals, a hypnotic comedy, new takes on Shakespeare and more

August is the calm before the stormy fall season. But even though it's a quiet time for theatre, there are still a dozen worthy shows bowing in August, including a new musical by Michael John LaChiusa, a kosher comedy starring Hal Linden and Bernie Kopell, and a hypnotic improv featuring Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Colin Mochrie. For a comprehensive overview of theatre in New York City, browse the listings in TDF's Show Finder. And remember, many of our picks for July are still running!

As for COVID-19 protocols, although Broadway theatres no longer require proof of vaccination or masks, the Off-Broadway shows listed below continue to mandate both unless otherwise noted. While we are doing our best to keep this article up to date, before buying tickets to any event, double-check the COVID-19 rules so you are prepared.

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Camp, A New Musical - August 4

Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street between Ninth and Dyer Avenues in Midtown West

Begins August 4. Closes August 21. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

In his youth, David J.V. Meenan was a Broadway hoofer (42nd Street). But as a grown-up, this longtime musical theatre coach has written a slew of original tuners, including Camp, A New Musical for his private students. After an out-of-town mounting at The Middletown Arts Center, this song-filled comedy is getting an Off-Broadway run. Over-the-hill socialite Tres Faux presides over Camp Goody Goody, summer retreat for the children of the elite. When the down-to-earth camp across the way mysteriously burns down, Tres Faux offers to take the kids in, leading to a hilarious culture clash. A truly campy evening in both senses of the word.

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Second Stage Theater: Patience - August 4

2ST Uptown at the McGinn/Cazale Theater, 2162 Broadway between 76th and 77th Streets on the Upper West Side

Previews begin August 4. Opens August 16. Closes Sunday, August 28. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Note: proof of vaccination NOT required. Masks are mandatory.

Second Stage Theater presents Patience, Johnny G. Lloyd's new play about coming of age and competition. A young professional solitaire player decides he's ready to trade in his cards for cohabitation with his husband to be. But first he wants to play one last long game alone. Broadway's Zhailon Levingston (Chicken & Biscuits) directs an all-Black cast in this meditation on the space between life's chapters.

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New Perspectives Theatre Company: Endgame - August 8

NPTC Studio, 458 West 37th Street at Tenth Avenue in Midtown West

Begins August 8. Closes August 13. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Endgame is the title of New Perspectives Theatre Company's 14th annual women's work short play festival, featuring a half dozen half-hour pieces presented in two programs. All the playlets were developed in NPTC's Women's Work LAB over the last six months. Subjects explored with insight and humor include climate change, sexual assault, racism and the end of the world.

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De-Cruit: She-Wolf - August 12

Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street between Ninth and Dyer Avenues in Midtown West

Begins August 12. Closes August 20. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Founded by Stephan Wolfert, a US Army veteran, De-Cruit is a NYC theatre-based nonprofit that treats trauma through Shakespeare and science. This summer, the troupe is presenting a trio of one-act plays, all inspired by the Bard's language, characters and themes. The final offering is She-Wolf, an exploration of four Shakespeare history plays (Henry VI, Parts I, II and III, and Richard III) through the eyes of Margaret of Anjou. Written and performed by Wolfert and his wife Dawn Stern, the hour-long piece chronicles how this captured princess became Queen of England, and at what cost.

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The Tank: Don't Do This To Us! - August 12

The Tank, 312 West 36th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in Midtown West

Begins August 12. Closes August 28. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

During the pandemic, indie theatre incubator The Tank presented a virtual edition of Don't Do This To Us! under the title A Play about Doing a Play about Jared Kushner on Zoom! Now Stephanie Swirsky's outrageous romp comes to the stage. It's 2022 and a woman named Rachel is disturbed by the rise of anti-Semitism. She thinks Jared Kushner—with his wealth, greed and behind-the-scenes power plays—is the root cause. So, she decides to travel back in time to 1999 to break his penis before he mates with Ivanka, thus making the world safe for 21st century Jews. A darkly comic exploration of centuries of hatred.

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HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis - August 12

Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 East 15th Street between Union Square East and Irving Place in Union Square

Previews begin August 12. Opens August 22. Closes October 30. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Whose mind is it anyway? A comedic mash-up of hypnosis and improv, HYPROV is the brainchild of master mesmerizer Asad Mecci and Whose Line Is It Anyway? legend Colin Mochrie, who join forces to offer a one-of-a-kind experience every night. Mecci puts 20 random volunteers from the audience under hypnosis and methodically narrows down the pool until the five funniest are left standing. That's when Mochrie enters to turn that quintet into his improv collaborators. After a critically acclaimed international tour, this unscripted, seat-of-your-pants performance arrives Off Broadway.

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Chain Theatre: macbitches - August 19

The Chain Theatre, 312 West 36th between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in Midtown West

Begins August 19. Closes September 10. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Note: proof of vaccination NOT required. Masks are mandatory.

Something wickedly funny this way comes in macbitches, Sophie McIntosh's dark comedy about a freshman acting major who unexpectedly lands the role of Lady Macbeth. A few upperclassmen invite her over, ostensibly to celebrate. What follows is an alcohol-fueled evening of competition and cattiness, as these young women explore their personal ambitions and the power structures that shaped them.

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Kate - August 20

The Connelly Theater, 220 East Fourth Street between Avenues A and B in the East Village

Begins August 20. Closes October 8.

Note: proof of vaccination NOT required. Masks are mandatory.

What can we share about Kate Berlant's new one-woman comedy? Honestly... not much. The absurdist stand-up and actress, who's one of the stars of Amazon's buzzy A League of Their Own reboot, won't reveal what her latest show is about beyond saying she's exploring "the events of her life that have brought her to this moment." We do know that Kate is being directed and co-produced by comedy icon Bo Burnham, that she'll embody multiple characters and that there's a parental advisory for sexual content. Oh, and that her surreal takes on everything from washing dishes to stealing are uproarious.

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Two Jews, Talking - August 20

Theatre at St Clement's, 423 West 46th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues in Midtown West

Previews begin August 20. Opens August 29. Closes January 15, 2023. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Note: proof of vaccination NOT required. Masks are mandatory.

Legendary TV writer Ed. Weinberger (Taxi, The Mary Tyler Moore, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson) penned Two Jews, Talking, a brand-new, old-school two-hander featuring Tony winner Hal Linden (The Rothschilds, Barney Miller) and Love Boat doc Bernie Kopell as, well, as pair of Jews kibbitzing. If you didn't need to Google that Yiddish, you're likely the target audience for this comfort comedy, which consists of two one-acts, one set in the Biblical past, the other on modern-day Long Island, as these alte kakers crack wise about women, sex, food, friendship and religion. Dan Wackerman directs. Note: Josh Mostel replaces Hal Linden starting October 28.

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Egg & Spoon Theatre Collective: Randy's Dandy Coaster Castle - August 23

A.R.T./New York Theatres, 502 West 53rd Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues in Midtown West

Begins August 23. Closes September 2. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

The perfect end-of-summer dark comedy! Alexander Perez's Randy's Dandy Coaster Castle is set at a low-rent Florida amusement park, where the eccentric employees bond over their terrible wages and even worse boss. Misery loves company, right? WP Theater's associate artistic director Rebecca Martinez helms this quirky play about the day jobs that almost kill us.

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Ma-Yi Theater Company: ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME - August 23

La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street between the Bowery and Second Avenue in the East Village

Previews begin August 23. Opens August 31. Closes September 18.

Ma-Yi Theater Company presented a virtual edition of Once Upon A (korean) Time during the shutdown. Now the lauded Asian-American troupe is mounting the in-person premiere of Daniel K. Isaac's evocative epic, which fuses traditional Korean fables with the horrors of the Korean War to explore the experiences of the Korean-American diaspora across the centuries. Ma-Yi's artistic director, Ralph B. Peña, helms the work

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Premieres NYC: Los Otros - August 25

A.R.T./New York Theatres, 502 West 53rd Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues in Midtown West

Previews begin August 25. Opens August 31. Closes October 8. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Tony nominees Michael John LaChiusa and Ellen Fitzhugh are behind Los Otros, a moving one-act musical about two disparate Californians who discover they're connected in surprising ways. Commissioned by Premieres NYC and inspired by Fitzhugh's own experiences, this two-handed tuner stars Broadway vets Luba Mason (Girl From the North Country, Chicago) and Caesar Samayoa(Come From Away) as the strangers who find common ground. Noah Himmelstein directs.

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Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her at @RavenSnook. Follow TDF at @TDFNYC.

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Top image: Asad Mecci and Colin Mochrie, who costar in HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis. Photo by Aaron Cobb.




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