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  • When you imagine a trip to the theatre, you probably see yourself walking into a lobby with a box office window and perhaps a concessions or merch stand. You then find your seat facing a stage and, once the lights go down, you sit still in the darkness as the show unfolds before you. But seeing a show in a proscenium theatre — theatres where all the seats look toward the stage, like traditional Broadway houses — isn't the only way to go.New York offers plenty of immersive and interactive...

  • Alex Edelman and Alison Leiby

    Thanks to Netflix, we have comedy at our fingertips 24/7. If you missed John Mulaney at Radio City Music Hall, Mike Birbiglia on Broadway, or Hannah Gadsby at Soho Playhouse, you can stream their sets whenever you want. But there's no thrill like seeing a comedy show live and laughing together with your fellow audience members in real time.Comedy and theatre are a lot alike. In fact, we'd argue that stand-up is just another genre of theatre, like plays or musicals. For starters, your favorite...

  • To be or not to be a Shakespeare fan, that is the question — but even if you couldn't understand his writing in high school, you've probably enjoyed his stories in some way or another. If you know all the lyrics to West Side Story by heart, grew up watching The Lion King, or have an over-watched DVD of She's the Man, you have the Bard to thank.There's plenty of Shakespeare theatre to catch this season as well. In New York, a psychological-thriller version of Hamlet is at the Park Avenue Armory;...

  • Park Avenue Armory

    Attention! If you want to break away from the traditional theatre experience and go to a whole new kind of venue, march on over to the Park Avenue Armory, nestled between 66th and 67th Streets on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The Park Avenue Armory has undergone quite the transformation in 140 years, now that the building is owned by an arts organization of the same name. The 19th-century training center and arsenal is now a performance space/art museum/library, at different times or sometimes...

  • Kate Berlant

    Comedian Kate Berlant will premiere her one-woman comedy show, Kate, in New York this fall. Kate will play the Connelly Theater for a limited engagement from August 20 to October 8. Opening night is September 7.In the show, she retraces the events that have led her to her current place in life and plays multiple characters as she does so. All these stories lead her to reveal a truth she has kept secret until now. Additional details have not been revealed, but a statement from Berlant reads, "All...

  • New York Theatre Workshop

    At a recent press conference, James C. Nicola, longtime artistic director of New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW), summed up the historic theatre company with a single anecdote from decades ago, about three award-winning directors.At an NYTW summer retreat for artists, Nicola recalled seeing "three women in a canoe: [directors] JoAnne Akalaitis, Anne Bogart, and between them, a very young and green Lisa Peterson. I can see there's an intense conversation taking place but I can't hear it. And I just...

  • Ralph Fiennes in Straight Line Crazy

    It might feel like summer just started, but it's never too early to plan what shows you're going to see in the fall. In New York, buzzy new shows tend to sell out quickly. Summer in New York is a slower season for theatre, where many companies take a break — but fall is when the new theatre season begins and new shows pop up all over.This fall, Off-Broadway theatres are filled with family dramas, experimental plays, new musicals, and celebrity-led shows. Below, we've picked out the Off-Broadway...

  • As You Like It

    All the world's a stage, and all these men and women are its players! Shaina Taub's musical adaptation of As You Like It, which follows Richard III in The Public Theater's 2022 Shakespeare in the Park season, has set its full cast. Performances run at the Delacorte Theater from August 10 to September 11, with an August 30 opening night.Drama Desk Award nominee Rebecca Naomi Jones (Oklahoma!) and Tony Award nominee Ato Blankson-Wood (Slave Play, Long Day's Journey into Night) will lead As You...

  • UPDATE: Billy Eugene Jones has replaced Russell G. Jones in Where the Mountain Meets the Sea due to a scheduling conflict. Jones was last seen off Broadway in The Public Theater's Fat Ham and New York Theatre Workshop's On Sugarland, and on Broadway in A Soldier's Play.The first play in Manhattan Theatre Club's Off-Broadway season, Where the Mountain Meets the Sea, has set its cast, creative team, and performance dates. The show will begin performances October 11 ahead of a November 2 opening...

  • Jim Parsons

    Jim Parsons is returning to the stage! The Emmy Award-winning actor will star in the musical A Man of No Importance at Classic Stage Company, kicking off the theatre's fall season. Performances run from October 11 to December 4, with an opening night on October 30.Parsons was last seen on the New York stage in The Boys in the Band on Broadway in 2018, and he reprised his role of Michael in the 2020 Netflix film adaptation. His other stage credits include An Act of God, Harvey, and The Normal...

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