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Off Broadway Shows in New York - November 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Off Broadway Shows in New York for the month of November 2017

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One of the city's most unique live experiences, Stomp has been thrilling New York audiences for over twenty years. This ear & eye-popping show consists of a group of eight incredibly talented performers, who create intricate rhythms from everyday household objects, from garbage can lids and zippo lighters, to buckets and hammers. More info

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One of New York's longest-running shows, the Blue Man Group is a little hard to describe, but we'll give it a go! Take a healthy dose of percussion, mix it in with some vaudeville, a pinch of cutting edge technology, and half a teaspoon of comedy, and you've got... well, the Blue Man Group! Guiding you through this multi-sensory, alternatively amazing and hilarious show are three blue-painted performers, who don't seem to have too much knowledge about life on earth. More info

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Avenue Q is a provocative and subversive coming of age tale told with puppets. Think Book of Mormon meets Sesame Street. Running Off-Broadway since 2009, this three-time Tony-winning institution centers on the character of Princeton, a recent graduate in English, who makes a whole bunch of colorful new friends when he gets an apartment on Avenue Q. More info

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No one in the news is safe! Not to be confused with the Disney musical NEWSIES, this Drama Desk-nominated revue NEWSical is back lampooning current events, newsmakers, celebreties, and politicians - in short, everyone is fair game. With songs and material continually updated to take advantage of the top news stories, composer-lyricist Drama Desk Nominee Rick Crom's topical musical comedy is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that is fit to spoof - and then some. More info

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In this case, the title really says it all! Naked Boys Singing is New York's most risque musical comedy, and it's a whole load of fun! Don't expect any Chippendale-type antics at this show - this is a traditional musical revue packed with talented singers, and fact that they're gorgeous and seem to have misplaced all their clothes sees almost inconsequential...almost. More info

Start preparing your protest signs, the show that launched a thousand pickets is back in this revival from John Rando, making its Off-Broadway debut. An irreverent portrait of our times, this profanity-laden masterpiece sees everyone's favorite day-time talk show host dragged to the depths of hell where angels and demons battle it out with the same fervor and unrestrained nastiness displayed by the regular human guests. 12 years on from the show's notorious premiere this provocative and surreal work still holds a sway in our public humiliation obsessed culture, providing commentary with unabashed verve, glee, and obscenity. You have been warned. More info

: Closes 30th December 2017

After the big scale illusions of David Copperfield, and the intimate street magic of David Blaine, the next step in the evolution of magic arrives at the Daryl Roth Theatre. In and Off Itself is a wholly original blend of illusion and storytelling, a series of interconnected stories woven together with magic tricks that don't just aim for a 'wow' moment, but seep into your brain and alter your perception of reality itself. More info

With a wildly successful ongoing engagement in Chicago, as well as a national tour this fall, the hottest spoof musical of the year is transferring to another venue Off-Broadway to help you get in on the country's love for all things Hamilton! Opening this June for an open run, this newest brainchild from Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini is expected to make waves wherever they visit. And Alessandrini has promised to keep it fresh and up-to-date, with topical references to its namesake around the corner! More info

: Closes 24th December 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company provide you with a courtside view of the New York Premiere of Anna Ziegler's new drama set in the world of professional tennis, exploring what it is that makes us tick and why. Following the story of six-time US Open champion Tim Powers and his Russian wunderkind opponent Sergei Sergeyev, The Last Match shows All-American Tim's battle to prove himself once more against rising star Sergei's raw talent and nerve. More info

: Closes 7th January 2018

Hailed as one of the best debuts in years, Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves is an astoundingly original snapshot of female adolescence. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, this play centers on a women's teenage soccer team during training sessions between games, with their naturalistic cross talk encompassing everything from politics to periods. More info

: Closes 19th November 2017

The eminently talented playwright Zoe Kazan is back Off-Broadway this October, with a brand-new drama that tackles the aftermath of a human-made disaster. A timely piece of work that follows America's announcment that they will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, it will premiere at the Claire Tow Theatre for a limited time only. Kazan's previous works include Absalom, We Live Here, and Trudy and Max in Love. Her new drama will be directed by Lila Neugebauer (The Antipodes, The Wolves). More info

Jordan Harrison's brand-new play heads to the Off-Broadway Vineyard Theatre this fall, as part of an exciting 2017/18 season. The Pulitzer Prize finalist's new comedy takes us to the 14th century and plague-ridden Europe on a remarkable race against time to out-travel the Black Death. Originally commissioned by South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, it received its first staged reading at Chicago's Goodman Theatre's New Stages Festival In 2016. More info

Following in the footsteps of hit comedy-edutainment shows like Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl and Colin Quinn's Long Story Short, The Imbible sweeps audiences along a 10,000-year journey through history and across the globe accompanied by craft cocktails and the vocal stylings of The Backwaiters acapella group! More info

: Closes 6th January 2018

A blistering adaptation of Anthony Burgess' classic, A Clockwork Orange arrives Off-Broadway after an acclaimed run at London's Park Theatre. Directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, this all-male staging injects a homoerotic edge into Burgess' dystopic, ultra-violent world, and wraps the action around bludgeoning fight choreography and an eclectic soundtrack. More info

Written by comedian Lisa Lampanelli, Stuffed is honest look at women's relation to food and body image. Set on a simple stage, dressed with a few pieces of furniture and a refrigerator in the background, it's a hilarious and poignant conversation between four different women who have very different attitudes to their own bodies. Together they tackle every food-related topic imaginable, from ridiculous diets to muffin tops. More info

: Closes 12th November 2017

Can murderers ever truly find redemption? This is the question asked in this new revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis' 2000 acclaimed drama. Praised by both Ben Brantley (The New York Times and The Village Voice's Michael Feingold, it was also notable for its directing talent; the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The story focuses on a 30-year-old bicycle messenger who is languishing until trial for murder on Rikers Island, and his friendship with a seemingly innocent man, who claims to have found Jesus, whilst awaiting his own trial. More info

: Closes 17th December 2017

Playwright Rajiv Joseph returns with a world premiere drama that spans 80 years in Russia and tells stories of seven men and women who are connected by history, myth and conspiracy theories. Best-known for his 2010 triumph Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, starring the late Robin Williams, this new drama takes a vastly more serious approach by tackling Russian conspiracy and spanning over eight decades. We move through the early days of Communism, to the Cold War and the rise of the new post-2001 Russian superstate. More info

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins makes his Broadway debut this coming season, with a brand-new translation and treatment of Henrik Ibsen's political and moral drama An Enemy of the People, that remains relevant and newsworthy to this day. This new production will be helmed by Thomas Ostermeier, following its premiere in Berlin in 2013. Jacobs-Jenkins's star is on the rise, following this work Everybody and his 2015 play Gloria, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. More info

A fresh new romantic comedy is set to land at the Manhatten Theatre Club this fall, with Tony-winning actor and Seinfeld star Jason Alexander starring. Taking the role of a downmarket Providence lawyer named Barry Dragonetti as he deals with a repeat widow whose husbands have an unfortunate knack for dying. Coming to him to help settle her latest spouse's affairs, the fireworks are ferocious, as she is determined to save as much cash as possible, much to Barry's blustering annoyance! Throw in his overbearing mother, contemporary politics and young love, and the laughs break through the roof! More info

: Closes 14th January 2018

All hail the Hufflepuffs! Making a transfer to the New World Stages this July, following its popular engagement at New York's Peoples Improv Theater, Puffs will bring a slice of the Harry Potter magic to the Big Apple. Celebrating the least-featured Hogwarts House and its little known characters (yes, we know Cedric Diggory, but look how that turned out for him), this tongue-in-cheek comedy play by Matt Cox tells the story of the forgotten students and offers another point of view! More info

​Following their collaboration on the Pulitzer Prize nominated Becky Shaw, playwright Gina Gionfriddo and director Peter DuBois re-team for Can You Forgive Her? Closing out Vineyard Theatre's 2016/17 season, this new play takes money as its central theme, allowing Gionfriddo to explore our desire for financial security and American society's levels of income inequality with her trademark wit and dark humor. More info

: Closes 26th November 2017

The Tony Award-winning playwright and director Richard Nelson returns to the Public Theater in late 2017 with his newest world premiere drama that places the human cost of the controversial gentrification of New York City in 1958, squarely at its center. The author of the blisteringly popular Apple Family plays and the Tony-winning musicals James Joyce's The Dead and the Broadway version of Chess, his ode to the downtown NYC spirit mixes class drama with civic pride. More info

: Closes 3rd December 2017

Julia Cho's taut drama makes its New York premiere, following its South Coast Repertory in 2016. Tackling the all-too-real threat of on-campus violence, Office Hour asks the audience to empathize with two very different characters; the college lecturer and a troubled student whose violent essays have flagged up concern by both staff and students alike. A prolific playwright, Cho's previous works include Durango, Satellites and 99 Histories, along with her work on Grey's Anatomy. This new production will be directed by Neel Keller. More info

: Closes 12th November 2017

The Greek tragedy gets an LA makeover in this ambitious new staging by Luis Alfaro that takes place in South Central. First premiering at San Diego Repertory Theater in 2015, the MacArthur Genius Grant winning author has cunningly updated Sophocles' tale of patricide and incest to the barrios of SoCal, where the chorus is a heavily tattooed prison gang and the oracle is an unscrupulous life coach. This New York premiere will be directed by Chay Yew at the Shiva Theater. More info

: Closes 31st December 2017

An intimate version of Sondheim's bloody classic, this Sweeney Todd puts the audience up close and personal with the demon barber, and gives you a chance to sample some of Mrs Lovett's infamous pies (if you dare). Created by the Tooting Arts Club, this inventive production won huge acclaim in London, and was even visited by Stephen Sondheim himself. More info

: Closes 12th November 2017

Nia Vardalos returns to the Public Theater in this well-received drama from 2016, based on the novel by Wild author Cheryl Strayad. Adapted for the stage by Vardalos herself, this touching work is based on the true story of an anonymous online advice columnist, who drew upon her own tragic life experiences to help the thousands who bombarded her with pleas for help. Bring tissues folks, this one is a weepy for sure! More info

Perfect Crime goes well beyond traditional mystery play. It is a sexy, compelling thriller, with well-timed surprises and laughs that relieve a growing dramatic tension. The main character is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist accused of bumping off her wealthy British husband. But when a handsome young detective comes calling to investigate, is everything as straight-cut as it appears? More info

: Closes 1st January 2018

Set against real events which took place in Greenwich Village in 1976, Downtown Race Riot is a portrait of a single mother (played by Chloe Sevigny) and her son coming to terms with the racial tension of the 1970s, as a fatal riot rages outside their apartment. Written by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld​ (The Get Down, Handball) and directed by Scott Elliot (The Whirligig), it's a look back at an atmosphere of intolerance which is sadly not confined to an America of the past. More info

Join Mentalist Sam Eaton on an extraordinary exploration of mentalism, magic, perception and deception are fused together with entertainment and humor each night to bring you a show unlike any other. Prepare to have your mind expanded by his incredible talents taking you to the very edges of what you thought was possible! More info

: Closes 7th January 2018

The Marvelous Wonderettes returns to Off-Broadway in 2016 after a gap of five years. A sunny jukebox musical whose score is composed of 1950's and 60's girl group classics, this new production stars Christina Bianco (Application Pending) and Emmy-nominated Kathy Brier (Hairspray). More info

Guinness World Record holder Fan Yang has been amazing Off-Broadway audiences since 2007. Featuring fantastic next-level laser lighting displays, and a great musical score, The Gazillion Bubble Show is an hour plus of unbelievable soapy masterpieces, which float above the audiences heads in their hundreds and even fully enclose some lucky volunteers. More info

One actor has at least five shorts of whiskey and attempts to perform a Shakespearean play in a hilarious and totally unpredictable evening! More info

: Closes 5th November 2017

The Irish Rep present one of the lesser known works of Brian Friel, a giant of Irish writing who was often compared t Chekhov and Tennessee Williams. The playwright's last original work, the Home Place first debuted in Dublin in 2005, and is a typically rich portrait of an Ireland on the brink of huge change, and the English gentry unsure of their place in this brave new world. More info

Join THE RIDE for a super amped-up experience of the streets of New York City - all from the comfort of a technologically-advanced super-bus. See life in the Big Apple as you have never seen before! More info

In this interactive comedy, mingle with mobsters and molls while enjoying a delicious dinner. More info

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