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Off Broadway Shows in New York - October 2015

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Off Broadway Shows in New York for the month of October 2015


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Blue Man Group is one of New York's longest-running shows and one of its hardest to describe! In the show, three enigmatic bald and blue characters take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theater, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else either on or off Broadway. Although there is no main plot, the show is split into themes such as innocence and surprise towards technology, information overload, as well as an elegant dinner involving a Twinkie snack. More info

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Stomp is one of New York's most unique entertainment experiences. A rotating cast of eight energetic young performers create rhythms and, yes, music, with their hands and feet and all manner of noisy objects, such as hammers, garbage can lids, buckets, and so on. Their technical skill is truly awesome: this perfectly synchronized ballet of juggled sticks, drums, and what-have-you is indeed thrilling to witness. More info

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Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. More info

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A classic coming-of-age story, The Fantasticks features two meddling, matchmaking fathers who scheme to get their children together. But once the couple is united, the real drama begins! More info

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A witty adaptation of Hitchcock's spy adventure, 39 Steps returns to New York to dazzle audiences all over again. Following the adventures of daring hero Richard Hannay, the play features a cast of only four, who use costume changes, props and every ounce of their theatrical talent to play over a hundred different characters. More info

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The title says it all in New York's most outrageous musical comedy! This hilarious revue features 15 original songs, 8 gorgeous guys and no clothes - a truly winning combination! Hailed by critics and audiences in 27 cities worldwide, don't miss this sure-fire crowd pleaser. Great for groups! 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

Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People) premieres his new comedy at New York City Center. Detailing a battle of wits between two elderly women in a care home, it's directed by David Hyde Pierce and stars Emmy winner Holland Taylor. More info

Remain upstanding, folks, for this water and light spectacular that has taken London and Buenos Aires by storm. You may get wet, you may get dirty, but bring your pals and your comfy shoes, to prepare for a visual and sensory overload that will have you gasping in awe - and possibly to catch your breath! More info

: Closes 29th November 2015

Now at the New World Stages in New York, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus is a hilarious one-man show which takes on the classic battle of the sexes in a part comedy theatre, part stand-up format. This irreverent exploration of the sexes is presented by the incredibly talented Peter Story, the show takes on a range of topics - even the more taboo ones - from the dating to bedroom relations! Learn new things about the opposite sex - in the funniest way possible. This eye-poppingly risque show is in town for a whole month and more, so be sure to catch it with your friends, or your partners! More info

: Closes 25th October 2015

George and Ira Gershwin's mad-cap Prohibition Era comedy returns to New York in this Theatre Row revival. Concerning the adventures of two English nobles who've become bootleggers, and Jimmy Winter, the notorious ex-playboy who's Long Island mansion they 'borrow' for their operation's headquarters, Oh Kay contains some Gershwin classics such as 'Clap your hands' and 'Someone to Watch Over Me' as well as enough razzmatazz to transport you straight back to the heady world of the Roaring Twenties- Gatsby this ain't! More info

: Closes 22nd November 2015

Roundabaout Theatre Company are back with a world premiere production that explores spiritual and physical healing after coming home from war. Written by up and coming playwright Lindsey Ferrentino, Patricia McGregor directs an uplifting play about a newly discharged female soldier who finds herself lost and broken following three tours of Afghanistan. Whilst exploring the realm of virtual reality game therapy to heal her emotional and physical scars, Jess slowly but surely restores her life, relationships and, slowly, herself. More info

: Closes 29th November 2015

The luminous Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o leads the New York premiere of this esteemed play from Danai Gurira. Set during the Liberian Civil War of 2003, Eclipsed is the story of a band of captive wives of a rebel officer. Compassionate, witty and deeply moving, it is a portrait of morality during war, and ponders whether the greatest enemy is actually within the brutality of our own side. More info

: Closes 15th November 2015

Following up on the success of his 1993 Public musical First Lady Suite, Tony Award-nominated Michael John LaChiusa now turns his attention and imagination to the private lives and dreams of America's best-known daughters in a funny and moving new musical production. A poignant look at mother-daughter relationships, especially those who have to deal with the global spotlight, this will strike chords with everybody. More info

: Closes 29th November 2015

Subversive, edgy and unsettling, this all-children production by Gob Squad sees seven lives age rapidly before your eyes. Separated from the cast by the use of one-way mirrors, we as the audience are desperate to try and preserve our own youth; not so, the youngsters make it their mission to age from angst-ridden teens to hunched geriatrics within an hour, and nostalgically look upon their recent pasts, as they leave childhood forever. More info

Warren Adler's blackly comic tale of messy divorce comes to Broadway in 2015. Sure to be one of the season's most deliciously twisted treats, The War of the Roses details the outrageously dark turns taken in the divorce proceedings between Jonathan and Barbara Rose. 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 31st October 2015

From poet and performer Carl Hancock Rux and musician Theo Bleckmann comes this new exploration of the life of Carl Einstein, the German-Jewish nephew of Albert and eminent scholar of Cubism and African Sculpture. He was the first Western academic to study aesthetics of the latter in depth. Whilst Carl is creating some of his best work, the world around him begins to boil as Nazi fascism carves inroads in Europe. This mesmerising narrative follows his life, works and heritage against the shadows of genocide and the fight for freedom. More info

: Closes 27th December 2015

Fresh from its highly acclaimed Chicago premiere last year, Roundabout Theatre presents the new play by Pulitzer finalist Stephen Karam. A single 90-minute scene, the play explores the gnawing anxieties that beset Pennsylvania family The Blakes as they sit down for Thanksgiving dinner. It's directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello (An Act of God). More info

: Closes 26th October 2015

Hollywood star Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married, Romancing the Stone) leads the cast of this world premiere production. Written by John S. Anastasi, this moving play follows the story of a lesbian couple whose relationship is throw into flux when one of them reveals she wants to undergo gender reassignment surgery. More info

: Closes 17th October 2015

Expertly mixing technology, visual arts and live action theatre, Helen Lawrence is a brand new creative experience, whereby the grizzly power struggle for Vancouver in the aftermath of WWII is played out in this thrilling film noir inspired tale on screen, whilst the actors are transplanted into the action via blue screens. More info

: Closes 15th November 2015

Following his acclaimed appearance on the Moth podcast, comedian and Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj brings his storytelling abilities to the New York stage. Homecoming King delves into his experiences growing up as an Indian-American in California. More info

: Closes 3rd January 2016

Tony winner Joe DiPietro's (Memphis) acclaimed comedy makes it Off-Broadway debut, following sold out runs in New Jersey and East Hampton. A hilarious exploration of fidelity and family dynamics, Clever Little Lies follows a mother's ill-advised attempts to save her son's crumbling marriage over drinks and desert. More info

: Closes 2nd January 2016

The wickedly funny Ruthless is revived at St Luke's in a newly reimagined form. Condensing the show into a tight 90 minutes, the musical's original director Joel Paley returns to helm this tale of frighteningly ambitious child stars and their pushy parents, which in the age of reality shows and Honey Boo Boo seems more prescient than ever! More info

: Closes 3rd January 2016

Written by Peter Parnell, Dada Woof Papa Hot explores our newly affirmed age of equality by tracing the struggles of three different sets of couples in modern day New York. This smartly realised play stars Tony winner John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart) and is directed by Scott Ellis (You Can't Take It With You). More info

: Closes 8th November 2015

Expect Big Band pizazz and a classic love story in this brand new musical from Richard Obercker and Robert Taylor, with direction from Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuler. With a sizzling swing score, this exciting 1940s era world premiere will star Broadway favorites Corey Cott, Laura Osnes and Beth Leavel before it eyes a transfer to the Great White Way, in the tradition of many of Paper Mill's biggest hits! More info

Based on the novel by Jean Webster, Daddy Long Legs tells the inspiring story of Jerusha Abbott, a budding writer who is sent to college by a mysterious benefactor. A sweetly scored exploration of self-discovery and independence, this two-person musical is written and directed by Tony winner John Caird (Les Miserables). More info

Guinness record-holding bubble artist Fan Yang brings his dazzling family entertainment to Off-Broadway. More info

: Closes 18th October 2015

Revolving around the disappearance of a teenage boy, The Absolute Brightness is a tour-de-force one man show from Oscar-winner James Lecesne. One part gripping police procedure and one part moving character study, it arrives at the Westside Theatre following a hugely acclaimed production earlier this year. More info

: Closes 28th November 2015

He's tackled The World and America, and now Colin Quinn takes aim at The Big Apple. His third potted history one man show, The New York Story finds Quinn dissecting the history of the city with his customary irreverence and intellect. The Jerry Seinfeld directed production returns to the Cherry Lane Theatre after a sold-out run earlier in 2015! More info

: Closes 15th November 2015

Tony nominee Marin Ireland (reasons to be pretty) leads the world premiere of Kill Floor, starring as a former prisoner who struggles in transitioning back to life outside the prison walls. This thought-provoking play won the prestigious L. Arnold Weissberger Award for playwriting excellence at the Williamstown Theatre Festival earlier this year. More info

: Closes 1st November 2015

Acclaimed playwright Robert O'Hara returns to The Public with a hilarious and provocative new play, which delves into the dramas at the heart of every family. Barbecue centers on The O'Mallerys, as they stage an open air intervention for drug addicted sister Barbara in their local park. Events turn sour, and soon it's the whole family, and not just Barbara, who are under the spotlight. More info

: Closes 3rd January 2016

From the mastermind that brought you My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral comes My Big Gay Italian MidLife Crisis, a continuation of J. Wilkinson's hilarious Off Broadway saga that'll have you laughing till your sides ache. Wilkinson is due to reprise his role as Anthony Pinnunziato, the gay Italian of the title who's facing 40 and having trouble balancing his successful weight loss company with relationships old and new. Of course, it's even more difficult when your large, meddling family is thrown into the mix! More info

: Closes 9th November 2015

After collaborating on MCC's 2013 hit Small Engine Repair, playwright John Pollono and director Jo Bonney reunite for this intense drama. This New York premiere centers on the series of bitter recriminations and fights which erupt between divorced couple Maggie and Lou when their teenage daughter Erica goes missing. The cast is led by Golden Globe nominee Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs). More info

: Closes 14th November 2015

Mild-mannered retired bank manager Henry Pulling is quite content with his sleepy surburban existence until his eccentric Aunt Augusta shows up and turns his world upside down. Based on the classic novel from Graham Greene, Travels With My Aunt is brought to the Clurman Theatre stage by the Keen Company. A cast of only four will swap genders, nationalities and costumes to inhabit the play's 25 plus characters. 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

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

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