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Off Broadway Shows in New York - August 2015

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Off Broadway Shows in New York for the month of August 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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: Closes 6th September 2015

Recent polls show that Americans consider Bill Clinton one of the best US Presidents since WWII. Who would have thought it of a man who was impeached? Clinton The Musical examines the dichotomy of the 42nd President of The United States, delving into everything from sex to sax, and Monica to Hillary. It's funny, crude, and a reminder that the world of American politics is a great spectator sport. 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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: Closes 23rd August 2015

Two-time Grammy and Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone is no stranger to the ins and outs of the theatre business, making her perfect choice for the starring role in Douglas Carter Beane's new off-Broadway comedy. The celebrated playwright and screenwriter is known the Tony Award-nominated 2007 play 'The Little Dog Laughed'. His passion for theatre shines through in 'Shows For Days', an autobiographical take on his own beginnings in the world of stage. 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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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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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

: Closes 9th October 2015

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 16th August 2015

Following on from the success of Bad Jews, Roundabout Theatre and Joshua Harmon collaborate again on Significant Other, a touching new play about trying to find Mr Right. It's directed by Trip Cullman (Punk Rock). More info

: Closes 6th September 2015

What makes a Happy Hour cruise around New York Harbor even better than world-class rum drinks? Pirates singing sea shanties, of course! From the team that brought you the smash-hit Off-Broadway musical comedy "The Imbible: A spirited History of Drinking" for their brand new mixture of music, comedy, hijinks, and - of course- cocktails in "The Imbible: Rum Shanties and Pirate Drinks!" Drink up me hearties! 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 September 2015

John is the first new work from Annie Baker as part of her five year residency for Signature Theatre. Exploring the relationship between a cast of characters in a Gettysburg B&B, it stars Christopher Abbott (Girls) and is directed by frequent collaborator and Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home). More info

: Closes 23rd August 2015

Regarded by some as one of the greatest comics of all time, everyone knows the name Jackie Mason. But have you heard the one about the belly dancer? For the first time, The Jackie Mason Musical lifts the lid on the true story of Mason and his decade long love affair with the young Ginger Reiter, and the child they shared, Sheba Mason. Written, composed and directed by Ginger and starring Sheba as herself and her mom, this peek into the strange double life of an American icon is a hit for fans, old and new! More info

: Closes 15th August 2015

Thirty years after its debut, John Patrick Shanley's 'A Dreamer Examines His Pillow' is set to be revived officially for the first time at New York City's The Flea Theatre. Cited as having been impulsively formed to create 'a joyful hell in a small space', the downtown theatre is the perfect space for the play's dreamlike exploration of the small intimacies and tragedies between two lovers. 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 27th September 2015

My Big Gay Italian Funeral is the sequel to Anthony J. Wilkinson's popular comedy My Big Gay Italian Wedding. An unfortunate occasion to meet again brings the crazy characters from the original play together again, with hilarious and often cringe-worthy results! More info

: Closes 16th August 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. Jerry Seinfeld directs. More info

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

: Closes 4th 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 20th September 2015

In the tradition of the great Restoration comedies and perhaps one of the finest modern tributes to Comedia Del'Arte, Delirium's Daughters is a splendid blend of tomfoolery and the art of slapstick humour, triumphantly returning to the Theatre Row this Summer. A fast-paced whirlwind of wit and zany antics, Nicholas Korn's latest play is farcical comedy at its finest! More info

: Closes 20th September 2015

Mrs. Smith is back and in a feline frenzy! The outrageously fabulous comedy performer and musician is set to get audiences purring Off-Broadway as she frantically searches for her missing cat Carlyle at the 47th Street Theatre for a limited summer engagement. Get ready to laugh until your sides ache as the sizzling socialite faces her own personal "cat-pocalypse' by re-enacting her life story with a song-and-dance number or five! More info

: Closes 5th September 2015

A wedding is never the most-stress free time in a couple's life, but throw into the pot a huge and fiery Italian family and their disdain for their son's unconventional choice of life partner... Anthony J. Wilkinson's Off-Broadway comedy is back and its satirical take on the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage is as topical and hilarious as ever! More info

: Closes 30th August 2015

A mid-life musical comedy, Happy 50ish tackles the fear we all have of the big five-O with wit and just a little bit of naughtiness. Written by Lynn Shore, Mark Vogel and David Burnham, the show has already played hugely successful runs on the West Coast, drawing praise for its memorable tunes and irrepressible sense of fun. 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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