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Off Broadway Shows in New York - February 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Off Broadway Shows in New York for the month of February 2016

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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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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

: Closes 27th March 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club presents the latest work from Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright John Patrick Stanley (Doubt). Prodigal Son follows the fortunes of a talented but troubled teenager from the Bronx who begins at a private school on Manhattan. Two faculty members must try their hardest to help realize his tremendous potential while stopping him from hitting the self-destruct button. 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 12th March 2016

Using the decadence of the arts in the time of Louis XIV as divine inspiration, Company XIV flits between the traditional and avant-garde effortlessly incorporating baroque dance with contemporary jazz, opera, burlesque and much more. Don't miss their opulent take on Snow White - as you've never seen before! More info

: Closes 27th March 2016

A grandson returns home to his family's farmhouse in Illinois, but no one seems to recognise him. This stunning, Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Sam Shepard is revived by the The New Group, with Ed Harris (A History of Violence) and Amy Madigan (Field of Dreams) among the cast. More info

: Closes 29th May 2016

What if Robin Hood took place in the formative years of this great nation? This American legend once again lands on the musical stage in 2016, helmed by Tony Award nominated director Alex Timbers (Peter And The Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and based on a short story by Eudora Welty. More info

: Closes 27th March 2016

Southern Comfort is a new musical that looks set to continue the Public Theater's tradition of ground-breaking musical theater, following the success of Hamilton and Fun Home. This bluegrass-scored show follows three transgender couples living in rural Georgia, as they wrestle with their relationships, identities and the hostile community around them. More info

: Closes 4th September 2016

An old lady has been murdered in her apartment above a hair salon, and it's your job to find her killer! Bursting with boundless energy and an incredibly adept cast of improvising, larger-than-life characters, Shear Madness takes audience participation to a whole new level. Sifting through the clues, you decide which twists and turns the show takes. It's a different experience every single night. More info

: Closes 6th March 2016

Tony winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, Blue Bloods) brings his love of Shakespeare to the stage in this unique Lion Theatre show. Co-conceived alongside Barry Kleinbort and Mark Janas, Broadway and the Bard marries the work of England's greatest writer with the music of The Great White Way, weaving together sonnets, soliloquies and Sondheim. More info

Lydia R. Diamond's biting and hilarious new play examines the influence that race holds over four Harvard intellectuals on the eve of Obama's 2008 election. Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) directs, with Joshua Jackson (The Affair, Fringe) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1 &2) and Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) starring. More info

: Closes 1st May 2016

Following productions in Culver City and London, this kinetic story of the world's first black Heavyweight Champion makes its Off-Broadway bow. Written by Marco Ramirez (Daredevil, Fear of the Walking Dead), The Royale follows Jim Crow-era black boxer Jay Jackson as he prepares to fight The Great White Hope. More info

: Closes 27th February 2016

St. Petersburg's Maly Drama Theatre present their riveting staging of Anton Chekhov's masterwork in the US for the first time. Chekhov's final play examines Russia at a time of huge social change, when social mobility and political unrest were chipping away at the beliefs to which the upper classes had held firm for hundreds of years. More info

: Closes 4th September 2016

Prepare to open your hearts and minds to this brand new musical that explores all the best parts of the 1960s in a kaleidoscopic fantasy. Often referred to as the 20th Century's most progressive decade, the 10 short years saw a boo m in individual freedom, self expression and of course, the birth of flower power. Alongside a curious young girl, we journey through this incredible time through the culture, fashion and unforgettable music of the period on a real Trip of Love! 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 22nd March 2016

Violet is pregnant with twins, her teenage daughter Beauty lives off a diet of paint and dirt and her father is slowly succumbing to dementia. Oh, and her husband Daniel is about to get in his car and never return. These are the characters which populate Smokefall, the lyrical and moving play from Noah Haidle about family, love and the thin line we all walk between tragedy and tenderness. More info

: Closes 27th March 2016

Centered on the rifts that open up in a Zimbabwean family over the course of a wedding weekend, Familiar a boisterous ensemble piece that explores racial and cultural divides with panache. It's the latest work from acclaimed playwright and The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira. More info

: Closes 9th April 2016

A highly relevant subject in news at the moment, gender identity is the driving force behind this new play by Anna Ziegler. The consequences of a well-meaning doctor following a terrible accident to his infant patient come to light forty years later, as the now-grown patient struggles to find his identity - and love - despite having been raised as female. More info

Welcome to the heady world of 1920s womenswear where Sam Greevy is at the top of his game as New York City's most in demand designer! But things are going well for his bitter rival, Paul Roms, as he starts to lead the trends with these strange new items such as 'sweatshirts' and 'tracksuits', seemingly drawing inspiration from nowhere! More info

: Closes 3rd April 2016

Kenneth Lonergan's new work tracks a Country Music star's pilgrimage back to his sleepy hometown. Exploring our obsession with celebrity, Hold on to Me Darling is billed as the This Is Our Youth writer's funniest play to date. Emmy winner Timothy Olyphant (Justified) stars in the lead role. More info

: Closes 20th March 2016

When Caitlin eschews her senior year of high school to pen a full sale requiem, her quiet Vermont family cannot be expected to predict the effect that it will have on all of their lives as the project attracts admiration, derision and a cadre of lost souls to their once cosy home. More info

: Closes 8th May 2016

Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola's new play is razor sharp dissection of social acceptance in modern day America. At the heart of this funny new play is a love triangle, made up of investment banker Ben (Jake Epstein), who likes Emily (Jenna Gavigan), but also likes Chris (Thomas E. Sullivan). More info

: Closes 6th March 2016

Bedlam Theatre once again offer up their hilarious spin on the author's 1811 masterpiece. Adapted by Kate Hamill, this show boils the novel down its basic plot elements and reinvents it as a whirlwind display of theatrical dexterity, with only 10 actors jumping in and out of costumes at an incredible rate to play the story's 25 plus characters. More info

: Closes 2nd April 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 21st February 2016

The lives of a newlywed couple get put into a spin in Nandita Shenoy's romantic comedy Washer Dryer. Received by critics on its LA premiere last year as a cross-cultural Barefoot in the Park, this breezy play was first produced by the Rasaka Theatre Company, which focuses on the voices of South Asian artists. 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

: Closes 13th March 2016

Top theatre star Mark Rylance returns to the New York stage with new Nice Fish, a contemplative portrait of two ice fishermen waiting for one last catch of the season. Written in collaboration with poet Louis Jenkins, whose work Rylance has referenced in his Tony acceptance speeches, and co-directed with his wife Claire Van Kampen, Nice Fish is further proof of his status as one of 21st Century theatre's most interesting and talented performers. More info

: Closes 29th May 2016

The Woodsman is an origin story like no other and a whole other side to the classic tale of Oz! A brainchild of theatre company Strangemen and Co, it debuted at the Brooklyn's Standard ToyKraf to rapturous critical acclaim and sell-out shows. After doing the Off-Broadway rounds due to high demand, The Woodsman now makes its temporary home on NYC's New World Stages under the direction of James Oritz and Claire Karpen. More info

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

: Closes 13th February 2016

New Ohio Theatre founder Robert Lyon debuts his brand new play Death of the Liberal Class this January. Based on the book of the same name by Pulitzer winner Chris Hedges, this world premiere is a dark comedy centered on a burned-out left-wing journalist, who retreats to the country to clear his head. More info

: Closes 13th February 2016

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 6th March 2016

Sophocles' Antigone has proven itself one of literature's most malleable and perpetually relevant texts, and Seamus Heaney reworked it once again in 2004 as THE BURIAL AT THEBES in response to the Iraq war. The Irish Rep stage Heaney's play as their first show of 2016, with Charlotte Moore directing and Rebekah Brockman (The Knick) starring as Antigone. 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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