5 Solo Shows to See Off-Broadway

News   5 Solo Shows to See Off-Broadway
From acclaimed British comedians to downtown favorites and New York City debuts, here are several diverse artists.
Penny Arcade
Penny Arcade

An Edinburgh Festival Favorite
British comedian and monologue artist Daniel Kitson returns to St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn for the American premiere of Mouse: The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought. The show—which explores friendship and loneliness, doubt, and hope—was a critical hit at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre as part of this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Kitson is a regular performer at the festival as well as at St. Ann’s, where artistic director Susan Feldman describes him as “quirky, brilliant, and lovable.” Performances began November 9 and run through November 27.

Chris Gethard
Chris Gethard Melissa Sinclair

Finding comedy in dark places
Due to popular demand, Chris Gethard’s Off-Broadway solo show, Chris Gethard: Career Suicide, recently announced an extension—with performances now scheduled through January 8, 2017. The comedy, which opened October 13 and marks the comedian’s New York stage debut, is written and performed by Gethard. The show explores issues of depression, alcoholism, suicide, and “the other funniest parts of life.” Performances are at the Lynn Redgrave Theater.

Trying to stay optimistic?
British comedian Josie Long, who garnered rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and in New York for her show Cara Josephine, returns to the Off-Broadway stage with Something Better. In the new stand-up show, the award-winning comedian offers her take on how to stay positive in the face of everything—from Brexit to breakups. The show is running at the Barrow Street Theatre November 19-December 3.

Ventriloquism for a new generation
Direct from an engagement on the West End, the Barrow Street Theatre will also welcome ventriloquist Nina Conti in her New York debut with the show In Your Face. With handcrafted masks that transform audience members into "live puppets," along with her sidekick, the "foul-mouthed" Monkey, Conti creates a brand-new show nightly. Performances will run December 12-23.

A downtown legend heads to Brooklyn
A legend of the East Village scene known for her performance-art memoir pieces, Penny Arcade will debut her newest show, Longing Lasts Longer, December 1-11 at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Described as “subversively funny,” the show offers a critique of gentrification, not just of cities and neighborhoods, but of the mind and culture. Arcade has been touring her show around the world, with the Brooklyn staging marking the American premiere.

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