Acclaimed, Extended, and Soon-Closing Off-Broadway Shows

News   Acclaimed, Extended, and Soon-Closing Off-Broadway Shows
Here’s what not to miss.
Mildred Ruiz and the company Joan Marcus

December 3: Sarah Jones’ acclaimed solo show Sell/Buy/Date concludes its twice-extended run with Manhattan Theatre Club; the show extended past its original scheduled engagement thanks to positive reviews and increased ticket demand. In the new monologue play, the Tony-winning playwright and performer embodies an array of characters affected by the sex industry. Directed by Drama Desk Award winner Carolyn Cantor, performances are at New York City Center – Stage II.

Jennifer Ikeda, Samantha Quan and Raymond Lee in Vietgone Carol Rosegg

December 4: Qui Nguyen’s Vietgonea twist on the all-American love story about finding love in a refugee relocation camp—also at MTC, concludes its extended engagement. Directed by May Adrales, the story is inspired by the playwright’s own family history and is equally hilarious as it is moving. Performances are at New York City Center.

December 4: Another show to extend twice due to popular demand is Playwrights Horizons’ world-premiere production of A Life by Adam Bock, directed by Obie winner Anne Kauffman. In the new play Tony and Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce plays Nate Martin, a hopelessly single man in the wake of another failed relationship. He begins to look to the stars for answers, pouring over astrological charts, until the message he receives “is shockingly obvious – and totally unpredictable.” Several reviews have referenced the play's unexpected plot twist—Time Out New York theatre critic Adam Feldman called it a “jaw-dropping curve ball.” Performances are at the company’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

December 4: Richard Nelson’s Women of a Certain Age, the third and final installment in his three-play cycle about the presidential election, concludes its world-premiere run at the Public Theater. The three plays in The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family have chronicled the U.S. election since February, and received positive reviews from critics. (All three works can be seen in repertory at the downtown theatre December 10, 11, 14, 17, and 18.) Performances are in the LuEsther Theater.

Leon Addison Brown and Sahr Ngaujah in “Master Harold”...and the Boys Monique Carboni

December 11: Don't miss the return of Tony-nominated director Liesl Tommy at the Public Theater with the New York premiere of Party People. Fresh from her success with Eclipsed, Tommy combines forces with award-winning ensemble Universes for a high-energy show about the complicated legacies of the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords Org/Party. The production blends music, dance, theatre, poetry, jazz, hip-hop, politics, and multimedia, and was extended an additional week due to popular demand. Performances are in the Anspacher Theater.


December 11: Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold” … and the Boys concludes its twice-extended run at the Signature Theatre. The South African tale of life during apartheid debuted on Broadway in 1982 and was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction for Fugard. The acclaimed Off-Broadway revival is also directed by Fugard. Performances are in the Irene Diamond Stage.

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