Ashanti's Basic Training to End Off-Broadway Run Dec. 1

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Basic Training, which officially opened at the Barrow Street Theatre Oct. 13, will play its final performance Off-Broadway Dec. 1.
Kahlil Ashanti
Kahlil Ashanti

The one-man show — penned and performed by Kahlil Ashanti — began previews Sept. 26. The autobiographical Basic Training, according to press notes, chronicles Ashanti's "enlistment in the U.S. Air Force as a member of the elite entertainment troupe 'Tops In Blue.' During his time on tour as a comedian, actor, dancer and soldier, a life-altering event forces his attention home to face the childhood he was trying so hard to forget. Twenty-three unforgettable characters guide you through this hilarious true tale of survival and redemption, all experienced through Mr. Ashanti's rapid fire talent."

No Child's Hal Brooks is the production's supervisor; Tyler Micoleau is the lighting designer.

Barry Josephson ("Enchanted," "Bones"), Erich Jungwirth (Soho Think Tank) and Richard Jordan ("Nine Parts of Desire") produced the Off-Broadway premiere. A film version of Basic Training is also in the works, according to Josephson.

Show times are Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 PM with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

The Barrow Street Theatre is located in the West Village at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South. For tickets, priced $35, visit

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