Best Off Broadway shows: plays and musicals to see

The best play, musicals and revivals on New York's more intimate stages

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Although people think Broadway is synonymous with New York theater, truth is there’s a lot of great stuff beyond the bright lights of the Great White Way. Some of the most innovative new plays and musicals are happening on the city’s more intimate Off Broadway stages (technically defined as seating between 100 and 499). From the award-winning Public Theater downtown to the crowd-pleasing attactions at New World stages and the city’s network of great nonprofit companies, Off Broadway offers something for everyone.


Barceló con hielo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Barceló con hielo. Repertorio Español at the Gramercy Arts Theatre (see Off-Off Broadway). By Marco Antonio Rodríguez. Directed by José Zayas. In Spanish with English subtitles. With ensemble

  1. 138 E 27th St, between Lexington and Third Aves
  2. $15
  3. Fri Sep 19
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Blue Man Group

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Three deadpan, blue-skinned men with extraterrestrial imaginations carry this tourist fave, a show as smart as it is ridiculous. They drum on open tubs of paint, creating splashes of color; they

  1. 434 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $82.30–$106.30
  3. Mon Sep 1 - Wed Dec 31
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The Bullpen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Bullpen. Playroom Theatre (see Off-Off Broadway). By Joe Assadourian. Dir. Richard Hoehler. With Assadourian. 1hr 10mins. No intermission. The Bullpen: In Brief Joe Assadourian plays 18

  1. 151 W 46th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 10036
  2. $20
  3. Mon Sep 1 - Wed Dec 31
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Crossing the Line 2014

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The French Institute Alliance Française’s eighth annual fall festival brings an intriguing offering of theater, dance, art and talks to the institution's home base and to sites across New York.

  1. 22 E 60th St, between Madison and Park Aves
  2. Free–$40
  3. Mon Sep 8 - Mon Oct 20
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Fuerza Bruta: Wayra

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Fuerza Bruta: Wayra. Daryl Roth Theatre (see Off Broadway). Conceived and directed by Diqui James. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 20mins. No intermission. Wayra: In brief Fuerza Bruta returns

  1. 101 E 15th St, at Union Sq East
  2. $99
  3. Tue Sep 2 - Thu Dec 31
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Here Lies Love

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Theater review by David Cote. Public Theater (see Off Broadway). Concept and lyrics by David Byrne. Music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim. Dir. Alex Timbers. With ensemble cast. 1hr 30mins. No

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $79–$94
  3. Mon Sep 1 - Wed Dec 31
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Queen of the Night

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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Queen of the Night. Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel (see Off Broadway). By Randy Weiner. Directed by Christine Jones. With ensemble cast. Running time: 3hrs. No intermission. Queen of the

  1. 235 W 46th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 10036
  2. $140–$175, premium $275–$500
  3. Tue Sep 2 - Wed Dec 31
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Then She Fell

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

[Note: Since this review was written, Then She Fell has moved and reopened; it now plays on three floors of a church building in Williamsburg.] At first blush, Then She Fell seems to be a small-scale

  1. 2 Kingsland Ave, at Maspeth Ave, ground floor
  2. $95–$135
  3. Tue Sep 2 - Sun Dec 28
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The Winter's Tale

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  • Free

Tickets are free (two per person) and may be picked up only on the day of performance after noon at the Delacorte Theater. A limited number of tickets are also distributed via online lottery; see

  1. Central Park, enter at Central Park West and 81st St
  2. Fri Sep 5 - Sun Sep 7
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Terry
Terry

Did not see "Happy Birthday" on your list. It deserves a wonderful review...well-acted and very funny! A must see...at the Beckett Theatre til April 13th.