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. Sun Aug 3
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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. Sat Aug 9
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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 Aug 15
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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. Wed Aug 20
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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. Sat Aug 23
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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. Sun Aug 31
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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 Jul 28 - Wed Dec 31
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Buyer & Cellar

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

[Note: This is a review of the original production at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The show has now moved to the Barrow Street Theatre. Barrett Foa takes over the role on May 27.] Theater review

  1. 27 Barrow St, at Seventh Ave South
  2. $75
  3. Sun Jul 27
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Drop Dead Perfect

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

Drop Dead Perfect. Theatre at St. Clement's (see Off Broadway). By Erasmus Fenn. Directed by Joe Brancato. With Everett Quinton. Running time: 1hr 25mins. No intermission. Drop Dead Perfect: In

  1. 423 W 46th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
  2. $25
  3. Wed Jul 30 - Sun Aug 10
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Fuerza Bruta: Wayra

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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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 Jul 29 - Sun Sep 7
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Gertrude: The Cry and Pentecost

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

Gertrude—The Cry. Atlantic Stage 2 (see Off Broadway). By Howard Barker. Directed by Richard Romagnoli. With Pamela J. Gray, Robert Emmet Lunney, Alex Draper, David Barlow. Running time: 2hrs

  1. 330 W 16th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, downstairs
  2. $35
  3. Tue Jul 29 - Sun Aug 10
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The Gyre

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

The Qualification of Douglas Evans. Walkerspace (see Off Broadway). By Derek Ahonen. Directed by James Kautz. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 25mins. One intermission. The Qualification of

  1. 46 Walker St, between Broadway and Church St
  2. $40
  3. Mon Jul 28 - Sat Aug 9
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Heathers: The Musical

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

Heathers: The Musical. New World Stages (see Off Broadway). Book, music and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe. Directed by Andy Fickman. With Barrett Wilbert Weed, Ryan McCartan. Running

  1. 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. $75–$95
  3. Mon Jul 28 - Mon Aug 4
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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 Jul 28 - Wed Dec 31
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Just Jim Dale

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

Just Jim Dale. Laura Pels Theatre (see Off Broadway). By Jim Dale. Directed by Richard Maltby Jr. With Dale. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Just Jim Dale: In brief His appearances on

  1. 111 W 46th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. $79
  3. Tue Jul 29 - Sun Aug 10
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The Music Man

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Transport Group honcho Jack Cummings III directs a benefit for the company: a revival of Meredith Willson's beloved 1957 musical, about a wily con man who stires up "Trouble" in small-town Iowa and

  1. 480 W 42nd St, at Tenth Ave
  2. $59, premium $120
  3. Mon Aug 11
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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 Jul 29 - 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 Jul 29 - Sun Dec 28
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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.