Cheap theater: Where to enjoy affordable shows in NYC

Don’t limit yourself to Broadway bombast, people. There are plenty of cheap theater options out there.

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Yes, we know. Big-ticket shows can be astronomically expensive. But that doesn’t mean that penny-pinchers can’t enjoy a fantastic play. Discover the best cheap theater offerings in town by following our handy guide.


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Catch 61

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  • Critics choice

The 61st edition of this series—curated by Andrew Dinwiddie, Jeff Larson and Caleb Hammons—highlights work by Laurie Berg, William Burke, Lisa Clair, Sean Donovan, Stephan Goldrajch, GRANDMA, New Saloon, Steven Reker, David Thomson and Saúl Ulerio.

  1. 51 Bergen St, between Court and Smith Sts, 11201
  2. $15 (includes drinks)
  3. Sat Apr 19
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155 Thru the Roof

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A beleaguered theater director is recruited by martians to compete in an interplanetary musical-theater competition in a fanciful new piece by Toby Armour, directed by George Ferencz (who helmed TNC's very first production at 155 First Avenue, more than 25 years ago).

  1. 155 First Ave, between 9th and 10th Sts
  2. $15
  3. Sun Apr 20
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The Mysteries

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Ed Iskandar (These Seven Sicknesses, Restoration Comedy) directs another marathon Flea circus—six hours, with a dinner break—in an ambitious refashioning of stories from the Bible. Among the 48 contributing playwrights are David Henry Hwang, Craig Lucas, José Rivera, Jeff Whitty, Amy Freed, Nick Jones, Qui Nguyen, Jenny Schwartz, Billy Porter

  1. 41 White St, between Broadway and Church St
  2. $15–$75 (includes dinner), VIP $100
  3. Sun Apr 20 - Sun May 25
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The Tower

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AntiMatter Collective bites into the infamous history of the cannibal Donner Party in a piece that merges gore and phantasmagoria. The script is by Adam Scott Mazer; Philip Gates directs.

  1. 722 Metropolitan Ave, between Graham and Manhattan Aves, 11211
  2. $15
  3. Sun Apr 20 - Sat Apr 26
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Take Ten: An Evening of Nine Ten-Minute Plays

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The National MFA Playwrights Competition shows off its best and brightest with these short pieces by young degree-seeking scribes from all across the country.

  1. 314 W 54th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, second floor
  2. $18
  3. Tue Apr 22 - Sat Apr 26
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Blaria Live!

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  • Critics choice

A perceptive and thoughtful blogger and comic, Phoebe Robinson brings her online alter ego to the stage, and invites several other stand-ups to come along.

  1. UCBEast 155 E 3rd St, between Aves A and B, 10009
  2. Tue Apr 22
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The Two-Character Play

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Regina Bartkoff and Charles Schick star in Tennessee Williams's 1975 metatheatrical drama about brother-and-sister actors on the opening night of a show that blurs into their lives. Romy Ashby directs.

  1. 292 E 3rd St, between Aves C and D
  2. $15
  3. Wed Apr 23 - Sat Apr 26
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Tom Murrin Full Moon Performance Festival

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Radiohole, Steve Buscemi, Karen Finley, Jonathan Ames, Mike Iverson, David Levine, Erin Courtney and Kate Benson are among the many artists in this festival of works (long and short) by the wild and woolly downtown fixture Tom Murrin (sometimes known as Jack Bump or the Alien Comic).

  1. 74A E 4th St, between Bowery and Second Ave
  2. $15–$20
  3. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Apr 27
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Charlotte's Song

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Nancy Ferragallo's fragmented dance-theater piece explores the relationship between a woman and her schizophrenic mother. Andreas Robertz and Mario Golden codirect, and Ferragollo shares choreographic duties with Celeste Hastings.

  1. 155 First Ave, At E. 10th St
  2. $12
  3. Thu Apr 24 - Sun May 11
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Henry V

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Bad Quarto Productions, dedicated to exploring the dingy corners of the early texts of Shakespearean plays, takes on The Cronicle Historie of Henry the Fift, in which an untested English king lays claim to a corner of France's vast fields.

  1. 353 W 48th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. $15
  3. Sat Apr 26 - Sun Apr 27
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