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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The Mysteries

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

The Mysteries. Flea Theater (see Off Broadway). By various playwrights. Conceived and directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. With ensemble cast. Running time: 5hrs 30mins. Two intermissions. The Mysteries: In brief Ed Iskandar (These Seven Sicknesses, Restoration Comedy) directs another marathon Flea circus—six hours, with a dinner break—in an

  1. 41 White St, between Broadway and Church St
  2. $15–$75 (includes dinner), VIP $100
  3. Thu Apr 24 - Sun May 25
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Take Ten: An Evening of Nine Ten-Minute Plays

  • Price band: 1/4

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. Thu Apr 24 - Sat Apr 26
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Tom Murrin Full Moon Performance Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

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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The Tower

  • Price band: 1/4

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. Thu Apr 24 - Sat Apr 26
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Charlotte's Song

  • Price band: 1/4

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

  1. 155 First Ave, At E. 10th St
  2. $12
  3. Fri Apr 25 - Sun May 11
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The Two-Character Play

  • Price band: 1/4

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. Sat Apr 26
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Henry V

  • Price band: 1/4

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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Showgasm

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Ars Nova's eclectic (and cheap!) neovaudevillian variety show features a lively mix of music, comedy and burlesque acts hosted by the very funny John Early.

  1. 511 W 54th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. $5
  3. Wed Apr 30
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Circus Incognitus

  • Price band: 1/4

Jamie Adkins, the one-man circus act presenting this show, has quite a few tricks up his sleeve. The Cirque du Soleil alum teeters on ladders, dances on slack wire and does his share of clowning around. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College 199 Chambers St, between Greenwich and West Sts
  2. Sun May 18
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State Fair Meadowlands

  • Price band: 1/4

The giant fair offers more than 150 rides and attractions, plus tons of free entertainment, including master hypnotist Steve Bayner, racing pigs, Circus Maximus, a petting zoo and fireworks. All ages.

  1. Meadowlands Fairgrounds 50 Rte 120
  2. Fri Jun 20 - Mon Jul 7
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