Late-night theater

Catch these shows after 8pm.



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Jim Caruso's Cast Party
This cabaret is overseen by charismatic MC Caruso and frequented by performers (some big-named) debuting new material. Birdland, 315 W 44th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-581-3080, Mon 9:30pm, $10 plus $10 minimum.

The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein
Drag queen Mimi Imfurst stars as the genetically modified attic dweller in this mash-up of the Mary Shelley frightfest and the tragiheroic saga. 13th Street Repertory Company, 50 W 13th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-352-3101, Thu, Sat 9pm; Sun 7pm. $22.50.

John Wesley Harding's Cabinet Of Wonders
Ironic folkster John Wesley Harding leads a handpicked posse in this variety-show-cum-concert. Next up: A.C. Newman (of the New Pornographers), musician Rhett Miller, and authors Stephen Elliott and Steve Almond. (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St (212-505-3474). Next show Nov 18 at 10:30pm, $20.

Showgasm: Ant Fest Edition
Ars Nova's annual Ant Fest of theatrics, comedy, music, vaudeville and cryptozoology horror begins and ends with an 8pm performance every night except Thursdays, when Showgasm, a variety show of new talent, lets theater fans stay up late. Ars Nova, 511 W 54th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (212-352-3101, Through Nov 21. Thu 10:15pm, doors 10pm; free. Reservation (via website) strongly recommended.

Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
No attention span? The NY Neo-Futurists have just the thing: a show of 30 short vignettes in 60 minutes. Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th St between Second and Third Aves ( Fri, Sat 10:30pm; advance $15, at the door $21--$26.

Haunted Houses
Work's been making you want to scream all week. Let it out at various haunted houses—some are open past Halloween.

* Steampunk Haunted House
Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand St at Pitt St (212-352-3101, Through Sat 31. Wed, Thu 6--9:30pm; Fri, Sat 8--11:30pm. $10--$25.

* Nightmare: Vampires
The Noho Event Center, 623 Broadway between Bleecker and W Houston Sts, enter on Mercer St (212-929-2963, Through Nov 7. Times vary, but most nights until 11pm; $35--$60.

* Blood Manor
542 W 27th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (877-340-3002, Through Sat 31: 7:30pm--1am; Nov 6, 7: 7:30pm--2am. $30, advance $25, VIP $40.

* Vortex Haunted House
Sanford Meisner Theater, 164 Eleventh Ave between 22nd and 23rd Sts (212-352-3101, Through Sat 31. Tue--Fri 7--11pm; Sat, Sun 5--11pm. $14, advance $12, VIP (online only) $20.

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