There aren’t many entertainment options along Tenth Avenue, but one is worth the trek: a jewel box of a theater with a heady, well-selected repertory of comedy, cabaret and music shows in an environment that’s focused more on the performance than on the cash register at the bar. The monthly variety show Showgasm is an excellent sampler pack of rising talents.
Beyond the 40 theaters of Broadway and the 50 or so venues of Off Broadway lies a vast and rocky terrain: about 200 Off-Off Broadway theaters, in downtown Manhattan and throughout New York City, mostly with fewer than 99 seats. This is the R&D wing of the theater world, and it offers a dizzying range of shows, from the most daring and formally innovative experimental companies to amateurs learning their craft and recent college graduates trying hard to put a fresh stamp on Macbeth. Some of NYC’s most exciting theater happens Off-Off Broadway—and tickets are usually $20 or less. But it can be hard to know where to find the good stuff. Here is our list of the 15 Off-Off Broadway theaters where you have the best chances.
RECOMMENDED: See our complete listing of Off-Off Broadway shows