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The best Off-Off Broadway shows in NYC

Looking for the best Off-Off Broadway shows? Here are the most promising productions in NYC’s smaller venues right now.

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Broadway and Off Broadway productions may get most of the attention, but to get a true sense of the range and diversity of New York theater, you need to look Off-Off Broadway. Experimental work, especially, tends to thrive in smaller spaces, such as New York’s best Off-Off Broadway venues; that’s is where you’ll find many of the city’s most challenging and original pieces, and get early looks at major talents. There are approximately 200 Off-Off stages in New York, from downtown Manhattan to the far reaches of the boroughs, mostly with fewer than 99 seats. The runs there are usually short, and relatively affordable; while cheap Broadway tickets can be hard to find, most Off-Off shows are in the $15–$25 range. Here are some of the current shows that hold the most promise.

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SeaWife at the Melville Museum, South Street Seaport, June 23-July 19. Tickets at SeaWife.org

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kaceyatthebat K

SeaWife at the Melville museum, South Street Seaport, June 23-July 19.

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Paulette Kranjac

Possibility Junkie by David Ippolito. David Ippolito is a very talented American Folk singer, performer and song writer and the together with the ensemble, this show rocks. This is a play worth seeing, speaking to our generation about truth, inner courage, commitment to one another and to our country. See it! Directed by Gretchen Cryer, through Oct 20th.