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Players Theatre

  • Theater
  • Greenwich Village
  • price 1 of 4

Time Out says

This 248-seat theater on MacDougal Street is one of the few spaces remaining in the West Village proper. Built in 1907, it has been home to some camp classics (like An Evening with Quentin Crisp), but now it has become one of the less comfortable rental spaces, despite its pedigree and long tenure in the neighborhood. It also includes a microscopic space (the Players Loft) and Cafe Wha?, a fixture since the ’60s.


115 MacDougal St
New York
Cross street:
at Minetta Ln
Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St
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Monday Night Magic

  • Circuses & magic

For more than two decades, this proudly old-school series has offered a different lineup of professional magicians every week: a host, opening acts and a headliner, plus two or three close-up magicians to wow the audience at intermission. Housed since 2011 at the unprepossessing Players Theatre, it is an heir to the vaudeville tradition. Many of the acts incorporate comedic elements, and audience participation is common. (If you have children, bring them; they make especially adorable assistants.) Shows cost just $42.50 in advance and typically last well over two hours, so you get a lot of value and variety for your magic dollar. In contrast to some fancier magic shows, this one feels like comfort food: an all-you-can-eat buffet to which you’re encouraged to return until you’re as stuffed as a hat full of rabbits. For a full schedule, visit the MNM website.

Frankenstein: The Musical

  • Musicals

Many have already tried to bring Frankenstein-themed musicals to life, with somewhat limited success, both on Broadway and Off. Now librettist-director Brenda Bell and composer Michael Sgouros venture back into the mad laboratory with yet another adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic monster novel.

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