NEW YORK CITY | Going to Off-Broadway shows has never been less expensive. As power and mass transit continues to slowly come back online for New Yorkers and storm relief efforts advance, and as long gas lines have sprung up across the five boroughs (prompting yet another emergency response on the state and federal level), downtown New York is showing signs of life.
“Off-Broadway theaters in Lower Manhattan have long demonstrated their survival skills, as evidenced after 9-11 and once again, they are bouncing back,” said George Forbes, executive director of the Lucille Lortel Foundation in a prepared statement. “We hope everyone will take advantage of this generous offer, and support the theaters that continue to be dramatically impacted by circumstances far beyond their control.”
Off-Broadway shows such as Checkers, Don’t Go Gentle, Fuerza Bruta, Giant, The Golden Land, The Other Josh Cohen, Sorry, Stomp, A Summer Day, The Twenty-Seventh Man, and Wild with Happy are resuming performances, as services by Con Edison resume downtown.
To celebrate their return, many Off-Broadway shows are offering theater-goers tickets discounted tickets. The only thing you have to do is give them the code “Sandy.” A number of performances are free, especially for those who have been displaced by Sandy.
Here is a complete sampling of those participating theaters and shows:
TKTS South Street Seaport remains closed; TKTS Times Square remains open; TKTS Downtown Brooklyn re-opens when subway transit returns
Theatre Development Fund announced that “its satellite TKTS Discount Booth at South Street Seaport will remain closed until further notice due to extensive water damage sustained as a result of Hurricane Sandy. TDF’s main TKTS Discount Booth in Times Square remains open and TDF’s other satellite TKTS Discount Booth in Downtown Brooklyn will reopen as soon as mass transit is fully operational. An announcement will be made when TKTS Downtown Brooklyn reopens.”
Moreover, TKTS Times Square (located at Broadway and 47th Street in Manhattan) has added two new services.
(1) On two-performance days, matinee and evening tickets are being sold simultaneously. For example: on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, when TKTS opens at 10am (or 11am on Sundays), patrons are able to purchase matinee and/or evening performance discount tickets for that day. Previously, matinee tickets were sold only from 10am to 2pm and evening tickets sold only from 3pm to 8pm.
(2) Additionally, Window #1 serves as a “Full-Price Ticket Window” which will allows TKTS Times Square ticket buyers to purchase full-price tickets to all shows for future performances or same day full-price tickets to shows that are not available at a discount at any other TKTS Booth windows.
For more information about TDF’s TKTS Discount Booths, go to: www.tdf.org/tkts.
To download the free TKTS app which lists what shows are available, go to: www.tdf.org/tktsapp.
Classic Stage Company‘s starry Ivanov postpones opening night
Classic Stage Company has pushed back the official opening of Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov from this Sunday, November 4 to Thursday, November 15 due to the continuing power outage at the theater at 136 East 13th Street, which has forced the cancellation of five previews. Directed by Austin Pendleton, Ivanov stars Ethan Hawke, Joely Richardson and Juliet Rylance. The cast also features Glenn Fitzgerald, Annette Hunt, Stephanie Janssen, Roberta Maxwell, George Morfogen, James Patrick Nelson, Anthony Newfield, Austin Pendleton, Jonathan Marc Sherman, and Anne Troupe. IVANOV will play a limited engagement through Sunday, December 9.
CSC hopes to resume preview performances by Saturday evening, November 3, but ticket-holders should visit the company’s website, www.classicstage.org, its Facebook page or Twitter feed (@classicstage) for updates.
Lark Play Development Center offers free tickets for The Way West
Lark Play Development officials state: “Due to logistical and technical complications caused by Hurricane Sandy, we are canceling the Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd performances of THE WAY WEST by Mona Mansour. However, we are adding a 7:00pm performance on Sunday, November 11th. Additionally, in the spirit of renewal and recovery, we are making all performances free of charge. Our ticketing system is currently down so please send your reservation request(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, phone number, number of tickets, and the date and time of the performance you would like to attend. You’ll receive an email confirmation once we receive your reservation. If you purchased a ticket prior to this announcement, we will be in touch regarding refunds. Thank you for your patience.”
Epic Theatre Ensemble cancels weekend performances, extended run for another week
Due to the loss of power downtown, Epic Theatre Ensemble will cancel performances this weekend, while extending for an additional week (November 19th – November 25th). Dispatches From (A)mended America, directed by Ron Russell will now run through Saturday, November 24th and Hold These Truths, directed by Lisa Rothe, will now run through Sunday, November 25th. Both Off Broadway productions are playing in repertory at the Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street).
Dispatches From (A)mended America, and Hold These Truths, developed at Epic, will continue with post-show discussions following each performance. Tickets (which include post show discussions) are $40 and are available by visiting http://www.epictheatreensemble.org. or by calling 866-811-4111.
Show description: Dispatches from (A)mended America began as a conversation between Godfrey L. Simmons Jr., a 42-year-old black man, and Brandt Adams, a 25-year-old white man. It was post-election 2008 and both men discovered they were nagged by the “race question.” Dispatches from (A)mended America uses live theatre, audience participation and interactive social media to challenge assumptions about race through the words of the writers, the interviewees and the audience. Ron Russell directs this production, written and performed by Brandt Adams and Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. The ensemble includes Jacob Ming-Trent, Lori E. Parquet, James Wallert and Sarah Winkler. Dispatches from (A)mended America now runs through November 24th.
Off-Broadway Falling goes on
The Off-Broadway premiere of Falling will resume performances Saturday evening, November 3rd, following a shut down caused by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Falling, the new play by Deanna Jent, opened to critical acclaim on October 15th at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, one block south of West 3rd Street, just off Sixth Avenue):
Off-Broadway theaters offer $20 tickets through Nov. 11
Off-Broadway shows such as Checkers, Don’t Go Gentle, Fuerza Bruta, Giant, The Golden Land, The Other Josh Cohen, Sorry, Stomp, A Summer Day, The Twenty-Seventh Man, and Wild with Happy will resume performances Off-Broadway after being shut down by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, pending resumption of services by Con Edison, which has begun downtown.
To celebrate their return, they are offering theater-goers tickets through November 11th for only $20*. (The Off-Off-Brodway show Through the Yellow Hour will offer tickets for only $15). Check with participating theaters for schedule and availability.
*Use discount code SANDY. Restrictions may apply: this offer does not affect prior sales; may not be combined with any other offers; all sales final and subject to availability; regular service charges and facility fees may apply.
** Tickets available through all usual channels, except Checkers available only at the Vineyard Box Office, two hours prior to performance.
Participating shows include:
Checkers, Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) vineyardtheatre.org
Don’t Go Gentle, Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) www.mcctheater.org or call (212) 352-3101
Falling, Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane) fallingplay.com or call (800) 982–2787
Fuerza Bruta, Daryl Roth (101 East 15th Street at Union Square) www.fuerzabrutanyc.com or 212-239-6200
Giant, Public Theater: Newman (425 Lafayette Street) www.publictheater.org
The Golden Land, Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Avenue) www.folksbiene.org/goldenland.html
The Other Josh Cohen, Soho Playhouse (15 Vandam Street) www.theotherjoshcohen.com
Sorry, Public Theater: Anspacher (425 Lafayette Street) www.publictheater.org
Stomp, Orpheum (126 2nd Avenue) www.stomponline.com or call (800) 982–2787
A Summer Day, Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) www.wegothere.org/a-summer-day
Through the Yellow Hour, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre (224 Waverly Place) www.wegothere.org/through-yellow-hour
The Twenty-Seventh Man, Public Theater: Martinson (425 Lafayette Street) www.publictheater.org
Wild with Happy, Public Theater: LuEsther (425 Lafayette Street) www.publictheater.org
For more information, visit www.offbroadway.com.
Singing Homo goes Wild!
Homo: The Musical will resume performances tomorrow, Saturday, November 3, with performances at 8 PM and 10 PM. There is an added a matinee on Sunday, November 4 at 2 PM, which is their final performance.
Written and directed by Lola Rock-N-Rolla with music and lyrics by Gina Volpe, and choreographed by Aliane Baquerot, the show description states “When a religious, Middle American suburb is infiltrated by an alien from the Planet Homo posing as a suburban housewife, will the good folk of Pleasant Valley Pines notice before the whole town erupts in chaos and depravity?”
The cast includes Meg Baessler, Greg Beam, Ryan Bauer-Walsh, Julia Divergili, Helene Ellford, David Paul Kidder, Miguel Molinar, Tim Murray, Erica Penn, and Cesar Razza. It is produced by Moustache Ride Entertainment in association with Royal Family Productions.
UPDATE: Even more Off-Broadway shows go back online
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
Performances will resume tonight, 11/3 at 10:00 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. performance tomorrow, 11/4 at the SoHo Playhouse.
The SoHo Playhouse is offering FREE tickets to 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche to those displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Tickets will be available at the box office for each performance on a first-come, first-serve basis for those who use the code “Sandy” and bring proof of identification from an afflicted area. Theater-goers may request up to two tickets. For more information, visit www.5lesbianseatingaquiche.com.
York Theatre Company’s Closer Than Ever
Performances are 2:30 & 8:00 p.m. today, 11/3 and 2:30 & 7:00 p.m. tomorrow, 11/4 (the show’s final performance). The York Theatre is offering FREE tickets to Closer Than Ever. As reported in The New York Times, just show your unused tickets or confirmation orders at the box office, subject to availability. Valid for all remaining performances through Sunday at 2:30. Tickets may be redeemed at the York Box Office between noon and showtime. For more information, visit www.yorktheatre.org.
Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature
Performances are 2:00 & 8:00 today, 11/3 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 11/4 at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Opening night still on as planned for November 12, 2012. For more information, visit www.emotionalcreature.com.
Culture Project’s The Exonerated
Performances will resume tomorrow, 11/4 at 3:00 & 7:00 p.m. at Culture Project/45 Bleecker. This week’s rotating cast features Marg Helgenberger. For more information, visit www.cultureproject.org.
The Old Man and the Old Moon
Performances will resume today, 11/3 at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, 11/4 at the Gym at Judson. The Old Man and the Old Moon is offering FREE tickets to those displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Tickets will be available at the Gym at Judson box office for each performance on a first-come, first-serve basis for those who use the code “Sandy” and bring proof of identification from an afflicted area. Theater-goers may request up to two tickets. For more information, visit www.pigpentheatre.com.
MCC Theater’s Don’t Go Gentle
Resumes will resume today, 11/3 at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, 11/4 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (the show’s final performance). For more information, visit www.mcctheater.org.
Labyrinth Theater Company’s Radiance
No performance this weekend with performances resuming Wednesday, 11/7. For more information, visit www.labtheater.org/radiance/.
Sleep No More
Performances will resume this evening, 11/3 with scheduled entrances between 7:00 & 8:00 p.m. at the McKittrick Hotel. For more information, visit www.sleepnomorenyc.com.
Target Margin Theater’s 2012 TMT LAB: Exploring Yiddish Theater
Resumed performances earlier this week. TMT Lab: Exploring Yiddish Theater ends today, 11/3 as scheduled with final performances of After Midnight & Cripples at 7:30 p.m. and Shulamis, or The Well and the Pussycat at 9:30 p.m. at The Brick in Williamsburg. For more information, visit www.targetmargin.org.
Performances will resume tonight, 11/3 at 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 11/4 at the Barrow Street Theatre. For more information, visit www.barrowstreettheatre.com.
- Many Broadway Shows Offer “Sandy Specials” (ny1.com)
- Post-Hurricane Sandy Updates | Public Theater, La MaMa, Kitchen, Vineyard still closed (theaterofoneworld.org)
- Broadway lights go up in post-Sandy NYC (sfgate.com)
- Broadway lights go up in post-Sandy NYC (mysanantonio.com)
- TKTS Discount Booth Expands Offerings (huffingtonpost.com)
- Hurricane Sandy Darkens Broadway and Other Stages (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Broadway forges ahead (variety.com)
- With Sandy fading, Broadway storms back (latimes.com)