08If you plan on taking a trip to New York, a must-have on your itinerary is seeing a show. Many tourists will jump at the chance to see a Broadway musical, and there's nothing wrong with that. But as many locals and theatre connoisseurs will tell you, an Off-Broadway play is the way to go for a more rare and intimate experience.
With more diverse plotlines and experimental performances, Off-Broadway plays are the unsung heroes of the New York theatre scene. Here's a list of some of the best Off-Broadway plays you can buy tickets for in the coming month.
An updated version of the 1800s play Cyrano de Bergerac, this play is sure to win over Game of Thrones fans. Not only does it have the same romance, conflict, and historical ambiance that the hit show possessed, it also stars the beloved Peter Dinklage. Peter plays a sad soldier who doesn't believe anyone could ever truly love him.
As a result, he agrees to try and win over the woman he likes in order to set her up with his more attractive friend. Featuring music from the band The National, this play will have shows at the Daryl Roth Theatre until December 22, 2019.
9 Einstein's Dreams
It's absolutely baffling to try and understand how a genius like Albert Einstein's mind worked -- but this play tries. Based on the 1992 novel of the same name, we travel back in time to 1902 to witness Einstein as a young man. He begins to encounter a mysterious woman as he sleeps, and begins to make more and more epiphanies about the world around him through dreaming.
It is through his dreams that he begins to develop his genius that guides our understanding of the world today. This play will be performed at 59 Theaters until December 14, 2019.
8 Fires in the Mirror
Don't plan to see Fires in the Mirror if you're looking for a comfortable night. This play is guaranteed to make you think -- and feel. This experimental play contains direct quotes from real interviews of fifty people from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, after an African-American young boy and an Orthodox Jew are both found murdered in 1991.
This play brings to life real voices and events, as well as explores real-life issues involving race and class. This Drama Desk award-winning play will be performed at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre until December 15, 2019.
7 for all the women who thought they were Mad
Joy, whose home country is in Africa, is determined to make it in the corporate world in America - but at what cost? This play shows Joy's female coworkers working together in solidarity in order to combat the racism and sexism that Joy faces in the workplace. All the while, Joy struggles to figure out her values and identity as she tries to keep her head held high.
The story of for all the women who thought they were Mad is tragic and all too true, ensuring this performance will pack a big punch. You can see it at Soho Rep until November 24, 2019.
6 Greater Clements
In the fictional mining town of Greater Clements, Idaho, many blue-collar workers are dreaming for more. As a woman named Maggie contemplates if she should shut down the family’s Mine Tour and Museum for good, her jaded, now-grown son returns to town. While dealing with her past, Maggie gets a glimpse of her potential future after an old friend gives her the opportunity to leave her life in Greater Clements behind.
If you're into conflict involving family, identity and ambition, Greater Clements might be for you. You can see it at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater from November 14, 2019 to January 19, 2020.
5 The Half-Life of Marie Curie
While Marie Curie is recognized for the groundbreaking scientist she was today, in 1912 she was harshly judged as a result of a sex scandal. Fortunately, Marie had her brilliant engineer best friend Hertha Ayrton to help her make it through. Even with every obstacle in their way, Marie and Hertha overcame the adversities to pursue their dreams.
Marie is portrayed by Manifest and Black Panther's Francesca Faridany, while Kate Mulgrew of Star Trek and Orange is the New Black plays Hertha. You can see them perform at the Minetta Lane Theatre from November 12 to December 22, 2019.
4 Monsoon Season
Monsoon Season depicts a separated couple sink terrifyingly - and hilariously - into insanity as they endure monsoon season in Phoenix, Arizona. The woman starts to hallucinate, the man beings to experience blackouts, and dark comedy permeates the story along the way. Could losing their minds at the same time possibly lead them back together?
Marketed as a "depraved romantic comedy for a toxic world," Monsoon Season is perfect for those who try to laugh at life's hardships. The play will have regular performances at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater until November 23, 2019.
Pretentiousness and perfectionism will always backfire on you, as Seared hilariously demonstrates. When an angry chef named Harry finally receives some recognition, his business partner Mike beings to see some potential in the exasperating man. No one is properly able to take Harry to task, however... that is, until Mike hires a clever consultant named Emily. Has Harry finally met his match?
This comedy will keep you laughing throughout the entire 2 hours and 15 minutes. Performances will be at the MCC Theatre until December 15, 2019.
2 The Thin Place
Who doesn't love a good ghost story? A woman becomes acquainted with a spiritual medium, who claims there is a "thin place" where you are able to communicate with our world and the next. Of course, talking to the dead is easier said than done. If you've seen any horror movie in your life, you know this probably won't turn out well!
With plenty of thrills and drama, The Thin Place will have you questioning what is real and what is not. You can go see it at Playwrights Horizons from November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
1 The Play That Goes Wrong
For those who don't like to take things too seriously, The Play That Goes Wrong is the show you should try and see while in New York. The storyline is just that - it's a play that goes wrong. While a group of amateur actors attempt to portray a murder mystery, they begin to mess up at every turn.
You'll see the actors hastily try to get the play back on track throughout flubbed lines and missed cues. It's a barrel of laughs, and you'll cringe so hard your sides will hurt. You can see it at New World Stages until December 30, 2019.