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Winter 2015's 5 Unmissable Off-Broadway Shows
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Winter 2015's 5 Unmissable Off-Broadway Shows

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Updated: 6 January 2017
In New York City, audiences can choose from dozens of live theatrical performances six days out of the week. While some of New York’s most popular shows take place on the famed stages of Broadway, there are also many vibrant, innovative and moving plays (old and new) that take place off-Broadway. With a little extra effort, checking out an off-Broadway show is one of the best ways to see new and exciting theater. We profile five exceptional off-Broadway shows in the winter of 2015.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Longtime playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis often takes his audiences to places that feel familiar, but a little off. His play Between Riverside and Crazy, is a slow burn, revealing the standard relationships of fathers and sons, girlfriends and boyfriends, mentors and friends are not always what they seem. The story follows Pops, patriarch of the family and retired cop, dealing with a revolving door of people who want something from him. Pops has to maneuver through this minefield of relatives, friends, and former colleagues to not only save himself, but his apartment from eviction. Adly Guirgis brings to life this chaotic world where talk is cheap, but someone has to pay the price. It was a must-see for anyone whose family has ever driven them to the brink.

2econd Stage Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street, New York, USA +1 212 246 4422

A Month in the Country

What can be sexier (or funnier) than watching the restrained sexual dealings of the Russian aristocracy in the 1840s? Ivan Turgenev’s marvelously keen comedy of manners delighted in all the ways stimulating and entertaining. When an aristocratic landowner and his wife, Natalya Petrovna, hire a tutor for their son, Natayla soon realizes how bored and lonesome she has been. Misunderstandings, misinterpretations and rivalries for the tutor’s affection soon barrage Natalya in her quest. This lively glimpse into the way life used to be over 150 years ago, yet this comedy does not feel outdated. At the heart, A Month in the Country shows the audience the torture of unrequited love, no matter the time and place.

Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13th Street, New York, USA +1 212 677 4210

The Road to Damascus

Tom Dulack’s play imagines a future where once thought impossibilities are now realities—not only in the United States but also across the world. Written in 2007, the author conceived a not too distant future where the first black Pope is in the Vatican, the first third party President is in the White House, and the imminent possibility of a full-scale civil war erupting in Syria. It’s a realistic portrait of just how intricate and delicate international relationships are across religious and political lines. Where do the lines cross? Should the line be crossed? What are the consequences? The Road to Damascus analyzes all of the intricacies, policies, and back-room dealings that take place on a global scale to avoid a civil war— giving us insight into what could be a very real possibility in our world today.

59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, New York, USA +1 212 753 5959

The Way We Get By

The Way We Get By is by critically acclaimed playwright Neil LaBute. Following the one-night stand of Doug and Beth after a drunken wedding encounter, they awake to contemplate the rules of sex and everything they ever thought they knew about it. Using his signature style of terse, highly colloquial language, the author will transport the audience into a place of deep thought and reflection. The Way We Get By entertains not so much on its actions, but by the honesty and ruminations of Doug and Mary as they talk. If you’ve ever sat around a table with your friends (or strangers) after a long night of drinking and then pondering the world and your place in it, this is the play for you.

2econd Stage Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street, New York, USA +1 212 246 4422

Posterity

One of the few off-Broadway shows to be commissioned in the winter of 2015, Posterity is the latest work by Tony award-winning playwright Doug Wright. For people who are fans of history, literature or the prolific playwright Henrick Ibsen, this is the play to see. Mixing the real with the imagined, Posterity takes place during an imagined interaction between Ibsen and the sculptor sent to create his bust. Through this encounter, Doug Wright peels back the layers of Ibsen and the fear of being forgotten.

Atlantic Theater Company, 336 West 20th Street, New York, USA +1 212 691 5919