The Must-See Off-Broadway Shows In New York City

Avenue Q rehearsals | © The Skyline View/Flickr
Avenue Q rehearsals | © The Skyline View/Flickr
Photo of Kaycia Sailsman
14 October 2016

It’s nearly impossible to think of New York City without envisioning its unparalleled performing arts culture. NYC has no shortage of world famous, long-running hits on the Great White Way, but here, The Culture Trip shifts its sights to some of the city’s smaller productions.

Avenue Q

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Avenue Q rehearsals | © The Skyline View/Flickr
Avenue Q rehearsals | © The Skyline View/Flickr
This long-running comedy has become a household name and a must-see for any edgy, Off-Broadway enthusiast with a sense of humor. Childish muppet-like characters take center stage in this laugh-out-loud production, tackling sensitive issues such as racism and sexuality. Don’t miss Avenue Q at New World Stages in Hell’s Kitchen through December 31st, 2016.

Angel Reapers

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Currently playing at the Signature Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen,Angel Reapers transports you back to the 18th century — a time in which an early American religious sect called the Shakers aimed to connect with God and achieve divine purity through strict celibacy and ritual. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry and MacArthur ‘Genius’ Martha Clarke, Angel Reapers is a must-see performance featuring an eclectic mix of traditional Shaker song and dance fused with modern choreography.

Blue Man Group

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Blue Man Group | © Steve Jurvetson/Flickr
Blue Man Group | © Steve Jurvetson/Flickr
One of the most rhythmic and colorful Off-Broadway experiences, the Blue Man Group is a must-see musical — and sensory — performance. This is definitely one for the tourists, but it promises to be a lively evening of on-your-feet entertainment. The Blue Man Group will be performing at the Astor Place Theatre through December 31st, 2016.

The Body of an American

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The Body of an American tells the hard-hitting tale of Paul Watson, a middle-aged war reporter who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after spending an extended period of time documenting events in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Syria, and Somalia. Exploring the cost of a lifetime of witnessed violence, The Body of an American is one of Off-Broadway’s most emotionally-gripping productions. Catch it at the West Village’s Cherry Lane Theatre.

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