Beer, wine and comedy at a cheap price? No wonder so many people pack Chelsea’s Magnet Theater daily. Shows here run the gamut from long form improv and scripted sketch comedy to storytelling and a variety of free performance opportunities for anyone willing to get on stage. Shows at the Magnet never seem to top $10, and are often free. The 70-odd seats don’t make for a very big venue, but that also means there isn't a bad spot in the house, and you’ll have a perfect sightline the next time some celebrity drops in to perform. Classes in improv, storytelling and comedy writing are also offered at the Training Center Studio, one block north. If you’re looking for a cheap laugh, or want to inspire it in others, the Magnet is a great place to start.
Founded by philosopher, playwright, and actor Johannes Galli, the Galli Theater celebrates childhood and strives to help its actors and audiences reveal their true selves with modern adaptations of fairy tales. Each year the nonprofit organization produces more than eight family-friendly productions designed to "help participants gain self-confidence, learn new languages and cultures, improve acting skills, and increase health and wellness," according to its website. With performances of well-known and widely loved titles such as Aladdin, The Princess and the Pea, and Snow White, both audiences and actors leave each show having learned valuable life lessons and different clapping styles.
Within the intimate confines of the 13th Street Repertory Company, actor and comedian Andrew Goffman relives his transformation from child to man during a comedic one-man show. He spins the tale of his fall from innocence, which began with the discovery of his father’s collection of 96 erotic VHS tapes and his teddy bear's secret life as an illegal arms dealer. Having performed in 158 venues across North America, Goffman relies on his comedic chops to make audiences guffaw throughout the 90-minute performance.
Written by Warran Manzi, Perfect Crime has compelled and delighted audiences for 23 years with its thrilling plot and mysterious characters, earning the impressive distinction as the longest-running non-musical play in New York theater history. Actress Catherine Russell's juggernaut run in the lead role of Margaret Brent stretches back to the original performance in 1987, earning her the moniker “the Cal Ripken of Broadway.” Sit and spectate as she plays a Harvard-educated psychiatrist charged with killing her affluent British husband over and over for the last 23 years. The play also stars Saved by the Bell's George McDaniel as a deranged patient and All My Children's Richard Shoberg as the detective trying to figure out who committed murder and who stole his lip balm before the show.
With the recent success of Slumdog Millionaire and the return of the McRib, Bollywood influence is quickly spreading and slowly infusing its upbeat and tastefully seductive moves into the American dance scene. Since 2005, Dhoonya has been at the forefront of this dance dance revolution, which was solidified when they made it to the big leagues—Oprah. The team features a solid army of dedicated move masters ready to take newcomers under their wing like a stoic eagle adopting an abecedarian puffin.
For 26 years, The Drama Desk and Coming Up Taller Award-winning TADA! has been providing young people of all different backgrounds, including a large number of disadvantaged children and families, the opportunity to explore and perform musical theater together in an educational, supportive, and professional environment.