Believe it or not, there’s a whole lot more to New York City theater than what’s on Broadway. In fact, some of the city’s most fun new plays can be found Off-Broadway in smaller, more intimate venues. So, if you’re looking for a less expensive ticket or just want to check out something new and exciting, here are some of the top Off-Broadway plays in NYC.
3 Off-Broadway Plays You Don’t Want to Miss
Blue Man Group
Granted you don’t necessarily need to be in New York to catch this global phenomenon, but Blue Man Group is an Off-Broadway play that’s certainly worth the price of admission.
In the show, three deadpan, blue-skinned men bang drums of paint and create splashes of color as they’re backed by a full rock band. What results is a hilarious, awe-inspiring performance for all ages, full of exuberance and wonder.
Just be advised, the show schedule can vary from week to week. On some days, there are up to four showings—on others there are none. Click here to check out the schedule or buy tickets for an upcoming performance at the Astor Place Theatre in the East Village.
As one of the longest-running Off-Broadway plays of all-time, Avenue Q continues to make generations of theatergoers laugh and cry at the New World Stages. This famous puppet show tells the story of a wide-eyed college graduate named Princeton who moves to NYC to follow his dreams.
What ensues is a heartwarming story full of Sesame Street-style tunes about valuable life lessons, sung by hilarious, yet charming leads. To purchase tickets or view show times, click here. But don’t wait too long, the play ends for good after April!
In the style of Comedy Central’s Drunk History, Drunk Shakespeare involves an actor who drinks and tries to act out a play from the famous bard. The show takes place at the Lounge, a hidden library on 47th Street and 8th Avenue, featuring craft cocktails and over 15 thousand books.
In the show, five actors make up the Drunk Shakespeare Society. After one of them takes at least five shots of whiskey, they must overconfidently attempt to perform the play while the four other sober actors try to keep them on track. Hilarity and mayhem ensues.
Best of all, every show is guaranteed to be different depending on who is performing—and what they’re drinking. For the performance schedule and tickets, click here. Just remember, this Off-Broadway play is only open to those 21 and over.
Although they’re not as highly-regarded as their counterparts, Off-Broadways plays are part of the fiber that makes New York City theater so great!