Off-the-Charts Off-Broadway Shows
Usually we would say “hat’s off!” to all of the incredible Off-Broadway talent in Union Square, but it’s too cold out this winter, so keep your hats on and visit these shows to support our neighborhood’s local theater community! From brand new productions showcasing violence in South Africa and marriage at the turn of the 20th century, to new spring shows on love and family and last-chance performances of modern feminist tales, Union Square’s local theaters all have something special to share this season.
New to the Neighborhood
Classic Stage | Mies Julie + dance of death
136 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
Yaël Farber brings a fierce adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie to Classic Stage, as it resets the classic play to a farmhouse in the Karoo of South Africa on the evening of the annual Freedom Day celebration. Directed by Sharif Ali, this play unravels a brutal battle fueled by gender, race, power, and ancestral domain. Purchase tickets now until March 10th!
Note: Please be advised this production is recommended for ages 18+. It contains nudity as well as graphic depictions of sex and sexual violence, in addition to haze + strobe light effects.
Also hitting the Classic Stage is Dance of Death - a play by August Strindberg - ahead of its time in its examination of marriage and the social institutions governing it. Retired military man Edgar and his wife Alice have given up on any semblance of civility toward each other on the threshold of their 25th wedding anniversary. Due to their isolation, however, they are as codependent as they are hateful. This play is a version by Conor McPherson and directed by Victoria Clark and tickets are on sale now until March 10th!
Vineyard Theatre | “Daddy”
108 E 15th St, New York, NY 10003
Featured as The New York Time’s Critic Pick, the Vineyard Theatre’s last show Good Grief, was quite the showstopper, and we’re expecting nothing less from their newest production! By Jeremy O. Harris, the searing new play “Daddy” explores intimacy and identity in a bold and beautiful way. Franklin (Ronald Peet), a young black artist on the verge of his first show, meets Andre (Alan Cumming), an older white art collector, and before long their feverish link deepens into an irresistible bond. This wildly theatrical world-premiere play directed by the talented Danya Taymor, recipient of The Vineyard's 2018 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, is a co-production from Vineyard Theatre and The New Group. Starting Feb 12th, tickets will be sold through the Vineyard Theatre, but the show will take place at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre in Times Square. Note: This play contains nudity and graphic sexual content.
Daryl Roth Theatre | Gloria: A Life
101 E 15th St, New York, NY 10003
At the Daryl Roth Theatre there’s an empowering show stopper you don’t want to miss. Gloria: A Life is a richly detailed and engaging play all about activist Gloria Steinem’s life. The first act is about Gloria’s story, and the second act is sharing a space to listen to each other. The theater says, “five decades after Gloria Steinem began raising her voice for equality and championing those of others, her vision is as urgent as ever.” Tickets are available until March 31st.
DR2 Theatre | Accidentally Brave
103 E 15th St, New York, NY 10003
Courageous, daring, and unflinchingly honest, Accidentally Brave is an inspiring true story about discovering a new normal when everything you thought you knew comes undone. With raw vulnerability and unexpected humor, actor and playwright Maddie Corman shares her story of perseverance and hope when the unthinkable tests her marriage, family and values. This new play hitting the stage is a must see that explores what it means to navigate a world with no certainty. Performances begin March 11th.