The Off-Broadway Alliance once again presents 20at20, a 20-day bonanza of cheap tickets to some of the most interesting off Broadway shows on the boards. Revisit a favorite or dare to see something new so you have something to brag about at Sunday brunch.
The Broadway Blog highlights our picks from this year’s line-up, but there’s no need to be picky. At this price, you can see more than one. Simply arrive at the theater 20 minutes before curtain and request a “20at20” ticket (limited availability). The offer runs January 20 through February 8.
Creative stagecraft, poetic storytelling, and music converge in a uniquely theatrical experience that tells of one of the world’s most haunting and visionary writers, Edgar Allen Poe. Originally produced by Catalyst Theatre in 2009 to commemorate the bicentennial of Poe’s birth, Nevermore then played to sold-out houses at New York City’s New Victory Theatre. The production has continued to evolve and returns with even more wild theatricality.
Rap Guide to Religion
Baba Brinkman returns to SoHo Playhouse for an encore performance of his unique riff on religion. The fourth off-Broadway show written by and starring Drama Desk Award-nominee Baba Brinkman, Rap Guide to Religion is a 75-minute, peer-reviewed rap scripture about the science of religion, from tribal animism to Islam to Justin Bieber thanking God at the MTV Teen Choice Awards. The result is one third rap concert, one third comedy, and one third TED talk, adding up to a whole new species of off Broadway theater.
Last year we had Bryan Cranston as LBJ in All the Way and this year brings Chicago actor Ronald Keaton as Winston Churchill. The memory play takes place post-World War II, as Churchill reflects upon his failures and his successes; his love of art, liquor and women; and the bravery of Britain’s finest hour.
Theater fans know that Avenue Q actually began off Broadway before moving to the Golden Theatre where it ran for more than six years and won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. If you’ve been living under a Fraggle Rock for the last decade, the show is a hilarious romp about becoming an adult in New York City, all told through the use of innovative puppeteering. But this show isn’t exactly kid friendly, as it addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn.