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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC (Dec. 6 Edition)

December 6, 2019 by Abby Bien
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Let’s be honest — it’s been a weird year decade. So, why not lean into the absurdity and take yourself to a show that has enough laughs, creativity, and quirkiness to carry you into the end of the 2010s? We’ve put some of our personal faves below; check them out and invite your friends to join your end-of-the-year experiences with the full list.

Jacqueline Novak: Get On Your Knees
West Village, Manhattan 
Stand-Up Comedy 

This New York Times Critic’s Pick is the most high-brow show about the absurdity of having a body you’ll ever see. It’s part (super hilarious) stand-up, part feminist outcry, part coming-of-age story.

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EXTRA: A Burlesque Revue
House of Yes, Brooklyn
Burlesque

The House of Yes specializes in being too much, doing too much, and having the perfect amount of fun. Join them for “EXTRA,” a burlesque show that will exercise your imagination in all the right ways.

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A Very Meow Meow Holiday Show
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Holiday, Music, Comedy 

Come all ye seekers of yuletide delight and mayhem: join New Yorker performer of the year Meow Meow as she makes her BAM debut with a dazzling holiday show full of glitter and satire.

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The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays
Midtown, Manhattan 
Broadway, Magic

Remember how magical the holidays were when you were a kid? Take a break from the realities of adulthood and wrap yourself in the joyful wonderment of “The Illusionists” — a smörgåsbord of the world’s best magic.

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‘Twas the Night Before… by Cirque du Soleil
Madison Square Garden, Manhattan
Off-Broadway, Circus

This is a modern spin on the holiday classic — like only Cirque du Soleil could imagine. When a curious girl is jaded by the hoopla of the holidays, she’s whisked away to an upside-down, inside-out world. Will you join her?

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Anna Karenina: a riff!
TriBeCa, Manhattan 
Musical, Adaptation

This is not your grandma’s Tolstoy. Step into a zany reimagining of the Russian classic, complete with an original folk-punk score, rebellion, and plenty of laughs.

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