Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC This Weekend (May 25 – 27)
A Strauss symphony that features bird calls, a fully-improvised hip-hopera, a punishment game show featuring a giant egg-smashing chicken, and more this weekend in New York City. Let’s. Get. Weird.
Brooklyn, Fort Greene
Didn’t think you needed another take on “Alice in Wonderland” in your life? You do and it’s called “Your Alice.” Catch the limited engagement of the whimsical and touching new play at BAM before it heads to Edinburgh. Stroll down 5th Avenue before the show, where there are plenty of adorable stores (including Bird, Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company, and Beacon’s Closet). While your’e in the neighborhood, grab a beer at Three’s Brewing.
Comedy, Play, Immersive, Shakespeare
The premise is simple: One professional actor has five shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform in a Shakespeare play. The result: a hilarious night that’s part play, part comedy, and part drunken mess in an intimate midtown space that’s converted to be a mysterious library (with a bar, of course). The ideal outing with pals, when your brother is in town, or when you’re trying to impress your Bumble date with how chill and in-the-know you are.
Bychkov Conducts “An Alpine Symphony”
Lincoln Center, Manhattan
Okay, this is a seriously epic performance and one of those once-in-a-lifetime kind of deals. Strauss’s “An Alpine Symphony” requires 125 musicians, many playing on wind and thunder machines, cow bells, and bird calls, plus 16 off-stage brass players! This musical extravaganza takes you along for the journey on a daylong hike, and you’ll hear what a sunrise sounds like.
Friends, this show involves a giant egg-smashing chicken. If you’re ready for something seriously funny and honestly, truly bizarre, this is the show for you. Sip sake and nom on tasty sushi while watching four comedy warriors compete in challenges to avoid electric shocks, paintballs, and yes the giant egg-smashing chicken.
Anybody: An Improvised Hip-Hopera with North Coast
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Comedy, Improv, Musical
Improv troupe North Coast is known for their seamless melding of freestyle rapping and improv comedy. In the wake of “Hamilton’s” smash success, they came up with the brilliant idea of taking their impeccable improv skills and using them to quench our thirst for historical hip-hop musicals. Each performance they take one of your favorite folks from history (think Nikola Tesla, Frederick Douglas, Louisa May Alcott, etc.) and perform a fully improvised “hop-hopera” around that figure’s life. As if this show couldn’t get any better, it’s at one of our favorite Lower East Side venues, CAVEAT, where the drinks are good, and the crowds are bound to be cool people who are bound to be your friends.
Plan ahead alert! If you want to see 10-minute musicals, General Colin Powell, or a new Elevator Repair Service play, don’t sleep on snagging tickets.
Sound Bites 5.0
Love musicals but have a short attention span? This is the festival for you. Now in its fifth year, “Sound Bites 5.0” is a festival of brand-new 10-minute musicals by up-and-coming writers, composers, and lyricists. We love this festival not only because it’s fun but because it’s a great chance to see a huge swath of young musical theater talent.
An Evening with General Colin Powell
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Colin Powell served as a four-star general, National Security Advisor and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before he was appointed the first African-American U.S. Secretary of State by George W. Bush in 2001. In this rare one-night-only event, Emanu-El Streicker Center welcomes Secretary Powell for a look back at his American journey, from the Bronx to the bestseller list and the many years of history-making public service in between. Tickets are extremely limited so act fast!
Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf
Lower East Side, Manhattan
The New York Times calls Elevator Repair Service “one of the city’s few truly essential theater companies,” and guess what? They’re back in action with a world premiere play at Abrons Arts Center. A sharp-witted parody of Albee’s drama, “Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf,” is both a loving homage and fierce feminist take-down. Looking to make a day of it? Take a jaunt over the Williamsburg Bridge for Pies N Thighs.