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Off-Broadway shows to see this summer

May 19, 2022 by Diep Tran
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The Tony nominations are out and all of this season’s new Broadway shows have opened, but that doesn’t mean theatre in New York City is done for the season. In fact, new, must-see shows are continuing to open off Broadway throughout the summer.

You can get tickets to tons of them with TodayTix’s 100K Seat Sale, which celebrates just how much theatre New York has to offer. Broadway tickets are available for under $49 and under $99, and so are tons of Off-Broadway tickets!

From Pulitzer-winning plays to new musicals to a parody of Titanic, here are the Off-Broadway shows you can see this summer.

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Fat Ham

Fat Ham

James Ijames’s contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet just won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In this irreverent, modern take, Hamlet is now Juicy, a gay Black teenager whose life is turned upside down when the ghost of his father shows up. And don’t worry about the show being a bummer; Fat Ham promises to be funny. Juicy’s family owns a barbecue restaurant, and the play ends with a disco party. Fat Ham runs at The Public Theater through June 12.

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Dreaming Zenzile

Zenzile Miriam Makeba was a South African singer/songwriter and activist, speaking out powerfully against apartheid. Her nickname was Mama Africa, and her life is now getting the musical treatment in this new work by Somi Kakoma (who also stars as Makeba) and directed by Tony nominee Lileana Blain-Cruz. The musical includes Makeba’s songs, letting audiences know more about the life and music of this civil rights hero. Dreaming Zenzile runs at New York Theatre Workshop through June 26.

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Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion

Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion

With recent headlines, you might think a show about abortion can’t possibly be funny. But stand-up comic Alison Leiby wants to challenge that assumption. Ilana Glazer is the producer behind the show, so it’s likely that Leiby’s brand of comedy about her own abortion experience may be just what you need to take the edge off of the recent headlines. Audiences seem to think so, as Leiby’s show has extended its original run. And it’s not just a show: For every dollar you donate to an abortion fund after the show, Bad Robot Productions will match it. Oh God, A Show About Abortion runs at the Cherry Lane Theatre until June 30. 

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Snow in Midsummer

Snow in Midsummer

Classic Stage Company is known for producing contemporary takes on classic works. But it’s rare for the organization to produce plays from the Eastern canon. Snow in Midsummer by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig is a new direction for the popular Off-Broadway theatre. It’s a contemporary adaptation of The Injustice to Dou Yi That Moved Heaven and Earth by Guan Hanqing, about a young widow who is executed for a crime she didn’t commit, but not before she places a curse on the town. If you’re not familiar with Eastern classics, Snow in Midsummer is a stirring introduction. Snow in Midsummer runs at Classic Stage Company through July 9.

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Alex Edelman: Just For Us

Alex Edelman: Just For Us

Alex Edelman’s one-man stand-up comedy show Just For Us was supposed to have a short run back in January, but it kept getting sold out. Now the show is playing a second encore run at the Greenwich House Theater. In this show, Edelman, who is Jewish, infiltrates a white nationalist meeting. Awkwardness and hilarity ensues. Just For Us runs at the Greenwich House Theater until July 23. 

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Islander

Islander

Aside from Brigadoon, not many musicals are set in Scotland. Unlike that sprawling musical, though, Islander is a smaller affair. It has two actors, Bethany Tennick and Kirsty Findlay, who play all the denizens of a small island in Scotland (and a whale), and they also sing a cappella, creating the harmonies just using their mouths and a sound looper. How these two women pull it off is truly a magical feat. Islander was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the show now runs at Playhouse 46 @ St Luke’s through July 31.

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Oresteia and Hamlet

These are technically two shows, but they are running in repertory at the gigantic Park Avenue Armory. A single company of actors performs both Aeschylus’s Oresteia (the title role played by The Crown’s Lia Williams) and Shakespeare’s Hamlet (the title role played by Black Mirror’s Alex Lawther). Both plays are given the modern treatment and originally ran to critical acclaim in London. Hamlet runs June 1 to August 13, and Oresteia runs June 9 to August 13, both at the Armory.

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Titanique

Since the premiere of the hit film Titanic, one question has plagued viewers’ minds: Couldn’t Jack and Rose both fit on that door? This new musical Titanique will try to answer that question and then some. Titanique was sold out when it first premiered in NYC in 2018. Now the musical by Constantine Rousouli, Tye Blue, and Marla Mindelle is returning for an encore voyage. Mindelle plays Céline Dion, who hijacks a Titanic event to give her own spin on the film, with some powerhouse vocals. The heart does go on, but you may not want to leave after seeing Titanique. Titanique runs at the Asylum Theatre from June 14 to September 25.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Since its opening in 2019, Little Shop of Horrors has contained a revolving door of spectacular Seymours including Jonathan Groff, Jeremy Jordan, and Conrad Ricamora. Now Audrey II has a new owner: Skylar Astin (Spring Awakening, Pitch Perfect). So if you’ve never seen Little Shop, or you want to make a repeat visit, Astin (along with Tammy Blanchard and Andrew Call) gives you a delectable reason to visit Mushnik’s Flower Shop. Little Shop of Horrors has an open run at the ​​Westside Theatre.

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The Bedwetter

Sarah Silverman’s highly anticipated new musical is based on her memoir of the same name. The creative team is stacked: The book is written by Bad Jews playwright Joshua Harmon, and the music is by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s composer Adam Schlesinger. (The Bedwetter is Schlesinger’s final project; he died of Covid-19 in 2020.) The cast is also formidable, with the legendary Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago), Caissie Levy (Frozen), and Zoe Glick as a young Silverman. The Bedwetter runs at Atlantic Theater Company until July 3.

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