Discovering the vibrant landscape of Off and Off-Off Broadway reveals a tapestry of diverse narratives and artistic innovations that defy conventional norms. Here’s a glimpse into the upcoming performances that promise to captivate audiences with their unique storytelling and creative prowess.

Off and Off-Off Broadway Shows

  1. Scarlett Dreams (Drama) blends reality and fantasy when a VR fitness app transports a woman into a mysterious virtual world. Previews began April 6 with Opening Night set for April 15 at Greenwich House Theater (27 Barrow St, New York, NY). Written and Directed by S. Asher Gelman, the cast features Brittany Bellizeare, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Caroline Lellouche, and Boris Anthony York.–Jim Byk/Shane Marshall Brown/Nina Marie Ward
  2. Winesday: The Wine Tasting Musical (Musical, Comedy) opens May 8 at The Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center (216 W 42nd St, New York, NY). A hilarious look at a group of women who use a book club or yoga class as an excuse to indulge in wine and share their lives. Each scene is paired with a wine tasting for the audience. Book & Lyrics by Jenne Wason, Music by Joseph Benoit, Directed by Jamibeth Margolis, Musical Director Alec Bart. Starring Dawn Cantwell, Jennifer Diamond, Debra Thais Evans, Shannen Hofheimer, and Amanda Lea Lavergne–Joe Trentacosta
  3. Lighthouse Series at SoHo Playhouse (April 18 – May 5) (230 Thompson St, New York, NY) This competition showcases new works by NYC up-and-coming talents. Each night features a group of short plays. Winners move on to the next round and an overall winner is chosen for a full production in 2025. Visit https://www.sohoplayhouse.com/lighthouse-series for the full lineup.–David Gibbs
  1. Awkward Teenage Years (Comedy Storytelling) FRIGID New York and Pale Girl Productions (Will Clegg and Grant Bowen, producers) bring you a night of hilarious true stories about the agonies and triumphs of adolescence. Storytellers share their experiences with first loves, academic struggles, finding your tribe, and navigating the awkward journey of growing up. Hosted by Will Clegg, this month’s lineup features Adam Selbst, David Hu, Hamdan Azhar, Bailey Swilley, and more. Catch it on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30 PM at UNDER St. Marks (94 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009). Tickets are $15 and available online at https://www.frigid.nyc/event/6897:26/ –Emily Owens
  2. Redemption Story (Drama) The Associates Theater Ensemble presents a new drama by Peregrine Teng Heard, directed by Sarah Blush. Set in a 1971 Los Angeles diner, Redemption Story explores themes of alienation, complicated family dynamics, and self-discovery. Connie Lee, a faded actress haunted by past mistakes, is forced to confront them when a young man enters the diner. Redemption Story runs May 4-19 at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019). Press performances are Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 5 at 7:30 PM, with opening night on Monday, May 6 at 7:30 PM. The show runs approximately 100 minutes with no intermission.–Emily Owens
  3. In the Common Hour (Abstract, Phantasmagoric Multimedia Performance Piece) The New Stage Theatre Company (NTSC) presents “In the Common Hour,” an abstract and phantasmagoric multimedia performance piece conceived and directed by Ildiko Nemeth from an original text by Marie Glancy O’Shea, developed in collaboration with the ensemble. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Crossed Destinies series, the play explores the unspoken anxieties and desires of a group of travelers stranded at a Route 66 motel. Known for their bold visuals and dark humor, NTSC promises a unique theatrical experience. “In the Common Hour” runs April 19 to May 4 at New Stage Performance Space (36 W. 106th Street).—Jonathan Slaff

Note: While not technically Off-Off Broadway, the new musical Guns & Powder is also worth mentioning.

7. Guns & Powder (Musical)

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee – Producing Artistic Director; Michael Stotts – Executive Director) brings you a brand new musical based on the incredible true story of African American twin sisters, Mary and Martha Clarke.

Disguised as white men in the unforgiving landscape of the 1890s Texas Wild West, Mary and Martha embark on a daring adventure to save their family’s home. Their journey confronts them with complex issues of race, the enduring strength of family bonds, and the pursuit of self-discovery.  Runs April 4 – May 5, 2024 at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, New Jersey). Opening Night: April 14.–Emily Owens

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(Gemini, Perplexity, and Chat GPT provided writing for this article.)

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