• The Kraine Theater
  • Sunday January 19th 11:30AM
  • Show Up, Kids!
  • Following critically acclaimed runs in NYC, Hollywood, and the UK, Peter Michael Marino’s interactive "Show Up, Kids!” is back for a limited run. This entirely unique, semi-improvised, family show for kids 3-10 years old puts a comedic twist on the traditional kids’ show. When the main attraction doesn’t show up, Pete enlists the kids (and adults) to help create a show from set to sound, plot to props, and costumes to characters. What could possibly go wrong?Running time: 60 minutes Directed by Michole Biancosino Music by Michael Andrew New York Times PICK ***** “Marino handles the unpredictability of working with children in an improvised environment with great skill and grace, putting on a fantastic performance which my children were talking about long after the show.” - Backstage on the Fringe “This show is not like any other show. Usually, the kids are just watching things happen, but here, kids are actually part of the show. Pete definitely has a superpower!”- Kids News NYC “Fantastic fun! A one-man whirling dervish of energy, comic timing, physical agility, and out and out hilarity. The kids were absolutely mesmerized!” - The Front Row Center **** “Hilarious! Marino knows what kids find funny. A show of this caliber is an opportunity to show up for!” - The Wee Review
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  • Monday January 20th 7:00PM
  • Lifting As You Climb: Mentoring, Mentorship and Bridging the Divide in Theater
  • In the deepening generational divide, how can emerging artists eager to connect and access opportunities find mentorship from midcareer and established artists across disciplines in the theater? In this panel discussion we will also explore ways to break down barriers that have existed between generations and examine how artists of all ages can learn from and empower each other. 
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  • Monday January 20th 9:00PM
  • Vintage Basement with Max and Nicky
  • From twin brothers Max and Nicky Weinbach comes a monthly neo-retro night of stand-up comedy and music. Max & Nicky will have you falling in love with their quirky, absurd antics and dovelike musical stylings as they welcome the additional talents of four hilarious stand-up comics. The January 20th lineup features headliners MARK NORMAND, SHANE TORRES, MARIE FAUSTIN, and A SURPRISE GUEST!
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  • Tuesday January 21st 9:00PM
  • The Open Mic at Under St. Marks
  • $5 Tickets always Available at the door. At The Mic Under St. Marks the focus is the stage! Sign-ups get 7 minutes to try anything in one of the most supportive rooms in New York City. Whether it’s a performance art piece, comedy, music, storytelling, dance, or something entirely off the top of your head, you'll find a home in the attentive welcoming community at UNDER St. Marks.
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  • Wednesday January 22nd 9:00PM
  • Hospitality Excluded
  • Bartenders Matt and Julian rant, tell stories, and ask questions all about bartending. Improvisers and more will then come perform based on the things that are discussed.Special guest: Ailin from TetsuPerformances by Hannah Harward, The Regulars, and Beautiful Dreamers.
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  • Thursday January 23rd 7:00PM
  • 11th Annual 10-Minute Play Program
  • directed by Ebony Noelle GoldenPanopticonBy Cyrus AaronThings are heating up outside, and two middle-aged men take a familiar spot in their neighborhood and shoot the breeze. They must face the fact that everything around them is changing, drastically, but the one thing they intend to keep is their perspective.One Morning SoonBy Niccolo Aeed“One Morning Soon” is about what happens after a Messiah is killed. It follows a community of believers as the messiah's religion grows and twists and changes.  It's a play for anyone who wonders: why hasn't God saved us yet?Assumed Positions By Natyna BeanDuring the first night in her new home, Naya discovers how easily a little distance can create a huge impact. When she finds herself arrested by the sudden shifts of someone she previously believed to know even better than herself, she is faced with the conundrum of whether or not she is willing - or able - to get to know this newfound stranger. Maya and RiversBy Tyler English-BeckwithMaya and Rivers are from a dead earth in search of a new life. They find it together, on the moon. If Men Were FlowersBy Jay MazyckThree flowers and a tree have noticed that the plants in their garden has been decreasing in numbers. As their vitality is put into question, they realize their sweet Gardner, Dalia, is hiding a truth that will shake the very ground they call their home. AntepartumBy Deneen Reynolds-KnottTwo pregnant women navigate bedrest and broken expectations in a hospital's Antepartum Unit.I Wish I Could P. (Pay It No Mind) by Mario (Mars) WolfeAriel and Jamil consider the next steps in their future, while Marsha P. Johnson shepherds the lost back home. 
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  • Sunday January 26th 5:30PM
  • Shoppin’ for N.I.G.G.A.S
  • A Full length Play Reading by Garlia JonesPaul Joseph and Guinivere answer an ad in Essence for what they believe to be Ms. Yasha’s dating service and find “Shoppin’ for N.I.G.G.A.S” a dating service insisting that every black woman needs a N.I.G.G.A. and that every black man is one.
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  • Monday January 27th 7:00PM
  • can i touch it?
  • A Full Length Play Reading by Francisca Da Silveira Shay is many things - a business owner, a single mom, a community leader - but there’s one thing she’s definitely not: a pawn in United Bank’s efforts to buy up foreclosed real estate in the heart of Boston’s black community. At risk of losing her own store to the bank, she is forced to choose between a personal fight for her family’s livelihood and a moral fight against gentrification. When pushed to her limits, Shay finds herself in the fantastical peaceful place where women of color have to recede into when they get asked stupid ass questions. Using devices like double casting through onstage wig changes, can i touch it? examines themes of black hair politics, social exclusion and the racial inequity black owned businesses face every day.
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  • Tuesday January 28th 7:00PM
  • Covenant
  • a full-length play reading by York Walker Two years after his sudden disappearance, a guitar player returns to his small town as a blues star, setting into motion rumors that he may have made a deal with the devil to attain his musical genius. Based on the myth of Robert Johnson, Covenant explores the power of belief and tests the thin veil between rumor and truth.
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  • Tuesday January 28th 7:00PM
  • Chemical X: The Powerpuff Girls Improv Show
  • Sugar, spice, and everything nice - plus a heaping dose of Chemical X! Every month, a group of loud actors make up a never-before-seen and never-to-be-seen-again episode of The Powerpuff Girls. We’re not your average improv troupe – we feature iconic characters and voices from the PPG, plus a whole ton of improvised fight choreography. Come visit the city of Townsville, grab a drink, and revel with these femme-fueled butt-kicking superheros!
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  • Wednesday January 29th 7:00PM
  • Hairy and Sherri
  • a full-length play reading by Adrienne DawesDirected by Melissa CrespoHairy and Sherri (Sharon) are an “adorkable” interracial couple living in gentrified East Austin. When they very graciously and very publicly open their home to Ryshi, a 12-year-old former foster care youth with special needs, Hairy and Sherri are confronted with the ugly realities of their marriage and “good” intentions.  “Hairy & Sherri” is a dark comedy that exposes the limitations of the Texas foster care system and the evils of very well-intentioned people. The play was developed at PlySpace's artist-in-residence program (supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts) and featured in the recent NYTimes article "Retreating for the Summer, but Not Heading Backwards."
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  • Under St Marks
  • Wednesday January 29th 9:00PM
  • Special Guests!
  • New York’s best improvisers come together to make funny shit happen. Featuring a special guest monologist, some are writers/actors from your favorite shows and movies, some are comedy's next big voices, others are just interesting weirdos. No matter what, they have great stories to tell. Our monologist tells stories based off an audience suggestion, and the improvisers use this off-the cuff story to create a hilarious show for you!Also featuring an opening group from New York's indie improv scene! 
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  • Thursday January 30th 7:00PM
  • Sisterhood in the Time of the Apocalypse
  • a full length play reading by Kendra AugustinDirected by Niccolo Aeed Sisterhood in the Time of the Apocalypse is a surrealist tragicomedy about a teenager who runs away from the circus and abandons her family, and 10 years later is reunited with her sister in a hot air balloon at the end of the world.This is a full length version of a play that was presented as a 10-minute play in TFTT season 10.
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  • Saturday February 1st 2:30PM
  • The Magician's Assistant!
  • The magician is sick in bed but the show must go on! Enter, “The Magician’s Assistant,” who blunders onstage and has to entertain the crowd, without knowing how to perform any magic tricks. No rabbits. No tricks. No problem! This adult friendly physical comedy for kids 3-10 is about the transformative power of believing in yourself and asking for help.  Creator, performer, and clown Mélissa Smith switches characters with expert comedic flare, finding a delicate balance between chaos and control, vulnerability and confidence. “The Magician's Assistant” encourages empathy, laughter, and eating your veggies!  Runtime 50 minutes. After it’s NY debut in Frigid Festival 2017 The Magician’s Assistant went on to play for elementray students from all 5 boroughs at The Tank and as part of the innagural Family Series Program at the Strand Theater in Rockland Maine. Pre show activities and video projections and animation by Ingrid Larson add an extra dose of unexpected folly to the show.  "The Magician's Assistant is the perfect show for families -- hilarious and full of heart! Mélissa Smith is a world-class comedienne whose charm is infectious. The expressions of pure joy on the faces of the young audience members is a true testament to the magic of her performance!" -Brittany Parker, Strand Theatre
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  • Saturday February 1st 10:30PM
  • Sleepover: A Comedy Show, with Variety
  • A comedy show, with variety! Comedian Amanda Van Nostrand hosts 'Sleepover' as the middle-school version of herself. Featuring some of New York's finest and funniest stand up comics, musicians, storytellers--let's stay up late and piss our parents off.Alex Murray and Paul AsheyMike BrownCamille TheobaldAnita Flores Emily Walshand Robert Allen*lineup is subject to change*
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  • Sunday February 2nd 8:00PM
  • Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off
  • Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off! features hilarious female comics and sublime burlesque acts.  They are in films, seen on TV, and perform at venues all over the world. NYC performer Jillaine Gill brings this sexy, explosively talented show to you the first Sunday of every month.  January Lineup:Subhah AgarwalChristi ChielloMaria HeineggJoyelle Nicole JohnsonLil' Miss LixxFem AppealMary CynMiss Frankie EleanorDJ Venatrix and Kitten Clara CoquetteHosted by Jillaine Gill and special guest Ginger Twist
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  • Monday February 3rd 7:00PM
  • FEAST: A Performance Series
  • Feast: A Performance Series invites you to the table for a fresh and delicious three-course performance series. Co-curators Conrad Kluck and Alex Randrup offer an evening of performances from the worlds of theater, music, dance and poetry, including a new work-in-progress staged reading by our monthly featured playwright. We're cooking up new works every month!
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  • Tuesday February 4th 7:00PM
  • Lucie Pohl's Immigrant Jam
  • Lucie Pohl's Immigrant Jam is a night to celebrate being from somewhere else! Immigrant stand ups, storytellers + character comics do their funniest immigration material or non immigrants do their immigration-inspired material! Accents celebrated, wanted, welcome!
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  • Wednesday February 5th 7:30PM
  • Funny Women of A Certain Age
  • Funny Women of a Certain Age Comedy is a show straight from the unfettered mouths and uninhibited minds of the funniest, most daring, most experienced people in comedy: the women that have seen it all. They’ve raised children both on and off the road with big hairy club bouncers cradling their babies while onstage. These women have stayed in comedy condos where you don’t want to use a blacklight on anything. They’ve been told women aren’t funny and asked to trade sexual favors for work. Trust us, they have A LOT to say, and they say it hysterically. Women of a Certain Age Comedy: created and produced by veteran comedian Carole Montgomery A comedy show for the ages. Female comics who tell it like it is cause they just don't give a crap anymore
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