6 New Shows to See During NYC Off-Broadway Week

nycgo.com staff

(Updated 09/10/2019)

A 2-for-1 ticket offer makes Off-Broadway Week, September 23–October 6, a prime time to experience the biggest shows on the City’s smaller stages. This season’s lineup brings revivals of legendary musicals, original plays inspired by true events and pop-culture parodies. No matter your theatrical taste, there’s a show for you. Check out these six participating shows and the reasons to book your ticket for each.

Is This a Room. Courtesy, Vineyard Theatre

Is This a Room?
See it if...you’re into conspiracy theories.
For those who have spent hours googling Julian Assange and Edward Snowden (or just keeping up with current events), this staging of Reality Winner’s 2017 saga will be right up your browsing-history alley. Take a deep dive into the compelling story of this former intelligence agent who was convicted of leaking classified information, and explore what patriotism and honor mean along the way.

Fiddler on the Roof. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Fiddler on the Roof
See it if...you want a buzzy revival of a classic musical.
If you’re already humming along to one of this musical’s famous numbers, it may be time to relive Tevye’s timeless story. After an acclaimed production at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the show has settled into a successful Off-Broadway run, performed entirely in Yiddish with English supertitles and directed by Tony winner Joel Grey.

The Office! A Musical Parody. Photo: Russ Rowland

The Office! A Musical Parody
See it if...you love quoting the TV show that serves as the inspiration.
This tribute to the Dunder Mifflin gang comes from a long line of similar, TV-inspired musicals (Friends! The Musical Parody; Full House The Musical!; Katdashians! Break the Musical!) courtesy of writers Bob and Tobly McSmith. Fans of the Scranton-set sitcom won’t want to miss this “unauthorized musical parody” and all its inside jokes.

Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo
See it if...you want to experience a new kind of stand-up.
Do you like comedy? Expand your humor horizons at this showcase of rakugo, a 400-year-old art of storytelling from Japan. Katsura Sunshine entertains audiences with comedic monologues and stories that come to life through the minimal props: only a fan and a hand towel.

Rock of Ages. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Rock of Ages
See it if...you like your theater with a side of hair metal.
You might remember this show from its Tony-nominated run on Broadway. Now the big hair and power ballads are back to take on Off-Broadway. Come to hear the story of two small-town wannabes trying to catch their big breaks in LA; stay to sing along to the rock ’n’ roll score, featuring classics like “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Here I Go Again.”

Scotland, PA
See it if...
you want to find out where Shakespeare and fast food meet.
Macbeth gets a modern update and suburban setting in this musical comedy, inspired by the 2001 film of the same name. Watch as the McBeths, a Pennsylvania couple, take ambition, the American dream and a side of fries and turn them into a murderous plot to take over the town burger joint.