Celebrity Stars of NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM

Brian Sloan
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NYC Off-Broadway Week returns September 25–October 8, offering two-for-one tickets to a diverse and fascinating batch of shows. The program packs some star power, too, as big names light up stages all over town. This year, well-known actors like Ellen Burstyn and Michael Urie are performing in intimate productions at some of the City’s most distinguished small theaters.

Burstyn, who got her start on Broadway 60 years ago, heads to the East Village’s 199-seat Classic Stage Company for Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Blair Brown, another New York stage veteran (currently on Orange Is the New Black), stars in On the Shore of the Wide World, a British family drama covering three generations that’s playing at the Atlantic Theatre Company in Chelsea. Christine Lahti (Chicago HopeThe Blacklist) leads the cast as an abortionist trying to secure her son’s release from prison in one of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Red Letter Plays, presented as part of a yearlong retrospective at Playwrights Horizons. Carrie Coon, who made a splash in the movie Gone Girl and had notable runs on FX’s Fargo and HBO’s The Leftovers, heads to downtown’s New York Theatre Workshop in a new play about motherhood, Mary Jane. And the highly anticipated revival of Harvey Fierstein’s 1980s breakthrough play Torch Song Trilogy—now just Torch Song—about a gay Jewish drag queen in NYC, features TV and film actors Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) and Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King).

For more details, check out the full listings below for these star-studded shows. To see all participating productions, visit our NYC Off-Broadway Week page.

As You Like It
Sep
20

Off-Broadway As You Like It

This production sets Shakespeare’s pastoral romance in the Jazz Age.

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Mary Jane
Sep
20

Off-Broadway Mary Jane

A single mother cares for her chronically sick child during a rainy summer in NYC.

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On the Shore of the Wide World
Sep
20

Off-Broadway On the Shore of the Wide World

Simon Stephens’ Olivier Award–winning play follows three generations.

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Red Letter Plays: F***ing A
Sep
20

Off-Broadway Red Letter Plays: F***ing A

This Suzan-Lori Parks play is a modern interpretation of The Scarlet Letter.

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Torch Song
Sep
26

Off-Broadway Torch Song

Harvey Fierstein’s landmark play gets an Off-Broadway revival for its 35th anniversary.

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