This week, you can eat turkey and see shows. I guess you could do that any week, but it’ll feel more significant now.
BEEF! A Night of Manful Performance
At Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson St., Bushwick. 10pm; $7-20 suggested donation. More info here.
You can see drag queens in a lot of places throughout Bushwick, but there aren’t a bounty of places where you can find drag kings. Of course, Bizarre Bushwick proves itself once again the place to go for anything and everything within performance that strays from the norm with BEEF, an evening full of male drag and “manful performance,” presented by Switch N’ Play. Featuring performances by K James, Rev. Lee VaLone, Mr. Vigor Mortis, Goldie Peacock, Reggi Regina, Fox Squire, and more.
The Tinder Show
At the PIT Loft, 154 W 29th St., Chelsea. 10:30pm; $5 general, $1 with a student ID. More info here.
Sometimes online dating feels like a comedy show in your pocket. Well, here’s (another) actual comedy show about it. Frequent PIT performer Kathryn Dunn will go on a Tinder date before your very eyes at the PIT’s new Loft space (former site of the Treehouse Theater.) Featuring Rich Hollman, who hosts in addition to playing a host of characters.
Get together with some family and friends and do some Thanksgiving eating. Get hungry enough and it’ll probably look like a performance to observers.
Continues through Nov. 29 at La MaMa ETC, 66 E 4th St., 2nd floor, East Village. 7pm, Sundays shows at 4pm; tickets are $25 ($20 for students/seniors) and can be purchased here. More info here.
The featured show of La MaMa’s annual Puppet Festival, Undefined Fraction is a piece created by Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company that combines live performance, dance, and fantastical puppetry to tell a story inspired by the Spanish-language play by de la Barca, Life’s A Dream. This show looks beautifully dreamlike and explores themes of inequality and free will, proving puppets aren’t just for children and whimsy.
Continues though Dec. 20 at Playwrights Horizons, 416 W 42nd St., Midtown. 7:30pm, some shows at 2pm; tickets are $15-$85. More info here (or shall I say hir?)
There’s been quite the buzz about gender in the media lately, and it’s crept onto stages as well. Taylor Mac, experimental cabaret and genderfucking performance artist best known for his downtown shows and in-progress attempt to create a 24-hour concert of popular music of each decade for the last 24 years, sets foot into the world of plays with his new show Hir, directed by Niegel Smith. The play, which follows a dysfunctional suburban family with a sick dad, genderqueer child, and aggressive mother, has been extended several times already and continues selling out shows, so get your tickets while you still can.
Epic Theatre Ensemble: Nilaja Sun’s Pike Street
Obie award-winning Nilaja Sun is back with another solo show, this time centering around a family in the Lower East Side that lives on the fifth floor of a crumbling tenement building and is dealing with illness and an impending storm. Sun (who took her first acting class at Abrons) plays a variety of characters from a Puerto Rican war veteran to an elderly neighbor.