This One Night at the Opera
Continues every Wednesday through April 29 at The Red Room, 85 E 4th Street, East Village. 8pm (April 29 show at 7:30pm). Tickets are $20. More info here.
For over a year now, cabaret artist Salty Brine has undertaken what he calls his “Spectacular Living Record Collection,” where he takes a classic or beloved album (anywhere from Weezer to The Beatles) and performs it in full, giving it his own personal touch. This often includes delightful and surprising reinterpretations of songs, larger-than-life costumes, and storytelling interludes. After working in this style for so long, it’s only fitting Brine is taking on Queen’s harmonic behemoth A Night at the Opera, spinning it into a grand evening of theatrics and betrayal fittingly directed by opera director Jordan Fein.
Baby Ian Falls Down A Well
Continues weekly through April 28 at The Annoyance Theater, Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg. 9pm. Tickets are $10. More info here.
In 1987, an 18-month-old baby named Jessica fell down a well in her aunt’s backyard in Texas, leading to a explosive media circus as well as a television movie. It was every burgeoning child star’s dream. In 2016, a boy named Ian (conveniently, a burgeoning child star) also falls down that Texas well, meets Jessica, and well, from there anything can happen. This show marks the Annoyance debut of writers/performers Ian Lockwood and Sophie Zucker, and is directed by Philip Markle, who is also the executive director of the theater. And if this show didn’t sound absurd enough already, I am told there will also be musical numbers. (An earlier version of this post was revised to correct the show date: it is occurring Thursdays, not Fridays)
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.
Continues through May 15 at Soho Rep, 46 Walker Street, Tribeca. 7:30pm (Sunday matinees at 3pm). Rush tickets are $20-30. More info here.
Alice Birch’s new play at Soho Rep, directed by NYTW Fellow Lileana Blain-Cruz, is a wild exploration of language and conversation, inspired by a veritable mountain of source material including playwright Caryl Churchill, Shakespeare, poet Anne Sexton, and brash feminist manifestos. The show is technically sold out until its extension in May, but $30 ($20 with a student ID) rush tickets are available for the general public 30 minutes before showtime.
The solo show of acclaimed queer comic, performer, and writer Justin Sayre, Love’s Refrain takes a confessional route where he delves into the topic of love in the modern age, using personal stories interwoven with astronomy, science, and poetics. Sayre’s show at Joe’s Pub, The Meeting*, has been recognized by Time Out as one of the best nightclub shows and Michael Musto once called him a cross between Oscar Wilde and Whoopi Goldberg. Catching this veteran performer in La MaMa’s intimate Club space showing his more vulnerable side is sure to be memorable.
Ménage à Trois Radio After Dark
At UCB Chelsea, 307 W 26th Street, Chelsea. Midnight. Tickets are $5. More info here.
Worlds collide in the latest iteration of real-life couple Murf Meyer and Diana Kolsky’s real-live podcast about lovin’, which welcomes guest Champagne Jerry, the wild rap alter ego of performance artist Neal Medlyn (who we’ve covered in the past when he’s performed at the St. Marks Is Dead book release party, had his own show featuring himself at New York Live Arts, among others). The combination of comedy and sexy folk in this midnight show (yes, you can spend your Saturday evening grabbing drinks beforehand) is sure to make sparks fly.