Eh Dah? Questions For My Father
Now through April 14 at NYTW Next Door, 7:30 pm (some shows other times): $49 ($25 day-of cash only rush tickets available to artists, residents of the East Village and Lower East Side, seniors, and people 25 and under)
This new musical by Aya Aziz and Hypokrit Theater Company, which previously won two awards at 2016’s New York Musical Theater Festival, transcends cultures and continents. It centers around a multi-generational family spread across Egypt and America who are grappling with with what’s simultaneously a very 2019 issue and one that stretches far into the past: coming to terms with the best way to digest the stories we were told growing up, and figuring out what is more truth than fiction, particularly in a post-9/11 world.
Friday, March 29 (and Friday, April 5) at KPISS, 9 pm: $5 suggested donation
KPISS, the independent radio station scrappily broadcasting from a haphazard strip of shipping containers on Broadway, has relocated and expanded, at least sort of. They’ve gone from Broadway’s “Punk Alley” to an RV on Myrtle and Hart Street, parked on a triangular strip of land steps from Bossa Nova Civic Club. This Friday, you can cram yourselves into this very RV for Jill Sermonte and Chase Montavon’s Tiny Show, a comedy show that is literally tiny because there’s not a lot of space in there. If you can fit in, expect sets by Nadia Pinder, Pooja Reddy, Darian Lusk, and Jason Weitzman.
Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie
Now through April 24 at Ars Nova at Greenwich House, 8 pm (some shows at 3 pm or 7 pm): $35
Previously, the only way to get to the performance space Ars Nova was to travel all the way to Hell’s Kitchen and walk very west, almost to 11th Avenue. No longer—the space has teamed up with the Greenwich House Theater in the West Village (previously home to the Barrow Street Theater), so you can see shows both downtown and midtown. Their first show in the downtown space is The Mad Ones’s Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie, which takes audiences back to the 1970’s and into a focus group for a children’s television show, taking a look at the cultural quirks and norms of the past, and how entertainment for an entire country is often decided by a population far smaller.
Sunday, March 31 at Club Cumming, 7 pm doors, 8 pm show: FREE
Queer comedian and actor James Tison hosts this night of cabaret, stand-up, and glamour at Club Cumming, which has returned to its regular routine of shows, shows, shows, after a brief hiccup involving a liquor license classification that prevented them from legally hosting live performance. Joining Tison will be comedians Gus Constantellis, Kate Sisk, Chrissy Mayr, and Madelein Smith, and Lauren Elder, John-Michael Reese, and Philip Sparkle will be bringing their cabaret stylings. Club Cumming is known to draw large crowds—one night at Catherine Cohen’s weekly Cabernet Cabaret I could barely fit in the door—so it’s advisable to get there early and have a drink before the evening kicks off.