The Mx. Nobody Pageant Grand Finale
Thursday, September 12 at Brooklyn Bazaar, 7 pm: FREE
You may have heard of The Mx. Nobody Pageant before (it’s certainly appeared in past editions of this listing), or maybe you’ve even witnessed a round or two. For the uninformed, it’s a drag competition helmed by The Nobodies collective. Sure, there are a lot of drag competitions out there—and not just the kind on TV—but Mx. Nobody takes extra care to be inclusive to all genders and styles of drag, which means it’s going to get weird in the best way. Tonight is the finale of the competition, where finalists Shella Malaprop, Sue Baroux, Brenda, Angelique, and Richard DiCocko face off against each other as well as “wild cards” Glitter Baby, Uncle Freak, Iodine Quartz, and Alyse DaBeast. Plus, it’s free.
Snack Theater Presents: Step Right Up
Friday, September 13 at Chelsea Music Hall, 7:30 pm: $20+ advance, $25 doors
Another show both embracing and subverting nightlife-based performance like drag and burlesque is Snack Theater, a theatrical spectacle from the minds of performers Rara Darling and Angelica Sundae. Rather than the cramped back room of a bar, Snack Theater takes over the glitzy Chelsea Music Hall to present a drag, burlesque, and cabaret experience that feels more elevated and theatrically-crafted than your typical nightlife experience, while still retaining the queer, edgy feel of a bar show. This time, they’re centering the night around the circus, and welcoming freaks from far and wide.
Back to School with Manic Attack Variety Hour
Saturday, September 14 at The PIT Loft, 9:30 pm: $12
Even though most adults don’t regularly attend school anymore, there’s still something about September that has strong “back to school” energy, whether it comes from constant advertisement for back to school sales, the gradually-cooling weather, or simply tumultuous memories of education. Either way, you can get a different kind of B2S experience at an education-centric edition of Manic Attack’s variety show, which combines sketch, improv, games (with prizes), and more absurdist fun that will hopefully alleviate your Sunday scaries, which for some reason tend to stick around long after school nights do.
Novenas for a Lost Hospital
Now through October 13 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 7 pm (October 4 and 11 also at 1 pm): $45+ ($20 for students, $35 for seniors)
Usually, when you’re seeing a piece of theater, you see it in a theater. Sure, sometimes that theater can be a church or a basement (or a church basement), but it’s still usually a building with a stage and seating. Novenas for a Lost Hospital, Rattlestick, Cusi Cram, and Daniella Topol’s newest theatrical experience paying homage to St. Vincent’s Hospital, is only partially that. The intimate experience (audiences max out at 60 people) takes attendees on a literal journey that starts in a West Village garden, goes to Rattlestick’s theater on Waverly Place, and ends in the nearby NYC AIDS Memorial Park.