Orchid Receipt Service
Now through October 26 at Mitu580, 7 pm: $25 ($10 for low-income artists)
One of the perks of seeing theater in New York is that sometimes you get to see actors that would normally only occupy your TV screens in person. Typically, this happens on Broadway stages, where you have to fork over big bucks (and go to Times Square) to see big names. Corinne Donly’s new play Orchid Receipt Service, a dreamscape centering around two transmasculine people’s relationship, breaks that mold by being in Gowanus (well, still a trek for some). Not only does the show feature Billions actor Asia Kate Dillon, both its cast and creative team are almost entirely made up of trans, non binary, and gender non-conforming artists. So not only can you see a face you know from TV, you can also see the stars of an inclusive, expansive future.
3 Dead Bitches
Friday, October 25 at 3 Dollar Bill, 10 pm: $15
If you’re in the queer nightlife world, you might’ve heard of Snack Theater, a queer theatrical experience at Chelsea Music Hall. For those uninterested in Manhattan, the team will be setting up at East Williamsburg’s 3 Dollar Bill in collaboration with Bushwig founder Horrorchata for a spooky, campy night of drag, burlesque, and DJ sets stretching late into the night. If you’re really feeling ready to rumble, get to the venue early for the final Black Lodge White Noise Halloween party, an immersive David Lynch and Bowie-themed night of music and performance happening before 3 Dead Bitches. It could be a fun challenge to find a costume that works for both.
Saturday, October 26 at Vital Joint, 8 pm: $5
Saturday is a huge night for Halloween parties of all shapes and sizes, but late-night bashes aren’t the only haunts to investigate. There are also plenty of shows, including ones that start early, giving you time to get cultured and then wasted in the same night. If you want to start your night on a more morbid note, consider comedian Maggie Crane’s show and podcast recording Dead Beat. Though yes, it’s technically a comedy show, everyone involved will be discussing mortality in some way or another, specifically Arti Gollapudi, Ben Wasserman, Chris Calogero, Jenn Welch, and Samuel Lanier, so prepare to cry and/or question your own existence as you head to your next spooky happening.
Return of the Witching Hour
Sunday, October 27 at City Reliquary, 6:30 pm: $10
Come Sunday, you might be tired from all the partying, or maybe you’re someone who works weekends and can only do stuff on nights others typically turn in early. Regardless, the day of rest is going to get particularly witchy this week with Return of the Witching Hour, a magical night of performance, music, rituals, readings, puppets, aura photography, and more from a team that features a notable amount of actual practicing witches. It’s likely you’ll encounter plenty of people dressed as witches this time of year, but this is your chance to get to know some real ones.