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Top 5 New Off-Broadway Shows

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|by David Sheward |

Broadway is not the only street in New York with great theater. There are over 100 Off and Off-Off Broadway stages in the city with world-class entertainment. Here are five amazing Off-Broaday shows either currently or soon to be on the boards:

Curvy Widow

'Curvy Widow' Off-Broadway (Photo: Charles Erickson)

The Curvy Widow
Based on a true story, this hilarious 90-minute musical chronicles the misadventures of newly widowed Bobby (played by Tony nominee Nancy Opel) as she bravely launches herself into the world of dating websites. The title refers to brand-new digital user name. A small cast plays multiple roles on Bobbi’s journey through anxious first dates, visits to the gynecologist, girls’ nights out and ghostly encounters with her dead husband. It’s all about starting over and keeping your sense of humor.

This small gem of a show is a must for every Harry Potter fan. Subtitled “Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” Puffs takes place at J.K. Rowlings’ beloved academy for junior wizards, but follows a different set of aspiring wand-wielders than the famous trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron. Now in a new theater at New World Stages after having been seen by over 20,000 people, this riotous parody takes you on a mystical trip through Rowlings’ magical universe. If you can’t wait for the big Broadway transfer of the new Potter play from London, this is definitely a worthwhile treat.

Amy and the Orphans
Jamie Brewer of American Horror Story stars as Amy, a woman with Down’s Syndrome who helps her family deal with their father’s death. This doesn’t sound like a comedy, but playwright Lindsey Ferrentino finds the humor as well as the drama in this insightful family play which depicts a rollicking road trip with life-changing moments. Seven-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, You Can’t Take It With You) directs the production for the Roundabout Theater Company.

A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess’ classic dystopian novel (which inspired Stanley Kubrick’s shattering 1971 film) comes to the stage in an electrifying production which won several awards when it played the West End in London. Highly stylized choreography helps tell the tale of Alex, an ultra-violent teen transformed into a “good citizen” by government experimentation. An all-male ensemble plays all the roles in this chilling vision of the future at New World Stages.

The Last Match
The cutthroat arena of professional tennis comes to the Roundabout Theater Company’s intimate Laura Pels space in Anna Ziegler’s intense new drama The Last Match. Staged in the form of a courtside face-off, the US Open match between aging American idol Tim Porter and short-tempered rising Russian star Sergey Sergeyev becomes a battlefield of ego and rivalry. This is that rare play that will appeal to theatergoers and sports fans alike.

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