Best Shows for $25 and Under


Comedian Nicole Spiezio hosts Showgasm Photo: Marielle Solan
By Alizah Salario

Want to sing your heart out, or dance the night away? Great local spots abound.


The Infinite Wench
The Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th St.
347-871-6365
Friday & Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.
nyneofuturists.org
From the Neo-Futurists, the ensemble that brought the world “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” (also known as 60 plays in 60 minutes), comes “The Infinite Wench,” a rapid-fire barrage of two-minute plays inspired by the performers' own lives. The Neo-Futurists approach theater as a “fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper,” so expect to be amused and provoked, disgusted and delighted. No two shows are the same, so come often and arrive early. Tickets bought at the door start at $13 + the roll of a six-sided die ($14-$19), advance tickets are $19 + $2 fee.


First Look Tickets at 59E59
59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th St.
212-753-5959
59e59.org
Known for its innovative off-Broadway productions, 59E59 isn't exactly a neighborhood secret, but the theater's first look tickets, at $25 pop for the first two performances of each show for the season, just might be. Stay tuned for the winter season opening Jan. 11, which serves up “Balls,” Kevin Armento and Bryony Lavery's classic play about the 1973 battle of the sexes between tennis pros Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. If you can squeeze in a show before the end of the year, “A Regular Little Houdini” captures the magic of the holidays and follows a tenacious young dockworker's son smitten by Harry Houdini.


Showgasm
Ars Nova, 511 West 54th St.
212-489-9100
Tickets $5-$20
arsnovanyc.com
Ars Nova is perhaps best known for cultivating emerging talent — just ask Lin-Manuel Miranda, who got his start in their prestigious playwriting program. Ars Nova's second claim to fame is “Showgasm,” a signature monthly production going on eight years running. The kitchen sink of variety shows, it's part wild party, part comedy sketch and part burlesque tease, hosted by the inimitable comedian Nicole Spiezio. A $20 ticket includes the raucous variety show, plus two drinks, a slice of pizza and entry to “Foreplay,” the pre-show soiree.