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  • The new Flea in Tribeca

    (Photo courtesy of Charlie Madison)

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

The Flea Theater

20 Thomas St.


When a group of downtown artists founded The Flea in 1996, their mission was “to raise a joyful hell in a small space.” Two decades later, this off-Broadway fixture is still at it, only in a slightly bigger small space. The Flea moved into new Tribeca digs this year that boast three intimate theaters, each named after a Flea inspiration (playwright A.R. Gurney, legendary agent Sam Cohn, and actress Sigourney Weaver). Stay tuned for “Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill,” the Flea's next big production opening Jan. 28, a show that explores post-breakup angst and how, from acupuncture to threesomes, we can live fully in our own skin.

Kaye Playhouse

at Hunter College

68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues


One benefit of being a New Yorker is having the world arrive at your doorstep. Case in point: The Kaye Playhouse, which plays host to performing arts companies from across the globe and puts on over 200 music, dance and theater events each year. As the centerpiece for Hunter College performing arts, the neighborhood playhouse is also inextricably linked to the community. H.M.S Pinafore, the Kaye's last show of 2017 and an early satirical sendup that helped Gilbert and Sullivan chart a new course for modern musical theater, is not to be missed.

WP Theater

WP Theater at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway


For four decades, the WP Theater (formerly known as the Women's Project) has been honing nascent playwrights, producers and directors, then churning out theatrical luminaries like Eve Ensler and Anna Deveare Smith. Dedicated to developing the work of women, WP consistently brings fresh female voices to the stage via its two-year mentorship program and annual Pipeline festival for new plays. Stay tuned in 2018 for [Porto], directed by Obie-award winning director Lee Sunday Evans. [Porto] follows a woman who walks into a Brooklyn bar; when a handsome stranger arrives, disruption ensues.

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