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47 free (and almost free) theater in New York City (NYC)

Shakespeare said All world’s a stage. Our editors at CFT couldn’t agree more, so we give you the most complete listing of free theater performances in New York. Also, as a member, you can get exclusive free tickets to the shows, not available to the general public.

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Featuring:Jim Mendrinos (The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing)Jourdain Denzel Fisher (Laughing Skull Festival)Doug Smith (CONAN on TBS)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 20
7:00 pm

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Comedy Clubs, January 20, 2017, 01/20/2017, No Name Comedy/Variety Show
Fri, Jan 20
8:00 pm

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Plays, January 20, 2017, 01/20/2017, Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee in a comedy
Fri, Jan 20
8:00 pm

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Comedy Clubs, January 20, 2017, 01/20/2017, Stand-up comedy
Sat, Jan 21
3:00 pm

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Plays, January 21, 2017, 01/21/2017, A play with a "hilarious wit"
Sat, Jan 21
4:00 pm

Regular: $55
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Theaters, January 21, 2017, 01/21/2017, An amazing evening of intimate magic
Sat, Jan 21
6:00 pm

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Performances, January 21, 2017, 01/21/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
Sat, Jan 21
8:00 pm

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Musicals, January 21, 2017, 01/21/2017, A family friendly musical
Sat, Jan 21
8:00 pm

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Plays, January 21, 2017, 01/21/2017, A play with a "hilarious wit"
Sat, Jan 21
8:00 pm

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Comedy Clubs, January 21, 2017, 01/21/2017, Stand-up comedy
Sun, Jan 22
2:00 pm

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Musicals, January 22, 2017, 01/22/2017, A family friendly musical
Sun, Jan 22
2:30 pm

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Plays, January 22, 2017, 01/22/2017, A play with a "hilarious wit"
Staged Reading |
Written by Dana Leslie Goldstein.Go Down, Moses tackles the aftermath of a racially charged incident that takes place on a liberal college campus, at a time when students were rallying for divestment from South Africa but weren’t focused on the racism around them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, Jan 22
6:00 pm

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Staged Readings, January 22, 2017, 01/22/2017, Play Reading: Go Down, Moses
Sun, Jan 22
7:00 pm

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Performances, January 22, 2017, 01/22/2017, Interactive comedy
Sun, Jan 22
8:00 pm

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Performances, January 22, 2017, 01/22/2017, Circus show!
Mon, Jan 23
6:15 pm

Regular: $23
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Musicals, January 23, 2017, 01/23/2017, Drama about the life of a classical musician
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According to producer Eric Vetter, some of NYC's best established and emerging comics, storytellers, writers and performers try out new material followed up by the OPEN STAGE-- the place where ANYONE can get up and do ANYTHING.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 24
7:00 pm

Free
Comedy Clubs, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, Tuesday Night Comedy Show
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Comics Claudia Cogan (Last Comic Standing) and Brendan McLaughlin (Best Week Ever) assemble a few of the most jaunty and endearing stand-up comedians the world has to offer. Lineup:Liza Treyger (Comedy Central)Jordan Temple (Caroline’s on Broadway)Ester Steinberg (Funny Girls on Oxygen)Brad Austin (New York Times)Chris DeLuca (Late Late Show)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
9:00 pm

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Comedy Clubs, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, Soft Spot: A Comedy Show
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Storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Sirius XM radio) invites some of the writers and storytellers to share true, bizarre tales about their lives. There’s a challenging trivia game and a free wine giveaway where one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce!The lineup includes stories from:Kambri Crews (NY Times best-selling author of "Burn Down the Ground," creator QED Astoria)Andy Christie (The Liar Show, Peabody Award-winning "Moth Radio Hour")Thomas Pryor (author "I Hate the Dallas Cowboys," NY Times)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 26
7:00 pm

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Performances, January 26, 2017, 01/26/2017, Sideshow Goshko: Storytelling
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Local Favorites Matt Azark, Jeff Cerulli and Erik Bransteen invite some of their favorites comedians to perform on this weekly showcase.  Every Thursday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 26
8:00 pm

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Comedy Clubs, January 26, 2017, 01/26/2017, The Bombshelter Comedy Show - with Free Pizza
Fri, Jan 27
8:00 pm

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Comedy Clubs, January 27, 2017, 01/27/2017, Stand-up comedy
Fri, Jan 27
9:00 pm

Regular: $23
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Musicals, January 27, 2017, 01/27/2017, Drama about the life of a classical musician
Performance |
Short plays by top NYC writers: Martha’s King – Linda Ziering Rosemary – Charles Lupia Swimming Out – Minette Greenberg Tea with the Tin Man – Charles Leipart Free Association - Julie Weinberg Expecting Hamilton – Chip Bolick Hookup – Burton Crane Shock – Meny Beriro Teresa’s Journey – Nancy Schuler The Reflective Lie – Christina Gluck Zero to Hero – Mary Teitelbaum How to be Dead – Benjamin Weiner We the People – John Cappelletti Mountain Dew – J.Lois Diamond OMG – Pete Mergel
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jan 28
1:00 pm

Free
Performances, January 28, 2017, 01/28/2017, Equity Library Theater Winter 2017 Play Festival
Sat, Jan 28
6:00 pm

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Performances, January 28, 2017, 01/28/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
Sat, Jan 28
8:00 pm

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Comedy Clubs, January 28, 2017, 01/28/2017, Stand-up comedy
Sun, Jan 29
3:30 pm

Regular: $23
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Musicals, January 29, 2017, 01/29/2017, Drama about the life of a classical musician
Staged Reading |
Written by Linda Segal Crawley.With help from her brilliant Irish-American husband, Jewish New Yorker from Iowa searches for meaning, mojo and the advancement of civilization on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jan 29
6:00 pm

Free
Staged Readings, January 29, 2017, 01/29/2017, Play Reading: Ashes and a Dream
Staged Reading |
Dena Levin's Keep Walking tells the story of Michelle, a woman in her forties who has lost her husband in a car accident. She rebuilds her life and begins a search for new love in the dating-game world. The play opens with Michelle awaiting the arrival of a new date and relating some of her prior misadventures to her friend and local bartender.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 30
7:00 pm

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Staged Readings, January 30, 2017, 01/30/2017, Play Reading: Keep Walking
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A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.Takes place Jan. 31 and Feb. 2-4.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 31
7:00 pm

Free
Plays, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen: Dead Sister's Role-Playing
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According to producer Eric Vetter, some of NYC's best established and emerging comics, storytellers, writers and performers try out new material followed up by the OPEN STAGE-- the place where ANYONE can get up and do ANYTHING.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 31
7:00 pm

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Comedy Clubs, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Tuesday Night Comedy Show
Play |
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.Takes place Jan. 31 and Feb. 2-4.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 2
7:00 pm

Free
Plays, February 02, 2017, 02/02/2017, She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen: Dead Sister's Role-Playing
Play |
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.Takes place Jan. 31 and Feb. 2-4.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 3
3:00 pm

Free
Plays, February 03, 2017, 02/03/2017, She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen: Dead Sister's Role-Playing
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm

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Performances, February 04, 2017, 02/04/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
Play |
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.Takes place Jan. 31 and Feb. 2-4.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm

Free
Plays, February 04, 2017, 02/04/2017, She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen: Dead Sister's Role-Playing
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Pioneering 18th-century Venetian playwright and librettist Carlo Goldoni reinvigorated the commedia dell’arte tradition, injecting his comedies with realism, tighter plots, a new spontaneity, and middle-class characters. Kairos Italy Theater gives the US premiere of a staged version of his Memoirs—performed only once before under the direction of the legendary Giorgio Strehler.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 9
6:30 pm

Free
Performances, February 09, 2017, 02/09/2017, Memoirs: Performed by Kairos Italy Theater
Staged Reading |
Free reading of a new screenplay by Tom Meade's The SlipWith Emily Meade and Phillip Ettinger. Manhattan, the 1990s. Celebrity dog walker Jack Meehan is celebrating one year clean and sober. After a day that includes rejections, potential job loss, and a very strange encounter in a diner, Jack ends up taking a trip down the rabbit hole that got him there to begin with. Chance meetings with friends old and new, and a past love, Jack finds himself in a series of uncomfortable, bizarre and life-threatening situations. He spends the next 24 hours just trying to get back home.  Preented by Equity Library Theater.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 11
12:00 pm

Free
Staged Readings, February 11, 2017, 02/11/2017, Screenplay Reading: The Slip
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Kairos Italy Theater gives the US premiere of The Worth of Women by Venetian writer and poet Moderata Fonte, a 16th-century advocate of gender equality. Radical and witty, this work depicts conversations among seven diverse Venetian noblewomen, exploring women’s roles in public and private, femininity and ambition, men’s hostility, and possible remedies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 11
3:00 pm

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Performances, February 11, 2017, 02/11/2017, The Worth of Women: Wherein is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Superiority to Men: Performed by Kairos Italy Theater
Sat, Feb 11
6:00 pm

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Performances, February 11, 2017, 02/11/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
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Viola and Sebastian, twins separated by a shipwreck, experience loss and love on the shore of Illyria. Disguised as Cesario, page to the lovesick Duke Orsino, Viola searches for her lost brother, while the Countess Olivia mourns the loss of her own. When the Countess meets the handsome young page, desire replaces grief – along with a case of mistaken identity. Throw in the magic foolery of the jester, Feste, the raucous antics of courtiers Sir Toby, Maria, and Sir Andrew, and the madness of the high-strung puritan Malvolio, and Shakespeare creates a bitter-sweet tale of laughter and longing, dark humor, and above all, maddening, harrowing love.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 16
8:00 pm

Free
Plays, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Twelfth Night: College Production of William Shakespeare
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Viola and Sebastian, twins separated by a shipwreck, experience loss and love on the shore of Illyria. Disguised as Cesario, page to the lovesick Duke Orsino, Viola searches for her lost brother, while the Countess Olivia mourns the loss of her own. When the Countess meets the handsome young page, desire replaces grief – along with a case of mistaken identity. Throw in the magic foolery of the jester, Feste, the raucous antics of courtiers Sir Toby, Maria, and Sir Andrew, and the madness of the high-strung puritan Malvolio, and Shakespeare creates a bitter-sweet tale of laughter and longing, dark humor, and above all, maddening, harrowing love.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 17
8:00 pm

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Plays, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Twelfth Night: College Production of William Shakespeare
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Viola and Sebastian, twins separated by a shipwreck, experience loss and love on the shore of Illyria. Disguised as Cesario, page to the lovesick Duke Orsino, Viola searches for her lost brother, while the Countess Olivia mourns the loss of her own. When the Countess meets the handsome young page, desire replaces grief – along with a case of mistaken identity. Throw in the magic foolery of the jester, Feste, the raucous antics of courtiers Sir Toby, Maria, and Sir Andrew, and the madness of the high-strung puritan Malvolio, and Shakespeare creates a bitter-sweet tale of laughter and longing, dark humor, and above all, maddening, harrowing love.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 18
3:00 pm

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Plays, February 18, 2017, 02/18/2017, Twelfth Night: College Production of William Shakespeare
Sat, Feb 18
6:00 pm

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Performances, February 18, 2017, 02/18/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
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Viola and Sebastian, twins separated by a shipwreck, experience loss and love on the shore of Illyria. Disguised as Cesario, page to the lovesick Duke Orsino, Viola searches for her lost brother, while the Countess Olivia mourns the loss of her own. When the Countess meets the handsome young page, desire replaces grief – along with a case of mistaken identity. Throw in the magic foolery of the jester, Feste, the raucous antics of courtiers Sir Toby, Maria, and Sir Andrew, and the madness of the high-strung puritan Malvolio, and Shakespeare creates a bitter-sweet tale of laughter and longing, dark humor, and above all, maddening, harrowing love.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm

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Plays, February 18, 2017, 02/18/2017, Twelfth Night: College Production of William Shakespeare
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Peyton Place, horses wearing blankets, the Flushing train, John Wayne and more in this one-hour comedy by Johnny Culver. With Brady Blevins, Carol Serrano, Julie Kling, Susan Neuffer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 4
2:00 pm

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Plays, March 04, 2017, 03/04/2017, The Bermuda Curse: A Comedic Play by Johnny Culver
Sat, Mar 4
6:00 pm

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Performances, March 04, 2017, 03/04/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
Sat, Mar 11
6:00 pm

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Performances, March 11, 2017, 03/11/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm

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Performances, March 18, 2017, 03/18/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
Sat, Mar 25
6:00 pm

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Performances, March 25, 2017, 03/25/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
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