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TICKET ALERT: LIL BUB AT THE MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

Lil BUB will make a special appearance at the Museum of the Moving Image on January 30

Lil BUB will make a special appearance at the Museum of the Moving Image on January 30

Museum of the Moving Image
35th Ave. at 36th St., Astoria
Saturday, January 30, $25-$100 (includes gallery admission)
Exhibit continues Wednesday - Sunday through January 31, $6-$12
718-777-6800
www.movingimage.us
lilbub.com

The Museum of the Moving Image is celebrating the last weekend of its “How Cats Took Over the Internet” exhibit with an ASPCA Mobile Adoption Event and a special appearance by feline superstar Lil BUB on January 30. From 1:00 to 5:00 right outside the museum, the ASPCA will have lots of cats for people to take home with them. At 2:00 ($25), the polydactyl perma-kitten, who was born with osteopetrosis, and her dude, Mike Bridavsky, will share “The Story of Lil BUB,” then stick around for a Q&A. That will be followed at 4:00 ($100, includes 2:00 talk) with a meet-and-greet fundraiser where you’ll get to pet the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet, take a photo with her, and receive a personalized art print and a signed photo print. All proceeds benefit special-needs pets via Lil BUB’s Big Fund at the ASPCA. You know you want to go. So what are you waiting for? Cuteness overload awaits.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: THE HONEYCOMB TRILOGY

THE HONEYCOMB TRILOGY
The Gym at Judson
243 Thompson St. at Washington Square South
October 13 - November 14, $25 for each of three parts
www.gideonth.com
www.judson.org

You can binge-watch a TV series, so why not a play? Mac Rogers’s (Viral, Asymmetric) sci-fi epic, the Honeycomb Trilogy, is back in New York for a return engagement, promising that “it’ll be about 20% more awesome than last time.” The original unfolded in three installments over six months in 2012, but now you can follow the Cooke family battle alien invasion and try to save the human race over the course of a week, or in one day, at the Gym at Judson. Advance Man, which won a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Premiere Production, is being performed by itself October 13, 23, and 29 and November 3 and 13, Blast Radius on October 15, 20, and 30 and November 5 and 10, and Sovereign October 16, 22, and 27 and November 6 and 12. But on Saturdays and Sundays during the run, you can catch all three plays back-to-back-to back, at 2:00, 5:00, and 8:30.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: The Honeycomb Trilogy is running October 13 through November 14 at the Gym at Judson, and twi-ny has one pair of tickets to give away for all three shows to one lucky person. Just send your name, phone number, and favorite sci-fi binge-watching experience to contest@twi-ny.com by Wednesday, October 15, at 3:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; one winner will be selected at random.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: TINDER ROULETTE

TINDER ROULETTE

Mel DeLancey and her sisters look at life, love, and taking risks in TINDER ROULETTE

TINDER ROULETTE: A MUSICAL MEMOIR
13th Street Repertory Theater
50 West 13th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.
Fridays & Saturdays through October 24, $30 ($24 with code BOOKIE), 9:30
www.tinderrouletteshow.com
www.13thstreetrep.org

So you think you overshare on social media? Just wait till you get a load of Tinder Roulette: A Musical Memoir, Mel DeLancey’s seriocomic look at her life. The divorced daughter of two compulsive gamblers, DeLancey examines the choices she’s made and the risks she’s taken, using cabaret to tell her story. The show features cameos by her sisters, Jennifer and Joslyn, who are also joined by the curiously one-named Moose. The production is directed by Bryan Enk (The Big Bad, the stage serial Penny Dreadful), with Norma Jeanne Curley serving as musical director and arranger as well as accompanist.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Tinder Roulette is playing Friday and Saturday nights at 9:30 through October 24 at the 13th Street Repertory Theater, and twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and favorite play or movie about gambling or social media to contest@twi-ny.com by Wednesday, October 7, at 3:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Nick Cearley stars as a musical Puck in Masterworks Theater (photo by Russ Rowland)

Nick Cearley stars as a musical Puck in the Masterworks Theater Company production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (photo by Russ Rowland)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
47th Street Theatre
304 West 47th St. between Eighth & Ninth Aves.
Tuesday - Sunday through June 28, $19-$65
212-279-4200
www.masterworkstheatercompany.org

It’s hard to get New Yorkers to pay to see Shakespeare in the summer, what with so many free productions in parks, parking lots, and other outdoor spaces around the city. (You can check out an updated day-by-day list here.) But the Masterworks Theater Company is defying the odds, staging the Bard favorite A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the 47th St. Theatre. Clocking in at a breezy ninety minutes, this version, which features a lot of music and pop-culture references, stars Nick Cearley as Puck, Warren Jackson as Bottom, Jenny Strassburg as Hippolyta/Titania, Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte as Theseus/Oberon, Sheria Irving as Hermia, Becca Ballenger as Helena, Reynaldo Piniella as Lysander, Emilio Paul Tirado as Demetrius, and Jack Herholdt as Snout and Wall. Tamilla Woodard directs, with choreography by Shannon Stowe. The show is set in a modern-day playground designed by Raul Abrego.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: A Midsummer Night’s Dream is running through June 28 at the 47th St. Theatre, and twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and favorite Midsummer Night’s Dream production (film or theater) to contest@twi-ny.com by Wednesday, June 17, at 12 noon to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: CONSENT

CONSENT

Susie (Angela Pierce) and Ron (Mark McCullough Thomas) share a tense moment in David Rhodes’s CONSENT

CONSENT
The Black Box Theatre
The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
111 West 46th St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.
Tuesday - Sunday through June 28, $60-$100 ($35-$85 with discount code UWANT2)
866-811-4111
www.consenttheplay.com

The matter of “consent” is a complex subject, one that writer-director David Rhodes explores in his new play, simply titled Consent. “Relationships can be incredibly sexy, but also incredibly scary, navigating power dynamics and personal needs while getting to know each other,” he says about the play in a statement. “My goal with Consent is to explore issues surrounding primal desire, vulnerability, passion, and shame and to let the audience make up their own minds as to what transpired.” In the play, Mark McCullough Thomas stars as Ron, an architect and former NFL player who has just come out as gay. The dramatic change in his life has an effect on his relationships with Emily (Catherine Curtin), Kurt (Michael Goldstein), and Susie (Angela Pierce), leading to professional and personal twists and tangles. Consent is written and directed by Rhodes, who has previously written and starred in the solo shows I’m Telling You and Rites of Privacy. The scenic design is by Scott Tedmon-Jones, with lighting by John Eckert, sound by Chad Raines of the punk band the Simple Pleasure, and video projection by Chelsie McPhilimy.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Consent is running through June 28 at the Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center, and twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free for performances through June 21. Just send your name and daytime phone number to contest@twi-ny.com by Monday, June 8, at 3:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: A QUEEN FOR A DAY

SOPRANOS vet David Proval (Richie Aprile) stars in new play, A QUEEN FOR A DAY

SOPRANOS vet David Proval, who played Richie Aprile, stars in new mob play, A QUEEN FOR A DAY

A QUEEN FOR A DAY
Theatre at St. Clement’s
423 West 46th St. between Ninth & Tenth Aves.
Thursday - Tuesday through July 26, $49-$99
aqueenforadayplay.com

When made man Giovanni (David Proval) is caught by the feds, he is given a chance to become queen for a day, offered a proffer agreement that can grant him immunity for any squealing — er, information he shares about illegal activities he and his cohorts might be involved in. In this case, Sanford (David Deblinger) wants him to give up crime boss Pasquale (Vincent Pastore), but it’s not that easy to sing — and survive. Written by lawyer and film and theater producer Michael Ricigliano Jr. (Lily of the Feast) and directed by John Gould Rubin (Hedda Gabler, The Cherry Orchard, The Predators’ Ball), A Queen for a Day features Sopranos veterans Pastore (Big Pussy) and Proval (Richie Aprile) along with Labyrinth Theatre cofounder Deblinger (who appeared in one Sopranos episode) and theater and television actress Portia (Johnson). The warehouse set is by Andreea Mincic, with costumes by Bobby Frederick Tilley II and lighting by Isabella F. Byrd.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: A Queen for a Day opened May 3 at Theatre at St. Clement’s, and twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and favorite play about gangsters to contest@twi-ny.com by Friday, May 8, at 12 noon to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: CLINTON THE MUSICAL

clinton the musical

CLINTON THE MUSICAL
New World Stages
340 West 50 St. between Eighth & Ninth Aves.
Wednesday - Monday, March 25 - September 6 (opens April 9), $75–$95
www.clintonthemusical.com

There’ve been endless books, movies, documentaries, and SNL skits about William Jefferson Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, so it’s about time there was a musical as well. But given the cast of characters, don’t expect Billary to be making this a campaign stop (if she’s running for president, of course). Paul and Michael Hodge have taken the story of an Arkansas hick and a Chicago-born suburbanite and turned it into Clinton the Musical, starring Tony nominee Kerry Butler as Hillary Clinton, Tom Galantich as WJ Clinton, Duke Lafoon as Billy Clinton, Emmy winner Judy Gold as Eleanor Roosevelt, John Treacy Egan as Newt Gingrich, Veronica Kuehn as Monica Lewinsky, and Kevin Zak as Kenneth Starr. A hit at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Clinton the Musical has two actors portray the forty-second president of the United States, splitting the polarizing figure into separate parts, both of which ignite controversy, albeit in different ways. The show is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Dan Knechtges (Tail! Spin!, Lysistrata Jones, Xanadu), with sets by Tony winner Beowulf Boritt and costumes by Tony nominee David Woolard, so it has quite a pedigree. To find out more, you can follow the show’s rehearsal breaks here.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Clinton the Musical begins previews March 25 prior to an April 9 opening, and twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and favorite show about politics to contest@twi-ny.com by Friday, March 27, at 3:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.