Off-Broadway

Ever wanted to be surrounded by thousands of sparkling, soapy bubbles? Look no further than the Gazillion Bubble Show. A few weeks ago, I headed to a performance of this Off-Broadway spectacular where a bubble artist creates amazing special effects out of bubbles, lasers and a fog machine.

America’s Got Talent finalist iLuminate comes to Off-Broadway with iLuminate: Artist of Light, a dance show that also features the group’s signature light-up suits. While I was initially hesitant about watching an hour-long performance that doesn’t include dialogue, iLuminate proved you don’t need words to entertain and even told a story of good versus evil all through dance.

I’ve been a Roundabout Theatre Company subscriber for nearly two decades now, and the joys of membership are many. One is getting a guaranteed seat to shows that often become the hottest tickets in town (as when Harry Connick Jr. made his Broadway debut in The Pajama Game).

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 is dinner theater. Every ticket includes a Russian meal in addition to the performance (tickets run $125, $175 and $237.50). But to think of composer/librettist Dave Malloy’s sophisticated electro pop opera in suburban terms is to do it a serious injustice.

When I first saw the description of Peter and the Starcatcher, self-described on the show’s website as “a grownup’s prequel to Peter Pan,” I wasn’t sure what to expect. From the first scene of the Off-Broadway comedy, however, I realized this meant dialogue delivered at lightning speed and full of jokes about everything from squid poop to Ayn Rand.

Theater buffs, check out these three damsels making history on and off Broadway in March. The late Ann Richards, former governor of the great state of Texas, was larger-than-life. No, that’s an understatement. She was life.

Something tells me Kristen Holly Smith is a huge Dusty Springfield fan. It might be the fact that she co-wrote and stars in Off-Broadway musical Forever Dusty, where she spends 90 minutes a night singing hits like “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” or that she’s been working on this show since 2006.

Last week I saw Silence! The Musical, the musical parody of cult horror film The Silence of the Lambs. I’m usually terrified of scary movies (and plays), but the humorous songs in this show calmed my nerves despite its murder-filled plot. For those who’ve seen the Anthony Hopkins/Jodie Foster classic, the show is likely even funnier.

At my job, tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are often available. Sometimes I take advantage, sometimes I don’t. About a year ago, I decided to see Blue Man Group.

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