Six Must See Shows for the Holidays

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THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
Lyceum Theater

“The Play That Goes Wrong” premiered above Islington’s Old Red Lion pub theatre in 2013 and transferred to the Great White Way in 2017. It begins to unfold before the audience actually realizes it has started, as cast members wander about looking and calling for Winston, who the audience does not yet know is an invisible dog. Meanwhile, stagehands attempted to fix the fireplace’s mantelpiece and even strove to enlist the help of a theatergoer to hold it in place.

While the performance is intended to look completely inept, “The Play That Goes Wrong” is an intricately choreographed train wreck with hapless thespians, mistimed sound effects, and bungled lines, a show where doors refuse to close, a corpse refuses to stay put, and the entire set, a period drawing room by Nigel Hook, is destined to break into pieces.

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SPAMILTON
47th Street Theatre

You may not be able to get tickets to see “Hamilton” this holiday season but, rest assured, you should be able to get seats for “Spamilton,” an off-Broadway spoof of one of the biggest hit musicals ever to hit the Broadway stage.

Indeed, the cast of “Spamilton” is so good that its participants could rightly lay claim to their characters’ roles in the actual Broadway production. Whether you are among the millions who can’t get “Hamilton” tickets or the tens of thousands who have already seen that show on West 46th Street, get in on the fun while you can.

Two of the three Schuyler sisters appear as “Avenue Q”-style hand puppets and Dan Rosales is brilliant as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton singing “I’m not gonna let Broadway rot” in a spoof of “I am not giving up my shot!”

In case you still aren’t sure, trust the word of Lin-Manuel himself who, after seeing it twice, tweeted “I laughed my brains out.”

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PUFFS
New World Stages

Can’t wait for “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” to make its way to the Great White Way next year? No need to fret as there’s currently a play off-Broadway called “Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic” that is sure to delight any fan of the Harry Potter franchise.

Without the use of any special effects, aside from an occasional light up wand tip, director Kristin McCarthy Parker has created a magical stage farce that is non-stop fun. With the extremely hilarious and talented cast, she never allows your imagination to stray from this “Certain School of Magic and Magic” for nearly two hours.

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