On Saturday, February 27 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Theater for the New City (TNC), 155 First Ave., will present the sixteenth installment of “Open ‘Tho Shut,” its afternoon of “walk-by theater” that is staged in its set shop and visible from East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues.
The program offers a succession of free, live performances in which acts are staged in the theater’s set shop for audiences of socially distanced passers-by, who watch through an open garage door on East Tenth Street. These live performances are also live streamed on TNC’s website (https://www.theaterforthenewcity.net) and Facebook page.
February 27, 2021 Lineup
* Mistress of Ceremonies: Crystal Field
* Cobu (all-female Japanese Taiko drumming and dance troupe of Yako Miyamoto, Ayaha Otsuka, Mayu Yamashita, Micro Fukuyama and Kana Matsui)
* Shmully Blesofsky (“Shmullz”), Yiddish Comic
* Justin Rodriguez and Natasha Velez in an excerpt from “The Litttle Priest”
* Pablo Raul (Mister Pablo) bilingual Latin rock songs
The series was launched November 14, 2020 as part of “More Ways than Broadway’s,” a city-wide collection of safe and socially distanced pop-up performances to demonstrate small theaters’ readiness and desperate desire to physically reopen and to counteract the perception, based on formal Broadway, that legitimate theaters can’t reopen safely. The performances were intended to demonstrate an Off-Off Broadway aesthetic that could allow smaller theaters to open safely at this time.