Ablaze: an A Capella Musical Thriller
August 22-24 at New Ohio Theater, 7:30 pm (Sunday shows at 2 pm and 8 pm): $20
Traditionally, the only music associated with the horror or thriller genres (well, aside from the actual song Thriller) is ominous background noise, or instrumental tracks featuring a lot of minor keys, creepy strings, and other such sounds. A cappella singing usually isn’t involved, or even considered. However, in Ablaze, a new musical thriller from Prism House Theater Company, it stands proudly front and center. Yes, this is an a cappella thriller musical, and it’s about a group of teens who survive a fire only to find themselves stuck in a secluded basement with a mysterious presence. What else to do but sing about it?
Make/Shift’s 1st Birthday Salon
Friday, August 23 at The Baumann, 7 pm: $15 advance, $20
Are you indecisive? Do you want to go out on a Friday night, but are not sure if you’d rather watch performances or just go out and drink? You could also try your hand at an open mic, or even harken back to your inner child and do some coloring. Well, on Friday night you can do all of that in one room, thanks to performance collective Make/Shift, who will be celebrating their first anniversary with a salon spectacular in East Williamsburg. Expect performances (including an open mic), drinks (a “boozy Capri Sun” makes an appearance), games, and more.
DDR: Dance Dance Resist With Rachel Kaly
Saturday, August 24 at Vital Joint, 8 pm: $5
Dancing isn’t usually very funny, unless something is going wrong in an America’s Funniest Home Videos kind of way or something like that. Moreover, comedians aren’t necessarily known for their dancing. However, on Saturday night comedian Rachel Kaly will be pairing up other comedians and tasking them with “choreographing dances that they think are funny.” Then, they will show the world, or at least the people who showed up to Vital Joint that night. Maybe DDR will be involved in some way? Either way, it will be truly a sight to see. The show features the duo-based stylings of Chase Montavon and Brooke Eliot, Eva Victor and Natalie Rotter-Laitman, Charlie Bardey and Andrés Govea, Jessy Morner-Ritt and Megan Stalter, and Eytan Boclin and Natalie Price.
First Annual New York Comedy Acts Festival
Sunday, August 25 at Brooklyn Comedy Collective, 7 pm: $10
Comedy and theater have been longtime siblings, existing in close proximity to each other but usually never quite becoming one. The comedians who frequented Williamsburg’s former Annoyance Theater, and now consider the nearby Brooklyn Comedy Collective a home base, have made quite a mighty effort to combine elements of theater and comedy, putting on wacky, absurd, and experimental productions that feel ever-so-slightly more like plays than your run-of-the-mill sketch comedy. On Sunday, Kelly Cooper and Thomas Frances will be hosting a festival of plays written by comedians, including Marcia Belsky, Manning Jordan, and Matthew Liner, so you can get a sampler platter of this funny genre fusion.