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The Public Theater

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Address: 425 Lafayette Street, New York City, NY 10003
Phone Number: 212.539.8500
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Founded in 1954 as the Shakespeare Workshop, this non-profit theater...

Founded in 1954 as the Shakespeare Workshop, this non-profit theater presents full seasons of new plays, musicals, Shakespeare and the classics in various venues throughout New York City.

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Beautiful Space, Two Dining Areas

I have been to several interesting performances at Joe's Pub at the theatre. It is cabaret style seating and a small venue so almost any seat is a good one. There is a two drink... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2016
SuzyQu15
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Brooklyn, New York

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Brooklyn, New York
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201 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I have been to several interesting performances at Joe's Pub at the theatre. It is cabaret style seating and a small venue so almost any seat is a good one. There is a two drink minimum or $12 food charge. You can opt to eat upstairs if you choose at The Library which is a more formal dining space. The... More 

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New York City, New York
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

The lobby of this former library was just redone. I've been to Joe's Pub and several of their plays and it's all been excellent. Just saw Lupita Nyong'o in Eclipsed and it did not disappoint.

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Thank Neal F
Atlanta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Great off-Bway theater and performing arts venue with multiple stages. You can count on quality productions and top talent.

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Thank shay&thecity
Summit, New Jersey
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91 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The Public has gone thru a major, and continuing, face lift over the years and is now a very welcoming host for some great, and not-so-great, theater. The most obvious example is the up-graded rest rooms, which used to be described as shoddy at best. It's also easy to get to by subway (N,R,1), and there is wide variety of... More 

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Thank Jim W
wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

We love the space and the neighborhood. It is so refreshing to get away from the crowded Broad way experience. The variety of theater options makes this a great evening.

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Bronx, New York, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

The Public is an amazing home 4 theatre - with free Shakespeare in the park and new and classic plays @Astor Place - you can see plays like A Chorus Line , Bring in the Funk Bring in the Noise, Hamilton and most recently Eclipsed B4 they make their Broadway runs - The renovations to The Public include a restaurant/lounge... More 

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I went to the Public Theater in New York City to see the play 'Eclipsed' starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave). The play was excellent as it showed the relationship between the Liberian Civil War captive wives and the rebel officer. The Theater held approximately 200 people and the production (sound and effects) were very good!

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Thank Ben B
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Enjoyed a wonderful show called Eclipsed. The theater space was intimate and offered a good view of stage from all seats.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Presentations of mostly Shakespeare's plays has been going on at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park for many years. And it is free. Check the website for ways to get tickets (my friends have had success with the lottery) However you choose to get tickets. Go and see Shakespeare's Cymbeline. It is a marvelous production which skillfully leads you through... More 

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Thank Suzanne G
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

Even during New York's dog days, the Public's the place to be! Awake & Sing has earned wonderful reviews and as a left leaning, Chinese Jewish couple the play speaks to us.

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