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The Public Theater

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Address: 425 Lafayette Street, New York City, NY 10003
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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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Great Location for Interesting Theater

Every time I get a ticket to one of the shows at The Public, I am not disappointed. Not every show is Hamilton. But I did not expect a Hip-Hop show to blow me away. So take a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 27, 2016
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South Windsor, Connecticut
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55 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

This venue is great because it's same and the sound is excellent! Be aware there is a 15$ minimum food purchase or 2 drink minimum per person. If you get a booth be aware they are so very uncomfortable. There are no springs or support in the seating of the benches. I am 40 and average build. I just found... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

Every time I get a ticket to one of the shows at The Public, I am not disappointed. Not every show is Hamilton. But I did not expect a Hip-Hop show to blow me away. So take a chance and get a ticket to anything they offer !

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Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

We saw Hamlet. It was being presented at the Public after touring to 18 locations throughout the area to bring theater to under-served communities. For me, this will live in my memory as one of the best productions of Shakespeare I have ever seen. I love that this place produces interesting, socially conscious work and does not sacrifice quality while... More 

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Wilton, Connecticut
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218 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

We love this theatre. The performance tonight was REAL theatre the second part of the Gabriel family journey through life. The issues all managed in real time real life. TheAssisted Living issue the reversal of mortgage for the elderly the banks allowing an elder to remortgage ... It is all there ... Bravo to the entire cast

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went to see Plena Libre from Puerto Rico- great performance with Latin music, everyone was on their feet and applauding. It's a great place to see any performance - all seats are good. The food - burger and abundance of fries hit the spot. Plenty of drinks to choose from - from cocktails to beer. I... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Privacy, the word about which this play is written is someone ambivalent. This play is enticing drawing you into the sometimes terrifying realities of how much our smartphones reveal about our very natures. This play is both brilliantly written and acted. The play uses Script brilliant actors and the audience to play out a story that gives much pause for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Do you enjoy cutting edge Broadway productions? Do you wince at exorbitant ticket prices? The Public is one of the great pathways to the Great White Way for experimental and emerging talent. Hamilton was first produced here, as was Stomp, Passing Strange and many more groundbreaking plays and musicals. We try to make a show here whenever we're in town... More 

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Wilton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2016

We are regular members at this temple of talent theatre. We prefer to see all our shows there.... Rich... Raw....Real.,,..no commercialism.... Sat Matinee performance was excilirating....entertaining.... Do not wait...... Get there now

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016

Happened to hear about opening night for Shakespeare in the Park. Same day tickets go on sale at noon and it was recommended we arrive about 2 hours ahead. The theatre was celebrating a 10 year sponsor anniversary and gave away free items to those in line. My family won a raffle drawing for preferred seating and over $200 in... More 

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Houston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2016

What a great theatre. It has several stages with multiple performances going on, so it is hopefully likely that there will be something for anyone's taste and schedule. Dry Powder was sold out, and we waited for rush seats (thankfully, we were lucky enough to get them!), which was fun waiting and visiting with locals in line. Dry Powder was... More 

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