NBC’s late-night variety show, hosted by a different celebrity every week, features skits, sketches and spoofs of pop culture. Top pop and rock artists provide the musical interludes. A competitive ticket lottery, conducted via email, is held several months before the start of a new season of shows; go online for details. Standby tickets for either the 8 p.m. dress rehearsal or 11:30 p.m. live performance are distributed under the NBC Studios marquee (W. 48th St. side of 30 Rockefeller Plz.) at 7 a.m. on taping days.
The Signature Theatre Company presents new plays and revivals in its permanent home, a state-of-the-art, Frank Gehry-designed multistage venue.
Oct. 22-Dec. 8: “Fires in the Mirror” by Anna Deavere Smith
Nov. 5-Dec. 15: “The Young Man From Atlanta” by Horton Foote
(Previews begin Nov. 11, 2019, opens Nov. 13, 2019, closes Jan. 5, 2020)
(1 hr 40 mins)
The international immersive and family-friendly hit returns to New York after more than a decade. Using pantomime and breathtaking special effects, the theatrical thrill ride is set in an absurd and surrealistic world, where the audience is enveloped in a spider web, theatergoers bounce balloons on their fingertips and a never-to-be forgotten snowstorm brings the adventure to an end.
(Previews began Sept. 10, 2019, opened Oct. 6, 2019, tickets on sale through Jan. 19, 2020)
(2 hrs, no intermission)
Jeremy O. Harris’ explosive play, set in the Old South on the MacGregor Plantation, explores race, sex and power. The play contains nudity, sexual content, sexual violence and racially violent language, and is recommended for ages 17 and over.
Schedule: M-Sa 8 pm, W & Sa 2 pm
Beginning Oct. 8, 2019: Tu & Th 7 pm, W, F & Sa 8 pm, W & Sa 2 pm, Su 3 pm
(up to 3 hrs) In this immersive, interactive theater piece, mask-wearing audiences wander at will and at their own pace through a 100,000-square-foot environment—an abandoned 1930s luxury hotel—eavesdropping on scenes and characters that conjure up Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”
Schedule: Entry times M-Th 7-8 pm, F 7:30-8:30 pm, Sa 5-6 pm and 9-10 pm, Su 3-4 pm and 7-8 pm
This 13,000-square-foot table tennis club is backed by actress Susan Sarandon and features a lounge, pro shop, bar, restaurant and private room. Visitors can sign up for private and group lessons with internationally known coaches and players.
Hours: M-Tu 11 am-midnight, W 11 am-1 am, Th-Sa 11 am-2 am, Su 11 am-10 pm
Cost: Before 5 pm: $19 for 30 mins; after 5 pm: $29 for 30 mins