Gearing up for this Tuesday's tremendous NYC BQT, at our still-newish home of the Cutting Room. We told you some salient details the other day, but more details about the prize picture are key. So here we are…
First place is $200, of course. Books and DVDs from the BQT prize closet are on offer. Some delicious cookies. Free passes to a future show for the top-scoring new team. As mentioned, some tickets courtesy our buddies at the Brooklyn Museum.
And we have an extra-large slate of theatrical prizes this time out: Some of Off Broadway's highest-quality options of this season. First, still more fun from previous BQT prize partners Totally Tubular Time Machine.
Then: The Accidental Pervert
Please, don't bring Granny Millicent to the 13th Street Repertory Company, where Andrew Goffman's hit one-man show chronicles his real-life addiction to that eternal temptress of lonely (and not-so-lonely) men worldwide, pornography. (Yes, it's a comedy.) It happens every Friday and Saturday night at 7pm; tickets here, but free tickets can be yours if you've spent some of that time at your computer reading something that isn't filthy. More details at theaccidentalpervert.com.
Also: Newsical: The Musical
"The Daily Show set to music"(per the AP) is something the world sorely needs, and we got it: Regularly updated, and written by comedy polymath Rick Crom (I know him as Louis C.K.'s token gay friend on Louie), Newsical proclaims that "no one is safe" (well, tell us something we didn't know). A frequently rotating series of guest stars this month features Carson Kressley, the one dude you remember from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. It happens six nights a week at Theatre Row (on 42nd Street off Ninth Avenue)—tickets here, or just be one of the lucky ones this Tuesday. Details and other fun stuff at newsicalthemusical.net.
Plus: F#%king Up Everything
I think that's supposed to be Fucking. Nonetheless, this show—a comedy about star-crossed hipster lovers in Brooklyn—enjoyed a hit run in Washington, D.C., and is now making its essential NYC debut, directed by Jen Wineman, a Friend of the Quiz (well, she's expressed an interest). And it is indeed a rock musical, something I wasn't sure was really possible ten years ago (nope, sorry, didn't like Rent). Performances start March 15 at the Elektra Theatre in midtown, but we got your passes right here (well, right at the Cutting Room). Details, tickets and photos of sexy people at fueonstage.com.
Still more: Detroit '67
When it comes to Off Broadway in NYC, it don't get much more pedigreed than the Public Theater. In tandem with the Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Public takes a look at an intensely personal situation, set in the riot-fueled maelstrom of Detroit in 1967. Heavy stuff, but in the good hands of star De'Adre Aziza (I remember thinking she—and her name—was impressive in Passing Strange; that's her in that photo.) Hurry, though—it runs till March 17, and we got a couple passes for someone willing to show some hustle. Details at publictheater.org.
At last: Nobody Loves You
That title isn't true, my beloved friends. It's the show coming this summer to Second Stage Theatre (frequent BQT prize partners who've presented The Other Josh Cohen, Modern Terrorism, and Water by the Spoonful). It's a musical, a comedy, a love story, and—most intriguingly—a tale of a reality dating show. It's the 21st century, people! It opens at Second Stage Theatre on West 43rd Street in June, but win some super-early passes Tuesday night. Details at 2st.com.
Okay, I think that's it. Whew! All that plus opening comic Ophira Eisenberg and hands-down the best trivia event in the business. Gonna be a hot, hot show, quiz lovers. Tuesday, March 12 at the Cutting Room, 44 East 32nd Street, 7:30pm. Advance tix $10, at the door $12, plus $20 minimum (fantastic new menu here). Not to be passed up.