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Everything NYC Actors Need to Do This Week, 4/28–5/04

Everything NYC Actors Need to Do This Week, 4/28–5/04
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As an actor, it’s understandable to sometimes crave entertainment that can help you escape for a bit. Lucky for you, New York City is offering up the opportunity to travel back in time, laugh yourself into oblivion, and get mellow at a folk festival this week. 

Relive the ‘90s.
If you didn’t know, ‘90s nostalgia is very in right now. Case in point: “Friends the Musical in Concert: I Was There for You.” The parody production, based on that group of six New Yorkers you still watch on a regular basis, will feature music and lyrics by Rachel Lind and a book by Rachel Goddard. So blow out your “Rachel” and get to Feinstein’s/54 Below on April 28. (Tickets start at $20)

Kick back with banjos in Brooklyn.
Because banjos and Brooklyn are a match made in heaven, get yourself to the Brooklyn Folk Festival, which will run for three days beginning April 28. Returning this year to St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn Heights, the ninth annual installment will feature headliners Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Willie Watson, and Rev. Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir. (Tickets start at $20)

Clear your e-conscious.
In the year 2017, Email Debt Forgiveness Day is a holiday we can all get behind. Reply All, the popular podcast taking a deep weekly dive into the dark corners of the internet, will celebrate the occasion with Happy Holidays from Reply All. Hosts PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman will chat with NPR’s Linda Holmes during the live show at The Bell House in Brooklyn on April 30. (Tickets: $8)

Laugh the pain away with Ali Wong.
Quickly becoming one of the biggest names in standup, Ali Wong gained meteoric acclaim following her Netflix standup special “Baby Cobra” (which she, notably, performed while eight months pregnant). Bask in her hilarious glow yourself when she takes the stage at The Town Hall on April 28 because all things considered, laughter is pretty important right now. (Tickets: $45)

Support the stars of tomorrow.
The Chamber Music Program of the New York Youth Symphony will celebrate the end of its season with a concert presentation at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on May 2. A fertile breeding ground for future generations of professional musicians, the program is bursting with classical talent, ensuring a wonderful evening of music inside one of New York’s classiest institutions. (Tickets: $22.50)

Celebrate the Tony nominations.
The Tony Award nominations will be announced May 2, marking the culmination of the 2016–17 Broadway season. With an influx of new productions all officially now open, this week would be an ideal time to squeeze in a show. There’s “Amelie” and “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” for musical offerings, “A Doll’s House Part 2” and “Indecent” for play selections, and dozens more! (Tickets start at $39)

Watch the drama unfold.
Let fine actors of tomorrow help you experience the work of August Wilson, renowned playwright of dramas including “Fences,” “Jitney,” and others regarded of some of the finest in the American canon. On May 1, the August Wilson Monologue Competition will be presented by Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theaters at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre, and will feature high schoolers from across the country performing monologues from Wilson’s Century Cycle plays. (Free)

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