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Best Low-Rent Theatrical Multiplex New York 2002 - CHASHAMA

CHASHAMA

CHASHAMA

201 E. 42nd St.

New York, NY 10017

212-391-8151

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Amid the crush and hustle of midtown, who knew a sprawl was possible, but the CHASHAMA complex of theaters somehow manages to loll luxuriously over four converted storefronts on 42nd Street. Founded in 1995 by members of Reza Abdoh's legendary Dar A Luz company, and maintained by a breathtaking amount of grants, Chashama plays host to a dizzying schedule of low-cost (or free) theater, dance, comedy, and performance art, and curates a series of window installations. And how many in midtown can boast a fur-lined bathroom? These spaces are only temporary—construction of an office building is planned—but isn't theater supposed to be ephemeral anyway?
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