Best Spot to Discover Mind-Altering New Performance Art


You never know exactly what will be waiting at the other end when you make the long trek eastward from the subways to Abrons Arts Center. Last season included a charged, explicit version of Beauty and the Beast with disabled performer Mat Fraser and his beauty-queen wife, Julie Atlas Muz, not to mention a queer multimedia solo by Miguel Gutierrez as he received oral attentions from a young man live on stage. Under Jay Wegman’s direction since 2006, Abrons Arts has become the go-to venue for aesthetic pioneers like Big Art Group and Forest Fringe, and it plays host to the American Realness extravaganza every winter — among many other things. With a crackle of creative energy palpable every time you enter the odd building, Abrons Arts isn’t just on Manhattan’s geographical fringe — it anchors a Lower East Side community and cuts an edge in the performing arts.

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