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The Brick Theater
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Housed in the first floor of a former industrial building in Williamsburg, this body shop turned experimental theater still harbors a few hints of its working-class past: The exterior’s wooden doors are gently weathered, while the interior is appropriately walled with ancient-looking bricks. With seating for 70 and no lobby to speak of, the Brick keeps the focus onstage. Risers are filled with plain black chairs in the audience; simple black curtains divide the back of house from the front of the space. Founded in 2002 by local theater vets Robert Honeywell and Michael Gardner, the Brick has premiered original shows like Assyrian Monkey Fantasy and Dear Dubya as well as revivals of more traditional works by Chekhov and O’Neill, interactive affairs like Lisa Levy’s Red Carpet Live!, and the annual New York Clown Theatre Festival. Each summer the Brick hosts a roundup of themed original works (past series: the Hell Festival, the $ellout Festival, the Pretentious Festival) that bring even the farthest-flung members of the fringe community to the forefront.