HERE Arts Center
145 Sixth Ave., nr. Spring St.; 212-647-0202
You’re unlikely to get more eclectic programming than underwater puppetry and punk-rock Kabuki.
The Flea Theater
41 White St., nr. Church St.; 212-226-0051
It’s not just the great plays; it’s the repertory company of some of the city’s best young actors.
The Kraine Theater
85 E. 4th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-460-0982
Downstairs from KGB bar, a rough-and-tumble performance space presents an appropriately revolutionary aesthetic.
La MaMa E.T.C.
74A E. 4th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-475-7710
The birthplace of America’s experimental-theater scene fostered writer Sam Shepard, director Jerzy Grotowski, and composer Elizabeth Swados.
Theater for the New City
155 First Ave., at 10th St.; 212-254-1109
This long-standing East Village institution is known for both its radical political plays and kid-friendly entertainment.