H.E.R.E. 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.
Manhattan Theater Source
177 Macdougal St., at 8th St.; 212-260-4698.
A community center in miniature with a wi-fi-equipped café, a makeshift gallery, and an upstairs bookstore. Oh, yeah, and a theater.