Solo Shows

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The proliferation of one-person shows has skyrocketed, likely because people enjoy telling their stories, and audiences adore hearing them.
With so many options here are three plays that you should know about.


Solo Shows

Well-known television and movie actress Lois Robbins brings her one-woman show to the Pershing Square Theater on August 21. Her piece titled, L.O.V.E.R., covers a first kiss, love, life and sex.The New York premiere of L.O.V.E.R took place at last year’s United Solo Festival providing a springboard for this year’s off-Broadway run.


Solo Shows

As a matter of fact, the United Solo Festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary and one of the shows they are bringing back is the award-winning Blood Type:Ragu, actor-writer Frank Ingrasciotta’s hilarious and poignant coming-of-age story. Raised in Brooklyn with Sicilian immigrant parents, Frank plays 22 characters. Ingrasciotta has taken his colorful play to venues around the country and Canada. Blood Type: Ragu runs on Sept. 21 at 2 PM.


Solo Shows

Actress Lexi Rabadi portrays a heroic historical figure in her solo performance of Hannah Senesh, an NYTF/Folksbiene production. Hannah was an incredibly courageous young woman who lived in Hungary as Hitler was coming to power. She escaped Hungary to find freedom only to return to Hungary through Yugoslavia with the express purpose of helping other Jews to escape. This powerful piece is in a limited run through August 18 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in the Battery.

You can hear my conversations with these three amazing performers on “Bagels and Broadway with Valerie Smaldone” radio show on WNYM Radio (AM970.)  Also available online, Alexa and after it is broadcast, on podcast.


  • Valerie Smaldone

    Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has just directed and produced her first film featuring Gloria Gaynor and is producing a docu-series starring Erik Estrada. Visit her website at

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