The Month of Theatrical Experimentation

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John Hodgman performing in 'John Hodgman: I Stole Your Dad' at The Public Theater at Astor Place as part of the 10th anniversary Under the Radar Festival.

January is traditionally a lean month for the commercial theater, with tourists leaving and Broadway offering discounts. If you need help climbing out of the winter theater doldrums, New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood suggests you consider some newly minted — as well as more experimental — works being presented in two festivals in New York.

Two separate festivals this month bring more than a dozen shows of avant-garde work to the city. The largest is the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Meanwhile, PS 122 sponsors the COIL festival, which this year is focusing on work from New York City artists.