history and mission

Tongue in Cheek Theater (TIC) is an Off-Off Broadway theater company dedicated to producing seriously funny theater.

Our mission is to use comedy to make our audiences think.

TIC's inaugural season kicked off in early 2006 with Paula Vogel's Baltimore Waltz, followed by Wearing Me Down, a collection of three one-act plays presented by Prospect Theater Company's Dark Night Series in October 2006. In 2007, TIC associate-produced Sure Thing and Variations on the Death of Trotsky with Merete Muenter. 2008 saw a revival of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters and a sold-out run of Five Flights by Adam Bock. In 2009 the company expanded its production schedule, with Recent Tragic Events by Craig Wright at the end of February, Up a River/Down the Aisle by Jake Lipman in two summer festivals, Psych by Evan Smith for two weeks in September, and the inaugural Plus 1 Solo Show Festival during the dark nights of Psych.

In April and May 2010, TIC produced the Tony and Pulitzer award-winning play Proof by David Auburn, as well as the Spring 2010 Plus 1 Solo Show Festival. About tic’s production of Proof, NYTheatre.com raved, “This production is first rate. Auburn’s story is given vivid life by a quartet of talented actors ... exceptional.” The production was nominated for a 2010 New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Sound Design.

The 2010-11 season started with the New York premiere of William Missouri Downs’s Dead White Males, with the playwright in attendance. TheaterOnline called the production “sterling...a trenchant critique of America’s education system in crisis...fascinating...The ensemble is first-rate.” The Fall 2010 Plus 1 Solo Show Festival ran concurrently with Dead White Males for two sold-out shows.

TIC’s spring 2011 production of The Drunken City by Adam Bock in April and May was hailed by BlogCritics.org as “fun through and through ... Kudos to Ms. Lipman and Tongue in Cheek Theater for making manifest what's funny, and what's sneakily smart, in the blurry scrim of these six characters.” The Spring 2011 Plus 1 Solo Show Festival ran concurrently with The Drunken City, continuing the festival’s recent tradition of two sold-out shows.

In August 2011, TIC made its debut in The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) with William Missouri Downs’s Books on Tape in its New York City premiere. In November 2011, the Fall 2011 Plus 1 Solo Show Festival once again played to two sold-out audiences. May 2012 saw Kate Hewlett’s Humans Anonymous play to enthusiastic audiences, and the Spring 2012 Plus 1 Solo Show Festival and Summer 2012 Plus 1 Solo Show Festival were sold-out, runaway hits.

October 2012 saw a critically acclaimed production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and the Fall 2012 Plus 1 Solo Show Festival. NYTheatre.com said of Our Town: “A universally excellent cast led by director Jake Lipman (who also plays The Stage Manager) ... the production is blessed with a sensational performance from Shelley Little ... a careful attention to detail, and a commitment to honest storytelling.” In spring 2013, TIC’s revival of Elizabeth Meriwether’s The Mistakes Madeline Made was called the “best comedy I’ve seen on stage so far this year” by BlogCritics.org, and more talented solo show artists performed to laughs and cheers at the Spring 2013 Plus 1 Solo Show Festival.

TIC’s fall 2013 lineup included a nine-performance run of How I Learned to Drive, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paula Vogel. Theatre Is Easy lauded the cast as “immensely engaging and likable” with “emotionally charged performances.” There were two series of the Fall 2013 Plus 1 Solo Show Festival, featuring a total eight solo shows. Connie Perry and Allison Lemel thrilled a packed house with How to Behave / Places, Please, their behind-the-scenes look at the people who make the theater experience run smoothly.

TIC presented its first-ever full-length original premiere in May 2014. Buffalo Heights was written by playwright Adam Harrell in collaboration with the talented TIC ensemble actors in this thought-provoking comedy that addresses bullying, sensationalism, and isolation in America. The Spring 2014 Plus 1 Solo Show Festival was also a solid success. Whale Song and the Fall 2014 Plus 1 Solo Show Festival usher in the fall 2014 season.