I am NEVER at a loss for words.  Today, my friends, I am.

There is a lot I can say about the incredible off Broadway show, IN AND OF ITSELF, but there is also a lot I cannot say.  Allow me to explain.

IN AND OF ITSELF is not a magic show, although there is plenty of magic to behold.  It's not a 'how did he do that' show, although I'm still reeling over no sleep trying to figure out 'how he did it.' 

It could be the most phenomenal, non-traditional, spectacular show that I've ever seen, yet, I can't tell you much about it.  It's a secret and we are sworn to that secret until we sit ourselves down in the audience and  become part of this memorable experience.

Neil Patrick Harris, Derek DelGaudio and Frank Oz - Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

I became part of something, last evening, that was totally unexpected and unexplainable.  So, how do I write a review of something I can't talk about or even effectively explain?   I can tell you to GO SEE IN AND OF ITSELF.  Among the astonishing acts of magic, you will become part of a very effective and emotional story.  Yet, you will also learn more about who YOU are.  You will walk out of the  Daryl Roth Theater not only saying, "did that really just happen,?" but you will also see a mirror into your soul.

Derek DelGaudio in IN & OF ITSELF - Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Delgado is a genius AND a magician AND a great storyteller.  Does he saw a woman in half.  No.  Can he?  Absolutely.  Are there lots of 'ta-da' moments?  No.  Can there be?  Absolutely.  Does he completely and utterly blow you mind?  He surely does.  And that, my readers, is why this is a can't miss show.

Remember those theatre-goers who saw Hamilton in previews?  Now, even the most esteemed on Broadway can't get tickets?  This is the 'little engine that could."  The Hamilton of off Broadway.

Derek DelGaudio in IN & OF ITSELF - Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

A mysterious story is deciphered and the illusion of one’s own identity is revealed in Derek DelGaudio’s new show IN & OF ITSELF. A modern allegory, IN & OF ITSELF explores new ways of seeing the unseeable, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today and secrets imagined for tomorrow are blended together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show. Glenn Kaino (2004 Whitney Biennial, U.S. Representative to the 13th Cairo Biennale) serves as Artistic Producer of the production, which also features Original Music by Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, and Production Design by A.BANDIT


Derek DelGaudio in IN & OF ITSELF - Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Due to overwhelming demand, the critically-acclaimed IN & OF ITSELF – created and performed by three-time Academy of Magical Arts Award winner Derek DelGaudio (Nothing to Hide) and directed by four-time Emmy Award winner Frank Oz (Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Star Wars) – has announced that 200 more gold bricks will vanish, 200 more elephants will appear on stage, 200 more people will be kicked out of the show, and 30,000 more identities will be revealed, at the Daryl Roth Theatre in Union Square. With a second extension to the hit show’s New York Premiere engagement, IN & OF ITSELF will now play through December 30, 2017 – effectively quadrupling its original ten-week run.

Frank Oz and Derek DelGaudio - Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy


Produced by Werner Entertainment, Tony Award winners Gary Goddard & Forbes Candlish, Prediction Productions and five-time Emmy & Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, IN & OF ITSELF began previews on April 5 setting a box office record for the highest advance sales in the history of the Daryl Roth Theatre, and opened on April 12 to resounding critical acclaim. Even amidst the most crowded theater season in over twenty years, IN & OF ITSELF grossed over $1 million (in a 150 seat theater) and continually sold-out performances in its ten-week initial engagement, prompting an 11-week extension through September 3. This second extension now adds an additional 17 weeks, bringing the production through the end of the year.


Tickets to IN & OF ITSELF are on sale at The performance schedule is Tuesday–Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 5pm & 9pm, and Sunday at 3pm & 7pm. Starting September 9, Saturday performances will be at 3pm & 8pm. The special holiday schedule for December 22-30 is as follows: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8pm; Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 5pm & 9pm; Sundays at 3pm. There are no shows on Tuesday, September 5, Wednesday, September 6, Tuesday October 31, or Thursday November 23. There are added shows on Monday October 30 at 8pm, and Monday November 20 at 8pm.

The Daryl Roth Theatre is located at 20 Union Square East at 15th Street.

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