Some of New York's best one-person shows are never seen. Every day, hundreds of hard-working actors are rigorously rehearsing monologues, isolated in their apartments. Now the time has come for these actors to bring their work to the stage, face an eager audience, and maybe even advance their careers. The Manhattan Monologue Slam is a monthly event held at the Bowery Poetry Club, a downtown haven for spoken-word performance.
This is the American Idol of monologue performance. Ten performers have three minutes to impress industry judges and the packed-to-capacity crowd, which cheers or jeers the judges' tallies.
The crowd buzzes with energy. It's an eclectic mix of friends and family (including children), industry people, downtown enthusiasts, and, of course, a slew of fellow actors