About Us

In late 2016, an unusual person with an unusual name combined a love of unusual performances with an unusual writing style to create an unusual web site with an unusual name—a mashup of the words “ovation” and “applaud”—to help people just like you find the small, independent performances that are worth your time, money and effort.

Since then, we’ve reviewed productions that none of the mainstream publications have had the guts to attend, much less cover: from variety shows to experimental theatre, game shows to modern dance performances, street fairs to sketch comedy shows. And yes, even the occasional blockbuster on Broadway, because sometimes it takes an independent voice to say what the yes-men working for the big guys are too afraid to tell you.

Because Andrew Andrews (that unusual person with the unusual name) believes the best of what New York has to offer doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg—you just gotta know where to look.

Opplaud subscribers have the answers: from sharp, succinct reviews to spot-on, personalized recommendations.

Create your account to enjoy going out more than you ever imagined, for less money and less risk than you ever thought possible!

Opplaud Explainer

Jay Michaels interviewed Andrew Andrews for The Passionpit Podcast! Hear all about our raison d'être, and subscribe to the show to stay abreast of indie arts on stage, page & screen!